Baby Humpback Has a Whale of a Time in Warm Tongan Waters videoelephant 2018-02-160 views This footage of a humpback whale and her calf playing off the coast of Tonga in September, 2017, was captured by underwater photographer Annie Crawley.Crawley told Storyful that mother humpback whales travel from feeding grounds in Antarctica to give birth in the warm waters off Tonga.“After they give birth, the mother feeds her baby nutrient rich fatty milk,” Crawley said, adding that the calf drinks 50 gallons of milk and grows 100 pounds every day.“The mother lives off her fat stores watching her baby grow. The baby is very small at first. Once the baby starts growing they get really curious and want to come and play. They do not know their own strength when they are young,” Crawley said.Explaining the incident captured on video, Crawley said the mother was resting under her calf in order to produce more milk. “The mother can hold her breath for 45 minutes but the baby only three to five minutes. So this baby danced and played all around me, until she got too close and mama came and took her away, probably to protect me!” Credit: Annie Crawley via Storyful
No Car Windows Needed! Agra the Dog Loves Riding as Motorcycle Passenger videoelephant 2018-02-160 views Оne clever pup named Agra has learned a new way to enjoy the wind in his hair. He loves riding on the backseat of his owner's motorcycle and can often be seen grinning from ear to ear with his tongue out on the highway near Paraguay's Santa Elena district. Agra learned to ride a motorcycle when he was just one year old. Now the five-year-old biker can enjoys long journeys of up to 14 miles or short trips into to town to grab a quick bite to eat.
'Ultra-Processed Foods' Closely Linked to Cancer? videoelephant 2018-02-160 views A study says people who consume more processed food are much more likely to develop all kinds of cancers. The foods include packaged sweet pastries and muffins, chips, candy, sodas, frozen dinners like meatballs and fish sticks, instant ramen noodles and sugary cereals. Researchers estimate this junk food accounts for 25%-50% of the total daily energy intake of people who live in rich, developed countries.
Incredible footage shows sailors feeding wild pod of dolphins videoelephant 2018-02-160 views By Charlotte Regen This incredible footage shows a group of sailors feeding some wild dolphins out at sea. The sailors can be seen throwing fish into the ocean beneath them, before dolphins seemingly begin to emerge out of nowhere. However, despite throwing an abundance of fish into the water, they are quickly devoured by the […]
Boeing Stays In Race For Canada's Fighter Jets videoelephant 2018-02-160 views Boeing Co is currently locked in a trade dispute with the Canadian government. Despite this, three well-placed sources said on Thursday the company has applied to stay in the race to supply Canada with 88 new fighter jets. Companies had until Feb. 9 to express an interest in taking part in a competition for planes. The deal is worth between C$15 billion and C$19 billion. Ottawa will release its specifications next year. Frms can bid at that point. The sources said, Boeing did let Canada know it was interested. The decision does not mean the firm will necessarily put forward its F-18 Super Hornet.
Rescuers Save Dog Trapped in Frozen River videoelephant 2018-02-160 views Rescuers Save Dog Trapped in Frozen River This is Hardy, a nine-year-old black Labrador, who was trapped in the ice of the River Wansbeck, in Northumberland, England. Hardy was saved by members of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty. The RSPCA told Reuters that "he had a small cut on his paw" but that he was "absolutely fine."
Thief steals wallet videoelephant 2018-02-160 views A San Fernando Valley woman is on a mission to find the person who stole her wallet. Security video captured the clever method used as they sat near her at a popular coffee shop.
Drone Footage Captures Gray Whales Getting into the 'Valentine's Day Spirit' in San Diego videoelephant 2018-02-160 views Drone footage captures what appears to be an amorous pair of Gray whales on Valentine’s Day. Domenic Biagini the footage while boating on Mission Bay in San Diego, California.Biagini told Storyful the two whales where very playful and the behavior seemed to tied with the presence of the Pacific White Sided dolphins in the area, the dolphins can be seen in the video. Credit: Domenic Biagini via Storyful
Kid Breaks the Ice on Frozen Trampoline in One Epic Bounce videoelephant 2018-02-150 views Dylan and Brody saw the perfect opportunity for a slow motion video, and they took it.The pair discovered Brody’s trampoline in Ozark, Missouri had covered in ice and decided to break the ice the best way they knew how. Taking to the trampoline, Dylan prepared to smash the ice in one swift movement while Brody capture the footage on camera. Credit: Michelle McNew via Storyful
Puppy Runs Through Empty Bottles videoelephant 2018-02-150 views This little pupper runs and smashes against empty milk cartons while playing a game of “puppy bowling” with their owner. This footage was filmed in the uploader’s home in Honolulu, Hawaii. Credit: Keri Garrido via ViralVids
Instant Karma videoelephant 2018-02-150 views Criminals get a taste of their own medicine. A compilation of shopkeepers fighting back against would-be robbers. Karma is real. Credit: Various via ViralVids
After a Violent Attack; Prosthetics Give Cola the Dog a New Lease on Life videoelephant 2018-02-150 views Just Weeks After a Violent Attack Prosthetics Give Cola the Dog a New Lease on Life Cola was attacked with a sword in Thailand for chewing a pair of shoes. He was rescued by John Dalley and his late wife, Gill who brought Cola to the Soi Dog Foundation. They contacted the Scandinavian Orthopaedic Laboratory in the Bangkok Hospital Phuket where Bengt Soderberg made the dog's blades. The Soi Dog Foundation works to end animal cruelty, rescuing more than 15,000 dogs bred to be eaten.
Black Snow Covers Children's Playground in Temirtau videoelephant 2018-02-150 views While heavy snowfalls are not unusual for January in Temirtau, Kazakhstan, residents were alarmed last week after snow fell white, but then was quickly coated by a black dust once on the ground, prompting environmental concerns. Previously, local media reported that Temirtau had some of the highest pollution rates in the country. In the video above, a children’s playground can be seen covered in dark gray-black snow as winds whip in the background. Credit: Instagram/irinabodagova via ViralVids
Shark Buffets Diving Cages in Close Encounter Off Mexico videoelephant 2018-02-150 views A great white shark got up close and personal with divers off Mexico’s Guadalupe Island in September 2017, buffeting the divers’ cages before disappearing into the depths. In this video, the shark can be seen approaching the cages at speed, banging into the side almost head-on before turning away. The shark can be seen with a rope in it’s mouth, apparently attracted by bait used to get the fish to come close. Credit: Carolina Ortega via ViralVids
Drone Video Shows Connecticut River Ice Jam in East Haddam videoelephant 2018-02-150 views A 12-mile-long ice jam on the Connecticut River threatened to cause flooding and ice-related damage in mid-January, prompting officials in Haddam, Connecticut, to declare an “emergency condition." The jam has now been cleared by the coast guard.This drone video, shot on January 21, shows the ice jam at the famous swing bridge in East Haddam, Connecticut.By January 16, the US Coast Guard had already spent several days trying to clear the ice, according to NBC Connecticut. Efforts to break up the ice continued over the following week. Credit: Eric Tallarita via Storyful
Is there life out there? We head to 'Mars on Earth' to find out videoelephant 2018-02-150 views The Rio Tinto river snakes through the Spanish countryside for 100 kilometres, a dark, blood-red stain of acid water and rusty-looking rocks that scientists love to study. Both ESA and NASA experts regularly spend weeks in the Rio Tinto, examining the life underground, and using it as a test bed to look for life on Mars.
Often with them is veteran Spanish astrobiologist Ricard Amils, who has been coming to Rio Tinto for 30 years. "This is like Mars because the kind of minerals that you find here have been reported on Mars. From the geochemical and from the mineralogical point of view, this is Mars on Earth," he smiles.
The scientists test the water in winter and summer to observe the microorganisms living in this vinegar-like liquid. "The water is very acidic. Around Ph 2.3. And the oxygen content goes down as we go down too. Because the bottom of the sediment is completely anoxic," explains Amils.
The big scientific discovery at Rio Tinto is that the iron oxide and sulphuric acid in the water are actually produced by lifeforms deep underground living in pores in the rock, rather than by pollution from mining, as many had supposed.
The life in question consists of iron-eating single-celled organisms, hundreds of metres below the surface. "They are in complete darkness, and the life down there doesn’t rely on light in any way," explain Cristina Escudero Parada, a PhD student from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid who has been studying the life below Rio Tinto in detail.
"We could describe it as an oligotrophic environment - that means there isn’t much to eat for the microorganisms to survive. Nevertheless when we started just a few years ago to look at the subsurface we found there is really lots of life down there."
The samples from the Rio Tinto are analysed at the Centre for Astrobiology in Madrid, a leading laboratory in the field. The microbes are used as a reference point to study what life could be like on other planets, and develop devices to detect it.
Victor Parro, senior scientist at CAB, explains more: "We want to learn about the microbiology in the subsurface, we want to understand what microorganisms are there, and what remains they have left behind, above all because we want to test the instrumentation that we have developed to look for life on Mars. If this instrument works in these conditions, where the concentration of life is very low, we think it can also work on the red planet."
Mars isn't alone in attracting attention of astrobiologists seeking life elsewhere in our solar system. Another favourite is Europa, Jupiter's moon. A decade from now Europa will be explored by ESA's JUICE spacecraft. It's a hotly anticipated mission at the Agency's astronomy base near Madrid, where we met up with scientist Mark Kidger.
"The general goal of JUICE is to do an exploration, moon by moon of Jupiter, starting out with the outermost moon Calisto, then Ganymede, then Europa - the three moons that are largely made of ice and might have subsurface oceans," he says. "The idea is just to understand those moons. There are intriguing hints about them that they could be much more interesting places for life than anyone ever imagined a few years ago."
Even Saturn's moon Titan has become a target for astrobiologists, ever since ESA's Huygens probe found liquid methane and ethane on its surface in 2005. Kidger tells Euronews: "Titan’s atmosphere has huge amounts of methane. Where does that come from? And one of the crazier theories that’s around is that there might be large amounts of bacteria down underneath the surface, and they are producing the methane that fills the atmosphere of Titan."
Most theories now imagine life existing within the dense, salty oceans beneath the crusts of the icy moons like Europa. At CAB near Madrid researchers try to recreate those conditions, and study the chemistry of those environments. Parro shows us two examples: "We put (the sample) into this chamber and submit it very high pressure, for
Paddleboarders Get Surprise Visit from Friendly Whale in La Jolla videoelephant 2018-02-150 views A group of paddleboarders got a surprise visit from a friendly whale in La Jolla on Super Bowl Sunday, and California resident Scott Yoffe captured video of the encounter.Yoffe told Storyful he decided to go out paddleboarding after recently leaving his job as an assistant director of public relations for the San Diego Chargers" before the team relocated to Los Angeles. “After pouring my heart and soul into the NFL for 21 seasons, I just couldn’t fathom spending a beautiful day sitting indoors watching the Super Bowl on Sunday afternoon,” said Yoffe. “So I instead went for a surf … at La Jolla Cove.”The mammal was part of a group of whales swimming close to the paddleboards Sunday evening, said Yoffe. The paddleboarders were preparing to leave after the sun went down but decided to swim closer to the whales for a better view. That is when the mammal approached the paddleboarding group within 20 feet, according to Yoffe, who described the moment as “surreal.” Credit: Scott Yoffe via Storyful
Airline Passenger Quickly Changes Tune When Threatened With Expulsion videoelephant 2018-02-150 views Marissa Rundell recorded this footage of a disruptive passenger on board a flight departing JFK Airport in New York on February 6, 2018.The passenger can be heard threatening the job of an airline employee named Tabitha. Tabitha then begins the process of removing the disruptive passenger from the flight. The passenger then apologizes for her earlier threat. Credit: Marissa Rundell via Storyful
Dogs typically take instruction well but 9-year-old Murphy is not your typical dog. Whether she's being told to go to bed or asked to go outside, this beagle does not respect authority. So, she's going to try the growl method until she gets her way.