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Re: Animals
« Reply #75 on: July 16, 2016, 02:30:22 pm »
OK, OK, insects are not animals, but I'll put this here, cause I'm lazy.
The last couple of days, I've been watching these bee videos. No not B-movies and not Boo-Bee's (aka P orn, well yes I have). These video of people fighting or removing swarms. Naturally they got more intense as time went on with Bald face hornets, giant asian hornets, etc.

Then I ran across these insect fights and I was just fascinated. How odd. So weird. It like transported me to a ski-fi movie. Like a boxing match, I was had no idea who would win.

https://youtu.be/D-BE0I1p2ks


https://youtu.be/gCwzeSsjGvE


https://youtu.be/thvRQEmyRBk


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Re: Animals
« Reply #76 on: July 28, 2016, 08:15:12 am »
Another Daisy pic.  Caught her good side.


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Re: Animals
« Reply #77 on: August 29, 2016, 09:47:06 am »
Too weird...

How exactly did lightning kill 323 reindeer in Norway?

Herds are more vulnerable to lightning strikes




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Lightning during a recent thunderstorm in Norway killed a herd of 323 reindeer ó 70 of them calves ó making it one of the deadliest strikes ever. Hunters in a remote area discovered the bodies last Friday, according to the Norwegian News Agency.

We usually hear about lightning striking people, but it does kill animals, too. Two scientists at an Australian research institute have found that everything from seal pups to wild turkeys to elephants and giraffes can be killed by lightning.

Was this a freak accident, or is it common? And how does this happen? I spoke to John Jensenius, a lightning safety expert from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to learn about the science behind these deadly herd strikes. (This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.)

Angela Chen: First, how likely is it that it really was lightning that killed those reindeer? Is there a way to know without having seen the strike directly?

John Jensenius: It isnít that unusual to see farm animals, or wild animals such as reindeer, being killed by lightning. Of course, 323 is a rather large number, though weíve seen reports of 654 sheep being killed in one spot.

Animals do tend to group together in storms and huddle under trees. If lightning strikes the tree or somewhere nearby, the entire group can be killed. We donít know how common this is because itís hard to track, though usually itís herds of 10 or 20 animals that get killed.

In the case where the animals are huddling under a tree, oftentimes youíll see some visible signs on the tree, though you may not see any visible signs on the animals themselves. In this case, itís hard to know where lightning struck based on the pictures, but there may be an animal among the dead animals that has visible signs, like a bit of charring on the skin.

How did lightning kill all of those reindeer at once? Did they need to be touching for this to happen?

When animals or people are in groups, most are being killed by the ground current. First, thereís a direct strike ó this is what most people think of when they think of lightning ó that hits the tree or maybe the ground nearby. The energy then spreads along the ground surface, and if youíre anywhere near that lightning strike, you absorb it and get shocked.

Lightning goes up one leg and down another. Animals are more vulnerable because their legs are spread out more, so the ground currents travel more easily in their bodies. It doesnít matter if theyíre touching, or exactly how close they are, it matters that they were all in the area hit by lightning. Ground currents are the thing thatís responsible for the most lightning deaths and injuries in both people and animals.

How far can the ground current travel? When are you safe?

Thatís one question weíre often asked, and itís a difficult question because it depends on a lot of factors, including the strength of the actual lightning strike.

In this case, the animals seem to be in an area that was 50 to 80 feet in diameter and on a hillside, which gives you some idea that lightning can travel a good distance and still be deadly. Lightning doesnít always travel deep into the ground.

What exactly is it about lightning that kills these animals?

Itís the electricity going into your body. It passes through the nervous system and your nerves, and the deadly part is that it stops the heart. In the case of people, many can be revived with CPR if tended to immediately but with reindeer, it just would have stopped their hearts.

What are some other types of lightning besides the ground current and the direct strike?

Thereís the side flash. Thatís when an animal or person is standing close to the tree, the tree is hit by lightning, and then the lightning jumps from tree to person or animal. The side flash usually kills one or a small number of animals, not large ones like with ground currents.

Thereís also something called a "wall conduction," which is when something plugged into the wall is a direct connection to a wire outside. So if the wire outside is struck, the lightning will follow the wire and you can be shocked.

Are lightning fatalities, in people at least, going down?


Yes, theyíve been dropping over recent years. If you go back over the 1930s and 1940s, we had about 300 to 400 people killed every year in the United States. Nowadays, our 10-year average is about 31 people per year. This year so far weíve had 32.
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Re: Animals
« Reply #78 on: September 07, 2016, 02:05:30 pm »
Orca Encounter with a Kayaker Army Bay

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErCfpYYuWuo

This story is getting a lot of traction today and why wouldn't it? It's not everyday you see someone swimming / playing with a Wild Orca out in the open.
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Re: Animals
« Reply #79 on: September 07, 2016, 04:23:04 pm »
Very cool.
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« Reply #80 on: September 09, 2016, 11:17:33 am »
Bear Sits Next To Guy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbE53XUtVw0

The guy filming the bear has more guts than I. I would have been long gone.
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« Reply #81 on: September 09, 2016, 04:46:51 pm »
I wouldn't say guts. I'd say stupidity.

More people are trying to get their 15 minutes of fame, or be a YouTube sensation.

I guarantee, there are folks out there thinking, this guy can sit next to a bear. How could I up that?

Thinking of ways to be more stupid.
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« Reply #82 on: September 10, 2016, 06:07:54 am »
Amazing Footage: Goats Climbing on a Near-Vertical Dam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0jMzdbEui0

These motherf*ckers are crazy.
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Re: Animals
« Reply #83 on: September 10, 2016, 08:14:51 am »
Good gawd... How do they do it? You would think their abdomen's as wide as they are, be a problem. Animals are freakin amazing.
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Re: Animals
« Reply #84 on: September 10, 2016, 09:33:01 pm »
Been meaning to do this for a while.  Wasn't expecting such a perfect match.


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« Reply #85 on: September 10, 2016, 10:42:09 pm »
See How Easily a Rat Can Wriggle Up Your Toilet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t2VPBF6Kp4

This is the stuff of nightmares. I don't need to know this. Ugh. Excuse me.....need to bolt the toilet seat shut permanently.
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Re: Animals
« Reply #86 on: September 18, 2016, 01:47:28 am »
Well, it happened.  I made my peace the last time she came over that I probably would never hold Daisy again.  And I just got the call from my sister.  Daisy died right in her hand, curled up in a ball.  She went to sleep and never woke up.  It was the best way she could have gone.  Of course, it's not that comforting to those left behind.

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« Reply #87 on: September 18, 2016, 09:12:41 am »
Sorry for your loss.
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« Reply #88 on: September 18, 2016, 11:17:12 am »
Thanks.  It was all I could do to keep myself together long enough to buy her a box.  I got a nice one, too, though I don't know where the heck we're going to bury it.  She'll be on one of Em's old shirts and wrapped in her bandanna, she'll be comfortable.

There's just something so heartbreaking about losing something so tiny, you know?

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« Reply #89 on: September 18, 2016, 01:18:27 pm »
That is heartbreaking. It's gotta be tough.
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