This Grasshopper is Pink​“Just thought it was a normal grasshopper that we didn’t have in Ohio, so the first thing I thought of was [that would make great] fishing bait,” said Dirk Parker, an environmental inspector for pipelines who spotted something striking as he walked through nature — a bright pink grasshopper.
Ben Erickson, a Michigan Hunter, Captures an Unexpected Selfie Shot of a Snowy Owl​Meet Ben Erickson, a Michigan hunter who has been hunting for almost 25 years. Erickson was out deer hunting with a friend in the Upper Peninsula when he noticed a strange and beautiful creature nearby.Ericksonwas sitting in his pop-up structure watching two deer a few hundred yards away, when he noticed a white spot out in the field. Erickson was surprised when the white spot turned out to be a snowy owl, leading him to text a friend who was about 40 yards away to verify what he had seen. Erickson felt the owl land on top of his structure after messaging his friend. As a result, he pulled out his phone and took a selfie with the snowy owl.Snowy owls spend most of the year in the Arctic Circle. Such a sighting in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is unusual because they are also migratory birds. Debbie Nowak, director/naturalist of the 1000 Islands Environmental Center, noted that sighting them by surprise is unusual because they are usually located in large fields and, because of their color, can blend in well with snow, making them difficult to notice.Photo by: Ben Erickson#owl #Michigan #SnowyOwl #Rare #Hunting
Bill Coppersmith Caught an Ultra Rare Blue and Pink Cotton-Candy Colored Lobster in Casco BayHave a look at Haddie! Alobster, with the color of cotton candy, was spotted off the coast of Maine. She is the first blue and pink lobster caught by a lobsterman in Maine. The gorgeous creature was discovered in Casco Bay by Bill Coppersmith, a Maine lobsterman, and Get Maine Lobster supplier.Related: Leon the Lobster​This is the first time a Get Maine Lobster lobsterman has caught a cotton candy lobster, according to Mark Murrell, CEO of Get Maine Lobster. Coppersmith, on the other hand, told CNN that he is no stranger to collecting unusual lobsters, having previously captured orange and white lobsters. Haddie and the other one-of-a-kind creatures were named after his grandchildren.According to Murrell, Haddie's unique color is the result of a genetic abnormality. Crustaceans with unusual hues have a hard time integrating into their surroundings, according to the Maine Lobstermen's Community Alliance, making them susceptible to predators. Haddie will now be transported to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire, where she will be much safer and cozier. Image by: Mark Murrell#Haddie #Lobster #Cotton #Candy #Maine #Rare
Rare Albino Deer Captured On Video By North Carolina ResidentIt is common for deer to hang out in Kelly Hammer's neighborhood near the Eno River in North Durham, North Carolina. But on this particular morning, Hammer saw something "absolutely beautiful" when she looked outside her home. Alongside a group of deer was a deer that was all white. Hammer immediately grabbed her iPhone (she didn't have a good camera beside her that time) and went outside to take some pictures of the unexpected sight. The other deer immediately ran away, but the albino deer "casually walked around for a few minutes."Hunting in North Carolina is a common recreational activity, but hunters believe that killing a white deer could lead to a "long run of bad luck" for the hunter.The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission note that albinism is a rare phenomenon. It only occurs in one in every 30,000 deer.Hammer submitted her footage over at CBS 17.(Image Credit: Kelly Hammer/CBS 17)#Deer #Albinism #albino #Rare
Rare Piebald Blue Catfish Caught and Released Back into Mississippi RiverChad Hester, together with his friend, was overnight fishing in the Mississippi River in Missouri when they caught a very rare catfish that put them into shock. “I freaked out,” he said. “I was like ‘Holy cow.’” Hester was using Asian carp as bait, and he caught a “one-in-a-million” piebald blue catfish.Piebalds look like ordinary blue catfish, but their white and black markings make them distinct. Their appearance puts them at a disadvantage in the wild as it allows them to be more obvious to predators, making them rare.After getting the fish, Hester immediately took photos of the piebald blue catfish with himself and weighed it at 36 pounds. Then, he recorded a video of him releasing the fish back to the river.Hester said, “That way he can spread his genes in the wild, and somebody else might have the opportunity to catch him.” He plans to hire someone to create a replica of it so that he can hang it on his living room wall.Image: Chad Hester#catfish #PiebaldBlueCatfish #rare #fishing #caught