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Dead blue whale washes ashore at beach in Kamakura, Japan - first time for the country

A dead whale that washed up on Yuigahama Beach is seen from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter on Aug. 5, 2018.
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A dead whale that washed up on Yuigahama Beach is seen from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter on Aug. 5, 2018.
A dead whale measuring 10.6 meters washed ashore here Aug. 5, stunning hordes of sun-worshipers at popular Yuigahama beach.

Experts from the Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa, also on the Pacific coast of Kanagawa Prefecture, said the animal was believed to belong to the baleen whale family.

The whale was spotted around 2:30 p.m., having apparently died at sea.

Experts from the city government's tourism section and the Enoshima Aquarium rushed to the scene after police were alerted to the whale's presence.

It washed up near the west end of the beach.


25 dead fur seals found at Te Oka Bay, New Zealand

Young fur seals, like this one on Ninety Mile Beach last August, often come ashore in winter.
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Young fur seals, like this one on Ninety Mile Beach last August, often come ashore in winter.
Multiple mass deaths of New Zealand fur seals on the Canterbury coast have been reported to the Department of Conservation this year.

Andy Thompson, the operations manager for DoC's Mahaanui/Sockburn office in Christchurch, said today's find of about 25 dead seals at Te Oka Bay repeated a pattern of the last four months in the vicinity.

The difference, however, was that the two earlier finds along the southern bays of Banks Peninsula, each of about a dozen dead seals, were of younger animals.

DoC staff would retrieve the dead seals from Te Oka Bay tomorrow, following the grisly find by members of the public.


Man killed by shark in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt

Shark attacks
A Czech tourist has been killed in a shark attack off the coast of an Egyptian Red Sea resort, the first such incident in the country since 2015.

The man was swimming off the beach in Marsa Allam on Friday when the shark struck, a Czech foreign ministry official told The Telegraph.

Local media reported that only some of his remains washed up on shore.

The Czech tourist was holidaying with his family in the popular Red Sea tourist destination. They have since returned home and are waiting for his remains, the Czech official said.

A local newspaper, Al-Mal, reported that Egypt's environment ministry, which would take part in investigating such attacks, had posted then promptly deleted a statement on its Facebook page sharing details of the mauling.


Woman bitten in rare attack by moray eel off Hawaii

Marine experts were shocked to discover Porter had suffered a rare eel bite. Waikiki Aquarium director Andrew Rossiter said it was likely a moray eel at least five feet in length (stock image)

Marine experts were shocked to discover Porter had suffered a rare eel bite. Waikiki Aquarium director Andrew Rossiter said it was likely a moray eel at least five feet in length (stock image)
A woman has described the moment she was bitten by a giant eel while sunbathing at a beach in Hawaii.

Kristen Porter was lounging on a floatie off of Kuhio Beach on the afternoon of July 29 when she felt something bite her.

'My feet were dangling down and I was there for hours, so I was completely surprised that all of a sudden something attacked my foot,' the mom vacationing from Annapolis, Maryland, told KHON.

'I couldn't believe it, but I knew immediately that it was something bad, and it wasn't just like a fish nibble, so I pulled my foot into the air and there was blood everywhere.'

Porter's son and two other beachgoers helped her to the shore, where a lifeguard examined the wound and told her she'd been bitten by an eel.

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Russian scientists discover region's largest mammoth tusk yet in Ural mountains

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Paleontologists are celebrating after discovering the largest mammoth tusk ever found in Russia
Paleontologists are celebrating after discovering the largest mammoth tusk ever found in Russia.

Part of the tusk of a steppe mammoth was found during an an expedition in the Ural Mountains in the Prikamye region of central Russia's Perm Krai region.

Paleontologists initially thought they had found just a small section of tusk - but when it was fully excavated it measured 3.15 metres (10ft 4ins) long and 22 centimetres (8.7 ins) in diameter.

Comment: What kind of world was able to support such massive creatures?


Woman killed by pit bull terrier in Chicago

A 57-year-old woman is killed after being attacked by a pit bull on Chicago's far South Side.

It happened near 101st and South Calhoun around noon Saturday.

Police said when officers arrived at the scene, the dog charged at them. Both officers fired their guns killing the dog.

The victim was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. The dog bit her throughout her body, including her neck.


Bryde's whale found dead in south Iran

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A huge Bryde's whale was found dead in Deyr-Nakhilou National Park located along the coasts of the southern province of Bushehr.

According to Hossein Delshab, head of the provincial office of the Department of Environment, the large mammal must have crashed into the boats and ships before its death, Tasnim News Agency reported.

"This is not the first time that dead big whales are washed ashore in the southern coasts," the official said.


Globull warmist nutjobs burning crops for fuel while farmers struggle to feed cattle due to "extreme weather"

anarobic digestion plants
Sheep farmers are calling for the government to rethink incentives for anaerobic digestion plants and large-scale biomass burners post-Brexit.

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is urging a review on the impact energy grant structures are having on the countryside, which the group says is "disproportionately incentivised".

The organisation has concerns over the pressure anaerobic digestion (AD) plants and large-scale biomass burners place on the sheep sector - and says the current extreme weather has further exacerbated the situation.

Comment: Wiki:
Anaerobic digestion is a collection of processes by which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. The process is used for industrial or domestic purposes to manage waste or to produce fuels.

Phil Stocker, NSA Chief Executive explained: "Forage stocks were completely used up during the harsh winter we experienced, but instead of being able to rebuild stores, the dry weather means sheep farmers are already using winter feeds to sustain flocks due to a shortage of grass.

Comment: This story just demonstrates just how disconnected from reality globull warming 'science' really is. While farmers suffer crop losses and lower yield due to harsher winters, wetter springs and summer drought, with many resorting to slaughtering their animals due to lack of feed, demented global warmists are burning feed to produce a minimal amount of power, which is probably one of the most inefficient and wasteful uses imaginable. However food prices are already rising and it won't be long before a consumer backlash puts an end to such insanity: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Genome study upends notions of language evolution

Human Language
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The human version of the gene FOXP2 harbours changes not found in chimpanzees or other primates.
The evolution of human language was once thought to have hinged on changes to a single gene that were so beneficial that they raced through ancient human populations. But an analysis now suggests that this gene, FOXP2, did not undergo changes in Homo sapiens' recent history after all - and that previous findings might simply have been false signals.

"The situation's a lot more complicated than the very clean story that has been making it into textbooks all this time," says Elizabeth Atkinson, a population geneticist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a co-author of the paper, which was published on 2 August in Cell1.

Originally discovered in a family who had a history of profound speech and language disorders, FOXP2 was the first gene found to be involved in language production2. Later research touted its importance to the evolution of human language.

A key 2002 paper found that humans carry two mutations to FOXP2 not found in any other primates3. When the researchers looked at genetic variation surrounding these mutations, they found the signature of a 'selective sweep' - in which a beneficial mutation quickly becomes common across a population. This change to FOXP2 seemed to have happened in the past 200,000 years, the team reported in Nature. The paper has been cited hundreds of times in the scientific literature.


Boy, 2, killed by several pit bull terriers in Philadelphia

A 2-year-old boy was fatally mauled by several pit bulls late Wednesday afternoon inside a rowhouse in the city's Port Richmond section, police said.

Around 5:15 p.m., police responded to reports that a child was being attacked by dogs inside a two-story rowhouse in the 3000 block of Agate Street, said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

When the officers arrived, "they could see through the front door ... a child being attacked" by pit bulls, Small said.

"The child was bleeding heavily. The child was unresponsive," he added.

"Some of the dogs charged the officers. The officers fired shots at these dogs that were attacking them," Small said. Two dogs were killed and one wounded, police said.