<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Weird News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usMon, 24 Apr 2017 23:03:45 -0400Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:03:45 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[The Real Origin of '420']]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:26:33 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT+420+ORIGINS+THUMB.jpg

There have been many myths about where the slang "420" originated from, but here's the real story behind the term.

<![CDATA[Mystery in C: Who Stashed Gold Inside a British Piano?]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:32:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_17110502014108-british-piano-mystery.jpg

British officials say they've been unable to trace the rightful heirs to a trove of gold coins found stashed inside a piano and worth a "life-changing" amount of money.

The school that owns the piano and the tuner who found the gold are now in line for a windfall after a coroner investigating the find declared it treasure. But a couple who owned the piano for three decades before donating it to their local school will likely miss out.

Coroner John Ellery said Thursday that, despite a thorough investigation and a public appeal for information, "we simply do not know" who concealed the coins.

The hoard was discovered last year when the piano was sent for tuning in Shropshire, central England. Under the keyboard — neatly stacked in hand-stitched packages and pouches — were 913 gold sovereigns and half-sovereigns minted in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Piano tuner Martin Backhouse said when he found the pouches and slit open the stitching, he thought: "Ooh, it looks like there's rather a lot of gold in this."

The hoard, which weighs 6 kilograms (13 pounds), has not been formally valued. But Peter Reavill of the British Museum has said the trove is worth a "potentially life-changing" amount.

Revenue from items declared "treasure" is generally split between the owner — in this case, the Bishops Castle Community College — and the finder.

The piano was owned for 33 years by Graham and Meg Hemmings, who donated it last year to the school near their home. But Meg Hemmings said she's not bitter at missing out on treasure that was right under her nose.

"The sadness is, it's not a complete story," she said. "They've looked and searched for the people and they unfortunately haven't come forward.

"It's an incomplete story — but it's still an exciting story."

Photo Credit: Richard Vernalls/PA via AP
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<![CDATA[Giant Easter Gator Breaks Into Family’s Porch]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:02:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/235*120/gator+on+porch.JPG

A 9-foot alligator gave a South Carolina family a scare Easter morning, but they managed to capture it all on video. Homeowner Steve Polston says they thought someone was breaking into their house when they found the gator had climbed on the porch.

<![CDATA[National Animal Cracker Day: Fun Facts]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:04:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT+ANIMAL+CRACKER+FACTS+THUMB2.jpg

April 18 is National Animal Cracker Day. Here are some fun and surprising facts about the sweet treats.

<![CDATA[The Buck Stops Here: Feuding Deer Caught on Camera]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 18:48:04 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DEER27.jpg

An Ohio police officer’s dash cam caught two deer run out from some trees, get up on their hind legs and scuffle. The fight didn’t last long before they put down their dukes and ran off.

Photo Credit: Westerville Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Homeless Man Robbed NYC Churches to 'Get Back at God': DA]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 07:58:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ChurchesTempleBurglaryQueens.jpg

A homeless man faces burglary and hate crime charges after he allegedly robbed four churches, one of which he stole from three times, in Queens, New York, because of his hatred of God, according to prosecutors.

Woznik allegedly told police at the time of his arrest he was "mad at God" and denounced religion, saying his break-ins were an attempt to retaliate.

"I'm mad at God. I don't like church no more. I don't want to deal with religion," court documents say he told police. "I'm sick and tired of hearing about religion. I don't break into houses, only churches. I break in to get back at God."

Joseph Woznik was arrested Wednesday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Thursday.

Between March 21 and April 10, Woznik allegedly broke into the Bangladesh Hindu Maunder Temple in Flushing, Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians church in Woodside, St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox Church in Elmhurst and St. James Episcopal Church in Flushing, according to criminal complaints.

An employee at the Hindu temple found cash missing from three donation boxes forced open on March 21, prosecutors said. Fingerprints lifted from the boxed allegedly matched Woznik's. 

Woznik allegedly burglarized St. James Episcopal Church three times between March 24 and April 10, according to prosecutors. He allegedly stole a Canon digital camera, $1,800 in cash and three checks; two of those items were recovered from his backpack at the time of his arrest, investigators said.

With it being Holy Week, religious leaders said they're not angry, but they do hope he gets help.

"I would tell him that he should find God first and see that God is not a reason to do something bad or damaging," said Justin Bertea of St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox Church.

"Maybe for us as a religious organization, we haven't lived up to what we need to do," said Rev. Paul Lai of St. James Episcopal Church. "So that's why someone who was in a crisis didn't get the help."

The 23-year-old could face up to 15 years in prison if he's convicted.

Woznik is also wanted by Orange County officials in Florida on a fugitive from justice charge. He is accused of burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief, according to prosecutors.

Photo Credit: NBC New York / St. James Episcopal Church]]>
<![CDATA[Goose Chases Fox on Video]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:49:35 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT_ANI_GOOSEVFOX_041217_2-149201885635400001.jpg

A police officer in Ogden, New York, captured footage of a goose chasing a fox. The goose flapped its wings and honked in order to show the fox to scare it away.

<![CDATA[Woman Finds Live Scorpion in Bag of Spinach]]> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:32:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/216*120/2017-04-10_2307.png

A live scorpion was sitting in a salad mix that a Chevy Chase, Maryland, couple bought from a Giant grocery store last week, the couple said.

Shanmukha Pranay Rajeev Jerripothula said he and his wife bought a bag of spinach from a local Giant on Friday evening. On Monday afternoon, his wife, Sri Sindhusha Boddapati, opened the bag to make lunch when she noticed something unusual.

“I saw something inside the bag crawling,” she said. “I thought it was a cricket in the beginning, and then I noticed when it was [in] the bottle that it is a scorpion.”

Boddapati was able to capture the scorpion in a water bottle and recorded cellphone video to send to her husband, who was at work. He returned home and took the bottle to the store.

“I told them not to sell the spinach anymore, because it might contain a scorpion,” Jerripothula said.

The grocery store pulled the Giant brand spinach nearly six hours after finding out about the scorpion and being contacted by News4. Giant Food of Landover, Maryland, issued a statement to News4 Washington:

“Customer satisfaction is our highest priority. We regret any inconvenience to our customer. We take the quality of our products very seriously, and we are following up with the supplier to take every step to ensure this isolated incident does not occur in the future.”

The company did not issue a recall of any product.

According to the Mayo Clinic, only about 30 of the estimated 1,500 species worldwide of scorpions produce venom toxic enough to be fatal. They said scorpion stings are painful but rarely life-threatening. Young children and sometimes the very old are most at risk of serious complications.

Over the weekend, Fresh Express issued a recall of some of its prepackaged salad mix after a dead bat was found inside a container sold in a Florida Wal-mart, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Two people said they found a dead bat in their purchased package, and that they had eaten some of the salad before discovering the animal, according to a CDC statement. But the center added that both people "report being in good health."

Photo Credit: NBC4 Washington]]>
<![CDATA[Man Shatters World Record, Devours 255 Peeps in 5 Minutes]]> Sun, 09 Apr 2017 13:58:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/MattStoniePeeps.jpg

In the spirit of the Easter season, San Jose's Matt Stonie inhaled 255 Peeps Saturday on his way to smashing his previous world record.

The competitive eating legend downed the copious amount of surgary marshmallows in just five minutes at the second annual National Harbor World Peeps Eating Championship, according to Major League Eating.

That mark set Saturday was 55 better than the previous world record, which happened to be set by Stonie during last year's Peeps-eating contest in Maryland.

Stonie's first-place finish helped him stuff his wallet with $1,750, according to Major League Eating.

Stonie, nicknamed "Megatoad," is the No. 2-ranked competitive eater in the world behind fellow San Jose, California, native Joey Chestnut, according to Major League Eating.

The competitive eater is most famously known for winning the 2015 Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. That victory ended Chestnut's eight-year unbeaten streak at the world-renowned event.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[10th Annual 'Peep Show' as Sweet as Ever]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:45:56 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/PeepThumb.jpg

Easter sweets are not just for eating at the Peep Show in Carroll County, Maryland.

<![CDATA[Ohio Man Accused of Chasing Family Member With Hatchet]]> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 18:44:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Noel+Dawson.jpg

An Ohio man was arrested after he allegedly chased a family member with a hatchet.

Noel E. Dawson, 63, of Toledo, was charged Tuesday with domestic violence, assault, criminal damaging, and failure to disclose personal information.

The Toledo Blade reports that Dawson allegedly chased a relative Sunday with a hatchet, swinging the small ax at the man. Dawson tried to hit the man but missed, striking his car instead — leaving a large dent in the hood, according to the Blade.

Dawson refused to give the arresting officer his information and shouted obscenities, court records show.

Dawson has pleaded not guilty. A Toledo County judge ordered him held Tuesday on $50,000 bond.

Attorney information was not immediately available.

Photo Credit: Toledo Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Twitter User Hoping for a Year of Free Wendy's Nuggets]]> Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:20:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_WENDYS_NUGGETS_040617-149150556921800001.jpg

A Twitter user asked Wendy's how many retweets he would need to earn free chicken nuggets for a year. Wendy's official Twitter account responded and now Carter Wilkinson is on a mission to get 18 million retweets.

<![CDATA[This Guy Needs 18M Retweets for a Year of Free Nuggets]]> Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:20:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/wendys-GettyImages-80846912.jpg

A Twitter user is on a mission to get free Wendy's chicken nuggets for one year. All he needs is 18 million retweets, Wendy’s said.

His quest began Wednesday, when user Carter Wilkerson tweeted at the fast food chain, "Yo, @Wendys, how many retweets for a year of free chicken nuggets?" 

The official Wendy’s account replied with "18 million," which would easily be the most retweets ever. Undaunted, Wilkerson replied, "Consider it done."

Now, a plea by Wilkerson, whose account @carterjwm had just shy of 500 followers Thursday afternoon, has hit over 250,000 retweets, and he's gunning for more. "A man needs his nuggs," he wrote.

He's even trying to negotiate, tweeting to Wendy's that he'll "never eat at any other fast food restaurants ever again," if they lower the number to 180,000 retweets. Wendy's didn't respond to that tweet.

Plenty of people on Twitter have supported Wilkerson's cause, urging their friends to retweet the original message.

Some called for him to share the nuggets, while others went as far as pushing for Ellen DeGeneres' show to retweet Wilkerson, and to get him on her show.

DeGeneres holds the record for most retweets on one tweet, about 2.3 million for her Oscars selfie with Bradley Manning, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities, according to tweet-tracking website Favstar. As of Thursday afternoon, the show’s official account had not retweeted him.

In its response to one Twitter user, Wendy’s admitted that the tweet received more retweets than they expected. It also boosted the visibility of Wilkerson's plea by retweeting it.

Wilkerson, who joined Twitter in 2014 and says in his account he's from Reno, Nevada, has been on the record with his love for Wendy's' chicken nuggets, tweeting in January that he recommends them to everyone. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Photo Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images, File
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<![CDATA[Italian Cops Foil Plot to Steal Enzo Ferrari’s Corpse]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:27:25 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_660527397341-Enzo-Ferrari.jpg

After many months plotting, an Italian drug gang was finally ready to dig up the body of the founder of automaker Ferrari and hold it for ransom, NBC News reported.

But police swooped in Tuesday, arresting 34 people before they could raid the ornate tomb of Enzo Ferrari at San Cataldo cemetery in central Italy, the Italian carabinieri announced.

Officers were staking out Ferrari's tomb when the bandits arrived, after learning about the plot from an investigation of a legendary Italian kidnapper, police said.

"The gang had prepared everything in detail," said Col. Saverio Ceglie.

Photo Credit: AP, File]]>
<![CDATA[Wild Turkey Gets Lodged in Family's Rental Car on Highway]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:18:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/turkey+v+car.JPG

A New Jersey family on its way back to the airport after visiting the University of Notre Dame Tuesday collided with a flying turkey on the road, authorities say. 

The Taraboczhia family was headed to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago Tuesday after visiting Notre Dame, where the daughter was recently accepted, according to the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office in Indiana

The Taraboczhias were on U.S. 20 when their rental GMC Yukon collided with the wild turkey, which was flying across the highway, authorities said. 

The 30-pound turkey broke through the glass, became lodged in the center of the windshield, and died.

“While vehicle versus deer crashes are common place, it is very rare to see a vehicle strike a turkey,” police said in a statement.

Authorities noted, however, that mating season has begun and, during this time, more turkeys are spotted close to roadways.

The family suffered minor cuts from the glass and refused medical treatment at the scene.

Photo Credit: LaPorte County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Martial Artist Breaks 111 Cement Blocks with His Head]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:09:55 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT+INT+BLOCKS+032817.00_00_07_03.Still001.jpg

Sixteen-year-old Bosnian taekwondo martial artist Kerim Ahmetspahic performed an incredible stunt over the weekend. He smashed 111 cement building blocks with his head.

<![CDATA[Do Cats Actually Love Their Humans?]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:51:54 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT_CATS_LOVE_HUMANS_032717_1-149065840584500001.jpg

Does your little feline friend actually love you, or are they just using you for food? Scientists from Oregon State University isolated 50 cats, depriving them of all stimuli before reintroducing four things: human interaction, food, scent and toys.

<![CDATA['Heaven's Gate' Mass Suicide in San Diego: 20 Years Later]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:17:34 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/3-26-17-Heavens+Gate+Rancho+Santa+Fe+Home.JPG

Exactly 20 years ago Sunday, 39 people died in a mass suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, California. "Heaven’s Gate" made headlines around the world.

On March 26, 1997, a 911 call came into the San Diego Command Center.

“This is regarding a mass suicide. I can give you the address,” the caller said.

Shortly after, San Diego Sheriff’s arrived to find a grisly scene: 21 men and 18 women were found dead in the residence. They were all covered in purple blankets and all wearing the same black Nike shoes. None of the bodies had any noticeable signs of trauma. Toxicology results showed the victims had drunk a lethal cocktail of phenobarbital mixed with apple sauce and vodka.

“As they went in they kept finding more bodies and more bodies,” retired San Diego County homicide detective Chuck Curtis tells NBC 7 of the officers who discovered the scene. Curtis was the first officer to the scene. “It was an astonishing thing to them that they thought, ‘Is this ever going to end?’”

Marshall Applewhite, the leader of Heaven’s Gate, made an ominous video at the time. “They’re about to leave and they’re excited to leave," he said of his followers. Applewhite was found among the dead. 

Heaven’s Gate preached that suicide would allow the followers’ souls to be taken to Heaven by a UFO hidden behind the Hale-Bopp comet.

"Every once in a while the topic will come up in conversation," Dr. Jack Baca, pastor of a nearby church tells NBC 7.

The Heaven’s Gate mansion in Rancho Santa Fe has been demolished and even the street name has been changed.

“I’ve never seen anything like it, and haven’t seen anything like it since,” Curtis remembers.

Today, Heaven’s Gate lives on with a replica display at the San Diego Sheriff’s Museum in Old Town.

“The locals who come in remember the case,” Curtis says. “They’re all very interested in the case and sometimes express shock or sadness about how people could do this to themselves.”

"I don't know that everyone or anyone frankly ever totally heals from tragic events. There's always a scar left," Baca adds. "There's always an imprint left, and in some ways that's part of what makes us human and gives us a chance to grow."

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Mortician May Have Fake Credentials]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 02:19:29 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/Jonathan-Ryan.jpg

A Torrington man is accused of hacking the system of a mortuary science school and forging paperwork that would qualify him as a licensed mortician, according to court documents. 

Jonathan Ryan, 22, was charged with second-degree forgery and second-degree computer crimes after police said he forged documents to make it appear like he graduated from the Mortuary Science program at Lincoln College in Southington. 

Ryan then helped prepare dozens of bodies for burial at Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home, which is owned by his father. 

Last year, the director of the school, Dr. Paul Warren, contacted state police to investigate possible forgery at the school in June. 

Warren said that Ryan had created a fake Lincoln College transcript by forging the college seal and registrar's name on a transcript in May 2015. Ryan also created a fake email address for a professor so he was able to get an apprentice embalmer's permit from the Connecticut State Department of Public Health.

Between sometime in 2015 and 2016, Ryan worked embalming or assisting in the preparation of roughly 60 bodies for burial at his family's funeral home in Torrington. 

State police said Ryan's father Christopher Ryan told investigators he did not know his son obtained his credentials improperly.

Ryan said the reason he forged documents to become a mortician apprentice was actually part of a two-person investigative journalism project, according to arrest warrant documents. 

According to the arrest documents, Ryan wrote in a submission to the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, in part: 

"I find flaws in unsecure websites and human processes and my partner converts my findings into wonderful articles. We have been working on this little project of ours for over two and (sic) one half years, with little success until stumbling onto your website. It is mind boggling that you would leave such an important form, the Verification of Graduation and Projected Graduation Date forms, COMPLETELY (sic) unsecured. There was no password, there was no authentication, and there was no oversight for 6 (sic) months."  

State police did find that Ryan attended Lincoln College from Sept. 4, 2013 to Dec. 1, 2013, but never got his degree. 

Neither Lincoln College or the Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home returned NBC Connecticut calls for comment. 

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police]]>
<![CDATA[Man Smashes Glass Door After Chicken Order Delayed]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:13:05 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Brooklyn+Park+Popeyes+Death.jpg

Police in New Hampshire are looking for a man who allegedly broke a glass door at a Popeye's Chicken after he was told his order wouldn't be ready for another five to 10 minutes.

Salem police said an older man with white hair entered the Popeye's on Route 28 around 6 p.m. on Wednesday and ordered some fried chicken. When he was told that his food wouldn't immediately be ready to eat, he stormed out of the restaurant and kicked the door, smashing the glass.

While police are hoping to find the suspect to make him pay for the damage, they also had a little fun with the incident, saying in a press release, "Why did this guy run away? Because he is chicken."

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Officer Scott Naismith at 603-893-1911.

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<![CDATA[New Cup Blowing Challenge Goes Viral]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:26:23 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-528392918.jpg

From college students to TV anchors, everyone’s trying out the latest Internet craze. 

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The Cup Blowing Challenge has provoked a new slew of videos on social media. Participants place one cup inside another, with a third cup several inches away. They blow on the top cup, hoping it will jump from one bottom cup to the other.

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Many have tried the Cup Blowing Challenge; not all have succeeded. Some used it as an excuse to procrastinate before finals, while others were in the middle of a work break. Still others just wanted to master a new viral trick before their children.

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“Just completed first cup blowing challenge!! Yes b4 my kids could do it,” one Twitter user wrote.

Critics are calling the trend yet another millennial time-waster, and cup enthusiasts are claiming they blew cups long before it was cool. 

Some are even using the fad for political commentary.

“We might not know how to properly choose a president but at least we can come up with things like the #cupblowingchallenge,” tweeted one user.

Photo Credit: Roderick Chen/Getty Images
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<![CDATA[What Do Russians Dream About? Putin, Among Other Things]]> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:25:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-615648564.jpg

Vladimir Putin is everywhere in his country's public life. Now it turns out the president is even gracing ordinary Russians' dreams, NBC News reported.

A web search engine said the strongman was the only real individual "to appear often in people's dreams," according to analysis of users' online queries.

Yandex, which is more popular than Google in Russia, said it typically received half a million requests a week about the meaning of nighttime visions.

Putin was the only individual named in Yandex dream searches, which turned up "fish" as the most common query, according to its survey, based on six months of queries.

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Photo Credit: Adam Berry/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Man Films 'Never-Ending' Gator Parade in South Florida]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:18:18 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/17211880_1366410816738053_6562114182429541711_o.jpg

A Florida wildlife photographer captured a seemingly infinite procession of alligators in South Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve.

Photographer Bobby Wummer filmed the half-hour parade of gators just after sunrise on Monday.

"These Florida gators seemed to be endless, it was the never-ending train of gators of all sizes," Wummer shared in a Facebook post with photos and video of the parade.

The reptiles of various sizes were filmed crawling out of a pond to enter a deeper body of water on the opposite side of a dirt road.

The gators ranged between 2 feet and 12 feet in length, according to Wummer.

The wildlife photographer most recently made viral headlines after snapping a photo of a massive gator snacking on a smaller gator at the Circle B Bar Reserve in Polk County back in April 2016.

Photo Credit: Bobby Wummer
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<![CDATA[Humpback Whales Mysteriously Organize in Super Groups: Study]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:16:49 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/humpback-whales.jpg

Some humpback whales are starting to gather in larger-than-usual groups, but scientists aren't sure why, according to a new study published earlier this month.

Typically, these whales are considered solitary mammals, traveling alone, in pairs or temporarily in small groups. Scientists normally call groups of up to 20 humpbacks “small,” according to the study published in PLOS One.

So when groups of 20 to 200 whales began to gather off the coast of South Africa, scientists were shocked.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Ken Findlay, the lead author of the study that described the unusual whale behavior, told New Scientist.

The study, which gathered data from three occasions in 2011, 2014 and 2015, pointed out that the whales were in a peculiar location to begin with. Typically, humpbacks migrate to warm waters to breed in the winter and feed in colder waters near Antarctica during the summer. But they were found in the summer months off the warm waters of South Africa.

Regina Asmutis-Silvia, biologist and executive director of Whale and Dolphin Conservation, said it’s hard to say just how unusual the new study’s super group is. She was not involved in the new study, but she has studied whales since 1990. Asmutis-Silvia has seen scores of whales in Cape Cod, and said the large gathering in South Africa might be a result of cultural learning among the whales of that region.

“This is a novel feeding technique for South Africa that hasn’t been seen before,” she said. “It could be indicative of some cultural shift in that population of humpbacks.”

Large groups of whales tend to indicate areas of the ocean that are rich in prey. The 200-whale groups have exhibited clear signs of feeding behavior, according to the study. Scientists who conducted the study say that reasons for the abnormal behavior remain “speculative.”

Despite heavy whaling that has previously endangered the species, humpback whales have made a strong comeback in recent years.

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Photo Credit: Jean Tresfon via PLOS
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<![CDATA[Traveler Caught with About 80 Reptiles in Suitcase]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:55:10 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/snake.jpg

A Czech citizen traveling back from South Africa was caught at the Vienna Airport trying to smuggle about 80 reptiles in his suitcase.

<![CDATA[Boaty McBoatface: New Sub Gets Popular Name]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:50:28 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ALR-Boaty-McBoatface-2.jpg

British officials didn't want to name a polar research ship "Boaty McBoatface," but they had no problem giving the name to a new submarine, NBC News reported. 

Last year, the British government agency Natural Environment Research Council asked the public for help naming its new ship. The public chose "Boaty McBoatface," but the agency opted to honor a famed naturalist instead

So "Boaty McBoatface," the remote-controlled sub, will accompany the RSS Sir David Attenborough. It makes its first voyage Friday through the icy waters of Antarctica collecting data and samples. 

Photo Credit: National Oceanography Centre]]>
<![CDATA[Watch Kids Adorably Interrupt Live TV Interview]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:08:02 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/154664086-bbc-generic.jpg

Two children who waltzed into a live TV interview about a very serious matter of world affairs became a viral video sensation Friday. 

The precocious pair walked into a BBC interview with Pusan National University professor Robert Kelly, an expert on Korea, during a discussion on the ramifications of the ouster of South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Video the BBC posted on Twitter had more than 6,000 retweets and 7,500 favorites after about four hours, and other posts with the video had tens of thousands more.

First, a little girl in glasses and a yellow sweater opened the door to the office where Kelly was speaking and sauntered up to him. It was his daughter, according to the BBC's write-up of the high jinx.

"I think one of your children has just walked in," presenter James Menendez said.

Kelly tried to soldier on, but things only escalated from there.

An exuberant baby in a baby walker next entered the scene. Then, in a slapstick moment worthy of Buster Keaton, a woman burst through the door after the kids. She hastily rounded them up and pulled them out of the room, with a few books knocked over in the process.

"My apologies," Kelly said, with a slight snicker.

NBC has reached out to Kelly for comment. He hasn't yet addressed the issue on Twitter, except to tweet his thanks to someone who pointed out he's "a damn good Korea analyst."

In other kids-do-the-darndest-thing news Friday, a different video went viral for showing a girl fly through the air after the door she was opening at her Ohio home was caught by powerful winds. (She was okay.)

And a toddler threw a temper tantrum in front of the Queen of England, who handled the outburst gracefully

Photo Credit: Getty Images, File
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<![CDATA[Ice Marathon Brings Over 200 to Siberia]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 07:41:51 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/ICE+MARATHON.jpg

200 runners from across the globe ran in the 13th annual Baikal Ice Marathan on Tuesday in the Irkutsk region of Russia.

<![CDATA[Arkansas Student Prove Sobriety by Juggling During Stop]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 03:07:57 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NC_juggler0307a_1500x845.jpg

Blayk Puckett went the extra mile for Sgt. Keith McKay of the University of Central Arkansas police. Puckett decided to pull out his juggling pins and put on a show to prove his sobriety after he was pulled over for a broken brake light.