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Husband wants spicier food, wife gives him Trinidad scorpion pepper3m08s

Husband wants spicier food, wife gives him Trinidad scorpion pepper

Dave is a very spoiled man when it comes to Kristy and her cooking. There isn't much she can't do in the kitchen and she feeds him much better than he deserves. Dave should have learned early on that complaining about his wife's food just wouldn't be a smart idea, but sometimes concepts are difficult for men to grasp. Dave enjoys the spicy food and heaps the hot sauce on for a little extra kick. But Dave got a little "saucier" than any husband should and he told Kristy that the spice could be a little bit spicier. Kristy started a plan that would take a full year to carry out. She was determined to give Dave exactly what he was asking for and maybe throw in a little life lesson at the same time. Kristy went online and found a seed company that promised a crop of some extremely hot peppers. Ghost peppers have been reputed to be the hottest pepper in the world, even though the Trinidad scorpion and Carolina reaper have nudged them out for the title. Kristy found seeds for quite an array of heat and planted a patch of peppers that would peel the paint off a car. When the time came for the harvest, Kristy told Dave his peppers were ready and that he was welcome to try them. Dave dared to ask if they were going to be as hot as she promised and Kristy issued a challenge. She dared Dave to eat one right off the plant. Dave couldn't resist and Kristy decided to film it. Dave is definitely used to hot peppers, hot sauce, and anything spicy. He eats Vietnamese peppers like a vegetable and loads the Tabasco on all sorts of foods, so he was a little cocky when he figured this would be pretty easy. He would even admit later that he thought he could eat the whole pepper and possibly a second one. With almost no hesitation, he grabs what he thinks is a ghost pepper. We will never know if Kristy suspected that it was actually a Trinidad scorpion, but Dave was on a roll and Kristy wasn't about to stop him. Dave bites into the pepper, starts to feel the burn and then figures he's got it under control. He tries to pretend it's not so bad. At Kristy's suggestion, he takes a second bite, now chewing on more than half of a raw pepper. Dave quickly finds out that the heat hadn't peaked and he suddenly knows he's in serious trouble. With no planning and no milk nearby, he runs for the garden hose and tries to stuff it in his mouth. He would eat the spray nozzle at this point and all his pride is gone. Dave rinses and repeats for several minutes but the heat won't subside. His eyes are full of tears, his tongue is on fire, and Kristy is howling with laughter. The pain has brought with it a new understanding that trying to eat a ghost pepper or a Trinidad scorpion is not so smart, and that complaining about Kristy's cooking is even less smart.

Published: November 26, 2017Updated: November 28, 20172,716 viewsVirality: 1%
Newborn calf gets a little love from her mom29s

Newborn calf gets a little love from her mom

Hamish's Farm is home to lots of amazing animals. The newest of them is Scarlett, a newborn Jersey calf. She is three days old and is not yet steady on her legs. Scarlett and her mother, Jessie spend their days wandering the meadows of the farm while Jessie grazes and Scarlett drinks milk. Scarlett is a very hungry baby and she nurses frequently. Jessie must eat almost constantly to keep up with the demand for milk. Scarlett will grow quickly and she will also learn to eat grass and hay after about six to eight months. Jessie is a very devoted mother and she shows it by licking Scarlett's head as if she is giving her baby a big sponge bath. A mix of affection and cleaning, the calf doesn't seem to mind the shower of attention. Jessie wanders off and Scarlett decides she wants to investigate the camera recording the exchange. Jersey cows are known to be curious and affectionate cows. Scarlett walks straight up to the lens for a good look and a good sniff. As if she is unsure, she steps back, realizes her mother has moved on toward the meadow and she hurries after her. The two will be almost inseparable over the next half year and Scarlett won't let Jessie out of her sight. Hamish’s Farm in Keene, Ontario, is an incredible place that is home to horses, cows, donkeys, goats, dogs, sheep and a very entertaining and spunky cockatoo named Syd. Syd believes he is the boss as well as the chief entertainer. All of the animals have their own personalities and they are treated like family by Hamish and his mother, Gertrud. The farm was lost in a fire that broke out in November of 2016. Fortunately, all of the animals were saved and Hamish and Gertrud have been able to rebuild. The birth of Scarlett, as well as some other new additions on the farm, shows that life moves forward, even after tragedy.

Published: November 23, 2017Updated: November 24, 20171,311 views
Scuba diver faces huge barracuda in tunnel entrance33s

Scuba diver faces huge barracuda in tunnel entrance

Diving on the reef at Little Cayman Island presents adventure seekers with excitement in many forms. There is an abundance of coral and structure to explore, complete with caverns and caves. The island is surrounded by a shallow reef that leads to a wall of coral that plunges almost straight down an unbelievable 6,000 feet. This reef is riddled with passageways that lead divers from the shallows, through dark and mysterious tunnels, to the abyss that lies on the other side. This diver was on his way into a passage on the Bloody Bay Wall that would take him from a depth of 30 feet to an exit on the other side almost 90 feet from the surface. What was not expected was to find that the adventure started early on the dive in the form of a 5 foot barracuda that was waiting in the shadows of the entrance. These big fish are all muscle and teeth and they wait in crevices to digest their last meal or to ambush their next one. They are so big and ferocious that they fear nothing on the reef except sharks and bigger barracuda. This barracuda guards the tunnel and faces off against the uncertain diver who needs to get past. The beast's mouth opens and closes, giving a clear look at his impressive teeth. slowly, he drifts upward and out of the cave entrance, allowing the diver to go past. Barracuda are terrifying in their appearance and people mistakenly believe that these fish are a threat to humans. The truth is that barracuda almost never intentionally bite or attack humans. These incidents are extremely rare and most of them involve humans being careless or threatening. People share stories of being followed or "stalked" by a large barracuda. This behavior is in fact largely curiosity or an attempt by the barracuda to find a free meal. Large fish often cooperate in hunting by assisting in the herding or the distraction of schooling fish. This makes it easier to pick off stragglers. Barracuda grow to almost six feet in length and weigh more than 50 pounds. Their powerful jaws hold hundreds of teeth, with the canine teeth being as large as those of a big dog. The teeth on the barracuda are exceptionally sharp and extremely intimidating. It is no wonder that this diver was reluctant to enter the tunnel in the coral until the monster allowed it.

Published: November 22, 2017Updated: November 24, 2017703 views
Scuba Divers In Danger When Large Sharks Circle Them1m14s

Scuba Divers In Danger When Large Sharks Circle Them

Reef Sharks are intimidating beasts that grow to ten feet in length and weigh up to 350 pounds. They patrol the reef, often in packs, almost always looking for food. They can be solitary hunters on occasion but when one shows up it's more common to see a second, third, or even more close behind. They are primarily scavengers and no threat to people who treat them with caution and respect, but their arrival still causes any scuba diver to become wary. Despite their general lack of interest in attacking or biting people, they still have a huge mouth full of teeth and a stare so intense that even seasoned divers feel like they at their mercy. These young divers entering the water in Belize were expecting a routine cruise over the reef. They took along a couple of spears to deal with Lionfish, an invasive species that has no natural predators in these waters, yet they eat so many small fish that they threaten the overall health of the reef. Lionfish are routinely fed to Moray Eels, Nurse Sharks and Groupers in an attempt to encourage predation on the species but it is considered very very unwise to spear Lionfish in the presence of apex predators like Reef Sharks. Encouraging the feeding response in such cases would greatly increase the risk of aggression. These Reef Sharks, like most large ocean creatures are very curious and they appear in the distance at the start of this dive, circling and investigating the possibility of food. With a sense of smell keen enough to detect a wounded fish from a great distance, the sharks know they can swoop in and snatch a fish right off the spear. The divers found that the reef sharks appeared in greater numbers at the end of the dive, with at least six full grown sharks circling them closely. Divers must complete a three minute safety stop, hovering at 20 feet from the surface before they ascend to the boat. It is at this time that a diver is most vulnerable and the presence of these sharks below them was a thrilling, but hair raising experience. Reef Sharks are a very new sight on the reef in the area of San Pedro, Belize. They have not appeared here until the past three to four years.

Published: November 21, 201719,878 viewsVirality: 37%
Hungry Moray Eel closely investigates camera54s

Hungry Moray Eel closely investigates camera

Moray Eels are apex predators on the reef. Only a shark or large Barracuda would pose a threat to a full grown eel. They reach a length of nearly ten feet and and can weigh up to 66 pounds. Their formidable teeth and powerful jaws make them a poor choice for other reef creatures looking for a meal. This Moray Eel is resting in a coral crevice with his head poking out. They often lie in wait, hoping for a fish to venture past. Mostly, hunting involves swimming among coral and looking in crevices for a fish to ambush. Their eyesight is very poor but their sense of smell is incredibly acute. When a GoPro camera on an extension pole was slowly moved close to this Moray, he responded with curiosity and he crept forward and opened his mouth as if to take an exploratory bite. What prevents a large beast like this one from actually biting the camera is that it does not give off the smell of food that would make him interested in chomping on it. It is also not an example of the eel’s defensive response or a sign of agitation as he would strike much more rapidly and then retreat into his lair. This eel was undoubtedly exploring his options and trying to see if was something to nibble on. The Moray gives us a close up look at the inside of his mouth in the process and we can see a line of teeth on his lower jaw and one in the middle of his mouth, on the roof. Eels have a second set of teeth, a pharyngeal jaw that is concealed within the throat. This jaw lunges forward to capture and restrain prey, as well as to pull it into the throat of the eel to assist in swallowing. Although the pharyngeal jaw cannot be seen in this video, we are given a rare look into the throat of one of the most fearsome carnivores of the deep. Interestingly, this Moray Eel has a friend hanging out with him, a Nassau Grouper, who seems to have no fear of the eel’s teeth. Perhaps it is his impressive size that makes him unsuitable prey, or perhaps it is that the groupers and eels have an incredibly unique hunting agreement. Groupers are actually able to invite eels to assist in hunting. They shake their heads back and forth in a manner that tells the eel that they want to look for food. The eel will flush out fish as it slithers among the coral. If it misses, the grouper gets a chance and both benefit as there will always be scraps and pieces for the other.

Published: November 20, 2017Updated: November 21, 2017218 views
Bizarre reef fish disguises himself among regular fish51s

Bizarre reef fish disguises himself among regular fish

The Honeycomb Cowfish is a rare and bizarre looking reef fish found in tropical waters. Slow swimmers, with small mouths, they rely on camouflage as their primary means of defense. They can also use their scaly horns on their head, but their first instinct is to change their colors to blend in with the reef around them. Occasionally, as seen here, they may try to blend in with other fish. In this case, it is a very unsuccessful ploy as the fish attempts to disguise himself among a school of striped grunts. Their bright yellow bodies and typical fish shapes of the grunts make the Honeycomb Cowfish very conspicuous. The Cowfish seems to recognize the futility of his efforts and he swims on, looking for a patch of coral that will more closely resemble his markings. These fish are generally solitary, but they are occasionally seen in groups of threes, consisting of one male and two females. Honeycomb Cowfish are quite rare and they are fascinating to watch. They amble along over the reef, looking for shrimp, sponges and algae, their main sources of food. This diet will occasionally cause their flesh to become toxic and the buildup of bacteria in their bodies can cause ciguatera poisoning when consumed. Bacteria in the algae are the culprits when it comes to this toxicity, but ironically, this fact makes them a less than ideal food source in many cases, which is another survival tool for the Cowfish. Other fish seem to understand that consuming the Honeycomb Cowfish can lead to illness. Despite the risk of ciguatera, they are a prized source of food in the Caribbean, where they are commonly found. Divers thorough enjoy encountering them on the reef because their slowness makes them easy to observe and photograph and their unusual appearance makes them interesting subjects.

Published: November 19, 2017Updated: November 20, 2017703 views
Join a baby Hawksbill sea turtle on its journey over the reef1m01s

Join a baby Hawksbill sea turtle on its journey over the reef

Hawksbill Turtles are a critically endangered species. To see one swimming gracefully over the reef is a rare and memorable treat for scuba divers. It is even more memorable to see one so young and so comfortable with people as this one. Divers in the Cayman Islands were making their way over the coral reef when this very young Hawksbill descended from the surface and began swimming along near them as it looked for corals and sponges to eat. Sea turtles breath air and must make regular trips to the surface to take a breath before slipping back beneath the waves. They are able to hold their breath for half an hour quite easily. Enjoy a rare view of this magnificent creature as it glides among the corals and sea fans in search of a meal. The crystal clear water provides a gorgeous blue backdrop. Hawksbill turtles are dwindling in numbers, with only 15,000 egg laying females left in the wild. Named for their narrow head and bird-like beak, they eat mainly sponges. Their beaks are designed for reaching into crevices for food. They will occasionally eat small fish, mollusks and jellyfish. Hawksbill Turtles can lay up to 200 eggs in a clutch and they nest 2-8 times per season. But predation of the eggs and harvesting by humans threatens their survival. The turtles have also been over harvested for their shells and for human consumption. Huge numbers of these beautiful turtles are caught in nets as bycatch. With a survival rate of one per cent, very few Hawksbills will reach sexual maturity. The good news is that people are better understanding the crucial role that sea turtles play in marine ecosystems and general health of the oceans. With more efforts being made to promote conservation and reduce mortality, it is possible that it is not too late to save the sea turtles.

Published: November 15, 2017Updated: November 16, 2017196 views
Nine fluffy puppies are so adorably clumsy!55s

Nine fluffy puppies are so adorably clumsy!

These are the nine fluffy puppies, a very active litter. They are the offspring of Stella, a beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog and Dexter, a gorgeous Maremma who were barely over a year old when they got together for the afternoon and began a family. Still just pups themselves, the two were not expected to have this figured out so soon. In fact, they were scheduled for that trip to the veterinarian that awaits most pets. They were never meant to be parents. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise when you consider how lovable and cute these little love children turned out to be, The pups are adorable little balls of fur who run, play, and climb over everything all day long. They stop only long enough to eat and snooze and then the fun starts all over again. Their bodies and legs are growing more quickly than their coordination and even the simplest of objects presents a challenge. They are adorably clumsy as they fall over and roll on the ground. Even just standing still can cause a tumble for these puppies. Scratching, changing direction, or trying to jump on their brothers and sisters...all of it will often prove to be impossible. They roll and stumble repeatedly but they keep trying. The puppies are just eight weeks old and although they are clumsy now, they will soon be graceful and coordinated. Each of these pups have forever homes lined up with families. Both of the parents are breeds which make loyal and protective pets. These pups are destined to be gentle and trustworthy family members. But until they go on their way, they will enjoy playtime together and all of the adorable fun that nine fluffy puppies can have.

Published: November 14, 2017Updated: November 15, 20172,343 views
Stingray startled after encountering scuba diver26s

Stingray startled after encountering scuba diver

Southern Stingrays are found throughout the Caribbean and are a common sight for scuba divers. They have a reputation as fearsome and deadly creatures because they are equipped with stingers or barbs in their long tails. These sharp barbs are capable of delivering a severe wound and they are armed with a powerful toxin that can be deadly to most creatures, including humans. But despite this, they are actually gentle and very shy creatures who only use their barbs for defense when attacked. Contrary to their reputation as being deadly killers of the sea, their spikes are designed only for defense against an attack from above. This is their only means of protection from sharks such as the Hammerhead, which preys largely on stingrays. Unless a human provoked or stepped on a ray, they would have no reason to fear these gentle and reclusive creatures. In this video, a Southern Stingray is being filmed as it cruises over the reef, likely in search of a patch of sand to look for clams or other mollusks buried beneath. What is interesting is that the ray comes over a coral wall and descends very close to a scuba diver who is photographing a lobster in a crevice. The stingray can be seen angling toward the concealed diver, flapping slowly until the moment when it suddenly becomes aware that the scuba diver is a human. The stingray banks sharply and flaps its wings rapidly in an attempt to put some distance between himself and the diver. There is no attempt to attack or even use its barb in defense, despite the fact that it is very obviously startled. This encounter is a perfect example of how stingrays react to humans, despite the widespread myth that they are aggressive.

Published: November 14, 2017Updated: November 15, 2017331 views
Spotted Eagle Rays Are Not The Deadly Creatures They're Believed To Be1m05s

Spotted Eagle Rays Are Not The Deadly Creatures They're Believed To Be

The Spotted Eagle Ray is one of the most terrifying and misunderstood creatures in the ocean. Their long tails are equipped with venomous barbs, or stingers, that can inflict a savage wound and deliver a powerful toxin. Their fearsome appearance and undeserved reputation as killers of the deep have led people to believe that they are aggressive and dangerous to people. The truth is that they are reclusive and shy, fleeing from people in most cases. They are among the most gentle creatures in the ocean. The barbs in a stingrays tail are designed completely for defense from predators such as sharks. They play no role in the animal's method of hunting food. The barbs are used only to prevent an attack from above, which is exactly how a shark preys on the Spotted Eagle Ray. The Eagle Ray is the preferred food of many sharks, including Hammerhead Sharks. Stingrays hunt for food buried in the sand by using sensitive receptors under their bodies and wings to detect minute electrical impulses of small creatures hidden beneath. Once they locate a clam or other mollusk, the rays beat their wings on the sand to uncover them. The Spotted Eagle Ray has a specially designed snout which it uses to dig in the sand for the buried food. Occasionally, Spotted Eagle Rays will also feed on octopus and small fish. Recognizable by their beautiful black and white markings, Spotted Eagle Rays are breathtaking. Their majestic and graceful movements make them a spectacular sight. Scuba divers know that these rays are harmless unless provoked or startled and with a slow and careful approach they might be allowed a close look at these incredible creatures. To have an Eagle Ray approach or swim beside a diver is an unforgettable experience. Any wild animal should be treated with respect and caution but it is important to understand that these rays are not the savage beasts that they have been thought to be.

Published: November 14, 2017Updated: November 15, 2017303 viewsVirality: 2%
A common myth about sharks is dispelled55s

A common myth about sharks is dispelled

For ages, people have believed the widely circulated myth that sharks cannot sleep. The theory was that they were unable to stop moving because resting on the bottom of the ocean would compress their abdomens, making them unable to circulate water through their gills, effectively starving them of oxygen. Sharks that are in motion are able to maintain an effortless flow of water over their gills. Breathing is more laborious for a stationary shark, which supported the misconception that they would be unable to breath if they stopped to sleep. The truth is that some species of shark are actually capable of resting while they are in motion, with parts of their brains being temporarily shut down. Their brainwaves are altered and they are only partially aware of their surroundings. It is even believed that they shut down different parts of their brains sequentially. Some sharks also make use of areas that have current so that they can sleep with their mouths open to allow water to continually flow over their gills. But what has surprised scientists in recent years is that some species of shark such as this Nurse Shark are able to lie completely motionless in an area devoid of water current, yet they are still able to breath. This Nurse Shark was found in a circular recessed area of coral approximately 15 feet in diameter and 6 feet deep. The water was 20 feet deep in this area and the current was negligible. The shark remained motionless from the time that it was first observed by scuba divers entering the water to the time that their dive was complete, one hour later. The shark was aware of the diver recording its slumber and it chose to move on from its resting spot. Scientists are now in agreement that not all sharks must remain in motion and that sharks do indeed sleep.

Published: November 13, 2017Updated: November 15, 2017198 views
Small reef fish uses venomous Moon Jellyfish in brilliant way47s

Small reef fish uses venomous Moon Jellyfish in brilliant way

The Moon Jellyfish is a highly venomous ocean predator that swims along capturing prey with its tentacles and then consuming them. It eats plankton, mollusks and small fish by pulling them in and digesting them inside its transparent body. These creatures have a painful sting, deadly to small creatures, and most animals will avoid the jellyfish at all costs. Although they are simple organisms, incapable of complex thought, their construction has made them very effective at surviving for millions of years with little need to evolve. This scuba diver saw a Moon Jellyfish the size of a small dinner plate pulsating and moving through the water above the reef off Little Cayman Island. He approached to film the beautiful and mysterious creature as it swam. What the scuba diver saw when he got close was that a small fish was inside the Moon Jellyfish, apparently being consumed. This made the diver even more fascinated and he moved around the jellyfish as he filmed. Horrified, he could see that the little fish was actually alive and moving inside the jellyfish. Nature can be harsh and it appeared that the fish had just been captured and would be slowly and painfully killed. Surprisingly, the fish began swimming in and out of the jellyfish. He was even positioning himself on the opposite side of the dangerous predator in order to avoid the scuba diver. What became obvious was that the tiny and defenseless fish understood that large predators must avoid the painful sting of the jellyfish and he was using this knowledge to avoid being eaten. The inhabitants of the ocean use many means of survival, including forming useful relationships with other creatures in order to obtain food or to avoid becoming food themselves. Amazingly, the reef fish was able to avoid the stings of the trailing jellyfish tentacles that would undoubtedly be fatal for him.

Published: November 13, 2017Updated: November 14, 2017373 views
Amazing look at shocking relationship on the reef1m26s

Amazing look at shocking relationship on the reef

Life on the reef can be a complex balance for many of the creatures who live there. Survival depends on getting food and avoiding becoming food. Occasionally, survival depends on relationships between creatures, requiring them to work together. What could be more surprising than an understanding between huge fish and minute fish that allows the smaller ones to swim around inside a larger fish's mouth in complete safety. Large creatures, such as this Nassau Grouper cruise over the coral in search of specific fish, cleaner Wrasses, who will provide him a service that keeps him healthy and free of parasites. When the Grouper finds these fish congregated in one area, a "cleaning station", he must adopt an upward facing pose or a downward facing one. He must also open his mouth and gills and float motionless. This behavior is a signal to the cleaner fish that it is safe to approach and enter his mouth. Even though the Wrasses are just one chomp away from death, they are completely confident that they will not be eaten. This is a symbiotic relationship that benefits the Wrasses, as they will get food from the Grouper. But it also benefits the Grouper because he will be free of food particles that could cause infection and discomfort and he will be cleansed of parasites that could threaten his health. This relationship requires complete trust. It is an understanding that is almost as old as the reefs themselves and it exists between the cleaner fish and other animals such as eels, rays, turtles and sharks. The cleaner fish will not engage in cleaning behavior until the larger creature gets into the right position. When they do, the cleaner fish emerge from the coral immediately and begin scouring all surfaces of the host. The delicate balance that exists in the ocean is extremely complex and fascinating.

Published: November 13, 2017Updated: November 14, 2017349 views
Tiny reef fish shows remarkable hunting technique31s

Tiny reef fish shows remarkable hunting technique

The Yellowhead Wrasse is a unique fish for a variety of reasons, but one of the most amazing is that it is actually able to capture and then kill crabs using the rocks and coral around it. This little fish was seen swimming along, repeatedly banging its prey on rocks and corals to stun or kill it so it can eat it. It actually selects a rock and then bangs the small crab on it, drops the crab and adjusts it in its mouth for another smack. The fish swims on, repeats the process and it will eventually stop and eat the crab. Crabs are a staple part of the Yellowhead Wrasse's diet but the claws and strong shell make eating it difficult. The Wrasse lacks the jaw strength to crush the crab. This use of rocks is a basic form of "tool use" once thought to exist in only humans and animals like Chimpanzees. It was believed that such complex thought could not be found in other animals. Using tools or other objects to an animal's advantage is similar to problem solving and requires a level of understanding that is quite impressive for a fish. We now know that parrots and crows will drop hard shelled nuts on the ground where animals or cars will crush them. We are also seeing examples such as this where even fish are capable of understanding how to use objects around them to help gather and kill prey. Another remarkable thing about this fish is that it starts life as a female. Throughout its life it will mate, breed and then eventually become male. After doing so, it can breed further. Interestingly, the fish will completely change color and size as it does this. This color change is not unusual for fish and even changing sex is not completely uncommon in other species. Parrotfish have been known to exhibit similar behavior. When a group of females loses the male, sometimes the dominant female will transform and become male.

Published: November 11, 2017Updated: November 13, 2017323 views
Grouper has touching reaction to seeing his divemaster friend54s

Grouper has touching reaction to seeing his divemaster friend

Gary is a large Nassau Grouper who lives on the reef off the north side of Little Cayman Island. Far more intelligent and curious than most people would believe, Nassau Groupers can not only understand human behavior, they can also interact with people and try to communicate. Gary has learned that scuba divers often spear Lionfish, an invasive species that are a serious threat to the native fish populations and the health of the reef. Gary follows scuba divers when they conduct an organized cull of the Lionfish. Researchers and environmentalists have been trying to introduce the notion of Lionfish as prey so they have been feeding the Nassau Groupers under carefully controlled conditions. Gary is one of the fish that have learned not only that humans can be a source of food, but he has also learned how to help locate the Lionfish for the divers. Gary will lead them right to a ledge or crevice that shelters a Lionfish and he will look back and forth at the fish and at the divers until they come and spear them for him. In the process, he raises his fins with excitement while he waits for the diver to come over and find the invader. This is a surprisingly cunning form of cooperation that makes the Lionfish cull more successful. Gary most definitely understands that what he is doing is being understood by the divers. Gary is also able to recognize Craig as one of the divers who occasionally spearfishes. Craig was leading a group of recreational divers on this occasion and he had no spear, but Gary zeroed in on Craig and greeted him. When Craig sees Gary coming, he playfully turns upside down and performs an inverted spin while Gary comes right up to his face as if he is happy to see Craig. The two look right into each other's eyes before they continue to swim together happily over the reef. We seldom give animals credit for being intelligent, but this is a clear demonstration of how even a fish is capable of recognizing certain people and forming a bond with them, even if the relationship is based partly on food. Nassau Groupers are often curious about divers, but Gary has captured the hears of many here on Little Cayman Island. In some ways he is more like a dog than a fish.

Published: November 11, 2017Updated: November 13, 20171,166 viewsVirality: 13%
These Tiny Reef Fish Are Like The Fairies Of The Sea52s

These Tiny Reef Fish Are Like The Fairies Of The Sea

Yellowhead Jawfish are a tiny, but very remarkable fish. Scuba divers look for them among the coral and patiently wait for them to emerge from their holes in the ocean bottom. They are territorial fish that make a burrow and then sit inside it, peeking out and emerging to eat tiny fish or krill that float near its lair. They slip back into their hole tail first and rarely venture far from the opening so they can make a hasty retreat inside if anything larger than itself comes near. One of the most amazing things about this fish is that it is a mouth brooder. Thee male of the species actually holds the fertilized eggs inside his open mouth until they hatch. This task takes 7-9 days. During the time that the male Yellowhead Jawfish is protecting the young, he will be unable to eat. He will not venture out of the hole but his head can be seen peeking out, holding the clutch in his open mouth. Scuba diving photographers will wait motionless in front of the male's home until he pops his head out far enough for a picture. During other times, the males and females will occasionally drift out of the hole and above it in search of food. A slow and careful approach over a nesting site with reveal dozens of these wispy little creatures hovering a few inches off the bottom. Their white color and waving fins and tails create an appearance of little fairies dancing over the bottom. This little fellow can be seen going in and out of his hole and peeking around in all directions. His bulging eyes give him an adorable concerned look as he gazes around for possible danger in all directions. Yellowhead Jawfish will excavate their burrows by carrying rubble out in their jaws, one piece at a time. This little collection of pebbles and sand around a small hole is often a clue that a Jawfish lurks inside.

Published: November 9, 2017Updated: November 10, 20171,735 views
Baby Sea Turtle Gobbles Up Jellyfish In The Open Ocean1m00s

Baby Sea Turtle Gobbles Up Jellyfish In The Open Ocean

This is a juvenile green sea turtle. He is roughly the size of a dinner plate but he will grow to many times this size as he matures. One of the favorite foods of the green sea turtle is jellyfish. This turtle flaps around from one jellyfish to another, gobbling them up as fast as he can find them. He is suspended over open water off Little Cayman Island with a 6,000 foot plunge below him. The jellyfish that he has found are called box jellyfish. They are oval creatures approximately the size of a lemon, transparent and difficult to see without a sharp eye. They have a fascinating row of electric pulsating lights in the middle of their body. During the day, these lights are barely visible to the naked eye, but during the night they become a dazzling display of color. Somehow the green sea turtle is able to see the jellyfish easily from a distance because he can be seen honing in on them from a distance. Green turtles eat a varied diet that consists largely of sea grass and aquatic plants, but they are opportunistic feeders and will also eat a large number of jellyfish of assorted kinds. They have adapted so that they are unaffected by the sting of the jellyfish. Like all sea turtles, this baby green flaps his front flippers like wings, propelling him gracefully through the water. He uses his rear fins like a rudder to steer and brake. These same rear fins will be used by nesting females to dig their nest on land each year. The turtle is not far from shore, despite being over such a deep abyss. The water around the entire island of Little Cayman is seemingly bottomless. The island was formed long ago by volcanic action and tectonic shifting of the earth's crust below. The result was a vertical pillar of rock that sticks straight up from the ocean floor over a mile below.

Published: November 9, 2017Updated: November 10, 2017838 views
Cascade of cuteness as mother counts her nine fluffy puppies31s

Cascade of cuteness as mother counts her nine fluffy puppies

Stella is a very devoted mother. She is a one year old Bernese Mountain Dog who enjoyed a romantic afternoon with Dexter, a one year old Maremma just prior to their trip to the veterinarian for their family planning surgeries. The result was an unexpected, but very welcome litter of nine adorable fluffy little puppies. The pups spend their day playing and romping on a farm near Peterborough, Ontario. In the daytime, they run through the meadow and explore in the woods. They climb on each other and fall over continuously. When it's feeding time or nap time, they are put in their outdoor enclosure to keep track of them all. Stella keeps a watchful eye until they awaken and then she is eager to have them come out for more playtime. The kennel door is opened and they begin climbing out like a cascade of cuteness. They look like a river of puppies overflowing from the pen. Stella looks at each one with a nod, as if she is actually counting them all before running off after them. Still a pup herself, Stella enjoys playtime as much as they do. Even Dexter can't resist the fun. He rolls and cavorts with them too, every bit the protective and involved father. These pups are 8 weeks old and they are clumsy, round balls of fur with the cutest faces possible. They are as soft and fluffy as they look. Each one had a forever home lined up before they were even born. The parents have wonderful dispositions and the combination of the two breeds made them the perfect family dogs. But two of them will be staying at the farm, along with their parents. As for Stella and Dexter, they have now had their appointments and neither one will responsible for any more surprises.

Published: November 8, 2017Updated: November 9, 20176,083 views
Beautiful Queen Triggerfish Has Both Looks And Brains1m32s

Beautiful Queen Triggerfish Has Both Looks And Brains

The Queen Triggerfish is a large tropical fish that inhabits the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It is a common fish that is a delight for scuba divers. It’s gorgeous coloring and large size make it a wonderful photo subject, if one is able to approach close enough to take a picture. They are solitary and territorial fish, and often reluctant to allow humans to venture close. One of the remarkable things about this fish is how it hunts. It has powerful jaws and strong teeth, which it can use to crush clams and shells or the body of crabs that it finds along the ocean floor. It has learned to blow jets of water under sea urchins to flip them over and gain access to the soft under body where spines do not protect them. It has also learned that conch shells are a source of food, with conch or hermit crabs taking shelter inside. This Queen Triggerfish can be seen actually flipping the conch shell by picking it up and dropping it again on the sand. It carefully grabs the shell in its teeth and rolls it upright so it can peer inside. The acre and coordination that it displays in carrying out this task is surprising. For good measure, the fish sticks its snout into the shell to make sure nothing edible is inside. It then swims off, apparently done with the shell. But knowing that a small crab will wait before emerging from shelter to right its shell, the Queen Triggerfish circles around after a few moments to check one more time. This persistence will pay off if there is a crab deep in the shell who is waiting for what it thinks is the end of the danger. We don't often think of fish as being such complex thinkers but perhaps these animals are brighter than we realize.

Published: November 8, 2017Updated: November 9, 2017480 views
Giant barracuda attacks with torpedo like speed37s

Giant barracuda attacks with torpedo like speed

Barracuda are apex predators in the waters of the Caribbean. They are ferocious hunters, designed for speed. With their mouth full of teeth that are as large and sharp as those of a big dog, they can take down almost any prey they chose. They grow to six feet in length and are capable of speeds approaching 30mph for short bursts. When full grown, there is no threat in the ocean except sharks, other barracuda and humans. Although they are highly skilled hunters, barracuda are also opportunistic feeders and they will follow other large fish in the hope of being able to eat some leftover scraps of another's kill. They will tolerate swimmers or scuba divers and a slow and cautious approach will often create little or no reaction from a full grown barracuda. This five foot long beast can be seen hovering, not far from a dive boat which it was using as camouflage. The barracuda can change its color to blend in with surroundings for added concealment. Its silvery appearance helped it blend in with the upper surface of the water, making it nearly invisible to fish below. The diver filming this video had no idea that he was about to capture the monster explode toward an unsuspecting parrot fish fifty feet down. A dark colored fish can be seen below as he moves slowly from one coral head to another. He also does not understand the danger fifty feet above. The barracuda flashes his tail and begins an acceleration that takes him to top speed in only a second. He has full intentions of ambushing his dinner from above and pinning it in the sand. He can crush the 12 inch fish in his jaws and swallow him whole. Miraculously, the parrotfish senses the impending attack and he also accelerates toward the coral head behind. The barracuda changes his angle and tries to intercept. The fish below barely escapes as he reaches cover in the nick of time. The barracuda turns away but he will return to his spot above and resume his hunting. Although this particular parrotfish will live another day, there will be some other fish that becomes a meal. The barracuda will catch a fish more frequently than he misses. Although barracuda occasionally bite humans in cases of mistaken identity, they do not intentionally attack people. To be able to witness such behaviour was a rare opportunity, but to have the camera pointed in the proper direction and actually record in this case it was sheer luck.

Published: November 7, 2017Updated: November 8, 20175,809 views
 Try And Identify The Mysterious Object Embedded Onto This Grouper36s

Try And Identify The Mysterious Object Embedded Onto This Grouper

Grouper are plentiful in the Caribbean and they are often found in the shallows and also in deeper water along walls and droppoffs. Divers find them interesting to watch and to photograph. The feeling is mutual, as the groupers will often approach scuba divers out of curiosity and to try to catch a smaller fish that might be near them. They routinely follow divers and move casually among them. It is not unusual to have one come almost close enough to touch. What was unusual about this large Nassau grouper was what was growing on his side. It first appeared to be some sort of lamprey eel type creature. But closer inspection revealed that it looked more like a plant or a gorgonian coral (soft coral that looks like a plant) that had become attached to the side of the fish. Gorgonian coral grows well with moderate current and the fish's movement would not cause any problems for the coral's survival. Considering the slow rate of growth, it seems unlikely that a piece of coral could grow to this length on a fish. It is also a mystery how coral could attach to a fish and stay there. The same questions come to mind for a plant to be growing on the side of a grouper. Part of the object appears to be stringy, as if it could be a piece of fishing line with a hook that became imbedded in the fish and then something formed on the line and grew. This particular Nassau grouper is approximately 2 feet long and weighs roughly 30lbs. He definitely seems to be thriving, unaffected by whatever the mysterious object is that trails from his side. He was found on a wall dive on the south side of Little Cayman island in 70 feet of water. If anyone has any theories on what this could be, please comment on the video or share it with anyone who may be able to answer the question.

Published: November 4, 2017Updated: November 7, 201711,434 viewsVirality: 17%
Large predatory fish shows fresh battescars28s

Large predatory fish shows fresh battescars

The permit is a very large fish that can be found throughout the Atlantic Ocean and waters of the Caribbean. It grows to over four feet in length and can weigh as much as 80lbs. They are built for slicing through the water easily and will travel in schools that move through the ocean with incredible speed. They are often solitary fish and can be found hunting alone as well. Despite the size and speed, this permit shows a very large, fresh wound on its right side and serious scrapes and injuries on its left. Only a shark or a full grown barracuda could ever pose a threat to a beast like this. When full grown, very few creatures could catch or would dare tangle with this fish. They are in fact, a top predator themselves. This permit seems to be herding the smaller blue striped grunts and they have wisely taken shelter among the coral outcroppings. The grunts are almost a foot long and they give a very clear perspective on the size of the enormous permit. Divers occasionally see permit but they are wary and shy and the contact is usually brief and distant. This permit was obviously large enough that he did not see the approaching scuba diver with the camera as much of a threat. He allowed a close enough approach for his wound to be filmed. Permit are highly reflective with dazzling silver scales and black fins. Difficult to see due their camouflage and the speed at which they cruise, they are often referred to as "Ghost Fish". Snorkelers and divers will occasionally catch a glimpse of them but it is usually brief. When cruising past, they resemble fast moving torpedoes more than they do fish. Permit feed on crabs, shrimp and smaller fish. They can be found in deep waters or in the shallows along beaches. Anglers hunt this fish for the thrill of the catch and for bragging rights, as they are very elusive and difficult to catch. They are also prized for being a tasty fish to eat.

Published: November 4, 2017Updated: November 6, 2017479 views
Bar Jack Gets Free Meal And Protection From Dangerous Friend1m13s

Bar Jack Gets Free Meal And Protection From Dangerous Friend

The bar jack is a crafty and opportunistic fish that is quite common in waters all around the Caribbean. Divers love the bright blue stripe along their back and the agility with which they swim around people. They are always on the lookout for a meal and will often swim past groups of scuba divers in the hope of picking up scraps. Their color varies, depending on their surroundings. Often, they are a glimmering silver color with an iridescent blue back. In this case, the bar jack has turned dark grey to blend in with a southern stingray that he is shadowing carefully as he waits for food. What the bar jack knows is that the stingray can uncover or scare up food that hides beneath the sand. Few creatures could detect a completely buried crab or mollusk, but it is easy for the stingray. It is designed to skim along the ocean bottom using highly refined electrical sensors to detect the smallest of impulses from hidden prey. It uses its wings to beat the sand and uncover the animals so it can inhale them. Water, sand and scraps are expelled through the stingray's vents and the bar jack will be waiting. When food appears, the bar jack darts forward with lightning speed to snatch it. Occasionally, the jack will even steal a morsel from in front of the stingray. An added benefit to this relationship is that the stingray is a fearsome animal with a very formidable means of defense. Its tail has a large barb that is capable of shredding a would be predator. Packed with a very powerful venom, the stinger can be deadly due to the toxin it secretes. This provides the bar jack with a much appreciated level of protection. Stingrays are not aggressive and they do not use their tail for hunting or attacking animals of any kind. They are only used when the stingray perceives and attack from above. This bar jack has a protector and a provider all in one.

Published: November 3, 2017Updated: November 6, 2017290 views
Giant Hermit Crab Has A Very Important Job To Clean The Ocean Floor48s

Giant Hermit Crab Has A Very Important Job To Clean The Ocean Floor

Hermit crabs are very important for the cleanliness of the ocean, performing the crucial task of finding and consuming decaying plants and animals. They spend their day digging in the sand and combing the ocean floor, looking for anything that is rotting or decaying. Their diet consists of small shrimps and crustaceans, but most of what they eat has already perished and would simply pollute and foul the water. In terms of keeping the ocean clean, few creatures do such an impressive job. Often referred to as the janitors of the ocean floor, they are like tiny machines that move along, hoovering up waste and processing it. There is a another fascinating aspect to these little creatures as well. They are soft bodied crabs, not having the ability to grow a hard shell or exoskeleton. They are also invertebrates. The crab needs to find another means of protection from predators so they rely on finding a suitable shell that has been left uninhabited. They carry their shell around like a mobile home until they outgrow it. Then they find a new one and move in. This can present challenges if shells of the right fit are no readily available. Hermit crabs will leave their old shell vacant and wait for other crabs to show up to inspect it. New crabs will do the same, forming what is referred to as a vacancy chain. Often, as many as 20 crabs will congregate together looking for the perfect trade. Hermit crabs are able to venture onto land for long periods but they breathe through gills and they must be able to keep their gills wet in order to obtain oxygen from the air. The hermit crab has also been known to allow sea anemones to grow on their shell to scare away predators. With such ingenious adaptations, it is no surprise that the hermit crab can live to an age of 70 years. Despite these impressive methods of ensuring survival, hermit crabs can be seriously affected by the collection of empty sea shells by humans. Lack of habitat and protection leaves them very vulnerable.

Golden Retriever puppies scramble to mom for feeding time1m24s

Golden Retriever puppies scramble to mom for feeding time

Oakley is one of the most loving and dedicated mothers you could imagine. She is a young Golden Retriever who recently spent a romantic evening with a handsome Golden named Kevin. The two are now the parents of nine adorable and very active young puppies. They are three weeks old and they are always incredibly hungry. They have spent the morning playing and climbing all over each other. Oakley arrives, full of milk and eagerly rushes into the pen for feeding time. She quickly tours around the pen, checking on the puppies and the cleanliness of their beds before making a quick stop at the water bowl. Oakley will eat and drink constantly as she nurses these puppies, needing a great deal more fluid and nourishment to produce enough milk for nine hungry tummies. She will feed then several times a day. Oakley doesn't even reach the water bowl before the pups rush her and try to latch on for a drink. They are relentless as they follow her and climb over each other in their desperation to find a meal. They tumble and fall over as she moves carefully around the pen. They may have figured out that their mother has only eight nipples for nine mouths. One of them will be left out if they don't hurry. Oakley eventually finds a spot and stands still as they scramble over each other and take turns being fed. She displays incredible patience while she stands in one spot to allow them to nurse. Her face shows the contented look of a very dedicated mother as she supplies her little family with brunch. After a big meal, the puppies settle down for a little nap. Like any youngsters, they are more tempted to play than sleep and they take a while to drift off. There is always at least one pup looking for a game or a wrestle among the pile of sleepy puppies. Golden retriever pups are among the cutest creatures in the world.