Weird news


June 09, 2017

A police dog was fired because he was more interested in getting belly rubs and attention than to work on the front line.

Gavel the puppy is just one year old and has been turned down for the role in the Queensland Police Service (QPS) because he does not have the "aptitude" to become a working dog.

A spokesman for Queensland Government House said: "Gavel arrived at Government House in April last year as a six-week-old puppy.

"It was intended that he would undergo a training and socialisation programme, preparing to become a Queensland Police Service dog.

"But like many aspiring QPS dogs, Gavel did not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line.

"Not all dogs display this, and Gavel proved himself to be quite sociable."

A diver swam next to a great white shark without realising.

Dale Pearson was paddling just a few feet away from the dangerous 14-foot-long fish in the Sea of Cortez, in Mexico, with his friend, Eric Mack, but the pair mistook the creature for a harmless hammerhead shark and underestimated the life-threatening position they were in.

The daring duo were swimming among the shark's prey of stingrays, and it wasn't until the animal lashed out at its feast that they realised the shark's breed.

Speaking to The Mirror Online about his close encounter, Dale said: "To see such a huge shark in basically my front yard was quite unnerving.

"I have done several dive projects with great whites, but I had never seen anything like this.

"I wasn't worried it would attack, but kept enough of a distance out of respect for its potential to strike.

"The shark was never stuck, and it had control over where it was and was trying to be in shallow water.

"It would hold still for a few minutes then swim out to deeper water of two metres, then circle back and hold still again.

"That's why we are pretty sure the shark was eating those stingrays."

Although the pair came away unhurt by the shark, they did get stung by the stingrays around them.