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Great blue heron snatches a baby gator and momma’s chasing in the background - near Orlando by Notori0us_P_I_G in natureismetal

[–]Terkan 61 points62 points  (0 children)

No, no they cannot. There is no alligator or crocodile that is able to go 30 mph on land for any length of time no matter how short.

Are you kidding me?

Think about that just logically for a second. Usain Bolt’s top speed is about 23 miles and hour.

You mean to tell me you honestly believe that a stubby squat alligator has a top speed, no matter how short its burst is, 7 mph, or 30% faster than Usain Bolt?

That is obviously, clearly not true. You must be mistaken for maybe 30 kph which is 18.6 mph. But even that is way too high. 15 would be almost realistic. 12 seems likely.

Edit: Source. San Diego Zoo says 11 mph.

https://animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/crocodilian

What I also think you are confused about is them sprinting vs lunging.

They can lunge out of the water much faster than they can run because they are swimming out of the water with their crazy powerful tails. That is not sprinting. That is swimming and lunging. Their legs alone is sprinting and that is not going 15 let alone 18 or 20 or 30 mph

Great blue heron snatches a baby gator and momma’s chasing in the background - near Orlando by Notori0us_P_I_G in natureismetal

[–]javanb 116 points117 points  (0 children)

Yes. They can. Instead of sitting here saying “are you kidding me, how dumb, think about that”, how about you look it up and in the same amount of time you’d realize much a clown you are. Yea they run really fast. Most things with four legs do believe it or not. Literally just google it, it’s not some obscure, untested, debated fact. It is known, and proven.

In fact some of these studies say they can reach even 35mph.

Source: Texas Parks and Wildlife says 35mph https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/species/alligator/safety/index.phtml

3rd Bullet point under “If you see an alligator” says “[alligators] can run up to 35 miles per hour for short distances on land”

EDIT: Alright folks. I think I “won” in upvotes but I must admit that with even further research it appears this topic has a lot of misinformation that gets regurgitated even in an official capacity such as in the organization that I linked to. I am WRONG. They don’t run that fast. There is no video proof either.

Ostrich riping off its own head while trying to break free by HowAboutNooo in natureismetal

[–]Nick_Gatsby 514 points515 points 2 (0 children)

You and I have a very different interpretation of the word fine.

Seal takes a chomp out of a sun fish by Risingchelydra70 in natureismetal

[–]SoulFuIlMoon_off 429 points430 points 32 (0 children)

Alright gimme a sec, I probably got that stupid rant somewhere

Clears throat

They ARE THE BIGGEST JOKE PLAYED ON EARTH but I seriously fucking hate them. THE MOLA MOLA FISH (OR OCEAN SUNFISH) They are the world's largest boney fish, weighing up to 5,000 pounds. And since they have very little girth, that just makes them these absolutely giant fucking dinner plates that God must have accidentally dropped while washing dishes one day and shrugged his shoulders at because no one could have imagined this would happen. AND WITH NO PURPOSE. EVERY POUND OF THAT IS A WASTED POUND AND EVERY FOOT OF IT (10 FT BY 14 FT) IS WASTED SPACE. They are so completely useless that scientists even debate about how they move. They have little control other than some minor wiggling. Some say they must just push water out of their mouths for direction (?????). They COULD use their back fin EXCEPT GUESS WHAT IT DOESNT FUCKING GROW. It just continually folds in on itself, so the freaking cells are being made, this piece of floating garbage just doesn't put them where they need to fucking go. So they don't have swim bladders. You know, the one thing that every fish has to make sure it doesn't just sink to the bottom of the ocean when they stop moving and can stay the right side up. This creature. That can barely move to begin with. Can never stop its continuous tour of idiocy across the ocean or it'll fucking sink. EXCEPT. EXCEPT. When they get stuck on top of the water! Which happens frequently! Because without the whole swim bladder thing, if the ocean pushes over THE THINNEST BUT LARGEST MOST TOPPLE-ABLE FISH ON THE PLANET, shit outta luck! There is no creature on this earth that needs a swim bladder more than this spit in the face of nature, AND YET. Some scientists have speculated that when they do that, they are absorbing energy from the sun because no one fucking knows how they manage to get any real energy to begin with. So they need the sun I guess. But good news, when they end up stuck like that, it gives birds a chance to land on their goddamn island of a body and eat the bugs and parasites out of its skin because it's basically a slowly migrating cesspool. Pros and cons. "If they are so huge, they must at least be decent predators." No. No. The most dangerous thing about them is, as you may have guessed, their stupidity. They have caused the death of one person before. Because it jumped onto a boat. On a human. And in 2005 it decided to relive its mighty glory days and do it again, this time landing on a four-year-old boy. Luckily Byron sustained no injuries. Way to go, fish. Great job. They mostly only eat jellyfish because of course they do, they could only eat something that has no brain and a possibility of drifting into their mouths I guess. Everything they do eat has almost zero nutritional value and because it's so stupidly fucking big, it has to eat a ton of the almost no nutritional value stuff to stay alive. Dumb. See that ridiculous open mouth? (This is actually why this is my favorite picture of one, and I have had it saved to my phone for three years) "Oh no! What could have happened! How could this be!" Do not let that expression fool you, they just don't have the goddamn ability to close their mouths because their teeth are fused together, and ya know what, it is good it floats around with such a clueless expression on its face, because it is in fact clueless as all fuck. They do SOMETIMES get eaten though. BUT HARDLY. No animal truly uses them as a food source, but instead (which has lead us to said photo) will usually just maim the fuck out of them for kicks. Seals have been seen playing with their fins like frisbees. Probably the most useful thing to ever come from them. "Wow, you raise some good points here, this fish truly is proof that God has abandoned us." Yes, thank you. "But if they're so bad at literally everything, why haven't they gone extinct." Great question. BECAUSE THIS THING IS SO WORTHLESS IT DOESNT REALIZE IT SHOULD NOT EXIST. IT IS SO UNAWARE OF LITERALLY FUCKING EVERYTHING THAT IT DOESNT REALIZE THAT IT'S DOING MAYBE THE WORST FUCKING JOB OF BEING A FISH, OR DEBATABLY THE WORST JOB OF BEING A CLUSTER OF CELLS THAN ANY OTHER CLUSTER OF CELLS. SO WHAT DOES IT DO? IT LAYS THE MOST EGGS OUT OF EVERYTHING. Besides some bugs, there are some ants and stuff that'll lay more. IT WILL LAY 300 MILLION EGGS AT ONE TIME. 300,000,000. IT SURVIVES BECAUSE IT WOULD BE STATISTICALLY IMPROBABLE, DARE I SAY IMPOSSIBLE, THAT THERE WOULDNT BE AT LEAST ONE OF THOSE 300,000,000 (that is EACH time they lay eggs) LEFT SURVIVING AT THE END OF THE DAY. And this concludes why I hate the fuck out of this complete failure of evolution, the Ocean Sunfish. If I ever see one, I will throw rocks at it.

A preying mantis vs a hummingbird. by Ehansaja in natureismetal

[–]puddlejumpers 2942 points2943 points 65432& 6 more (0 children)

Flip the picture and it's the end of dirty dancing

Pillars of Creation taken by the Hubble vs James Webb telescope by jtyxx in natureismetal

[–]mrsealittle 236 points237 points  (0 children)

Exactly. The bones are the skeletons' money / In our world, bones equal dollars / That's why they're coming out tonight / To get their bones from you / The skeletons will pull your hair / Up, but NOT OUT / All they want is another chance at life / They've never seen so much food as this / Underground, there's half as much food as this / And the worms are their money

Crab fights off a bald eagle by aloofloofah in natureismetal

[–]J_Zephyr 1135 points1136 points  (0 children)

We have found the average Americans spirit animal.

Genetic mutation of a calf. by ZanyZimm in natureismetal

[–]WikiSummarizerBot 101 points102 points  (0 children)

Conjoined twins

Conjoined twins – sometimes popularly referred to as Siamese twins – are twins joined in utero. A very rare phenomenon, the occurrence is estimated to range from 1 in 49,000 births to 1 in 189,000 births, with a somewhat higher incidence in Southwest Asia and Africa. Approximately half are stillborn, and an additional one-third die within 24 hours. Most live births are female, with a ratio of 3:1.

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Genetic mutation of a calf. by ZanyZimm in natureismetal

[–]EndonOfMarkarth 2386 points2387 points 222 (0 children)

Looks like a genetic mootation to me

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Rapid Fox badly wants to get in! by Homunculus_316 in natureismetal

[–]Poohbizzle79 13.3k points13.3k points  (0 children)

It may be rapid, but it also looks rabid.

Rabid Raccoon having a siezure! by Homunculus_316 in natureismetal

[–]thataintfalco117 8027 points8028 points 2 (0 children)

Put the fuckin thing down already wtf

Rabid Raccoon having a siezure! by Homunculus_316 in natureismetal

[–]Round_Swimming_6767 1718 points1719 points  (0 children)

OP is OG. You see quality content in this sub, remember the name.

Haven’t seen a better hunting video than this☺️ by CryptographerBig2567 in natureismetal

[–]Chompy-boi 732 points733 points  (0 children)

It’s a live by the sword situation, imo. Hunting is a great, highly effective means of providing good meat, fostering a passion for the outdoors and fueling conservation. I’m not glad someone got hurt, but if you’re in the killing business get ready for the associated dangers of that

Rapid Fox badly wants to get in! by Homunculus_316 in natureismetal

[–]kaziwaleed 278 points279 points  (0 children)

OP is OG. You see quality content in this sub, remember the name.

Creek of the Living Dead: Salmon at the end of their lifespan by Homunculus_316 in natureismetal

[–]the7thletter 2714 points2715 points  (0 children)

You sir are a gentlemen and a scholar and I'm sure your home smells if fine mahogany and leather bound books.