A man has quite the story to tell – and it could have killed him.
Retired postman Alan Pope was in a boat preparing for a snorkelling trip in Indonesia when the swordfish leapt from the ocean and stabbed him in the neck.
The impact threw the 57-year-old to the floor of the boat and snapped the tip of the fish’s long bill leaving six inches in his neck and blood gushing from the wound.
They call it a swordfish because the bill is about the same size, shape and sharpness of a kitchen knife. Thankfully the blade missed his jugular vane by a millimeter.
His wife Sharon said: ‘I thought he’d been shot. I heard this thud and saw him on the floor of the boat with a hole in his neck, like a bullet circle. Then he started coughing and spitting up blood.
It was so close to his jugular and carotid arteries that it took 36 hours, and three hospitals, before doctors dared remove it because of the risks of the surgery.
The Popes, from Northampton, UK, were off the island of Lembongan when the incident occurred. ‘We hired a little wooden private charter boat to take us out; it was just me, my wife and the man in charge of the boat,’ said Mr Pope.
‘The water was quite choppy, but we got about half an hour out to sea when I felt this whack on the side of my head. It knocked me off my feet. I wasn’t sure what had happened, and then I felt this tickling in the back of my throat.
He had to endure a 30-minute boat ride to shore trying to stem the blood. He said: ‘The beak missed my jugular by a millimetre. The doctors said that if the surgery had gone wrong I could have bled out in three minutes. ___
He has quite the story and if that happened to me i’de go to church after the hospital.
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A seal in New Zealand had quite the vacation.
AND like any good vacation someone filmed you.
Dee Knapp was walking through his Southland paddock checking for new lambs. That was when he spotted something out of place and captured the moment on a video camera when he saw that it was a baby seal sitting among his cattle and sheep. Apparently the sheep didn’t care nor did the cattle.
“What the hell, that’s a baby seal,” he said as he gets closer to the lost pup.
After finding the little seal and seeing no sign of its mother, Knapp called the Department of Conservation (DOC) who advised him to leave the animal where it was and it would eventually find its way back to the water, according to New Zealand news outlet 1NewsNow.
“Our advice is to never touch or handle a seal they can be very aggressive if threatened and it is also a breach of the Marine Mammals Protection Act,” DOC Science Advisor, Laura Boren, said.
However, Mr. Knapp took it inside and released it into the ocean a few miles away. The baby was only two weeks old.
A monkey in a Florida zoo saw a family and chose to throw a missile at them. Rather than using poop he found another tool.
Cellphone footage showed one of the apes – Jumanji – pick up the hunk of rock and throw it in their direction, reports the Daily Mail.
‘Oh, don’t you throw that brick!’ someone shouted off camera moments before the rock was thrown. Zoo officials look for weapons every day but they missed the brick.
The center starts construction on a new enclosure with barriers next month. Better late than never I guess.
A man in Hawaii lost part of his leg in a shark attack.
Mac Pigott tells KHON-TV he visited the victim on Saturday in a hospital on the island of Kauai following the attack at Davidson’s Beach. The man who was attacked was a surfer from France.
Pigott says doctors amputated one of the man’s legs just below the knee.
He says the victim is setting goals so he can compete one day in the Paralympic Games. Officials closed the beach on Friday after the attack.
KHON-TV says it reopened on Saturday.
A man in China was killed by a tiger after he entered his enclosure.
Per The AFP, “The incident occurred at the Youngor Wildlife Park in the city of Ningbo, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) south of Shanghai, according to media reports which added that one tiger in the enclosure was shot dead as a result, (2017.)
Video emerged online showing a tiger mauling a man in black clothing as visitors screamed in horror and two other tigers stood close by watching. We don’t know how he got into the enclosure.
Throughout the eight years of the Obama presidency the government had worked toward fixing climate issues throughout the united states and the world. Now, all that is gone.
“For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry,” the website now says. “President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. In two terms, the Obama administration relied heavily on regulations and regulatory oversight to protect the environment and mitigate the effects of climate change (cbs, 2017.) That will end this year.
“Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, is poised to gut the agency’s regulatory power . A self-described “leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda,” the former attorney general of Oklahoma sued the EPA multiple times to block what he considered excessive regulation of natural resources. At his confirmation hearing on Wednesday , Pruitt repeated his long-held view that the role of human activity in causing climate change is “subject to more debate” –
despite near-universal consensus in the scientific community that says otherwise. On WhiteHouse.gov, the Trump administration promised to leverage the “vast untapped domestic energy reserves right here in America,” and pivot federal policies to accelerate the oil, gas and coal industries. In one nod to environmental protection, the new administration website says America’s “need for energy must go hand-in-hand with responsible stewardship of the environment. “Protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority,” WhiteHouse.gov reads. “President Trump will refocus the EPA on its essential mission of protecting our air and water (cbs, 2017.)
A woman in New Hampshire says she hiked 48 mountains in one year, each standing over 4000 feet tall.
Sue Johnston, 51, says she has hiked every one of New Hampshire’s 4,000-foot mountains in every single month of the year in 2016, The Concord Monitor reported (http://bit.ly/2jqEmHB).
The challenge is known as the “Grid” and it takes most hikers years to complete. Completing the Grid requires hiking each mountain in every month, but doing it all in one year isn’t required. December was her hardest month (perhaps because of the Holiday.)
She spent a total of 21 days hiking last month. In July, she spent 119 hours hiking over a period of 10 days. She completed the Grid on Dec. 26, atop Mount Isolation in Pinkham Notch. ___