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9 Cryptids that Turned Out to be Real
 
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From Dragons, to the mammal that lays eggs, these are 9 Cryptids that turned out to be REAL! Komodo Dragon -- Until 1910, rumors of a huge, prehistoric reptile slithering about a remote Indonesian island were just that -- rumors. In that year, a Dutch colonial official undertook an expedition to Komodo Island .. and he captured and killed a 6 foot specimen. The dragon carcass was sent as proof to the Zoological Museum and Botanical Garden in Java, which bestowed the name ‘Varanus komodoensis’ (ver-annus komma-doan-sis) upon the creature. But an American explorer named W. Douglas Burden wanted proof for himself. So he organized his own expedition in 1926, with the goal of returning to New York City with two large, living specimens. Yangtze Giant Soft-shell Turtle (Hoan Kiem Turtle) -- In a story taught to generations of Vietnamese schoolchildren, Kim Qui (q’why) is the legendary Golden Turtle God. This turtle is considered the sacred custodian of the magic sword of Le Loi (la loy) … the 15th century rebel leader who vanquished Chinese invaders. After his victory, Le Loi returned the sword to Kim Qui, who took it and submerged into the lake, which was later renamed “Hoan Kiem” (hone keem) … or ‘the Lake of the Returned Sword’. The Hoan Kiem Turtle was always considered a myth until 1998 … that’s scientists managed to film the creature and caught several live samples. And that proved to the world that the Golden Turtle God truly did exist! The former cryptid is recognized by science as the extremely rare Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle, although it’s known by a few other names as well. There were only four such creatures known to exist, and one died at Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake earlier in 2016, leaving only three in existence. You can find out more by checking out an episode we produced a few months back called “22 Rarest Animals on Earth”! The Okapi ah-copy (African Unicorn) -- No, we didn’t make this one up. The Okapi (ah-copy) truly does exist in remote rainforests of central Africa. While it looks like a combination of animals including the zebra, deer, and antelope, it’s actually most closely related to the giraffe. You can tell by the neck. They even have that animal’s characteristic long blue tongue. While they were known to locals as the Atti or O’api these were quiet and solitary creatures … and they easily evaded attempts by Europeans to capture them …In fact, Europeans came to consider the okapi a myth, referring to them as the ‘African unicorn’. It wasn’t until 1901 that the okapi lost that mythical status . That’s when the British governor of Uganda, Sir Harry Johnston, sent the skeleton of an okapi, along its striped skin to the British Museum for classification. Even though the okapi is now recognized by mainstream science, it still remains an icon of cryptozoology in the 21st century. Giant Squid (Kraken) -- Stories of enormous squids have circulated around the world since the days of Aristotle, who described such monsters. Legends such as the Lusca (luska) in the Caribbean or the Sea Monk of medieval Europe became familiar to seafarers … but the most famous of all legendary squids is the Kraken, the massive tentacled beast said to be as big as an island and devour ships whole. Such creatures were considered myths prior to 1870s, when carcasses of giant squids were beached on the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador. Platypus (Chimera) -- If there’s any animal that qualifies as a real life cryptid, surely it’s the platypus … that’s why we’re giving this marvelous, mashed-up mammal our top spot. With a duck’s bill, otter-like feet and a beaver’s tail, the creature looks like it just stepped out of a Photoshop session. In 1798, preeminent British scientists thought the creature was a hoax. Even its corpse had scholars suspecting it was some sort of sewn-together animal made by Chinese sailors, not unlike the Fiji Mermaid. Today the Platypus is recognized as one of only five monotremes -- mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth. Did you know this is one of the few venomous mammals … the males have spurs on their hind legs that can deliver venom that causes humans severe pain. It’s also known as an iconic symbol of Australia. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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Cookiecutter Shark
 
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One of world's weirdest shark species. Learn facts about the cookie cutter shark that bites whales, deep sea fish, and even submarines. Did you know that there is a shark that is also classified as a parasite. Parasites by rule hurt their prey but don’t kill them. The only parasite in the shark family. They average 20 inches long, about the length of the average ferret and are one of the smallest sharks in the world, the smallest being the dwarf lantern shark of Colombia and Venezuela. The cookie cutter shark used to be called the cigar shark and it’s pretty easy to see why. So where did the name cookie cutter shark come from? First a little about its lifestyle and it will all become clear. They live in the deep warm coastal waters, near islands, around the equator. I don’t mean kind of deep. These guys spend their days at depths equal to that of the Titanic Wreck. At night they come to the surface to feed, , and they have one of the best evolutionary fish lures in the world. Like many deep sea creatures they are bioluminescent. Their bellies are covered by photophores which emit a greenish glow that looks like a smaller fish to anything below it. Their bioluminescence is so strong that they’ll continue to glow up to 3 hours after they die. As for the hunt their technique is to wait for something to try and eat them from below, or just pass by, then they whip around and form a tight suction with their mouth on the attacker. Then they turn in a circle and carve out a chunk of the animal and swallow it before letting go. The result is an almost perfectly round crater looking hole resembling one made by a cookie cutter, hence the name change from cigar shark. They aren’t choosy about their victims either. They attack seals, whales, dolphins, large fish, mega mouth sharks, and even nuclear submarines. There have been a few recorded cases of cookie cutter sharks taking a bite out of the rubber sonar domes of passing submarines. Sometimes inflicting enough damage to cause an oil leak and send them back to port. But don’t worry there have been very few recorded attacks on humans, since they only come up from the depths at night and they’re so small they’re not deadly. They’re parasites remember. Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/forums -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 FAMOUS AUSTRALIAN CRYPTIDS
 
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From mythical beasts you can't pronounce, to the most dangerous creature in all of Australia, the DROP BEAR, these are 10 FAMOUS Australian Cryptids 6. The Muldjewangk (muldge-u-wink) -- Did you know these cryptids are known as a terrible race of creatures? Well, their name is certainly terrifying … if you don’t believe us, just try pronouncing their name. Details on this creature vary … Some say it’s a single giant monster … others say they’re a race of half-human, half-fish mermen and mermaids. According to Australian Aboriginal mythology, they dwell deep in the Murray River in South Australia. They’re said to hide under large clumps of seaweed, which should be avoided. Pestering these creatures could result in the offender being stricken with running red blisters appearing all over their body .. which is followed by a slow, agonizing death. Some elders say these creatures no longer inhabit the river system … we say that’s a good thing! 5. Queensland Tiger -- its native name is ‘the Yarri’ (yarrie like mary)and it’s described as a dog-sized feline creature with prominent front teeth, stripes and a long tail. Earliest documented sightings date from 1871, although indigenous traditions of the Yarri preceded these. Reports of the creature have consistently been received from northeast of Queensland, but sightings have decreased since the 1950s. A creature similar to the Queensland tiger did exist … Thylacoleo (thy-la-ko-leo) was a large, predatory marsupial that became extinct 30,000 years ago … but modern sightings of a creature similar in appearance have led some experts to speculate a small population somehow survived in remote areas. Cryptozoologists speculate that the Tasmanian tiger could provide an explanation … those creatures match the description of the cryptid, but were declared extinct in 1986 … Is it possible some of them somehow managed to survive? 4. Yara Ma Yha Who (yarra-mah-ya-who) -- This cryptid comes from Australian Aboriginal mythology … and is said to resemble a small red man with an extremely big head, a large toothless mouth and suckers located on its hands and feet. Rather than hunting for food, it waits for an unsuspecting traveler to rest under the fig tree in which it lives. It then drops out of the tree and drains the victim’s blood using the suckers on its hands and feet. The creature then consumes the victim, after which it has a sip of water and takes a nap. When the creature awakes, it regurgitates the victim, leaving it shorter than before … the victim’s skin now has a reddish tint it did not have previously. 3. Drop Bears -- The best description of this cryptid might be that they’re huge, angry carnivorous koalas. They supposedly live atop gum and eucalyptus trees and hunt prey by dropping from the trees onto the noggins of their victims, knocking them out. Whereupon the Drop Bears usen their razor-like claws and sharp teeth to devour them. They are apparently unafraid of larger creatures and prefer to hunt at night. How does one protect himself? It’s said that spreading vegemite or toothpaste behind the neck and ears will deter the beasts. 2. Yowie (yo-ee like joey) -- You could call this cryptid the North American Bigfoot and-or Yeti of Australia. Also known as the Yahoo, The Yowie (yoey)is said to stand up to twelve feet tall, with a body covered in brown or black fur. Although generally reported as bipedal, the creatures are known to run on all fours as well. They’re most commonly sighted in Queensland's Gold Coast, and New South Wales. The first eyewitness accounts date to the 19th century but sightings as recent as 2014 when two yowie (yoey) hunters claimed to have filmed the creature in South Queensland using an infrared tree camera … they supposedly found large footprints and collected fur samples as well. Two other sightings were reported the same year. 1. Bunyip (b’yewn-yip) -- This is one of the more famous Australian cryptids, and is believed to live close to billabongs, creeks or swamps. As many as nine regional variations of this creature are found throughout Aboriginal Australia so getting a definitive description is difficult. But most accounts agree that the Bunyip (b’yewn-yip) has flippers, tusks and a horse-like tail. It’s said to make a loud bellowing noise when approached, and comes out at night to feast on children, women and animals. Sightings of this cryptid date back to the 19th century and were often reported during the Depression in the 1930s. Some real-life explanations for the Bunyip 9b’yewn-yip) include it being the Australasian Bittern (bit-urn), a large, shy bird known for its distinctive booming call … it’s often referred to as the ‘Bunyip (b’yewn-yip) bird’. !!Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 AFRICAN CRYPTIDS EXPLAINED
 
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From the GIANT Spider that eats humans for breakfast, to the even more cryptic, rarely spotted Jungle Walrus, these are 10 African Cryptids Explained 5. J’ba Fofi (jibba-fo’fi) -- Also called the Congolese Great Spider, it’s alleged to exist in forests of the Congo, and has a brown-colored body not unlike a tarantula, with a leg span up to six feet. The earliest documented sighting in the Congo was in 1938 when a family of three reportedly saw a spider as big as a monkey. They’re supposedly able to spin strong, circular webs between two trees, leaving a strand that extends across game trails. Natives claim the creatures are highly venomous and prey on small game like birds and forest antelope. 4. Ennedi Tiger (en-eddie) -- a sabre-toothed cat purportedly inhabits the Ennedi Plateau in eastern Chad in Sub-Saharan Africa. There are reportedly two different species of this animal … one called Hadjel that mainly roams about the mountains ...and one that dwells in the water, called Mourou N’gou (mor-oo nah-goo). Hadjel (agile) is larger than a lion and has a reddish coat with white stripes, but has no tail. It’s said to have protruding teeth and is strong enough to carry off bigger antelopes. Natives described the creature as a sabertooth to western explorers. The water type, Mourou N’gou, is also said to be larger than a lion at up to 12 feet, and is extremely fierce with walrus-like teeth. This one is colored red with white markings. And unlike the Hadjel, it is always reported as having a long tail. There’s speculation that this creature might be an otter, as its habitat extends into the Central African Republic. We couldn’t find any comparison for the Hadjel. Is it possible that saber toothed cats survived into the 21st century? 3. Mokele-mbembe (ma-kell memb)-- In the Lingala (Iing-ala) language that name means “the one who stops the flow of rivers”. This huge creature has been the object of many expeditions, but they’ve always come back with nothing more than unexplained footprints and secondhand accounts. The creature is said to inhabit pools and swamps of The People's Republic of Congo … and has a long neck and tail, along with three claws, judging from tracks. When locals were shown the picture of a sauropod dinosaur, they identified it as the creature in question. Reports place the animal’s length up to 32 feet, with its neck and tail each extending 10 feet. It’s said the animal is silent and usually stays underwater except when it eats or travels. There are reports of of the creature overturning boats and killing passengers by biting them. And it doesn’t seem too fond of hippos … it’s known to kill them on sight. This cryptid sounds like a variation on the Loch Ness Monster, doesn’t it? 2. The Adze (ads) -- This cryptid is found in the legends of the Ewe people of Togo and Ghana. It’s a vampire that can take the forms of various insects such as fireflies … but if it’s captured, it reverts to human appearance. That’s a bad idea because the Adze could attack and eat your organs … but the good news is, it can be defeated. The trick is to destroy their human form before they can start up with all that bloody mess. While in its insect form, the vampire will suck the victim's blood while they sleep … and that spreads disease … it’s thought to be a possible explanation for outbreaks of malaria. As if all that isn’t bad enough, victims of the Adze also become a witch who is possessed by the vampire’s spirit. Encountering the Adze doesn’t exactly sound like a day at the beach, does it? 1. Dingonek (dinga-neck) -- Allegedly spotted in the jungles of West Africa, this creature is also known as the Jungle Walrus. It’s been described as up to 18 feet long, with walrus-like tusks over 3 feet long earning it that nickname. But wait, there’s more … The beast is said to be completely covered in scales not unlike an armadillo, has reptilian claws, a long horn , and a long tail that has a sharp, scorpion-like stinger that contains a deadly toxin. If that doesn’t sound enough of a an animal mash-up, natives have also described it as a cross between a whale, a sea serpent and a leopard! The Jungle Walrus is also known to be so fierce it can take down bull hippos. Could this cryptid be some unknown, unidentified species? Consider this: At the Brakfontein (brak-fon-tyne) Ridge of South Africa there’s a cave painting that matches the description of the Dingonek … right down to the tusks! You can see it here and decide for yourself … It’s in the lower left, and you actually can make out the tusks … and the body shape is similar to a walrus! Is it just coincidence … or is it possible that the Jungle Walrus was for real? Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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12 Epic Native American Cryptids
 
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From the Sasquatch and Skinwakers; to sea monsters and the wendigo; Enjoy the 12 Epic Native American Myths & Legends Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife Pukwudgie (puck-wudge-EE) According to Wampanoag (wahm-puh-NO-ag) folklore these small, bipedal humanoid creatures stand up to 3 feet tall and exhibit human features … although they have grey skin, and enlarged ears, noses and fingers. In addition to occasionally glowing, they’re said to possess a vast array of unusual abilities … The can vanish and reappear at will … Create fire when they desires … employ magic when necessary … and can even transmogrify themselves into a bipedal porcupine. Pukwudgie were once friendly with humans, but apparently the relationship soured. Today, they known to kidnap people and attack victims with spears and knives. As you might expect, humans are sell advised to leave the creatures alone. Skinwalkers These creatures are found in many Native American legends … and the Navajo have some of the best documented lore concerning them. Skinwalkers have the supernatural ability to shapeshift into any creature they wish. They are often disguised as animals like wolves, eagles, or coyotes. But they’ll assume the form of any creature that has the abilities it requires at that time. For example, if the skinwalker needs to travel quickly, it might assume the form of a crow. There are some beliefs that skinwalkers can steal the face of another person … or fuse themselves into the body of another, and read the mind of a human. It can also generate any animal noise it chooses, regardless of what form they currently hold. Not unlike vampires, skinwalkers need an invitation before they can enter an inhabited home … so they might mimic the voice of a loved one to lure you outside. And they might try to poison you by blowing corpse dust into your face … that’s a powder ground from the bones of infants. It’s advised you not upset skinwalkers, because they actively seek to cause humans harm. 2.Wendigo (wendy-go) This cryptid has been reported along the Atlantic coast, from the US to Canada … and is said to prefer colder weather. In Algonquin folklore, the Wendigo can be perceived as either a cannibalistic monster or an evil spirit. In its spirit form, it will possess a human and transform them into an abomination. Or it can appear as a monster that displays human traits. In this version, they’re said to stand around 14 feet high, with a gaunt frame and ashy grey skin. One particular description I liked called it an enormous, animated skeleton that reeks of decay. Most accounts agree they have long tongues, sharp yellow fangs and glowing eyes. According to legend, Wendigos were originally humans that turned to cannibalism, or committed another egregious act like murder … and that triggered their unholy transformation. 1.Sasquatch The word ‘Sasquatch’ comes from the language of the Salish (sal-ish), people indigenous to coastal British Columbia. The word means ‘wild man’ … and native tribes have long related stories of ape-like animals roaming through North American forests. The Spokanes (spoh-KANs) of Washington state spoke of a race of hairy giants that would arrive at night to steal people and salmon. Witnesses have described them as having a pronounced brow ridge, standing up to 11 feet tall and covered in a coat of reddish brown fur. While they’re most often portrayed as ape-like creatures, the earliest reported sightings claimed they were more bear-like in appearance. There’s a pictograph of a Sasquatch that dates back around a thousand years located near Taft California at the Painted Rock Shelter? You can see it in detail in the picture taken by Kathy Moskowitz Strain. The painting itself is about 8.5 feet tall … and depicts a creature standing upright with its arms outstretched. The left arm has white outlines … while its right arm appears to be a rusty shade of red. Two similar forms are located next to the creature, which are believed to portray a mother and child. Local indigenous people referred to the being as “Hairy Man” Did you know that sightings of such cryptids have been reported on every continent except Antarctica.
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10 Weird Creatures Washed Up On Shore
 
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From mythical giant squids, to completely bizarre fish, these are the weirdest animals washed up on shore ! # 5 Conjoined Gray Whales On January 5th of 2015, extremely rare conjoined grey whale calves washed up on the shores of Baja California, Mexico. The Siamese twins measured about seven to ten feet in length which is about 5-6 feet shorter than most gray whale calves. Although many people don’t see them, according to veterinarian Michael Moore, conjoined twins being born to large whales is not completely unheard of. However they’re rarely seen because of how hard it is to give birth and raise two whales out in the middle of the ocean. When they washed up, concerns were raised about it being the results of the nuclear fallout from the Fukushima plant meltdown but after testing the DNA of the twins no radiation was found. # 4 Hairy Dolphin In 2015, a really strange creature washed up onto the coast of Russia. It looked like a completely strange sight to see in the cold region as dolphins aren’t native to the region. The carcass was also very strange looking - although it seemed like a the remains of an Indian or Ganges dolphin it was also covered in what looked like fur. The reason that the dolphin ended up all the way over by Russia is because a sudden change in warm water currents allowed it to swim out to Russian Waters. However, the surge of warmth quickly fades and the dolphin is left in water that is too cold for it to survive in which leads to it freezing to death. Before this lost dolphin wound up on shore, it collected algae that began to grow on its corpse. That algae is what gives it the appearance of having fur. # 3 Longnosed Batfish This completely baffling creature washed up on a beach in Brazil for tourists to find. It has wings, legs, and a tail and a strange nose looking appendage which makes it seem like the product of a randomizer in a Create-A-Fish game. It is actually the Longnosed Batfish which, while unknown to many people, is documented by scientists. It has evolved jointed fins and legs which allow it to walk along the seafloor in search of food and a strange suction tube like mouth which allows it to suck up their meals. Even though it’s not exactly a new discovery, it's strange and shocking appearance is just more proof of how little we know about our own ocean. # 2 Hairless Mystery Creature In December of 2014, this partly decomposed, hairy creature washed up onto a beach in Santa Barbara. It was discovered near a dredge pipe on the beach after a major brutal storm. Because of the violent storm, it’s hard to understand where it could have originated from. This picture was taken by Josh Menard, a 19 year old snowboarder from Lake Tahoe. Menard described it as having the body shape of a pig, a fat stomach, and insanely large canines. This mysterious hairless creature has been left unidentified but some hypotheses include a dog and a wolf. # 1 Millions of Velella velella In 2014, millions of creatures colloquially called “by-the-wind sailors” were washing up along the west coast from California to Oregon. The jellyfish like creatures are scientifically known as Velella velella and are actually hydrozoans, not jellyfish. The creatures look like strange little half blown plastic bags. Because they float freely with water and wind currents they don’t really have control over where they go. They’re usually found free floating around in the Pacific Ocean but they can be found all over the world. Every few years a really big storm might throw currents way off and end up setting millions of by-the-wind sailors crashing into beaches. Sometimes, they can even be found in piles 2 to 3 feet high. They don’t sting when touched but they do emit a specific rotting smell when they pile on in the beach. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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11 UNUSUAL Prehistoric Critters
 
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Giant Sloths? Even bigger lizards? From the most unexpected cat creature to the GIANT centipede, these are 11 UNUSUAL Prehistoric Critters ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 Strange Archaeological Mysteries
 
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From a lost civilization in China, to indecipherable glyphs found on Easter Island, these are 10 Strange Archaeological Mysteries! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife Big Circles Strange stone circles in Jordan were first noticed from the air in the 1920s. Since then, 8 large circles have been reported in the country’s west-central region … in all there are 12 of the circular structures in Jordan that can only be witnessed with aerial and satellite images. In 2002, another similar structure was discovered in Syria. Collectively known as the Big Circles, they range between 720 feet to nearly 1,500 feet in diameter … and are usually comprised of low walls formed from uncut boulders. Construction likely would have been lengthy, and involved approximately a dozen workers. Researchers still don’t know why the circles were built. And while the structures cannot be precisely dated, experts think they were built between 4,500 to 2,000 BC … that’s based on the age of materials found near the circles. Archaeologists plan to continue excavating the site to learn more about their purpose and construction. A mummified dog dating back 1,000 years was discovered in Mexico … and experts think the long-deceased canine might help solve mysteries about the hunting traditions of ancient tribal groups. It was discovered in Candelaria (kahn-del-arr-ee-uh) Cave in the arid, northern part of the country. Researchers say the animal was likely domesticated by local tribes … and was used for hunting expeditions. It was found among hundreds of human remains … and ancient artifacts like baskets, and bows and arrows. Due to the dry environment, the dog had mummified naturally. While mummified canines have previously been found in Peru and Egypt … this was the first such creature discovered in Mexico! The Cochno (kok-no) Stone The Cochno Stone was discovered in Scotland in 1887 … and is considered one of Europe’s most important works of art. To protect it from vandals, it was buried near Clydebank at the edge of a council housing estate. The slab of rock, is etched with carving from the Stone Age … dating back some 5,000 years. And now, after more than a half century, it’s being re-excavated so archaeologists can study it in-depth. Measuring 42 feet by 26 feet, the stone slab is covered with grooved indentations and spirals referred to as ‘cup and rings’. In the black and white photos you can see where some of the designs have been highlighted using white paint … some of the carvings appear to represent feet with four toes. Experts suggest the petroglyphs might have been used for marking hunting grounds or other territory. They might even represent a unit of measurement. Researchers plan to use 3D scanning technology to uncover the mystery of the stones carvings … and the prehistoric people who made them. Stone Labyrinths (I recut this section at end of segment) Bolshoi Zayatsky (zie-aht-skee) Island is part of the Solovetsky (sah-lah-VET-skee) Archipelago in northern Russia. The island is thought to have been inhabited some as far back as 3000 BC. The prehistoric residents built villages and sacred sites there. They apparently covered the island with boulders as well. More than 850 boulders are found in heaps about the region. Next to nothing is known about these people … nor why they constructed strange stone labyrinths there. Up to 14 of these labyrinths were created … with the largest one measuring over 80 feet in diameter. They’re mostly constructed of boulders set in rows. Most of the rows have a spiral shape … Some even have a double spiral formation that resembles two snakes, with their heads meeting in the middle. Raider of the Lost Rock A local Bosnian myth claims that the country used to have countless spherical stones … but when people went searching for gold inside them, the objects were destroyed. Now, an archaeologist claims he’s found a mysterious sphere in central Bosnia. Dr Semir Osmanagic (os-man-AH-gitch) says the sphere has a high iron content … and was created by an advanced, lost civilization more than 1,500 years ago. If so, that would make the object older than Las Bolas, the stone spheres found in Costa Rica. They were created by the extinct Diquis (DIK-ees) culture. The stone ball found in Bosnia has a radius of around 4 to 5 feet. Although Dr Osmanagic (os-man-AH-gitch) claims it to be the world’s heaviest man-made ball, we couldn’t find an estimate for its weight. While the newly-discovered could turn out to be twice as big as the Costa Rican spheres, the claim has its doubters.
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Giant Sloth
 
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These massive mammals are prehistoric and now extinct Giant Sloths, they had long claws and skin almost as tough as armor. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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11 Worlds's WORST Invasive Species
 
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From alien ant species at war, to the bloodthirsty tiger mosquito; These are 11 of the world’s worst invasive species! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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9 Bizarre Cryptids from the British Isles
 
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From the remains of a LEGENDARY Sea Serpent, to the fearsome Irish Crocodile; These are 9 BIZARRE Cryptids From The British Isles ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife Blue Men of the Minch Kelpie (KEL-pee) Each-uisge (ee-chu-wis-ch) The Big Grey Man The Morag (mor-RAK) Beast of Bodmin Moor This phantom wildcat allegedly prowls around Bodmin Moor of Cornwall England … and the term has applied to other alleged alien big cats reported in the region. Evidence of the critters was found when farmers reported livestock that had been mutilated. A long held theory suggested that the strange critters might have been imported to the UK as part of private zoos or private collections. In 2016, a story broke that may have corroborated that hypothesis … to a degree, anyway. The owner of the Dartmoor Zoo, located about 60 miles from Bodmin Moor, admitted that a pack of pumas was released from the facility into the wild during the 1980s. The animals somehow managed to survive and multiply over the years … and preyed on livestock and fed off rubbish to survive. It’s now thought that these animals could have helped inspire stories of the cryptid Beast of Bodmin Moor, and other alien big cats. Does that finally solve the mystery of this cryptid? The Beast of Tunbridge Wells This critter has been likened to a UK version of Bigfoot. It’s described as an ape like creature covered in thick brown fur … and stands around 8 feet tall with demonic red eyes, and long arms. It was first sighted in town of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent around 1942 … A sighting was reported by territorial soldiers who claimed to have encountered the beast in 1991 … witnesses said it had boar-like tusks and exuded a foul odor. The encounter was said to last several minutes … during which the creature roared at the soldiers, who drove it away by throwing rocks at it. Then in 2012, the beast made some news when a resident of Tunbridge Wells claimed to have seen a creature matching the beast’s description. The encounter took place in the woods near the town’s common. Additional sightings in the town were reported around the same time, but many people thought it was a prank … what do you think? Morgawr (mor-GOW-uh) In Cornish, the name means, ‘sea giant’ … and it refers to a huge creature said to resemble a plesiosaur that inhabits the waters near Falmouth Bay in Cornwall, England. The serpent like creature was first sighted in 1906 … although some sources place the initial sighting at 1876. It’s been described as being more than 20 feet long with greyish-green skin, small flippers, and an enormous mouth. While not as well known as Nessie, the Morgawr is thought to be sighted around every five years or so. In fact, we found a report of the creature in 2017. The remains of a purported sea monster washed ashore a beach in Charlestown, Cornwall in February. The man who discovered it said the creature was around 8 feet long and was beginning to smell. So far, there’s been no positive identification of what the creature may have been. The remains would seem too small to belong to the legendary critter. But many are convinced this is indeed the carcass of the Morgawr … what do you think? The Irish Crocodile -- This cryptid is also known as Dobhar-chu (doe-bar-choo) … and depending on the account, it was either the size of the fearsome reptile, or the size of a big dog. We found quite a few descriptions for this critter. Some say it resembled an otter with a long neck and smooth black skin, with a long tail. Others say it had the hindquarters of a greyhound, with large paws and fur. Some details did remain constant, though: Reports of the creatures living deep within Irish lakes and rivers date back to around the 17th century. It’s said to rapidly cover great distances on land or in the water … and is known to have a taste for human flesh. They attack by grasping onto their prey and dragging them underwater to eat. The artist Sean Corcoran claimed to have seen one of the creatures in 2003 on Omey Island in County Galway. He described it as a large dark creature that could swim fast and had feet similar to flippers that were colored orange. He said it leaped onto a boulder and let loose with a haunting screech before disappearing.
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What are Antlions?
 
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This creepy crawly creature, also know as the Antlion has a very interesting way of capturing its prey. Learn more here on Miniature Monday! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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12 Creatures That Saved Peoples Lives
 
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From friendly whales to the heroic pets that saved their owners from disaster, these are 12 Creatures that Saved people's lives. What’s wrong with this picture? A Pot-bellied pig ran out of a house by squeezing itself through the doggy door. Then it waddled into the middle of the street and laid down, slowing traffic to a crawl. Finally, a man stopped and followed the pig, who led him back to the house. Inside the was JoAnn Altsman, who had fallen victim to a heart attack. Immediately rushed to the hospital, Ms Altsman could thank her daughter’s pig Lulu for taking some determined action to save her life! When a 78-year-old Australian farmer broke his hip after being accidentally knocked into a pile of fertilizer, he couldn’t move. Stuck there, no one could hear Noel Osborne’s cries for help because he was so far away. But Mandy, his goat, stayed with him for 5 days, keeping him warm by huddling next to him during some cold nights, and even allowing him to drink her milk for sustenance until help could arrive. Osborne lter declared Mandy's milk to be the elixir of life! A whale came to the rescue of a diver in China. The diver, 26-year-old Yang Yun was in a competition to see who could hold their breath the longest at the bottom of a 20-foot arctic pool inhabited by Beluga whales … without any breathing apparatus. When Yun couldn’t move her legs due to cramping caused by the freezing waters, a Beluga whale named Mila sensed something was wrong. The whale took the leg of the drowning diver in her mouth and was able to lift her to surface, allowing her to breathe … and saving her life. 93 people were stranded in stormy seas when a ship called Ethie crashed into rocks off the shore of Newfoundland in 1919. When a sailor was lost at sea after trying to throw a rope to people on the shore, the captain gave the rope to Tang, a dog that lived onboard. Tang jumped into the water with the rope in his mouth and swam for the beach. Once there, people pulled the dog onto land and securely tied the rope … which was used to bring in the remaining 92 people from the sinking ship. Tang received a medal from Lloyds of London for his bravery. A horse saved a Scottish rancher from being trampled to death by an enraged cow. The 1300 pound cow became angry when her calf was being led into shed by rancher Fiona Boyd. Boyd was knocked down when the cow charged her, and was convinced the animal was about to crush her.. But Kerry Gold the horse was grazing close by and immediately came to the rancher’s aid. Charging at the cow, Kerry used her back hooves to buck and kick at the bovine beast, then stood protectively as Boyd managed to escape by crawling under a fence. This story made international headlines back in 1986 ... a 5-year old boy named Levan Merritt fell 20 feet into the gorilla pit at the Jersey Zoo, suffering a fractured skull and a broken arm. Onlookers feared for the worst when a 7-foot 250-pound silverback gorilla named Jambo (yambo) approached the boy. But the big animal actually guarded Levan by placing himself in a position to protect the boy from other gorillas in the pit. When the awoke and started to cry, the gorilla ensured his troop was out of the way so human rescuers were able to reach the boy and airlift him to a hospital. After Jambo’s death in 1992, the zoo erected a life size bronze statue in his honor. Here’s a case of a 4-year-old helping an 8-year old … The 4-year-old was an elephant named Ningnong who saved an 8-year-old child named Amber Mason during a tsunami in Phuket (poo-kett) Thailand in 2005. The elephant took Amber on its back as the wave struck, running to higher ground. The animal created a protective wall to shield the child by keeping its back to the water as the wave crashed all about them. Amber's mother was convinced the child never could have survived without the elephant absorbing the wave’s punishment. In 2005, a 12-year-old girl was kidnapped by four men in rural Ethiopia while leaving school for home. When her captors tried to move her a week later as police were catching up, three lions showed up and chased the kidnappers away! The lions even stayed with her until police officers arrived. While the kidnappers had beaten the girl, the lions never so much as touched her. A local wildlife expert speculated the lions might have allowed the girl to live because her cries sounded similar to a cub’s. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 UNREAL ANCIENT LOCATIONS
 
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From the astonishing city of Masada, to the amazing Petra, these are 10 UNREAL Ancient Locations ! 5. Masada -- Its name in Hebrew means ‘stronghold’ or ‘mountain castle’ … an apt description. It’s often considered a fortress, and is found in Israel, on the western shore of the Dead Sea. It was built by Herod the Great in the 1st century BC. The plateau upon which it was built was surrounded by deep gorges and naturally fortified. And it was known for its ingenious engineering, containing a palace, barracks, a storehouse and an armory. Today, it might be best known for a battle between the Roman legions and 960 Jewish Zealots … which ended with the Zealots mass suicide in 73 AD 4. Churches of Goreme (go-reem) -- Around 2,000 years ago, a volcano erupted in Turkey … the lava and ash formed soft rocks in the country’s Cappadocia (kappa-doe-sha) region, that covered some 20,000 kilometers. Present day fairy chimneys were formed as the softer rock was eroded by water and wind, but leaving a the hard cap rock atop the pillars. The people of Goreme, in the heart of the region, realized it was easy to carve houses, monasteries and churches from out of the soft rock. The Christian sanctuaries contains numerous examples of Byzantine artwork. The colorful frescoes are considered an exceptional artistic achievement from this period. 3. Kailasha temple Ellora Caves -- Located in India, this site is thought to represent the pinnacle of Indian rock-cut architecture … and is one of the largest such complexes in the world. Ellora features 34 caves excavated out of the rock. And the caves consist of artwork and monuments of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism (jane-ism) from the period of 600-1000 AD, thought to be when the caves were built. It’s now an archaeological site … but historically, the caves have served as temples for prayers, monasteries for monks and a place for pilgrims to rest. Did you know the world’s single largest monolithic rock excavation is found here? It’s called the Kailasha (kel-asha) Temple, a monument dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It’s especially notable for its vertical excavation … that is, carvers started from the top of the original rock, then excavated downward. Amazingly, its area is twice the size of the Parthenon in Athens. 2. Lycian (liss-ee-un) Tombs -- The ancient Lycians (liss-ee-uns) were a group of people that didn’t leave behind the most detailed historical record … but they did leave behind some amazing architecture! Lycia was actually a federation of ancient cities located in present-day Turkey. Many of their tombs were cut directly into the rock face, most often a cliff. The elaborate funeral chambers of wealthy Lycians were usually decorated with detailed relief carving. Outside, the tombs displayed important events that occurred during the lifetime of the deceased, as well as their specific likeness. A sliding stone door sealed the entrance. None of the rock-cut tombs can be dated before the 4th century, BC. Other tombs created by the Lycians (liss-ee-uns) include the sarcophagus tomb, notable for their large size and consisting of a base, a grave chamber and a pointed lid. The oldest and least common Lycian tomb is the Pillar Tomb … they only exist in west Lycia and consist of a monolith which narrows toward the top, standing on the ground or positioned on a base. The best known pillar tomb is probably the Harpy Tomb at Xanthos (zan-thos). 1. Petra -- This site was first introduced to the western world by a Swiss explorer in 1812 … but it existed long before that. Although an exact date is unknown, this city may have been established as early as 312 BC by the Nabataeans (na-BAT-ee-uns). Petra is famed for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. It’s also known as the Rose City, due to the sandstone from which it is carved. Enclosed by gargantuan rock walls of the Wadi Musa (mews) Canyon, Petra enjoyed a perennial water stream, and had the advantages of a fortress. The city became a major junction for main commercial routes that linked Asia and southern Arabia with Egypt, Greece and Rome. Petra is listed as one of the new 7 wonders of the world, and is Jordan’s most visited tourist site. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 World's Most Bizarre Cryptid Mysteries
 
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Unsolved Creature Mysteries including monster vampires, flying critters and odd cryptids; These are 10 World's Most Bizarre Cryptid Mysteries ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife Strange Skull A mysterious mummified skull was found in Peru. It had an odd, elongated shape and was almost as big as its body, which measured around 20 inches. The skull was one of two sets of remains found in the southern part of the country. The second mummy was found incomplete and measured about 12 inches. The discoveries were made by Renato Davila Riquelme, who works for the Privado Ritos Andinos Museum in Cusco (KOOS-kaw). He noted several anomalies about the strange skull. It possessed eye cavities much larger than found in humans … It has two large molars, which are normally found in older humans -- but the skull also has a soft spot called a ‘fontanelle’, which is usually characteristic of children about a year old. Mr Riquelme also noted that the skull’s features could not be matched with any of the world’s ethnic groups. DNA analysis was planned to be conducted on the remains of an eyeball found in the eye socket. Still, he says that anthropologists from Spain and Russia arrived to examine the remains in Cusco (KOOS-kaw) … and their findings all agreed that whatever this skull belonged to was -- quote -- “not a human being”. Could it be proof of extraterrestrial life … or is there another explanation? Let us know in the comments. Alien On Ice In 2011, a number of UFO sightings took place in Russia. One of the stories that stood out involved a woman who allegedly kept the corpse of an extraterrestrial in her refrigerator! She claimed to have retrieved the critter’s body after a UFO crashed near her home in 2009. After which she kept it in the fridge to preserve it … her logic was not explained. But she did circulate pictures of the body to prove its existence. It kind of resembled a mash up of a fish and a humanoid … with bulging eyes, a huge noggin and a weird appendage that extended from its body. We found that a few days after her story appeared two gentlemen claiming to be from the Karelian (kah-REE-lee-un) Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences gave her a visit…. And left with the strange corpse. The remains of what were alleged to be the skeletons of tiny winged fairies were said to have been found in the basement of an old house in London. Along with the small skeletons, the remains of purported werewolves, aliens and other unidentifiable monstrosities were found at the same location in 1960. At that time, the residence had been scheduled for demolition in order to clear the area for a new residential neighborhood to be constructed there. The long-abandoned mansion was owned by an obscure 19th century biologist and aristocrat named Thomas Theodore Merrilyn … who left behind thousands of small wooden, coffinlike boxes that were occupied by horrific, otherworldly creatures. The artifacts later came to light in stories posted online in 2016 by a man named Alex CF, who now claims to serve as curator of the horrid collection. Do you think they were real? Atacama Alien In 2003, a bizarre discovery was made in Chile’s Atacama Desert … the remains of what appeared to an extraterrestrial creature. The specimen measured only 6 inches long, and had an elongated skull, giving it an alien appearance. But when experts from Stanford University analyzed its DNA, its was shown to be a human that lived centuries ago -- we couldn’t find an exact time frame. Still, there were plenty of questions. Why did it have only 10 ribs? Why was its skull so oddly formed? What could account for its small stature? Analysis indicated the specimen was around 6 to 8 years old … so why would a child that age be so tiny? Experts say that no known form of dwarfism that would correspond with the creature’s age and miniscule size. And there’s the matter of the creature’s genetic material -- some of its genes don’t match the human genome. Doctors have ruled this to be a viable organism and not a hoax of any kind … and its true origins remain a mystery.
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14 Scariest Insects
 
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From the infamous Tse Tse Fly to the GIANT weta, these are 14 of the scariest insects. Japanese Giant Hornet -- You can’t miss this creature … it’s about the size of your thumb, and has the ability to spray venom … flesh-eating venom, which it’ll attempt to spray in your eyes. That’s bad enough, but the venom also contains a pheromone mix that alerts hornets in the area to rush over and attack the victim. They’re also known to fly 50 miles within 24 hours, so they’re tough to outrun. Army Ant/Soldier Ant -- they’re found in the Amazon Basin and soldiers can reach a half-inch long. They’re known for their habit of swarming over and dismantling any living obstacle in their path, no matter how big …not a surprise. Soldiers have massive jaws like machetes measuring half the length of the insect itself. Their entire colony can number over a million, and they settle just long enough for the queen to lay her eggs, before assuming their notorious swarm formation. There are reports of Army ants overwhelming and shredding animals as big as horses. Did you know these ants are actually blind? Bot Fly -- While there are many varieties of Bot Fly, we’ll focus on the Human Bot Fly, which will lay its eggs on a mosquito or any insect that will try to land on a human. Once that carrier does land, the eggs are deposited on the skin and then hatched by body heat. Then the larvae actually burrow into the victim’s skin and stay there … living and eating. And depending on where the eggs are deposited, they can grow anywhere in the human body. Which means a botfly could potentially burrow its way right into your brain. Penny for your thoughts? Rhinoceros Beetle -- It’s also called the Hercules Beetle and can grow to 6 inches long. Their scary-looking spikes enable them to overturn their opponents when battling for mates. The horns themselves make up a third of the beetle's body weight. Wondering why they’re called Hercules beetles? Some species of the bug can lift things 850 times their own body weight … that’s like a human lifting 9 adult male elephants! Assassin Bug -- The name is scary enough on its own. But did you know they’re also called ‘Kissing Bugs’ because of their tendency to bite humans on their facial lips. That bite can transmit a parasite that results in Chagas Disease -- an infection that can damage major organs, sometimes fatally so. They get the assassin nickname because they tend to attack other insects in a quick and violent fashion, using their sharp beaks to stab their victim to death. Jewel Wasp -- Found in Africa, South Asia and the Pacific Islands, its name comes from its metallic body, colored blue and green. And if you hate cockroaches, this insect might be your new best friend. The Jewel Wasp will inject its venom directly into the brain of a cockroach, effectively turning the victim into a kind of zombie. After laying its egg into the abdomen of the cockroach, the egg hatches and chews through the roach’s insides while the host is still living. Sounds like a horror movie doesn’t it? Well, after the cockroach dies some 8 days later, a cocoon forms about the larva … and a month later, it’s ready to emerge. Giant Weta -- They may not have the same scary behavior as some of the other creatures on the list … But many people find the sheer size of this insect to be scary! In fact it’s the world’s heaviest insect so far reported, and can weigh upwards of 2.5 ounces … bigger than some mice! Native to New Zealand, fossils of the creature have been found dating back some 190 million years ago during the Triassic Period. That could make it older than certain dinosaurs. Did you know that the ears of this insect are located on its knees? Tse Tse Fly - Found only in rural Africa, the Tse Tse Fly is well known for carrying the sleeping sickness -- also known as trypanosomiases in humans -- they spread the disease by biting their victims, resulting in a parasitic infection. Within a few weeks fevers and headaches develop, followed poor coordination, numbness. Left untreated, cardiac and kidney dysfunction can occur. Neurological damage can cause a disruption in the victim’s sleep cycle, which inspired the name ‘sleeping sickness’. The victim’s 24-hour rhythm becomes fragmented, causing them to experience periods of wakefulness during the night, and sleep episodes in the daytime. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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13 LARGEST Land Mammals Ever
 
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From a sloth the size of an elephant, to an elephant that weighed over 24 TONS; These are The 13 LARGEST Land Mammals EVER ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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15 Weirdest Creature Oddities
 
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From odd animal hybrids; two headed creatures; and mysterious critters; These are 15 WEIRDEST Creature Oddities ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife 4 Legged Duck Transparent Goldfish Octogoat Jabba the Hutt Frog Cyclops Kitten Agent Orange Chimeras (kie-mee-ras) Pink Elephants Glass Frog We told you earlier about the transparent goldfish and how they were created by humans. Here’s an amphibian with a comparable physical characteristic … but no human intervention was required. Glass Frogs are found in the rainforests of Central and South America … and from the top down they appear like any other frog. But their bellies lack pigmentation. And because of that, you can clearly see the critter’s internal organs. Their lime green coloration helps them stay camouflaged during the day … but the purpose of that all-revealing belly still mystifies experts. But is some agreement that the frog resembles Kermit. Frankenlouie The term ‘Janus (JAY-nus) cat’ is a reference to the Roman god Janus, with two faces. Like that figure, these felines are born with two faces … and are the result of congenital defects. Frank and Louie had two faces, two mouths, two noses -- and three blue eyes. The outer eyes functioned, but the center eye was blind. A veterinarian nurse took him home to care for when he was scheduled to be euthanized. She figured it wouldn’t be for long since most such creatures don’t live more than a few days. That was in 1999 … in 2012, Frank&Louie was awarded the title of ‘longest surviving Janus cat’ by guinness! He could function as normally as any other cat, until he passed away in 2015 at the age of 15. Wendy the Whippet (WIP-it) Almost everyone think this dog has been Photoshopped. But Wendy is actually a whippet -- even if she looks more like a canine version of the Hulk. Due to a genetic defect, she weighs around 60 pounds, and it look like all muscle. But that’s about twice the normal weight for this breed … and her head, lungs, heart and legs are normal-sized. But despite her size, Wendy’s owner says she was friendly and relaxed. Blobfish If you keep up with Deep Sea Sunday, you know the ocean has its share of bizarre critters … but this one is truly considered an oddity. The aptly named Blobfish is often described as slimy mucoid sphere with oddly humanoid facial features. They found off the coast of Australia at depths up to nearly 4,000 feet, and is often pulled in by trawling nets. But it’s considered entirely unfit for consumption … not that you’d really want to eat it. While it’s not pretty, the gelatinous flesh is an adaptation that allows the critter to exist in the greater ocean pressure found in deeper waters. It also aids in keeping the animal buoyant. Did you know that in 2013, an online poll named the Blobfish as the World’s Ugliest Animal? White Giraffe You certainly recognize giraffes not only by their elongated necks … but also by the distinctive colors and patterns of their coats. But did you know a white Rothschild giraffe was spotted wandering about the bush in Kenya. Even though the creature definitely stood out, the rest of the herd seemed not to notice. While the critter appears to be albino, it actually has a condition called ‘leucism’ (luke-ism). 2-headed Crocodile Two-headed reptiles are known to occur … usually snakes or turtles … but we found a story out of Thailand about a two-headed crocodile! The mutant critter was hatched at a crocodile farm in Samut Prakan … and the staff said it was actually a conjoined twin, with a separate head and body. Because it appeared in good health, veterinarians decided to wait a bit before attempting an operation to separate them. Video of the critter was uploaded to YouTube, and it appears to be real. But we couldn’t find much information about this particular story … do you think it’s true? The Mutant Piglets We found a couple of stories out of China that involved pig being born with severe deformities, so take that under advisement. One critter was named the mutant monkey pig -- and many people think it’s been photoshopped. But this piglet is real … it was born in a litter of 15, and was the only mutant of the lot. Its severe deformity gave it the facial appearance of a monkey … and has resulted in the piglet needing to be bottle fed, due to its misshapen mouth. (pics #1-4) In Nanning, an animal was born with such a disfigurement, it was almost impossible to believe it was actually a pig. This one was said to have been born in a litter of 19. (pics #5-6) The appearance of such deformed pigs have been reported around the world … what could be causing it?
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21 BIGGEST Prehistoric Creatures
 
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From GIANT birds that roamed with humans, to the unforgiving T-Rex, these are the 21 BIGGEST Prehistoric Creatures Titanoboa (tie-tan-ih-boe-ah) -- The biggest snake yet discovered weighed over a ton and could measure over 54 feet long. No wonder its name means “titanic boa”! Want to learn more about the big snake? Check out 18 facts, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjeHGM8exyM Tell ‘em Epic Wildlife sent you! Elasmosaurus -- Plesiosaurs were known for their long necks and streamlined flippers, and lived in the late Cretaceous period. Elasmosaurus was among the biggest of the species, weighing over 2 tons and measuring about 46 feet long. Did you know there are some who believe the Elasmosaurus still lives today … but it’s called the Loch Ness Monster! Archelon (arch-uh-lon) -- Weighing around 2 tons and measuring around 12 feet long, this marine turtle would weigh twice as much as a VW Beetle! This creature from the late Cretaceous would put today’s Galapagos Tortoise to shame … it only weighs some 500 pounds and measures 4 feet head to tail. Archelon was the biggest turtle … think you’d want one for a pet? Elasmotherium (elaz-moe-theer-ee-um) --… Found during the late Pleistocene in Eurasia, this creature was like a rhinoceros on steroids, and was the largest rhino. Covered in shaggy fur, it measured 20 feet long, weighed around 4 tons and sported a massive horn on its snout that measured 3 feet. There’s some speculation as to whether this animal might have been a possible source for the unicorn legend Titanoceratops (tite-un-oh-sair-ah-tops) -- With a name meaning “Titanic Horn Face”, you know this animal means business. The biggest horned and frilled dinosaur could weigh over 7 tons and could measure some 25 feet head to tail. It’s large, elaborately ornate head likely served to attract potential mates. Tyrannosaurus Rex - The T-Rex may have been surpassed by Spinosaurus and Giganotosaurus (jiga-nota-sore-us) as the biggest carnivorous dinosaur, but it’s still the biggest Tyrannosaurus. And weighing some 11 tons and standing around 40 tall is nothing to sneeze at. The big dino makes the list for its iconic status if nothing else. Besides, how many dinosaurs have a classic rock band named after them? The Steppe Mammoth -- This is the biggest known elephant … Fossils of this animal have been found that measure up to 15 feet. They’re thought to have weighed up to 11 tons. Today’s African elephants measure up to 13 feet tall. As big as the Steppe Mammoth was, however, it couldn’t save itself from early humans … The animals were hunted to extinction some 300,000 years ago. Spinosaurus -- Weighing in at 23 tons, and reaching lengths of nearly 60 feet, this creature had a skull that measured 6 feet long with a croc-like snout. It was thought to be agile for its size … in fact, evidence indicates it may have been the first dinosaur identified that could swim! It’s thought to be the largest carnivorous dinosaur. Sarcosuchus (sar-koss-uh-chuss) -- The biggest crocodile lived some 112 million years ago, and reach lengths of 40 feet and weighed almost 9 tons. It’s thought this big croc didn’t shy away from feasting on dinosaurs and may have skirmished with Spinosaurus occasionally. Megalodon -- Now here’s a real monster whale … this creature could grow to 59 feet long and likely weighed around 20 tons, with a mouth big enough to swallow a smaller boat. It’s considered one of the most powerful predators in the history of vertebrates, and ranks as the biggest shark yet discovered. It lived between 23 to 2.6 million years ago. Want to learn more? Check out this video! Magnapaulia -- Some hadrosaurs, or duck-billed dinosaurs, could grow to titanosaur-like size. Magnapaulia tipped the scales at some 25 tons and could measure 54 feet long. That makes Magnapaulia the biggest duck-billed dinosaur. Discovered in North America, the creature may have been able to use its hind legs to run Shastasaurus -- These creatures were known as ‘fish lizards’ or Ichthyosaurs (ick-thee-oh-sores) and Shastasaurus was the biggest of the lot, estimated to weigh some 75 tons and measure 69 feet long! Specimens have been discovered in the US, China and Canada. Named after Mount Shasta in California, the huge creature favored small marine creatures and soft-bodied cephalopods (seff-uh-la-pods) Argentinosaurus (argentina-soar-us) -- While there are claims of larger dinosaurs, this creature’s enormous size is backed up by clear evidence. The titanosaur remains were found in Argentina in 1986, and from head to tail is thought to have measured some 120 feet, with a weight of nearly 100 tons! It’s thought to be the biggest herbivorous dinosaur yet discovered. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 Zombie Organisms In Nature
 
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Did you know you can find these zombies in your backyard? From the infected zombie ants to the brutal toxoplasma gondii, we take a look at 10 zombie organisms in nature ! Zombie Ants -- A fungus was found in carpenter ants living in Thailand’s rainforest that controls their nervous system to such a degree that they become automatons with only one purpose -- helping the fungus to reproduce itself. Ants ingest the fungus and after a few days the insects stop interacting with other ants, no longer follow trails and aimlessly wander until falling out of the forest canopy. This places them on a lower level, providing a much cooler and moister environment in which the fungus can flourish. The ants wander about until finding the ideal location for the fungus to reproduce … after which the ant dies. A whole new cycle begins after the fungus erupts out of the dead ant’s head, allowing its spores to easily be contracted by other ants. Even though things might look gloomy for the ants, the intrepid insects have found a way to fight back … Ants essentially use another fungus which consumes the fungus that turns them into zombies. Got that? The parasite found in the zombie-ant fungus is actually a hyperparasitic fungus … and it likes to attack the parasite that transforms ants into zombies. When it attacks, it effectively prevents the zombie-ant fungus from spreading its spores. By grooming one another the ants pass the hyperparasitic fungus on to one another and so defend the colony. Zombie Cockroaches -- Jewel Wasps have a win-win relationship with cockroaches … actually, it’s the wasp that gets the wins. Once strung by the parasitic jewel wasp, roaches lose their free will, allowing themselves to be led around by their antennae … like dogs. The wasp pulls the cockroach into their underground lair and lays its eggs inside the roach’s abdomen. As any respectable horror movie would have it, the larvae chew their way through the host’s body from the inside out -- while the roach is still alive! After about a month, the mature wasps emerge from the roaches’ body. Zombie Honeybees -- The fly that lays its eggs in bumblebees is also known to use honeybees as hosts as well. Apocephalus borealis lays eggs in the bee's body, whereupon the infected bee shuts down work and abandons the colony. The bees behavior becomes more moth-like as it tends to move toward lights, disrupting its navigation. Afflicted bees are known to stagger and fall. But their misery doesn’t last too long. The bee is put out of its misery when all those fly larvae explodes from behind its head. You knew there had to be a happy ending. Zombie Snails -- Take a look at the snail’s tentacle … guess what? That’s not a tentacle .. it’s worm known as the green-banded broodsac. The worm will journey into the worm’s digestive system and and grow into a long tube crammed with hundreds of reproductive larvae. The tube invades the tentacle and engages in a strange, pulsating display that attracts the attention of birds. Once duly attracted, the birds eat the snails, thus becoming hosts for the worm’s next growth phase. Eggs are laid that travel through the bird’s waste, and deposited onto plants … where they’re transmitted to snails, keeping that particular circle of life intact. Suicidal Grasshoppers -- A grasshopper or cricket unlucky enough to contract a certain parasitic hairworm will likely find itself developing a sudden death wish. Transmitted in larval form through water, the parasite grows into a worm inside the grasshopper’s body … to a length more than 3 to 4 times longer than its host. Then, through a process not yet fully understood, the worm causes the grasshopper to jump into water where the host will certainly drown. Leaving the host, the adult worm lives to reproduce in water … sending out more larvae to start the process yet again. Zombie Crabs -- Sacculina is a type of parasitic barnacle that jumps aboard crabs like a hitchhiker. That’s not so bad in and of itself … but these barnacles will also castrate male crabs by causing them to lose their drive to reproduce. No longer needing its own shell, the barnacle settles itself into a joint on the crab’s body and commences to molt. The barnacle has essentially made the crab’s shell its own. The host then expends its energy on behalf of the parasite’s growth ,,, energy the crab would spend on it own reproduction, had not the barnacle effectively castrated it. Once the barnacle releases its eggs, the crab helps them spread by stirring the water with its claw. Adding insult to injury, the mind-controlled crab will even care for the eggs as if they were his own. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 Asian Cryptids Explained
 
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From the world famous Yeti, to the new unknown and mysterious Cryptid found in Siberia, these are 10 Asian Cryptids Explained ! Check out Crypto Queens Channel! http://goo.gl/n0evle Manananggal (man-un-angle) -- This is definitely one of the scarier creatures on our list … From the Philippines, it’s vampire-like blood sucking and man-eating monster or witch. It’s usually depicted as a hideous female with the ability sever its upper torso and sprout huge bat-like wings it uses to fly into the night in search of victims. That must be a neat trick, basically splitting yourself into two. But what about the bottom half of the torso? Well, it’s simply left standing and is vulnerable to having salt, crushed garlic or ash sprinkled onto it. Those substances are fatal to the creature, and prevents the upper torso from reattaching itself … in which case, the monster would die by sunrise. Crypto Queen: Hey guys, Crypto Queen here, we’re doing a little collaboration action with Epic Wildlife, here’s our top three for Asian Cryptids Explained. #3 … Hibagon (hih-ba-gihn)-- They’re often considered to be Japan’s answer to the Yeti or Bigfoot. Said to resemble a gorilla, it’s described as a black creature standing around five feet tall and having white hands and large white feet. More detailed descriptions claim that it has deep glaring eyes, is covered with brown to black bristly hair and emits a rotting stench. Sightings of the Hibagon have been reported since the 1970s, often in the forested, mountainous area of Mount Hiba (hih-buh) in the Hiroshima Prefecture. What could it be? As mentioned, some think it might be a gorilla … other theories suggest the creature could be some sort of wild man, or even a mutant created when the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Got any ideas about this cryptid? You know what to do! #2 … Siberian Monster Mummy -- Workers in a Siberian diamond mine discovered a different kind of treasure in the icy ground. The mummified remains of an alien looking creature were were found in the sediment of the diamond mine located in Udachny (u-datch-nee), over 1100 miles northwest of Yakutsk (yak-koots-kh) in Russia. The so-called mummy has baffled the miners, and locals who think it could be a new species of dinosaur. But experts noting the animal’s paws, long spine, and mix of canine and molar teeth think it is more likely a mammal that somehow became preserved in the sands. With temperatures that can plunge to minus-46 degrees fahrenheit, the cold, dry climate likely helped preserve some of the creature’s body. Do you think this weird mummified thing could really be something from another world? Let us know in the comments! #1 … The Yeti (r/w betty) -- This creature can give Bigfoot and Nessie some competition for being the world’s most famous cryptid! Also known as the Abominable Snowman, they’re said to live in the Himalayas of Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. They’re said to weigh up to 400 pounds and stand anywhere from 6 to 10 feet tall, depending on the source. While often depicted with white hair, Yeti are usually reported to be covered with long reddish-brown to black hair, except on their face and chest. The creatures were part of the pre-Buddhist beliefs of various Himalayan people. They were sometimes worshipped as “Glacier Beings” or ‘gods of the hunt’, and were depicted as apelike creatures that carried large stone weapons. Countless sightings of the Yeti have been reported since the 19th century, none of which have been confirmed. Yeti footprints, including a famous one discovered in 1954, have either never been validated, or have turned out to be hoaxes. Some theories suggest that animals might be the source of Yeti sightings and footprints. The Tibetan Blue Bear could approximate a Yeti’s description, and they can walk upright or on all fours. In 1960, an expedition searching for evidence of the Yeti returned with so-called Yeti fur samples. Those samples were later identified as portions of a blue bear’s pelt. Still, that’s hardly conclusive. Did you you know that earlier in 2016 Russian president Vladimir Putin claimed he and his entourage saw a Yeti family while visiting a remote mountainous area of Siberia? An adult male, female and child Yeti were observed before they vanished into the trees. The creatures were allegedly covered in thick grey fur and could take far bigger steps than a human. Do you think that’s just propaganda from the Russian president … or could it be proof that the Yeti really is out there? Tell us your theories in the comments! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 AMAZING Discoveries About Neanderthals
 
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Did neanderthals and humans interbreed? Genetic evidence suggests that the timelines of humans and neanderthals overlapped in Europe for over 5,000 years … and they did, in fact, interbreed. Looking at a period dating back some 40,000 years, researchers claim that neanderthals were not suddenly replaced by humans, … they actually disappeared at different times. Scientists examined bone, charcoal and shell samples from 40 European sites to prove the two groups overlapped for a key period of time … allowing plenty of opportunity for interaction. While researchers have evidence to to prove interbreeding occurred, they’re unsure about precisely where it happened … and how often. Neanderthals are considered genetically different from humans. Some sources claim they are a human subspecies while others believe neanderthals were a distinct species, separate from humans altogether. Gorham’s Cave -- this natural sea cave in Gibraltar is thought to be one of the last known places inhabited by neanderthals. In 2012, an international research team discovered a series of crisscrossing lines covering an area of about one square meter. The lines were engraved into bedrock more than 39,000 years old … and are the first known examples of neanderthal rock art! The abstract pattern is said to demonstrate neanderthals capacity for abstract art and expression. Experts think the marks were carved for ritual purposes, and as a means to communicate with others. Not all archaeologists are convinced, however … saying that it’s possible those markings may have been made by modern humans instead. What do you say? Following up on that Neanderthal rock art … The world’s oldest works of art were found in a cave on the Costa del Sol of Spain. Six paintings of seals have been estimated to be at least 42,000 years old … and were created by neanderthals! The prehistoric artwork was found in the Nerja Caves in Andalusia … and are the only known artistic images created by neanderthal. You can found out more about this and other works of prehistoric art in our video, “7 Spectacular Cave Paintings”! Some fossils discovered in north-central Germany posed an interesting question: Did Neanderthals wage battles with sabre-toothed cats? Paleontologists working at the site have found that the European sabre-toothed cat and Neanderthals lived close to each other …. But it’s unsure whether they were hunting the big cats, or if the animals preyed on them. A fossilized humerus as well as fossilized teeth of sabre-toothed cats were found in the same area as a number of implements including wooden spears, and a burnt stick that dates back some 300,000 years. The wooden spears, measuring around 2.3 meters long, are considered to be the world’s oldest. Experts say that Neanderthals would have inhabited the area at the time … and it’s possible that the spears found there were used for hunting as well as for self-defense. Experts consider it “highly likely” (their words) the Neanderthals confronted the cats … suggesting some violent clashes. Do you think the showdown ever took place? Disappearing Act -- How did the neanderthals go extinct? While they’re often depicted as brutish, they didn’t disappear because they lacked brains. A common belief is that they couldn’t compete with modern humans for food and resources … and suddenly died out. Neanderthals flourished in Eurasia for around 300,000 years … then vanished about 40,000 years ago as modern humans started to settle in Europe. Neanderthal DNA which was sequenced in 2010 revealed clear evidence of interbreeding … and this has come to be accepted as a major reason for the disappearance of neanderthals. They may have survived in pockets of dwindling numbers within Europe for thousands of years before becoming altogether extinct. Although in a sense, our close relatives are still with us. Today, Neanderthal inheritance is estimated to comprise up to four percent of the DNA of humans outside of Africa. And some experts think certain modern ailments like lupus and type-2 diabetes can be traced back to genetic variants inherited from neanderthals. That would be one way of getting the last laugh. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 ANCIENT Discoveries in Siberia
 
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From a 30,000 Year Old Virus, to the Most PERFECTLY preserved mammoth ever, these are 10 ANCIENT Discoveries in Siberia ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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12 BIZARRE Cryptids of Australia & New Zealand
 
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From ancient birds and dragons to the legendary Yowie Here are 12 Bizarre Cryptids from Australia and New Zealand ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife Bunyip (BUN-yip) This creature is one of the better-known cryptids in Oz, and is usually associated with habitats like swamps, creeks, or billabongs. It can be tough to get a precise description of the Bunyip because or so many regional variations of the beast found throughout Aboriginal Australia. Most accounts agree that the creature has tusks, flippers, and a horse-like tail. When approached, it makes a bellowing noise … and will emerge at night to devour women, children, and animals. This cryptid has been sighted since the 19th century … and seemed to pop up a lot during the Depression of the 1930s. Real-world explanations for the Bunyip have included it being the Australasian Bittern (bit-urn), a big, secretive bird that is noted for its singular booming call … it is often referred to as the ‘Bunyip Bird’. Another clue to identifying the critter might be found in the fossils of Diprotodon (dip-ra-ta-don). Members of some Aboriginal tribes have identified bones of that huge, extinct marsupial as those of the Bunyip. Tasmanian Tiger (Thy-la-SEEN) This was the largest known carnivorous marsupial that existed in modern times. Indigenous to Tasmania, continental Australia and New Guinea, it was identified as Thylacine. But due to its striped back, it was nicknamed the Tasmanian Tiger. The last known specimen died at the Hobart Zoo in 1936 .. . it was declared extinct by international standards in 1986. That notwithstanding, many claimed sightings of the creature have persisted to this day. Burrunjor (burr-un-JOR) Here’s a creature that is speculated to be a dinosaur that escaped extinction … and resembles a theropod (THEE-ro-pod) not unlike T-rex … but it could be a dinosaur completely unknown from the fossil record. According to various sightings, the Burrunjor is bipedal, goes about 25 feet long, and has small, clawed, hands. Cattle ranchers in Oz reported a huge creature that left bipedal tracks and ate their livestock throughout the 1950s. Aboriginal accounts describe it as a giant reptilian creature that had feathers depending on the account … and was known to devour larger animals like kangaroos. According to our sources, the last reported sighting of the beast occurred in 1985, when witnesses at the Roper River claimed to see a monster that measured about 20 feet long and was covered in feathers. Because there are no reports of the monster subsequent to that, many cryptozoologists think the Burrunjor may have gone extinct … if it ever existed at all! What do you think? And before heading to our number one cryptid, let’s take time out for an honorable mention. Now, the Platypus does indeed exist, it is not a cryptid … but it was once considered to be! So that’s why we have to recognize this marvelous mashed-up mammal, which can only be found in Australia … and has become one if its iconic symbols. Known for its duck’s bill, beaver’s tail and otter-like feet, the animal looks like it was dreamed up in a Photoshop session. And when an unliving specimen was presented to British scientists in 1798, they thought it was a hoax. These days, the critter is recognized as one of the few mammals that lay eggs … and there are only five such monotremes that exist. Did you know it’s also one of the world’s few venomous mammals as well? Yowie (YOW-ee) This famous cryptid from Down Under is sometimes referred to as the Bigfoot or Yeti of Australia. The Yowie is described as standing some 12 feet tall, with a body covered with shaggy dark fur. They’re most often reported as being bipedal … but some accounts suggest that they can run on all fours as well. They seem to be most often sighted around New South Wales, Queensland’s Gold Coast, and in areas of bush country in the Moehau Range. Eyewitness accounts of the big critters were first reported in the 19th century, when they were described as ‘indigenous apes’. Sightings have continued into the 21st century. One popular theory suggests that the Yowie might represent species of ape that was thought to be extinct … or some as-yet unidentified human species. If you can capture and present a Yowie, you could be in for a reward of $200,000 Australian Dollars (app. $154,000 US Dollars). That reward was posted in the 1970s, and has gone unclaimed … so far.
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8 Most Famous American Cryptids
 
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From the Jersey Devil to the recently spotted Bigfoot in Canada, these are the 8 most FAMOUS American Cryptids Mothman -- Although the name sounds like it might belong to a comic book character, Mothman refers to unidentified creatures seen in West Virginia’s Point Pleasant area between 1966 and 1967. The Mothman was described as a human-like figure with glowing red eyes and wings measuring ten-feet. A couple from Point Pleasant claimed they encountered one of the creatures while driving on the outskirts of town. Over 100 reports of similar creatures were made over the year. Pope Lick Monster -- This one lives in Louisville Kentucky underneath the Norfolk Southern Railway over Floyd’s Fork Creek. These creatures don’t usually have such specific locations, all that’s missing is a street address. At any rate, the creature resembles a man, a sheep and a goat, all in one. A number of legends abound with this cryptid. It attacks victims with a blood-stained axe … It has the power to hypnotize its victims into walking into oncoming traffic or approaching trains. It also has the irritating habit of jumping onto car roofs and and destroying them … well, that is a new one. Despite warnings from Norfolk Southern Railway to stay away from the site, interest in the creature continues to this day. In April of 2016, a 26-year-old Ohio woman died after being hit by a train as she searched for the Pope Lick Monster. Skinwalkers -- These are people with the supernatural ability to transform into any creature they desire. Found in many Native American legends, the Navajo have some of the best documented lore surrounding these cryptids. While frequently seen as a coyote, fox, wolf,eagle or crow, a skin walker will assume the form based on what specific abilities it requires … If the skin walker needs to travel quickly it might assume the form of a bird, for example. There’s also a belief that skin-walkers can steal another person’s face, absorb themselves into the body of another, and read the thoughts of a human. And it can make any human or animal noise it desires, regardless of their current form. Similar to vampires, Skinwalkers can’t enter an inhabited home without an invitation … so they might try to lure you outside by mimicking the voice of a relative. A skin walker seeks to cause humans harm, so try not to upset them … We haven’t even mentioned their ability to throw down curses, too. Enough to make your skin crawl. Beast of Bray Road -- First reported in 1936, this cryptid was supposedly spotted along a country road outside of Elkhorn Wisconsin. It was described as a hairy, bear-like creature, although Bigfoot might be the better comparison. Bi-pedal, the Beast stood 7 feet tall standing up with a weight reported between 400-700 pounds. While some sources labeled it a werewolf, none of the sightings ever mentioned the creature transforming from a human into a wolf. Some explanations for the creature included it being some unknown variety of wild dog, or perhaps a wolfdog. A 3-minute film surfaced in 2002, claiming to show footage of the beast. A second film was also “discovered” that featured real footage of the creature. Debates about both film's authenticity raged until 2010 when Steve Cook on Monsterquest confirmed that both films were fake. Was Bigfoot Caught … on Video? As far as cryptids go, they just don’t seem to get any bigger -- literally -- than Bigfoot, with reports of the monster claiming it stands up to 9 feet tall. While there have been countless sightings, roughly one-third have occurred in the Pacific Northwest. A sighting in 2013 made news when the legendary sasquatch was allegedly seen in Mission, British Columbia in Canada. A couple hiking through the area shot some video of a large figure that seems to shamble over a hilltop in the forest. Fairly typical of these sorts of stories, the footage is blurry and the camerawork has that trademark shakiness. And of course the subject tends to be conveniently far enough away to make exact details difficult to discern. Seems Bigfoot is never ready for its close-up. But stills captured from the video do seem to depict a creature of some sort, although for all we know of could be someone in a Bigfoot outfit … that has been known to happen. To be fair, the remote area does seem like the place where a Bigfoot might call home, offering thousands of miles of wilderness in which the creature could hide out. Authentic or not, the video has managed to rack up over 1.5 million views since it was initially posted on YouTube in 2013. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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12 World's Most Epic Elusive Creatures
 
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From rarely seen whales and sea serpents, to a cheetah seen once in a century; These are 12 of the World’s Most Epic Elusive Creatures! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife 5.Sunda (SUN-duh) Clouded Leopard A new species of big cat was discovered in Sumatra … but the elusive critter seemed to be camera shy. It took several years and a camera trap in Indonesia’s Berbak National Park before researchers got a good look at the Sunda. And it revealed that the rare animal was well adapted to living in treetops -- a long tail enabled the critter to balance itself on branches. It was seen to even shimmy down tree trunks, not unlike a squirrel! The Sunda leopard is a clouded leopard, which are considered the most elusive of big cats. Clouded leopards get their name from their spots, which have a large, cloud like shape … the animals are found across southeast Asia and into India. How elusive is the critter? Prior to this footage, the Sunda was seen only once before, in Borneo! 4.Right Whales These big marine mammals are considered to be some of the rarest creatures on earth. So when researchers located some 500 of them returning to Cape Cod Bay over the past few years, it was a “mindblowing” experience … to use the technical term. But scientists had good reason to be excited. 500 is about half the known global population of these whales. The North Atlantic Right Whales had once called the area home … but their numbers were decimated by whalers who hunted them for their oil and bones. Through the 1990s, less than 30 of them were spotted annually. But that number has upticked dramatically in recent years. Experts think their sudden reappearance has to do with their feeding habits. It’s theorized that changing ocean currents might be driving more plankton into the area. It’s likely that as the whales have discovered the more plentiful food source, they’ve called to their rest of their mates to dig in. The whales presence tends to peak around mid-April … and that’s about the time that concentrations of plankton are at their apex. 3.Ocelot You can see a version of this critter as a kitten in the picture. They tend to resemble domestic felines, and they’re sometimes kept as pets -- as would appear to be the case here. But ocelots can grow to around 35 pounds, and measure some 3 feet long from head to body. And they’re still considered wildcats that function as nocturnal predators … although they can be active during the day. They can be difficult to locate in the wild, due to their irregular patterns of and activity. They usually rest in tree branches or under fallen trees … and they’re mostly solitary critters. Ocelots have an extensive range, from South America to Trinidad … and are occasionally reported in Texas. Did you know that at one time, their pelts were considered exceptionally valuable … and as a result, hundreds of thousands of the animals were killed for their fur. 2.Saola (sOW-la) This critter is often referred to as the Asian Unicorn. Its remains were first discovered in 1992 in Vietnam … with its only other known location being Laos. And a photo of the animal wasn’t even captured until around 1998! Another picture wouldn’t be taken until 2013, when a camera trap placed in Vietnam’s Annamite Mountains caught the critter on video. The animal can be seen to resemble an antelope -- despite being called a unicorn, it has two sharp horns that grow parallel, to about 20 inches long. Researchers found the picture of the elusive creature to be a cause for celebration … The World Wildlife Fund says it was the first large mammal that was new to science in over 50 years. In that time, the animals have remained elusive and difficult to detect. Experts think that only a few dozen of the Saola at most … still live in the isolated forests along the border of Laos and Vietnam. 1.Spotless Cheetah Well, a number of big cats made it onto our list … and this one made it to number one. After all, how often would you see a cheetah … that had no markings on its coat? Prior to 2012, it had been going on 100 years! That’s when a photographer managed to approach within 50 yards of the seldom-seen spotless adult cheetah. Spotless isn’t quite right, though. The animal did display hundreds of tiny freckles sprayed across its sandy colored coat … but from a distance it appeared to be plain. Experts think the condition can be traced to a recessive gene. And they say the mutation can actually provide a benefit to the animal. The spotless cheetah’s coloring makes it more closely resemble a puma, or a lion … both of which are known to be skilled survivors. Researchers think the last sighting of such a creature had occurred in 1921!
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13 Extinct Species That Could Be Resurrected
 
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So, as we start off the episode, here’s an FYI. You’ll be hearing the term ‘de-extinction’ here and there … and if you’re unfamiliar with that term, it basically refers to the process of creating an animal that resembles an extinct species. Cloning is usually the number one option, as you’ll see with several critters, including the Woolly Mammoth. Selective breeding is another technique, which is being used with the Quagga. And as you’ll learn, there’s some controversy attached to bringing extinct species back to life. Be sure and tell us what you think about all that In the comments. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife #8 Short Faced Bear Polar Bears and Kodiak Bears are thought the be the largest bears on the planet today. Polar bears can can weigh more than 1,500 pounds and approach 10 feet in total length. But the Short Faced Bear, which lived around 11,000 years ago in North America could weigh more than 2,000 pounds and stand up to 12 feet tall. Maybe this is one beast you don’t want to see resurrected! But experts have already salvaged DNA from the bear’s fossils that were preserved in permafrost. And it seems the animal best suited for cloning duty would be the Spectacled Bear found in South America. Ironically, that modern day relative is one of the smallest of ursines, weighing about 440 pounds. FYI, the prehistoric bears are called short-faced because their snouts were unusually short compared to other bear species. #7 Pyrenean Ibex Its Spanish common name is ‘Bucardo’, and it was one of four Spanish Ibex native to the Iberian Peninsula. The animal became extinct in 2000 … but later became the focus of an attempt to bring it and additional extinct species back to life. An attempt was made in 2003 to clone a female Ibex … and it did result in the birth of a baby Ibex. But it was born with a severe lung defect and survived for only 7 minutes before suffocating. However, that birth was seen as a triumph for cloning technology … and has since been viewed as the first successful effort to revive an extinct species. Efforts to recreate the Pyrenean Ibex were announced by scientists in 2013, but in a technical sense the animal was already successfully cloned. #6 Moa At one time, these were the largest birds in the world. The flightless birds were native to New Zealand, and could stand 12 feet tall, and weighed about 250 pounds. Hunting by the Maori and habitat reduction combined to drive the big birds into extinction by 1445. But preserved specimens and ancient eggshells have yielded Moa DNA, that was found intact. WHich makes them a prime candidate for cloning. Did you know that in the 1980s, the complete foot of a Moa was discovered on Mount Owen on the South Island? Many people initially thought it was the mummified claw of a theropod dinosaur! #5 Wooly Mammoth Have you ever heard of a “mammophant”? That term refers to the product of an Asian elephant with the DNA of an extinct Woolly Mammoth. Researchers claim they’re just a few years away from successfully creating such a hybrid embryo. The Asian elephant was chosen because it’s the closest living relative to the Woolly Mammoth … and those critters went extinct recently enough that many intact fossils have been located frozen in the Arctic tundra. Scientists say the cloned animal would appear much like an elephant, but would exhibit mammoth qualities including shaggy hair, smaller ears, and blood that’s adapted for colder habitats. Woolly Mammoths vanished from the mainland around 10,000 years ago, with isolated populations going extinct as recently as 4,000 years ago. #4 Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) Thylacine was the largest carnivorous marsupial known in modern times. It gets the tiger reference due to the striping found on the animal’s lower back. Native to continental Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania, it was the largest predator in Oz some 3500 years ago until human settlers introduced dingoes. The last known Tasmanian Tiger is thought to have perished in 1936, with bounty hunting cited as a major cause for their extinction. Because Thylacine hasn’t been extinct that long (in the scope of history, anyway) there are many intact specimens that could still retain viable DNA. The genetic material has been successfully sequenced, and there are various projects underway to clone the Tasmanian Tiger back to life. By the way, we earlier said the animals were ‘thought to have perished’ because there have been many reported sightings of Thylacine in the wild ever since its alleged extinction. If you’ve ever see one, let’s hear your story!
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10 Most Bizarre Plant Cryptids
 
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From Cow Eating Trees; to the AMAZING Moss Man; These are 10 MOST Bizarre Plant Cryptids ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 INCREDIBLE New Fossil Finds
 
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From bacterial "living" fossils, to newly discovered coal mine artifacts, these are 10 INCREDIBLE New Fossil Finds ! Scientists got some new insights into the brains of dinosaurs. And it’s thanks to a seemingly-ordinary brown pebble found on a beach in southern England more than a decade ago. Paleontologists have discovered the ‘pebble’ is actually the rare fossilized brain tissue from a dinosaur's skull … one that lived during the Cretaceous period, over 130 million years ago. Scientists from Oxford and Cambridge universities think it belonged to a large herbivore related to an Iguanodon (ig-wann-uh-don). They were large herbivores with long tails and hind legs longer than their forelimbs. And their brains had distinct similarities to modern day birds and crocodiles. The find is extremely rare because soft organs like brain tissue normally don’t survive. In this case, it’s believed the animal died in a swamp. It’s head probably landed in water that provided an environment that was both highly acidic and low in oxygen. The creature’s brain was essentially pickled and preserved. Conical (conn-ih-col) structures called stromatolites (stroe-matto-lites) found in Greenland may have been shown to be the oldest fossil of a living organism on earth. The series of miniscule shapes were created by prehistoric bacteria … and have been preserved in sedimentary rock for 3.7 billion years! Stromatolites are layered structures that form in shallow water ... as mud and sand are glued together by microorganisms. They provide evidence that complex life was already thriving at early stages of the planet's history. Geologists found these stromatolites embedded in a metacarbonate (meta-car-bonn-ate) rock outcropping on the southwest coast of Greenland … they measured between 1 to 4 centimeters high. This new discovery predates the previous oldest known evidence of life by over 220 million years. Stromatolites can still be found today in certain shallow coastal and volcanic regions. The oldest fossilized evidence of insects mating was discovered in China. The fossil exhibits the couple in a face-to-face position, and was found in the sediment of a lake in Inner Mongolia. Experts think the insects antics date back around 165 million years ago. It’s thought the two were interrupted when a volcano erupted, releasing toxic gases that killed them. The wind blew them into a lake … and there they laid buried and protected by sediment for millions of years. Scientist claim that only 40 such fossils of insects copulating have ever been found worldwide, making them extremely rare. And this one predates the oldest known fossil by some 65 million years! Welsh Dragon -- Fossils of a new species of dinosaur dating back around 200 million years were unearthed in Wales … and it’s believed to be the world’s earliest specimen of a Jurassic-era dinosaur. This creature doesn’t have wings or breathe fire like the Welsh national symbol … but it is the first dinosaur fossil of a meat-eating theropod found in Wales … and only the second dinosaur ever found in the country overall. Its well-preserved skeleton was found on a beach, spread across five slabs of rock … several loose blocks contained sharp claws and curved, razor-sharp teeth. The so-called dragon was a small, slim and agile creature that measured around 50 centimeters tall and 200 centimeters long … it had a lengthy tail that helped its balance, and walked on two legs. Experts believe the unnamed theropod dinosaur was about the size of a dog and had a fuzzy coating of proto-feathers to keep them warm. Despite its diminutive size, the creature is thought to be a distant relative of the Tyrannosaurus Rex! Ever heard of a dinosaur called ‘Doyathinkhesaurus’? It’s a play on words, of course … but scientists have discovered a dinosaur that was actually able to change its skin color -- and that’s no joke! It’s real name is a Psittacosaurus (sit-TAK-ah-sawr-us), meaning ‘parrot lizard’. The creature is named after its parrot-like beak … and was about the size of a labrador retriever. It lived in northeastern China over 130 million years ago, and was a relative of triceratops. Analyzing well-preserved fossils, a research team in the UK found that Psittacosaurus used camouflage called countershading. It’s a pattern that conceals shadows on an animal and can make it appear flat and inconspicuous … leaving their predators baffled. The animal likely developed the ability due to its smaller size making it attractive to predators. Countershading is used by many animals today, including penguins, dolphins and deer. Did you know when scientists reconstructed an image of this dinosaur, they thought it resembled ET … would you agree? Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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19 Extinct Species Found ALIVE !
 
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From bizarre flightless birds, to some ancient turtles, these are 19 EXTINCT Species Found ALIVE !!! 10. Lord Howe Island Stick Insect -- It’s considered the rarest insect in the world, and they were thought to be extinct since 1920. It was rediscovered in 2001 on a small islet of Ball’s Pyramid. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it’s the tallest and most isolated sea stack in the world. Less than 30 individuals were located living underneath a single shrub there. Did you know this Stick Insect can grow to 15 centimeters long? That’s why they’re sometimes referred to as “tree lobsters”! 9. La Gomera (go-merra) Giant Lizard -- This animal is considered a true lizard … and in these photos from Jaime A. de Urioste (day’oo-ree-os-tay) you can see the white coloration around its throat in contrast to blackish-blue coloration of its body … and you can also get a sense of its size as it lays on the brown dirt, or rests upon a reddish boulder … They can grow to half a meter long. This species is native to La Gomera go-merra), one of the Canary Islands ... and were thought to have gone extinct by 1985. But Spanish biologists found six living individuals in 1999. Today, the creatures are listed as critically endangered. 8. Madagascan Serpent Eagle -- as its name would suggest, this medium-sized raptor is indigenous to the island of Madagascar. It has a wingspan up to 110 centimeters, and measures up to 66 centimeters long. After its last confirmed sighting in 1930, this bird of prey was thought to be extinct … but it was rediscovered in 1993! 7. Bermuda Petrel (peh-trul) -- These creatures were last seen in the 1620s, and were believed to be extinct for more than three centuries. But in 1951, 18 nesting pairs of the birds were discovered on isolated rocky islets in Castle Harbor. The Petrels have a global population of around 250 individuals … meaning they still face extinction today. 6. La Palma Giant Lizard -- This creature was thought to have been extinct for five centuries before being rediscovered in 2007 … and some sources STILL list the animal as extinct! The lone individual located was around 4 years old and measured about a foot long. Expeditions to the Canary Island’s La Palma region are being planned to search for a breeding population. 5. Caspian Horse -- This breed of small horse is native to Northern Iran … and is thought to be one of the oldest horse breeds in the world … with remains found that date back to 3400 BC! Its original height is estimated at 36 to 46 inches (91 to 117 cm). The little equines seemed to vanish from history after 700 AD, and were presumed extinct. But the animals were rediscovered in 1965 in Iran … and seemed to have survived relatively unaltered. 4. Monito del Monte -- Until one of these tiny marsupials was discovered in the southern Andes of Chile, they were thought to have been extinct for 11 million years. It’s likely related to the earliest Australian marsupial which lived some 55 million years ago. 3. Laotian (la ocean) Rock Rat -- This species was first discovered for sale at a meat market in Laos (louse). It was placed in its own family because it was considered so distinct and unusual from other living rodents. But that was just the beginning … after a systematic re-analysis in 2006, the animal was reclassified. It turns out the unique rodent belonged to an ancient family of fossils believed to have gone extinct some 11 million years ago! Researchers have discovered additional specimens, suggesting the rock rat may not be as rare as originally thought. 2. Gracilidris (grah-sill-ih-dris) -- After considered extinct for some 20 million years, it was rediscovered and described in 2006. These ants have been found in Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. Very little is known about them, but they do exhibit nocturnal behavior and nest in small colonies in the soil. A single existing fossil in amber from the Dominican Republic qualifies this creature as a Lazarus Taxon (tax-ON), not unlike the Coelacanth (seela-kenth). 1. And speaking of the Coelacanth (seela-kenth) -- This creature was thought to have gone extinct at the end of the Cretaceous period, some 65 million years ago. But in 1938, this ancient order of fish was rediscovered off the coast of South Africa. They’re among the oldest living jawed fish believed to exist, and serve as an example of a Lazarus Taxon (tax-ON) … an organism that disappears from the fossil record, only to later come back to life! They’re known to swim over 500 meters deep, grow to over six feet long, and weigh around 200 pounds! Did you know this creature first appeared in the fossil record some 400 million years ago? Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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DEADLIEST Monsters from Greek Mythology !
 
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From cyclops and sirens; to the legendary Hydra and Cerberus; here are 14 of the Deadliest Monsters from Greek Mythology !
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10 Deep Sea Cryptids
 
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From a tortoise the size of an island, to the massive mysterious ningen ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 Amazing Sunken Treasures
 
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From shipwrecks found in the desert, to a treasure worth half a billion smackers; Here are 10 amazing sunken treasures! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife Whydah Gally (wie-dah) Alexandria SS City of Cairo Booty Call Byzantine Treasure In 2015, the wreck of a large Byzantine ship thought to be at least 1,000 years old was discovered in the Black Sea on the Crimean Peninsula. Divers found hundreds of amphora (AM-for-uh) measuring around 2.5 feet high and nearly 2 feet long … which are thought to have been carried on the vessel. You can see images of those containers in this image taken from a video posted to YouTube by Zvezda (ah-VEZ-dah), a Russian TV network … even after all this time, the containers appear mostly intact. The ancient jars are still sealed with wax … and are thought to contain oil or wine. Researchers think the sunken vessel may have been headed to the Crimean Peninsula from Constantinople … during the Middle Ages, the region was part of the Byzantine empire and had constant contact with Mediterranean ports. Experts are calling the the ship one of the Black Sea’s top underwater archaeological discoveries of the past century. Deep Sea Desert Discovery You normally think of sunken treasure being found deep in the water. But here’s a case where treasure was found aboard a ship that was deep in the Namibian desert! Diamond miners in Africa were draining a manmade saltwater lake by the Skeleton Coast. That’s when they noticed bits and pieces of wood and metal along the beach … which led to the discovery of a 500 year old shipwreck that was hidden under the sand. The Bom Jesus (bome-jay-ZOOSE, Good Jesus) was a Portuguese vessel the was enroute from Lisbon to India when it -- along with the entire crew -- disappeared. The cargo included skeletons, ivory tusks from West Africa, swords and knives … and gold and silver coins worth more than $11 million dollars. Located in 2016, this is considered one of the most important shipwreck finds ever. Black Swan Project It sounds kind of like a covert military operation … and that’s too far wrong. Black Swan Project is the codename Odyssey Marine Exploration gave to an operation to recover what is thought to be the richest treasure of any shipwreck … valued at around half a billion dollars ($500,000,000)! After keeping their efforts undercover, the deepwater salvage outfit attracted attention when it flew some 17 tons of gold and silver coins from Gibraltar to an undisclosed location in the US. It turned out that they had discovered the wreck of the ‘Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes’ … a Spanish naval frigate which sank in 1804 … off the southern coast of Portugal. The Spanish Government stepped in to assert its claim to the loot … and after years of legal wrangling, US courts decided in favor of Spain. All those coins and cargo were returned to their country of origin, where they’ve been put on display at museums. San Jose Shipwreck The San Jose was a Spanish galleon that was estimated to be carrying gold and precious jewels worth more than $10 million dollars. It was sunk by the Royal Navy off the coast of Colombia in 1708 as it was carrying the cargo to Spain to finance their war of succession against Britain … during which an estimated 600 people died After decades of searching, the wreck was discovered off the coast of Cartagena in 2015 … and that booty is now estimated to be worth around $1.5 billion dollars! While none of the treasure has yet been recovered, pictures of the wreck were taken by a deep-sea camera. Sonar images depict bronze cannons that were custom made for the vessel, along with armaments, ceramic works and other artifacts. The San Jose could represent the most valuable sunken treasure ever discovered … but exactly who gets how much of the booty is still undetermined. The find has legal entanglements that have yet to be worked out. Sea Search Armada, the US salvage company, says they’re entitled to a share … while Spain says ownership of the treasure is unclear. But Colombia says the San Jose is all theirs … an opinion backed up by the decision of a US court in 2011!
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9 SHOCKING Cryptids of the United States
 
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From Native American Monster legends, to the UNDENIABLE SASQUATCH, these are 9 STRANGE Cryptids of the United States ! 5. Batsquatch -- This flying cryptid derives its name from “bat” and “Sasquatch” … indicating it could be some sort of a flying Bigfoot. It was allegedly sighted in the 1980s near Mount St. Helens in Washington State. Batsquatch is said to be 9 feet tall, has yellow eyes, blue tinted fur, a wolf-like muzzle, and bat-like wings said to span up to 50 feet. Sightings of a creature matching that description also occurred in Washington State in 1994 and 2011. In 2009, hikers claimed to see a huge creature with leathery wings spanning around 50 feet … but this one flew out of a mountain crevice at Mt Shasta in California. In 2014, a sighting of the creature was reported in Akron, Ohio when high school students claimed to see a huge black mass flash by their classroom window at high velocity. The creature was said to be around 9 feet long and had wings that spanned up to 30 feet! Some people have found this cryptid to be reminiscent of the Mothman ... 4. And speaking of the Mothman … The first sighting of this strange cryptid was in 1966, in West Virginia … with the largest number of sightings occurring near an abandoned munitions area, north of the town of Point Pleasant. Two young couples were out driving one night. They claimed to encounter a bizarre humanoid creature with large, glowing red eyes centered in its chest … and stood around 7 feet tall with wings folded against its back. When they raced away, the creature spread its wings and flew after them down the highway … at speeds over 100 mph! The creature eventually flew away and disappeared. Over the next 13 months there were more than 100 sightings. Most accounts describe the creature as dark colored, with a wingspan exceeding 15 feet. After the Silver Bridge collapsed in December of 1967, sightings of the Mothman stopped … giving rise to theories that the creature was somehow involved with the disaster. What do you think the Mothman may have been 3. Iliamna (ill-ee-am-na) Lake Monster -- You have to head north to Alaska to search for this one. Stories about this creature have been floating about since the indigenous Aleut (al-ee-oot) people settled on the shores of Iliamna (ill-ee-am-na) Lake. Referring to the creature as Gonakadet (gone-ah-ka-det) -- don’t know if I got that name right -- it was depicted as a fish god. The monster is said to be up to 30 feet long and has a square head it uses to ram into things like small boats. Earliest accounts of the creature described it as having the body of an Orca … and a wolf-like head and tail. 2. Myakka (my-yah-kah) Skunk Ape -- Florida police received reports of the creature in the 1970s … witnesses described it as apelike, covered in light brown hair and standing around 7 feet tall. That sounds like a description of Bigfoot … but this creature was said to emit a foul odor, not unlike a mix of rotten eggs and manure. That stench earned the animal its name, “Skunk Ape”. But after the initial flurry of sightings, the skunk ape seemed to disappear. Some urban legends claim it was captured by the US Army … or it relocated to Big Cypress National Reserve in Florida. In the year 2000, two photos were said to have been sent anonymously to the Sheriff’s Department in Sarasota County, Florida. 1. Sasquatch -- The word ‘Sasquatch’ actually comes from a word in the language of the Native British Columbia coastal Salish (sal-ish) peoples meaning ‘wild man’. Stories of ape-like creatures roaming the forests of North America have long been told by indigenous tribes, who referred to a race of hairy giants that would steal salmon and people during the night. The pictograph of a Sasquatch dating up to 1,000 years old is thought to be shown at the Painted Rock shelter near Taft California. You can see it in this photo by Kathy Moskowitz Strain … Looking closely at the rock, you can make out the image of a creature standing up, with its arms extended. The arm on the right has white outlines … the arm on the left is a rusty red color. Next to the creature, you can make out two similar forms, thought to represent a mother and child. Local Native American tribes referred to the creature as “Hairy Man”, and the painting stands around 8.5 feet tall. Did you know about a third of all Bigfoot sightings take place in the Pacific Northwest? Most turn out to be hoaxes or misidentified animals … but are there any that you believe? Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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9 Famous European CRYPTIDS Explained
 
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From the mysterious Wolpertinger beast, to the most famous creature of them all, the loch ness monster, these are 9 FAMOUS European CRYPTIDS Explained ! Beast of Bodmin -- This is a phantom wildcat that supposedly lives on Cornwall, England … specifically, Bodmin Moor. Alleged panther-like cats were thought to be the cause of mutilated and slain livestock in the area. Other, more exotic theories involve big cats that may have been imported as part of zoos or private collections, but later managed to escape or were set free. Interestingly, a less than a week after an official investigation in 1995 concluded no verifiable evidence of big cats running wild in Britain Loch Ness Monster -- One could argue that Nessie is THE most famous European cryptid, so that’s more than enough to earn her a spot on our list. Sightings of a serpent-like sea monster have been recorded as far back as the 7th century, but the monster didn’t become a pop culture icon until the 1930s. Countless teams of scientists and researchers have investigated the lake, in search of the creature … but if she’s down there, Nessie knows some good hiding places. A popular theory involves Nessie being a plesiosaur (pless-ee-o-sore) that somehow managed to survive in Loch Ness … those creatures measured up to 49 feet and were known for their long necks … sound familiar? They vanished some 66 million years ago … or did they? Vampires -- The undead feed on the blood of the living to prevent its body from decomposing … and apparently give them lots of cool powers like mind control, super strength, and turning into bats and flying away. Of course the downside is, that vampires sleep during the day, and have nasty allergic reactions to wood, garlic, silver, and holy water among other things. The term vampire wasn’t popularized in the west until early in the 18th century. But legends of the creatures abounded in areas like the Balkans and eastern Europe. And there are theories suggesting that vampire mythology originated in ancient Egypt, where they may have been demons summoned into this world from another. Bram Stoker’s Dracula published in 1897 likely provided the model for the modern-day interpretation of vampire legends. Stoker actually based Dracula on the story of Vlad Tepes (tepesh), also known as Vlad Dracula. The 15th century Romanian prince gained such a reputation for cruelty to his enemies that he was later known as Vlad the Impaler, since he employed that practice so often. Vlad was dead by 1477 killed in battle, according to various sources. But Dracula and vampires live on (more or less) to this day -- or night. The Wolpertinger (will-per-tin-jer) -- This mythological hybrid is found in German folklore, supposedly inhabiting the alpine forests of Bavaria. Talk about a mash up of animal parts … this creature is said to have a rabbit’s head, a squirrel’s body, wings, the antlers of a deer, and the legs of a pheasant … but only some accounts include that last feature. There are other creatures from German folklore that that resemble the Wolpertinger, like the Elwedritsche (el-wid-dritch), which is said to be a chicken-like animal with antlers. The mythical creature also resembles the equally mythic American Jackalope, which is said to be a jackrabbit with antelope horns. Did you know that stuffed animal version of Wolpertingers are sold to tourists as souvenirs … and The German Hunting & Fishing Museum in Munich maintains a permanent display of the creature. Das ist wahr! (dass-ist-var; it’s true) 1934 fake photo The Tatzelwurm (tat-ZELL-worm) -- -- It’s also known as the Alps Dragon, and has been reported for hundreds of years throughout several areas of Europe including Germany, Switzerland, Italy and other locations in the European Alps. The creature is said to have a scaly, snakelike body, up to 7 feet long, with clawed front legs, and a large catlike head with sharp teeth . The first documented sighting occurred in 1779 by a man who supposedly encountered two of the creatures, and died from a fatal heart attack. Additional sightings were claimed throughout the 19th century, and into the 20th century. 1934 a Swiss photographer claimed to have photographed the creature … but the photo was thought to be a fake. Over the decades, reports of the animal would surface occasionally … In 2009, several sightings of bipedal reptiles were reported in Tresivio, an Italian region near the Swiss border. Descriptions varied from the creature appearing like a ‘kangaroo with scales’ to a vivid account from a research assistant. She claimed see an ‘agile bipedal lizard’ running near her that measured around 6.5 feet tall, and resembled a “prehistoric velociraptor.” Have any theories? Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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20 STRANGEST Birds In The World
 
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From the prehistoric looking Shebill Stork, to the KIWI, New Zealand's national treasure, these are 20 STRANGEST Birds In The World ! 10. Resplendent Quetzal -- Found between western Panama and southern Mexico, this bird is well known for its vibrant plumage. The bird’s large eyes can adapt to the dim light of its forest habitat. Did you know the bird’s thick plumage evolved to protect its fragile skin? It’s the national bird of Guatemala! 9. Hoatzin (hout-zen) -- This pheasant sized bird is endemic to the Amazon and Orinoco Deltas of South America … While it is beautiful, it’s also known as the ‘stinkbird’, due to their manure-like odor … it’s caused by the way food ferments in the animal’s digestive system. When they’re chicks, the birds are noted for having two claws on each wing, which are used to scramble around tree branches without dropping into the water. 8. Roseate (rosy-ett) Spoonbill -- Notice the bill that resembles a spoon. The animal uses it to snatch small prey out of the water for its meals. Did you think it was a pink flamingo at first? They do share a similarity, color-wise … Like the Flamingo, the Spoonbill’s pink coloration is a result of their diet, which contain organic pigments called carotenoids. 7. Long Wattled Umbrellabird -- does it look like this bird is sporting a pompadour? That distinguishing shape atop its head is actually called an erectile head crest, which tends to be a bit longer on the males. The males are also distinguished by a large throat wattle of feathers which is always retracted during flight. They’re found in Colombia and Ecuador. 6. Philippine Eagle -- This raptor measures around three feet from the tip of its beak to its tail .. in terms of length and wing surface it’s considered the world’s largest extant eagle. The rare apex predator was once known as the “Philippine Monkey-Eating Eagle” because it was thought to prey exclusively on monkeys. In fact, the bird is an equal opportunity predator, snatching whatever meat it can find … which does include the flesh of primates. Did you know this is the national bird of the Philippines? 5. Kakapo (kah-kah-poo) -- This is the epitome of a rare bird …as of June 2016, only 123 of these animals were known to exist! What happened? It evolved in New Zealand, and had no natural predators there. When modern human introduced predators like cats and rats to the region, the Kakapo was especially vulnerable. It’s the heaviest and only flightless parrot in the world. They’re known to breed on average only 3 times a decade … and only when the fruit of the Rimu (rih-moo) tree is abundant. That might also explain their small population. 4. Greater Adjutant -- This massive creature is a member of the stork family and is found across Asia. Standing nearly 60 inches tall, they have a wingspan exceeding 98 feet! During the wintertime, they'll breed with each other as well as the Spot Billed Pelican and other large waterbirds. They’re a member of the stork family and their diet includes reptiles, rodents and other birds. Their name “adjutant” refers to their stiff manner of walking while on the ground. 3. Harpy Eagle -- Also called the American Harpy Eagle. We’re including it, not because it’s so strange … but because it’s so intimidating, we’re scared to ignore it! This fearsome bird is the largest and most powerful raptor known in the Americas … and is one of the largest extant eagles in the world. It’s an apex predator that tends to favor sloths and monkeys, although they’re known to go after larger prey like capybaras and deer. Did you know they have the largest talons of any living eagle, and have been documented lifting prey that equals their body weight … around 15 pounds! 2. Shoebill Stork -- The bird’s name is derived from its conspicuous, shoe-shaped bill … you could probably suss that out. That massive bill gives the animal a look that cannot be mistaken. These birds can weigh over 15 pounds and have an imposing height of up to 60 inches, with a wingspan reaching over 8.5 feet. Ornithologists consider this species to be one of the five most desirable birds in Africa. They’re found in swamps from Zambia to Sudan. 1. **Magnificent Frigatebird -- Here’s a bird with a most distinguished look. The large, lightly built seabird is noted for the male’s impressive red throat sac, which it inflates as a means of attracting a mate during breeding season. It’s found in the tropical Atlantic, as well as the Galapagos Islands. Did you know this bird is also known as the “Man of War”? Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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14 Rarest Sharks in the World
 
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From sharks that glow in the dark, to sharks with two heads, These are 14 of the rarest sharks in the World ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife Pyjama Shark Energizer Bunny Shark Cookie Cutter Shark Thresher Shark Zebra Shark Megamouth Shark Hybrid Sharks Greenland Shark Frilled Shark This critter is found across the globe .. but since it usually lived at depths around 4,200 feet, they’re not often seen … which is one reason why it spotted in the wild until 2004. The eel-like animals date back around some 80 million years … and have changed so little over time that they’re often referred to as living fossils. They can grow over 6.5 feet long and can strike at prey with a snakelike motion. And when they strikes, they do so with a mouth filled with 300 sharp teeth shaped like tridents that face backward. Did you know the critter is named for its six pairs of gill slits, which have a frilled appearance? Pocket Shark Sharks usually bright up images of ferocious, man eating monsters … but a shark caught off the Gulf of Mexico was more adorable than aggressive. The extremely rare species only measures about 5.5 inches long and weighs about half an ounce! The male specimen was just the second of its kind ever caught … the first such creature was found in 1936 in the Pacific Ocean. This one was actually caught in 2010 … then spent years on ice -- literally -- until researchers could formally identify it. The Pocket shark isn’t named for its small size … the creature has two pockets located near it front fins … but researchers still don’t know what purpose they might serve. Glowing Sharks Did you know that sharks could glow? Researchers have found that catsharks and swell sharks have biofluorescent abilities … that is, they can absorb light and then re-emit it at a different color or wavelength. In the case of these sharks, they begin to glow bright green as they descend deeper into the waters! Amazing patterns on the animal's skin became more pronounced the deeper they dived. Experts think the ability enables the sharks to communicate with each other at greater depths. Goblin Shark This critter has always seemed to be a favorite on Deep Sea Sunday. The goblin shark is identified by its long, flat snout and pink skin … But it might be best known for its powerful jaws, which can literally pop out of its mouth and catch prey with its razor sharp teeth -- the image usually evokes the Xenomorph from the Alien movies. These deep sea animals have been around for a long time. Did you know it's the last remaining member of a family that stretches back around 125 million years? They tend to remain mysterious creatures since they favor freezing waters and depths exceeding 4,000 feet. False Catshark Here’s another species of shark that favors depths of close to 5,000 feet …so it’s rarely seen. Such was the case in 2015 when one of the creatures was found in the Outer Hebrides (heh-brih-deez) of Scotland near the Isle of Barra … that was only the second time a false catshark was found in the region. The animals can grow to nearly 10 feet long, but this specimen went about 6 feet and weighed 132 pounds. The fishermen who caught the animal thought it resembled a large, unused sofa … but instead of using it as such, they released it back to the water after measuring and weighing it. A good thing, since the false catshark is the only member of its genus (JEE-nus)! 1.Two Headed Sharks These critters seem to be popping up at an unprecedented rate in waters around the world … and it’s left experts baffled as to exactly why. The creatures first started appearing in 2008 … that’s when the embryo of a blue shark with two heads was found off the Australian coast. In 2013, fishermen in Florida found a two headed fetus in the uterus of a bull shark. More recently, a two-headed Atlantic sawtail catfish embryo was discovered in a Spanish lab by researchers there. It was the first example of a two headed shark that was born by an oviparous (oh-VIP-er-us) species of shark -- or, one that lays eggs! Experts say such creatures wouldn’t live long in the wild … which could explain why no such egg laying sharks have been found so far. Scientists speculate that causes for the mutations might be linked to viral infections, pollution, or overfishing. As shark populations are thinned out, the gene pool contracts, which increases the chance of inbreeding … and that brings along the higher risk of passing along genetic abnormalities.
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13 Weirdest Looking Amphibians
 
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From the World's SMALLEST Frog, to the snake like caecilian, these 13 WEIRDEST Looking Amphibians ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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9 Islands Ruled by Creatures
 
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From swimming with pigs, to a secret island full of snakes that you are not allowed to visit, these are 9 islands RULED by creatures. Cat Island -- It seems felines have taken over the island of Tashirojima (tash-sheero-jeemah) in Japan. Locals have turned the land over to thousands of cats who now apparently rule the roost … or at least the litter box. Cats are thought to outnumber humans by 6 to 1, with the human population now numbering around 100. The cats have managed to thrive due in large part to a belief in Japanese culture that cats are a good luck charm, bringing good fortune to all who encounter them. Because of that, visiting tourists always make sure the animals are well-fed and fussed over. The island even has houses shaped like cats where the animals can kick back in style. Horse Island -- Assateague (azza-teeg) Island Is an uninhabited, 37-mile long expanse that’s divided between Virginia and Maryland. And its primary inhabitants? Wild horses that gallop about the beach. You can see a few of the animals about to go for swim in John Riviello’s photo. The current equine population is thought to have descended from horses aboard a Spanish galleon that survived a shipwreck long ago, and stayed put on this isle ever since. They’re known to be friendly, and spend their time doing what many of us might do on vacation -- wandering through meadows or horsing around in the water. Seal Island -- The Cape fur seals of South Africa have their own island located only a few miles from Cape Town. Seal Island is actually a small granite landform located inside False Bay that is home to the seals and serves as their main breeding site. Seals have weathered the harsh elements better than humans, which drove away seal hunters in the early 20 th century, as well as attempts to build a radar installation during World War II. The seals are usually left in peace. However, the surrounding waters are filled with great white sharks, which are known to circle the island in what’s affectionately called the Ring of Death. Any seal venturing too far into the waters will likely find itself a snack for those sharks. Rabbit Island -- This is a forested idyllic enclave where dogs and cats are banned … And it’s hard to believe now, but Okunoshima (oh-koon-us-sheem-uh) Island in Japan was once the location of a poison gas factory producing mustard gas and tear gas during World War II. It’s said that the rabbits were intentionally released when the island was reconfigured as a park after the war. While many rabbits were used in chemical testing, those animals were killed when the factory was razed. Rabbits found on the island today have no relation to those animals involved with chemical weapon tests. You can see a couple of today’s rabbits outside the factory ruins in this picture by Paul and Joy. The animals are said to be very friendly, and especially popular with tourists who bring along carrots! Monkey Island -- On the island of Cayo (k-o) Santiago in Puerto Rico, over 1000 Rhesus Macaque (mah-kack) monkeys run free. They are descendents of 409 monkeys brought from India and deposited there in 1938 for scientific testing. Cayo Santiago today serves as the University of Puerto Rico’s Caribbean Primate Research Center. If you want to see the monkeys, you have to be researcher to actually go ashore on the island. But you can charter a boat to the island and watch the monkeys from a distance. One reason for the restrictions is due to the fact that these monkeys naturally carry herpes B ; that version of the virus can prove deadly to humans. Pig Island -- The Bahamas is home to awesome weather, beautiful beaches, and a place called Big Major Cay -- In an uninhabited island in the Exuma (ex-zoom-ah) region, you’ll find those beautiful beaches often occupied by pigs, who just might join you for a sunbathing session. And how did those pigs get there? It’s thought they either survived a shipwreck or were left behind by sailors who had brought them along for food. The animals managed to survive by swimming to passing ships where tourists will cast them food. As you can see in this photo by Norm Lanier, they’re not shy about wading into the water. The pigs also aren't shy about hopping into boats and searching for food. Snake Island -- Here’s an island where you’d definitely better watch your step. Ilha de Queimada Grande (ILL-ha Duh Qwhy-da-mah) is located off the coast of Brazil, and is best known as Snake Island due to the huge population of pit vipers found there. Inhabiting nearly all 110 acres are Golden Lancehead Vipers, known as one of the world’s deadliest venomous snakes. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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20 INVISIBLE Animal Photos
 
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From tiny pygmy seahorses to giant giraffes, these are 20 INVISIBLE Animal Photos that will shock you! Lets see how many you can spot. 10. This picture taken by photographer Art Wolfe in Oregon shows the great disappearing ability of Grey Owls. It is somewhat easy to spot if you know what you are looking for, but prey, and predator alike, do not have the luxury of examining every tree branch so closely ! 9. This sleepy owl has nothing to worry about because of the great spot it chose to take a nap. The beautiful color of its feathers blends in with the color of the tree trunk surrounding it. 8. Nothing to see here, just an ordinary tree, with an extra ordinary frog on it ! Even though our brains are great at detecting patterns and faces in the wild, this gray tree frog is still tough to make out. The photographer did an amazing job showcasing just how well these frogs can hide from predators and prey alike. They vary in color depending on exact locations and with many different sub species, these frogs are found all over North America and Europe. 7. Piet Grobler took this awesome picture of multi colored rocks… the spider is just an afterthought ! In reality, this is a sub species of the aptly named wolf spider. If this photo didn’t freak you out enough, here is one of a female wolf spider carrying her young. They are venomous, and after enough provocation, they will bite ! So be careful if you are trying to take your own close up photo ! 6. Coral reefs are hotspots for divers because they offer some of the most breathtaking underwater sceneries. Sometimes, the breath taking part can last forever. Especially if you don’t notice that one of the most venomous fish known, the stone fish ! Even though there are only a few reported cases of fatalities from stonefish stings, it is still considered one dangerous fish to step on!! 5. Perfect placement for the perfect camouflage, this photograph is the best example of the common baron caterpillar’s ingenuity . These little creatures can be found, if you look hard enough, in Southeast Asia, and India. 4. Tree branches are the perfect hiding spot for birds that like to sleep during the day. Can you spot the the Tawny Frogmouth in this photo? The angle at which the bird sleeps is perfectly aligned with the decaying tree, making it possible to have peace and quiet. These birds are native to Australia and their diet consists of mostly farm pests, this makes them very popular among farmers who want to protect their land ! 3. At first glance, this photo seems incredibly boring. Just a close up of some tree branches and leafs. Can you spot the insect? No it is not another leaf tailed gecko hiding in plain sight. This time around, it is walking stick. These creatures have many different names and subspecies, each one having its own talents and unique looks, with one common denominator. They all look like sticks ! At this point, you might be asking yourself, just how BIG can these stick insects get ? The biggest one on record is almost two FEET (54 cm) long ! The specimen was found in Vietnam and was considered to be a newly discovered species ! 2. Next time you are taking a dip off the coast in Southern Australia, beware of aptly named leafy sea dragon. This wizard of disguise resembles seaweed, and all the leafy extras dangling around are used for nothing more than camouflage, as this picture shows, it would be very easy to swim by this sea dragon and not even take a second look. 1. No list of great deceivers and shocking invisible animals would be complete without the MIMIC octopus. This photo of the elusive creature shows how the mimic octopus can become one with the white sandy ocean floor. The only thing you can clearly make out are the protruding eyes. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 Things To Do When Animals Attack
 
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Do you know what to do if a constrictor snake attacks you? Check out these 10 things To Do When Animals Attack ! 6. Cows -- Did you know that each year cows kill more humans than sharks? In the US an estimated 22 people are killed by these bovine beasts each year … and 75% of those attacks were known to be deliberate. In certain cases, the cows killed people by multiple cows in well-coordinated group attacks. What can you do to avoid becoming a statistic? If you have a dog with you, try to keep the animal under control as best as possible. Cows might think your dog poses a threat to their young and will try to drive it off. Remain calm and move slowly, making sure to avoid direct eye contact. If the animal charges you, use trekking poles or a similar object to strike the cow directly on the nose to discourage it. Be as quick and precise as possible with your strike 5. Alligators and Crocodiles -- Since these creatures ambush their prey, crocodilians (krok-a-dilly-anns) present less time to deal with their attacks than other species. It’s best to avoid entering areas where these animals are known to inhabit. Be on the lookout for “nervous water” … that’s disturbances in the water caused by the animal. If attacked, run … these animals can run about 10 mph, and they can tire out quickly. If you experience a bite from a gator or croc, pray it’s a single defensive bite. They’re quick, and then the animal lets go. If the animal holds on it may try to drag you underwater, in which case your only option is to fight back. Try to strike the croc’s or gator’s eyes … they’re the most sensitive part of the beast. Use whatever’s handy … a stick and oar, a knife, your hands. The ears and nostril are also sensitive … a solid blow or cut to those sensitive areas may cause the animal to release you. 3. Wolves -- Attacks by wolves on humans can vary in frequency by geographical location. But because these animals have a bite than can crush the human skull and snap thigh bones, they’re not a threat to be taken lightly if they’re nearby. Consider an incident that occurred in a remote town in eastern Siberia … A so-called super-pack of some 400 wolves were laid siege to the area, attacking livestock and killing 30 horses over a 4-day span. If you find yourself face to snout with a wolf, here are a few tips to improve your chances … Avoid making eye contact or showing your teeth. Look down and try to appear submissive. If the wolf launches an attack, curl into a fetal position and cover your neck with your arms … wolves always go for the throat. If there’s no chance to escape, use anything at hand to strike the wolf’s face and nose to stun it. A last ditch effort is to make a fist and jam it down the animal’s throat … if it can’t breathe, it may decide attacking you isn’t worth the effort. Should none of the above work, it’s a situation of kill or be killed. 2. You wouldn’t imagine that an animal as cute and cuddly as a Koala could turn into a vicious beast. But a woman in South Australia found out the hard way that these animals do have a dark side. She was walking her dogs when they got too close to a tree the Koala was residing in, and the creature attacked the dogs … and then the woman when she tried to intervene. The Koala clamped its jaws on her leg and wouldn’t let go … the bloody bite required 12 stitches! These creatures are normally mild-mannered, but they do have sharp teeth can claws which can cause considerable damage. To be honest, we couldn’t find much info on what to do when Koalas attack … So we ask: What would you do in such an un’bear’able situation? 1. The hippo is regarded as one of the most aggressive animals in the world. It can weigh over two tons and run faster than Usain Bolt, up to 30 mph. It also doesn’t like being interrupted while lunching on its grass … as this gamekeeper at Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda found out. In fact, it was the gamekeeper who had to make like Usain Bolt as he ran from the angry, hungry hippo. The animal’s jaws are powerful enough to chomp a 10-foot crocodile in two … imagine what it could do to a human being. Almost 3,000 people are killed by these animals each year in Africa. The best thing to do is to avoid confrontation with them in the first place. Steer clear of their calves and remember that the hippos’ ‘yawn’ is a warning sign to back off. If you must run, seek natural cover like rocks, hills or trees. Once you’ve gained enough distance the animal should relent … it only wants you out of its territory. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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15 Awesome Jobs for Animal Lovers
 
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Love for creatures can be a rich and incredible profession; These are 15 AWESOME Jobs for Animal Lovers ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife Zoologist If you enjoy studying animals, then a career in zoology might right be for you. Zoologists can spend a lot of time with animals, and can work at zoos, with personnel there to direct how the creatures are cared for. Some zoologists will focus on one species of animal, while other might choose to specialize in mammals, reptiles, or other species. Entry level positions require a Bachelor’s degree … and if you want to become a researcher or professor, you’ll need a master’s degree. Animal Control Officer This type of job involves dealing with all types of animals … from pets to wildlife, and a job perk is giving them personal attention. Reports of mistreated animals are investigated, and dealt with according to the situation and animal involved. Officers will often help control abandoned or unattended animals, or help to remove dangerous animals. A necessary job requirement is the ability and willingness to use nooses, nets and/or tranquilizer darts should the situation call for it. Some of the jobs within this field can include dog wardens and dog catchers, canine service trainers and humane officers. And depending on where the job is located, your workplace can vary from a service truck to an office, to the wide open spaces of a national park! Wildlife Biologist Do the names Jeff Corwin or Steve Irwin ring any bells? They were wildlife biologists who went on to fame and fortune thanks to popular TV shows and books published. While there’s no guarantee of that, this is a profession that allows you to combine a love of animals with science. Wildlife biologists are involved with studying the environments of animals, along with their demographics and populations among other things. To move beyond entry-level positions, you’d need a master’s degree or PhD in wildlife biology. Animal Trainer Do you have a lot of patience with critters? If so, this might be the gig for you. It’s basically teaching animals to follow instructions. Whether you’re training dogs, horses, service animals or performing animals, you would need a basic understanding of how animals function. This usually involves an apprentice type education … and it has the potential to bring in a nice paycheck. As an example, a reputable show horse trainer can charge up to $1,000 (or higher) each month per horse … and that could involve several of the animals training at once. Our sources indicate that jobs in this line of work could increase by some 20-percent in the next year or so. And before getting to our number one job for animal lovers, it’s time for an honorable mention. In addition to many of the jobs we found while researching the episode, one really raised our hackles -- in a good way. Would you believe the guy in the picture is not necessarily a veterinarian … but is in fact a well-compensated professional cat cuddler? There’s an animal clinic that is seeking candidates that have a certain “Catitude” … that is, an ability to speak softly to the felines and calm their nerves … kind of like being a cat-whisperer. And this fella certainly seems to have the knack … that critter looks like it is all kinds of mellowed out. If you want to get paid for cuddling kittens all day long, you’ll need gentle hands for the petting and stroking of the cats. Now, there are a couple of drawbacks. One, we couldn’t find out how much the job pays. And two … the clinic is located in Dublin, Ireland. So if you don’t already live in the UK, you could be in for quite a commute. Veterinarian Chances are, the first animal-related job a lot of people think is is being a veterinarian. Along with a love of animals, a candidate better love math and science. In the US, you’ll need a four-year degree (and good marks) to gain entry to one of the country’s 27 veterinary schools. By some accounts it’s more difficult to get accepted into one of these schools than it is medical school! That involves another four years to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, or DVM. Graduates usually have to intern for a year before starting their own independent practice. Specialities can include animal surgery, animal pathology and exotic animal medicine. Salaries can range up to $150,000 per year depending on the vet’s speciality.
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14 Weird Sea Discoveries
 
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Did you know that scientists discovered over 1400 new species in our oceans between 2014 and 2015? Check out the weirdest of them all, and much more in these 14 WEIRD Sea Discoveries ! Some of the creatures found include the frilled shark, found off the coast of Namibia ...Scary-looking indeed, this animal is 3-feet long and is found in extremely deep waters, feasting on squid and small sharks. Its hooked, needle like teeth can snatch prey almost as big as itself. The Indonesian Psychedelic Frog Fish, discovered by marine experts off Ambon Island in Indonesia … it can push itself off the seabed not unlike a frog with a jet of water, then assume a ball-like shape and bounce along the ocean floor. Polychaete (polly keet) Carpet Worm -- Found off the coast of Japan, this parasitic worm was living in a whale’s carcass some 2,700 feet deep. The Keesingia (kiss-in-jah) gigas jellyfish was discovered by marine explorers off the northwest coast of Australia, it’s as long as a person’s arm and venomous. It’s sting can induce vomiting, pain, and in some extreme cases, stroke or heart failure Unlike most jellyfish, this one has no tentacles, as you can see in this picture. The lack of tentacles has researchers puzzled as to how this jelly catches its prey … or how it can transmit its sting. Some theories suggest the animal may have tentacles, but sheds them as a defense mechanism … or that its bell-shaped structure holds enough toxin to negate the need for tentacles altogether. After extensive research, DNA testing revealed it was a rare new species of black beaked whale … around two-thirds the size of Baird’s beaked whale, but possessing a larger dorsal fin. The new species hasn’t been officially named yet … but Japanese whalers had termed the rarely-seen animals, “Karasu” (kar-as-su) or raven whales. They’re thought to range across the Pacific Ocean, from northern Japan to the Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. Ruby Seadragon -- similar to seahorses, but they can easily blend into their environments thanks to the strange appendages that cover them. Two version of sea dragons were previously known to science … the yellow-and-purple common sea dragon and the orange-colored leafy seadragon. But this third species, the Ruby Seadragon was unknown until first described in 2015 … and that gives it the distinction of being the first new species of seadragon discovered in the past 150 years! It’s thought the red coloration helps the animal better camouflage itself in the deeper waters along the coast of Western Australia, The Catshark -- What a name, right? This new species of sea creature was discovered living in the southwestern Indian Ocean, and is usually referred to as the Dusky Snout Catshark. This deep diver is known to grow to around 1.5 feet long and lives anywhere from 300 feet to a mile below the ocean surface. The Coral Plant -- Okay, we’re throwing you a curveball here. This looks like an undersea coral, right? But this picture is a little misleading. This is actually a parasitic plant that doesn’t grow in the ocean at all … it’s found on the slopes of Mt Mingan in the Philippines! The plant’s branching, weird-looking tubers give it that coral-like appearance. Did you know that parasitic plants like this contain no chlorophyll and are incapable of photosynthesis … they draw their sustenance from other plants. The Undersea Mushroom -- It’s not a fungus … but an undersea animal. Not much is known about this creature as yet … it was found on the sea floor off of Victoria, Australia at a depth of some 3200 feet. It’s thought to be related to jellyfish, sea anemones or to comb jellies … or they could be something entirely different. Like we said, not a lot of known about them. But this animal is small, with a its stalk measuring less than a third of an inch in length, while it cap is less than a half-inch across. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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Cobras Protecting Sleeping Baby?
 
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4 cobras guard a sleeping baby. Are these deadly cobras really trying to protect this baby or is there something else going on here? Four Cobra snakes protecting a sleeping baby http://youtu.be/s7cK062QOSQ So are these cobras protecting the baby that's asleep or are they keeping it hostage? Make no mistake, cobras are very deadly and while their venom isn't as strong as some snakes, the amount of toxin injected in a single bit is enough to kill an elephant or 20 people. Cobras are normally shy towards humans and rarely attack unless threatened. As you can see in the video, they don't seem to feel threatened as the sleeping baby appears to grab onto one of the snakes without any reaction. This is the only snake species that actually build nests for their eggs and are known to heavily guard those eggs until they hatch. While no one seems to argue against this video isn't real, some people are claiming that the snakes have been somehow neutralized by having their fangs ripped out and their mouths sewn shut. Am I wrong for thinking this is extremely cruel to the snakes? Cobras normally lick the air, but in this video, they do not... I mean.. how do these snakes even eat? Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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10 Strangest Wild Dog Breeds
 
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From the singing dogs of New Guinea, to the most mysterious breed ever, the Maned wolf, these are the 10 STRANGEST Wild Dog Breeds ! New Guinea Singing Dog -- The animal doesn’t necessarily carry a tune … but it is named for its unique vocalization. They have a distinctive, melodious howl, which begins with a sharp increase in pitch and ends with extremely high frequencies. It’s not uncommon for the dogs to indulge in some chorus howling, where they all howl together. The sound is unassociated to any known canid, or dog like creature. Native to the island of Papua (pap-you-wah), the singing dogs are closely related to the dingo, but are considered a separate species. African Wild Dog -- It’s also known as the African Painted Dog, due to its colorful fur. It’s speculated that those colors might serve as a means of visual identification … these animals can recognize one another at distances up to 100 meters. It’s native to sub-Saharan Africa and is known for its hypercarnivorous diet … meaning its diet is more than 70% meat. Antelopes are especially favored, and this animal will chase them until exhaustion sets in. African wild dogs are highly social animals that live in packs of up to 27 adults and yearling pups. Ethiopian Wolf -- It’s recognized by its red and white fur and long, narrow skull and is about the size of a coyote in build and size. In fact, DNA analysis has shown that the creatures are more closely related to coyotes and gray wolves than other African canids. Unlike most social carnivores, these animals will forage … and feeds only upon small prey like rodents. It’s current range seems to be restricted to several isolated mountain ranges at elevations up to 4,500 meters. They seem to engage in temporary associations with Gelada (jell-A-da) monkeys found in the Ethiopian highlands. Troops of Gelada (jell-A-da) monkeys will tolerate solitary wolves hunting for rodents in their midst … while the wolves ignore juvenile monkeys who could be the size of their prey. Did you know this is one of the world’s rarest canids, and is also the most endangered carnivore in Africa? Maned Wolf -- This creature has always presented something of a puzzle. Its markings resemble that of a fox. But it’s not a fox … and despite its name, the Maned Wolf is not a wolf! So what is it? Well, it is recognized as the largest canid from South America, and is actually the only species of the genus ‘Chrysocyon’ (crys-oh-sun) which means ‘golden dog’. They can weigh over 50 pounds and stand nearly three feet tall at the shoulder. Its most distinguishing physical characteristics are its long black legs and distinctive black mane, for which it’s named. The mane actually serves to enlarge the animal’s profile when it’s under threat or displaying aggression. It’s found in grasslands throughout South America, from Brazil to Peru to Argentina. Did you know the Maned Wolf is also known as the Skunk Wolf … that’s due to the distinctive odor of its territorial markings. Dingoes -- The phrase “ A Dingo ate my baby” is pretty well embossed on the pop culture consciousness thanks to the movie “A Cry in the Dark” (1988). But these Australian wild dogs had a notorious reputation for a long time before that. And little wonder … this is the largest terrestrial predator in Oz. While their exact ancestry is still debated, dingoes are generally considered as descended from semi-domesticated dogs which reverted to a wild state when introduced to Australia. Due to their attacks on animals, dingoes are often seen as a pest by livestock farmers. Dhole (dole) -- Although it resembles the African wild dog, the Dhole is the only member of its genus (jenn-us). This canid is native to jungles of Central and Southeast Asia … and is also known as the Asiatic wild dog. The social animals can weigh up to 40 pounds and live their lives in packs. They mainly prey on smaller animals including frogs, lizards, and rodents …. Although the pack will sometimes bring down larger animals like deer. But while it’s a fairly dominant predator, the dhole can itself be preyed upon by tigers and leopards. Distinguishing characteristics of the dhole include their complex body language which can communicate signs including greetings or aggression. And they’re known for making distinct vocal calls to coordinate with the pack. The repetitive sounds are said to be so distinctive that individual animals can be identified by their own unique calls. Oddly enough, it’s still unknown exactly how the dholes make these sounds! Got any theories? Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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18 Animals Lost to Extinction
 
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The West Black African Rhino was hunted to extinction in 2011, and the last passenger pigeon died in 1914, check out these 18 Animals lost to Extinction. West Black African Rhino -- Weighing up to 2900 pounds (1300 kg), poachers hunted the animal for its horns which some cultures believe contain medicinal properties … although that has never been scientifically proven. The last West African Black Rhino was seen in 2006 in Cameroon. In 2011, it was declared officially extinct. Javan Tiger -- Native to the Indonesian island of Java, these cats resembled the Sumatran Tigers. They were once so numerous that locals considered them pests. That was in the 1800s. By the 1950s, only 20 of these animals survived. Encroachment on its habitat and agricultural development diminished the Javan Tiger’s numbers. Round Island Burrowing Boa -- It was once found burrowing on Round Island, off the coast of Mauritius (mar-rish-us) … you may recall that the Dodo also hailed from there, too. This snake was also found on other islands in the region. As its population dwindled, it could only be found on Round Island after 1949. Non-native species of goats and rabbits destroyed vegetation after being introduced to the island, eradicating the boa’s habitat. The snake was last seen in 1975. Po-ouli (pow-ooley) -- Also known as a Black-Faced Honeycreeper, this animal native to Maui was discovered in the 1970s. But by 1997 only 3 known survivors remained. Efforts were made to mate the remaining birds, but those efforts failed. By 2004 the specially was formally declared extinct. What happened? Disease, predators and loss of habitat are blamed as reasons for the bird’s extinction. Quagga (kwa-gaa) -- This animal was native to South Africa. As you might have guessed, they were actually a subspecies of the common plains zebra. Hunters coveted the animal for its brownish, partly striped hide which inspired some to call it a ‘horse tiger’. Hunting, along with competition from livestock for grazing land, led to the Quagga’s demise. The last of its kind died in the Amsterdam Zoo in 1883. Tecopa (tek-cope-ah) Pupfish -- A fish living in the desert? The Tecopa Pupfish called the Mojave Desert its home, and was known to survive in water temperatures up to 108 (42c) degrees fahrenheit. But the animal’s habitat was spoiled after development in the mid-20th century and the Pupfish was extinct by 1970. http://www.petermaas.nl/extinct/speciesinfo/tecopapupfish.htm Madeiran (mad-aaron) Large White Butterfly -- This beautiful butterfly was native to the Laurisilva (lora silva) forest valleys on Portugal's Madeira (mad-day-ra) Islands. Pollution from agricultural fertilizers and construction leading to loss of habitat are major reasons for the species’ eradication. The Large White Butterfly, a close relative is still commonly found across Africa, Asia and Europe. Bubal (bew-bal) Hartebeest -- Also known as the Bubal Antelope, Ancient Egyptians once used this animal for sacrificial purposes. It called North Africa home and was a common sight there. But European hunters steadily wiped out these beasts for sport and food. The last Bubal Hartebeest was a female and died in 1923 at the Paris Zoo. You can see her picture here. Caribbean Monk Seal -- These seals had been aggressively hunted for their meat, fur and oil. It started with European explorers in the late 15th century, and the tradition was later continued by whalers and fishermen. The seals’ traditional habitats in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea were ravaged by coastal development and fishing operations, which also hastened their demise. The Caribbean Monk Seal was last seen in the early 1950s and declared extinct in 2008. Pyrenean (peer-un-eon) Ibex -- The Ibex (or ee-bex) was once found throughout the Spanish, French and Andorran (and-door-un) Pyrenees (peer-un-nees). The population was decimated by hunting and the species went extinct in 2000. But in 2009, scientists used DNA from preserved skin samples and actually cloned a female Pyrenean Ibex! Unfortunately, the clone died from lung defects shortly after birth. What are some extinct animal species you’d like to see brought back to life? Leave a comment below! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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12 Vicious Ocean Predators
 
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From the world's most dangerous shark, to the crazy looking moray eel, these are the 10 VICIOUS ocean predators. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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17 Scariest Animals in Australia
 
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From snakes to drop pandas to even more snakes, these are the 17 SCARIEST Animals in Australia ! Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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20 Photos of Creatures Stuck in Time
 
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From spiders stuck in eternal battle, to a desert scattered with whale fossils, these are 20 Photos of Creatures Stuck in Time! India was the site of an uncommonly large collection of insects discovered encased in amber, some of which you can see in this picture. Even the surface details on the creature’s body are visible. The extraordinarily well preserved specimens were found in a coal mine in Gujarat (guu-juh-raht), a province in the western part of the country. At some 330 pounds, the discovery ranks as one of the biggest collections of amber ever recorded. An international group of fossil hunters have found ancient spiders, ants, flies and bees. More than 700 arthropods have been identified in this group that includes arachnids, insects and crustaceans. Scientists claimed to find the biggest-ever stash of dinosaur fossils in China.In 2008 around 7600 fossils were unearthed from an eastern province, leading the site to be dubbed “Dinosaur City”. Included were the remains of a hadrosaur that stood 65-feet tall! Queensland’s outback in Australia was the site of fish fossils that dated back some 100 million years. The skull of a huge primitive fish called a Cooyoo (kuu-yuu) was one of the fossils discovered. Researchers say the animal measured more than 3 meters and had teeth 2cm long, and had a powerful tail. 20 fossils discovered in Scotland yielded a collection of plants, fish and amphibians that lived up to 360 million years ago. Included were well-preserved specimens of millipedes, ferns and even an amphibian’s tooth (pictured) preserved for posterity. A fossil find in Brazil in 2011 contained insects dating back 120 million years. Because these creatures displayed an odd mixture of characteristics, they were dubbed “Frankenstein insects”. The bugs had the body formation and wings of a dragonfly, the forelegs of a praying mantis and wing veins resembling a mayfly’s. The closest living relatives of these ancient insects would be mayflies … they actually have no modern descendants. See the remains of Yuka, the wooly mammoth, incredibly well-preserved from 39,000 years ago when she last roamed the the frozen plains of what is now Siberia. Yuka is a unique case, because her carcass was nearly complete when it was recovered. Just to give some perspective in terms of the animal’s size, mammoths were nearly twice the size of modern-day elephants and could weigh over 17,000 pounds! This is the well-preserved fossil of an Ectobius cockroach, found in Colorado and thought to have lived some 50 million years ago in North America. It looks disturbingly similar to today’s common household pest … Guess they aren’t going away soon. Here’s the case of a parasite that latched onto its host and wouldn’t let go … for for the next 49 million years ago. The photo by Jason Dunlop shows an ant (the big creature) with the mite atop its head. It’s one of only two examples known where fossilized mites were preserved while still being attached to the host. It’s not everyday one can say they went surfing and saw a dinosaur. That sorta-kind happened in 2012 when some surfers in Santa Cruz discovered what appeared to be a row of fossilized vertebrae … although some may have thought it was a mermaid sighting. Experts felt the picture shows the fossils of an extinct whale that lived during the Pliocene era, some 5 to 3 million years ago. A fossilized whale skeleton in the desert? 50 million years ago, a vast ocean existed in what today is the Egyptian Sahara Desert. Known as the Valley of the Whales, the area has yielded the fossilized remains of sharks and plants and is now a UNESCO world heritage site. At first glance this could be some sort of crystal ball or an alien egg. But it’s actually an amber stone containing tiny insects that lived some 20 million years ago. The specimens were found in Peru in 2011. Researchers have identified spiders in addition to spores and pollen fossils. This 66-pound fossil of an ancient rhino’s skull and jaw found in Turkey tells the tale of a horrible way to die. Researchers think the animal died over 9 million years ago after being trapped in a volcanic eruption, and essentially baked to death at temperatures of 840 F. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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9 NEW Weird Spider Species
 
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From spiders that look like leaves, to Spiders that can Eat Fish Twice their Own Size, these are 9 New Spider Species! Eight new species of whip spider were discovered earlier in 2016 in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. The arachnid is actually a cross between a spider and a scorpion … and is also known as a tailless whip scorpion. That would seem to make for a nightmarish hybrid. But the creatures have no venomous fangs and are harmless to humans. While these arachnids can grow up to 24 inches (60 centimeters), the ones recently described were much smaller. The new species were differentiated by their body parts … with some having eyes in the center of their heads. There are some 170 species of whip spider known around the world … Brazil has the world’s largest diversity of the animals, with 25 species identified. Unfortunately, their habitat there is threatened by human encroachment and deforestation. Spiders typically prey on insects … but did you know that there are some spiders that have a taste for seafood. Zoologists have discovered a number of spiders that dine on small fish to supplement their diet … and can consume prey twice their size and weight. Some are semi-aquatic spiders that will lurk at the fringes of shallow freshwater streams or swamps. Others are capable of swimming, diving, and even walking on the water’s surface. While five different species of fish-eating spiders have been discovered across the world, most incidents have been documented in Florida wetlands … where semi-aquatic spiders have been observed catching and eating small freshwater fish like mosquitofish. The creature uses powerful enzymes and neurotoxins that helps them kill and digest fish larger than themselves. The feeding process is thought to take several hours. A new species of spider was recently discovered in China’s Yunnan (you-non) rainforest. Researchers say it it’s the first of its kind that can mimic a leaf. The arachnid uses its silk to stick dead leaves to tree branches. Then it simply lurks among the leaves, where it likely hides from predators and waits for prey. The spider can mimic leaves with a greenish-brown color … and it even has markings on its teardrop-shaped body that resemble leaf-like veins. Experts cite the spider’s behavior as masquerade. Unlike camouflage, masquerade allows an animal to resemble an object … and has much more success if surrounded by many examples of their disguise. Camouflage allows an animal to essentially become invisible … a tiger’s stripes being an example. When the leaf-mimicking spider uses dead leaves to help conceal itself, that demonstrates a successful masquerade. And because that masquerade is so convincing, it might explain why so few of the spiders have ever been collected … scientists have only found two so far. Subscribe to Epic Wildlife http://goo.gl/6rzs5u Let's Connect -- http://www.epicadamwildlife.com/ -- http://www.facebook.com/epicadamwildlife -- http://www.twitter.com/epicwildlife -- http://gplus.to/epicwildlife
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