New ‘Moby Dick’ lizard species found in Madagascar

Updated 17 January 2013
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New ‘Moby Dick’ lizard species found in Madagascar

MONTPELLIER: A new lizard species has been discovered in Madagascar and named “Moby Dick” mermaid skink — after the albino sperm whale imagined by Herman Melville — for its flipper-like forelimbs and unpigmented skin, France’s National Center for Scientific Research said Tuesday.
The CNRS said the “Sirenoscincus mobydick” presents a unique combination of anatomical features that can be found in amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. The discovery, made by French, Malagasy, American and German researchers, was published in the Zoosystema journal at the end of December.
Because of its life underground, the animal’s skin has lost pigmentation and its eyes have almost disappeared. And although the lizard has retained forelimbs, its hindlimbs have completely disappeared.


Death defying ‘stunt’ lands Saudi man in police custody

Updated 21 May 2018
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Death defying ‘stunt’ lands Saudi man in police custody

DUBAI: A shocking video has been released on social media of a man who jumps from the roof of a car into the path of an articulated lorry in what appears to be a death defying stunt.
Without any consideration for the safety for himself or other motorists, the man can be seen dancing on the car which is parked on the side of the road, in the background the vast lorry can be seen approaching.
At the last moment the man is seen jumping onto the floor causing the lorry to swerve violently to avoid hitting him.
The man has now been arrested by the General Directorate of Traffic – according to UAE daily Gulf News – on charges of endangering the lives of other road users.