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Giant fish bait ball eclipses scuba divers in Galapagos Islands57s

Giant fish bait ball eclipses scuba divers in Galapagos Islands

Bait balls are a congregation of fish that can number in the millions. Spectacular to see, they form an enormous ball, with the fish tightly packed together for protection from predators. Usually adopted by fish that inhabit open waters, this technique allows individual fish to hide within a group since they cannot hide behind coral or plants as other fish do. These scuba divers are swimming through the open water around Darwin Island, one of the most iconic and beautiful dive destinations in the world. They swim among schooling hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, and whale sharks as they explore the ocean up to 100 feet from the surface. As they swam, they noticed a sudden decrease in the light, as if they were experiencing an eclipse. Looking above them, they saw that the cause of the darkness was actually this collection of fish. Mesmerized, the group swam under and then around the fish, fascinated by the beauty of such a spectacle. When fish school like this, they have many eyes and it is nearly impossible for a predator to surprise and ambush them. They react with lightning reflexes to rapidly change directions. Such fluid and coordinated movements appear to be choreographed, although they are not. Schools rapidly disband and then reform as needed. Their silvery bodies dazzle predators and make it difficult for a larger animal to locate and zero in on an individual. Predators have developed complex hunting techniques in reaction to this schooling behavior, often cooperating between species, or even different species, to attack the bait ball and encourage frenetic and disorganized movements. Fish scramble to remain within the interior of the mass. As fish break from the bait ball and are found on their own, they are more easily targeted and eaten. Occasionally, large fish and whales will charge a bait ball with their mouths open to scoop up a number of fish.

Divers wait in the rocks while hammerhead sharks circle above them1m14s

Divers wait in the rocks while hammerhead sharks circle above them

Scuba divers in the Galapagos Islands were thrilled to be surrounded by dozens of circling hammerhead sharks. The Galapagos Islands and the waters around them are home to some of the world's biggest and most interesting ocean animals. These divers perched themselves on a shelf created by a volcanic eruption nearly 4 million years ago and watched the currents sweep the marine life past them like the world's biggest Imax Theatre experience. This is a unique part of the world where three major ocean currents converge and mix, delivering plankton, small fish, krill and other food to the surrounding waters in abundance. This food supply in turn, attracts larger fish, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, sea turtles, and the majestic whale sharks. The currents create an entire ecosystem and food chain that is unlike any other. And understandably, the ocean life here also attracts scuba divers. The Galapagos Islands in Ecuador are among the world's most cherished and sought after dive destinations. These divers slip into the water and fight the currents as they rapidly descend to the rocky ledges on the edge of a great abyss. They find shelter and hang on and then they watch the spectacle unfold in front of them. Enormous schools of hammerhead sharks drift past, sometimes within a few feet of the divers. They will see sharks drifting over their heads, in between them and all around. While this is enough to raise the heart rate of even a seasoned diver, these nature lovers know that hammerheads do not consider humans as food and aggression towards people is extremely rare. But it is one thing to know this and another to completely believe it. The divers can't help but be in awe of the power and speed of the sharks as they cruise past them. Entering the animals' domain requires respect and caution and improper behavior in this world can have serious consequences. These divers are fortunate enough to see a show that only happens for the privileged few.

What would Christmas be without cats?20s

What would Christmas be without cats?

If you share your heart and your home with a cat, then chances are you can't imagine life without them. Cats are funny creatures but incredibly sweet. Here's how Christmas looks like with many cats!

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Published: December 3, 20185 plays$0.08 earned
Puppy dumped in trash couldn't be happier 1 week later1m01s

Puppy dumped in trash couldn't be happier 1 week later

Shivering in a pile of trash on one of the coldest days of the year, little Mia was found at 1.9 pounds malnourished with an upper respiratory infection. Ironically, the man who found her had adopted a dog from a rescue a few years before that had been thrown out of a truck after being used for puppies and bait in a dog fighting ring. He called the woman who rescued his dog and she had little Mia cleaned up and vetted immediately. She fell in love immediately and decided to make Mia a permanent member of the family. One week later, Mia has gained weight and is a happy, healthy little girl. You know what they say, "One man's trash is another man's treasure."

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Published: December 3, 20186,639 plays$24.46 earned
Giant bull turns his nose up at banana offering1m40s

Giant bull turns his nose up at banana offering

Gus is a giant bull who weighs in at over 2,000 pounds and stands about 5' 6" at the shoulder. He's quite a bit short of the 6' 4" monster named Steer who is taking the internet by storm, but he's still a big boy by any standard. And a big bull like Gus has a big appetite. He grew up spending time on several beautiful farms in the area of Millbrook, Ontario. Gus is a breeding stud and he goes where he is needed. But lately, he has enjoyed a leisurely life on this farm with rolling pastures, lush meadows, and a few small ponds. It's the good life and he wanders happily, munching on grass and visiting with his ladies for a good part of his days. Gus is also a curious and friendly bull and he's become quite accustomed to visits and treats from a friend named Dave. Dave's son, Cameron decided he wanted to meet Gus too. Knowing that he's a serious fan of bread, Cameron brought Gus a loaf of Bavarian whole grain and a banana as well, just to see his reaction. Cameron and Dave walked into the field and found Gus in the middle of his herd. He trotted over happily when he saw that he had guests. Cameron held out the bread and waited. Although he had been warned that Gus is really big, he wasn't quite prepared for a face to face meeting with such a massive animal. Cameron can be heard laughing nervously and saying "It's like coming face to face with a rhinoceros." Gus saw the bread and started inhaling it as fast as Cameron could get it out of the bag. Gus eats by wrapping his tongue around food like giant hand. He pulls it into his mouth and swallows. Sometimes he chews and sometimes he doesn't. After a few slices of the bread, Cameron peeled the banana and Gus watched with curiosity. But when he sniffed the fruit, he turned up his nose and looked away. He stood looking very offended for a minute, like an indignant, overgrown child, refusing to even look in Cameron's direction. He then decided he would go back to eating bread and he gave a giant head shake before continuing where they had left off. Cameron gave Gus the rest of the loaf and he seemed to forgive the whole banana misunderstanding. Cameron was still not used to being beside an animal ten times his size and Gus' curious advance to see in the bag had him backing up comically. Gus also likes his giant head being scratched and he stood expectantly until this was done. Like a massive dog insisting on attention, he moved his head around and soaked it all up. After the bread and the head scratches were done, Gus wandered off happily.

90-year-old blind grandma busts out some epic dance moves4m26s

90-year-old blind grandma busts out some epic dance moves

This grandmother is legally blind (severe macular degeneration) and like many people her age, also very hard of hearing. One of the few things that makes her happy is dancing! When she hears 'Party Rock Anthem' by LMFAO this is what she improvised. She's never heard this song before and this was not practiced!