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New species of sunfish discovered by scientist in New Zealand






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Of all things, Marianne Nyegaard didn’t expect to find a new species of sunfish — the heaviest of all bony fishes.

The PhD student from Murdoch University in Western Australia made the discovery while researching the population genetics of ocean sunfish off the coast of Bali in Indonesia.

Previously undescribed, it’s called the Hoodwinker Sunfish (Mola tecta). The fish has long eluded recognition from researchers, despite the species weighing in excess of two tonnes, and growing to three metres in length.  Read more…

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Seal pup found on farm is a long, long way from home






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Seals having a wander inland are an occasional occurrence, but this cub is perhaps a little too young to go walkabout.

Dee Knapp from Invercargill, New Zealand was looking for new lambs on his property when he saw what initially appeared to be an injured bird, reported the New Zealand Herald.

It turned out to be a baby seal, and boy, it was a long way away from home, as per a video uploaded by Knapp to Facebook.

“Well blow me away, it’s a baby seal in the middle of my paddock, in the middle of nowhere,” Knapp told the newspaper.  Read more…

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Today in nature is scary, here’s a crocodile dragging an entire cow through the water






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You know not to play around with crocodiles.

Especially when they can drag an entire cow through the water, as witnessed in a video uploaded onto the Facebook page of Trip In A Van, who said the moment happened during a fishing trip in the Kimberley, Western Australia. 

“We follow him with the drone as he swims down the river with his lunch,” the post reads.

“He eventually gets the shits with the drone buzzing around him and tries to pull the cow underwater. An amazing display of how powerful these big creatures are!”

The animal was estimated to be about 5 or 6 metres (16 or 17 feet) long, and once again, a creature you definitely don’t want to get too close to. Read more…

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Giant Australian spider hitches a ride to the UK, gives mover quite the shock






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Another Australian has moved to the UK.

This one, however, was a giant Australian huntsman spider, much to a British removalist’s horror.

The huge spider was discovered in a shipping container, used to move family belongings from Brisbane to the town of Merstham, located south of London.

The 18 centimetre (7 inch) specimen managed to survive after three months on the road and more than 16,000 kilometres (10,000 miles) of travel, BBC News reported.

“I had three guys unloading, one ran about two miles up the road when he first saw it,” Dave Aldridge, manager at Britannia Movers International, told the news outlet. Read more…

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You’re going to want to visit the Northern Territory after watching these videos






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Raise your hand if you’ve been to the Northern Territory before. 

Thought so. 

We’re all guilty of getting a little too comfortable where we currently are, so it can take some serious motivation to go anywhere else. Or you’ll go all out and travel to another country, because who wants to stay in Australia? You already live here. You’ve seen it.

You’ll convince yourself that you’re totally fine in your state, and that every other state must be just like it, no matter how bad it is. (And let’s be honest, it probably isn’t the best … Unless you’re in the Northern Territory … ‘Cause then it totally is the best.)  Read more…

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New findings reveal humans have been in Australia earlier than we thought






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The Indigenous people of Australia have lived there for a very, very long time, but just how long has been a source of contention.

Now there’s perhaps a more concrete answer. New evidence published in the journal Nature points to humans inhabiting Australia for 65,000 years — much earlier than the 47,000 years estimated by some archaeologists.

It’s the result of more than 10,000 artefacts discovered at the lowest layer of a site called the Madjedbebe rock shelter, which uncovers some of the complex behaviour of the earliest modern humans. Read more…

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Top surfer attacked by shark 2 years ago has a close call in the exact same spot






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They say lightning never strikes twice, but it was certainly a close call for Australian surfer Mick Fanning.

The World Surf League at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa was temporarily placed on hold Wednesday, when a 3 metre great white shark swam near Fanning and Gabriel Medina during the quarter-finals of the competition. 

Both surfers were plucked out of the water by safety teams, as staff tracked the shark until it left the area.

It’s the same place Fanning famously came face-to-face with another great white shark on the same day back in 2015. Read more…

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Google Home now has an Australian accent






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Google Home wants to be Australian like football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars.

The voice-activated smart home device is set to launch in the country on Thursday, shipping with a distinctly Australian twang and an understanding of the local vernacular.

“We’ve done a lot to make sure Google Home feels, sounds and looks Aussie,” Raunaq Shah, Google Home Product Manager in Australia, said.

You can ask Google Home’s Australian assistant where the nearest Maccas is, and it’ll respond if you ask it to play some Acca Dacca (that’s McDonald’s and AC/DC, for those playing at home.) Read more…

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Australian foreign minister not so sure if Trump himself is in “good shape”






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Let’s be honest: no one except Congress has the power to “shut President Trump down,” not even J.K. Rowling.

What leaders can do, however, is humiliate him — fairly and squarely, as Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop recently did. 

Last week, Trump told the French president’s wife, Brigitte Macron, that she was in “good shape” — prompting condemnation from people all around the world, except for Republicans in Congress.

When asked how she would respond if Trump said the same thing to her, Bishop told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation this: Read more…

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