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A Whale of a Time. The BBC reports that marine biologist Nan Hauser claims a 50,000- pound (22,700kg) humpback whale protected her from a tiger shark during a recent research expedition in the Cook Islands. She believes it could be the first case on record of a humpback protecting a human, although there was no evidence that the shark in the area might have attacked her. However, she had a great time romping with the whale, with it picking her up and moving her around.

Diver Dies in Crocodile Attack. Saltwater crocodiles have reactions 20 times faster than a man; can outrun a racehorse over a short distance; are so aggressive they will kill and eat another crocodile they meet in their territory; they can jump out of the water up to their hind legs -- and they want to eat you. A 20-year-old male diver died in a crocodile attack near Barasipo village about 60 feet (20m) from the shore in the Vonavona Lagoon in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands on January 5th. No other information was available at the time of writing. (Source: Fiji Times)...

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