Thursday, March 12, 2009

Of Sharks and Monkeys....

Animal Blitzkrieg today..... So I saw two very intersting stories on the interwebs today.... The first is a tale of a spear fisherman fighting off a shark... appaerntly the shark kept getting closer and closer and the men in the water felt threatened enough that they had to preemptively attack it. I'm guessing these guys felt real danger, because... I don't think anyone wants to fight a giant piece of evolution perfected machinery.... anyhow here is the story from the dailymail. Poor shark though, he's just being a shark.

From the article:
Plunging a knife in again and again, diver Craig Clasen grapples with a 12ft tiger shark to protect a friend.
For two hours he wrestled with the giant, spearing it seven times, even drowning the beast before eventually finishing it off with a knife.



In other animality news.... Check this hilarious story out.
Apparently primates have pretty good tactical battle planning skills as well... not a big surprise though if you consider... we kind of came from them....

From the article:

STOCKHOLM – A canny chimpanzee who calmly collected a stash of rocks and then hurled them at zoo visitors in fits of rage has confirmed that apes can plan ahead just like humans, a Swedish study said Monday. Santino the chimpanzee's anti-social behavior stunned both visitors and keepers at the Furuvik Zoo but fascinated researchers because it was so carefully prepared.

According to a report in the journal Current Biology, the 31-year-old alpha male started building his weapons cache in the morning before the zoo opened, collecting rocks and knocking out disks from concrete boulders inside his enclosure. He waited until around midday before he unleashed a "hailstorm" of rocks against visitors, the study said.


I originally found these stories at Slashdot.org and Fark.com

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