Giant pipe segments have washed up on the coast of Norfolk, UK. The 2.4m diameter plastic pipes, with the longest beached segment 480m long, washed up at Winterton and Sea Palling. They came loose as they were being towed to Algeria for a large project.
A rare collection of glass eyeballs is for sale in Dunedin. Two ophthalmologists based at the University of Otago’s medical school are auctioning off 300 pairs of glass eyes. An ophthalmologist is a specialist in medical and surgical eye problems. The bizarre collection is on display for the public to see before going up for auction. It’s an impressive collection, containing 300 glass eyeballs all in different shades, shapes and sizes. The auction also includes antique specialist ophthalmology equipment.
New Zealand has announced that it is sending 80 firefighters to Canada to help battle massive wildfires in British Columbia. The New Zealanders will join more than 3000 people and 200 planes fighting blazes in British Columbia, where about 135 fires are burning. The fires in Canada are some of the worst in recent memory. British Columbia has suffered the worst of the damage, with more than 860 wildfires over the summer, of which at least 138 are still said to be burning. The wildfires have created so much smoke, the disaster can be seen from space.
August 2, 2017 A new skywalk has opened in china, the v-shaped skywalk has a glass bottom so that visitors who are brave enough to take a stroll on it can see through the floor to the ground more than 120 metres below!
The structure is the longest of its kind in the world, sticking out almost 70 metres from the side of a sheer cliff. No more than 30 people are allowed on it at one time.
The most successful Olympian of all time was no match for one of the world’s most feared animals when the two were pitched against each other to kick off the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Michael Phelps swam a 100m stretch of warm Bahamas water in 38.1 seconds but lost out by two seconds to a great white shark swimming the same course. The American swimmer is the world record holder for 100m and 200m butterfly as well as 400m individual medley. He was even specially equipped with a wetsuit and monofin to mimic a shark’s movement through water. He completed the course in 38.1 seconds compared to the shark’s time of 36.1.
The British and Irish Lions and the all Blacks have completed a drawn series, tying the deciding third Test at Eden Park 15-all. The draw means that the All Blacks continue a 38 year unbeaten run at Eden Park, but leaves the Test series against the Lions drawn at 1-all. The Lions went to the break 12-6 down after a blistering first 40 minutes dominated by the All Blacks, with tries to new All Black fullback Jordie Barrett and his Hurricanes team-mate Ngani Laumape. However Owen Farrell stepped up to land a 77 minute goal and tie the game at 15-15.
The National Aquarium of New Zealand, in Napier has shamed their naughtiest penguin! A picture of the sign was posted on the aquarium’s Facebook page on Saturday, where it went viral. In the month of June, Timmy the penguin was the naughtiest of the lot, thanks to stealing fish and pushing another penguin over. Another penguin named Betty was named the aquarium’s “good penguin of the month,” for being a good swimmer and waiting patiently for fish.