If You’re Headed To Lake Tahoe This Summer, Watch Out For The Plague

For those on the West Coast, no place is more magical for a vacation in nature than Lake Tahoe. However, if you’re planning a visit for your summer vacation, you might want to think twice…or at least consult your doctor first. That’s because researchers recently discovered the presence of bubonic plague nearby.

During routine testing of the rodent population near Lake Tahoe, a flea pulled from a yellow-pine chipmunk tested positive for the presence of bubonic plague.

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While this took place in May, the results were only recently confirmed by state officials. However, further testing has been scheduled to determine exactly how this chipmunk came to carry the plague.

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Bubonic plague is a deadly bacterial infection spread by chipmunks, squirrels, and other rodents. It’s possible for humans to contract the disease when they’re bitten by bugs that have come into contact with infected rodents.

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Symptoms include fever, nausea, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes. These signs usually show up within two weeks of initial contact and can turn deadly if not treated swiftly with antibiotics.

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This doesn’t mean you need to cancel your trip to Lake Tahoe this summer, but it does mean you should stay up to date. Risking the plague for a nice vacation just isn’t worth it.

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I think I’ll just stick to city life this summer. Nature is honestly too scary.

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What These Ants Do To Defend Their Colonies Is Actually Pretty Freaky

When you think of an ant that can spray corrosive acid out of its butt while trying to protect its colony from predators, do you automatically assume that it lives in Australia?

Even though this train of thought is accurate (since we all know that the world’s creepiest critters tend to thrive Down Under), this bizarre ant species doesn’t call Australia home.

Wood ants hail from Europe and parts of North America. If you happen to share your neighborhood with these fearsome bugs, stay away. They’ll go to bizarre lengths to protect their homes.

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I guess ants are better than snakes and spiders. But then again, snakes and spiders don’t typically spray acid at me when I get too close.

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This Monster Of The Deep Was Just Caught Off The Coast Of Japan

If you ever find yourself stranded in the middle of the ocean, there are plenty of deadly creatures that you should be afraid of…namely sharks.

While some species may leave you alone, there are plenty of rare shark varieties that will not hesitate to kill and eat you because human flesh is delicious.

One of those species is the elusive megamouth shark. Lucky for us, one was caught off the coast of Japan earlier this month!

Megamouth sharks have only been known to science since the mid-1970s when one became entangled in the anchor of a navy warship near Hawaii. Since then, researchers report that there have only been 60 confirmed sightings.

The most recent sighting came when one was captured by a group of Japanese fishermen earlier this month. The men, who were casting their nets at Mie Prefecture, a few miles away from the Owase Port, managed to reel in the massive 16-foot, one-ton shark.

The megamouth shark gets its name from its giant mouth, which can open up to four feet wide. Typically, they hunt by cruising the depths of the ocean with their mouths open, filtering plankton, jellyfish, and other sea creatures from the water.

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Male megamouths can grow up to 13 feet in length while females can get up to 16 feet and weigh more than 2,600 pounds. They’re most often found in the waters near Japan, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

So what happened to this megamouth? According to Japanese news outlets, this catch was sold to a fish merchant.

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As if I needed another reason to avoid the ocean forever and ever. I do wonder what megamouth shark tastes like, though…

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