Anomalies

Warblers high-tailed it away from on-coming storm a day in advance

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In a small study that tracked 20 songbirds, scientists noted that five birds seemingly evacuated before an oncoming storm. BBC News – Birds ‘heard tornadoes coming’ and fled one day ahead. US scientists say tracking data shows that five golden-winged warblers “evacuated” their nesting site one day before the April 2014 tornado outbreak. Geolocators showed…

Sea stars mystery: Mass mortality from virus

Pisaster ochraceus, Ochre sea star is affected by the wasting disease (Wikipedia)

We have a worrying update to the news from 2013 about star wasting disease. Starfish in record numbers along the U.S. West Coast were dying – losing limbs and turning to slime (technically reported as “epidermal necrosis and ulceration, and dermal inflammation and edema in the body wall”). Researchers have proposed that a virus is…

“Unicorn” deer found in Slovenia

Photo credit: Eva Klevska

You can create a unicorn and you can occasionally find one. But that doesn’t make the mythical idea of a spiral horn on a horse-like animal real. Real-Life ‘Unicorn’ Found; Deer Has Extremely Rare Deformity. Shot by a hunter in Celje, Slovenia, in August, the roe deer has an extremely rare type of antler deformity,…

Out of place pufferfish found on UK beach

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Pufferfish, balloon fish, porcupine fish, are native to tropical waters. This was not a typical visitor to the UK shoreline. Poisonous Pufferfish found washed up on Chesil Beach. A POISONOUS tropical pufferfish has been found washed up on Chesil Beach. Richard Fabbri, who works at Weymouth Watersports, found the 12-inch oceanic pufferfish while on a…

Why are there giant, ancient stone circles across the Middle Eastern landscape?

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Huge stone circles have been found in the Middle East. It’s not clear why they are there or how they got there. Such stories will prompt radical speculation. But if the archaeologists don’t have leads, a amateurs and fringe watchers won’t know either. Will this become another “earth mystery”? The giant stone circles in the Middle…

Reptile Virgin Mary

Thelma, the reptile virgin mother. Wonder if they'll rename her Mary now.

Photo credit: Kyle Shepard

You don’t always need a male. But it helps. World’s Longest Snake Has Virgin Birth—First Recorded in Species. An 11-year-old reticulated python named Thelma produced six female offspring in June 2012 at the Louisville Zoo in Kentucky, where she lives with another female python, Louise. No male had ever slithered anywhere near the 200-pound (91-kilogram),…

Mystery boom heard Monday afternoon in Louisiana (UPDATE: Something on radar?)

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See an update below on something odd caught on weather radar that could be related to this story… A big boom was heard throughout the Shreveport Louisiana area Monday afternoon around 4:27 pm. The source of the boom remains unknown. Source of boom heard around ArkLaTex not identified – KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana.  The…

Unusual radar reading – It’s ALIVE!

Photo from: National Weather Service, Saint Louis, Missouri

Well, the good news is, it’s Monarch butterflies. They were having some trouble. Nice to see them en masse. Cloud Turns Out To Be Butterfly Swarm. Late last week, meteorologists in St. Louis noticed a cloud acting peculiarly: It was beating a path toward Mexico while changing into a variety of odd shapes. Was it…

Green “alien eggs” on Sydney beach are not extra-terrestrial

Photo credit: Baerbel Koribalski

Submarine but not extraterrestrial. UFO Alert: Scientists Puzzled by Green ‘Alien Eggs’ Found on Sydney Dee Why Beach. Surfers and beachgoers at a northern Sydney suburb, Dee Why’s beach, were left stunned at the sight of a number of green, sponge-like spheres, which washed ashore. While locals in Dee Why explored extra-terrestrial origins, scientists clarify…

Earthquake hits Norway and Sweden

Dette er utslaget jordskjelvet gjorde på målestasjonen på Blussuvoll i Trondheim. FOTO: UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

An earthquake measured to 4.7 magnitude (according to Google Alerts) hit Norway and Sweden at little over 3 PM local time. Some places has it recorded as low as 4.2, while others apparently have it recorded as high as 4.9. The epicenter of the earthquake according Google Alerts was near Älvdalen in Sweden but caused tremors…

Real life pop rocks

Exfoliating rock face

Imagine you are just walking around the solid rock under your feet starts to crackle and then POP as pieces fly apart. This doesn’t normally happen. A big chunk of the Sierra Nevada caught fracturing on video | Ars Technica. One interesting way that rocks weather and crumble apart is called “exfoliation.” Like the skin-scrubbing…

Mysterious light pillars of Malaysia

Some seemed to think it was a meteor but the explanation is more likely light pillar due to atmospheric conditions

Pillar shaped lights are seen in the sky over a town on the island of Borneo. Do they have an earthly cause? Sabahans abuzz over mystery lights in the sky | The Star Online. Mysterious lights streaking across in the night sky here Tuesday had Sabahans abuzz in social media, with no one able to…

I think we need a bigger steamer…

Screenshot from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Instagram page.

Giant bugs of the sea, lobster and shrimp are. This is not something you can steam or saute in butter and garlic. It bites. Florida Angler Catches Giant, Terrifying Shrimp-Like Creature | Bleacher Report. Fox8Live.com’s Mandy Noell reports that an angler named Steve Bargeron was fishing off a local dock when he saw a nearby…

Newly described animals do not fit into known phylum

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A new kind of animal, Dendrogramma, looks like a mushroom but does not fit into either the jellyfish or comb jelly family. It resembles fossils of some very ancient fauna. Their discovery could change the way scientists currently think organisms evolved. New Deep-Sea Animal Species Look Like Mushrooms but Defy Classification. The tiny animals, less…

Earthquake lights reported along with Sunday’s Napa event (Update video)

Glow photographed from a seismic event in Kyoto, Japan

One of my favorite mysterious natural phenomena has been reported in conjunction with the recent California earthquake. Some Bay Area Residents Report Mysterious Flashes In The Sky During Napa Quake « CBS San Francisco. Several people called the KPIX 5 newsroom after Sunday morning’s magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Napa, reporting mysterious flashes of light in…

Mystery of moving rocks of Racetrack Playa solved by science

GPS-instrumented rock with its rock trail.

Mystery of mysterious moving rocks is solved. Actually, it was solved a while ago. It’s just finally published. The research is public access and it is WONDERFUL. This is a fantastic piece everyone should read to note how methodically, carefully and thororoughly experiments must be planned and executed to get reliable, convincing results. There was…