A shark bit a teenage girl on Sunday while she swam in the ocean off of Atlantic Beach, NC at Fort Macon State Park. The seventeen-year-old suffered “deep lacerations to her leg, pelvic and hand areas,” Atlantic Beach Fire Department officials said in a statement. The injured girl was flown by helicopter to the hospital where she is reported to be in good condition, though she lost a part of her leg above the knee. The girl was freed from the jaws of the shark after her father repeatedly punched the animal in the face. The teen is described as an advocate for marine life and has urged the public to continue to respect sharks in their environment. Officials are not yet sure what type of shark was involved in the attack. Teen attacked by shark off NC beach, suffers major injuries The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced that they are launching an investigation into a high number of gray whale deaths that have taken place on the west coast this year. The purpose of the investigation is to determine whether disease, environmental or human factors are to blame. The deaths of the whales have been declared an “usual mortality event,” a designation defined as any unexpected and significant die-off of a group of marine mammals. Since the beginning of the year, 70 gray whale carcasses have washed ashore on the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. When whales die they usually sink, so scientists say that the whales that have washed ashore represent a small number of the deaths that are likely occurring. Although the deaths of the gray whales are alarming, scientists have emphasized that they have not yet reached a mortality rate that threatens the west coast’s entire population of gray whales. NOAA warns gray whales are experiencing an “unusual mortality event” 4-year-old boy attacked by mountain lion in California On Memorial Day wildlife officials responded to Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve in San Diego County where a four-year-old boy sustained a non-life threatening injury after a mountain lion attack. The boy was a part of a group of 11 people that were enjoying the park at the time. Responding officials identified mountain lion tracks at the scene and, shortly thereafter, the mountain lion approached wildlife officers. The officers noted that the mountain lion appeared to have very little fear of humans, which is unusual behavior in a mountain lion. The cat was killed and forensic samples were taken in order to match the mountain lion to the victim. Officials are emphasizing that, despite the attack on the boy, mountain lion attacks are very rare in California. The last attack to take place in the state was in 2014 and it was also non-fatal.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Michigan State Police have confirmed one passenger has died as a result of the three car crash on Genschaw Rd.Eighty-eight–year–old Martha Krajnik of Alpena was pronounced dead shortly after being transported to MidMichigan Health Center for treatment.Police were called to the scene at 12:46 p.m. on Monday. An investigation revealed a Chevy Trailblazer driven by an 18-year-old Alpena woman was traveling north on Genschaw, when she swerved into the southbound lane to avoid a Ford F–150 stopped in the road, waiting to turn left onto Princeton.The Trailblazer had minimal contact with the F–150 before swerving onto the southbound side, slamming into the Prius. The drivers of the Trailblazer and the F–150 did not report any injuries as a result of the accident. Three occupants of the Prius, however, did sustain injuries, ranging from minor to critical.The condition of the other occupants in the Prius is not known at this time.The crash is still under investigation and alcohol does not appear to have played a factor. Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact the Michigan State Police Alpena Post at (989)354-4101.Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Accident, crash, Death, Genschaw Rd., Martha Krajknik, michigan state police, msp, PrincetonContinue ReadingPrevious Larry Donajkowski wins 60 Second Inspiration grand prize at BAC’s annual fitness galaNext Thunder Bay Theatre brings on new artistic director read more
NASCAR is cracking down on drivers who skip mandatory media sessions or who are “verbally aggressive” with reporters.According to NBC Sports, officials issued a memo to all teams Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway warning of penalties for drivers who “fail to complete their media obligations or (are) verbally aggressive toward a NASCAR staff member or media member.” Fox NASCAR analyst Darrell Waltrip to retire, network confirms But NASCAR noted in the memo that “select drivers have intentionally missed media obligations or refused to give an interview during a bullpen session. We also have been made aware that some drivers have been verbally aggressive with media members. It goes without saying that is something we need to course correct in short order.” Related News No penalty was specified, but NBC Sports notes the NASCAR rulebook outlines penalties of $10,000 to $50,000 for such an infraction. NASCAR drivers are generally regarded as media friendly, and the sport’s top stars have an open media session early each race weekend. But this season, the sanctioning body adopted a new policy that all Monster Energy NASCAR Cup drivers must enter a “bullpen area” for media availability after qualifying. Drivers finishing in spots 3-10 in each race must also visit the media area (the winner and runnerup, along with another driver of note, hold their post-race interviews in the media center). read more