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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 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
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By Pete Thomas A sailboat abandoned more than eight years ago in the Indian Ocean, after the dramatic rescue of its 16-year-old U.S. captain, has been discovered adrift off South Australia’s Kangaroo Island. The 40-foot Wild Eyes, its hull encrusted with barnacles, was last piloted by Abby Sunderland as she attempted to become the youngest person to solo-sail around the world. But on June 10, 2010, while struggling in a ferocious storm hundreds of miles from land, Sunderland activated two emergency beaconsafter a giant wave rolled her vessel, destroying its mast and communications equipment. Wild Eyes was spotted 20 hours... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas Footage has surfaced showing a large shark ripping a mask from the face of a scuba diver at Rangiroa in French Polynesia. The 2007 footage, recently released in high definition, shows the unidentified diver having briefly settled at the bottom when a large shark veers in and bites his mask. The mask comes off and the diver rolls backward. He suffered only a scratch on his forehead, according to reports. Peter Schneider, who was part of the group of divers, was interviewed by the Daily Mail last week. “I couldn’t help but scream when I saw it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas Scott Eastwood has been vacationing in Baja California, Mexico, and a highlight has to be the actor’s close encounter with orcas as he paddled with a friend in the Sea of Cortez. Eastwood, son of legendary actor Clint Eastwood, explained Thursday on Instagram that he and companion Parker Moran had stopped “at some random beach along the coast of Baja to get a beer, and while eating lunch saw a group of orcas out in the bay.” They ventured out on a standup paddleboard and the sleek mammals were elusive “until [Moran] started making orca noises and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2018 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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Adult humpback whales and youngster (left) forage on anchovy bait ball. Photo: ©Chelsea Mayer/Newport Coastal Adventure By Pete Thomas On Tuesday, a day before a storm rolled into Southern California, three humpback whales were encountered under ideal conditions off Newport Beach. It turned out to be a rare and magical experience for those on the Newport Coastal Adventure excursion, as one of the whales was a calf or young juvenile, less than a year old, learning to feed on schooling anchovies. Stunning aerial footage, captured by Chelsea Mayer, shows the anchovies tightly bunched into a massive bait ball, and the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas A gray wolf popular among visitors to Yellowstone National Park has been killed by a hunter outside the park. The dark-colored female of the Lamar Canyon Pack, cataloged as 926F and affectionately known as ‘Spitfire,’ was shot last Saturday outside Cooke City, Montana. Abby Nelson, a wolf management specialist with Montana, Fish, Wildlife and Parks, told the Jackson Hole News and Guide that the animal was legally harvested during the fall hunting season Nelson added, “The circumstances are obviously a little bit harder for people to stomach, because that pack had showed signs of habituation.” News of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas A commercial fisherman was caught on video jumping into the water and clambering onto the back of an entangled humpback whale in an attempt to free the mammal. The fisherman emerges triumphant at the end of the video clip, claiming to have cut a blue line that had been wrapped around the whale. But the man and the fishing crew have been criticized for acting recklessly and placing the man’s life at risk. The incident occurred late last month off Morro Bay on the Central California coast, but video did not begin to circulate until Wednesday. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas A Colorado hiker caught in an avalanche Monday was swept over cliffs and carried 150 feet down the slope, but dug out and drove himself to a hospital. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center published a description of the incident near South Arapaho Peak, stating that the unidentified hiker had suffered a broken pelvis. “The avy season hit me by surprise today,” the hiker is quoted as saying. The CAIC's description: “A hiker left from the 4th of July trail head. He hiked up the Arapaho Pass and Arapaho Glacier Trails to about 11,500 feet. At that elevation... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas Humpback whales will sometimes breach, or leap, placing their immense size and incredible power on broad display. And when Mother Nature provides a rainbow as a backdrop, such an awesome act appears all the more magical. The accompanying footage, showing a humpback whale spinning during its breach, was captured Wednesday in California’s Monterey Bay by Cheré Tamura from aboard the the Blackfin out of Monterey Bay Whale Watch. “Not only did we have Orcas/Killer Whales breaching, we had this magnificent creature who breached in front of a rainbow and right next to our boat!” the company stated... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Pete Thomas Outdoors
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By Pete Thomas A report of shots being fired in Yellowstone National Park prompted an investigation that turned up spent shotgun shells, but not the identity of the shooter. The investigation began Sunday after somebody reported that a man had shot at wolves as they chased his dog in the Sedge Bay area near the East Entrance Road. According to a news release issued Wednesday, rangers searched the area and found no evidence that wolves were injured. Investigators are hoping that somebody can identify the man. Discharging firearms in Yellowstone is illegal, and dogs must be leashed or kept in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at Pete Thomas Outdoors