The Bermuda Triangle Mystery – Solved?!

Some scientists think they may have discovered the secret to the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, and it may be with another very geometric-sounding phenomenon. A pair of meteorologists took some very interesting satellite photos of the area and found hexagonal clouds very similar to those found in the North Sea in Europe. There, they can indicate microbursts that can cause 100mph winds at sea level and 45ft waves!

Dr. Randy Cerveny of Arizona State University says, “These types of hexagonal shapes over the ocean are in essence, ‘air bombs’… They’re blasts of air that come down out of the bottom of the clouds and hit the ocean, and they create waves that can sometimes be massive in size once they start to interact with each other.” This may explain why so many ships and airplanes have vanished in the area – there would be very little warning before the climate decided to turn deadly.

However, not everyone is so satisfied with this answer. No, we don’t mean the conspiracy nuts, we’re talking other scientists here.

NBC meteorologist Kevin Corriveau says that the latitude of a region plays a key part in the type of weather that region can experience, and as such, comparing weather patterns of the Caribbean and the North Sea isn’t really possible.

“When I look at a hexagonal cloud shape in the Bahamas, this is not the cloud signature of what a microburst looks like,” Corriveau said. “You would normally have one large to extremely large thunderstorm that wouldn’t have an opening in the middle.” Well, scientists have disagreed for as long as the profession has existed, but we’re excited to see this theory tested to know whether the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle has finally been solved! Stay tuned, folks!

Surfer Teen Calmly Swims To Safety After Gnarly Shark Battle

It seems like everything in Australia is out to kill you. If the crazy hot weather and dryness don’t get you, then perhaps one of the 100+ species of dangerous animals will. Maybe this is why Aussies always seem so laid back and relaxed. They conquer death every day just by walking outside and not dying!

Certainly that seems the case for recent 17-year-old shark attack survivor, Cooper Allen. While out for an early morning surf session, the teenager was attacked and bitten by an 11.4 foot Great White off the coast of Lighthouse Beach in Ballina, Australia. Far from panicking, he calmly swam to shore by himself where he was helped by a nurse before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital. 

The photos of the shark are shocking! It’s huge, and the bite it gave Allen is even worse. Luckily, he posted a pretty gnarly photo of it to his Twitter, and you can see the four evenly spaced holes in his thigh where apparently the sharks four huge teeth sunk in.

Although gruesome, Allen has bounced back in true Aussie fashion by casually chatting with friends at the hospital and posing for ginning pics in his hospital bed. Because the bite missed his artery, he probably won’t require surgery.

Shark bites in this part of Australia are so common that up until last month the town was considering building a shark barrier, but high, rough seas put an end to that idea. However, they do use the tags on some sharks to track their movements and alert beach-goers whenever one of those is in the area.

Premier of New South Wales, Mike Baird said Monday, “We can’t guarantee, clearly, at any beach, that people will be safe. But, we’ll do everything we can to ensure that we do that.”

Why Sea Turtles are the Coolest Oceanic Reptiles

June 16th is World Sea Turtle Day, and even though it’s still a few weeks away, we thought we’d share some of our favorite sea turtle facts so that you can get ready to appreciate this truly magnificent marine animal.

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For example, did you know that sea turtles have been around since dinosaurs walked the Earth? They first emerged somewhere around 150 million years ago, which is incredible considering that the extinction event for the dinosaurs was about 65 million years ago! This makes them some of the oldest creatures on planet Earth, but that’s not the only aspect of the sea turtle that commands respect. Some sea turtles can travel as much as 10,000 miles a year, which is almost halfway around the earth! However, sea turtles are notoriously attached to the nesting grounds in which they hatched; females of the species will return to those same grounds to lay their own eggs!

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Male sea turtles, however, almost always spend their entire lives at sea, which can make tracking population numbers very hard for scientists. One solution is to count them when they hatch, although it’s estimated that only one in 1,000 hatchlings reaches adulthood. Predators, including humans, greatly diminish their numbers, and human pollution doesn’t help either.

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Sometimes sea turtles cry, but that isn’t about the pollution or the predators; they have glands in the corners of their eyes that releases excess salt! They also can hold their breaths for up to five hours (though they don’t do that all the time) and some species can way up to 2,000lbs! So take some time on June 16th (and any other day of the year) to share some facts about these magnificent creatures and look up some ways we can keep them around for another 150 millenia!