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Diver looking for shark teeth is attacked by alligator in Florida river and survives: 'I was thanking God'

A diver looking for shark teeth is attacked by an alligator in a Florida river and survives.
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A diver looking for shark teeth is attacked by an alligator in a Florida river and survives.
A Florida diver was searching for prehistoric shark teeth but found himself on the receiving end of an alligator's teeth instead.

CNN reported that 25-year-old Jeffrey Heim sustained a skull fracture from an alligator attack last Sunday on Florida's Myakka River, in Sarasota County. The wound to the back of his head required 34 staples to close, and Heim also had puncture wounds on his hand from the alligator's bite.

Initially, the Tampa man thought he'd been hit by a boat propeller, the report said, but then saw the alligator looking at him.

Heim described the attack to CNN, saying, "It felt very heavy and it really felt like it was moving very fast." He added, "It felt blunt. It felt like a blunt force. I didn't feel the cutting, I felt a pulling."


Sperm whale's death under investigation after stranding on Shell Island, Florida

A sub-adult Sperm whale washed up on the shore of a popular local hotspot, Shell Island.
© Charles Levert/Panhandle Helicopter
A sub-adult Sperm whale washed up on the shore of a popular local hotspot, Shell Island.
You don't see this in the Florida panhandle often.

NOAA officials are looking into the death of a sub-adult sperm whale found at a popular local hotspot, Shell Island.

According to officials with NOAA, this species of whale is considered endangered. It's primarily found in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

They say this is one of three sperm whale strandings along the Gulf over the last 10 years.

Officials are unsure what caused the whale's death. They do say the whale was very thin when it beached itself.

A necropsy will be conducted Tuesday morning to determine the cause of death.


Mysterious black substance on Wells Beach, Maine turns out to be millions of dead bugs

Linda Stathoplos, a retired NOAA researcher
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Linda Stathoplos, a retired NOAA researcher and oceanographer, searches the base of the jetty for remnants of bugs that washed ashore on Wells Beach on Tuesday. Stathoplos used a microscope to determine that the remains of small black flies likely stained the feet of beachgoers.
Ed Smith has walked Wells Beach for years but has never seen anything like it: A mysterious black substance that settles on the sand near the shoreline and stains the feet of anyone who ventures too close.

He first noticed it Sunday night. When he went back out Monday, it was there again. He talked to about a dozen beachgoers who all said they noticed it too.

"I sat on the edge of my tub with blue Dawn (dishwashing soap) and a scrub pad, and I still couldn't remove the stain from my feet," Smith said.

It took a few inquiries to local and state officials, and some help from a retired scientist who lives nearby, but Smith got his answer Tuesday. It only raised more questions.


Huge two-day underwater avalanche sent mud 1,000km into ocean

Underwater avalanche travelled more than 1,100km from the mouth of the river Congo
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Underwater avalanche travelled more than 1,100km from the mouth of the river Congo, damaging submarine cables and interrupting internet traffic
A vast underwater avalanche sent mud and sand more than 1,000km out into the ocean over the course of two days, rupturing submarine cables and disrupting internet traffic on Africa's western coast, scientists have revealed.

The avalanche, the longest sediment flow ever recorded, travelled more than 1,100km from its source at the mouth of the Congo river along a deep ocean canyon, according to a new study.

It took place in January 2020 but the data on it has only just emerged. The slide may have gone unnoticed on land had the telecommunications cables not been broken, slowing data traffic between Nigeria and South Africa.

The event was also captured on devices that researchers had placed in the south Atlantic to measure the speed of currents and sediments. The sensors showed a flow of mud and sand accelerating from five metres per second to eight metres per second as it flooded out to sea.

"We had a series of oceanographic moorings that were hit by the event, which broke them from their seafloor anchors so that they popped up to send us an email," Professor Peter Talling from Durham University told the BBC.


Thousands flee as two massive wildfires sweep Arizona

Arizona wildfires
Two large rural Arizona fires have scorched more than 138,000 acres and forced thousands of residents from their homes.

Firefighters in the eastern part of the state are tackling the Telegraph Fire, which has burned 71,756 acres and the Mescal Fire that has charred 66,913 acres.

Authorities say that the Telegraph Fire has burned since last week but is zero per cent contained, while the Mescal Fire is 23 per cent contained.

At least 2,500 homes in Gila County have been evacuated, said Carl Melford, the county emergency manager.

And he estimated that there was twice as many households with bags packed just in case they have to leave quickly.


Strong hurricane wind in Shagonar, Tuva Republic, Russia

In Tuva, a hurricane wind blew the roofs off several houses. A hurricane swept over the Ulug-Khem region of Tuva, the republican civil defense and emergency service reports. The speed of wind gusts reached 38 m / s. In Shagonar, the hurricane damaged many roofs and cut wires, leaving many homes without electricity.

There are no victims as a result of the rampant elements.

The consequences of the hurricane were shown by the medical workers of the Tuvan city. In the hospital, the wind and boards flying from the roofs smashed the windows.

Now in Shagonar, an emergency group of the Russian Emergencies Ministry is working, which collects information about the damage caused by the elements. Residents are asked to be as careful as possible and not to go outside unnecessarily during a strong wind.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 2 in Cambodia - 49 such deaths in the country so far in 2021

Two people were killed by lightning while 52 houses were damaged during thunderstorms in separate cases in Kampong Chhnang province on June 5-6.

In Kampong Leng district, governor Som Chanthorn told The Post that rain with strong winds on the afternoon of June 6 damaged 18 houses, three of which collapsed.

A 40-year-old farmer was also killed by lightning in the middle of his paddy field in Dar commune's Chrolong village.

"At this time, the authorities are intervening to repair victims' houses and provide some funds to the families of the deceased and assist with the funeral," Chanthorn said.


Two dead minke whales washed up days apart in North East England

A second dead minke whale has washed up on a
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A second dead minke whale has washed up on a beach up the coast from where another 40ft mammal was found days earlier.
A dead minke whale has been washed up on a beach up the coast from where another 40ft mammal was found days earlier.

Coastguards have urged holidaymakers and onlookers to stay away after the 27ft-long whale was found on Boulmer Beach in Northumberland.

Dead whales have been known to explode due to a build up of gasses as they decompose.

Howick Coastguard Rescue Team were called after a walker spotted the whale on the rocks on Friday (4/6) lunchtime.

A spokesperson said: "Sadly an 8.1 metre whale was found deceased on the rocks.

"It appeared to have been dead for some time.

Cloud Precipitation

Man and hundreds of livestock killed by heavy rain, hailstorm in Balochistan, Pakistan

Hundreds head of cattle were killed, power supply was suspended and a large number of people were rendered homeless as their makeshift houses were destroyed due to heavy rain and thunderstorm that hit a vast area of Kachhi district, officials said on Friday.

One person was killed and over 20 were injured in rain and thunderstorm-related incidents in Dhadar and Mushkaaf areas, according to reports.

Official sources said the heavy rain with thunderstorm started lashing Dhadar, the headquarters of Kachhi district, and other areas on Thursday night, followed by a hailstorm which continued for two hours.

"Over 500 cattle head, including goats and sheep, were killed only in the Mushkaaf area of Kachhi district," Tehsildar of Dhadar Naimatullah Tareen claimed. He said that according to reports the numbers of killed cattle head was very high as a vast area was battered by heavy rain and thunderstorm.


Rare waterspout filmed off beach in Goa, India

A day after a rare and spectacular waterspout emerged off the popular Baga beach in Goa, the state government lifeguard agency on Tuesday issued a public warning against rushing towards the phenomenon in curiosity.

The videos of the waterspout went viral on social media. "As in the case of Baga today, they can move to or from land. To stay safe, move at a 90 degree angle to its movement and do not go closer to explore," the statement also said.

The incident occurred in North Goa late on Monday and was recorded by lifeguards posted at the site.