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Small dog acts as owner's personal trainer20s

Small dog acts as owner's personal trainer

Do you ever feel guilty about those excess holiday calories? It's that time of year when overindulgence rules. We drink a little more than usual and of course we certainly eat more as well. At this time of year we throw caution to the wind and break from our regular healthy eating regimen. This particularly guy was feeling a little guilty about his consumption of banana cream pie at the family dinner. The gym was closed on Christmas day so he simply had to do something to alleviate his guilt. Luckily, this little dog was willing to jump right into action and help this man with a short spontaneous workout. The weight of a 12 pound dog on his back would make him burn a few extra calories as he did his push-ups. Everybody knows that when you are male and over 40 all those excess calories go right to the belly. Maybe a few strenuous push-ups would stop this from happening. The holidays are the perfect time to enjoy healthy meals with good friends and family but sometimes eating calorie-rich foods is more the norm. With all the delicious foods on the table, it's really hard to resist. Sometimes the best approach is to sample a small amount of everything. No need to feel guilty because this is a special occasion and we can always work those calories off later. Sometimes people do go overboard with the food intake during the holidays and it's interesting to note that emergency rooms often see an uptick in heart related ailments during the season. People often choose weight loss as their New Years resolution and it's typical for most people to pack on a few extra pounds during the holiday season. If you are a rigid person when it comes to your diet, you can make heart healthy meals if you choose. There are plenty of diet conscious menus to choose from so you have many options. Do you eat to excess during the holiday season or do you stick rigidly to your diet? We would love to hear your comments below and if you enjoyed this video clip, feel free to share it with your friends.

Giant barrel sponges are the longest living animals on the planet1m18s

Giant barrel sponges are the longest living animals on the planet

Giant barrel sponges are actually animals, despite the fact that they grow fixed to the reef or the ocean bottom, giving us the impression that they are plants. They are impressive in their size and their presence in the underwater world, but the facts about them and their importance to the health of the reef and the ocean is truly surprising. Scientists estimate their life span can be well over 2000 years of age. The oldest known living creature was a barrel sponge that died only a decade and a half ago, with an estimated age of 2300 years. Compared with the Galapagos tortoises at approximately 200-250 years of age, or blue whales at approximately 200 years of age, they easily exceed the life span of any known animal on the planet by many times. Even the giant redwood trees of British Columbia and western United States have been recorded to only 2000 years. Aside from some strains of bacteria, these sponges are oldest known living things we have ever seen. One of the most amazing things about these animals is that their cells are not specifically limited to one purpose like most animals. All cells of the giant barrel sponges are capable of serving the purpose of any other cells. For this reason, they are capable of regeneration and regrowth. In laboratory settings, sponges that have been pulverized in a blender showed the ability to reform into a barrel sponge again. Learning how this is done may some day play a vital role in our own healing and regeneration. These barrel sponges were filmed on the wall and reef surrounding Little Cayman Island. Barrel sponges are filter feeders that play a crucial role in the ocean and the environment. Removing bacteria and contaminants from the ecosystems, they are essential to the health of many other reef inhabitants. They can live in shallow water or in depths of up to 400 feet. Prominent in most tropical waters, they provide a service to a large part of our planet. They grow to six feet in diameter and are habitats for fish, crabs, shrimp and many other tiny organisms. Spectacular sights for scuba divers, they are a source of fascination and wonder for those who venture into the underwater realm. Few experienced divers have not paused at one time or another to admire the majestic giant barrel sponges and wonder just how long they have been alive, as well as how long they will be alive after we are gone. As robust and resilient as they are, human-caused changes to the environment are not seriously affecting them and becoming a threat to their survival. Without them, the survival of the reefs and our entire ecosystem is unlikely.

Giant barracuda startles scuba diver on sunken Russian warship42s

Giant barracuda startles scuba diver on sunken Russian warship

This sunken Russian warship makes a spectacular place to scuba dive. Submerged in the Cayman Islands in 1996 for recreational diving, the World War II Russian gunship attracts diving enthusiasts, looking for underwater adventure. It's a good idea for tourism to submerge old ships, but it's even better for creating habitat for the ocean creatures. The irregular surfaces become home to corals, sponges, sea anemones, and barnacles, which in turn attract other wildlife such as fish. The smaller fish school around the corals and live in the shelter of the ship's hull. Amazingly, this ship has also created a food source for Hawksbill Sea Turtles that come to eat the sponges and the algae. The Hawksbill is a critically endangered turtle that can be found around this wreck. A scuba diver exploring this fascinating wreck got an unexpected treat when he rounded a corner at the base of the ship's rear gun turret. A Great Barracuda, measuring more than five feet in length came out from under the structure to meet him face to face. The barracuda is one of the top predators in these waters, and at this size, only a shark would pose a threat to it. Curious about the diver, and possibly acting territorial, this large fish swims close and gives him a close look at his impressive teeth. The scuba diver cannot out-swim the beast, and he has no interest in charging toward it. Instead, he chooses to keep the camera between himself and the barracuda and he remains still as he drifts along over the surface of the ship. Barracuda rarely attack humans. Unless provoked, or in the rare cases where a barracuda charged nearby fish and mistakenly bit a human, there have been no serious barracuda related injuries. That doesn't stop the scuba diver from being startled, however, by the sudden close pass and brazen fearlessness of this fish. Scuba diving is a thrilling sport that allows people to see incredible animals in their natural environment. A scuba diver is wise to remain respectful of the wildlife and it pays to remember that we are in their domain when we enter the water. Incorrect behavior in this realm can have immediate and serious consequences. Most creatures are both predator and prey in a delicate balance, and very few are without a means to defend themselves.

Gorilla tries to figure out how to drink from bottle1m20s

Gorilla tries to figure out how to drink from bottle

The zoo staff threw lots of different bottles filled with juice over the wall into the habitat for the gorilla family to drink. Lope grabbed one of the bottles and is trying to open it with its teeth. First on the site and then he has a go at the lid, but he doesn’t notice that most of is leaking out now. He then grabs some food that was scattered on the grass earlier and walks to a shadier place. There he found a new bottle and has another go at it, but the same happens again. You can see the juice squirting out of the bottom of the bottle. Lope is not someone that gives up and tries again, third time lucky, with the orange bottle. He gives it his all, holding the bottle with his feet and hands and trying to turn the lid again and hey presto he manages to open it properly this time. He drinks out of the bottle like a pro and again does his human swagger and parades the bottles through the enclosure.

Clydesdale horses run free in meadow and roll with joy1m12s

Clydesdale horses run free in meadow and roll with joy

Horses are one of the most beautiful and majestic animals. To see them run at a gallop is a sight to behold. There is a beautiful farm near Peterborough, Ontario called The Mane Intent. It is home to a herd of magnificent and wonderful horses. They have come from different places and different lives, but they have all found their way here, and they have all found a new purpose and a higher calling. The horses here are all have very unique personalities and unique skills and they work magic with people who come here for a variety of reasons. Some come to learn about themselves, others to learn about teamwork and leadership. Some come to learn about communication. The herd at The Mane Intent also works with first-responders, veterans, and with people who have experienced trauma. These are people who come here to heal or to deal with their grief and emotions. The human/animal bond works wonders with people, especially those for whom trust is difficult. Horses are exceptionally perceptive and they also respond to and react to a person’s body language, breathing, mood, and subtle behaviors. They invite connection. The relationship created with a horse gives people the opportunity to look within themselves and to understand how they can connect with other people. These connections reassure those with trauma that opening up and forming relationships is safe. To watch these horses work their magic with people is awe inspiring. And to watch them run freely in their meadows under the warm sunshine is simply breath taking. These horses are enjoying a day of leisure and they have broken into a full gallop as they enter their lush, green pasture. As they slow at the top of the hill, Belle, a beautiful giant Clydesdale with ice-blue eyes stops and begins to roll among the flowers. She is experiencing true joy in the moment and her happiness is obvious. In fact, watching her, it’s easy to share her joy as she flings her hooves high in the air in delight.

Divers investigate deadly scorpionfish & other amazing sea creatures 1m38s

Divers investigate deadly scorpionfish & other amazing sea creatures

Scuba diving in the tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea as well as other tropical waters, brings divers many opportunities to see amazing animals in their natural environment. While visiting the island of Roatán off the coast of Honduras, Brent and his wife Elsa had just this experience. Diving brings a whole new light to what most see when looking out across the waves of the oceans and seas around the world. Putting on a mask and snorkel or full scuba gear can allow you to see millions of amazing creatures a matter of a few minutes. These animals and plants that inhabit the ocean waters live in the waters which cover 71 percent of our earth. In the video you see some plain colored sponge, the tall tubular shape with what looks like little fingers sticking out all over it. You can also see some very colorful sponge with the same tubular shape. Sponge are multicellular organisms that have bodies full of pores and channels allowing water to circulate through them. Sponges do not have nervous, digestive or circulatory systems. Instead, most rely on maintaining a constant water flow through their bodies to obtain food and oxygen and to remove wastes. How and what do sponge eat you ask? Most eat bacteria and other food particles in the water which they filter in through the main large opening at their top, and the waste is expelled through much smaller holes on their sides. Amazing creatures. Next you see another amazingly odd creature, a scorpionfish. Or will you see him? A master of disguise and camouflage until he opens his fins, then becomes strikingly beautiful. Looking much like a rock, this definitely has its purpose. As his name states, the scorpionfish protects itself with a “sting” from spines on its body that are covered in a mucous that is very poisonous. This sting causes excruciating pain with many side affects making this creature one not to mess with. If stung, medical aid is definitely required as soon as possible. Being bottom dwellers, the scorpion fish relies on his camouflage and waits for prey to come close and then strikes with incredible speed. His meal didn’t even know what was coming. Some of these beautiful fish can reach 2 feet in length and live up to 15 years, quite amazing. Lastly, and one of the most amazing, simple looking animals in our oceans and found all over the world, cold and warm waters if the jellyfish. These guys range in size from microscopic to ones such as the lions mane jellyfish which can have thread-like tentacles over 100 feet long and carry a moderately painful sting. The sting from jellyfish can range from a mild discomfort to very dangerous and even deadly as from the box jellyfish. The box jellyfish are found primarily in coastal waters off Northern Australia and throughout the Indo-Pacific. Mild stings can be treated with vinegar as well as hot water to soothe the irritating pain. More severe stings require medical attention. What do these jellyfish eat? Jellyfish eat many different types of things, such as small plants (phytoplankton), copepods (crustacean zooplankton), fish eggs and other small fish called larvae; they also eat the planktonic eggs and young stages (also called larvae) of many different kinds of marine animals. Some jellyfish even eat other jellyfish!

Check out this crazy UFO footage over Kiawah Island in Charleston!5m21s

Check out this crazy UFO footage over Kiawah Island in Charleston!

Here is the information provided by Debra Thomson: "It was about 9:33pm EST of the coast of Charleston SC. I have an unobstructed view in all directions. Earlier in the evening I put a light up Christmas tree on outside light up. I went outside to unplug it when I noticed this beautiful red sphere in the sky. I knew it was not Venus, it was in the North West Sky. It was moving toward my direction and also seemed intelligently in control. I felt as if it knew I was film it. It moved around a bit and disappeared into a pin hole, then it reappeared back to its same size in a few minutes. With the naked eye it was much more brilliant to see. I called the local airport they saw nothing on radar plus in case you think this, No, no weather balloons. Plus it's Christmas Eve. It was dead silent. It disappeared again. As if it shrunk to a pinhole. then I saw it a bit later into a head wind that was going North west. But it was very far away at this point."