Did Animals Sense that the 2004 Tsunami Was Coming?   Leave a comment


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Before giant waves slammed into Sri Lanka and India coastlines on December 26, 2004, wild and domestic animals seemed to know what was about to happen and fled to safety.

According to eyewitness accounts, the following events happened:

• Elephants screamed and ran for higher ground.

• Dogs refused to go outdoors.

• Flamingos abandoned their low-lying breeding areas.

• Zoo animals rushed into their shelters and could not be enticed to come back out.

The belief that wild and domestic animals possess a sixth sense—and know in advance when the earth is going to shake—has been around for centuries.

Wildlife experts believe animals’ more acute hearing and other senses might enable them to hear or feel the Earth’s vibration, tipping them off to approaching disaster long before humans realize what’s going on.

The massive tsunami was triggered by a magnitude 9 temblor off the coast of northern Sumatra island on December 26. The giant waves rolled through the Indian Ocean, killing more than 150,000 people in a dozen countries.

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Relatively few animals have been reported dead, however, reviving speculation that animals somehow sense impending disaster.

Ravi Corea, president of the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society, which is based in Nutley, New Jersey, was in Sri Lanka when the massive waves struck.

Afterward, he traveled to the Patanangala beach inside Yala National Park, where some 60 visitors were washed away.

The beach was one of the worst hit areas of the 500-square-mile (1,300-square-kilometer) wildlife reserve, which is home to a variety of animals, including elephants, leopards, and 130 species of birds.

Corea did not see any animal carcasses nor did the park personnel know of any, other than two water buffalos that had died, he said.

Along India’s Cuddalore coast, where thousands of people perished, the Indo-Asian News service reported that buffaloes, goats, and dogs were found unharmed.

Flamingos that breed this time of year at the Point Calimere wildlife sanctuary in India flew to higher ground beforehand, the news service reported.

Strange Animal Behavior

Accounts of strange animal behavior have also started to surface.

About an hour before the tsunami hit, Corea said, people at Yala National Park observed three elephants running away from the Patanangala beach.

Corea, a Sri Lankan who emigrated to the United States 20 years ago, said two of his friends noticed unusual animal behavior before the tsunami.

One friend, in the southern Sri Lankan town of Dickwella, recalls bats frantically flying away just before the tsunami struck. Another friend, who lives on the coast near Galle, said his two dogs would not go for their daily run on the beach.

“They are usually excited to go on this outing,” Corea said. But on this day they refused to go and most probably saved his life.

Alan Rabinowitz, director for science and exploration at the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, says animals can sense impending danger by detecting subtle or abrupt shifts in the environment.

“Earthquakes bring vibrational changes on land and in water while storms cause electromagnetic changes in the atmosphere,” he said. “Some animals have acute sense of hearing and smell that allow them to determine something coming towards them long before humans might know that something is there.”

Did Humans Lose Their Sixth Sense?

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At one time humans also had this sixth sense, Rabinowitz said, but lost the ability when it was no longer needed or used.

Joyce Poole is director of the Savanna Elephant Vocalization Project, which has its headquarters in Norway. She has worked with African elephants in Kenya for 25 years. She said the reports of Sri Lanka’s elephants fleeing to higher ground didn’t surprise her.

Research on both acoustic and seismic communication indicates that elephants could easily pick up vibrations generated from the massive earthquake-tsunami, she said.

Poole has also experienced this firsthand.

“I have been with elephants during two small tremors, and on both occasions the elephants ran in alarm several seconds before I felt the tremor,” she said.

One of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries is Japan, where devastation has taken countless lives and caused enormous damage to property. Researchers there have long studied animals in hopes of discovering what they hear or feel before the earth shakes. They hope that animals may be used as a prediction tool.

Some U.S. seismologists, on the other hand, are skeptical. There have been documented cases of strange animal behavior prior to earthquakes. But the United States Geological Survey, a government agency that provides scientific information about the Earth, says a reproducible connection between a specific behavior and the occurrence of a quake has never been made.

“What we’re faced with is a lot of anecdotes,” said Andy Michael, a geophysicist at USGS. “Animals react to so many things—being hungry, defending their territories, mating, predators—so it’s hard to have a controlled study to get that advanced warning signal.”

In the 1970s a few studies on animal prediction were done by the USGS, “but nothing concrete came out of it,” Michael said. Since that time the agency has made no further investigations into the theory.

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See also: https://markosun.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/how-zoo-animals-in-washington-d-c-reacted-to-the-earthquake-on-august-23/

Posted July 28, 2015 by markosun in Animals, Bizarre

Vintage Ads from Decades Past   1 comment


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Posted July 27, 2015 by markosun in Advertising, History

The latest pictures from space and best drone photos   Leave a comment


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Mountain High 

An astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) snapped a picture of the United State’s Cascade and Rocky Mountains, as well as Canada’s Coast Mountains. An ISS solar array can be seen in the upper center part of the frame.

 

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Cloudy Tail 

A massive cloud of hydrogen streams from a Neptune-sized exoplanet due to the extreme radiation given off by the planet’s star. Researchers have never seen this occur around such a small planet dubbed – GJ 436b – before.

 

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Auroras 

Crew members on the International Space Station got a front seat view of this week’s auroras and captured this image.

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Up, Up, and Away 

A Soyuz rocket shoots into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 23. Three crewmembers bound for the International Space Station for a five month mission on board.

 

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Sunlit 

This is the first picture of Earth’s entire sunny side that NASA has released since the famous “Blue Marble” image in 1972. Images published in the interim have been stitched together from multiple pictures taken at different times.

 

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Smoky 

Satellites captured smoke from Canadian and Alaskan wildfires drifting over the Greenland Sea. Alaska has had its worst fire season ever, with millions of acres burned as of July 7. Over three million acres have burned in Canada as of July 15.

 

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Solar Marble 

Our sun glows in x-ray and ultraviolet light. High-energy x-rays are shown in blue, low-energy x-rays are green, and extreme ultraviolet light shines in yellow and green. Active regions flare up in bursts of white.

 

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Drone photos

Snorkeling With Sharks 

Snorkelers swim with sharks near Moorea Island in French Polynesia.

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Lost Island 

Tourists wait for a sunset in French Polynesia, a group of islands in the South Pacific.

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A cliff diver jumps into the ocean in Mazatlan, Mexico.

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Above the Mist 

The Cathedral of Maringa pokes through heavy fog in Parana, Brazil.

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Mont-Saint-Michel 

Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune off the coast of Normandy, France.

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Posted July 27, 2015 by markosun in Earth, Photos, Space

Cool new “Flying Saucer” condo structure going up in Winnipeg   2 comments


Originally posted on Markosun's Blog:

Construction of Winnipeg’s “Flying Saucer” condominium project 62M, designed by Winnipeg-based studio 5468796 Architecture, is underway.

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Named after its address, 62M will occupy the corner of MacDonald Avenue and Waterfront Drive, close to the Exchange District. The two-storey, circular building will be lifted up on 35-foot stilts. Its circular design is spatially efficient and will provide each unit with a view. As a whole, the 360° plan provides the widest possible perimeter for glass with the smallest amount of exterior envelope to construct. In addition, all 40 units will have identical, pie-shaped layouts that simplify assembly.

Each 610-square-foot suite will be arranged so that the entry and utility spaces will occupy the narrow end, closest to the circulation core. This configuration frees the remaining square footage for a flexible, open living area that culminates in an expansive wall of floor to ceiling glass.

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Posted July 27, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

City Picks   Leave a comment


I was fortunate to have the chance to cruise Winnipeg’s rivers in a motor boat a few days ago. The city is seen from vantage points that one doesn’t see very often. Lots of river bank with thick foliage. Interesting perspective.

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New residential building off Main St near the north perimeter highway.

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Big house along Wellington Crescent

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A guest house behind one of the mansions

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Water fowl galore at The Forks

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University of Manitoba

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A group of kids having fun on the Red River near Churchill Drive.

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The start and finish point: the Royal Manitoba Yacht Club in West St. Paul

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Posted July 27, 2015 by markosun in Geography, Photos, Winnipeg

Hinterland Who’s Who : the Black Spectacled Giant Brown Manitoba Sasquatch   Leave a comment


Most adult Bigfoot sightings have the creatures between 7-8 feet tall and rough estimates on weight is somewhere between 500-800 pounds. This description is uniform across North America (the Florida Skunk Ape has a different height and weight, more like a mutated Orangutan).  However, there is a super-tall sub-species of the North American Sasquatch that inhabits the forest and bush country of Manitoba, the Black Spectacled Giant Brown Manitoba Sasquatch, a True Monster!

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The regular Sasquatch species to the left 7-9′ tall, his name is Gimlin, he’s photo-opping with his agent.  And a Black-spectacled Manitoba Squatch to the right, 12-14 ‘ tall. This Squatch, nicknamed Red River, is testing moonshine at a racist convention in Dodge City, Texas.

The Manitoba Sasquatch is NBA material. Thet are purported to be as tall as 1.5 Kareem Abdul Jabaars.  They are super-tall. Why?! Not sure. It could have something to do with the boreal forest they inhabit. Small trees allow for taller animals to look above and see the endless horizon.

It will take a good dose of tranquilizer to knock one of these down, then haul it to a secret lab and determine if it’s a relic of an ancient ape or a lost -missing link -, homo sapiens sub-species that decided to stay wild and live in the bush.

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The Wookiees are related to the Sasquatch, it has been surmised by Professor Antonio Andulazia of the University of Prague.

The Hmppphf family taking a family photo in Austin, Texas.

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Posted July 26, 2015 by markosun in Sasquatch, Science, Science Fiction

Arm Wrestling   Leave a comment


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Check out the right arms on these Yahoos.

Posted July 26, 2015 by markosun in Sports

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