Nature at its finest can be a thing of beauty. Here's pictures of the bloody carnage that results.

Kayakers recall deadly crocodile attack in Africa

Not related to the story but you get the point. 

A story from the newspaper:

Kayakers recall deadly crocodile attack in Africa

For weeks, three kayakers exploring a series of rivers through the heart of Africa had come together in close defensive formation designed to ward off hippo and crocodile attacks whenever they paddled the quiet green glides between thundering stretches of whitewater.

The boaters - two Americans and a South African - traveled some 1600km of river this way, through the densest concentrations of man-killing wildlife in the world.

They were paddling in synchronous strokes, just over a metre from each other, on a quiet stretch of the Lukuga River in Congo when a crocodile slipped up from behind and ripped trip leader Hendri Coetzee from his tiny red plastic boat.

With no time to do anything but say "Oh, my God!" Coetzee was gone, hauled beneath the green water never to be seen again.

"The crocodile just pulled him right underwater," Chris Korbulic told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Reno, Nevada, where he was visiting his brother. "I think we both were just in complete shock and disbelief and absolutely horrified at what had just happened."

For about 20 seconds after the crocodile grabbed Coetzee by the shoulder and overturned his boat, the craft shook as the crocodile pulled him from the tight-fitting cockpit, Korbulic said.

Korbulic and Ben Stookesberry got off the river, composed themselves, then continued downstream, taking out at a village. Coetzee's body has never been found and he is presumed dead.

Stookesberry, 32, and Korbulic, 24, are world-class kayakers who have gone where no boat has gone before to navigate the melting snows of the Himalayas in Northern Pakistan and India, towering waterfalls in Brazil, and boulder-stewn creeks in Costa Rica, California and British Columbia.

With primary sponsorship from Eddie Bauer Inc.`s First Ascent line of outdoor gear, they had partnered with Coetzee, a top whitewater guide based in Uganda, to follow the White Nile, Lukuga and Congo rivers through snowcapped mountains, steaming jungles, and rolling hills covered in elephant grass.

They also hoped to bring attention to the crisis of millions of people dying from poor water quality in a region overflowing with water.

Hyenas: lack a certain appeal


How cute am I eh?
All the various Hyena species are hunters and scavenger that are known for their fossicking and foraging on the African plains, preying on the sick, dying and the leftovers of lions. One species of hyena, the aardwolf, however, eats termites!
Hyena are known as the dirty dogs of the animal kingdom. They have extremely strong jaws in relation to their body size and have a very powerful digestive system with highly acidic fluids, making them capable of eating and digesting their entire prey, including skin, teeth, horns and bones. 
Hyena have a poor reputation. Let's just say the bad light that hyena were portrayed in The Lion King was nothing to their real world savagery.


Here's some pictures of a hyena feasting on a ill wildebeast. Look at the below picture, the poor beast is still alive as the hyena feed upon it. Look at that face, those dark eyes.... they remind me of a blind date I went on once. I had nightmares for months after that. The horror, the horror...


Because the hyena's digestive system deals very well with bacteria, they have no aversion to and readily eat carrion which may have been left cooking under the African sun for some time. Like this zebra:



Shenzi and Banzai enjoy a zebra sandwhich



You can almost guarantee this zebra was not taken down the the hyena pack, note the pecking order - lions first, hyena next and then the Carrion Cleaners of Africa, the ever hovering vultures.

Orca eat stingrays in Tauranga

Orca feeding on Stingray

Here's a cool story of orca's trying to catch sting rays in Tauranga Harbour, Bay of Plenty.

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Hundreds of people watched in awe as about 10 orcas ventured deep into Tauranga Harbour hunting food on Tuesday.

Office workers and school children came to the water's edge as the pod drifted under the Matapihi footbridge towards the Waimapu Estuary, sending stingrays scrambling into the shallows.

It was the latest in a number of orca sightings in Tauranga waters in the past fortnight,

By 9.30am more than 50 people had gathered on the footbridge with cameras.

One of the last adult orcas to cruise back under the footbridge offered plenty of photo opportunities as it surfaced three times, presenting a huge dorsal fin and glimpses of its gleaming black-and-white back.

Two classes of Tauranga Primary School pupils had already planned a morning's fishing when they wandered down to see the orca frolicking on the other side of the harbour.

Nine-year-old George Goodchap said he had already seen a five-metre orca up close while out fishing, but it was his classmate Taylor Lamont's first orca encounter. "They're big with pretty cool fins," she said.

Orca researcher and whale expert Dr Ingrid Visser said stingrays - which she called "orca chocolate" - were what had attracted the pod.

"Like any animal, they're driven by food, sex and shelter, and in the case of orcas coming into Tauranga Harbour they're there for food. Stingrays are very attractive to New Zealand orcas and they'll go to great lengths to get them."

She said it was "always very, very special" for people to see them.

Yesterday's sighting came after orcas were spotted off Papamoa Domain, at Omokoroa and around Sulphur Point and Pilot Bay last week.

Department of Conservation biodiversity programme manager Chris Clark said orcas were usually seen around the entrance to Sulphur Point and off Otumoetai.

Mr Clark reminded people that orcas were protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which prohibited people from approaching within 50m of them.

"If the whale chooses to come closer, then so be it, but people in boats should not approach them."

Dr Visser welcomed calls when anyone spotted orcas. Her hotline is 0800 SEE ORCA (0800 733-6722).

Story from NZ Herald

Cat versus Alligator Video

Check out this video of a most courageous cat taking on one and then two hungry alligators. Rawr! The claws come out at one stage as the cat takes a swipe at the alligator's snout!



It would seem the cat was possibly defending the humans? Hard to say with out the context. The Alligators can't have been too hungry as they surely could have had that cat in their jaws with one quick snap? Maybe they don't move as fast on land as in water. Still... that's one brave cat!
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