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Great white shark ‘run in’ with Florida charter boat caught on ‘crazy’ video

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A group of boaters was in awe as a giant great white shark swam briefly alongside them last week.

Hot Spots Charters captured the captivating “run in” with the predator, which took place about 13 miles from Pensacola Pass — a narrow channel that separates Florida from Santa Rosa Island — on camera. The fishing charter shared the nearly 40-second clip on April 27, garnering more than 70,000 views by Friday afternoon.

“That is a great white. Look at that. Oh, yeah,” boaters can be heard commenting as the great white “turns” to approach their vessel.

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“That is crazy!” a man exclaims as the shark heads toward him and then slowly swims off into the distance.

Captain Tyler Massey, who works at Hot Spots Charter, estimated the shark was somewhere around 10 feet long.

Everyone on the boat so enthralled by the sea creature, Massey said they decided to track it for a few minutes.

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“He was just cruising.” 

— Captain Tyler Massey

“We followed him around for about five minutes. We were sitting there fishing in the spot and the shark just kind of swam up. He just hung out around the top,” he told the Pensacola News Journal on Thursday.

But the shark didn’t seem to mind the attention.

“He wasn’t aggressive. He didn’t seem interested in anything we were doing,” Massey added. “He was just cruising.”

Great white sharks can grow up to 20 feet long and weigh up to 2.5 tons, making them the largest predatory fish to roam the sea, according to National Geographic. But they’re not as lethal as you might imagine.

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“Of the 100-plus annual shark attacks worldwide, fully one-third to one-half are attributable to great whites,” National Geographic reports. “However, most of these are not fatal, and new research finds that great whites, who are naturally curious, are ‘sample biting’ then releasing their victims rather than preying on humans.”

Adult great white sharks, the world’s largest predatory fish, are known to prey on large fish and marine mammals. These typically include seals and sea lions, in addition to scavenging on whale carcasses and other injured animals, according to the U.S. National Park Service.

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Alligator attempts to ‘ring’ doorbell as shocked homeowner looks on

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A shocked homeowner in South Carolina looked on as a gator made its way to her front door and attempted to ‘ring’ her doorbell.

ABC11 reports that Karen Alfano found the 6.5-foot alligator at the front door of her home in Myrtle Beach. A video shows the gator trying to scramble up Alfano’s door in what looks like an attempt to ring her doorbell.

The gator left scratches on Alfano’s home and damaged her walkway, but didn’t break her door’s hurricane window, according to ABC11.

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The alligator was later removed.

ABC7 reports that former New Jersey resident Alfano had recently moved into her new home.

Other alligators in South Carolina have been making news recently. A video posted to Facebook showed a huge alligator fighting against wranglers in a neighborhood of Murrells Inlet.

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Last month, a massive alligator was caught on camera taking a stroll through the Long Cove Club golf course in Hilton Head.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources notes that alligators have been documented climbing 5-foot chain-link fences to get at dogs.

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In a tragic incident last year a woman walking her dog was killed when an alligator attacked her and dragged her into a lagoon in Sea Pines Plantation, a resort community at Hilton Head Island.

Fox News’ Ann Schmidt and Katherine Lam contributed to this article.

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Rare Einstein audio recording of the famed physicist talking about the A-bomb surfaces

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An incredibly rare audio recording of arguably the world’s most famous theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, is set to go up for auction tomorrow, May 4.

Perhaps even more startling are the topics on the recording – Einstein’s love of music, the differences between FDR and Harry Truman and his thoughts on the atomic bomb.

On the 33-minute recording, Einstein, in his thick German accent, can be heard saying that it is a good thing the former U.S.S.R. obtained an atomic bomb. “It is better for world welfare that the Russians have it, too,” Einstein said, adding that he knew the former head of the Soviet atomic program. “I gave no secrets to him,” he humorously quipped.

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Einstein also said that he regretted his famous letter to former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt about the possible development of an atomic bomb. “I repent it very much… I believe it was a great misfortune,” while downplaying any kind of notion he helped develop the bomb.

The world-renowned scientist believed that FDR and former President Harry Truman were very different men, going say far as to say that FDR would not have dropped atomic bombs had he been alive. “[FDR] …would not have used it had he lived… this I am convinced.”

In August 1945, Truman dropped two atomic bombs towards the end of World War II, one over Hiroshima and the other over Nagasaki.

According to 2007 research from UCLA, it’s estimated that 150,000 people were killed as a result of the Hiroshima bomb and 75,000 are believed to have died from the bomb that was dropped over Nagasaki, though the results were deemed “conservative,” citing the “destruction and overwhelming chaos.”

Einstein also discussed his acquaintance with various European and Soviet scientists, as well as his love of music, including his preference for classical music such as Schubert, Beethoven and Brahams.

“I did very much like Wagner… In my youth, I had heard nothing better than Ionescu’s Violin Concerto,” Einstein can be heard saying.

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Heritage Auctions, the auction house selling the rare find, said it had “[p]ersonally … never even heard recordings of his voice,” despite the fact that Einstein was known throughout the globe during his lifetime. A three-minute preview of the clip can be heard on the auction house’s website.

Heritage added that the recording is from 1951 when Einstein “sat down for a meal with Jack and Frances Rosenburg at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton.”

“Their 1951 casual conversation was recorded on long-playing discs,” Heritage wrote in a description on its website. “It was subsequently transferred to magnetic tape and given to the present consignor close to thirty years ago.”

It’s unclear where the original discs are, but when the conversation was transferred, music was spliced in as well.

“The initial volume level is fairly low, but reaches a normal level after a brief period. There is some background noise and surface ‘scratches’ and popping,” the description continues. “Einstein, as expected, speaks in a thick German accent. The three-way conversation is punctuated with joking and laughter, indicative of Einstein’s sense of humor.”

Bidding for the tape starts at $3,500 the auction house said, adding that the successful bidder will also receive a CD containing the recording.

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In recent months, Einstein’s letters have garnered significant interest at auction. In March, along with a June 12, 1939 letter detailing his thoughts on the power of “Jewish resistance,” two other letters went up for auction, including one which he detailed his thoughts on “Hitler insanity.”

A letter in which he discussed his Jewish faith as well as “man’s eternal search for meaning” sold for a record-breaking $2.89 million in December 2018.

Einstein’s note on the theory of happiness sold to at a Jerusalem auction for $1.56 million in October 2017. The buyer’s identity was not revealed.

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Space capsule engulfed by flames

SpaceX finally confirmed Thursday its crew capsule was destroyed in ground testing two weeks ago and conceded that the accident is “not great news” for the company’s effort to launch astronauts this year.

Hans Koenigsmann, a company vice president, told reporters it’s too soon to know what went wrong during the April 20 test or whether the crew Dragon capsule’s test flight in March – minus astronauts – contributed to the failure.

Flames engulfed the capsule a half-second before the launch-abort thrusters were to fire.

SpaceX still cannot access the testing area at Cape Canaveral for safety reasons, according to Koenigsmann. The company does not want to disturb any evidence that could provide clues to the failure, he noted.

The company has concluded, meanwhile, that the smaller, simpler cargo version of the Dragon capsule is safe to fly to the International Space Station. SpaceX was on track to launch a Falcon rocket with station supplies early Friday morning in the US, although approaching storms threatened yet another delay. Earlier in the week, the flight was postponed by a major power shortage at the space station.

An old power-switching unit failed Monday, slashing the space station’s power by 25 percent and ruling out any deliveries. By Thursday, flight controllers had replaced the box and restored full power to the orbiting outpost.

Because the April 20 accident occurred so close to SpaceX’s landing site at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the booster for the cargo launch cannot return there following lift-off. Instead, the first-stage booster was aiming for a barge stationed about 12 miles offshore, much closer than usual.

The cargo and crew versions of the Dragon capsule are considerably different. The cargo Dragon does not have the SuperDraco thrusters that are embedded into the side of the crew Dragon. Those thrusters would be used to push a capsule off a just-launched rocket in an emergency. They weren’t used during the test flight to the space station in March.

Koenigsmann said he does not believe the thrusters themselves caused the accident. The system had been activated – which involves opening and closing valves, and pressurizing systems – when flames erupted.

SpaceX was going to launch the newly returned crew Dragon in another test this summer, to see how the SuperDraco thrusters work in an aborted flight. More crew Dragons are being built and can be used for this test, according to Koenigsmann.

Koenigsmann remains hopeful SpaceX can launch two NASA astronauts to the space station this year. The impact to the schedule will depend on the results of the accident investigation, he said.

NASA has contracted with SpaceX and also Boeing to ferry astronauts to and from the space station, instead of having them hitch expensive rides on Russian rockets.

Before the accident, SpaceX had been shooting for a summertime crew launch. “I don’t want to completely preclude the current schedule,” he said.

“It’s certainly not great news for the schedule overall, but I hope we can recover,” Koenigsmann said the company has been in touch with astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken – who will be on board for the crew Dragon’s next test flight to the space station – and that the two have offered encouragement and motivation. Boeing also has encountered recent delays with its Starliner crew capsules.

The company is striving to launch a Starliner without astronauts to the space station in August.

This story originally appeared in news.com.au.

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Buzz Aldrin calls for human ‘migration’ to Mars: ‘We explore, or we expire’

Buzz Aldrin believes its high-time humans were sent to Mars.

The 89-year-old Apollo 11 astronaut argued that the U.S. should be working towards “the great migration of humankind to Mars,” as a matter of the “ultimate survival” of humanity, in an op-ed for The Washington Post on Wednesday.

Aldrin was one of the first men on the moon 50 years ago along with his fellow Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins.

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The former astronaut began his column by supporting Vice President Mike Pence’s call for NASA to return to the moon, but added that Mars should also become a “serious focus” for human exploration.

“Mars is waiting to be discovered, not by clever robots and rovers — though I support NASA’s unmanned missions — but by living, breathing, walking, talking, caring and daring men and women,” Aldrin added.

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Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin was the second man to step foot on the moon 50 years ago. He is now calling for the U.S. to focus on bringing humans to the moon and further — to Mars.  (Invision)

He clarified that the mission shouldn’t be about “hijinks or joy rides” for a select few, but instead should be about bringing all of humankind to the red planet.

“The United States’ eyes — and our unified commitment — should focus on opening the door, in our time, to the great migration of humankind to Mars,” he wrote.

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He went on to say that though there have been plenty of books and “lofty plans” made to explore space further, those plans are “just fantasy” without more specific designs and implementation.

“Americans are good at writing fantasy, and incomparable at making the fantastic a reality. We did it with Mercury, Gemini, Apollo — and in thousands of other ways. It is time we get down to blueprints, architecture and implementation, and to take that next step — a sustainable international return to the moon, directly charting a pathway to Mars,” he wrote.

Aldrin then called on President Trump and Congress to “start this engine,” with settlements on the moon and plans to permanently move people to Mars.

“All of this is within reach for humans alive now, but it starts with a unified next step in space. The nation best poised to make it happen is the United States,” he wrote.

Though he admitted it would be a complex mission, Aldrin wrote that “human nature — and potentially the ultimate survival of our species — demands humanity’s continued outward reach into the universe. Call it curiosity or calculation, strategic planning or destiny. Put simply: We explore, or we expire. That is why we must get on with it.”

In an interview with Fox News last year, Aldrin said there may be feasibility to ideas put forth by tech luminaries such as Elon Musk (a friend of Aldrin’s), including detonating nuclear weapons as a way to “terraform” the red planet or transform Mars so it can support human life.

Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia contributed to this report.

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Mutant snake with three working eyes found in Australia

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My what three eyes you have. The better to s-see you with.

Wildlife officials in Australia have shared bizarre photos of a three-eyed snake they found on the highway.

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(Credit: Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Service)

The photos, shared to Facebook by the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Service, were described as “peculiar” due to the formation of the skull.

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“The snake is peculiar as an x-ray revealed it was not two separate heads forged together, rather it appeared to be one skull with an additional eye socket and three functioning eyes,” the Parks and Wildlife Service wrote on Facebook.

The post has gone viral, having been shared 15,000 times and accumulating nearly 10,000 comments.

It’s likely that the strange development of the baby carpet python, which was approximately 15 inches in length, came about during the early embryonic stage, the Parks and Wildlife Service added.

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(Credit: Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Service)

“It is extremely unlikely that this is from environmental factors and is almost certainly a natural occurrence as malformed reptiles are relatively common.”

Known as Monty Python, the snake died just weeks after it was found in March, park officials confirmed. “It’s remarkable it was able to survive so long in the wild with its deformity and he was struggling to feed before he died last week,” Ranger Ray Chatto told NT News.

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Snake expert Bryan Fry told the BBC it’s likely that the third eye may be due to the snake absorbing its twin, adding that “[e]very baby has a mutation of some sort – this one is just particularly coarse and misshapen.”

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Fossils of the first winged mammals dating back 160M years, discovered

Fossils of the first winged mammals dating back 160 million years to the age of the dinosaurs have been discovered.

The remains, from the Jurassic period, suggest a new way of life – gliding – for the forerunners of mammals.

Two 160 million-year-old mammal fossils discovered in China show that the forerunners of mammals in the Jurassic Period evolved to glide and live in trees.

With long limbs, long hands and foot fingers, and wing-like membranes for tree-to-tree gliding, Maiopatagium furculiferum and Vilevolodon diplomylos are the oldest known gliders in the history of early mammals.

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This is a Maiopatagium in Jurassic forest in crepuscular (dawn and dusk) light: A mother with a baby in suspending roosting posture, climbing on tree trunk, and in gliding. (Credit: SWNS)

The new discoveries suggest that the volant, or flying, way of life evolved among mammalian ancestors 100 million years earlier than the first modern mammal fliers.

The fossils are described in two papers, published in the journal Nature, by an international team of scientists from the University of Chicago and Beijing Museum of Natural History.

Professor Zhe-Xi Luo, of the University of Chicago, said: “These Jurassic mammals are truly ‘the first in glide.’

“In a way, they got the first wings among all mammals.

“With every new mammal fossil from the Age of Dinosaurs, we continue to be surprised by how diverse mammalian forerunners were in both feeding and locomotor adaptations.

“The groundwork for mammals’ successful diversification today appears to have been laid long ago.”

The ability to glide in the air is one of the many remarkable adaptations in mammals.

Most mammals live on land, but volant mammals, including flying squirrels and bats that flap bird-like wings, made an important transition between land and aerial habitats.

Prof Luo said the ability to glide between trees allowed the ancient animals to find food that was inaccessible to other land animals.

That evolutionary advantage can still be seen among today’s mammals such as flying squirrels in North America and Asia, scaly-tailed gliders of Africa, marsupial sugar gliders of Australia and colugos of South East Asia.

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 Two 160 million-year-old mammal fossils discovered in China show that the forerunners of mammals in the Jurassic Period evolved to glide and live in trees. With long limbs, long hand and foot fingers, and wing-like membranes for tree-to-tree gliding, Maiopatagium furculiferum and Vilevolodon diplomylos are the oldest known gliders in the history of early mammals. (Credit: SWNS)

The Jurassic Maiopatagium and Vilevolodon are long-extinct relatives of living mammals.

Prof. Luo said they are haramiyidans, an entirely extinct branch on the mammalian evolutionary tree, but are considered to be among forerunners to modern mammals.

Both fossils show the exquisitely fossilized, wing-like skin membranes between their front and back limbs.

They also show many skeletal features in their shoulder joints and forelimbs that gave the ancient animals the agility to be capable gliders.

Evolutionarily, the two fossils, discovered in the Tiaojishan Formation, northeast of Beijing, represent the earliest examples of gliding among extinct mammal ancestors.

Prof. Luo said the two newly discovered creatures also share similar ecology with modern gliders, with some significant differences.

Today, the hallmark of most mammal gliders is their herbivorous diet that typically consists of seeds, fruits and other soft parts of flowering plants.

But Maiopatagium and Vilevolodon lived in a Jurassic world where the plant life was dominated by ferns and gymnosperm plants like cycads, gingkoes and conifers – long before flowering plants came to dominate in the Cretaceous Period, and their way of life was also associated with feeding on these entirely different plants.

The distinct diet and lifestyle evolved again some 100 million years later among modern mammals.

Study co-author David Grossnickle, a graduate student at the University of Chicago, said: “It’s amazing that the aerial adaptions occurred so early in the history of mammals,

“Not only did these fossils show exquisite fossilization of gliding membranes, their limb, hand and foot proportion also suggests a new gliding locomotion and behavior.”

Early mammals were once thought to have differences in anatomy from each other, with limited opportunities to inhabit different environments.

But the new glider fossils from the dinosaur-dominated Jurassic Period, along with numerous other fossils described by Prof Luo and his colleagues in the last 10 years, provide “strong evidence” that ancestral mammals adapted to their wide-ranging environments despite competition from dinosaurs.

Prof. Luo added: “Mammals are more diverse in lifestyles than other modern land vertebrates, but we wanted to find out whether early forerunners to mammals had diversified in the same way.

“These new fossil gliders are the first winged mammals, and they demonstrate that early mammals did indeed have a wide range of ecological diversity, which means dinosaurs likely did not dominate the Mesozoic landscape as much as previously thought.”

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Ancient 3,000-year-old tablet suggests Biblical king may have existed

The study of an ancient tablet that dates back nearly 3,000 years, suggests that the biblical King Balak may have been an actual historical figure.

Published in Tel Aviv: The Journal of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University, the study looks at the Mesha Stele and makes the determination that after looking at new photos of the cracked tablet, Balak existed, though the researchers are not 100 percent certain of it.

“After studying new photographs of the Mesha Stele and the squeeze of the stele prepared before the stone was broken, we dismiss Lemaire’s proposal to read  (‘House of David’) on Line 31,” the researchers wrote in the study’s abstract. “It is now clear that there are three consonants in the name of the monarch mentioned there, and that the first is a beth. We cautiously propose that the name on Line 31 be read as Balak, the king of Moab referred to in the Balaam story in Numbers 22–24.”

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It’s Line 31 that is tempering the researchers’ enthusiasm. There are “[a]bout seven letters are missing from the beginning of the line [31], followed by the words (“sheep/small cattle of the land”),” the study’s abstract adds.

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The abstract continues: “Next there is a vertical stroke that marks the transition to a new sentence, which opens with the words (“And Hawronēn dwelt therein”). Evidently a name is expected to follow. Then there is a legible beth, followed by a partially eroded, partially broken section with space for two letters, followed by a waw and an unclear letter. The rest of the line, with space for three letters, is missing.”

The Mesha Stele, which is also known as the Moabite Stone, is an inscribed tablet that dates back to 840 B.C. and was discovered in 1868 by researcher Frederick Augustus Klein.

It had previously been theorized that Line 31 was a reference to the House of David. However, the researchers, led by the study’s lead author, Israel Finkelstein, believe the letter “B” is there and it is not a reference to “beth,” the Hebrew word for “house,” but rather Balak.

Although the study’s authors, Finkelstein, Nadav Na’aman and Thomas Römer, have theorized that Balak may have been an actual person, their “proposal is very tentative,” Ronald Hendel, a professor of the Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, told Live Science. Hendel was not involved in the study.

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Hendel also told Live Science that according to the Bible, King Balak existed 200 years prior to the tablet’s creation, so a reference to him is unlikely.

The researchers have acknowledged this discrepancy, with Finkelstein telling Live Science: “[T]he study shows how a story in the Bible may include layers (memories) from different periods which were woven together by later authors into a story aimed to advance their ideology and theology. It also shows that the question of historicity in the Bible cannot be answered in a simplistic ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.”

Researchers have attempted to reconstruct the tablet, which was smashed after a dispute between its previous owners, Bedouins, and a group that was attempting to purchase the stone, Live Science adds, but time and destruction have made it hard to read. It’s now housed in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

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Huge alligator fights against wranglers in South Carolina neighborhood, video shows: ‘He’s mad’

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A huge alligator put up quite a fight when animal control workers tried to remove it from a South Carolina neighborhood on Tuesday.

A series of videos posted on Facebook showed the 10-foot, 2-inch alligator fighting against three men in the Murrells Inlet, S.C., neighborhood.

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Josh Neidig, who lives in the neighborhood, posted the videos online.

According to WBTW, men from the wildlife and reptile removal service known as the Snake Chaser were called in to take care of the gator, with help from officers with the Horry County Police and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

In the first video, which was taken by Bridgett Hamrick and posted on Facebook by Neidig, the alligator is clearly angry, fighting against the wranglers.

“He’s mad,” one person could be heard saying.

The wranglers were then seen dragging the gator from the front yard to the back.

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On the way, the alligator was filmed fighting against the ropes with its jaws open, even rolling in the grass to try to get free.

The crowd of adults and children watching could be heard commenting, with someone saying: “You don’t want to see what that barrel roll looks like up close.”

The second video showed an apparently tiring gator, as the wranglers tried to get a rope around its jaw.

Despite their initial success, the gator managed to get the rope off. However, in the third video, one of the wranglers could be seen on top of the gator as two others taped its mouth shut.

Neidig was told by officers the alligator would be released back into a local river, WBTV reported.

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Warm weather means mating season for alligators, which leads them to stray farther from the water than usual. According to the South Carolina DNR, alligators begin courting in April and breed in late May and early June.

Warmer weather also revs up the prehistoric predators’ metabolism, making them more active and aggressive as they hunt for prey and mate in the coastal South.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recommends not swimming during dusk or dawn, an alligator’s most active hours, keeping animals on a leash and away from water and keeping a safe distance away from the animal.

Fox News’ Allie Raffa contributed to this report.

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Babe Ruth rookie card auctioned for $130G decades after it was found inside a $25 piano

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27 years after it was discovered inside a piano in Maryland, a 1916 Babe Ruth baseball card has sold at auction for $130,054.

Ellen Kelly found the M101-4 baseball card back in 1992. That year, she bought a piano for $25 at a family estate sale but had no idea how much her purchase would pay off.

“Best $25 I ever spent,” she told Sports Collectors Daily.

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When she brought it to her home in Westernport, Md., she had a friend come over to fix the piano, which was out of tune and had a pedal that kept sticking, the outlet reported. The friend discovered about 112 baseball cards inside the pedal.

“He was looking at a pile of cards and I said, ‘Hey, there’s Babe Ruth,’” Kelly said.

She went on to tell the outlet she suspected her father or uncle hid the cards there because the previous owner of the piano, her Aunt Nora, was known for throwing “everything” away.

Though Kelly found the cards back in 1992, she decided to wait to sell them until this year, when her brother began having more serious issues with a medical condition and her truck broke down.

“Different people had offered to do it before for me, but it didn’t feel right,” Kelly told Sports Collectors Daily. “Someone offered me $40,000 for the Babe Ruth card and I thought, ‘That’s Babe Ruth, he’s worth more than that.’”

Through a friend, Kelly brought the cards to Beckett Vintage Grading, which graded the Ruth card as a 2.5 G-VG. The Ruth card was auctioned off as part of the Beckett Goodwin Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons 78 auction, which closed on Friday.

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The card had 23 bids and eventually sold for $130,054 — much more than expected.

“We were expecting $60,000-$75,000 [for the card], so it far exceeded our expectations,” Steve Bloedow, Beckett Director of Auctions, said in a statement. “Ruth’s RC continues to soar in price and has clearly joined the hobby’s elite. The centering and eye appeal on this one was very strong so it’s not shocking that it exceeded all expectations.”

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American baseball player George Herman Ruth, known as ‘Babe’ Ruth, is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time. He started his career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but is best known for his time with the New York Yankees. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)

The card, number 151 in the popular M101-4 pre-War set, according to Sports Collector Daily, shows Ruth as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.

The other cards were sold as one lot for $4,420, according to Forbes.

“The Great Bambino,” considered one of the greatest baseball players ever, started his career as a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox before being switched to the outfield.

The bulk of his storied career was with the Yankees, from 1920 to 1934. Ruth retired with a batting average of .342, 2,214 RBIs and an OPS of 1.164 — the best in baseball history. The baseball legend was known off the field as a party animal who enjoyed drinking and eating lavishly.

Interest in Ruth memorabilia has endured since his passing from cancer in 1948.

Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia and Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report.

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