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Giant Tarpon appear as ghostly silver specters during night scuba dive1m12s

Giant Tarpon appear as ghostly silver specters during night scuba dive

Scuba diving is an exhilarating sport at any time, but it is especially thrilling at night when some of the larger creatures are more active and more likely to be hunting. This scuba diver is exploring the reef on Little Cayman Island and he suddenly realizes that he is not alone. A large school of massive tarpon have come into the area, possibly attracted by the diver’s lights and the prospect of a meal. Shrimp and small fish are naturally attracted to light and they swarm around divers. The bigger fish understand this and they drift in and out of the beam, hoping to catch a fish or two. They also understand that the smaller fish can be blinded or disoriented by the bright lights and temporarily, they are much easier to catch. But for the diver, the ghostly silver fish that suddenly appear in front of him and then disappear just as quickly can be unnerving. These Tarpon are three to four feet long and weigh at least 80lbs but they can reach eight feet in length and weigh almost 300lbs. They are powerful swimmers and formidable predators but they are never a threat to humans. When they first appear though, they resemble barracuda or small sharks as they dart in and out of view. Their scaly sides create a large flash and it is difficult to get a proper impression of how big they are. Divers become accustomed to these large fish after a few minutes and they are a welcome and fascinating sight. Difficult to see clearly, they appear like a ghostly silver specters out of the darkness. They came so close to these divers that they could be felt occasionally brushing past. They are powerful swimmers and effective hunters. At this size, they prey exclusively on medium sized fish that they can swallow whole.

Wild iguana comes running for red peppers41s

Wild iguana comes running for red peppers

Cayman Islands were originally named after the sea turtles that inhabited the area but the name was later changed to Cayman Islands due to the presence of large lizards that dominated the landscape. Early explorers were actually seeing iguanas but they mistook them for caymans, a member of the alligator family. The native iguanas are large burrowing lizards that grow to an impressive three feet in length. With large claws and formidable teeth, a full grown iguana does not have many predators. They are omnivores, eating mainly vegetables, but they will happily eat birds, rodents, insects and even other lizards if the opportunity presents itself. These iguanas have become accustomed to humans because they reside near a research station and have been handled frequently in the course of studies and research that will ultimately assist in conservation and protection of the species. They have learned that humans will not harm them and can occasionally be a source of food. This giant beast comes running when he sees brightly colored red pepper slices in a bag. Attracted to brightly colored fruits and vegetables, he knows what the man has is likely delicious. Unless provoked, these lizards are gentle and have no reason to bite or attack people. If he is picked up however, he will turn into a savage bundle of claws and teeth and he will thrash and whip his powerful tail at any threat. Rows of pointed scales make his tail an effective weapon and it is enough to deter most animals. This lizard has been tagged with colored beads through the loose skin on his neck. The combination of the color and location of the beads can be used to identify him from a distance when researchers gather data about their mating and feeding habits. This information is crucial to protecting their habitat and predicting the effect of development on their populations.

Rabbit digging deep burrow reverses out when called1m01s

Rabbit digging deep burrow reverses out when called

Chikku is a very smart rabbit. She is eight months old and lives in Garhwa, India. You wouldn't expect a rabbit to be so well trained that it would come when called, but Chikku understands her name and responds. It's even more impressive that she does this even when she is in the middle of digging a deep burrow in the earth. Chikku can be seen here as she tunnels through soft dirt. Her owner, Mayank, recorded her as she began making a burrow in the garden in front of their home. She had dug quickly through the soil and was in a tunnel a few feet deep. We can see her back end as she busily scoops out dirt and pushes it behind her. She is an adorable sight as her little tail wiggles at the other end of the tunnel. She is working furiously but Mayank calls her and whistles. Amazingly, Chikku recognizes the call and scampers out of the hole backwards. She pops out and gives Mayank a look that seems to question why he disturbed her when she was so hard at work. As if deciding that it's break time she takes a few steps away from the hole, possibly done for the moment. Chikku is a wonderful family pet, spending most of her time in the house. She sleeps in a large cage that acts as her indoor den, although she has full run of the house during the day. She loves rice and pulses, which are a type of lentil. Blended together with a hint of spice, this is a delicious meal for a well loved little rabbit. After a good feast of her favorite food, she likes to stretch out in the garden in the front of the house and have a nap. Chikku is a very happy rabbit and her antics entertain the family.

How to make a modern steel metal vase3m36s

How to make a modern steel metal vase

This video isn't your regular DIY project. It is showing the metal fabrication process of making a modern faceted metal vase. A unique one of the kind piece of home decor inspired by modern architecture.

Scuba diver fails in attempt to snack on banana underwater37s

Scuba diver fails in attempt to snack on banana underwater

This is one of those things that should come with a warning not to attempt it, but this scuba diver was too curious to see if it was possible to resist trying. He and his scuba buddies had been talking about being hungry while exploring the depths on those longer dives. This is the Cayman Islands and some of the shallower reef dives can last well over an hour. The scenery is breath taking and the water is crystal clear. But eventually hunger sets in and makes a diver wish that there was a way to have a little snack while cruising over the coral. They wondered if it would be possible to eat something like a banana. It would have to be waterproof, convenient to carry, easy to chew, and there could be no litter. It needed to be something that wouldn't go soggy in the salt water too. All of this ruled out chips, cookies, and crackers. A banana seemed like the logical choice. Another obvious must was that the experiment should be carried out in very shallow water and close to the boat. If anything went wrong, his scuba partner was right there to share their air. Also, a controlled ascent to the surface would not present any problems from such a shallow depth in the first few minutes of the dive. Obviously, a scuba diver breathes through the regulator in his mouth while underwater and that presented the first challenge. But popping out the regulator briefly and popping the banana in wasn't really that difficult. The first thing Dave noticed was that the salt water mixed with the banana for an unusual flavor. But he was determined to keep going with the experiment. The next problem was that chewing food while your teeth are clamped around a mouthpiece to hold the regulator in place is actually impossible. Your mouth won't close fully and the food just doesn't get chewed. The next problem, which Dave really didn't enjoy was that the banana got pushed forward and blocked the mouthpiece and the flow of air. This got Dave thinking of the possibility that banana lodged in the regulator would leave him short on air. The other problem was that trying to breath through the mouth while you have slippery food in your mouth just isn't wise either. It’s a choking hazard. Dave abandoned the attempt and got rid of the banana, admitting defeat. Sometimes ideas just don't seem so wise when you get halfway through. Luckily banana is a food that some fish really enjoy and the piece that was left behind was quickly devoured. Scuba diving is a serious sport and is not without risk. Attempting to eat or do anything else unusual increases a person's risk and should only be carried out by experienced divers who have worked out a plan to deal with the situation if it goes wrong. And besides, Dave has already demonstrated that there is a very good reason that scuba divers are never seen having a snack while underwater. We can all take his word for it and we don't need to try it ourselves.

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Published: September 21, 20182,279 plays$2.33 earned