Dolphin Hunting in Japan

In Japan, the hunting is done by a select group of fishermen. When a pod of dolphins has been spotted, fishing boats move into position. One end of a steel pipe is lowered into the water, and the fisherman aboard the boats strike them with mallets. This is done at strategic points around the pod, in an effort to herd them toward land.

This is so twisted. Pretty sad. Learn more here.

Hat tip: Annie

SARS-like Outbreak

Johns Hopkins epidemiologist Dr. Trish Perl traveled halfway around the world last month to trace the outbreak of a deadly SARS-like disease in Saudi Arabia that’s spreading. –The Sun

Wow, that’s a disease that I just don’t want around here. Hopefully it doesn’t spread any further. I remember the outbreak in Hong Kong. Read more.

Hat tip: Annie

Eel Gnaws Through Man’s Digestive Tract

The 39-year-old man from China’s southeastern Guangdong province had reportedly rushed himself to a local hospital after his attempts to recreate a kinky scene he saw in a porn video went horribly wrong. At the hospital be pleaded with medics to help save him from the 20-inch eel chewing up his intestines.

Okay, this is pretty nasty. I know it adds no value to life to know about these things, but I just had to share it. Read more about it here.

Hat tip: Annie

Petrified Animals in Tanzania

Photographed by Nick Brandt in his new book, Across the Ravaged Land, petrified creatures pepper the area around the lake due to its constant pH of 9 to 10.5—an extremely basic alkalinity that preserves these creatures for eternity. –Gizmodo

Pretty fascinating. The article exaggerates a little bit, but it’s pretty interesting to see how the PH levels have stopped the decomposition process.

Hat tip: Foo