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Pete Thomas
Solana Beach, California
Former Los Angeles Times outdoors reporter; now writes for this website, GrindTv.com and Yahoo homepage
Interests: Outdoor activities, reading, good food, beer and wine
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By Pete Thomas Great white sharks are not known for their speed, so for Matt Larmand it was surprising to watch a young white shark dash across the surface at perhaps 20 mph. “He was going at least 20 mph,” Larmand said. “I was going full throttle on the drone trying to catch up to him.” Larmand, an licensed drone pilot for Dana Wharf Whale Watching, captured the accompanying footage Thursday from his home on Capistrano Beach in Dana Point, Ca. Capo Beach, as the community is referred to by locals, sometimes attracts juvenile white sharks in spring and summer.... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas A reporter for NBC Montana has gained social media fame for his hilarious – and wise – reaction during a close bison encounter inside Yellowstone National Park. “Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh no… I ain’t messing with you,” Deion Broxton says in the accompanying footage, after noticing the advancing herd and before ducking for cover behind the crew vehicle. “Oh no. I’m not messing with you.” Bison do not appear in the footage Broxton tweeted Wednesday, which was later shared to Facebook by NBC News Montana (both clips were widely circulated). But Broxton later tweeted... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2020 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas There’s not much to write about Kobe Bryant that isn’t already known, but how many fans know that the NBA superstar was fascinated by sharks? He was so curious that in the summer of 2013, while recovering from a torn achilles tendon, Bryant traveled to Mexico’s Guadalupe Island to dive with great white sharks. Martin Graf of Shark Diver said that the Los Angeles Lakers’ star enjoyed close views of two white sharks while inside the cage, and afterward soaked up the magical atmosphere surrounding the vast and remote volcanic island, 150 miles west of Ensenada. “It... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas Keith Poe spends much of his time offshore, trying to lure large sharks close enough to bait and tag for science. What does the Southern California fisherman do with smaller sharks attracted by his chumming technique? The accompanying footage shows Poe gently pulling a free-swimming mako shark by its dorsal fin and stroking its back as casually as one might stroke the back of a family pet. “Come on, girl. Come here,” Poe says, reaching toward the 6-foot shark. “We’re gonna get you some pets. Come on, come on. Yeah, get you some pets.” It’s a definite... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2020 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas Video showing a man ice fishing in Kazakhstan, exhibiting a style of catching that’d be illegal in the U.S., has gone viral on social media, perhaps because of its simplistic nature. Зимняя рыбалка говоришь? Да что ты знаешь о ней?)) pic.twitter.com/BI2G5FY3mG — Габит Рахимберлин (@Starshina73) January 12, 2020 The footage, shared Sunday by Twitter user Gabit Rahimberlin, has been viewed more than 7 million times. The unidentified fisherman, accompanied by two white sheep, is the picture of confidence as he chops a hole in the ice, baits the water with pellets, and hurls his pitchfork through the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2020 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas After hooking two giant yellowfin tuna and losing both – one after a 4-hour fight – a group of anglers out of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, boated the catch of a lifetime. Steve Hammerschmidt of Huntington Beach landed the 365-pound ‘super cow’ after a marathon struggle last Tuesday in the Pacific, 30 miles north of the resort city on Baja California’s tip. Veteran anglers often refer to yellowfin tuna topping 200 pounds as “cows.” Tuna topping 300 pounds are “super cows,” and catches of these giants are quite rare. However, even larger yellowfin tuna exist within their... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2020 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas Yellowstone National Park has confirmed that two wolf pups found dead on a park road last month perished as a result of an automobile strike. The black male and female pups, which belonged to the Junction Butte Pack, were hit around sunset on the road between Tower Junction and the Northeast Entrance. The park waited for necropsy results before making the announcement. The incident remains under investigation by Yellowstone law enforcement officials. The Junction Butte Pack, whose territory spans from Tower Junction toward Lamar Valley, is frequently observed by tourists and its close proximity to people and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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*Click on this link to view an updated post with a second video and input from Mexico By Pete Thomas Disturbing video has surfaced showing a great white shark becoming stuck in a cage with divers inside at Mexico’s Guadalupe Island. Mexican activist Arturo Islas Allende shared the video to his social media platforms under a title that translates to “Negligence kills white shark.” He implicated a Nautilus Dive Adventures vessel and complained that cage openings were not adjusted in a manner to keep sharks and divers safe. The divers, who were clearly frightened as the massive predator writhed its... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas For a group of San Diego whale watchers on Tuesday, the highlight did not involve whales or dolphins, but a bizarre-looking Mola mola. The surprise encounter occurred 10 miles southwest of Mission Bay as Capt. Domenic Biagini, of Gone Whale Watching San Diego, was searching for cetaceans. The Mola mola, or ocean sunfish, stood out because of its immense size and pale coloration as it lolled beneath the surface. “It was really neat because most of the people on the boat specialized in diving, so this whole trip was something different for them,” Biagini said. “Right as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas Researchers are busy studying great white sharks off Cape Cod, but sometimes the sharks conduct their own research. The accompanying footage shows a fairly large white shark swimming close to a research boat off Chatham to inspect a GoPro camera used to capture footage of the apex predator. The shark swims to within inches of the pole-camera early in the footage, captured last week along the coast, and bumps the device toward the end. Scientists with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy have been tagging white sharks at a time when... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas Hikers in bear country should always pay close attention to their surroundings. Joshua Wade Covill and his wife Stephanie were exploring Montana’s Glacier National Park recently when they spotted a grizzly bear following closely behind a hiker who seemed unaware of the looming threat. The Covills were hiking Hidden Lake Trail on June 25, and were a quarter-mile away when they witnessed the close encounter. Covill later wrote on Facebook, “We watched this young grizzly bear walk right up behind this guy and he HAD NO IDEA!” The unidentified hiker probably was fortunate that this was not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas Beachgoers north of Los Angeles might be interested in tracking the whereabouts of a tagged great white shark that has spent the past couple of weeks cruising parts of the coast. The 15-foot female shark, nicknamed Murphy Jean, has returned to California after spending 100 days in Hawaiian waters. She was detected off Santa Rosa Island on June 13. She was later tracked swimming along the Morro Bay breakwater, not far from a popular surf spot. She then cruised up and down the coast, likely feeding on seals and sea lions. Her position on Sunday night was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas A grizzly bear and her two yearling cubs were killed by train strikes earlier this month near Glacier National Park. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks explained in a news release issued Monday that the bears had been grazing alongside railroad tracks two miles east of Marias Pass, in Glacier County, when the first collision occurred at about 4:19 a.m. on June 6. That claimed the life of the mother bear, a 232-pound animal that was captured and released 19 years ago as part of a Glacier National Park research effort. Her two cubs, weighing about 65 pounds... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas Two brothers on a fishing trip this week in Mexico discovered a live oarfish struggling in the shallows and helped revive the mysterious creature. Noah and Jacob Thompson, from Texas, found the juvenile oarfish near La Capilla in Baja California’s East Cape region. They carried the serpent-like fish to deeper water and watched it swim away, according to John Ireland, owner of Rancho Leonero Resort. Oarfish, deep-water denizens that can measure 30-plus feet, occasionally wash ashore dead or near-death on Sea of Cortez beaches. Encounters, however, are extremely rare. Ireland told Pete Thomas Outdoors that he had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas A Yellowstone National Park concession employee was injured Wednesday during an encounter with a cow elk. The female employee was hospitalized after the incident in Mammoth Hot Springs, a developed area in the northwest portion of the park. The park, as of Thursday morning, had not released her name. Park spokeswoman Linda Veress declined to disclose the nature of the woman’s injuries. Mammoth Hot Springs, location of park headquarters, also boasts a hotel, the Albright Visitor Center, and other buildings surrounded by verdant lawns. Elk gather in the area seeking shelter from predators and close encounters with... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas An angler who caught and killed a great white shark Jan. 5 on Oceanside Pier was sentenced Friday to three years probation and fined $250. Bodi Dee Roberts, 21, also was banned from the popular fishing pier in north San Diego County. Roberts caught the juvenile shark from the pier and was confronted by angry bystanders as he left with the carcass, according to 10 News San Diego. California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers eventually confronted Roberts and seized the shark. Great white sharks are protected by state and federal regulations off California. According to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas Yellowstone National Park has announced that select roads and concession services will reopen for spring and summer on Friday at 8 a.m. As an added bonus for travelers this weekend, entrance fees will be waived Saturday as part of the annual National Park Week celebration. The spring thaw is underway in the vast park, which encompasses portions of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. Migratory birds are arriving, bears are waking up, bison births are occurring and, of course, geysers are blowing steam. Roads scheduled to open include the West Entrance to Old Faithful; Mammoth Hot Springs to Old... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas A group of anglers on Sunday reeled in one of the largest blue marlin ever caught off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, after a 6-hour struggle that continued long after the billfish had been subdued. Four hours into a fight that sapped the strength of four novice fishermen who had already battled several large tuna, the 814-pound marlin perished. Tiburon deckhand Salvador “Chava” Flores spent the next two hours reeling the behemoth to the surface. (The anglers had hoped to release the fish alive.) Their new dilemma was that the marlin, which had struck a trolled ballyhoo and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas A 17-year-old boy was attacked by a bear Sunday while shed antler hunting in Montana, but escaped with relatively minor injuries. According to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the unidentified male and his family were vacationing in a cabin south of Ennis. The teen “was walking down a hill around 2 p.m. when he heard a ‘thump’ behind him,” FWP stated in a news release issued Monday. “He turned around to see a bear charging at him.” The teen was carrying bear spray but could not react before the initial impact. The bear pinned him against a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas Yellowstone National Park has logged its first grizzly bear sighting of 2019 in what represents a sure sign that spring is near. The park stated in a news release issued Tuesday that the sighting of a large grizzly occurred last Friday between Canyon Village and Fishing Bridge. Paw prints from another grizzly bear were observed Monday between Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris Junction. With more bears expected to emerge from hibernation over the next few weeks, the park is urging visitors to stay alert, carry bear spray, and hike in groups. Park guidelines recommend maintaining a distance... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas Video circulating on social media shows a British Columbia commercial fisherman tossing an explosive device among dozens of sea lions resting on the surface, scattering the mammals. The graphic footage has angered animal rights proponents and prompted an investigation by Canadian authorities, while it appears to have been published to show the extent of a sea lion “invasion” that some say threatens the livelihoods of fishermen. Campbell River Whale & Bear excursions posted the video to Facebook Wednesday with the statement: “This video was shot over the weekend on a commercial seine vessel waiting for the Commercial... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas An avalanche swept across a portion of Interstate 70 in Colorado on Sunday, briefly engulfing at least one vehicle and shoving several others across the highway. The accompanying footage, captured by Shaune Golemon and shared with Denver 7 News, shows the snow slide seemingly burying a white truck with a family inside.Nobody inside the truck was injured, and later in the video the family can be seen outside the vehicle, trying to dig out. KDVR reported that I-70 was temporarily closed because of the avalanche and that no injuries were reported, according to the Colorado State Patrol.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas The catch Saturday of a 34-pound, 10-ounce brown trout has shattered the Missouri state record for the species. Paul Crews of Neosho was participating in a tournament on Lake Taneycomo and said he “fought the fish from one side of the lake to the other and back” during a 20-minute struggle. “I’m still in shock that I actually caught that giant brown trout,” Crews told the Missouri Department of Conservation. The MDC confirmed the catch as a “pole-and-line” record on Monday, saying it beat the previous record by more than six pounds. The trout was released back... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas A photographer in Western Australia has captured video footage showing four dolphins in a sprint down the beach a mere stone’s throw from shore. A 100-meter dolphin dash, if you will. A marine mammal version of a horse race, with the inside lane seemingly producing a clear winner. The remarkable footage was captured Wednesday at Yanchep Lagoon by Carly Sinden, who said the dolphins raised their heads collectively, as if announcing themselves, before launching their speedy exhibition. “They were so inquisitive and friendly, and even swam around the school kids who were in the lagoon having their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas Bison are enormous and might seem ungainly, but they're surprisingly fast, which is why tourists in Yellowstone National Park are cautioned to keep a safe distance. The accompanying footage, captured by photographer Richard Peters, shows an enormous bison sprinting past the touring vehicle at top speed on a snow-covered road. As viewers will note, the tourists were amazed by the speed of the beast as it charged within a few feet of their vehicle. Peters, who is based in the U.K., wrote on Facebook: “Just got back from an incredible two weeks in Yellowstone, where on one... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors