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Blanket of spiderwebs cover field in New Zealand

© Tracey Maris/Storyful
A transparent layer of spider webs covers the grass in a New Zealand park.
Visitors to a New Zealand park recently found the grass blanketed not by flowers, but by silk webs produced by what appeared to be thousands of tiny spiders.

Park-goer Tracey Maris noticed something unusual about the scene on April 16 and captured video footage of the gently rolling silk waves. The web blanket was approximately 98 feet (30 meters) long and as wide as 7 to 10 feet (2 to 3 m), The New Zealand Herald reported. Webs covered ground near a soccer field at the Gordon Spratt Reserve in suburban Papamoa, near the Bay of Plenty on New Zealand's eastern coast, the newspaper said.

Initially, Maris thought the silk nets were unoccupied, she said. But as she and her family explored the webs' outer perimeter, they noticed that there were "little black things on top" — spiders, numbering in the thousands, Maris told The NZ Herald. "So, as you do, we screamed really loudly," she said.

Maris spotted the webs on a newly made tsunami evacuation mound, she told the news agency Storyful. "There was a bright glistening coming from the top of the mound. It looked almost like the hill was sparkling," Maris said. The elevated mound may have attracted spiders seeking higher ground after recent flooding from Cyclone Cook earlier that week, Maris told Storyful.

Ice Cube

Ominous crack discovered in Greenland Glacier

© NASA. Operation IceBridge
The Petermann Glacier, whose new crack is visible in the lower section of the photo.
A team of NASA researchers have snapped a photo of the long crack in the Petermann Glacier along the northern coast of Greenland. There is a chance that the new crack could meet an older one and split off an ice island twice the size of Manhattan.

The researchers are members of Operation IceBridge, a nine-year NASA research mission to monitor polar ice through the use of specialized aircraft. Planes equipped with cameras and other scientific instruments canvas the ice coverage and formations in Antarctica as well as Greenland.

Stef Lhermitte, an associate professor of geoscience with the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands discovered the crack close to the town of Qaanaaq in the northernmost reaches of Greenland.

Since then, weather satellites have been monitoring the crack for signs of development. NASA and other scientific bodies are concerned about it because the crack is unusually close to the center of the Petermann Glacier. Typically when a glacier fragments, it does so at its edges.

Nobody is sure why the glacier is doing this. Lhermitte's theory is that warm water is trapped underneath the glacier core, but he doesn't know how it would have got there. He said in a statement that it was "amazing to see the rift from nearby after studying it from space for several days." However, "from these images alone it is difficult to already say anything about what exactly caused the crack on this unusual spot."


Domesticated elephant kills mahout and injures another in Karnataka, India

© Getty
Charging elephant
A mahout who was suddenly attacked by a domesticated elephant that unexpectedly got agitated, lost his life. Another labourer suffered serious injuries in the same attack. This incident happened at the Dubare elephant camp in Kodagu district.

Annu (48), working as mahout in this camp, died in this incident, while labourer, Chandra (28), suffered injuries.

Annu was the mahout of a tamed elephant named Ranjan, which is housed in the camp. At around 8 am, Annu was releasing his elephant, Ranjan, from the ropes when an eight-year old elephant, Kartik, which was nearby, suddenly surged ahead and attacked both Annu and Chandra.

Eye 2

Four people killed by crocodiles within a month in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's rains have made sure that crocodiles are on the move, with four people having been killed by crocodiles in one river in less than a month.

The latest victim is an 11-year-old boy who was killed while swimming in the Kana River with two friends.

Conservation groups are warning that heavy rains and flooded rivers have resulted in crocodiles turning up in places where they're least expected.

Village headman Muziwakhe Ndlovu told the state-run Chronicle that the boy was the fourth person to die from crocodile attacks in that river this month.


Woman hospitalized after family pit bull attacks her in Foley, Alabama

The five-year-old dog was described as a member of the family, raised from a puppy but Monday afternoon it attacked the one person who may have loved him the most.

"My pit bull attacked my wife for no reason, bit a big hole in her side. If the law don't get him, he's a dead dog here."

The dog Milton Weeks raised from a 6-month-old puppy, crated and taken out of the house. Half an hour earlier.
his wife was airlifted to a trauma center after the dog attacked. "I had to pick up an electric heater and hit him across the head and then he jumped at me."


Strange, early morning horn sounds recorded in Ohio

© Via YouTube/LillyLithium
I had woken up and my dog had to be taken out to pee and this happened.

NOTE: there was no planes in the sky, there was no trains, the small town of Ohio was pretty much dead.

Part 2 of this will be uploaded, and it lasted a while after I stopped recording. A good 15-20 minutes and was still going when I went back inside.

Comment: See also: Strange sky sounds: Metallic, groaning, trumpet-like noises heard worldwide in 2016


Bizarre, iridescent cumulonimbus cloud seen over Singapore

© Via Instagram/taka_fla
The top of this giant cumulonimbus cloud suddenly became iridescent as individual water droplets refracted sun light at high altitude. Crazy pictures shot today over Singapore.

© Via Instagram/mayuktsu0121


Volcano erupts on Manam Island, Papua New Guinea

Volcano on Manam Island
The volcano on Manam Island in Bogia, Madang in Papua New Guinea has erupted on Sunday evening, forcing many who had moved back there fleeing for safety, the local newspaper reports.

Paul Maburau, the ward councillor for Dugulava village on the island, said they saw flames coming out at around 7pm when many villagers were preparing to have dinner.

He said fire was coming out of both craters of the volcano - the one between Bokure village and Kualang village, and the one between Dugulava and Warisi villages.

Maburau said more blasts came during the night and continued through yesterday.


6 photos that show just how cold it was in Germany over Easter weekend

Easter for many across Germany meant either snow, rain, or even both over the weekend. And the chilly weather is set to continue.

From Berlin down to Munich, snow fell across the country over the Easter weekend, making the springtime holiday feel more wintry than perhaps many had hoped.

Flowers were already blooming for the season, but in some places, icy blankets hid them from sight, like below in Feldafing, Bavaria.

Snow ploughs even had to be deployed in some places, like below in Taunus, Hesse, to clear away the fields of white powder.


Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake hits Peru

6.0 magnitude earthquake 254 km from Iquitos, Loreto, Peru

2017-04-18 17:49:55 UTC

UTC time: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 17:49 PM
Your time: 2017-04-18T17:49:55Z
Magnitude Type: mww
USGS page: M 6.0 - 255km WNW of Iquitos, Peru
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 40 people

2017-04-18 17:49:55 UTC 6.0 magnitude, 10 km depth
Iquitos, Loreto, Peru