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Stunning dragon-like sea creatures wash up on beach in Cape Town, South Africa

Glaucus Atlanticus

Glaucus Atlanticus
Dozens of strange blue dragon-like sea creatures have washed up on a beach near Cape Town in South Africa.

The animals appear to be Glaucus atlanticus, a type of sea slug that is also known as the sea swallow and the blue angel among other nicknames.

The creatures were found on Fish Hoek Beach, where they were photographed by Maria Wagener, who runs a Facebook page about the shore and its sealife.

Ms Wagener said she found around 20 on the beach, adding that she had never seen the creatures before, despite living near the beach for most of her life.


Fish

Rare nine-legged octopus discovered by fisherman off the coast of Japan

The nine-legged octopus was one among the four that the fisherman had caught. It measured a little more than 15 centimetres.

The nine-legged octopus was one among the four that the fisherman had caught. It measured a little more than 15 centimetres.
An extremely rare nine-legged octopus was recently discovered off the coast of Japan.

The unusual creature with an extra limb was caught by a fisherman in Shizugawa Bay in the town of Minamisanriku. Interestingly, he had no idea about the extra limb until he was boiling it in a pot for dinner.

Although fisherman contacted the Minamisanriku Nature Center (MNC) for help, the octopus did not survive the boiling water. It is now preserved in alcohol being showcased to the public at the Shizugawa Nature Center.

A researcher at the MNC, Takuzo Abe, said that octopuses have the ability to regenerate severed legs and the extra appendage may have grown when the creature was regenerating a lost leg.

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Anglers off coast of Virginia reel in massive fish usually found in tropical waters, possibly set record

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You never know what you're going to catch.

A group of anglers was shocked to reel in a massive fish 80 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. It wasn't just the size of the animal that surprised them, however. When they realized what they caught, they realized they may have made the history books.

Michael MacTaggart, Jon Wetherington and Nick Kemp were out last week near Norfolk Canyon in Virginia hoping to catch swordfish, My Fox 8 reports. According to him, the group was about to give up for the day when they felt a tug on the line.

When they reeled the fish in, they were not expecting to see a giant opah fish on the end of the line. MacTaggart described the moment as "surreal."

Sun

First day of summer in Australia sees temperatures reach a blistering 48C while SNOW is forecast for one state

Some parts of central NSW, Queensland and SA peaked at 18C above average on Tuesday

Some parts of central NSW, Queensland and SA peaked at 18C above average on Tuesday
Australians have sweated and shivered on a day of extreme weather across the country on the first day of summer.

The brutal weekend heatwave has continued in large parts of the country's east and south, with temperatures reaching well into the mid-forties in central NSW, Queensland and South Australia.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued an extreme heatwave warning on Tuesday after temperatures peaked as high as 18C above average.

On the other end of the scale, snow is due to hit alpine regions in Tasmania on Wednesday.

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6.4-magnitude earthquake hits off southern Alaska

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck near the Aleutian Islands, which lie in a seismically active area off the coast of Alaska.Credit...
© NOAA
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck near the Aleutian Islands, which lie in a seismically active area off the coast of Alaska.Credit...
The earthquake was reported near a sparsely populated area of the Aleutian Islands, a seismically active area.

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 struck off the coast of a remote area of southern Alaska on Tuesday, but there were no warnings of a tsunami that could threaten the region's sparsely populated string of islands.

The earthquake was reported just after 7 a.m. local time, about 24 miles southeast of Nikolski, a census-designated area of the Aleutian Islands that had a population of 18 people in 2010, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Umbrella

Flooding and severe hailstorm hits 2 departments of Bolivia

Floods in the city of Tarija, Tarija Department, Bolivia, 30 November 2020 .
© Municipal of Tarija
Floods in the city of Tarija, Tarija Department, Bolivia, 30 November 2020 .
Heavy rainfall on 30 November caused flooding in the department of Tarija in southern Bolivia.

Among the worst affected areas was the city of Tarija, where creeks and rivers, including the El Monte stream, broke their banks. Local authorities reported damage to roads and homes in several neighbourhoods of the city. Power outages were reported and a medical centre was also damaged.


Attention

Giant 'earthquake fish' caught after 2 quakes strike eastern Taiwan

oarfish
Taiwanese fishermen on Friday (Nov. 6) caught a massive oarfish (Regalecus glesne) nearly 5 meters in length off the coast of eastern Taiwan the same day two earthquakes struck the area.

The oarfish was 490 centimeters long and weighed about 45 kilograms. It was caught off the coast of Dong'ao in Yilan County.

The owner of Fumei Huo Seafood Restaurant (富美活海鮮餐廳) purchased the fish for NT$16,000 (US$560). Chen Kuo-pin (陳國濱) was cited by Liberty Times as saying that it was the longest "earthquake fish" (地震魚) he had ever seen.

Comment: Other such reports in 2020:


Attention

Dozens of parrots found dead on mobile phone mast in the Philippines

dead parrots
A worker was shocked after finding dozens of dead birds on top of a mobile phone mast in the Philippines.

Rigger technician Edward Tapia climbed the tower in Surigao del Sur province for a maintenance check on November 21.

Edward climbed up the 130ft-tall structure but when he reached the top, there were dozens of birds that had died mysteriously.

The blue-naped parrots, a species found throughout the Philippines, were in different stages of decomposition suggesting that they did not all die at the same time. There were several other types of dead alongside them.

Edward found the creatures stacked up in the platform corner beside a machine installed on the tower, which transmits 3G and 4G network signals.

Question

Mystery as hundreds of birds kill themselves flying into apartment block in Inner Mongolia, China

Every day waxwings are found dead or dying in the street in Baotou City

Every day waxwings are found dead or dying in the street in Baotou City
Hundreds of 'kamikaze' birds are being found dead outside a Chinese apartment block every day - baffling boffins.

The battered corpses of cute, but timid, waxwings are piling up in Baotou City, Inner Mongolia, say media reports.

Gruesome video shows the birds lying on the ground, dying or dead, says HK News.

It reports that most of the birds have smashed straight into transparent glass windows before plummeting to their deaths onto concrete at the base of the brick residential building.

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6.3-magnitude earthquake hits Salta, Argentina - 2nd powerful quake for the province within 31 hours

Earthquake
© Associated Press
A 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted 76 km WSW of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina at 22:54:59 GMT on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 147.79 km, was initially determined to be at 24.3785 degrees south latitude and 67.0533 degrees west longitude.

Comment: Details and video of the earlier event: Shallow 5.9 magnitude earthquake shakes the northern Argentine province of Salta