Earth Changes


19 Basking sharks arrive off the coast of Cornwall, UK

So many basking sharks have already been spotted in British waters that experts are declaring this the best start to shark season in living memory.

A wildlife tour group reported sighting 19 basking sharks up to 25 feet in length last weekend as the eight-tonne travellers begin to arrive off the south west coast.

The animals, which travel to temperate waters and can stay in British regions until October, have been growing in numbers year on year according to The Shark Trust. A total of 266 Basking Shark sightings were reported to the Trust last year as it hopes for an even higher number in 2014.

"To see so many this early has been an absolute honour and it is exciting to consider what the rest of the season may hold for us," said Captain Keith Leeves, a veteran skipper with AK Wildlife Cruises, told the Western Morning News.
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Snakes invade Regent's Canal district in London

There has been an increase in sightings of the Aesculupian around the canal in the last couple of months

A band of foreign snakes that are said to be capable of crushing small children to death are on the loose in North London.

Over the last few weeks, 30 Aesculupian snakes, which can grow up to two metres in length, have been spotted up trees, rooftops and climbing up the drains of houses around the Regent's Canal area.

The snakes that are thought to originate from Yugoslavia have been known to attack small dogs and their numbers now seem to be growing in the capital.

Tales of snakes being spotted around the Regent's Canal area began in the 90s, but it was not until the head keeper of reptiles at London Zoo spotted one that they were confirmed as the Aesculupian.

Since then there have been a number of sightings across and these have increased in frequency over the last couple of months.
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Body mutilated by crocodile found in Costa Rica

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An American crocodile slithers from the mud in the Tempisque River.
A corpse missing an arm and showing signs of laceration on several parts of the body was discovered floating in the Tempisque River near Filadelfia, Guanacaste. The body apparently had been mutilated by a crocodile, according to a statement by the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ).

The Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ), however, have not commented on the cause of death or how the body ended up in the river, which empties into the Gulf of Nicoya. The body has been taken to a forensics laboratory in Heredia to determine an official cause of death.

According to the statement, officers from the Santa Cruz OIJ office had to scare off at least four crocodiles before they could safely remove the body from the river.
Alarm Clock

Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - 11km W of Tecpan de Galeana, Mexico

Earthquake 6.0 in Mexico
Event Time
2014-05-10 07:36:01 UTC
2014-05-10 02:36:01 UTC-05:00 at epicenter


17.230°N 100.788°W depth=23.0km (14.3mi)

Nearby Cities
11km (7mi) W of Tecpan de Galeana, Mexico
37km (23mi) W of Atoyac de Alvarez, Mexico
59km (37mi) ESE of Petatlan, Mexico
79km (49mi) WNW of Coyuca de Benitez, Mexico
299km (186mi) SW of Mexico City, Mexico

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Arrow Down

Dramatic film of huge sinkhole opening up on Russian road nearly swallowing several cars

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Drivers in the town of Tyumen, Siberia narrowly avoided falling into a giant sinkhole on Thursday when it opened up in the middle of a busy road.
From Staffordshire to Siberia, sinkholes are taking people by surprise. In a scene eerily reminiscent of what recently happened on a Balitmore street, a driver in the town of Tyumen, Siberia, narrowly avoided falling into a giant sinkhole on Thursday when it opened up in the middle of a busy road.

In the video, cars can be seen driving around a large depression in the tarmac when suddenly the road surface gives way, revealing a gaping circular hole.

One black car in particular appears have had a very lucky escape as its rear wheel seems to be right on the edge of the hole as it opens up.

The road was immediately closed. Experts said recent heavy rains probably caused the sinkhole to appear.

Comment: The number of sinkhole reports across the globe has increased quite dramatically over the last 5 years or so, with the total for this year already approaching the tally for 2013, as can be seen below.

Cloud Lightning

Cyclone lashes parts of India killing 2 people

India cyclone
Two persons including a teenaged girl died and many houses collapsed and over 200 people were displaced from homes after a cyclone, accompanied by hail storms, lashed two districts of Tripura, official sources said on Friday.

A 16-year old girl was killed and her younger brother injured when lightning struck at Barpathari village in South Tripura district yesterday when they had gone to collect mangoes.

A farmer also also killed in lightning strike at Kachucherra village in Dhalai district yesterday when he had gone out to bring back his cow.

The cow was also killed.

At least 100 houses collapsed due to the rain and storm during the past two days while many farmlands were submerged, the sources said adding chances of heavy crop loss was imminent.
Cloud Grey

Severe sandstorm sinks boat, one missing in Egypt

Egypt sandstorm
© Mohammed Rawy
massive sandstorm cloud rolls over Aswan governorate, Egypt, Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
A severe sandstorm in Aswan in southern Egypt led to a boat accident and damage to a local museum on Wednesday.

A touristic Nile boat sank amid the unusually severe storm, leaving one South African passenger missing. Six other tourists, including one other South African, three Australians, and one Pole, as well as three Egyptians, were rescued from the boat

The Crocodile Museum in the southern city of Kom Ombo also suffered damage when its roof collapsed after the fierce sandstorm hit the governorate.

Headless birds turning up around Las Vegas neighborhood

Piles of beheaded birds are being mysteriously dumped on some streets in the Las Vegas valley's east side.

One business on Charleston Boulevard is forced to deal with the stench of rotting carcasses twice a month.

The beheaded chickens and pigeons could be part of a religious ritual.

"Oh, where did this come from?" Helen Arciaga, a thrift shop owner asks as she finds several dead birds in an alley behind her store.

The alley has become a bird graveyard or a dumping ground for the carcasses.

"Oh my good Lord it stinks,"

Arciaga is concerned because she wants to keep the area clean for her customers.

Snow 5 feet deep on the Argentina-Chile border

"At the other side of our cooling globe, snowfall reached highs of 45 cm (18 inches) to 150 cm (5 ft) in the Argentina-Chile border region (Paso Pehuenche)," says reader Argiris Diamantis. "In some areas there was five feet of snow."

7 May 2014 - "Workers operated with orderly withdrawal, according to the weather forecast. The snowy accumulation in the first round was 45 cm, while in the second sector a meter and a half high of snow was recorded. The passage is cleared form the Argentine side, and stood waiting for the clearance from the Chilean side."

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link
Evil Rays

Birds are losing all sense of direction

What's happening? They are losing their inner-compass...

The migratory pattern of birds - even if it is a dry subject and the aim of comedic cracks - for some odd reason, has always held the high fascination of biologists.

Never more so than now...

That's because the classic experiments were so predictable. Such as a cage with some kind of monitors to catch which direction the bird wanted to travel at night.

That is, until it started going tragically wrong in the mid-2000s.

German researchers discovered in 2004 that the regular experiment became an erratic mystery while observing the European Robin.

They would not orient themselves in a single direction. They would not hop in a direction. They were shut down. They were completely lost. Changing variables like food, light, cages...lots of things - didn't do a thing according to biologist Henrik Mouritsen. For three years they tried to solve the mystery.