I watched a television program last night that totally fascinated me. It was about Meriwether Lewis. Those of you who are not familiar with him, I will tell you a little about his background. He was born on August 18, 1774 in Charlottesville, Virginia. He became a soldier, served under William Clark who he later picked to be co-charge for the great exploration of the west, authorized by Thomas Jefferson. Meriwether started out as the personal secretary to President Jefferson, but Jefferson gave him another job to explore the Louisana Purchase and westward.
President Jefferson also gave them a mandate to see if there were signs of Welch occupancy in the west. Since Lewis had served under William Clark, they knew each other well. The two gathered their supplies and other men and left for the unknown in May 1804.
Meriwether Lewis kept journals of everything he saw during his mission. He retured in May 1806. Documentation along with drawings showed President Jefferson what was seen on the journey.
Three years after returning home, Meriwether was going back to Washington DC with his Journals He was staying at an Inn on the Natchez Trace. The Trace was a well used 440 mile trail from Mississippi to Tennessee. At the Inn on October 12, 1809, a couple of gun shots were heard and Meriwether Lewis was found dead. He had one shot in the abdomen and one through the head, with blew part of the skull off exposing the brain. It was ruled as a suicide.
Since that time there has been a theory that the United States Government had him killed because he had found something during the expedition that would threaten the United States right to the lands west of the Mississippi. Such as the Welch having been there before which would give England the right to the land.
Pages had been torn from his journal and were never seen again. Lewis was a Mason and had his apron in his pocket. When they removed it, it was blood spattered. The apron is on display in Montana. Blood samples were taken and it has been shown that it came from two different men and not Meriwether Lewis.
I think it’s fascinating to know that even back when the country was new that a National Hero could have been killed because of knowledge he had that could harm the government. It’s something we will never know for sure but does make for a good story.
I was surprised when I heard the statistics of those who don’t. Being one of those people who usually follow the rules, I turned off my electronics before I boarded a plane. It seems the FFA is possibly going to lighten up a bit on their rules, but should they.
Electromagnetic waves put off by passengers electronics devices could interfere with an aircraft’s electronic controls. This would be things as the GPS navigation system. Let’s see now we’re on the plane and have just taken off and we are headed for New York. You look around and everyone is either talking on the phone or playing games on their ipad, ect. You get the idea. We are in the air a couple of hours and the captain announces overhead that we have to turn around because we have been flying towards Spokane Washington and something must have happened to the GPS system. Since this is my story just ignore the fact that the tower should have contacted them long before they discovered they were headed the wrong direction. So since everyone was late they missed their connecting flights.
Dozens of complaints are filed every year by commercial pilots because their instruments went haywire. After they asked the customers to check their electronics to be sure they were off, the problem cleared up. In 1993 the FFA put the ruling in place that the plane had to be above 10,000 feet before any electronic gadgets are turned on. Do you know why it’s 10,000 feet? The flight crew has enough time to react to the circumstances and possibly save our life.
A recent survey conducted showed 40% of passengers with electronics do not bother to turn them off. That’s only 10% less than half thumb their noses at the rules. I find that rather alarming.
Right now there are punishments in place for those who are caught. Alec Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight because he refused multiple times to stop playing a game on his Smartphone. Last year there was about thirty police cars surrounding a plane at La Guardia Airport. Something really bad had happened. A man refused to turn off his cell phone during taxiing, so he was arrested. A Saudi Arabian passenger who flouted the cellphone ban in 2001 received seventy lases. “Ouch”
As I said in the beginning of this piece do we really want them to change the rules. Do you want to talk on the phone more and possibly risk your life. Something to think about.
Equatorial African waters lives a terrible monster in appearance. It is not the dreaded crocodile, hippopotamus redoubtable either. It’s a fish. Yes, you read right, a fish. There is some momentum shark African rivers upstream courses, obviously, nor any Amazonian piranhas. Is none other than Goliath tiger fish. A real beast of water you need to see it once to understand who the uncrowned king of all freshwater fish predators. A nightmare with fangs unseen but became the most coveted catch fishermen specializing in raptors. He became a living legend and the most famous fishermen in the world go through thousands of kilometers to the heart of Africa for a photo collection alongside dinosaur carnivore fish with jaws
Armed to the teeth
” I wrote white on black, and remain today the same: giant tiger fish in Africa is the most fearsome freshwater fish that currently exists . ”
LJ McCormick, one of the largest predator anglers in the world.
The most coveted trophy for all predator anglers in the world, is truly a legendary fish that lives up to its reputation.
In Africa live 5 species belonging to the genus Hydrocynus the most maredintre them, obviously named after the biblical character who was defeated to become King David. If Hydrocynus to analyze the significance of gender, discovered that the ancient Greek hydro means water. And cynus -dog. Considering the shape of the head, and huge fangs, the name makes sense. With the addition that the tiger fish is anything but man’s best friend, Goliath tiger fish … the species Hydrocynus goliath and is the largest representative of the genus.
All species have fangs rugged and has one or more longitudinal stripes. Typical appearance, stripes, and especially highly aggressive behavior contributed to the tiger fish name, given by the first European explorers who encountered.
Goliath lives exclusively in the Congo Basin, Lualaba Lake and Lake Tanganyka and Upemba waters. fish is not only impressive appearance, but also in size.
The record was achieved with a copy which reached a length of 152 centimeters and weight of 69 pounds!
It is the only freshwater fish with the status of piscivor dangerous to humans! Those who ventured to catch him, confess that lived emotions experienced hunters asemănătoate those who started after a leopard, bear, lion or other type of carnivore that can return at any time against his pursuers, becoming man the hunter, hunted!
Fish that hunt crocodiles
Despite its unforgettable appearance is a little known fish.Outside Africa, the only ones who heard him are specialists ichthyologists, fish collectors of rare species and predator anglers obvious.
Species is somewhat isolated in central Africa, an area not well known even today. Most live on courses Goliath Tiger Fish Congo, the second longest river in the world after the Amazon, taking into account the volume of water flow and transport.
We must remember that giant Congo is still the deepest river in the world, detail crucial for tiger fish. With depths reaching 230 feet even, Goliath-toothed dinosaur site gets a perfect habitat where spurting invisible and fatal to its victims. fact, this species prefers waters stormy, turbulent, where smaller fish submit struggling against the current, being less attentive to the presence of predators.
His vision is excellent and based on the ability to feel low frequency vibrations emitted by potential prey. His body is very muscular and strong and wide tail allows even the most massive examples spurting in unexpected bursts of speed. Are ambush predators and early dissection specimens revealed the existence of internal sac react to tiny vibrations in the water and put the fish tiger alert to any movement near him.
Has a particularly violent attack. Goliath tiger fish swim in large circles around the prey, after a brutal hit with the force of a sledgehammer. Prada dizzy is then hacked his bite. In one case a Goliath tiger fish cut in two with one bite one African catfish of 30 pounds.
And this is not its only performance. Locals claim that large tiger fish are the only fish in African waters is not at all afraid of crocodiles. Moreover, tiger fish are not shy to devour smaller crocodiles …
The exact duration of life in the wild, but in captivity living conditions between 10-15 years.
Tiger fish were officially classified as a species of special interest fishing International Game Fish Association by. For fishermen profiled on predators have earned the reputation of some of the best fighters of all species of freshwater fish.
Their meat apparently tastes good, although it is high in fat and has many bones last detail saved from extinction in an Africa facing food scarcity, environmental destruction and population explosion.
Mbenga, as they called the natives, is a great attraction for fishing so that specialized companies offering fishing expeditions ravenous fans all over the world. In recent years, tiger fish have been devoted to articles, books, and even films.
Keen fisherman an expedition that will make existence, must obtain a visa Congo about four months before departure to Africa.
Necessarily need to be vaccinated against yellow fever, hepatitis A and B, to carry malaria tablets and solutions against tetanus.You do not have to miss any antibiotics in case of dysentery, a lotion for sun (it is recommended protection factor 30), and the most effective pills or sprays against mosquitoes. Besides strict movement and organization costs, firms subject suggests that the fisherman has to have the minimum amount of $ 1.500 for “contingency”.
Fisheries Act itself raises adrenaline quotas for fishermen unsuspected not so far been dealing with such beasts with scales.
African water monster has a set of jaws furnished with enormous tusks, thick, solid and well embedded in the jaw. Not only his teeth reach the dimensions of sharks, fish nightmare but is not afraid to attack fishermen once caught. There are also some grim stories about kids murdered while he was bathing …
Jeremy Wade, the famous documentary filmmaker most impressive freshwater fish, undertook an expedition to capture a specimen Goliath tiger fish capital. His stories are more than enlightening:
” Fish is like a giant piraha. Briefly, it is a nightmare beast. teeth are incredibly sharp and his were the same length as those of a white shark. has also very strong bite, does not hesitate to attack humans and even pieces of flesh flies crocodiles. these is thought that these fish attack appears as a reflex response to any sudden movement in the water. Capturing one is a very rare event, because they live in areas difficult to reach. There guides, lodges and facilities fishermen tourists in the right portions of the Congo River where the fish lives unprecedented “.
In addition, based on the testimonies fishermen were able to catch him, tiger fish is very difficult to “hanging “.
Often bite the bait, only to spit it instantly. In addition, his jaw bones are very hard to break through even the most sharp and solid hooks. Speaking of this issue, both hooks and fishing wire used to catch tiger fish are made of special materials and alloys to resist tusks and bite force King African waters.
And so, equipped with these special tools, fishermen have found themselves hanging some copies so strong that there have been cases where special wires were simply cut the bites unleash monsters with scales.
Due to the rarity, reputation and their appearance, all fish species tigers have begun to search the world of rare fish collectors in Europe and North America.
In addition to all aspects of fame and înfăţişareasa, Goliath tiger fish is still a living proof of the richness and biodiversity of water in forested heart of Africa.