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    Dragon Boating is a Sport
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    Dragon Boating is a Sport

    August 18, 2019

    – I always have to explain what dragon boating is. Dragon boat is not really well-known in the world, especially among athletic people who are looking for a new sport to try. It is a big sport for me because I grew up in this community, I travel all over the world and meet all these people. It feels like a very huge community to me. You train hours and hours throughout the whole year, just for a one minute race. When all the hours have led up to that one point at the finish line, that makes it all worth it. Dragon boating is a water sport that is comprised of 20 paddlers on a boat. In Hong Kong and villages surrounding it- that’s where the sport is huge. – Give me more body! – It’s called a dragon boat because at the front of the boat you actually have a dragon head. Dates way back. It’s symbolic of the traditions of dragon boat. I think a guy fell into a river, apparently. And there were monsters in the river, and people had to get into a dragon boat to save him, and they had to beat the drum, which is why they actually make it mandatory to drum. That is my version of it. I don’t connect with the legend. I first learned about dragon boating when I was in high school, actually. I was running track, and track gets very boring. You would run in a circle over and over again, and when I joined dragon boat- The fact that you’re actually also paddling with 20 other people, there’s always new scenery, the workouts are so intense, I think that’s what kept me coming back. I joined one practice, and I basically came back every year after that. Literally every day was dragon boat. (laughs) (horn) The competition in Flushing Meadow Park- I think 200 teams come from everywhere, you have local teams and some teams who travel across the country, some internationally. This is the only race that happens in New York. Thousands of people come out to watch the dragon boat races. I have done this race since 2005. The experience is always going to be a little bit different on race course, because you’re not practicing with the equipment. The boats are different, the course you never know what you’re gonna get on race day, what lanes you’re gonna get, the lake feels a little heavier than when you’re out on open water. The goal is really beating our own time. It’s definitely not a piece of cake. Flushing was my first race I have ever done, and since then I have competed in hundreds of other races. In 2013, about eight years into my paddling career, I decided to try out for Team USA, but when I got accepted, it was like nothing I have ever experienced before. It was just amazing to be able to see people, all around the country, and the world actually, competing with you. It’s so different from the experience of a local race. DCH has been going to Hong Kong I think over eight times now. We sent about 45 people to Hong Kong, and we competed in men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. It was the first time I’ve actually ever gone to Hong Kong to race for dragon boat. We came back with a lot of hardware, all the women teams came back with a gold medal, which was amazing. It’s actually hard to recruit women into the team, just naturally there’s just more guys in the sport. So to be able to form a woman’s crew and train for it, and to get to Hong Kong and come back with these gold medals, it was so-super rewarding. Without dragon boat, I’d probably never go to the gym. (laughs) You want to help your teammates, you want to be competitive, you want to get to that competitive level. After you’ve been in it for so long, it’s kind of ingrained in my lifestyle- the people around me, the friends I’ve made. I can’t see myself leaving the sport, because it’s part of my life now. That was a real honest answer by the way. (Laughs)

    How to Sail a Sailboat : Coast Guard Tips When Sailing
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    How to Sail a Sailboat : Coast Guard Tips When Sailing

    August 18, 2019

    That’s one of our Coast Guard Cutters out
    here on the bay. They are pretty much responsible for our homeland security, but other things
    they do is to kind of go out and rescue people when they’re in trouble. The majority of your
    boats will have VHF radio on hand so if you’re in trouble there you just get on channel sixteen;
    which the Coast Guard monitors and just give the command mayday, mayday, mayday, mayday
    and they’ll answer you and ask you to go to twenty-two A. They’ll ask you what your predicament
    is, what your mayday is all about. At that time you want to go ahead and make sure you
    have your coordinates ready; your lat and long, your location. You want to let them
    know what your injury is, the type of boat you have, color of boat you have, number of
    people on board. Those are some of the things they are going to be asking so that’s a good
    way to be prepared when they do ask you. Just make a list and just mentally let them know
    what the problem is and how many people there are on board whether everyone has life jackets
    on or not and just let them know what the nature of your mayday is; that’s the main

    Floating Tiny Cabin is Perfect for Glamping on the Water
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    Floating Tiny Cabin is Perfect for Glamping on the Water

    August 18, 2019

    >>MAT: Hey everyone in this video we’re gonna
    take a look at this extremely minimalist floating micro cabin. It was all built
    with locally milled timber it has a metal sloping roof and it was also built
    on pontoons that allow the cabin to be in the water year-round because they’re
    designed to freeze into the ice. The floating cabin was designed by our
    friend Bonnie and the idea behind this was to create a really simple space
    where people could come and enjoy nature and the water and experience spending
    time in a space with just the basic necessities. And so she calls it The
    River Zen. We actually met Bonnie two years ago when she gave us a tour of her
    incredible houseboat and now she’s just finished working on this project and
    she’s going to show us around. [Inspiring Music Playing] So welcome to The River Zen, this is my
    new boat. [Taps Gong] Come on in. This boat is a lot smaller
    than The River Den, those of you know The River Den. It’s a 8′ by 10′ cabin. This is
    it, what you see is what you get! So it’s a small space it’s really designed for
    for someone who wants to be on retreat or just spend the night here. It’s fully
    insulated, it has four four inches of foam insulation on the floor, and the
    roof, and all the walls. The framing is done in a post and beam structure and
    all the framing and the rafters are cedar, rough cedar, and the trim is
    douglas fir, the floor is cherry, and all the wall is pine tongue and groove
    with a special oil that I used for finishing, it has citrus in it, it’s
    a natural oil and so that was really… it smelled really good. And all these
    shelves are live-edge cedar as well. The wood all came from the sawmill up in
    Lac Ste. Marie where I work, yeah so these are 2 inch cedar rafters and they
    were…it was like a curved tree that was milled, and an amazing builder
    helped me put the structure of this together and then I did a lot of the finishing work with my friends. [Ambient water sounds from the river] When I was designing the
    layout of the furniture, it was a… kind of a bit of a puzzle to figure out
    how we were gonna make a bed that was gonna be like retractable and all these
    special features. When I closed my eyes and imagined the perfect space
    there was nothing in it, so I was like Okay well this is my project and I can do
    whatever I want so I decided to make it a minimalist space and have the least
    amount of stuff possible. And it’s also an experience for someone to go
    stay somewhere where there’s not a bunch of stuff I think people are seeking that
    out more and more and they want to live more simply so this is an opportunity
    this is a place where they can have a little taste of that and see what they
    really need actually. So there’s a few shelves pretty much there’s not much in
    here there’s a few towels and blankets. This is a propane heater so it’s a
    direct vent propane furnace and it’s super easy to light, I have two propane
    tanks on the back with a double regulator so when one tank runs out it
    just switches to the other tank I have a special little table feature
    here that I custom-built. The people I was working with on the
    boat they really wanted to have a table and chairs and I was like, no I want to
    sit on the ground, we need to sit on the ground. So this is the little table
    design for that. The leg comes out and then it just hooks up. So during the daytime there can be these…
    these are Thai yoga massage mats. They’re really comfy. So these mats can be out and then at nighttime the table can go up and the mattress is just bungee strapped
    to the wall and it comes down. The bed is just like with a bungee system so there’s just screws and hooks with two bungees and then it’s just…
    it’s just a four inch foam so it’s really…it’s really comfy. It’s a dense
    foam. I’ve slept in here lots and I find it so comfortable. [Ambient Electronic Music Playing] It’s completely off
    grid, there’s no electricity or solar there’s this like little solar lights,
    there’s a little gas stove to cook outside with a butane fuel.
    There’s just battery-operated lights and some solar lights but that’s about it
    there’s there’s no running water either it’s completely off grid. So it is quite
    a challenge to stay here for a couple days like one night it’s pretty cool, you
    know people go to restaurants, but if you stay here a couple days you really
    get a taste of what it’s like to live without power and all these amenities
    that we’re used to. Here we just have a custom shelf and this is a little kind of pirate chest custom thing that I made. This is my first box. So in here there’s utensils and this is
    the little gas stove. It’s not the best setup to have dishes outside because there’s animals and stuff but for now, it is what it is, and it
    might be that I build something inside to store dishes and have a little
    cooking station for the winter. This is the bathroom, the way we’re using this sawdust composting system is that there’s one
    bucket for liquids, so pee in one bucket and one bucket for solids with a bag and
    sawdust. So poo and toilet paper goes in the bag with sawdust and that’s
    composted and then the pee we bring it and we flush it down the toilet.
    Something I haven’t finished yet is putting a canvas over here so that’s
    like a curtain so it deflects the wind and the rain and the snow in the winter. Inside of the cabin is 8′ by 10′ and then there’s 6′ of deck that’s
    covered by the roof and then there’s 2.5′ on each side to walk around
    which the overhang pretty much protects. This is an extra floating dock
    that I’ve tied on to the front it’s just uh it’s just an extra deck space and
    it’ll stay here all winter long, too. It’s a real dream come true to be able to do this. I feel so lucky to be in a position
    where I can conceive an idea, and then work with people to bring it to life, and then offer it for rent and invite people to stay here. It’s such an amazing feeling…yeah I feel
    really lucky. [Music Playing]>>MAT: I hope you enjoyed this video.
    If you want to check out this boat we’ll put a link to it in the description of the video.
    If you want to see more alternative living stories and spaces, subscribe to our
    channel, we post a new video every single week.
    Thanks for watching, see you next time.

    Top 5 Ugliest Fish
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    Top 5 Ugliest Fish

    August 18, 2019

    There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but
    not all of them are pretty. With over 200.000 different species it’s
    only natural that some of them are hideous. Here are the top 5 ugliest fish. Number 5: The Lumpsucker/Henfish Found lurking at the bottom of the cool waters
    of the Arctic, North Atlantic, and North Pacific ocean is the Lumpsucker. Although lumpsuckers are cute as babies, they
    tend to grow up to look something like this… Sometimes referred to as the Henfish, the
    Lumpsucker is typically 1-2 feet long with a asymmetrical, blob-like body with protruded
    eyes. And while most fish have a narrow frame, the
    Lumpsucker tends to be more spherical. They also have skin instead of scales along
    with a giant dorsal fin. Although the lumpsucker may not be a great
    swimmer, they have impressive endurance and can travel up to 60 miles. Their diet consists mostly of smaller fish,
    crustaceans, worms, and jellyfish. Fun fact: The male’s stomach turns red during
    mating and the eggs of the female (aka roe) are a popular alternative to caviar. Number 4: Snailfish Snailfish, sometimes referred to as Sea Snails,
    pretty much look like giant tadpoles. They have a large head with small eyes and
    an elongated body, which resembles an eel. Like the Lumpsucker, this fish also has skin
    instead of scales. Surprisingly little is known about the snailfish. There are over 410 different species each
    being different from the rest. Some live in shallow water, while others live
    in the deepest parts of the ocean. Some are 2 inches long, while others are 30
    inches long. Some live in warm water, others live in cold. Some are smooth, some are prickly. Some have a strict diet, others eat anything
    they can. You get the idea… But all of them are but pretty ugly and they
    don’t taste great either, fisherman consider them pests. Number 3: The Goblin Shark While it may sounds and look like something
    out of a bad science fiction novel, the Goblin Shark is in fact real and it certainly lives
    up to it’s name. The image you are seeing is not photoshopped,
    the shark actually does look like the offspring of a goblin and a shark. It has a long protruded snout which contains
    over 50 creepy nail-like teeth and a jaw that extends outward when biting. The skin is an unappealing pinkish white,
    almost as if it was never fully developed. No only does the goblin shark look and sound
    creepy, but it acts creepy too! It’s a deep sea bottom dweller, meaning
    it is found in the deepest and darkest parts of the ocean, 4200 feet below, in pitch black. It’s also considered a “slow moving species”,
    which it basically means that it’s constantly lurking. Like other sharks, it senses its prey using
    Electro sensitive organs and uses its extending jaw to snap out for a quick capture. This shark is unlike any other shark, it is
    a unique species with a lineage dating back 125 million years ago and it’s not related
    to the ones on earth today. Overall very little is known about goblin
    shark, mostly because it’s a deep sea creature and humans rarely come in contact with them. But we don’t even know how they mate, a
    pregnant goblin shark has never been discovered…for all we know it spawns! Number 2: The Gulper Eel Coming in at number 2 on our list is the gulper
    eel, aka pelican eel. The fish is technically not an eel, but it’s
    about the closet thing that it resembles. It can be found at depths over 9000 feet below
    sea level or almost 2 miles deep. Even for the deep sea, this is one of the
    oddest creatures that has ever been discovered. The fish is dark black in color and can grow
    up to 31 inches long, but the most notable feature of the Gulper Eel is it’s unusually
    large mouth which acts as a net to capture prey. The fish also has a stomach capable of stretching
    which allows for it to consume prey larger than itself. The Gulper Eel is known to not be a very good
    swimmer, but a small luminous organ at the end of it’s tail acts as a light to help
    lure and capture prey. Not much is known about this strange creature
    due to the depths of it’s habitat, but we’re pretty confident that it looks weird. Number 1: The Blobfish And finally, number 1 on our list: the Blobfish. You’ve likely seen random photos online
    of this atrocity and may have dismissed them as being photoshopped, but the photos are
    real and the blob fish actually does look like this, but here’s the catch: it only
    looks like this out of water. The truth is, we don’t actually know what
    blobfish looks like in it’s natural environment because the fish is extremely rare and lives
    at depths over 4000 feet below. And water pressure at this depth is about
    100 times stronger than that on land. Because the fish has no skeletal structure,
    not even teeth, the blobfish becomes heavily, perhaps even morbidly, disfigured when brought
    to land. Although we’re not certain what the Blobfish
    actually looks like in the deep sea, it’s likely safe to assume from the pictures that
    it’s probably still pretty ugly. Are you aware of any fish that are uglier
    than these top 5? If so, subscribe and let us know in the comments

    Boating safely in cold weather
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    Boating safely in cold weather

    August 18, 2019


    9 Small Fish That Do Serious Damage
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    9 Small Fish That Do Serious Damage

    August 18, 2019

    From poisonous marine creatures to fish that
    pack a powerful bite, here are 9 small fish that do serious damage:
    Number 9 Boxfish Boxfishes may be small but that doesn’t
    mean they’re easy prey. In fact, few marine predators can actually
    eat adult boxfishes. This is because, whenever threatened, these
    fish can secrete toxins from their skin which act as a chemical defense mechanism. The mucus secreted from the skin of some members
    of the boxfish family contains pahutoxin, a water-soluble, crystalline chemical toxin. This is unique among known fish poisons and
    can break down or destroy red blood cells. When the toxic mucus is released, it dissolves
    quickly negatively affecting fish in the surrounding area. Pahutoxin can be deadly for various biological
    systems and even other boxfishes aren’t immune to it. Number 8 Acanthuridae
    The Acanthuridae family contains more than 86 extant species of unicornfish, tangs and
    surgeonfish. Many of them are brightly colored and therefore
    a popular addition to aquariums all over the world. These marine fish typically inhabit tropical
    seas and they’re most common around coral reefs. Most Acanthuridae species are small with lengths
    of 6 to 15.5 inches. One distinctive feature of the family makes
    these fishes quite dangerous. On either side of the tail, they have scalpel-like
    spines which are extremely sharp. These naturally-evolved switchblades can act
    as a defense mechanism against potential intruders. Some species have additional features that
    make them even more dangerous. The striped surgeonfish, for example, must
    be handled with extra care as its caudal spine is venomous. Number 7 Red Lionfish
    Lionfish are known as fish that can do serious damage because of their venomous fin rays
    that deliver painful puncture wounds. The venom is quite potent and, on rare occasions,
    can be fatal for humans. These fish are easily recognizable by their
    zebra-like stripes, enlarged pectoral fins and elongated dorsal fin spines. Whenever the lionfish feels threatened it
    will spread and present its fins before attacking with the dorsal spines. One common species is the red lionfish, which
    grows about 12 inches long and features red, white and brown stripes on its body. The red lionfish has been designated as an
    invasive species in the Mediterranean Sea, Caribbean Sea and the West Atlantic Ocean. The lack of natural predators has enabled
    the red lionfish to basically decimate local reef fishes in the regions it inhabits. For humans the symptoms of lionfish envenomation
    include extreme pain in the affected area, nausea, dizziness, headaches, fever or breathing
    difficulties. In rare cases it can cause temporary paralysis
    of the limbs, heart failure and even bath. Number 6 Piranha
    No list of dangerous fish is complete without the blood thirsty piranha. There are over 60 piranha species found in
    river systems ranging from northern Argentina to Colombia. Piranhas have deep bodies, saw-edged bellies,
    blunt heads, incredibly strong jaws and razor-sharp interlocking teeth. Most species rarely exceed 2 feet in length. During the dry season, when the water is low,
    groups of piranhas called shoals converge in feeding frenzies to take on large prey. These groups can sometimes consist of more
    than 100 piranhas each charging in to tear a chunk of flesh off their prey. Piranhas are also known to be attracted to
    blood in the water. Attacks on humans have occurred most notably
    in Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina. In 2011, a drunken teenage boy from the town
    of Rosario del Yalta, in Bolivia, jumped out of a canoe into a piranha infested river. The teen was almost eaten alive and later
    died from excessive bleeding. Number 5 Pufferfish
    Also known as blowfish or balloonfish, pufferfish are among the most poisonous vertebrates in
    the world. There are around 90 species in the Tetraodontidae
    family and most of them are small to medium in size. They’re found in warm and temperate regions
    around the world, usually in the sea but also in brackish or fresh water, in some cases. They’ve several defense mechanisms. Pufferfish have excellent eyesight and can
    use their tail fins as rudders to generate sudden bursts of speed. Their best known adaptation for survival is
    its ability to fill its highly elastic stomach with air or water until the entire fish becomes
    almost spherical in shape. Pufferfish have sharp spines all over their
    body and these become visible when it’s inflated. Predators that catch the pufferfish before
    or during inflation may choke to bath. However, the most important defense mechanism
    is the tetrodotoxin, or TTX, which can be present in its liver, ovaries, intestines
    or skin. For people, this neurotoxin can be deadly. Poisoning symptoms include vomiting, dizziness
    as well as numbing and prickling over the body. It’s followed by decreased blood pressure,
    rapid heart rate and muscle paralysis. As the diaphragm muscle becomes paralyzed,
    the victim stops breathing. Number 4 Stonefish
    The stonefish is one of the most venomous fish known to man. These creatures live in mud flats and estuaries
    among rocks or coral formations in the coastal regions of the Indo-Pacific. The stonefish draws its name from its appearance
    which seamlessly blends with the fish’s surrounding environment. They’ve thick bodies with large heads and
    mouths and bumpy skin covered with wart-like lumps and fleshy flaps. When resting, unmoving on the sea floor, it’s
    very difficult to detect. Swimmers who don’t notice these creatures
    may inadvertently step on them, which can trigger a painful and even deadly sting. Glands which are located at the bottom of
    the fish’s dorsal fin spines secrete potent neurotoxins. As the swimmer steps on it, the fish may inject
    a quantity of venom that’s proportional to the pressure applied to it. Stings may also occur on beaches, as these
    fish can live out of water for up to 24 hours. An additional defensive feature was revealed
    by a 2018 study. According to the report, stonefish can extend
    a lachrymal saber, which is a sharp specialized spine, whenever they feel threatened. If left untreated, the sting of a stonefish
    can be fatal. Hot water and vinegar should be applied to
    the affected area, followed by immediate treatment with anti-venom. Number 3 Stargazer
    The stargazer has been called ‘the meanest thing in creation’. In addition to their terrifying appearance,
    some species can deliver venom as well as electric shocks. Stargazers draw their name from the fact that
    their eyes are placed on top of their heads, as if they’re ‘looking at the stars’. They can be found all over the world in deep
    and shallow salt waters. Stargazers have massive heads, large upward-facing
    mouths and their bodies can grow to almost 3ft, for the giant stargazer. Their killing technique relies on ambush and
    they have weapons in their arsenal that can cause some serious damage. Stargazers camouflage themselves in the sand
    and leap upwards to ambush prey. Some species have a worm-shaped lure, that
    grows out of the floors of their mouths and which they can wiggle in order to attract
    prey. Above their pectoral fins, stargazers have
    two large venomous spines. Stargazer species from the Astroscopus or
    Uranoscopus genera can also deliver electric shocks, in addition to venom. All these vicious adaptations are why stargazers
    are sometimes known locally as the ‘mother-in-law fish’. Number 2 Candiru
    Also known as the toothpick or vampire fish, this parasitic catfish is native to the Amazon
    Basin and found in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia. The smaller candiru species are known for
    their tendency of invading and parasitizing the human urethra. Once it enters the passage, the candiru erects
    the short spines on its gill covers and may cause inflammation, bleeding and even bath
    to its victim. One report from the 1800s, talks about a Brazilian
    physician who examined several male patients whose penises had been amputated following
    parasitism by candiru. In 1891, naturalist Paul Le Cointe describes
    an incident involving a candiru that became lodged in the vaginal canal of its victim. Le Cointe removed the candiru himself. First he pushed it forward to disengage its
    spikes and then turned it around and took it out head first. One of the most persistent reports about the
    candiru defies the laws of simple fluid physics. Some locals from the Amazon Basin claim that
    it’s dangerous to urinate in rivers known for the presence of candiru. It is said that the fish can jump out of the
    water and ascend the length of the you’re in column to enter the urethra. Even though fluid mechanics makes this impossible,
    it remains one of the most common myths regarding the candiru. Number 1 Sheepshead
    This deep-bodied flat fish is commonly found on the Gulf and the Atlantic coasts of North
    America. The sheepshead has a silver body with 5 to
    7 broad, dark vertical bands. It has a short mouth, finely serrated scales
    and sharp dorsal spines. The sheepshead can reach 35 inches in length
    and weigh more than 25 pounds, although such proportions are rare. The most unusual aspect about this species
    is its dentition which is eerily similar to that of human beings. Its front teeth resemble human incisors while
    its back teeth look like human molars. This dental pattern enables the sheepshead
    to crush and grind its prey. It can chew through heavily-armored prey like
    echinoderms, oysters or barnacles. The sheepshead is also quite cunning as it’s
    known to steal bait from fishing hooks.

    9 Fish That Hunt Land Animals
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    9 Fish That Hunt Land Animals

    August 18, 2019

    from one species that can effectively
    walk out of the water to another which is known as the fish from hell here are
    nine fish that can hunt land animals before we begin be sure to subscribe –
    they will kill you hit the like button and request any topics you’d like to
    learn about in the comments section below number nine mudskipper mudskippers are
    found in temperate subtropical and tropical regions including the Atlantic
    coast of Africa and the Indo Pacific like the name would suggest this fish
    has several fascinating adaptations which enable it to travel on land as
    well as in the water they’re able to walk or skip on land by using their
    pectoral and pelvic fins on land they survive by breathing through their skin
    throat and the mucous lining of their mouths this is called cutaneous air
    breathing and it’s similar to the way amphibians breathe on land however this
    is only possible when mudskippers are moist which is why they tend to be
    restricted to humid habitats they’re able to regulate their body temperatures
    by digging deep burrows in soft sediments which also protect them from
    predators during high tide on land mud skippers perform a wide variety of
    activities these include feeding courting potential partners as well as
    establishing and defending territories that diets include snails insects small
    crabs and even other mudskippers number eight tiger shark up until recently the
    consensus was that that tiger sharks only feed on marine animals and water
    birds then a researcher from Dolphin Island sea lab named Marcus dreimann
    made an interesting discovery in 2009 after he caught a tiger shark off the
    coast of Alabama dreimann noticed that the shark had coughed up feathers
    interestingly enough these feathers didn’t belong to a water bird
    this led dreimann to suspect that tiger sharks might be supplementing their
    with other types of birds a study followed in which the stomach’s of over
    50 tiger sharks were dissected the contents of about half of the fish’s
    stomachs revealed beaks feathers and feet from terrestrial birds like meadow
    larks woodpeckers and tanika’s the theory is that as they migrate some
    birds lose their way there thus forced to keep
    flying until they become exhausted which brings them closer and closer to the
    surface where the tiger sharks are waiting to snap them in their jaws
    number seven wels catfish wels catfish is by all accounts a true River monster
    in 2009 a large catfish almost drowned the Hungarian fisherman he had attempted
    to grab the fish in a hold but soon regretted the decision the fisherman
    barely escaped with his life after the fish dragged him underwater by his right
    leg wels catfish can potentially weigh over
    660 pounds while measuring up to 16 feet that’s significantly larger than any
    human being even though reports of such giants have
    become a rarity in recent years an interest in tendency has been observed
    in medium sized catfish from the tan River in Alba France
    they’ve reportedly developed an ability to grab pigeons from the riverbanks it’s
    believed that the larger catfish have taken to hunting in the river depths
    forcing the smaller catfish to search for other sources of food it’s also
    suspected that the larger specimens can’t swim the shallow waters to get to
    the riverbanks after the catfish grabbed the pigeons they consumed them in the
    water based on observation they have a kill rate of 28 percent this may seem
    low but it’s actually quite impressive for a fish hunt in an animal that can
    essentially fly away when threatened number six African tiger fish
    this fish genis native to the african continent is commonly referred to as
    tiger fish the scientific name for the genes– is hydra sinners and it consists
    of five species which are all typically by severus meaning they feed on other
    fish Hydra Sina’s attaches however has become recorded displaying a rather
    unique adaptation it’s the only freshwater fish species proven to prey
    on birds in flight its main target consists of low-flying barn swallows a
    sleek body that measures over 3 feet in length and sharp fang-like teeth enabled
    tiger fish to quickly jump out of the water and grab birds as they fly past
    different hunting strategies have also been observed one is to hide just
    beneath the surface and to ambush the bird in flight while another involves
    chasing the bird from the surface and then leaping to grab it the first time
    this phenomenon was observed it happened so fast that the team responsible for
    recording it barely had time to realize what happened
    number 5 eel catfish researchers speculate that the eel catfish uses the
    same method to hunt on land that was used by the first vertebrates to venture
    out of the water around 420 million years ago to catch
    insects on land the eel catfish will arch its specialized spine to rise above
    its prey which usually consists of various insects then the eel descends on
    it trapping his prey against the ground and bend in its mouth around it
    eel catfish jaw muscles a hypertrophic meaning that the cells in the tissue are
    larger which increases bite strength in the water the eel catfish employs a
    different hunting technique it expands its mouth cavity pulling in extra water
    and sucking up prey on land this hunting technique wouldn’t work because air is
    around 800 times less dense than water number 4 silver Arowana
    the silver Arowana is native to South America in some species and known to
    reach almost 4 feet in length in its native waters the silver Arowana is
    known as the monkey fish for its ability to capture prey by jumping out of the
    water they typically swim near the surface
    while looking out for potential prey on tree branches the targets of its jumping
    attacks may include snakes insects bats or birds once it’s found a suitable
    victim the fish unleashes its incredibly Swift attack with a staggering jump that
    can reach over 6 feet above the water surface
    despite this impressive hunting technique the silver Arowana usually
    uses its drawbridge like mouths to eat animals floating on the surface by
    crustaceans or smaller fish number 3 rainbow trout this colorful fish is
    known to fight back when caught and for its ability to jump high above the water
    when hunting prey this predator will eat nearly anything it captures with a
    varied diet including insects smaller fish and even some small land animals
    the rainbow trout usually hunts for land animals during their breeding season
    when the prey is abundant in 2013 a researcher discovered a rainbow trout
    with the remains of 20 shrews in its stomach this furthered understanding of
    how apt the fish is at tackling land prey wildlife experts believe that the
    trout grabs these creatures whenever they venture close to the riverbank
    number 2 Archer fish much like the name implies this
    freshwater fish takes down prey using a ranged attack after the archer fish
    selects its target which usually consists of insects hanging from tree
    branches it contracts its gills to shoot a water stream from its mouth the stream
    is shaped by the fish’s mouth pots to travel faster at the rim than at the
    front forming the type of blob that impacts the target from around three to
    nearly seven feet they’re remarkably accurate shots however even if they miss
    the target the persistent archer fish will take multiple shots what’s even
    more remarkable is that the archer fish will develop its skill through social
    learning this means that they can observe how one member of the school
    uses the shooting technique to later adapt or modify their angles and target
    distances younger fish are initially inaccurate so by hunted in small schools
    they develop their shooting through observation and experience it has
    recently emerged that Archer fish also used Jets to hunt underwater prey
    experts don’t know which hunting technique developed first whether it was
    the aerial or underwater one according to one theory they evolved in parallel
    complementing each other the more they were used by the archer fish number one
    snakehead fish snakeheads are elongated fish with large
    mouths sharp shiny teeth and long dorsal fins there are 40 snakehead species
    belonging to two main types the para China native to Africa and the China in
    Asia since these freshwater fish breathe air through their gills they’re able to
    migrate short distances on land by wriggling with their bodies and fins
    snake heads can travel almost a quarter of a mile on land where they can survive
    for up to four days as bad news for animals on the shorelines or river banks
    as some snakehead species like the northern snakehead can grow to be over 3
    feet National Geographic has described this snakehead as fish Zillah for more
    than a hundred years humans have been introducing snake heads to
    non-indigenous waters where they become invasive and cause ecological damage the
    lack of natural predators in these waters means that snake heads often
    reach apex status they also tend to spread rapidly by the age of two or
    three the snakehead has already reached sexual maturity and a single female may
    release up to 150,000 eggs every two years after it was introduced either
    intentionally or ignorantly in North American waters the aggressive snakehead
    earned the reputation of Frankenfish monster fish or the fish from hell
    thanks for watching which fish do you think is the most apt at hunted land
    animals let us know in the comments section below

    Low water levels causing issues for boaters on Lake Okeechobee
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    Low water levels causing issues for boaters on Lake Okeechobee

    August 18, 2019



    Bluewater Sailboat Tour-INSIDE a Valiant 40 -(Our Tiny Home)2 Of 3 Patrick Childress Sailing #31

    August 18, 2019

    Valiant 40 Part 2 Hello I’m Patrick Childress on the sailboat Brick House … welcome aboard today is part two of the valiant 40 tour
    down below so let’s turn the cameras around we’ll go through the hatch board
    and take a look at one time all the trim around the companionway was teak now
    it’s very low maintenance polyethylene bottom wash board that’s
    also solid polyethylene very low maintenance very sturdy so let’s go down
    below we’ll take a very quick tour of this valiant 40 and then we’ll come back
    and look at some of these items in much closer detail on the right side the
    starboard side is a hanging Locker for all the foul weather gear and we also
    keep our flares in there just forward of that is the pantry with several shelves
    and very deep storage for lots of food storage and on the port side is the aft
    cabin which we often call just the bedroom and the port side of course is
    the galley and we’ll come back and take a closer look at the galley in just a
    few minutes. On the starboard side is Rebecca’s domain the nav station she
    installed a lot of these electronics and she maintains the electronics since she
    does all the navigating for us makes it easy for me she just tells me to turn
    right turn left how far up ahead to go and in the next video she’ll actually do
    a little orientation on the electronics what we have and how useful they are on
    the starboard side is a water tank under the settee that one is about 60 gallons
    capacity there’s a tons of storage behind the backrest they go all the way
    out to the hull and we have the stereo cabinet up here behind that white door
    and then there’s another 60 gallon water tank underneath this settee on the port
    side and in the next video I’ll go through what we did to save these
    aluminum tanks they were very heavily pitted and it was gonna cost a fortune
    to rip these out and try to fit something else in so we have a remedy
    that has worked for all these years and we’ll go into that next video up
    here on the left is even more storage and there’s also lots of ventilation in
    this boat lots of hatches and port lights so we really don’t need wind
    directors to force more air through these hatches this is a hanging Locker
    on the starboard side and more clothes storage in shelves just forward of that
    on the port side is the head it’s just the right size it’s not too big not too
    small so we’re not too cramped some people have problems with their Jabsco toilet. We just don’t have problems with ours and I have a few tips I think that
    might help you out which we’ll cover in the next video but I like the size of
    this head we have a shower curtain that goes around to contain water when we’re
    taking a shower it has all the amenities that we need to be comfortable on this
    boat. Stored up forward is the Barracuda sewing machine very similar to
    the Sailrite, a lot of the parts are interchangeable. and the v-berth is not
    for personal storage this is where all kinds of parts and supplies are stored
    stainless steel nuts and bolts fiberglass, fiberglass resin, glue, all
    kinds of extra stainless steel parts are stored up in these shelves sandpaper,
    tools you name it so we are pretty self-sufficient out here if something
    should break and the same for the storage up here on the starboard side in
    all these shelves and a way up in the chain Locker we’ll
    get to that in the next video we have a hundred and fifty feet of chain that we
    store up there and then in that PVC tube that comes out of that is a is where the
    other hundred and fifty feet of chain goes to down below the V Berth – we like
    to keep as much chain as low and aft as possible. To the hanging Locker and we’ll
    get started there oh there’s one other thing I forgot to mention we’ll also be
    taking a look at the main bilge pump underneath this floorboard and we’ll
    take a look at the emergency electric bilge pump that is much farther forward
    way up underneath one of these floorboards and of course we have the
    high capacity hand operated bilge pump in the hanging Locker normally we try to dry the gear before
    it goes into this locker but even if it did go in here wet any water would just
    drip down into the bilge work its way there there’s a nice big shelf up here
    another shelf a little further down plenty of storage space and this is also
    where we keep all of our flares and emergency signaling equipment. This is
    also where the emergency hand operated bilge pump is located. What was in this
    space originally was a Whalegusher 25. It wasn’t installed properly the
    discharge went directly out over the side of the boat without a high loop so
    it was very easy for sea water or rain water just to back right down
    that discharge hose and settled inside of the pump. A proper discharge loop starts
    at the discharge thruhull going out the side of the boat and then goes up
    just as high as possible before it goes back down to the pump so
    when I went to rebuild this it was so heavily corroded inside it just wasn’t
    repairable so we replaced it with a very high capacity Edison pump it’s a
    tremendous pump it’ll pump one gallon per stroke if I had two inch hoses on
    there but because of area restrictions in the hose run I could only put in one
    and three-quarter inch hoses so it’s a little bit less than one gallon per
    stroke. On the discharge side I have a very high loop but also one of these
    see-through check valves certainly it’s not the best idea to have a check valve
    in any kind of a discharge bilge pump but at sea water no other water is going
    to be backing up and just sitting in this pump it’s going to be fully
    functional if we ever need it down here is where all the water in the boat
    collects in a stainless steel sump that measures six inches by eight inches
    across so it’s a very tight squeeze putting the pump and the float switch in
    here but I can squeeze it out, take it all
    apart and clean it out occasionally because muck does at times keep the
    float from going up and down properly is over here this is the sump discharge
    from the shower so the shower pan goes through that green pipe and comes out
    into the sump here and then gets pumped overboard the important part though is
    to put a screen on the end of that discharge otherwise you get all
    of this muck they hear the soap scum everything you would go into the sump it
    helped to clog up the pump so this way we capture it in the screen I can take
    it out dump it into the garbage can wash out this little plastic screen and then
    slip it back on keep all that hair and gunk from clogging up the most important
    bill bilge pump on the boat now I’ll take you up forward and show you the
    emergency backup bilge pump that has never seen water and hopefully it never
    will. in this forward bilge area, this is an area that just never should ever get wet so water has to get
    in this bilge up to this float switch of course before it’ll finally turn on so
    that’s pretty darn high in this bilge area when it does turn on we have that
    round alarm this is the largest bilge pump I could possibly fit in this area
    and you can see there’s no way that I could attach it at the base like you
    normally would it’s held in place with this PVC pipe
    that I just cut the section out of to make a ring that hole slips over the top
    and then this PVC horizontal piece is attached to that ring and then to each
    side to the vertical piece attached to the frame of the boat to finish up in the hanging locker this
    is where we store the hatch boards we have these two teak twist locks that
    securely hold them in place and then the hatch screens get stuffed on the far
    side of those and they’re wedged in nice and securely… and this is the pantry it
    was way back in here this is the single sideband radio and of course the control
    head for that radio is at the nav station the next shelf down is more food
    and then the very bottom shelf is a lot of hand tools which are always getting
    used as they’re in a very convenient spot along with over here in the galley
    we have all these drawers but this drawer is dedicated not to silverware
    well it’s not aware that I like to use more than all the other, because we’re
    always using all kinds of screwdrivers all the Phillips head or on that side
    and the flat heads are on this side these are always being used I can’t be
    digging out things from the engine room or some other storage space all the
    time but one thing I changed very quickly on this boat were these little
    finger holes with the latch behind I could only imagine my finger breaking
    out in the middle of an ocean and in fact a commenter on one of the earlier
    videos on galley tips said that’s exactly what happened to him he was
    reaching in to unlatch the door the boat hit a wave and his finger broke 90
    degrees in anticipation of something like that happening I did away with
    those latches and I installed these twist lock latches up here I’m actually surprised that they’ve
    lasted over 12 years now this is 2019 but just as a backup we have
    this little latch down here in fact in rough weather when things might be
    coming out and slamming against the door we always put on these extra security
    latches at the top of the door to help hold these open especially in rough
    weather are these Springs so the door can’t close push and now it’ll close
    easily so we don’t have to fight with the door along the ocean so to close the
    hatch you just pop the spring thumbs down real quick and easy any
    water that becomes a waterfall down this companionway which has happened out in
    bad storms will come down and eventually work its way down to this grating and
    then just simply runs down into the bilge.. another great idea.. oh hey there
    Lily she just woke up from her little hiding spot way in the back of the boat. I
    really like the layout of the aft cabin. Underneath this cushion is the V Drive
    and the transmission so it’s very accessible this white panel pulls out
    and up here is the storage cabinet and the bunk is 6 feet 10 inches long in
    four feet wide the only problem that I can really see is this side deck in this
    location the person sleeping on the outside can have a little difficulty
    crawling over the person on the inside. (but that could be a nice thing!)
    Underneath this area it’s all storage it is full of stuff all kinds of spares
    there’s no personal storage here there’s all kinds of electrical supplies wires
    in the back section is the hot water heater the regulators for the hooker and
    the scuba tank are stored way down in here just all kinds of repairs and
    Spares. and of course way down underneath here are the batteries we have six
    Trojan batteries golf cart batteries (T-105) one day I’d like to get caught up with
    modern technology and get some lighter batteries that have equal if not more
    amperage capacity I like the way the galley is laid out
    and actually the nice close U shape so you can’t really bang around too far
    you can always brace yourself against something while you’re working around
    the galley it’s a really good idea also on this boat we have a galley strap so
    we can lean against it while we’re cooking
    or at another position we can actually lean forward and keep from
    being thrown into the stove these countertops are solid plastic it was
    originally Formica and this work was done in Cartagena Columbia by a man
    named Eder who does a lot of this work and he did a pretty good job it is in
    Corian quality but it’s the next best thing and for $800 for doing
    everything here I think we got a pretty good deal this is a soap dispenser this
    is fresh water foot pump saltwater foot foot pump and this is the product water
    for the reverse osmosis system that we never use we just don’t need it we get
    all of our fresh water from the faucet on shore from the rain and sometimes a
    very clear stream but for washing dishes we use the salt water we rinse in salt
    water and then rinse in the fresh water we hardly ever use the pressure water we
    only use the pressure water really at the sink occasionally because we have a
    filter down below to filter the water that comes out of the fresh water tank
    and Rebecca likes to use that I’m not nearly as fussy about the water I drink.
    and back here is a big storage bin way down to the bottom of the boat all kinds
    of pots and pans we don’t have anything out here because I try to clean up for
    our ‘company’ and threw it all down here to hide it out of the way like throwing
    it under the carpet yeah we don’t normally live like this… and over here is
    the refrigerator yeah we got the freezer here it goes down very deep normally we keep these exercise mats on top of
    the refrigerator to help with insulation a lot of this is covered in video number
    22 which is galley tips and you’ll also get a very good look way down inside of
    the freezer how we defrost it and the things that we put in there to help aid
    the airflow in the freezer also in video number 20 about provisioning we go
    through a lot of these lockers pull things out and show a lot of different
    foods and how to store items on your boat and what to buy what not to buy
    while you’re out cruising long distance there’s tons of storage back here
    Bob Perry did a great job of using all the storage capacity on this boat and I’ll
    show you more of it as we move around these cabinets are full of dishes and
    cups all kinds of silverware so we’re not lacking at all for storage capacity
    well I hope other people have had better luck with their gourmet II princess
    stove than what we have had. we installed the stove in 2012. right from the get-go
    we had problems with rust it was rusting just way too fast and
    then up on the burners there was always a yellow flame and the company just
    wasn’t that helpful with us trying to figure it all out but eventually after
    trying so many different things we discovered that it was the caps that
    were not manufactured quite right and so when we got new caps and put those on at
    her own expense through a different source that took care of the yellow
    flame and now we have some nice blue flames the way they were supposed to be the original pot supports for this stove
    seem like in no time they started flaking off hunks of rust so we had to
    have new ones made out of 304 stainless and these are holding up far better
    sinks this sink on the port side was originally made far too deep seawater
    would back up through the drain hole and flood the sink when we’re just slightly
    heeled over to port. when this sink was about 38 years old I just couldn’t
    patch it up anymore on the bottom it was just rusting through so much that
    Davao City Philippines we had this one made to replace it and I only made it
    about an inch and a half less deep I probably should have gone to two or
    maybe even three inches less deep just to make sure that we are well above the
    waterline but it’s been adequate but this is simple to make the old one
    actually I cut out with an angle grinder starting from one side work down the
    bottom and brought up it was very simple to do and then just took it out and the
    people at the sheetmetal shop used that as the template for making this new one
    so it’s very simple to make with the curved sides and the very flat back and
    the flat front and it does have the flanges on each side for mounting up
    underneath these sink on the starboard side of the galley this is 43 years old
    now and it’s rusting on the bottom I haven’t had a patch it up just yet but
    when we haul out in Durban South Africa in a couple of months we’ll have a new
    one made there the sink on the port side was this 304 stainless hopefully in
    Durban they’ll have some 316 stainless to make this new sink. Once again time
    has really gotten away from me I just keep seeing more and more things to
    point out as we go through the boat so certainly there’s gonna be a part 3 part
    4 maybe even a part 5 we’ll just keep it going until we run out a boat hey but
    thanks a lot for all of the positive comments that you have been making
    that’s great encouragement to keep doing what we’re doing
    also of course if you can click on the thumbs up button down there and
    especially the subscribe if you haven’t done already that’ll be a big help so
    thanks again and we’ll see in a couple weeks for the
    next part of the Valiant 40 Tour – down below

    The Water City | Gujo Hachiman 名水の町・郡上八幡
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    The Water City | Gujo Hachiman 名水の町・郡上八幡

    August 18, 2019

    The Water City: Gujo Hachiman Gujo Hachiman, also known as the Water City, is a city tucked away in the mountains of Gifu prefecture. The crisp mountain water forms rivers that run through the middle of the city. Here, this water is everything. The entire drive up the mountain we saw fishermen catching ayu, which are deliciously fried
    and salted and sold on sticks in the city. Other than fishing, the city uses this water
    to drink, cook, clean, swim, and even leap into as a rite of passage for young boys. Koi fish are everywhere here,
    even in the gutters alongside the street. Is this even a real place? And after we just fed him! I wasn’t expecting that. The largest river in the city is 12 meters,
    or 40 feet below street level. The main bridge across this river is known as the jumping
    bridge, and throughout the summer you can watch young boys and men leaping into the river below. Because it’s so dangerous, inexperienced visitors aren’t allowed to jump since they likely don’t have the skill and knowledge necessary to avoid major injury. A healthy young man has died here in the past, and around the world people die every year
    leaping from this height into water, so real talk, guys, if you ever visit, don’t jump. Even jumps at half that height can cause concussions and injuries. It’s not for tourists. However just up the river there are smaller
    rocks that are safer to leap from if you’re an experienced swimmer. The city streets are very traditional and
    filled with shops full of hand-crafted items. Although not exactly a traditional Japanese
    item, the most famous hand-crafted products here are fake food samples, which you’ll
    find displayed outside of restaurants all across Japan. You can even make them yourself if you want! Do you want a drink? [Well water] Is it okay? Thank you! It’s good! Everyone have some! Jun, you haven’t had any! Yum. Thank you! These vegetables are unattended. You just put money in the can and take what you want. The city also holds one of the largest and
    most famous Bon Odori festivals in Japan, lasting the entire month of August, with four days where the city dances straight through the night. Gujo Hachiman is an absolutely beautiful city
    unlike anything I’ve seen before. It was one of those rare experiences that really transported me somewhere new, and made me feel like “This is Japan.” It’s my favorite place I’ve been so far, and it gets the elusive Rachel 10/10. If you have the chance to visit in late summer, I can’t recommend it enough. Don’t forget your swimsuit!