BUT UNLIKE SOME OF THEIR FEROCIOUS COUSINS LIKE THE GREAT WHITE – WHALE SHARKS ARE GENTLE GIANTS, HARMFUL ONLY TO THE TINY FISH AND PLANKTON THEY EAT.
THEY WEIGH UP TO ABOUT 40,000 POUNDS AND TYPICALLY GROW BETWEEN TWENTY TO FIFTY TWO FEET – THAT'S BIGGER THAN A DOUBLE DECKER BUS.
BUT THESE MAJESTIC CREATURES ARE VULNERABLE.
OVER FISHING PUTS THEM AT RISK OF EXTINCTION BEFORE SCIENTISTS ARE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THEM.
SOUNDBITE (English) Alex Hearn, San Francisco University of Quito
"So this whole portions of the population that we don't really have much access to so scientists or several scientists have often referred to them as a kind of a mystery species. "
MOSTLY YOUNG MALES ARE FOUND IN NUMEROUS WARM WATER LOCATIONS.
BUT A GROUP OF BIOLOGIST NOTICED SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS.
SOUNDBITE (English): Alex Hearn, San Francisco University of Quito
"The Galapagos marine reserve is a fantastic place as a scientist, it's the cradle of evolution. And it's one of the last remaining bastions of those huge schools of hammer head sharks, you know it's a healthy marine ecosystem. And it's also highly variable."
KNOWING MORE ABOUT THESE FEMALES WILL HELP PIECE TOGETHER MISSING PARTS OF THE SPECIES' LIFE CYCLE.
SOUNDBITE (English): Alex Hearn, San Francisco University of Quito
"To understand the science of sexual maturity, to understand how often they are mating, where they are mating. Their pupping ground. What is their mortality like, their early life stages. There's a lot of information that we still don't know yet "
RESEARCHERS TAGGED SEVERAL SHARKS IN THE GALAPAGOS WITH TRACKERS TO FIGURE OUT WHERE THE FEMALES ARE GOING.
WHEN THEY LOOK AT SHARK LOCATIONS WITH WATER TEMPERATURE DATA, THEY DISCOVER SOMETHING INTERESTING.
IN THE VAST OPEN OCEAN, THE SHARKS ARE MOVING ENTIRELY BETWEEN TWO AREAS WHERE WARM AND COLD WATER MEET.
AREAS LIKE THESE ARE WHERE A MARINE PATTERN CALLED UPWELLING TAKES PLACE.
STRONG WINDS BLOW WARMER SURFACE WATER ALONG THE EQUATOR DRIVING COLDER, NUTRIENT RICH WATER TO THE SURFACE FROM BELOW.
THESE AREAS ARE GOOD PLACES FOR WHALE SHARKS TO FEED, BUT SOME SCIENTISTS DON'T BELIEVE THAT'S WHY THEY ARE FOLLOWING THE UPWELLING.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Alex Hearn, San Francisco University of Quito
"If there was a food source they would have thought that they'd be spending a lot longer. You would have thought that you'd see them feeding. So that's not happening. "
THE SHARKS COULD BE TRAVELING TO THESE AREAS TO GIVE BIRTH FAR AWAY FROM POTENTIAL PREDATORS, BUT NOBODY IS COMPLETELY SURE.
WHALE SHARKS MOVE FAST AND DIVE DEEP. IT ISN'T LONG BEFORE MANY OF THE TRACKERS DROP OFF, MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO COLLECT ENOUGH DATA TO CONFIRM THE SHARKS' EXACT BEHAVIOR.
BUT WITH THE DATA THEY ARE ABLE TO COLLECT, SCIENTISTS DISCOVERED A RECURRING SEASONAL TRAVEL PATTERN PERFORMED BY PREGNANT FEMALE WHALE SHARKS, A PREVIOUSLY UNDERREPORTED SUBSET OF THE WHALE SHARK POPULATION.
KNOWING WHERE THE PREGNANT FEMALES ARE TRAVELING COULD YIELD A WEALTH OF INFORMATION TIED TO THE WHALE SHARK'S EARLY LIFE AND ITS PRECIOUS HABITATS.
GETTING SCIENTISTS ONE STEP CLOSER TO UNDERSTANDING THE LIFE CYCLE OF THIS MYSTERIOUS ANIMAL.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Alex Hearn, San Francisco University of Quito
"It is really important to understand the movements the migratory patterns of these species if we wish to protect them in a meaningful way."
Cat and Owner Perform Secret Handshake Tony.xu 2018-04-190 views Jonesy the cat was excited to perform an intricate handshake with his owner. After giving his owner several high fives with his paws, he jumped through a circle that his owner made with their arms.
It said the wounded were taken to a state hospital for threatment, adding the cause of fire remained unknown.
Footage shot by local news outlet Izmir Haber showed a woman falling down as she tried to cross to an adjacent building as flames engulfed the hotel. Another woman was seen jumping off the balcony to avoid the flames.
Addressing supporters in Richfield, Ohio, Trump said it was time to "let other people take care of" fighting the ISIS terrorist group and that soon, one hundred percent of its so-called caliphate would be taken back.
France has insisted the terrorists remain a threat to international security and wants the United States to stay until they are vanquished.
Trump also reiterated that he had been against the war in Iraq from the beginning.
This shocking footage shows the moment an unmarked police vehicle caught a lorry driver writing notes on an A4 pad while DRIVING.
The footage captured by Greater Manchester Police captured the dangerous driver using the notepad while travelling along the M6.
The brazen driver is seemingly oblivious to being filmed and continues to make notes during the 30-second clip captured by Highways England.
John Walford, incident prevention manager at Highways England, said: “We began the HGV cab initiative three years ago as part of the work we’re doing to improve safety on motorways and major A roads, and we’ve been impressed by the impact it has had.
“Police officers have pulled over more than 5,000 drivers for offences which could have resulted in serious collisions, either because road users have got into bad habits or are simply ignoring the law.
“We’ve found that the vast majority of drivers are sensible behind the wheel but some are putting themselves."
The cab has stopped a total of 5,408 drivers in relation to 6,257 offences and Highways England is funding for three new cabs to patrol motorways across England, with wide-angle cameras to capture unsafe driving behaviour.
The most common offences filmed using the unmarked HGV cab include using a mobile phone, not wearing a seatbelt, speeding and drivers not in proper control of their vehicles.
The cabs allow police officers to film evidence of unsafe driving by pulling up alongside vehicles.
Drivers are then pulled over by police cars following behind.
One driver pulled over by Devon and Cornwall Police was found to have sent 10 replies to 10 texts within one hour while a motorist in Surrey was seen trying to put toothpaste on a toothbrush.
Another driver in the East Midlands was spotted steering with his knees while he ate his lunch and used his mobile phone.
Last year, the Government doubled the penalty for drivers caught using their phones at the wheel.
Motorists now receive six points on their licence and a £200 fine.
The drills took place near Japan's Okinawa on March 23.
It’s the first showing of the stealth aircraft on an amphibious carrier in international waters.
11. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. NAVY REAR ADMIRAL, BRAD COOPER, SAYING: "This is a historic deployment.… This represents what I believe is the most significant leap in war-fighting capability of our lifetime."
The U.S. Air Force version of the F-35 is already flying from bases in Japan.
The addition of the F-35B will replace aging Harrier jump jets.
13. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. NAVY REAR ADMIRAL, BRAD COOPER, SAYING: “It gives our senior leaders and commanders just more options from humanitarian assistance, all the way through all our missions we may be asked to perform for combat operations. We come better prepared and we can simply do more."
Quokka Likes Face Massage Tony.xu 2018-03-2311 views This quokka approached a group of people hoping that they would give it some food. However, when one of the humans gave it a face massage, it immediately forgot about the food and fell into bliss.
Guy Proposes to Girlfriend While Tandem Skydiving Tony.xu 2018-03-210 views This couple went skydiving together above Lake Elsinore, CA. They were having fun free falling, but the girl didn't expect her boyfriend to pop the question during their descent. Once she saw the ring, she burst into tears of joy and accepted his proposal surrounded by family and friends when they landed.
Police Rescue Woman Sleeping in Car Illegally Tony.xu 2018-03-200 views FLORIDA -- Marion County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) Deputy Jarrick Donely responded to an auto dealership located at the 1800th block of South Pine Avenue in reference to a suspicious incident. Upon arrival, Deputy Donely located the defendant, Dolores A. Graham, locked inside one of the vehicles listed for sale on the lot.
Graham told deputies that she illegally entered the car to sleep and locked herself inside. She had tossed a cigarette underneath the front seat of the car, which caught on fire. Graham stated she was unable to unlock the doors so she attempted to smash out the front windshield with her hands and feet.
Sgt. Micah Moore responded to the scene and was able to get Graham to press the correct unlock button and he removed her from the vehicle.
A fire extinguisher was then used to put the fire out. Graham was transported to the Marion County Jail and has been charged with Burglary of an Unoccupied Structure and Felony Criminal Mischief.
Browning, who also serves as the Chief Test Pilot of his company Gravity Industries, set the world record for the "fastest speed in a body controlled jet engine body suit" when he reached 32.02 mph (51.53 km/h) in 2017.
The rocket man was not after another world record on Monday, as he sped along "Velocity", which is the longest zip-line in Europe and the fastest in the world, and instead focused on testing the high speed capabilities of his new human propulsion flight suit.
Browning and his team have spent the winter working on refining their suit technology to allow him to fly at greater speeds with more stability.
"Flying up the wire you're under your own power and if I turn the power down at any point I start rolling back. So it's all down to the thrust of the suit produces. As soon as I get to the top of the point I want to turn around then it's just down to gravity and I can control, to a degree, the manoeuvrability as I come down but really that's just all in the hands of gravity," he explained.
Riders usually reach top speeds above 100mph (160,93 km/h) on the Velocity.
"Trying to fly this is very hard to describe because it's unlike anything else really that I can describe, really. I mean, you are spooling up a thousand horsepower of jet engine power and then manipulating it such that you can move around the sky almost anywhere you want to go. It is it is indescribable. The experience of that kind of complete free form of flight," Browning said after the flight.
Monday's event was also closely followed by Guinness World Records, who are featuring Browning in their new book "Science & Stuff", hoping his achievements will help inspire a new generation of technology innovators.
The Spanish city of Valencia ended its five-day annual festival known as 'Las Fallas' on Monday (March 19) at midnight setting alight and burning hundreds of giant sculptures made of wood, cardboard, plaster and paper-mache as thousands of locals and tourists watched and celebrated.
The focus of the festival is the creation and destruction of giant 'ninots' (puppets or dolls). 'Las Fallas' translates as 'the fires' in Valencian lingo.
Every year the different districts of Valencia build a "falla", which takes the whole year to design, build and paint, and compete for the first prize in the city's contest.
There are also sculptures designed for children which compete in the "children's fallas."
The big paper-mache statues usually represent Spanish political events in an ironic and sarcastic way, poking fun at politicians, celebrities and local and international events.
Every year one Falla is saved from the flames thanks to people's votes, and it is moved to The Museum of the Fallero Artist for posterity.
The celebration is thought to have originated from pagan festivals celebrating the end of the winter and is also considered a homage to Saint Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, builders of the sculptures.
Fawn Stranded on Ice Rescued Tony.xu 2018-03-190 views Finnish Border Guards have posted a video on social media of a rescue operation to save a fawn stranded on the ice on the Inkoo archipelago in southern Finland.
Coast Guards spotted the fawn during a regular patrol onboard their hovercraft on Saturday.
The video shows Kristian Rastedt pulling the fawn over the ice back to shore before giving the thumbs up after the fawn rushes into the woods.
The Coast Guards said while animal rescue missions are not part of their everyday duties they do occur from time to time.
The agency said it was reviewing 425,000 2012-2013 Kia Forte and 2011 Hyundai Sonata cars. It also said it will determine if any other manufacturers used similar air bag control units and if they posed a safety risk.
Hyundai Motor Co issued a recall last month for 154,753 U.S. Sonatas after non-deployment reports were linked to electrical overstress in the air bag control unit, but said it did not have a final fix yet.
Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor said the South Korean automaker is aware of reports of two deaths in its vehicles, which he said occurred in head-on collisions at extremely high rates of speed. Trainor said the automaker is working with the NHTSA in the investigation, and that it has not seen any issues with any vehicle apart from the 2011 Sonata.
"We are working on getting the fix as fast we can," Trainor said.
NHTSA, which announced the start of the probe in documents posted on a government website, said it was aware of six crashes in which six people were injured when air bags failed to deploy in frontal crashes, including four in 2011 Hyundai Sonatas and two in 2012 and 2013 Kia Fortes. The 2013 Forte crash occurred in Canada.
The agency said the air bag control module was built by ZF Friedrichshafen-TRW, a German auto supplier that acquired TRW Automotive Holdings Corp in 2015. A ZF spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.
Kia Motors Corp did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
NHTSA said it believed that the 2012-2013 Forte cars also use similar air bag control units supplied by ZF-TRW.
The agency also said that electrical overstress appeared to be the root cause in a 2016 recall by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of 1.4 million U.S. vehicles for air bag non-deployments in significant frontal crashes.
Ahead of the feast day, Tourism Ireland released footage of some of the global icons being given the green light treatment in 2017.
Some of the famous sites illuminated with green light included the Great Wall of China, the Niagara Falls, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and the leaning tower of Pisa and Rome's Colosseum in Italy. Venues and attractions from Finland and Serbia to the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand were also turned green during last year's celebrations.
St. Patrick's Day, honouring the patron saint of Ireland, is celebrated on March 17.
Cat Falls off Bed While Cuddling with Husky Tony.xu 2018-03-16954 views This orange cat tried to get comfortable with a husky by cuddling next to it on the bed. However, there wasn't enough room for the both of them and the cat wound up accidentally falling off the bed.
Chinese reporter in hot water for viral eye-roll Tony.xu 2018-03-150 views A TV reporter's theatrical eye-roll during another journalist's question at a news conference stole the show this week during China's annual parliament session at the National People's Congress (NPC), exploding on Chinese social media before censors intervened.
Liang Xiangyi, a TV reporter from financial news, stands next to Zhang Huijun, who was asking a 45-second question. She rolls her eyes multiple times, looks Zhang up and down and then turns away with another dismissive eye-roll.
Televised nationwide, the incident was seen by millions and quickly spawned GIFs, video clips, and parodies across China's vibrant but tightly controlled social media sites before many of the postings were removed. Liang's name also became flagged by censors.
3. A COMMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA (Chinese): "She might think the question asked by the lady next to her is a very stupid and ignorant one" 5. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 21-YEAR-OLD BEIJING RESIDENT, ZHENG XINRUI, SAID: "I think (the reason) doesn't need to be explained, I think no one appreciates the original ones (journalist's questions), because they all sound the same, and there're no highlights. Although this one is a bit funny, it differs from the others." (REPORTER) "So they were all the same in the past?" "Yes." (REPORTER) "Why do you think this became popular?" "To be yourself." 7. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 24-YEAR-OLD BEIJING RESIDENT, GUO KAI, SAID: "I think the lady is speaking out what she thinks, I think she is very brave and she deserves praise. Right? Thank you!"
The management of financial news ordered Liang to immediately return to the office and explain her actions. Liang may lose her job for undermining Zhang's public image.
There are rumors that Liang’s media license was revoked by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People's Republic of China (SAPPRFT) because her actions had caused an adverse effect on the annual parliament session.
The journalist, Zhang Huijun, was a former reporter at CCTV. She currently works for AMTV, based in the United States. AMTV only has 134 followers on social media and is believed to be one of the Chinese Communist Party’s mouthpiece media outlets outside of China.