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Mysterious giant ‘sea monster’ washes up on shore

A mysterious giant 'hairy sea monster' has washed up on the eastern coast of Russia and has left locals completely baffled. The hulking 'smelly' carcass appears to have a tail or long tentacle, and tube-like hair or fur. The ugly chalk-coloured beast - reported to be larger than three men - has “no definite head or eyes.” Locals have speculated that it's a bizarre primeval relic from the deep or an extinct woolly mammoth released from an undersea permafrost grave by the warm summer. However, a marine scientist says it…

Is this a potato foot?

At first look it appears to be remains of a giant's foot excavated from underground with hard flesh still intact on it, but when you look closely you realise that it is an odd-figured potato. The eight kilogramme spud, discovered by two farmers Marli and Paulo Ciquinel in Santa Cantarina, Brazil, has developed into the shape of a human foot. Pictures show the huge potato has grown with toes descending in height order. Mirror reported: "The farmers were shocked to find the 8kg potato. "The largest of the 'toes' is…

Giant crocodile captured in Australia to stop it going to town

SYDNEY: Authorities in Australia have caught a saltwater crocodile measuring almost 5 meters (16.4 ft), one of the biggest on record, to stop it from reaching a populated area, the Department of Tourism said on Tuesday. Weighing up to 600 kg (1,322 lb), the 60-year old giant crocodile is the biggest ever removed from the Katherine River in the remote Northern Territory. It was moved to live out its days at a crocodile farm. The largest giant crocodile ever captured in Australia measured 6.4 meters, according to…

Giant London glasshouse opens, large enough to fit 3 jumbo jets

LONDON: A gleaming monument to the ambition and creativity of its age, the world's largest Victorian glasshouse reopens to the public on Saturday after a lengthy facelift to show off some of the world's rarest plants. "Temperate House" in Kew Gardens in west London is large enough to house three jumbo jets and has been shut for the past five years for a $57 million (46 million euros) renovation project. The botanical gardens glasshouse will house around 1,500 species split into geographical areas: Africa, the Americas,…

Giant tortoise that fled Japan zoo found 140 metres away

TOKYO: A giant tortoise that made a break from a Japanese zoo has been found safe and sound two weeks after it escaped -- just 140 metres from the park. The 35-year-old female, named Abuh and measuring around one metre (three feet) in length, steamed out of the Shibukawa Animal Park in Okayama prefecture in early August having been allowed to walk freely around the zoo during opening hours. Zoo keepers, unable to trace the truant tortoise, offered a reward of 500,000 yen ($4,500) for her safe return. Their plan…

Surprisingly fleet-footed giant tortoise escapes Japan zoo… again

TOKYO: The escapee is female, weighs 55kg and has a "gentle" disposition - but a history of running away. A Japanese zoo said Thursday (Aug 3) it was searching for its giant tortoise, which has escaped for the second time in less than two weeks. The reptile, measuring about 1m in length, was captured on security cameras as she wandered out of the main entrance of Shibukawa Animal Park in western Japan's Okayama prefecture on Tuesday morning, according to zoo staffer Yoshimi Yamane. The tortoise "won't immediately…

Giant mystery sea creature washes up on a beach in Indonesia

JAKARTA: A mystery sea creature washed up on a remote Indonesian beach, baffling local villagers about its appearance and massive size. The amorphous carcass - measuring around 15metres long and several metres wide - was discovered by local resident Asrul Tuanakota on the northern shore of Seram Island in Maluku province, the Jakarta Globe reports. Mr Tuanakota, 37, initially thought the huge sea creature was a stranded boat when he found it on Tuesday night. Since then, residents have flocked to Hulung Beach to see…

Amazon buys Middle East e-commerce giant Souq.com

Tech giant Amazon expanded its global reach Tuesday with the announcement of a deal to buy Dubai-based Souq.com, the Middle East's largest online retailer. The agreement, the financial details of which were not disclosed, brings Amazon into a fast-growing market as it continues to invest in its core retail network despite expanding into a wide range of services. It appears competition was fierce to acquire Souq.com, with the Amazon deal announced just a day after Dubai-based Emaar Malls confirmed offering $800 million…

Lego builds giant brick house in its home town

COPENHAGEN: Danish toymaker Lego is building a play house in its home town designed to look like 21 giant versions of its bricks stacked on top of each other, the company said on Thursday. The Lego House is due to open in September near the company's headquarters in Billund, Denmark. "Lego House will be the only one of its kind in the world and it will remain so, because Billund is the home of Lego and this is where we will always be," its general manager, Jesper Vilstrup, told Reuters. The 12,000 square meter…