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Piranha in an Amazonian lake ferociously attack meat dipped in the water1m00s

Piranha in an Amazonian lake ferociously attack meat dipped in the water

Piranha are one of the most feared fish in the water, second only to sharks. Despite their small size, they are more than capable of killing a large animal, or even a human in a matter of minutes. Living in large schools and able to smell a drop of blood in the water from a distance, they attack their prey and retreat, returning to bite again. In great numbers, such an attack can inflict serious injury rapidly. Piranha have large, razor sharp teeth and powerful jaws with a bite force that is greater than most other fish. As a result, they can tear a chunk of flesh off an animal with ease. Piranha don't often attack healthy humans in the water, but they have been known to do so when food is scarce or when a person is injured or incapacitated. Thrashing and splashing in the water will attract them, making children more frequent targets than adults. Although it is believed that their attacks are coordinated, cooperative hunting, it is more of an individual attack that coincides with other piranha in their school. Schooling is actually a means of protection from predators. They are even known to attack their own species when stressed or extremely hungry. Piranha are generally no larger than 1 foot in length but some species can reach 20 inches. They live in most fresh water lakes and rivers throughout the Amazon basin. This video was taken with a GoPro camera that was dipped in the water of a lake at a small and secluded lodge, situated on a remote inland lake connected to the Napo River, one of the largest rivers in Ecuador. Meat was dangled in the water by a local fisherman and the piranha were recorded as they swarmed the bait. The fisherman caught a larger adult and displayed the teeth for a group of Canadians who attended the nearby lodge. This was part of an educational program and the fish was immediately released back into the water unharmed. Despite the fact that these piranha are capable of posing serious risk, people occasionally swim in the lake and are generally unharmed. It is not advisable to do so, especially if the swimmer is injured.

Self-assured baboon takes a seat and holds up traffic42s

Self-assured baboon takes a seat and holds up traffic

Baboons are highly intelligent animals, full of mischief and tricks. Without a doubt, they know what they are doing. So when this cocky monkey swaggered out on the road and calmly took a seat right in the middle, he understood that there were cars coming his way. He didn't seem to care that he was in the way as he walked. And he didn't seem to care that he was blocking the whoole road. Without much of a concerned look, the baboon sat down and stared straight ahead as if he refused to even acknowledge the car that just went by or the car that was inching forward. Eventually, he gave a slight look to his left, but rather than looking to see if he needs to move, his look seems to be more about checking to see if people in the car are paying enough attention to him. Even as the car with the camera inches forward, the baboon continues to look to his right and straight ahead, completely ignoring the car. He looks everywhere except at the car. The car was travelling through a safari where the baboons and other animals roam free, protected from poachers and even other predators. This monkey's antics were not annoying in the slightest and the occupants were actually delighted to get such a close look at the animal. They were quite content to watch photograph him, amused at the near human-like behavior and attitude. The baboon likely understood as well that sitting in the road like this would possibly provide him with some entertainment of his own. In a safari situation where spectators are confined in the car and the animals roam free, the effect is reversed. For the baboon, he was seeing people in confinement while he enjoyed the freedom. Baboons are highly social animals with a need for a large, natural environment and lots of space. To confine them to cages in zoos, with very few of their own kind to interact with is far from ideal. Most animals experience great stress when food is provided in a setting that forces them to compete with animals to eat quickly or miss out. These baboons are free to eat whenever they chose without competition. Safaris like this one allow visitors to see animals in their natural environment. Funding from visitors is also used to assist with conservation efforts that benefit animals in the wild.

Enormous bull comes to get bread and a head scratch1m14s

Enormous bull comes to get bread and a head scratch

Gus is an enormous bull, tipping the scales at about 2,000 pounds. He is solid muscle and extremely powerful. Yet, he is a big softy who loves a slice of bread, or ten, as well as a good head scratch. Dave has been visiting Gus every week or two as he walks or cycles past the beautiful farm where Gus lives. Gus got so big from eating big meals and he loves bread most of all. What's surprising about him is that despite his tremendous size, he's as friendly and gentle as a pet dog. By nature, bulls are usually grumpy, aggressive and not to be trusted. It's never wise to turn your back on one or to put yourself in a position where you could be injured. They have enough power and strength to do a lot of damage in a very short time if they chose to. But Gus is an exceptional bull. He was raised on a farm where he had a lot of interaction with people right from birth. Gus roams in a lush meadow on a beautiful farm in Millbrook, Ontario. He’s got a lot of company too. He’s the only male in a herd of about 30 lovely female cows. Gus is living the life! Gus developed an appetite for grains of all sorts, especially bread. This is not unusual for cattle, and Cornell University even did an extensive study to determine the effects of feeding cattle bread and other baked goods. The result was that the animals did very well on a diet that was very high in bread. Gus' taste is not that unusual. What is unusual is the way he will approach someone for a slice of doughy goodness. He literally begs like a dog would beg for a slice of sirloin. The farmer who owns Gus is fine with him having visitors, and with him being hand fed. If you walk slowly into Gus’ pasture and you call him, he’s likely to wander over curiously. He’ll actually hustle a bit if he sees that you have a slice of bread. A tongue, longer than seems possible, shoots out and wraps around the slice of bread like a large hand. The slice of bread completely disappears with about three quick chews. Gus doesn’t disappear when the bread is gone. He’s as fond of a good head scratch and face rub as he is of the treats. Gus will turn his head and nudge you like a big dog does when you stop petting it. It’s hard to tell which part Gus likes best!

Man eats both of world's hottest peppers at once, relies on internet's advice for remedies5m52s

Man eats both of world's hottest peppers at once, relies on internet's advice for remedies

Last year Dave set out to eat a ghost pepper but the whole thing went horribly wrong in every way possible. He decided that he could do better this year because he was armed with a list of remedies for the heat, all suggested by people commenting on last year’s video. Dave’s misadventure started with a challenge issued by his wife, Kristy. Dave had playfully complained that her cooking wasn’t spicy enough for him. Kristy is a clever woman, so she ordered seeds for every hot pepper she could find and began growing them in her garden. Dave is a very spoiled man and Kristy’s cooking is actually far better than he deserves, but he couldn’t back down now that he had made his unfortunate statement. Kristy’s plants grew and the harvest was impressive. When the peppers ripened, Dave took his video camera to her garden and went in search of the infamous Bhut Jolokia, the Ghost Pepper, and he wolfed down a raw one fresh picked from the plant. But as he ran for the hose and stuffed it into his mouth for relief, Kristy realized that he had actually eaten a Trinidad Scorpion pepper. She couldn’t contain her laughter and she alternated between sympathy for her suffering husband and triumphant laughter as he admitted that she had out-spiced his taste buds. The video of Dave and Kristy’s pepper challenge (Husband wants spicier food, wife gives him Trinidad scorpion pepper) received serious attention on the Rumble Viral YouTube channel and the internet provided Dave with encouragement and advice in the form of 2,500 comments. Much of it was aimed at helping Dave deal with the spice through simple remedies like sandpaper, alcohol, tomatoes, yogurt and milk. With renewed confidence and hundreds of tips from supporters, Dave told Kristy that he was going to eat more of her scorpion peppers and ghost peppers. The internet had also informed Dave that the Carolina Reaper was the world’s hottest pepper and there should be no celebration until he took on the hottest of the hot. Kristy had made Dave a selection of delicious sauces that tipped the Scoville scale and Dave was determined to train for another round with a raw pepper fresh from the garden. This year, Kristy grew Carolina Reapers and the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper. Depending on what source you believed, both were believed to be the world’s hottest pepper. Because this was hotly debated, Dave decided the only way to handle this was to eat one of each. And he was certain that the remedies suggested would make it all very bearable. Dave got half of each pepper in his mouth, chewed them and swallowed them and waited for the heat to build. It didn’t take long until Dave realized that again, he had bitten off more than he could chew and his whole head was on fire. He turned to the suggested remedies one by one and quickly found out that the well-intentioned advice he had received wasn’t helpful at all. He tried them all in succession, leaving the milk until the end. It was only then that he found any relief. Dave didn’t plan as well as he thought because he had a bag of milk and no scissors to cut it open. There was no time to waste so he chewed through the bag and began gulping it down. Dave’s solution on the first attempt last year was to spray the hose into his mouth and he eventually resorted to that here as well because even the milk wasn’t putting out the fire. Reluctantly, Dave admitted that he had met his match and asked Kristy to stick to growing jalapenos next year. Dave has learned many things from his experience. He now knows not to challenge Kristy and her cooking (finally). He knows not to try eating two of the world’s hottest peppers at once, and he knows that not everything you read on the internet is true.

Aggressive sharks bump and circle divers on their way to the surface39s

Aggressive sharks bump and circle divers on their way to the surface

Divers enjoyed an ordinary dive in Belize, off the island of San Pedro, until the sudden and unexpected appearance of eight large Caribbean Reef Sharks. These ten foot long beasts are new to the waters surrounding the island, having just appeared in the last 2-3 years, possibly due to a slight increase in water temperature. Divers were expecting to see an assortment of fish, turtles, and nurse sharks, a common species that is completely docile and harmless to humans. They did not expect a close encounter with the reef sharks. Divers had been underwater for approximately 50 minutes and they were making their ascent. A three minute safety stop was required, a standard procedure where scuba divers are suspended at 20 feet to expel the built up nitrogen gas from their bodies. People on a nearby boat had been chumming the water in the area for Nurse Sharks. Chunks of fish had been thrown in from the boat to attract them. The practice of chumming for reef sharks is inadvisable, however, and can be dangerous. Caribbean Reef Sharks have been known to become aggressive in the presence of food and can be dangerous to humans in the feeding area. This is obviously a risk created by people, and not an indication of sharks being dangerous in a natural situation. Normally, these sharks are shy and avoid close contact with humans. These sharks began circling divers, showing intense curiosity. Initially, they kept their distance and swam around and below the divers. But the sharks began moving closer and exhibiting behavior that was borderline aggressive. Circling closer and changing direction rapidly below signal a change in the sharks' mood. One shark can actually be seen coming straight up at the diver and bumping him with its snout. The nose of the shark briefly came into contact with the diver's groin. This behavior is more than mere curiosity and may suggest that the shark is trying to test the diver to see what his reaction will be prior to biting. The divers recognized the change in the behavior of the sharks and they finished their safety stop and got out of the water. Despite the fact that this was unnerving, such a close encounter with a full grown Caribbean Reef Shark was thrilling and beautiful, allowing for some spectacular footage as a result. These sharks a wonder to behold: full of grace and obvious power. Top predators, a full grown Caribbean Reef Shark has approximately 12 rows of formidable teeth and it has no reason to fear any other ocean dweller except Bull Sharks and Great Whites. But even those predators don't often attack such large reef sharks. Chumming the water for tourists' enjoyment has become very controversial. While there is no evidence to suggest that it has increased the number of human attacks by sharks, it is thought to increase the likelihood. But some people argue that the close encounters and the entire ecotourism that has arisen around this practice has been the driving force behind many conservation efforts. The value of the sharks rises dramatically when they represent more money alive than they do dead. The education and the popularity of the sharks has contributed to the desire to protect them. Many countries are moving away from using sharks as a food source, or banning the practice altogether. Shark populations are declining worldwide and losing the species would be disaster for the oceans and for humans.

Baby elephants overjoyed to play in river1m17s

Baby elephants overjoyed to play in river

Baby elephants are simply adorable. They are clumsy and awkward, yet beautiful at the same time. These elephants and their mothers are crossing a river but they stop for some serious playtime as they do so. They are overjoyed to be bobbing and diving, completely submerging in the river. They bump and push each other playfully and they disappear under the surface, only to pop back up again. The elephants are able too keep their trunks above the surface like a snorkel, breathing comfortably as the rest of them is completely under water. They also disappear completely at times, including their trunks. It's very likely that the weightlessness created by the water gives them a feeling of freedom, allowing them to move easily and gracefully, despite their enormous size and weight. Elephants are very social creatures, living in herds that range in size from eight to one hundred, made up mainly of females and their young. Adult males become more solitary and will live on their own, or with a herd of females, but competition for breeding rights deters them from existing in close proximity with other adult males. These elephants are Asian Elephants, often referred to as Indian Elephants. Very different in temperament and behavior, they closely resemble African Elephants in appearance. The most obvious difference is that Asian Elephants have much smaller ears than African Elephants do. Elephants are commonly taken from the wild and raised in captivity due to their strength, making them ideal for physical labor, but such a practice is extremely inhumane and is being discouraged around the world. Similarly, using elephants for circus attractions or for riding on is also an extremely unethical practice. This subjects the animals to a very unnatural life, exposes them to potential abuse, and creates a complete lack of trust in human beings. With elephants being as intelligent as they are, and as social, keeping them in captivity for any reason other than conservation or rehabilitation is no longer acceptable. Poaching and habitat loss has created such a reduction in their populations that scientists and animal conservation facilities are working hard to restore elephant populations and assist them in living a protected life as they deserve. Anyone wishing to see elephants close up can support sanctuaries and conservation centers, such as wilderness safaris, where elephants can exist naturally and without the confinement of zoos. To see these beautiful and majestic creatures playing with each other and showing complete joy like this is heart warming. This is how wild animals should be!

Belize's Great Blue Hole is mysterious and thrilling3m16s

Belize's Great Blue Hole is mysterious and thrilling

The Great Blue Hole in Belize was declared by Jacques Cousteau to be one of the top five dive sites in the world. Discovery Channel referred to it as one of the ten most amazing places on earth. The thrill of the deep and the mystery of what lies so far below the waves draws thousands of adventure seekers each year. It is a world that was created 153,000 years ago by glaciers when the sea level was much lower than it is today. Formed due to limestone buildup, its development actually took place in four stages, many years apart. The stalactites are magnificent and a ring of caves and tunnels lines the sinkhole at a depth of 130 feet. This creates a very unique environment for divers to explore. Occasionally, sharks patrol the depths, along with some fish species, but life is sparse this far from the sunlight. Without coral, sponges and vegetation, there is little to support an abundance of life. Venturing this far below the surface is not without risks. Nitrogen narcosis, a side effect of the buildup of nitrogen gas in a scuba diver’s blood, occurs much more frequently and rapidly at greater depths and it can lead to extreme disorientation. Any lapse in judgment in this world will have serious and immediate consequences. A diver will also consume air at a much faster rate due to the higher pressure. Because two safety stops are needed on the ascent to expel nitrogen and avoid the bends, air consumption must be carefully planned. Divers know that they can only stay 8 minutes in this beautiful place. Any miscalculation will cost them precious air and place them at serious risk. Yet, with proper planning and training, these dives can be done safely, as long as divers do not ignore any of the safety rules. Only divers with advanced training are allowed to enter the Great Blue Hole. They rely on each other in the case of equipment malfunction and they have practiced the drills many times. Extra air tanks are suspended below the boat in case the divers do not have enough air left for their final safety stop. Working together, they minimize the risks. An adventure into the Great Blue Hole is not for the faint of heart, but the allure of the deep is powerful and the intrigue and thrill easily outweigh the perils. The Great Blue Hole is like a beckon for scuba divers that they are powerless to ignore. This is a world that only the privileged few can experience.

Diver has extreme close encounter with giant moray eels1m24s

Diver has extreme close encounter with giant moray eels

Moray Eels are enormous and formidable creatures with not one, but two sets of teeth that are large and powerful. The second set of jaws are actually located in the throat. (Pharyngeal jaws) They thrust forward to grab prey and drag it inside the eel’s mouth. The bite of the Moray Eel is extremely dangerous. The eel is also capable of anchoring its body under coral or in a crevice and pulling an animal so that it cannot break free of its bite. The bite power of the Moray Eel is enough to cut through bone. Their jaw design has actually been copied for the monster featured in the Alien movies. Moray Eels are the only vertebrates to use this remarkable hunting innovation. Moray Eels are also capable of separating the left and right halves of their jaws so that they can seize pray and then work their teeth back and forth to climb them farther up on the animal, much like large snakes. But despite this powerful and fearsome bite, the Moray Eel is not the savage monster that we believe it to be. It is a greatly misunderstood creature that is the subject of a healthy mixture of myth and fact. This diver demonstrates that, although risky, coming face to face with two Moray Eels doesn’t result in a savage attack. They are curious animals that have poor eyesight. They rely on their sense of smell to locate fish and octopus, their main food sources. They have no desire to attack a diver unless they feel threatened. They emerge from their lair to see if there is food available and one of them seems interested in smelling the camera that records this video. Divers are fascinated with these eels and find that they make interesting subjects for photographs and videos. They are gorgeous creatures, with a striking emerald green mucous that gives them their unique color. In the past, divers have hand fed Moray Eels, but this has had regrettable results because the eels’ poor eyesight and high prey drive has caused severe injuries. These bites are generally accidental, as the eels are looking for food and not acting out of aggression. While close contact with Moray Eels, or any wild animals, is generally inadvisable, this diver’s experience does demonstrate that they are not the monsters that they are often made out to be.

Shockingly large parasite removed from chipmunk by veterinarian1m28s

Shockingly large parasite removed from chipmunk by veterinarian

Chipmunks are adorable little creatures that are easily tamed. They are delight to homeowners and cottagers. They are beautiful with their striped fur and tiny little faces and hands. Like a slender hamster that moves at twice the speed, they almost seem like pets once they get used to humans. Almost everyone has experienced the joy of hand feeding one of these animals. They are trusting and friendly and will climb on people for a peanut or other snack. But Chipmunks in North America have their share of problems. They need to be wary of all sorts of predators like hawks, weasels, foxes, and cats. And like any other animal, they also have to worry about parasites. One of the most disgusting parasites that they are likely to encounter is the Bot Fly, or Cuterebra Fly. These insects lay their eggs on the ground near the burrow of a rodent such as a rabbit or chipmunk. The animal picks up the egg as it brushes past and the heat from its body causes the egg to hatch. The larva will then seek a place in the nose or around the neck of the host animal. There, it will burrow into the skin and begin to feed and grow. Although it is more common for this to happen with rodents, it commonly occurs with dogs and cats too, along with other animals. The maggot will usually leave a breathing hole which oozes fluid and it appears like a round, open wound. The larvae will grow for 3 to 8 weeks in the infected host. In cats, these larvae can migrate to the brain and cause a lot of serious problems. Although rarely fatal when found under the skin, like the one on this chipmunk, they are large, effective parasites that can rob a little creature of health and energy. They are also extremely disgusting creatures. This chipmunk is one of a family that live at a cottage in Parry Sound, Ontario. The cottage is owned by a veterinarian who loves all animals, including wildlife. When her young children spotted the chipmunk with what appeared to be a lump and small wound on its side, they told her what they had seen. Being certain that it was a Cuterebra, they managed to trap the chipmunk easily with a peanut and plastic bin. The little fellow was then placed inside a pillow case so that he could be restrained gently. Cutting a small hole in the pillowcase allowed access to the chipmunk's side so that the doctor could pull the maggot out with forceps. The chipmunk did not need anesthetic since there was already a hole in its side and the maggot could be slowly out. The hole left behind is a gaping cavity that is prone to infection. The veterinarian flushed and cleaned the wound and the chipmunk was released. Although he was happy to be free again, he was annoyed enough that he refused to take the peanut that they offered. He scurried away but returned soon after, collecting free peanuts happily, as usual. The wound healed over the next few days and the chipmunk was perfectly fine. Bot Fly larva, or Cuterebras are so loathsome that even this seasoned veterinarian finds them repulsive. Because they look just like small wounds until the maggot emerges, they are often seen, but not recognized in animals, including your pets!

Baby monkeys use family van for hilarious antics1m18s

Baby monkeys use family van for hilarious antics

Baby baboons are among the cutest and funniest creatures on the planet. They are energetic and mischievous and always full of fun. They chase each other constantly and climb on everything available, including other baboons. These baboons live on a vast safari where they are protected from predators, poachers, and any other threats that baboons face. They have a huge tract of land to roam freely and their existence is as close to a natural habitat as possible. They have access to veterinary care, preventative medicine, food supplementation when needed, as well as the safety provided by the controlled access that the fences provide. This leads to longer and healthier lives. It also allows for scientists to study the animals and their behavior, allowing for better conservation efforts and success in rebuilding struggling wild populations. The funds collected from paying guests who come to see the animals close up in a natural habitat will also fund conservation efforts worldwide. These adorable babies are enjoying a day of playing and frolicking while the older baboons relax and graze. Some safari guests are getting an extremely close look as the animals climb on their van and get a close look at the people too. The baboons are curious and they are happy to sit on the side of the van and peer inside at humans, as if they were the ones on display. This actually provides us with a better look at truly natural behavior. The babies have learned that door handles make a good spot to swing and pull themselves up on. One of them tries to climb on his brother as he is trying to climb onto the van. They take turns leaping off the side mirror onto the ground, only to run back to the van and do it all again. This van is like a new toy in their environment and a new thing to explore. The people inside are an added bonus. Imagine having the chance to view these clowns of the animal world playing only a few feet away!

Baby elephants & mothers dive underwater while crossing river2m18s

Baby elephants & mothers dive underwater while crossing river

Elephants thoroughly enjoy water. They bathe in it, lounge in it, spray it on themselves to cool off or get clean, and they happily wade or swim on a hot day. These elephants wanted to cross a river and they walked into the water and headed for the other side. But along the way, they did something beautiful. They began to submerge and swim under the surface. At times, they held their trunks high above the water like a snorkel and at other times, they completely disappeared, holding their breath before surfacing moments later. The elephants bobbed and turned, pushed and played with each other, much like human children do in the water. To see these gorgeous and majestic creatures having such a good time is heart warming. Once at the other side, they gathered and stood at the river bank. An occasional bellow could be heard and once or twice, a spray of water erupted from their snouts, although it wasn't captured on video. But what we can see here is the elephants venturing out happily into the water again for more fun. These two large elephants each have a baby here and the other one belongs to another mother elephant who was nearby at the time. Elephants are very protective of their young and will keep a close eye on the babies for as long as two years. They work together as a herd to assist in child rearing and protection. The calves will almost exclusively drink milk from their mothers for the first two years, consuming three gallons of milk per day. Even though they will start eating plants after two years, they will continue to nurse as part of their diet for up to ten years. Powerful and enormous, they have incredible strength. But elephants are also exceptionally affectionate and intelligent. Gentle creatures, females and young elephants live in herds of eight to 100 individuals. Males are more solitary and can be territorial, and occasionally unpredictable if they feel threatened. Like many large and majestic animals, the elephant is an endangered species in most areas. Hunting for ivory and trophies has decreased their population at an alarming rate. Doing what we can to discourage the ivory trade is crucial to ensure that these amazing creatures are with us for years to come. We must also protect their habitat and food supply.

Giraffes & rhinos casually cross road in front of car1m17s

Giraffes & rhinos casually cross road in front of car

Safaris are a fantastic way to see wildlife in a setting that is as close to their natural environment as possible. This game preserve protects endangered species by providing them with a large range to roam free while keeping them safe from predators and poachers at the same time. Allowing them to wander in a massive enclosed area not only gives them the freedom they need to live an enjoyable life, but it allows them to behave in much the same way that they would in the wild. Scientists and conservationists are able to study the animals and learn about their behavior, breeding, feeding habits, and more, so that these animals can lead a healthier life. This knowledge can also be used to help conserve populations of the same animals in the wilderness. Captive breeding also promotes a higher success rate and helps rebuild struggling populations. Safaris provide people with the opportunity to see these beautiful animals up close in a natural environment. Safe in an enclosed vehicle, people are in no danger and the animals are far less likely to consider their presence as an intrusion. The funds provided by guests who pay for such an experience go a long way toward conservation programs and re-population efforts. These safari goers had an incredible experience as they drove on the path leading through the grounds inhabited by several animals. A herd of giraffes, closely followed by several rhinoceros, casually strolled right across the road in front of them, giving them a perfect close up view.. Stopping to watch, they were only a few feet away from these massive and powerful animals. The giraffes towered over the vehicle and the rhinoceros gave them an unbelievably good look at their enormous size. Unconcerned with their presence, the animals sauntered along. A few even stopped to gaze at the occupants of the car curiously. This breath taking close encounter with such magnificent beasts was unforgettable. After an experience like this one, it is easy to become passionate about the protection of these, and other species at risk.

Lamborghini & supercar drivers get excited for special tunnel1m10s

Lamborghini & supercar drivers get excited for special tunnel

The North Face Rally is a group of supercar owners with big hearts. They use their beautiful machines to make dreams come true for deserving people. Whether it’s toy drives, fundraiser rallies or other events, when they get their cars together, there is often an effort to do some good for a cause. But there is also a fun aspect to their rallies and this one was no different. They left their home city of Toronto, headed for Montreal, and then on to Boston. Over 100 of the most incredible cars, including Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Koenigs, Paganis, Mercedes, Lexus’, and Corvette all lined up for the three day tour. One of the most fun parts of a gathering like this is the sound. The roar of these engines at full throttle is like listening to airplanes accelerating down a runway. The car owners get excited at the sound too and when they reach a long tunnel at Montreal that excitement builds. The echo created by the revving of a 650hp, ten cylinder engine can send a chill down a supercar fanatic’s spine. Most car fanatics have grown up admiring exotic, powerful cars since they were young. It’s a love affair that usually begins at an early age. For the true car lover, a part of them doesn’t really grow up. These club members are a little bit like grown boys when they get behind the wheel. The smiles light up their faces and their enthusiasm cannot be contained. One of the most amazing things about this club is that the members have all worked to be successful and to get their cars. They know the value of honest, hard work. They also know the value of helping others and more than anything else, they love to share their cars and use the machines to accomplish a lot of really good things.

Rescued constrictor snake puts itself to bed after feeding time57s

Rescued constrictor snake puts itself to bed after feeding time

Eastern Fox Snakes are a large species that are native to states in the Great Lakes area, as well as parts of Ontario, Canada. They are often confused with other large species, including the Massasauga Rattlesnake, a venomous and widely feared snake. Although Massasaugas are no serious threat to humans, ignorance and misinformation contributes to many deaths each year by fearful humans. The Eastern Fox Snake, with it's similar markings and intentional imitation of the more threatening Massasauga, is also killed by the ill-informed. Eastern Fox Snakes are a beneficial species and without them, the rodent population, especially rats would increase dramatically. This snake is a constrictor, using its body to coil around its prey. It will squeeze and suffocate large rodents and then swallow them whole. Growing to a length of 1.7m or 5 feet, they are more than capable of taking down a full grown rat or similar sized rodent. This snake was illegally kept as a pet by an unqualified owner who did not have the required permit or adequate knowledge to properly care for the animal. It was seized and turned over to the licensed rehab facility where it lives now. It cannot be released into the wild after being raised in captivity. The snake simply would not be able to integrate successfully into a wild population and it might not know how to hunt effectively in the wild. It would also be irresponsible to release a snake without knowing its genetics and which specific population it had descended from. Introducing new genetics to a wild population would have unpredictable and possibly catastrophic effects. This Fox Snake is actually very intelligent and it has already learned that the blue tub which is kept in its larger habitat offers it a confined and comfortable den. Similar to a shelter that it would seek out on the wild, this tub is its bed. After being fed and handled, the snake is quite content. As this young biologist prepares to put him back in his enclosure, the snake recognizes the den and makes a beeline for the opening. It takes several seconds for him to completely disappear as he smoothly slithers in and coils up for the night. This is similar to a dog or cat putting himself to bed after meal time. Even his handler was impressed with the snake's ability to recognize its home and to find the entrance.

Published: September 25, 20181,528 plays$1.75 earned
Thrilling downhill mountain bike ride ends in inevitable crash54s

Thrilling downhill mountain bike ride ends in inevitable crash

Mountain bike riding is a unique and beautiful sport. It combines the peacefulness of the forest with the thrill of the wind in your face. Whether it is done in the pursuit of fitness or for the sheer joy of the ride, cyclists all agree that time in the forest on a bike is hard to beat. In the case of downhill mountain biking, it can be an adrenaline pumping, heavy breathing thrill ride that is as exciting as skiing or snow boarding. But downhill mountain biking can also result in a crash or two. In fact, mountain bikers will often tell you that if they are not going over the handlebars at least once on a ride, they aren’t pushing the limits and testing themselves. This mountain biker was enjoying a long stretch of single track through the beautiful Ganaraska Forest in Southern Ontario. The leaves have just started to turn and the temperatures are perfect for a ride through the trees. It’s a remote section of forest and the only sounds he hears are the birds, the scampering of the odd chipmunk, and the leaves on the low hanging branches as they brush against his helmet or bicycle. A GoPro mounted on his helmet provides us with a view of exactly what the rider sees as he barrels down the path, over logs, around sharp bends, and between tree trunks that barely allow his handlebars to pass. The trail twists and turns unpredictably and he is going as fast as he dares to, trying to avoid a collision with any of the trees around him. As the cyclist rounds a bend and ducks under a fallen tree that is angled across the path, he is about to encounter a very sudden stop. A sharp stick and a small sapling lie across the trail and he cannot miss either. The stick strikes his front tire and the sapling tangles in his rear tire one after the other. The back wheel is stopped cold and the bike begins a complete skid that pitches the rider forward. We hear a grunt as he strikes the handlebars, launches over and rolls to his left, trying to avoid landing with a thud. Fortunately the sandy and mossy ground beside the trail is forgiving and he only has the wind knocked out of him. Eager to continue the ride, he tries to get back on the bike but finds the front tire is shredded and his ride is finished. But luckily, the walk back is also a peaceful and enjoyable experience too, because time in the forest on foot is also time well spent.

Published: September 24, 20182,558 plays$4.13 earned
Dog experiences sheer joy with head sticking out of sunroof25s

Dog experiences sheer joy with head sticking out of sunroof

Lily is a one year old golden doodle who is loving life. She runs around constantly, full of adventure and full of happiness. She will dig in the sand, chase salmon in the river behind her house and chase her tail. Like most dogs, she sees every day as a chance for new adventures and new fun. Lily loves the car and the prospect of going somewhere new and exciting. She eagerly jumps in as soon as the door opens and she is eager to see what is in store. She particularly loves to ride with her head out the sunroof. Lily loves the feeling of freedom as the wind blows her fur and caresses her skin, but comically, it also stretches her mouth and creates a very funny effect. It even makes her lips flap, creating a hilarious sound. Lily doesn't care about what it looks like or how it appears. She is just content to take in the smells rushing at her and soak up the sunshine. Nicole and Mike are a young couple who are also full of adventure and Lily is like their child. She goes everywhere with them and she fills their lives with laughter and joy. Lily has a lot of unusual and endearing personality quirks. She will silently steal bananas off the counter and nibble them in the dead of night. She sneaks sunglasses off of the coffee table and stashes them in her bed. She will also stare at her own reflection in the oven door for long periods of time, as if she is really enjoying just how beautiful she is. Lily even has her own Instagram following, delighting her fans with new antics every day. Lily shows us how to live life in the moment and how to enjoy all that it has to offer. She seems to have no worries and no cares beyond what is happening right now. We could all use a little of her philosophy in life.

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.

Published: September 23, 20183,516 plays$6.40 earned
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.

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.

Published: September 21, 201830,068 plays$28.34 earned
Tiny, furious reef fish chases away much larger Queen Triggerfish1m10s

Tiny, furious reef fish chases away much larger Queen Triggerfish

The Queen Triggerfish is one of the most beautiful, yet bizarre looking fish in the ocean. This gorgeous fish seemed to be interested in a sandy spot between patches of coral on the reef surrounding Little Cayman Island. It acted as if it was seeking a spot to build a nest, or it was possibly guarding eggs already laid in a nest. But another fish that was intent on guarding its own spot was lurking nearby. A Spotted Damselfish, known for its aggressive and territorial nature was angry about the presence of the larger fish. Each time the Queen Triggerfish ventured too close, the Spotted Damselfish reacted furiously, attacking the big fish and biting it. Unable to out-swim the smaller fish, the Queen Triggerfish was forced to swim away and try to avoid the little aggressor. But each time it returned to the spot that it was working at, the Spotted Damselfish emerged with renewed vigor and enthusiasm and put the run on it again. Spotted Damselfish are like the Pomeranians of the ocean. These are the dogs that are known as Lion Dogs, believed to be unaware of their small stature. They will bark and growl at much larger animals as if they have a hope of overpowering them. The Spotted Damselfish is equally aggressive and will even attack and bite a swimmer who ventures too close to their lair. This Queen Triggerfish is an interesting creature. They are highly intelligent and will cruiso over the reef in search of crabs or small conch shells, their favourite food. They blow water under shells or flip them over and watch for the creatures to emerge to right themselves. At that moment they will rush in and grab their prey. They use the same tactic for sea urchins to expose the underside where the spines are the shortest. They are also able to change colour to match their surroundings to aid in camouflage.

Mysterious underwater tunnels at Bloody Bay Wall, Cayman Islands2m05s

Mysterious underwater tunnels at Bloody Bay Wall, Cayman Islands

Scuba diving allows the adventurous to explore places that few people will ever see. The allure of the deep is powerful and those who seek the thrills offered by diving are eager to answer the call. The ocean provides a look at new landscapes and new creatures, unlike anything that can be experienced above the surface. Little Cayman Island offers some of the most beautiful dive sites in the world. The island was formed by volcanic action as rock shot straight up from the ocean floor millions of years ago. The island is surrounded by a coral reef that grew on this volcanic rock long ago. A diver venturing out over the edge of the reef is met with an abyss that plunges an incredible 6,000 feet almost straight down. The vast blue emptiness can send a chill down a person's spine as they slip over the wall and descend to the depths below. But there is another way to travel from the shallows to the deep. The coral and rock around this island has a number of tunnels that lead down into the rock and curve out toward the open ocean. Cave diving and exploring tunnels is a way to take the thrills to a new level as divers squeeze through dark and narrow caverns and passageways that lead out over the wall. It is not for the faint of heart. Advanced divers undergo serious training and preparation for diving such as this. They have practiced under controlled conditions so that they will be able to react proper;y f they encounter trouble. In the middle of a tunnel, there will be no going to the surface, even if their air supply fails. They will need to rely on their skills and their partner's ability to solve their problem until they can exit the tunnels and make their way carefully back to the boat. These divers will explore a part of the earth that has only been seen by a few hundred people. The huge sponges that have made their home here have been growing and filtering the ocean for food for over 500 years. Some have been here since before the island saw its first human settlement in the 1700s when a fishing village began. These sponges are actually animals, although their stationary existence might have us confuse them with plants. The tunnels are also home to corals, lobsters, crabs, shrimp, and strange and wonderful fish. Scuba diving on its own is a unique adventure, but exploring hidden passages and seeing creatures within is an experience that is unforgettable.

Giant barracuda poses for video and then flashes teeth44s

Giant barracuda poses for video and then flashes teeth

Great barracuda are enormous and intimidating fish. They can grow to 6 feet in length and weigh as much as 55 pounds. With a mouth full of huge, razor sharp teeth, they are a scary sight. But the seasoned scuba diver knows that they are no threat to people. They often venture close to divers or allow a respectful approach for a close up look. Barracuda have few predators when they reach maturity and they swim casually over the reef, unafraid. This is for for good reason. Few creatures would ever consider them a source of food. A 6 foot long barracuda doesn't even need to fear humans. Even if a person wanted to tangle with one, the meat is often inedible due to the buildup of toxin called ciguatera. The source of this poison is a type of plankton. Consumed by fish and then passed up the food chain, the concentrations of ciguatera are higher in predators at the top of the chain. Barracuda will often swim along beside or behind scuba divers for several reasons. Believing that humans might be likely to kill a fish, they will often wait for the possibility of scraps becoming available. They also hope for opportunities created by the distraction that divers present to other fish. This might turn into an opportunity of an ambush of a fish. People are understandably terrified of the fish, mistaking their interest as predatory and dangerous. While there have been incidents involving barracuda biting people, it is very rare and almost always the case of mistaken identity. Barracuda are also rumored to be attracted by shiny objects that may appear to be the scales of a fish. With the huge canine like teeth that a barracuda possesses, the mouth is a frightening sight to anyone. The barracuda will often open it's mouth wide and snap it shut several times. As it appears, this is threatening behavior that may be caused by the perception that the barracuda's territory is being invaded or that the approach is making the fish uncomfortable. It is also a dominance behavior, an effort to remind other fish that the barracuda is the boss in that area. Once they become convinced that the barracuda will not normally attack, divers take great delight in seeing one such as this one so close up. Here, a careful and respectful approach has paid off and the barracuda stares curiously into the camera for a minute or so before drifting away. As he does, he flashes those impressive teeth and shows off a row of spikes as large as a very big dog's. Barracuda are capable of impressive bursts of speed and can easily distance themselves from a diver with a few rapid strokes of their powerful tails. This barracuda was certainly not worried about the divers sharing his spot over the coral.

Scottish man thinks newscaster is drunk again39s

Scottish man thinks newscaster is drunk again

Stuart likes watching the news, like all of us. And like many of us, he occasionally encounters challenges with technology. We've all been there at one time or another. When his new TV PVR plays the news back on slow motion, Stuart's impression is that the newscaster has been drinking. His family are watching the news with him and they also know that something is wrong with the broadcast. Listening to the meteorologist explaining the coming weather, we can easily see how he got that impression. Her speech is slow and draggy, as if she has become very intoxicated before delivering the weather forecast. Family members in the room immediately begin laughing and they explain that the show is on slow motion. With a straight face, Stuart continues to watch. At this point, his daughter asks him if the weather lady has been drinking. He concludes with confidence that they are "pissed as farts", a Scottish expression that means she is completely intoxicated. Stuart has a sense of humor that never stops. It's impossible to know if he accepted their explanation or remained convinced that he was correct. Either way, his family are enjoying a hearty laugh at the dialogue. Able to find the humor in any situation, life with Stuart is a constant laugh. His charming accent and deadpan delivery makes everything even funnier. In fact, the Scottish accent has been called the most amusing accent there is, often making a mildly amusing situation cause for a complete belly laugh. Stuart doesn't mind being the source of amusement and he's got the ability to laugh at himself, along with everybody else. His quick wit and serious expressions keep everyone constantly in stitches.