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Massive Humpback Whale Astonishes Kayakers Just Off Coast

whalethumbHey, a bunch of kayakers off the coast of Alaska just bumped into your mom!  Jokes. But honestly, look at this size of this humpback whale in all its mysterious glory. Here in the UK we seldom come across such large creatures (except at your mom’s house!) and therefore marvel at such footage. Taken near

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Hey, a bunch of kayakers off the coast of Alaska just bumped into your mom! 

Jokes. But honestly, look at this size of this humpback whale in all its mysterious glory.

Here in the UK we seldom come across such large creatures (except at your mom’s house!) and therefore marvel at such footage.

Taken near Fox Island outside of Seward, Alaska, Cara Wallschlaeger and guide Andrew Smith were enjoying a simple kayak when they chanced upon the beast.

As they had the morning off, they decided to venture out to Rugged Island where orcas were known to knock about.

As they were paddling out, the pair saw a familiar humpback whale breaching many times far off in the distance. As they were in between Hive and Fox island, Cara and Andrew were able to get close to this whale a few times, doing a sounding dive within paddle reach of Andrew’s kayak.

Excited by how close they were getting, and also needing to head back for our afternoon trip, the two decided to turn back north. The whale came up next to them a few more times and continued to manoeuvre sideways and even underneath our kayaks.

Cara said:

Thankfully, I had my phone ready as can be seen in the video as he manoeuvred sideways through the water right in front of me in my kayak. My heart was definitely pounding!

Quite the week for humpback whales, huh? Not far from Alaska, in Canada, one of the plucky swimmers swam right up to some lodgers. That’s folk staying in a lodge not that bloke who sleeps in your spare room and always gives your mom a wink.

In an incredible and dramatic scene captured on camera, a collection of the marine mammals made an appearance just off the edge of the dock of a lodge in Canada, with a group of onlookers watched excitedly from the Great Bear Lodge in Port Hardy, British Columbia, as the whales splashed around in the water.

Presumably having spotted what was happening, the visitors at the lodge gathered on the dock and were near enough beside themselves as they realised that they were about to see humpback whales up close and personal.

Staring at a circle of bubbles in anticipation of all your moms, the onlookers remained silent, probably praying that the whales didn’t bugger off before they could take a pic for bragging rights on the ‘Gram.

One of the women pointed towards the water, and seconds later two humpbacks burst from the depths. Everyone was loving it.

Two of the women high-fived at their luck, and turned back to the water just in time to see the whales rise up one last time before dipping back into the sea.

The lodge’s Instagram page posted about the spectacular event.

The caption read:

What an amazing morning – humpbacks came for breakfast! We’ve never seen them this close to the lodge before, and so fantastic to see them bubble netting. Nearly as good as the whales was the reaction of our guide, @Marlosha, who was pretty excited! The guests didn’t mind being woken up for this.

Magical things aren’t they?

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Wildlife Official Slammed For Posing With Dead Animals He Killed On Hunting Trip

Hunter A>An Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner has come under fire after posing with animals he had killed during a Namibia hunting trip.

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An Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner has come under fire after posing with animals he had killed during an African hunting trip.

It is believed Commissioner Blake Fischer and his wife shot at least 14 animals during their time in Namibia. Fischer emailed photographs of himself smiling broadly alongside his kills, apparently expecting an appreciative response.

The photographs, which were received by one hundred friends and colleagues, show how Fischer had killed a leopard, giraffe, impala, sable antelope, waterbuck, warthog, kudu, gemsbok (oryx) and eland.

In one particularly disturbing photo, Fischer can be seen grinning as he sits behind the bodies of an entire family of baboons, including a baby. He had reportedly killed them using a bow and arrow, and captioned the picture, ‘So I shot a whole family of baboons’.

His predecessor Fred Trevey has now called upon Fischer to step down from his position within the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, a commission which makes policy decisions relating to Idaho’s wildlife.

As reported by the Idaho Statesman, Trevey – who served as a Fish and Game Commissioner from 2007 to 2015 – sent Fischer an email where he told him to resign.

According to this email, Trevey believed Fischer’s resignation would help ‘shield the commission as an institution and hunting as a legitimate tool of wildlife management from the harm that is sure to come’.

Trevey wrote:

I’m sure what you did was legal, however, legal does not make it right, Sportsmanlike behavior is the center pin to maintaining hunting as a socially acceptable activity.

He continued:

I have a difficult time understanding how a person privileged to be an Idaho Fish and Game commissioner can view such an action as sportsmanlike and an example to others.

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Fischer, who has held his position for four years, has reportedly since apologised for sending the photographs but has not apologised for the hunt itself:

I didn’t do anything illegal. I didn’t do anything unethical. I didn’t do anything immoral,

I look at the way Idaho’s Fish and Game statute says we’re supposed to manage all animals for Idaho, and any surplus of animals we have we manage through hunting, fishing and trapping. Africa does the same thing.

Fischer told the Idaho Statesman how he likes to hunt ‘new and interesting species,’ and has described the photos as being ‘normal’:

I was raised in a very ethical hunting family, In every picture, we try to pose the animals in a natural position, wipe the blood off the mouth, place the rifle or bow over the bullet hole. … These are normal hunting photos. You shoot an animal, you take a picture of it.

It is believed by some critics that Fischer’s poor judgement could reflect poorly on the commission if left unchecked, with the photos going against the recommendations made in Idaho’s hunter-education manual.

Governor C.L. ‘Butch’ Otter has reportedly been notified about the photographs and has expressed concern. The governor’s office will now be looking into the matter further.

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Snapchat Now Has Selfie Filters For Cats

snapchatthreat-webAnimal lovers rejoice, it’s the social media news we’ve all been waiting for – Snapchat now has selfie filters for cats! Sounds purrrfect to me! Whether you admit it or not, most of us can’t seem to shy away from a selfie – and on Snapchat, the added bonus of being turned into a cuddly

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Animal lovers rejoice, it’s the social media news we’ve all been waiting for – Snapchat now has selfie filters for cats! Sounds purrrfect to me!

Whether you admit it or not, most of us can’t seem to shy away from a selfie – and on Snapchat, the added bonus of being turned into a cuddly bear, a cute kitten, or a playful puppy, it just too good to ignore most of the time.

Yet now, in possibly the best news I’ve received this week, it seems the media company has just launched a new set of filters, meaning your beloved pet (or pets in my case), can now be a part of your fur-midable fun.

Snapchat have introduced a total of three lenses for our feline friends, meaning the app is now able to detect cat’s faces, whereas it’s previously only been able to detect human ones.

However, I must say, I have six cats and one dog, and they’ve worked in the past – pics or it didn’t happen? I’ve been trying to scroll through my 3,000 animal pictures and it’s taking some time…

The new range of filters include glasses and flower crowns for your cute little kitty, as well as unicorn horns, fiery red devil horns and wings – just in time for Halloween. YES!

No need to put them in adorable costumes most of them hate…

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The news was announced on their social media yesterday (October 12), and read:

Lenses. For cool cats 😎 and their cool cats 😻 Try them meow.

Unsurprisingly, the news has been well received, with hoards of cat lovers responding in the best way possible – with cat selfies of course.

One cat owner expressed the p-awesomeness of it all, writing:

they have snapchat filters for your cat now!! HELL YEA!!!!!! [sic]

Just check out a snippet of photos below – be warned though – it’s cuteness overload:

Of course, in 2018, people on social media had a reason to moan about the new addition to the popular app.

No, not because of animal cruelty, but because many dog owners were quick to respond to the tweet, asking why the developers hadn’t made any new lenses for man’s best friend.

But to be fair, if they’re going to make one for cats, and then probably dogs, what about our hamsters, snakes, fish… Can’t they just make a lense which is suitable for all animals?

Next time I’m on safari, I’d love to see a big burly rhino adorning some wings, or perhaps a pair of pink bunny ears – why not?

Anyway, back to the excited cat owners across the world…

For those of you looking to try the new filters for cats, you can find them in the carousel alongside the existing lenses for humans.

You’ll be able to tell which ones are available for your cuddly companion, because it’ll have a little blue paw print icon on the lense icon.

I swear, this feature better not be temporary! I have six cats to snap, and therefore six new selfies to take – I just need to do it when they’re all in a good mood…

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Tiny Trump Statues Inviting Dogs To Wee On Them Appear Across Brooklyn

Donald trumpLamposts, walls, cars – you name it. If a dog sees pretty much anything stationary on its walk, it’s likely to wee on it. Which is exactly what someone in Brooklyn is hoping will happen to some newly erected statues of Donald Trump. A range of statues depicting the American president have appeared in a

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Lamposts, walls, cars – you name it. If a dog sees pretty much anything stationary on its walk, it’s likely to wee on it.

Which is exactly what someone in Brooklyn is hoping will happen to some newly erected statues of Donald Trump.

A range of statues depicting the American president have appeared in a park in Brooklyn, each of them emblazoned with the words ‘pee on me’.

The man who placed the statues all over Park Slope, advertising professional Phil Gable, did so to express his dislike for Trump.

He told Gothamist:

It was largely just a personal expression of my own disdain for Donald Trump, both as a President and a human being. I find it cathartic anytime I can express disdain through comedy, especially if it’s related to politics.

He went on to say that dogs need a ‘positive place to pee’ and he hopes that placing these statues will encourage dogs to avoid flower beds.

In fact, to further encourage dogs to urinate all over Trump’s face, Gable says he sprayed the statues with ‘dog potty-training aids’ so they can’t resist.

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The perfect scenario, I’d say. I wish I lived in Brooklyn just so I could take my dog there to be honest. In fact, maybe I’ll buy a plane ticket tonight.

And the neighbourhood appears to think it’s a positive thing too. Gable described how he’s already received praise from people.

He said:

While I was setting it up, one woman came by with her two daughters. They really liked it—they took pictures with it, and she thanked me and said ‘This is the kind of thing that makes me love Brooklyn.’

So the neighbours and the dogs are happy – it’s a win-win situation!

However, not everyone was. The first statue was placed on Friday October 5 and disappeared within a few hours, since it was not secured to the pavement.

Gable realised they were easy targets and so has since made several more which he has placed throughout the park. These new statues have been secured in place and are anchored to the ground with cables.

So hopefully they won’t be going anywhere soon!

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