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Fish

Giant 18-inch-long shrimp-like creature caught in Florida waters

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Chances are you've never seen a shrimp like this before.

A Florida fisherman got more than he bargained for when he pulled an 18-inch-long shrimp-like creature from the water while doing some nighttime fishing from a dock this week in Fort Pierce, Florida, a coastal city about a two-hour drive north from Miami.

Steve Bargeron, who was fishing on the same dock where the creature was snagged, snapped the photos above and shared them with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Service. After FWS posted them on the agency's Facebook page, the photos went viral and have since garnered more than 7,600 shares.

Comment: Creatures from the deep signal major Earth Changes: Is anyone paying attention?

Attention

Gas tornado caught emerging from fiery volcano

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This is pretty hot stuff. A swirling 1-kilometre-high tornado of gas has been caught emerging from the lava pouring out of a fissure on Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano. The image was captured on 3 September by an infrared camera designed for aircraft, to let pilots see volcanic ash clouds.

It is not entirely clear what is causing the tornado, says Fred Prata, inventor of the ash camera at Nicarnica Aviation in Kjeller, Norway.

"The generation mechanism is probably the same as that for dust devils, but in this case the tornado funnel is most likely filled with sulphur dioxide, gas and volcanic ash."
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Bardabunga lava fountains
Seismic activity and eruptions around Bardabunga have been occurring since mid-August, but the Icelandic Met Office says the "effusive lava eruptions and fire fountains" currently present no threat to flights.

Comment: The new book Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection has a lot to say about the electrical nature of tornadoes of all types.

Attention

Hunter attacked and bitten by black bear, Longview, Washington state

A Washington state hunter is recovering after surviving an attack by an angry black bear that chased him up a tree, chomped down on his leg and clawed him with one of its big paws.

Retiree Jerry House knows how lucky he is to have fended off the bear. He said he got the bear off him only after he kicked the animal in the nose as he hung onto a tree branch.

"It totally amazes me how fast that bear got on me. In three seconds it was on me," Hause, 60, told The Longview Daily News Thursday. "I was thinking, 'If it gets me out of this tree I'm a dead man.' It was mad, it was growling. It was serious about what it was going to do."

Hause was out hunting for deer with his 26-year-old son on Labor Day when he came face to face with the bear. They were in a remote wooded area about eight miles west of Longview.

Comment: See also: Bear stalks 2 women in 3-hour ordeal

2 men stalked by black bear while jogging in northern Alberta

Woman killed by a black bear in Fort McMurray, Alberta

Black Cat 2

Aggressive lynx attacked dog near Timmins, Ontario

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Timmins Police Service officers have killed a lynx that reportedly attacked and killed a dog on a popular hiking trail.

Police and officials with the Ministry of Natural Resources confirmed the death of the big cat at a media conference Tuesday.

Reports came in last week about the animal and its aggressive behaviour near the trails between MacLean Drive and the Timmins and District Hospital. Some residents took to social media sites such as Facebook to voice their fear for their pets.

Staff Sgt. Henry Dacosta confirmed that the animal had attacked and killed a dog that was with its owner on the trail.

"Public safety is the paramount issue here," he said. "Based on the one circumstance over the weekend where the actual person involved got into battle with this lynx and afterward she got a hold of her dog and was able to walk away but the lynx was still following her. That's a serious concern."

"Lot's of people walk there with their kids. People love their pets and a lynx comes onto the animal and the person tries to defend their pet and they get hurt ... we don't want to see that."

Comment: Two months earlier and about 100 kilometres west from the location of this incident, came the following report of unusual lynx behaviour: Man fights off and kills lynx with bare hands near Chapleau, Ontario

Attention

2 men stalked by black bear while jogging in northern Alberta


A morning jog for two Alberta men changed pace quickly, when they had to escape a black bear.
Two men who were running along a northern Alberta trail earlier this month received quite the scare when they were approached and followed by a black bear.

In a video posted by Bruce Allan on YouTube, a black bear can be seen following the men, who were jogging along the Matcheetawin Discovery Trails near Fort McMurray on June 5.

"Not good. Not good," you can hear one man say as the bear begins to follow them. "No way, man. We're not doing this."

From time to time the video shows the bear picking up speed. While at times the bear appears to be fairly close to the men, the animal never tries to attack them.

The men can also be heard talking about finding rocks to possibly hit the bear with if necessary.

"Get ready to hit him in the head. We're going to have to knock him out," says one man.

Around the four-minute mark of the video, while the bear attempts to climb a small tree, the men appear to get a bit of distance and run to safety.


Comment: See also: Woman killed by a black bear in Fort McMurray, Alberta

Bear stalks 2 women in 3-hour ordeal

Fish

"Rare" 300-pound warm-water Mola sunfish washes up on Washington coast

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This Aug. 29, 2014 photo provided by Cape Disappointment State Park shows a 7-foot ocean sunfish rarely seen in Washington waters, washed ashore on a beach at Cape Disappointment State Park near Ilwaco, Wash.
A 7-foot ocean sunfish rarely seen in Washington waters recently washed ashore on a beach at Cape Disappointment State Park near the mouth of the Columbia River.

It was found dead on the beach at low tide Aug. 27 by children after a campfire program, said June Mohler, a biological technician from Troutdale, Oregon, working this summer as an interpretive assistant at the park.

Comment: This is another unusual event of a deep-sea creature being washed ashore this year.

See also:
  • Sunfish invasion continues as third massive marine beast washed up in Norfolk


Cloud Lightning

Hurricane Norbert marches up Mexico's Baja coast and heads north-west

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A satellite image shows hurricane Norbert swirling along the Pacific coast.
Heavy rains brought by Hurricane Norbert prompted evacuations as the storm roared up the coast of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. Forecasters said the storm may help bring weekend precipitation to the parched US South-west.

The Baja California Sur state governor, Marcos Covarrubias, urged people in vulnerable areas to evacuate and said travellers should stay off highways as the storm passed by. He said most government services would be closed or restricted, and schools in Los Cabos and La Paz were closed on Friday.

At least 1,000 people remained in shelters on Friday evening in Los Cabos, where the storm toppled trees and knocked out electricity in parts of the resort area.

Comment: Extreme rainfall occurred in south-western US a month ago, bringing 'apocalyptic' flash-floods.

See also: Hurricane Norbert lashes Mexico's Baja peninsula

Water

Lifestyles of the rich and thirsty: In the midst of California's worst drought, the wealthy truck in their own water

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Many mornings, just before 7 a.m., a large tanker truck pulls up to the grand gates of Oprah Winfrey's 40-acre estate in Montecito, California. Inside is neither merchandise nor produce - just water.

A year ago, Oprah's annual bill from the Montecito Water District was just shy of $125,000. This year, it is less than half. Like many in this wealthy enclave, Oprah has cut back on her consumption of district water. That said, her property has its own wells and a small lake and, according to neighbors, there are the trucks.

These days, tankers can be seen barreling down Montecito's narrow country roads day and night, ferrying up to 5,000 gallons of H20 to some of the world's richest and thirstiest folks.

As California trudges into its third year of a statewide drought - currently at an alarming Stage 4 level, denoting what the federal government calls "exceptional drought" conditions - few towns have been as hard hit as Montecito.
Compass

Hawaii residents brace for evacuation order as lava nears homes

© Tim Orr / U.S. Geological Survey / Associated Press
The June 27 lava flow, named for the date it began erupting from a new vent, streams from Kilauea on Hawaii's Big Island, moving at more than 800 feet per day.
Cassandra Pensa met her husband, Clinton Barricklow, in Northern California and decided to go to Hawaii eight years ago to fulfill their dream of living off the land. They eventually moved to Ka'ohe Homesteads, a rural area where the land was affordable partly because it is near an active volcano.

But a volcano can be a dangerous neighbor.
Bizarro Earth

Video captures explosive volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea

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Sonic boom rocks Australian holidaymaker's boat as he films the spectacle.
Incredible footage of a volcanic eruption shown sending a powerful shockwave rippling through the clouds above it has been captured by a holidaymaker.

Philip McNamara was on a boat off the coast of Papua New Guinea filming Mount Tavurvu in the distance when the volcano exploded, sending up a plume of ash and smoke.

The brave Australian tourist, a taxi driver from Townsville, Queensland, held steady to capture footage of one of nature's most powerful and devastating spectacles.

The explosion happened on August 29, but the minute-long video was only shared on YouTube for the first time on Friday and has since been viewed more than 200,000 times.

Comment: Earth keeps changing, are you curious as to why? Check out Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection by Sott's own Pierre Lescaudron

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