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Giant new sunfish species discovered off the coast of New Zealand

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A massive new two-ton species of sunfish has been discovered after it washed up on a beach in New Zealand.

A group of international researchers had been studying the Indo-Pacific region for four years before making their fascinating discovery. It is the first new species of this type of fish in 130 years.

"The new species managed to evade discovery for nearly three centuries by 'hiding' in a messy history of sunfish taxonomy, partially because they are so difficult to preserve and study, even for natural history museums," said lead author of the study Marianne Nyegaard.


14 killed in wild animal attacks in Chitwan National Park, Nepal in 2016/17; compared to 5 for previous year

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Charging elephant
The number of people killed in wild animal attacks in Chitwan National Park and buffer zones has increased.

According to the record of the CNP, as many as 14 people have lost their lives in the wild animal attacks during the last fiscal year (2016/17) as against five people killed in the previous fiscal year (2015/16).

Of them, seven were killed in rhino attack, five in elephant attack and two in tiger attack.

Similarly, 30 people were injured in the wild animals' attack in the last fiscal year, shared CNP information officer Nurendra Aryal.

Six people were also killed due to attacks by wild animals while collecting fodders in the buffer zones of the Park.


Pit bull terrier breaks through window to attack man on road in Denison, Texas

Denison police are investigating after they say two pit bulls jumped through a window, one of them attacking a man walking nearby.

Police said the man was walking down Twining Drive Saturday afternoon when he was attacked.

We're told the victim was bit several times on his leg and foot but was able to punch the dog who attacked him to get away.

He was driven to Texoma Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Both dogs went back to where they came from, but have since been captured by Animal Control.

No word yet on whether any charges will be filed.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm ends football match in Bischofshofen, Austria (VIDEO)

Bischofshofen's game against Turkish side Kasimpasa was called off on Sunday after massive hailstones covered the pitch

While Jordan Spieth was claiming the Open title at Royal Birkdale on Sunday, hailstones the size of golf balls called an end to a pre-season friendly.

Kasimpasa were 1-0 up against Austrian side Bischofshofen through Hasan Bilal's goal when hail began to fall on the pitch.

The massive hailstones entirely covered the field and with no more play possible due to the storm, the second half of the match was cancelled.

Kasimpasa showed the amazing sight of the huge hailstones bouncing down on the pitch with a social media video - it's no wonder they could not play on!


Surge of vicious raccoon attacks on people in the United States

Gina Chiarelli and her dog, an 11-year-old Maltese named Rocky, had just stepped onto the grass in the backyard of her east Vancouver home earlier this month when a raccoon charged at the pair and sank its teeth into Rocky's head.

"We were there maybe four seconds, and all of a sudden," she said, "a huge raccoon, bigger than my dog, came flying out from under the deck and grabbed my dog by his head with his jaws

She could not separate the raccoon from Rocky's head for several minutes. But once the raccoon finally opened its mouth, in an instant, it began attacking Chiarelli - viciously biting her, scratching, locking on to the back of her legs. The attack went on for 15 minutes.

"It was like a whirling dervish just attacking me relentlessly," she said. "There was blood all across the deck and all over the house. My pants were just soaked in blood, big huge holes in them. I seriously thought that animal was going to kill me. I really, really thought that he was going to kill me."

It may be one of the more dramatic and violent raccoon attacks of the last several months, but it's hardly an isolated incident. It's just one of dozens reported nationwide in states including Virginia, Maine, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Louisiana, Florida and New Jersey.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 2 farmers in Bangladesh

Two farmers were killed and another was injured as they were hit by a lightning strike at Horihora village in Shailakupa upazila in Jhenaidah on Friday, reports UNB.

The deceased were identified as Ratan Mandal, 35, son of late Mohon Mandal, and Waz Mandal, 55, son of late Mansur Mandal, of the village while the injured was Akidul Mandal, son of slain Waz Mandal.

Officer-in-Charge of Shailkupa police station Alamgir Hossain said Ratan and Waz died on the spot and Akidul suffered injuries as a thunderbolt struck them around 8:30am while they were immersing jute plants in water bodies for rotting.

Akidul was first taken to Shailakupa Upazila Health Complex and later shifted to Jhenaidah Sadar Hospital from where he was referred to Faridpur Medical College Hospital as his condition was deteriorated.


Scientists confirm the existence of second garbage patch in the Pacific ocean

Charles Moore aboard a research vessel.
The South Pacific patch may be as big as a million square miles, 1.5 times the size of Texas.

A team of scientists has confirmed the existence of another ocean garbage patch, this time in a remote area of the South Pacific. Unlike the famous patch in the northern Pacific Ocean, which has long been one of the world's most recognizable symbols of pollution, the new patch is in an area that had previously been largely unstudied.

The high degree of plastic pollution was uncovered by captain Charles Moore and his team of volunteer researchers on a six-month voyage: "We discovered tremendous quantities of plastic. My initial impression is that our samples compared to what we were seeing in the North Pacific in 2007, so it's about ten years behind," said Moore, who has worked to raise awareness about plastic pollution since he stumbled across the North Pacific patch while captaining a racing yacht in the 1990s. Moore says the southern patch could be as big as a million square kilometers, 1.5 times the size of Texas.


Shark bites woman off the Florida Keys

A 40-year-old woman was airlifted to a Miami hospital after she was reportedly bitten by a small shark Saturday near Snipe Point offshore Key West, the Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard Sector Key West received a call from a good Samaritan at 12:37 p.m. Saturday, reporting the incident and the location of the victim.

A 33-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Key West arrived on the scene.

The woman and her husband were taken to the station, where she was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services in good condition, the Coast Guard said.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office Deputy Becky Herrin said the woman was injured on her foot.


Eight tropical cyclones spinning simultaneously in the north Pacific Ocean for first time since 1974

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Satellite image of the east and central Pacific from July 22, 2017 with four simultaneous tropical cyclones.
The north Pacific Ocean pulled off an impressive feat with eight tropical cyclones spinning at one time Saturday, July 22, something that hasn't been accomplished in more than four decades.

In the central and eastern Pacific Ocean on Saturday were two named storms, Fernanda and Greg, along with Tropical Depression Nine-E and Tropical Depression Ten-E. The two tropical depressions eventually went on to become Hilary and Irwin.

Meanwhile, the western Pacific Ocean had Noru, Kulap, Roke and Tropical Depression Eight-W all spinning in parts of that basin. Tropical Depression Eight-W would later become Tropical Storm Sonca.

Although it's not unheard of to see multiple tropical cyclones at the same time, this is impressive on any scale.

Eight tropical cyclones have not roamed the north Pacific Ocean simultaneously since 1974, according to Dr. Phil Klotzbach, a tropical scientist at Colorado State University.

Cloud Precipitation

Evacuation orders and advisories to 120,000 after record-breaking rain hits Akita, Japan

A man rides his bicycle through floodwaters in the city of Akita on Sunday.
Roughly 120,000 Akita Prefecture residents were ordered or advised to evacuate on Sunday as the risk of flooding and landslides rose following torrential rain in Tohoku, authorities said.

No injuries have been reported so far.

On Sunday afternoon, the Meteorological Agency warned of more flooding as an active rain front that brought record rainfall to parts of Akita decided to park itself over the Tohoku region.

The cities of Yurihonjo, Daisen and Senboku, as well as the town of Misato, collectively ordered 24,000 residents to evacuate after it was reported that houses had been flooded and landslides had struck various parts of Akita, local officials said.

Another 96,000 people in six cities and three towns in the prefecture on the coast of the Sea of Japan were issued evacuation advisories and urged to prepare for floods and landslides, the officials said.

The storm caused flooding along stretches of the Omono River, while several other rivers were deemed at risk of overflowing their banks.

Comment: Earlier this month floods in Japan killed 20 people after 'unprecedented' rainfall.