Plane makes emergency landing after snake found slithering in overhead bin

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It was a moment that would make even Samuel L. Jackson shriek in fear.

Passengers on a commercial flight in Mexico were given an unexpected shock when a serpent slithered into the cabin in a scene straight out of the Hollywood thriller “Snakes on a Plane.”

Carrier Aeromexico confirmed that a live snake was found on board a flight Sunday afternoon in a statement released to Publimetro. Flight 231, which makes the two-hour trip once a day from Torreon, Coahuila, to Mexico City was forced to make an expedited landing so animal control could come aboard to collect the reptile.

A brief video posted to Twitter shows a greenish snake emerging from the ceiling behind an overhead luggage compartment and then partially dropping down into the cabin.

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Aeromexico said that the plane was given priority landing in Mexico City, where workers “secured the reptile.” No passengers reported any injuries due to the incident but flier Indalecio Medina wrote on Facebook that he and another passenger caught the snake using a blanket and magazines before emergency personnel arrived.

The airline says it’s investigating how the snake got into the airplane and is taking measures to avoid it happening in the future.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

How one man fought off a great white shark

Undated file picture.

Undated file picture.  (Reuters)

Joe Tanner was paddling on his surfboard off the Oregon coast, waiting to catch a wave, when he felt something grab his leg.

It was a scenario any surfer or beachgoer would dread: Tanner looked down to find a toothy great white shark. The 29-year-old fought off the shark, punching it repeatedly in the gills until it let go, and escaping in what is being called an “incredible” feat.

Once Tanner reached the shore, he directed his own first aid, asking people to tie tourniquets to stanch the flow of blood from his wounds.

“I remember thinking, ‘Thank God I made it to shore,'” Tanner told Live Science. “Then, the pain hit.” [In Photos: Great White Sharks Attack]

Marine biologists are calling Tanner’s escape extraordinary, saying that he did all of the right things, from punching the shark on its sensitive gills to directing his medical treatment until emergency help arrived. Granted, Tanner knew about first aid because he’s a critical care nurse at Portland’s Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

“He’s obviously incredibly lucky and incredibly cool under pressure,” said Dr. Matthew Levy, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, who was not involved in Tanner’s care. “It’s one thing to be a lifesaver and save other people’s lives as a nurse and health care provider, but another to have the mental discipline and nerves of steel to direct others around him as to what to do.”

Robot shark

Tanner, a native of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, began surfing while he was an undergraduate at the University of Portland in Oregon in 2006. He had experience snowboarding and wakeboarding, and found he could easily balance on a surfboard, catching waves and relaxing as he took in nature, Tanner told Live Science.

After graduating with a biology degree, he worked as a commercial fisherman in southeast Alaska, and afterward lived in Kenya, working at a medical clinic, and then India. “That was one of the best times I’ve ever had in my life,” he said, remembering motorcycling across South Asia. Later, he returned to Portland to get his nursing degree.

On the sunny morning of Oct. 10, Tanner planned to go surfing with a friend at Indian Beach in Oregon’s Ecola State Park. But his friend couldn’t make it, so Tanner went by himself, surfing in the morning and taking a break in the afternoon. While resting on the beach, he talked with another surfer — ironically, about sharks, he said.

At about 4 p.m. local time, Tanner and the other surfer returned to the water in their wetsuits. “I had just gotten out there, paddling in the surf,” Tanner said. “My feet were dangling in the water. All of a sudden, something grabbed my leg, and kind of took me off my surfboard and under.”

His initial reaction was disbelief, Tanner said. When he opened his eyes, the shark looked like a giant wall before him, with the head to his left and tail to his right.

“I remember not seeing anything moving like a normal animal [would],” he said. “I had the thought, ‘Why is there a shark robot in the water?'” [Photos: The Freakiest-Looking Fish]

Tanner thought that he would surely die. But, in a moment of clarity, he recalled that victims of shark attacks are supposed to punch the shark in the eyes or nose. “I couldn’t reach the nose, and the eyes were pretty small targets,” he said. “I saw gills in front of me, and they seemed pretty fragile, so I just started hitting and punching the gills.”

Incredibly, the shark released Tanner. “I got onto my board and screamed at everybody to get out of the water because there was a shark,” he said. Tanner was about 200 yards offshore, but with the other surfer nearby, he managed to make it back. All the while, Tanner worried that the shark would follow the trail of blood from his bleeding leg, he said.

Once Tanner reached the shore, people called 911, and he remembers asking them to tie a tourniquet on his right leg using the surfboard’s leash. That was smart, Levy said, as “We know [severe bleeding] is the leading cause of death of trauma victims within the first 24 hours [of their injury].” [Here’s What to Do in a Bleeding Emergency]

Six people carried Tanner on his surfboard to the parking lot. Once there, he asked them to remove the top of his wetsuit so that emergency workers would quickly be able to administer intravenous therapy. He also told them his blood type, and yelled at the top of his lungs, both with pain and as a way to cope, while people pressed down on his leg with towels, trying to curb the flow of blood.

Soon thereafter, police and then a helicopter arrived and flew him to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

Attack or curious shark?

Given that Tanner was on his surfboard on a sunny day, is it possible that the shark mistook his silhouette for a seal, one of its preferred meals?

Probably not, said Andrew Nosal, an assistant professor of biological sciences at Saint Katherine College in San Marcos, California.

The simpler explanation is that the shark saw something novel, and decided to test whether it could eat it, Nosal said. “Unfortunately for us, the shark can only test things with its mouth, so what might be a gentle test bite for a shark could be devastating for a person,” he said. [7 Unanswered Questions About Sharks]

However, the shark likely wasn’t expecting the novelty (that is, Tanner) to fight back. The gills are filled with blood vessels that are close to the skin’s surface, and Tanner probably surprised the shark when he hit the vessels, Nosal said. Victims of shark attacks can also hit the sensitive eyes and the tip of the nose to surprise a shark, Nosal added.

Tanner was lucky that the shark didn’t ambush and launch him into the air, as the predator often does with seals, said Christopher Lowe, a professor of marine biology at California State University, Long Beach.

Unlike other sharks, great whites (Carcharodon carcharias) are warm-blooded, which gives them the ability to swim rapidly toward prey, Lowe said. Their preferred meals — elephant seals and other marine mammals — are smart and nimble, and ambush attacks are one of the few ways great whites can catch them, he said.

It’s a mystery just how many great white sharks live off the West Coast, but researchers reporting in a 2014 study in the journal PLOS ONE estimated that there were more than 2,000 swimming off the coast of California. Despite their numbers, shark attacks on people are rare, but more will likely happen in the coming years as shark populations increase, Lowe said.

C. carcharias‘ numbers are increasing because of environmental policies enacted over the past several decades that protect fish and marine mammals within U.S. waters, Lowe said. Young great white sharks eat fish, and adults eat marine mammals; as their prey become more abundant, so do sharks, Lowe said.

Perhaps the great white shark was swimming near Indian Beach because seals or sea lions were nearby hunting for salmon that was returning home to spawn that fall, Tanner and other experts said.

Hospital care

The shark ended up leaving a semicircle of 6-inch-deep punctures on the upper right part of Tanner’s thigh. To repair the muscle and other damage to his leg, Tanner has undergone three surgeries.

Doctors now say he’s expected to be walking again six weeks after his third surgery. Tanner hopes to return to surfing eventually. Rather than blaming the shark for the predicament, “I have no animosity toward it,” he said. “We’re in their territory, and that’s a risk of surfing, no matter how rare it is.” [On the Brink: A Gallery of Wild Sharks]

Nosal called Tanner’s take “insightful.”

“Just remember that there’s no such thing as ‘shark-infested waters,'” Nosal said. “Sharks live there; that’s their home. You can’t infest your own home. When we get into the water, we have to recognize that there are risks associated with that, just like there are risks getting into our cars and driving to work every day.”

Get tips on avoiding shark attacks, such as steering clear of places where sharks and their prey are known to swim, in this Live Science article.

Tanner’s family put together a GoFundMe fundraiser to help pay for his recovery. Any extra money raised will go to the Home of Hope orphanage in Zambia.  

Incoming! How NASA and FEMA would respond to an asteroid threat

A near-Earth object on course to hit the planet would require nationwide or global coordination to minimize threat.

A near-Earth object on course to hit the planet would require nationwide or global coordination to minimize threat.  (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

It’s a scary scenario: an asteroid headed for Earth, just four years away from slamming into our home planet. It may be too short a span to plan an asteroid-deflection mission, but it’s long enough to present very different challenges from those of a more typical crisis, like a hurricane or earthquake.

NASA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) came together Oct. 25 to plan a response to such a hypothetical event. In a “tabletop exercise,” a kind of ongoing simulation, the two agencies tested how they would work together to evaluate the threat, prevent panic and protect as many people as possible from the deadly collision.

“It’s not a matter of if, but when, we will deal with such a situation,” Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate’s new associate administrator, said in a statement. “But unlike any other time in our history, we now have the ability to respond to an impact threat through continued observations, predictions, response planning and mitigation.” [In Images: Potentially Dangerous Near-Earth Asteroids]

The exercise, held in El Segundo, California, brought together representatives from NASA, FEMA, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the Department of Energy’s national laboratories, the Air Force and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, JPL officials said in the statement.

It was the third such exercise; previous ones had allowed for a deflection mission, but in this simulation, there was too little time for that type of response.

“It is critical to exercise these kinds of low-probability but high-consequence disaster scenarios,” FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said in the statement. “By working through our emergency response plans now, we will be better prepared if and when we need to respond to such an event.”

The asteroid in this test scenario appeared to be between 300 and 800 feet long in the first simulated measurements the participants were given. At first, the probability of a 2020 impact was only 2 percent, but as the group continued to simulate tracking it over time and the fictional months went by, the impact probability rose to 65 percent — and then 100 percent, in May 2017. By November of that year, in the scenario, they found that it would hit across Southern California or nearby in the Pacific Ocean.

The research laboratories’ scientists calculated the impact’s footprint, the population that would be displaced, the effect on infrastructure and other data that would slowly become clear over such an asteroid’s approach. That gave the participants the information they needed to plan for an evacuation process, and decide how to convey necessary information to the public in the most effective way over the course of the asteroid’s approach (plus debunk dangerous misinformation and rumors).

“The high degree of initial uncertainty, coupled with the relatively long impact warning time, made this scenario unique and especially challenging for emergency managers,” Leviticus A. Lewis, chief of FEMA’s National Response Coordination Branch, said in the statement. “It’s quite different from preparing for an event with a much shorter timeline, such as a hurricane.”

NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, established in January, supervises NASA’s efforts to track asteroids and other approaching near-Earth objects (NEOs) and coordinates its interactions with the other U.S. agencies that would deal with a potential impact and decide whether to try a deflection mission or coordinate an emergency response, as in this exercise. Europe has a similar NEO Coordination Centre in Italy.

“These exercises are invaluable for those of us in the asteroid science community responsible for engaging with FEMA on this natural hazard,” NASA Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson said in the statement. “We receive valuable feedback from emergency managers at these exercises about what information is critical for their decision making, and we take that into account when we exercise how we would provide information to FEMA about a predicted impact.”

Although deflection wasn’t an option for this training scenario, there is research into that area. For example, NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission, which recently finished its first planning stages, is largely a sample-collection mission, to pull a boulder off an asteroid’s side — but it is also slated to test out pulling the asteroid’s orbit slightly off course using the spacecraft and sample’s gravitational pull.

Philip Lubin, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Santa Barbara whose laser propulsion system has been incorporated into the Breakthrough Starshot program to send a probe to neighbor star system Alpha Centauri, originally intended the system to zap and deflect incoming asteroids.

Tourist fights crocodile after trying to take selfie with it


There’s nothing more embarrassing than slipping and falling down. Except perhaps, slipping and falling on top of a crocodile.

27-year-old Danish backpacker Johnny Bonde and his girlfriend Kirsty Jacobs had been travelling around Australia on a year-long trip that was going swimmingly — right up until Bonde tried to get a selfie with a crocodile in the far north of Western Australia.

Upon spotting the croc, the pair tried to capture a selfie from a safe distance. However, a slip in his footing saw Bonde tumble straight down the riverbank and smack on top of the napping reptile. Good one.

“He got my arm and shook me … It was the result of me being stupid,” Bonde told Perth Now. “If somebody body slammed me at night, I would be angry too.”

Bonde managed to get free of the terrifying beast and clambered back up the bank to his girlfriend, saying he felt “a bit weird” in the arm, then noticing it was bleeding.

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Once returning to the caravan park, the couple went to the local hospital where The West Australian reported he was treated for deep lacerations to his forearm.

The now-wiser traveller has since posted a word of caution on Facebook for his fellow intrepid backpackers, saying, “Don’t swim, pet, play or land on any crocs! You will end up with a sore arm or even worse no arm.”

Moon had a dramatic, explosive history, study says

The super moon appears in the sky in Cairo, Egypt, October 17, 2016. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

The super moon appears in the sky in Cairo, Egypt, October 17, 2016. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

A new model for how the moon formed in the distant past suggests a dramatic, violent collision that altered the Earth’s tilt and spin rate.

Today, the Earth is tilted just over 23 degrees compared to its orbital plane around the sun. According to the new research, scientists think that one possibility is that that angle was much different a very long time ago.

“Evidence suggests a giant impact blasted off a huge amount of material that formed the moon,” Douglas Hamilton, a professor of astronomy at the University of Maryland and a co-author of the new study, said in a statement. “This material would have formed a ring of debris first, then the ring would have aggregated to form the moon. But this scenario does not quite work if Earth’s spin axis was tilted at the 23.5 degree angle we see today.”


Instead, the researchers think that the impact might have knocked the Earth’s tilt off by as much as 60 to 80 degrees, and also set our planet spinning very fast. Eventually, the system dynamics became what they are today.

Hamilton added that their model is just one way the moon’s orbit could have been born.

“There are many potential paths from the moon’s formation to the Earth-moon system we see today,” he said in the statement. “We’ve identified a few of them, but there are sure to be other possibilities.”


The scientists also think the moon moved away from the Earth after the impact.

“As the moon moved outward, the Earth’s steep tilt made for a more chaotic transition as the sun became a bigger influence,” Matija Cuk of the SETI institute said in the statement. “Subsequently, and over billions of years, the moon’s tilt slowly decayed down to the five degrees we see today.” (The moon’s orbit is presently angled about five degrees compared to the Earth’s orbit around the sun.)

In other words, the system as it is now is the result of an explosive past that eventually became more stable.

The new research was published in the journal Nature.

Follow Rob Verger on Twitter: @robverger

Scientists explore a ‘jacuzzi of death’ beneath the sea

The brine pool. (Ocean Exploration Trust)

The brine pool. (Ocean Exploration Trust)

Scientists have sent back eerie photos from deep under the Gulf of Mexico of what’s been called a “jacuzzi of death,” a salty lake with a pretty coastline sitting at the bottom of the sea.

The formation is actually a brine pool, and because the undersea body of water is so salty and low in oxygen, it’s deathly for critters, like fish and crabs, that end up in it.

Crew members from a research ship, the E/V Nautilus, have referred to the undersea lake as the “jacuzzi of despair.” The brine pool has an “ominous crater-like image on seafloor maps,” according to the Nautilus website. The research vessel explored the rare formation and posted photographs and video of it.

The water in the pool is warmer than the rest of the sea, too— hence the jacuzzi nickname.

“It’s warm, but super salty,” Scott Wankel, a scientist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution said, according to Seeker. “When [marine creatures] fall in they die and get pickled and preserved.”

The pool of death is roughly 82 feet across and is thousands of feet below the surface of the ocean, and while it might be hazardous for most sea life, it is fascinating looking, with edges that have “a  jewel-like rim,” according to the Nautilus Exploration Program.

Beware of the “jacuzzi of despair”! Deep in the Gulf of Mexico, super salty brine pools are toxic to most life: 

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Hospital report blames patient’s fart for surgical fire


An operating room snafu out of Japan is generating headlines because of its bizarre nature: It seems a patient’s fart ignited a fire that left her with serious burns.

The incident took place at Tokyo Medical Center, reports the Asahi Shimbun. A laser was being used on the cervix of a woman in her 30s when she broke wind, according to a newly released assessment of the April incident released by the hospital.

All equipment was operating normally, leading a panel to conclude that the woman’s gas ignited the laser. “When the patient’s intestinal gas leaked into the space of the operation (room), it ignited with the irradiation of the laser, and the burning spread, eventually reaching the surgical drape and causing the fire,” says the report.

The resulting fire burned much of the patient’s body, though no details are provided about her condition. “This happens,” writes a commenter at Redditwho says he’s a surgeon’s assistant.

“Not the first instance of it a long time either.” The Washington Post explains that it’s the methane and hydrogen in a person’s gas that makes it potentially flammable, though “it’s difficult to overstate how minuscule the chance of that normal bodily function causing a problem truly is.” (A soccer player got booted from a game over his gas.)

This article originally appeared on Newser: Hospital Report Blames Patient’s Fart for Surgical Fire

England launches hunt for ‘witches’ marks’

Daisy-Wheels inscribed with a pair of compasses or dividers found in Saxon Tithe barn, Bradford-on-Avon (Historic England).

Daisy-Wheels inscribed with a pair of compasses or dividers found in Saxon Tithe barn, Bradford-on-Avon (Historic England).

Members of the public in England have been asked to hunt for so-called “witches’ marks” that were carved into old buildings to protect against witchcraft.

Historic England, a government-sponsored organization that aims to preserve the country’s historic buildings and monuments, launched the project on Halloween.

The witches’ marks, also known as apotropaic marks, are ritual protection symbols carved into many historic places, such as medieval churches, houses, barns and even the Tower of London, according to Historic England. However, the marks have never been fully recorded.


Historic England is calling on the public to help create a record of the marks by sharing photos and information about where they are located.

“Witches’ marks are a physical reminder of how our ancestors saw the world,” said Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, in a statement. “They really fire the imagination and can teach us about previously-held beliefs and common rituals. Ritual marks were cut, scratched or carved into our ancestors’ homes and churches in the hope of making the world a safer, less hostile place.”

The most common type of apotropaic mark is the daisy wheel, or hexafoil, which is often a six-petal “flower” drawn with a pair of compasses. “Daisy wheels comprise a single, endless line which supposedly confused and entrapped evil spirits,” explained Historic England.


Other common apotropaic marks are pentangles, or five-pointed stars, the letters AM (for Ave Maria), the letter M (for Mary) and VV (for Virgin of Virgins). The letters were thought to beseech the protection of the Virgin Mary, say historians.

Apotropaic marks have been found in medieval houses dating from about 1550 to 1750. They have, for example, been recorded at Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as in medieval barns, where they were etched into the ancient timber to protect crops.

In 2015, a large number of apotropaic marks were discovered at the sixteenth-century Queen’s House in the Tower of London.


“For centuries such marks went unnoticed or were dismissed as meaningless graffiti,” explained David Sorapure, head of building recording at the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA), in an email to “However, recent research has led to a greater understanding of the intentions and meaning behind such marks and offer an exciting glimpse into the historic use of protective symbols.”

Sorapure explained that because the marks were intended to protect buildings from demonic or harmful forces, they are often found next to ‘vulnerable’ points like doors, windows or chimneys and are often found in churches or high status buildings.

“The use of protective symbols is widely acknowledged to have continued into the 19th century,” he added, noting that masons and carpenters may have kept the tradition for good luck. “A common type found is the mesh, which appears as a series of scratches forming a crosshatch. This is thought to have been intended to act a little like a net to trap demonic forces.”


MOLA experts were involved in the discovery of the witches’ marks in the Tower of London, as well as an early 19th century mark in the historic Banqueting House in London’s Whitehall. Sorapure told that the scorch mark against a Banqueting House roof timber was intended to protect against fire, including lightning strike.

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Inside the quest to restore Leonardo da Vinci’s secret vineyard

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Closed to the public for five centuries, Casa degli Atellani— in the heart of the Milan, Italy– has recently reopened to curious tourists. The estate houses plenty of treasures for fans of Italian history, art and culture. But it’s also home to an intriguing secret dating back to the Renaissance-era—a newly restored vineyard owned by Leonardo da Vinci.

When da Vinci left Florence for Milan in the late 15th century, he arrived with a cover letter that described him as a weapons maker and laid out in exquisite detail the various arms he could produce.

At the bottom of his résumé, he added a couple of lines: In times of peace, he wrote, he could paint and serve as an architect. The man who went on to paint the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper didn’t even bother to mention another skill: grape grower.

A little-known detail about Leonardo’s life and passions is that he owned a small vineyard that the duke of Milan gave to him for painting The Last Supper, says historian and author Jacopo Ghilardotti.

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Today, half a millennium later, that vineyard has been restored to reproduce essentially the same grape the genius cultivated.

It took Leonardo a few years to complete the The Last Supper fresco in the dining hall of the Dominican monastery adjacent to Santa Maria delle Grazie church.
On many days he would accomplish no more than a few brushstrokes. With the vineyard just a stone’s throw from the church, it is thought that he would stroll among the vines during breaks from creating his masterpiece.

“The relationship between Leonardo and nature was exercised in that place in that vineyard,” says Luca Maroni, the professional wine taster who drove the restoration of the vineyard. “There is still the soul of Leonardo there.”

The vineyard would have a tortured history. The French confiscated it when they invaded Milan. Leonardo fled, and when the French begged him to come back, he reportedly did so on the condition that he got his grapes back.

The only property in his will was the vineyard, which he split between his disciple, model and rumored lover, “Salai,” and his valet, Giovanbattista Villani.

What happened in the next few centuries is largely unknown. But a century ago, when the stately homes on the property were joined into one grand villa, Casa degli Atellani , interest developed in identifying the vineyard’s location. Ultimately, it was located. There was a bocce court above it.

In 1943, the Allies bombed Santa Maria delle Grazie. The Last Supper, which had been carefully wrapped up, was undamaged, but fires burned the lawn where the vineyard lay. In 2008, Maroni, along with a team of archeologists from the University of Milan, conducted a dig and found fossils of the original vines.  DNA testing matched them closely with the white wine grape Malvasia di Candia Aromatica.

But it would be several years before da Vinci’s secret garden would open to the public. As Milan was getting ready to host the 2015 Expo,the real work got underway to identify Leonardo’s grapes and replant his vineyard. The owners of the Atellani house, the Castellini family, enthusiastically agreed. That year, they also opened the doors of the property to the public for the first time.

The vines were replanted in the garden of the stately home, which was renovated to preserve the architectural styles of the times.

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So far, there are no grapes growing on the vines but Maroni insists there will be wine produced in 2017. The wine expert estimates there will be a limited production of just 500 bottles of passito— a sweet wine usually imbibed at the end of a meal. If successful, it will be the first wine made in the center of Milan since WWII and the vintners plan to use the same winemaking process da Vinci described in a letter to his wine master in 1508.

Atellani may not be producing wine yet but curiosity is drawing in tourists who want to look around the premises and get a true taste of 15th century life.

“People come from all over the world, cause they really love Leonardo and everything related to Leonardo,” says Ghilardotti.

Fans of the Renaissance artisan have given the attraction glowing reviews online.

It is not known for sure where Leonardo actually lived during his decades in Milan, but now, at least, we know where his grapevines thrived.

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Amy Kellogg currently serves as a Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent based in Milan, Italy. She joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in 1999 as a Moscow-based correspondent. Follow her on Twitter: @amykelloggfox

Stingray injuries spike at Southern California beach

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Authorities say there’s been a spike in stingray injuries at a Southern California beach even as water temperatures cool.

The Orange County Register reports Sunday that Huntington Beach Marine Safety Lt. Claude Panis says there were 17 reports of injuries on Thursday and another 10 on Friday.

He says stingray injuries tend to occur when the water is warmer and waves are smaller but have been reported amid cooler water temperatures and bigger swells.

Signs have been posted to warn beachgoers. Panis says people have gotten stung during low tide in the afternoon.

He did not know the reason for the surge.