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Dispatches : Oct 2012

SeaWorld Orca Injury Sparks Outcry

Photos of a badly injured orca whale at SeaWorld San Diego has sparked an outcry from animal rights activists, who claim that the injury is further evidence that the whales are being held in unsafe conditions. Nakai, an 11-year-old male was injured around September 20 during a private show, tearing off a "dinner plate-sized chunk of his lower mandible," exposing muscle and bone. SeaWorld has maintained that the injury was the result of a collision with the side of a pool, but Dr. Ingrid N. Visser, founder of the Orca Research Trust, says that the photographs indicate an altercation with another orca. “Of note is that in [this photo], at the bottom right of the wound, near the trainers shoe in the photo, there are four puncture marks—and the spacing matches that for orca teeth—as you can see from Nakai’s teeth in this same photo.” The animal rights group PETA has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture saying that SeaWorld has failed to keep the whales separated as required under the Animal Welfare Act.

Photos and the full story can be found at TimZimmerman.com

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Landis Fined $21,000 for Defamation

A Swiss judge ordered former cyclist Floyd Landis to pay $10,666 each to two International Cycling Union presidents after Landis refused to defend himself in a defamation suit filed by the pair. Current president Pat McQuaid and former boss Hein Verbruggen sued Landis in April of 2011 in response to the ex-Postal Service rider's claims that the UCI helped cover up doping by big-name cyclists. Besides fining him, the judgment of default issued by the Eastern Vaud District Court requires Landis to take out advertisements in major publications announcing the decision and to refrain from stating, among other things, that Verbruggen and McQuaid "are fools," "are full of shit," "are clowns," or "are no different than Colonel Muammar Gaddafi." The UCI is currently pursuing a similar case against cycling journalist Paul Kimmage, who is scheduled to appear in court this December.

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A Leopard Takes Down an Impala in Mid-Air

The video doesn't show the spark, the inciting moment that led the impala herd to bolt across the road directly into the path of a leopard crouching in the tall grass. But it does show the climax, the predator exploding from the brush into an esophagus-targeted leap that lands with such force that it leaves an ungulate reeling hooves over head in mid-air. A leg-jolting suffocation and a pre-dinner drag through the dirt follow.

One of the benefits of so many people having cameras and access to YouTube is the ability to share such rarely witnessed wildlife moments. Here's the description of how MiPixWildife happened upon this clip during a safari:

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Adventure Video of the Week: The Heart and the Sea

Surf filmmaker Nathan Oldfield's quiver of videos features everything from a short about a family of surf shapers to a personal chronicle about grieving for his stillborn daughter. His feature films have a reputation for being different, slow-paced and thoughtful with a focus on simple pleasures. "Surf films, by definition, appeal to only a limited demographic, and the kind of surf films I make are left-of-centre even within surfing circles," he said in a dispatch for Patagonia.

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The Extreme Survival Guide

The world is a weird place. You never know when you’ll be standing next to a lake as it releases a giant carbon-dioxide bubble that could asphyxiate you within minutes. Scoffing at that possibility? Well, scoffer, if you want to live your life at the whim of impending, improbable-but-not-completely-one-hundred-percent-impossible disasters, that’s your call. But don’t look at me when you’re being eaten by a zombie outside of a 7-11, because it will definitely happen.

If you’re not a skeptic/scoffer/someone who refuses to see that apocalypse movie with John Cusack, then we’re here for you. We’ve spoken to experts and gotten the low-down on how to survive some of the most extreme scenarios on Planet Earth. Read on and thank us later. There is no time for anachronistic pleasantries when you’re about to be engulfed by lava, anyway.

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