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Saltwater Brewery Has Created Eco Friendly Six Pack Beer Rings That Are Safe For Marine Life

The future is here, and it’s arrived in the form of six-pack rings that are safe for marine life. Florida’s Saltwater Brewery created the rings, which are made of barley and wheat remnants from brewing, and are completely safe for fish to nibble on. (And humans, too!)

Standard rings, made of plastic, are no bueno for sea critters. According to the Ocean Conservancy’s 2015 Ocean Trash Index, plastic was the most common item of trash ingested by sea turtles in 2015. And it’s not just sea turtles: 57 marine mammals, 440 fish and 22 sharks, skates and sting rays were found entangled in plastic by the 561,895 volunteers that picked up 16,186,759 pounds of trash for the study.

And the plastic problem isn’t just because of dirty, rotten litterers: plastic rings are easily picked up from open trash cans and blown away by the wind. If that plastic ends up in a storm drain, it will eventually get to the ocean. – UPROXX

Florida has given us a lot of crazy things over the years: leprosy infected armadillos, LSD steaks and mayors who refuse to give out directions. But now it seems like we have something to celebrate out of the Sunshine State, as Saltwater Brewery, based out of Florida, has created six-pack beer rings that are eco friendly. As seen in the video and article linked above, the rings are made out of barley and wheat remnants, so if they happen to reach the ocean (spoiler alert: a lot of them do) they won’t harm marine life. Being a lifelong Rhode Islander with the beautiful Atlantic ocean only a 30 minute drive away, it’s awful to look at some of the pollution stats that are coming out. This isn’t the final solution to water pollution, but it’s a big step in the right direction. If Saltwater Brewery can get some of the bigger beer chains to join them, we’d be looking at much cleaner oceans in the near future. To read more, check out


Veronica-Pooh Nash Is Not The Summer Safety Instructor We Deserve, But She Is The One We Need

I don’t think I’ve agreed with a person more. On the surface, you wouldn’t think Veronica-Pooh Nash and I had a ton of things in common, but our opinions on avoiding shark attacks are pretty much identical. The ocean is the shark’s house. All they do is swim…in the ocean. I’m not saying people who are killed or attacked by sharks deserve it, but you’re taking a big risk whenever you go in the ocean. It’s not like you’re sitting home watching TV and a shark breaks down your front door and starts gnawing on your leg. We as a society would actually have a lot of problems if that started happening, but I digress. Sharks don’t want to attack humans. Scientists found that out a long time ago. But we’re basically invading their living space, and when you pit a shark against a human the human loses that battle every time. Never going in the ocean again is kind of a drastic take on this, but the sure way to avoid being shark bait is to never go in the ocean again.

– Ryan

Vampire Crabs Are Apparently A Real Thing & They’re Terrifying

Please NoTwo new species of “vampire crabs” have been identified by scientists.

Their bright yellow eyes have a piercing glare as sharp as their pincers, but don’t worry too much about these tiny critters sucking your blood any time soon.

Peter Ng, Christoph Schubart and Christian Lukharp identified the new species, named Geosesarma dennerle and Geosesarma hagen, in the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology (pdf of the study can be found here). They traced the habitat of the freshwater crabs to Java, Indonesia, after years of ambiguity about their exact origins.

“These crabs are kind of special because they’ve been around in the pet trade for 10 years, but no one knew where they came from,” Lukhamp told National Geographic.

Dealers claimed that they were taken from locations as diverse as Sulawesi, Krakatau or the Riau Islands, as well as Java.

Nicknamed vampire crabs for their yellow eyes, they’re also distinguished by their deep purple or bright orange shells. Since their discovery roughly 10 years ago, they’ve been exported to Europe, East Asia and North America.



You know what’s terrifying? The ocean, and everything that lives in or near it. Whether it’s a shark or a giant squid or a god damn VAMPIRE CRAB, the ocean is absolutely insane. I never understood why people would be surprised if they got attacked by a shark or some kind of oceanic animal. That’s their world. We own the land, they own the sea. Don’t go into their world and be surprised when they attack you. The newest, and possibly most terrifying thing to come out of the ocean is the vampire crab. It’s a crab, but instead of being normal and delicious they’re yellowed eyed purple shelled monsters. They’re supposedly harmless, but I just refuse to trust something that looks like that. Rule number one of trusting someone or something should state that if something as yellow, glowing eyes, you don’t trust it. Blanket statement. If these things somehow make their way to North America via the pet trading market I’m running for the hills. Those yellow eyes are staring into my soul.

– Ryan

The Iron Sheik is NOT Happy With the Indian Ocean

Big time mistake by the Indian Ocean here. You can’t just mess around with planes while The Iron Sheik is roaming this wonderful planet. I think this could be considered a new level of crazy. Back in the day if someone was crazy they would talk to themselves. I think we need an updated version of that, and this is where it starts. “He’s so crazy he’s telling a body of water that he’s going to break it’s neck.” I’m going to feel REALLY stupid if I’m wrong but I do not think bodies of water have necks. Just doesn’t make sense to me. I also have an inkling that The Iron Sheik thinks the Indian Ocean is an actual living, breathing organism. It has legs and arms and a neck and he might run into it at the bar one night. Bless his demented heart.

– Ryan

A Rare Saber-tooth Whale and the Dummy Pointing to it

Stejneger's Beaked Whale, Heather Doyle

A rare whale that has a dolphin-shaped head and saber-like teeth has been found dead on Los Angeles’ Venice Beach, even though it prefers frigid subarctic waters.

The roughly 15-foot-long female Stejneger’s beaked whale washed ashore Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Times reported. A truck hauled away the mammal, which was being examined at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum to determine how it died. –

I am all about cool and interesting nature things, so obviously I clicked this link as fast as my mouse could move. Page loads and I am immediately over the whole thing. You know why? This chick pointing at the whales dead body. Not that i’m upset or surprised the rare whale was dead, I knew that going in, but the fact that she has to point it out to me. Oh, you mean you’re not showing me the tow truck? You’re showing me the giant whale carcass on the back? Wow, mind blown.

Stick your finger somewhere else, lady.


***Update*** Twitter got upset I that i was hating on this lady.

True Facts About The Mantis Shrimp

The Mantis Shrimp is by far the most badass animal on the planet.  I’d put it up against a bear one-on-one.

Thanks to Ze Frank for all the awesome “True Facts” videos!


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