Japan’s KFC-fuelled Finger Lickin' Christmas
Forget turkey, stuffing and brussels sprouts -- in Japan, the most popular food to eat at Christmas is an American favourite: fried chicken from fast-food giant KFC. "If I don't eat KFC chicken, I don't feel the Christmas spirit," says one student.news.yahoo.com
High fire danger, dangerous ocean conditions continue Saturday
The wind will continue to be gusty Saturday which will help fuel an elevated wildfire risk. Any fires that start will spread easily. The breeze off of the ocean will help to create a few stray showers, mainly along the coast, but most of Central Florida will be dry with a mix of clouds and sun.
‘Guys, I think it’s a whale:’ Fisherman captures video of humpback breaching off Florida’s coast
MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. – When Nicholas Lynch went fishing Tuesday off the coast of St. Petersburg, he thought he might come home with some grouper and snapper. He did, however, he also came home with a rare once-in-a-lifetime story with video to share. “I was like, ‘Guys I think it’s a whale,’ and they were like ‘What, a whale?’” he said. Today, humpback whales can be found in all major oceans feeding on krill and small fish. Experts say it’s rare for the whales to swim into the northern waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Whales surface at Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s new exhibit
CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has opened its newest educational exhibit, Whales: Living With Giants. According to the aquarium’s website, guests will come head-to-head with whales through educational multi-media exhibits, an undersea virtual reality experience, walk-through life-size whale gallery and an interactive kid’s zone. Virtual Reality Dive at Whales: Living with Giants exhibit (Clearwater Marine Aquarium)The virtual reality experience, which requires an additional ticket add-on, was created by an Emmy Award-winning documentary team. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a non-profit organization that has a mission of preserving the environment while inspiring others through leadership in the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine life; environmental education; research; and conservation. Whales: Living with Giants will be open through Aug. 31.
Fisker CEO says the EV startup is trying to do more than just take customers from Tesla
The founder and CEO of Fisker told CNBC on Thursday that the electric-vehicle startup is trying to do more than just swipe market share from Tesla. Henrik Fisker made the comments in an interview on "Mad Money," one day after his company announced it had inked a key production deal with Foxconn Technology Group. "At the end of the day, we're not out here just to go and take Tesla customers away from Tesla," Fisker told host Jim Cramer. That's great, but we really want to do an alternative," Fisker said, touting the Ocean as a true SUV. Fisker, which last year went public through a reverse merger, saw its stock close down 4.43% Thursday to $21.58 per share.cnbc.com
A little 'Joy’ is being added to Sealife Orlando aquarium
ORLANDO, Fla – Officials at Sealife Orlando aquarium are counting down the days until they can release a new female zebra shark into one of the colorful and eye-popping exhibits. Curators at SEALIFE Orlando Aquarium feed their newest zebra shark, Joy (WKMG-TV)Zebra sharks are a species of carpet sharks that are described as having distinctive spotted markings on their bodies and long wavy tails. Indian ocean exhibit at SEALIFE Orlando Aquarium (WKMG-TV)Joy will be introduced into the Indian ocean exhibit which already features colorful tropical fish, stingrays and the aquarium’s famous loggerhead sea turtle, Ted. Sealife Orlando aquarium is open daily at ICON Park which is located along International Drive. Safety Protocols in place at SEALIFE Orlando Aquarium (WKMG-TV)Click here for tickets and information about the Sealife Orlando aquarium.
US holiday weekend adds to virus worries as case counts grow
The Fourth of July holiday weekend began Saturday with some sobering numbers in the Sunshine State: Florida logged a record number of people testing positive for the coronavirus. Officials and health authorities warned people to take precautions or simply stay home on Independence Day, as confirmed cases are climbing in 40 states. Florida reported 11,445 confirmed infections on Saturday, bringing the statewide total to more than 190,000. Im really, really worried about the Fourth of July," said Dr. Don Williamson, a former state health officer who now heads the Alabama Hospital Association. Officials in South Florida including in Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys closed beaches through the weekend.
Fisherman describes frightening encounter as whale lands on boat
It ended up with a boat beached along the shore in Seaside Park, New Jersey after being struck by a whale. They had no idea a juvenile whale was also feeding on the same school of fish. Riley said the only thing he remembers is hearing the whale slam down on the boat. "The noise of the whale hitting the boat, it was like a thud that you would - I mean it was loud," Riley said. Riley says he usually likes to fish in the bay so after the close encounter with a whale, the ocean is off-limits.
Shell fossils show how ocean acidification can cause mass extinction
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ocean acidification caused a mass extinction of marine life 66 million years ago, research into tiny shell fossils has shown. This in turn caused acid rain and large scale acidification of the world's oceans, prompting a mass extinction of most marine and land based life, including all dinosaurs. At least one quarter of the CO2 released by burning coal, oil and gas doesn't stay in the air, but instead dissolves into the ocean, according to The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, a US government initiative, and The Smithsonian Ocean Portal. So far, ocean pH has dropped from 8.2 to 8.1 since the industrial revolution, and is expected to fall by another 0.3 to 0.4 pH units by the end of the century, it added. Ocean acidification has already caused massive die-offs of oysters in the Pacific Northwest.
Frank Ocean releases new song 'DHL'
Jason Merritt/Getty Images(CNN) - Frank Ocean has finally released new music -- and more may be on the way. Ocean premiered the track "DHL" Saturday at the end of "blonded RADIO," his Beats 1 radio show. The song, produced by Boys Noize, is Ocean's first release since covering the Audrey Hepburn classic "Moon River" in February 2018. Although "DHL" is a new song, Ocean appears to have dropped at least one hint about it two years ago. While they aren't available to stream online, both songs are available for purchase as 12 vinyl singles on his website.
Local band Saeros premiere new music video for 'Ocean'
click image Photo courtesy Saeros/FacebookLocal dream-rockers Saeros dropped new single "Ocean" today and you can get an exclusive first look at the accompanying music video right here atThe clip for "Ocean," directed by Derek Ziegler, is characterized by the band as an "honest proclamation of independence despite internal struggle." Watch the video for this surging and anthemic slice of alternative rock below: See Saeros for yourself on Friday, Nov. 15 at Castle Church Brewing with A Deer A Horse, Mother Juno and Mistress.orlandoweekly.com