We have a lot of dangerous wildlife in Florida- there’s probably more things that can kill you here than anywhere but Australia! And when dangerous critters get together, there are winners and losers! A recent study was published in the Southeastern Journal documenting the frequency of alligators eating sharks. There had been some anecdotal evidence before, but the new research indicates it is much more common than realized. Sharks frequently come into brackish fresh water, and while alligators don’t live in saltwater, they can tolerate it. Naturally, when a larger predator comes into contact with a smaller critter, even if it’s also a predator, the smaller critter runs the risk of becoming lunch. I’m sure a large shark would make a meal of a smaller alligator, if given the chance. Gators certainly have learned that can make a meal out of sharks and rays!
They aren’t the only predators willing to go after sharks. A couple years ago, a man named John Bailey snapped a pic of a shark being fished out by a bobcat near Vero Beach. Like I said, there’s a lot of nasty critters in Florida!
Of course, if you’re a fan you’re already one of the 8 million people to have viewed it on YouTube… or the millions more during the MNF debut last night. But, if you’re like me, and fell asleep too soon, here’s the trailer!
Curry Picks up his Dribble
Yeah, that highlight that is blowing up today of Curry taking LeBron should not have been. Curry definitely picked up the ball with both hands in the middle of it. Frankly, it should be a LeBron highlight anyway, seeing as how he held the 2-time MVP without help for some 8 seconds. But since the evidence shows Curry had to cheat to get by, speaks even greater to LeBron’s efforts. It’s no wonder LeBron jumped- Steph picked up his dribble. It’s not a Curry highlight, it’s a lowlight.
Also, a look at LeBron’s shot chart shows how he had success taking it to the rim a few times on his own last night!
This huge Rock Python was seen crawling across a fairway on a course in South Africa. Piece of advice from a certified snake wrangler, don’t approach them if you don’t know what they are doing. (Rock Pythons are notoriously aggressive.) It’s a matter of time In factbefore we get footage like this of an invasive Burmese in Florida…
In fact, a couple of guys recently tried this with a snake on the side of the road in Collier County a few weeks ago…
The ‘Coke Button’
Right there, just within reach on the Resolute Desk, is an elegant button. It is not specifically a “Coke” button, rather it is used to summon a White House butler who can attend to the President’s needs. And Mr. Trump likes a refreshing soda, now and again. The button is not unique to him, as the last several presidents have had the button available: I found it sitting on Clinton’s desk in some old pictures, as well. And presidents before that had big clunky phones with lots of buttons; I doubt the butler phenomenon is new to the White House.
I want a Coke Button!
Iguana on Key Biscayne
The Burmese Pythons have gotten a lot of press lately, and we have seen Nile Monitor lizards in Cape Coral, and mean old Tegus on the east coast, but it tends to get forgotten that there are invasive iguanas established in many places on Florida. They are not dangerous to people or animals, so they don’t get much press, but they are ubiquitous in certain areas.
They can be a problem, from invading housing developments and weakening retaining walls, but also to native flora and fauna. For instance: “In the Florida Keys, iguanas ate up the host plant for the endangered Miami blue butterfly in Bahia Honda State Park. Nearly 600 iguanas have been removed from the park in the last two fiscal years, according to Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection, but the quarter-sized butterflies haven’t returned.”
You might recall that SkyNet is the program in Terminator will become sentient and cause the machines to rise up and try to kill their human overlords. Remember that… bad thing! So, the military is contracting with a company to create a weapon dubbed SkyNet, but good news- it’s actually a weapon that shoots nets into the sky instead of an artificial intelligence program that will wipe us all out! That program is likely already underway…
SkyNet is an attachment that will fit onto a shotgun and be used to shoot small drones out of the sky. Small drones are an increasing, inexpensive threat that enemies would deploy against us. So SkyNet may be a good thing… until it starts getting targeting programming, then learning at a geometric rate until it becomes sentient and the military tries to pull the plug, but it’s too late. SkyNet fights back. We are past August 4, 1997, so we should be ok, right?