Watch: Jaws-dropping! World’s ‘biggest great white shark’ snapped

A huge great white shark, thought to be the biggest of its kind in the world, has been filmed by divers off Hawaii.

The giant fish, estimated to be six metres long and weighing two and a half tonnes, is thought to be one tagged by researchers about 20 years ago and given the name Deep Blue.

The creature, believed to be around 50 years old, and half the length of a bus, was filmed by Ocean Ramsey, a local shark conservationist.

Image: Deep Blue is estimated to be six metres long and weighs two and a half tonnes. Pic: @JuanSharks/@OceanRamsey/Juan Oliphant/

In her video of the encounter posted on Instagram, Ms Ramsey is seen touching the beast, something that is often criticised but she wrote that sharks sometimes “seek touch”.

“It’s not petting sharks or pushing them off to maintain a respectable space that is hurting sharks… it’s the wasteful and cruel practice of grabbing and catching sharks to cut off their fins (which slowly kills them).”

She describes how she waited patiently for the shark to approach on its way to feed on the carcass of a dead sperm whale.

The great white shark was last seen in 2014

Image: The great white shark was last seen in 2014

But Deep Blue instead “swam away escorted by two rough-toothed dolphins… to one of my @oneoceandiving shark research vessels and proceeded to use it as a scratching post, passing up feeding for another need”.

Ms Ramsey told the Honolulu Star Advertiser that they had been filming tiger sharks feeding on the whale when the shark arrived.

“We saw a few tigers and then she came up and all the other sharks split, and she started brushing up against the boat.

“She was just this big beautiful gentle giant wanting to use our boat as a scratching post. We went out at sunrise, and she stayed with us pretty much throughout the day,” she added.

Ms Ramsey also told the paper: “She looks like she may be pregnant: She’s shockingly wide.”

Meanwhile, reporter Lynn Kawano said on Twitter: “We’re gonna need a bigger boat” – referencing a famous line from the movie Jaws.

Deep Blue, “the biggest great white in the world” was about “20ft” and was “hapai,” a Hawaiian word meaning pregnant, she added.

Trudeau's 'lost twin' finds fame in Afghan talent show

A wedding singer from a remote Afghan village is hoping to win a TV talent show after going viral due to his resemblance to Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.

Abdul Salam Maftoon’s appearance has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in his home country with some fans believing the two men were “separated at birth”.

Although the Afghan Star contestant had never heard of his doppelganger until a judge pointed out his striking likeness to the world leader, he now believes it has boosted his chances of winning.

Image: Abdul Salam Maftoon usually performs at weddings and birthdays

“People have forgotten my name and now they just call me ‘Justin Trudeau’,” said the singer from the impoverished northeastern province of Badakhshan. “I didn’t know anything about Justin Trudeau until I saw the photos on social media.

“The resemblance has boosted my chances of winning the competition by 50%.”

Composite photos of Maftoon, 29, who is slightly built with a long face and dark brown hair and eyes, and 47-year-old Mr Trudeau – widely rated as one of the best looking leaders in the world – have drawn scores of comments on social media.

Maftoon has become an unlikely celebrity in his home country

Image: Maftoon has become an unlikely celebrity in his home country

“Trudeau’s lost twin,” wrote one Facebook user, while another added: “I think their story is like a Bollywood movie – they were separated at birth and he found his lost twin brother.”

A third said: “This is truly the copy of Trudeau. I’d love to see our Trudeau win this year’s Afghan Star.”

Maftoon’s performances – and appearance – have impressed viewers, with him taking on romantic folk songs in both of Afghanistan’s official languages, Dari and Pashto.

The 29-year-old has impressed while performing traditional romantic folk songs

Image: The 29-year-old has impressed while performing traditional romantic folk songs

Talent show judge Qais Ulfat, an Afghan-born Canadian musician, was one of the first to notice the resemblance.

“He looks like my prime minister,” he said. “His voice is very satisfying. He has that God-gifted vocal ability.

“This guy could be the next Justin Bieber.”

As Maftoon looks to the show’s final on 21 March, he remains hopeful of one day meeting the Canadian leader.

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He said: “I want to meet him if he wants to because he is a global personality and I am a poor man from a remote part of Afghanistan.

“We will see what happens.”

Toto's Africa to play on loop 'for eternity' in desert

Toto’s hit song Africa is set to “keep going for all eternity” thanks to a sound installation set up in the world’s oldest desert to play the track on loop.

Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf is behind the installation in the Namib Desert, which consists of six speakers attached to an MP3 featuring Africa, and Africa only.

The multiplatinum-selling soft rock classic, released in 1982, has enjoyed something of a resurgence in the digital era, becoming one of the most-streamed songs of 2017 with just under 18 million plays in the UK.

In a post entitled Toto Forever on his website, Mr Siedentopf says he is paying tribute “to probably the most popular song of the last four decades: Toto – Africa”.

The creation “runs on solar batteries to keep Toto going for all eternity”, he says.

It is not the first time Africa has been played on loop.

In September, a music venue in Bristol played the song for 12 hours straight to raise funds for charity.

It came after a Burger King in Camden, north London, promised to play the track “all day” following a Twitter campaign.

And for those who can’t get out to Namibia just yet, you can relive the magic here…

Egg poaches Instagram record from Kylie Jenner

An egg has become the most-liked Instagram post of all-time, poaching the record from reality star Kylie Jenner.

More than 25 million people have given their approval to the random photo, beating the more than 18 million likes received by a picture Jenner shared to announce the birth her daughter Stormi last year.

The egg photo was posted on 4 January and is the sole upload on the Instagram account world_record_egg, which is now asking for a blue tick – a symbol of verification for public figures and organisations.

Alongside the photo was a caption encouraging the “#EggGang” to “set a world record together and get the most liked post on Instagram”.

Jenner scrambled to respond and soon posted a video of herself trying to fry an egg on a hot pavement, with the brutal caption: “Take that little egg.”

Fans of the make-up mogul have since tried to help her reclaim her throne, but the egg reigns supreme for now.

The owner of the account has not been established, but an Instagram story – which allows users to post images and video in the form of a consistent slideshow – was uploaded on Sunday night suggesting the creators are British.

It had two posts – one that showed a clip from the 1996 Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home) music video with an egg super-imposed over a football as it was booted into the back of the net.

The second post was a message from the account holders thanking everyone for their support, which said: “It doesn’t end here though, we’re just getting started.”

The profile also follows Lad Bible and The Archbishop Of Banterbury, which are both popular UK-based satire accounts.

It comes just a week after a new Twitter record was set for the most-retweeted tweet of all time.

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa secured more than 5.2 million retweets by offering to give 100 randomly selected followers £7,250 each after his company made 10bn yen (£73m) in record time during a spring sale.

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Mr Maezawa is the owner and founder of Zozotown, the largest retailer in Japan.

His social media success meant Carter Wilkerson, who was retweeted 3.5 million times during his campaign to get free chicken nuggets for a year from Wendy’s, slipped into second place.

Rhea named after Chris Rea on the run after escaping farm

A rhea is on the run in south Oxfordshire after escaping from a farm.

Thames Valley Police were called at 11:47am on Sunday to help catch the feathered renegade, after it was spotted running in the road at Chiltern Bank, Peppard Common.

The force said the bird is named Chris Rhea in a nod to the Driving Home For Christmas singer Chris Rea.

Thames Valley Police said they believe the rhea belongs to someone who owns a farm in the area and it is unclear how it escaped.

The flightless birds, which can grow up to 1.7m tall (67in), are native to South America and are a distant relative of the ostrich and the emu.

A single police crew was called to locate the bird in south Oxfordshire, which was last seen sprinting across fields in the Sonning Common area.

Thames Valley Police Roads Policing said in a tweet: “Our own take on #HotFuzz!

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“This fella on the loose causing a few road isses in Sonning Common, when we approached him he gave it the legs!

“‘Offender’ outstanding, last seen across the fields!”

Has Wales got the world's steepest street?

Residents of a Welsh community say they have the world’s steepest street – steep enough to beat the current record-holder in New Zealand.

Baldwin Street in Dunedin, on New Zealand’s south island, has a confirmed gradient of 35% at its steepest but residents of Harlech say their challenger, Ffordd Pen Llech, is steeper at 36%.

But it isn’t just about the gradient – a street must also have houses, be a public thoroughfare and be paved to be eligible for the title.

Having passed those tests, however, Harlech residents have sent measurements to Guinness World Records to see if they can claim the title.

Image: The current record-holder is Baldwin Street in the New Zealand city of Dunedin

The Kiwis aren’t impressed at the idea they could lose their world record.

Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull told Sky News: “If the Welsh street which might have steeper bits and not so steeper bits, if it turns out to be ultimately steeper, then we will call on the gods of earthquake and tilt our street a little more and regain the title.”

Freya Bentham, councillor and cafe manager in Harlech, said: “The kiwis can say what they want but the measurements will speak the truth.

“Whatever happens, this has been brilliant for Harlech and we’re proud of our little lane.”

'Anger room' gives people a smashing way to reduce rage

Young people in China are venting their frustration in an anger room, which allows them to smash up wine bottles and mannequins to release tension.

Smash, in Beijing, is equipped with bats and hammers – and punters can take out their rage on old broken appliances like televisions, clocks, and telephones.

The anger room was set up in September by Jin Meng and her friends and is now getting through 15,000 bottles a month.

Image: A sign reads eat, sleep, smash, repeat at the anger rooms

Jin, 25, quit her job in public relations to start the room and has 600 customers a month. It’s aimed at people aged 20 to 35.

She said: “A woman brought all her wedding photos here, and smashed them all. We welcome people to bring their own stuff here to vent their anger. Because we also see it as a place to say goodbye to a stage in life.

“Of course we won’t intervene people’s privacy, but we guess the woman just broke up with her lover before coming here. Every time when we come across this kind of circumstance, makes us believe that we’ve provided a safe place for people to let out negative energy. And we are happy about that.”

Two people have a go smashing empty wine bottles

Image: Two people have a go smashing empty wine bottles

Jin said the room is not intended to promote violence but to reduce people’s stress in a city like Beijing where they are under mounting pressure.

She has set up links with multiple second-hand stores to ensure a steady flow of broken objects.

Qiu Siyu, a 16-year-old high school student, said: “It feels so good when I destroy those bottles and watch them explode.”

He explained that “weird” regulations at school had left him feeling angry.

A woman smashes a mannequin to release some anger

Image: A woman smashes a mannequin to release some anger

Zhuo Hanjing, one of the managers, said people liked smashing televisions the most “because it feels really good when you smash the whole piece of the screen and the whole TV”.

Some of the bats have studs to maximise destruction

Image: Some of the bats have studs to maximise destruction

Liu Chao, 32, said: “This place gives you the pleasure of breaking things. In other places, after you smash the item, you might find the stuff still there or you get fined. But it won’t happen here.

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“Here you only need to pay them money. If you have money, you can smash anything, smash TV, smash computer, smash wine bottles, smash furniture, smash mannequins, and the only thing you can’t do is to smash someone else.”

The room is set up inside a former factory, but Jin hopes to open a second branch in a shopping mall to allow people to stop for a quick smash when they shop.

Baby with amazing hair becomes face of Pantene

A baby – whose locks are long enough to make Rapunzel jealous – has become the face of Pantene.

One-year-old Chanco has achieved the same modelling feat as Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding and Priyanka Chopra.

The tot-sized model will appear in Pantene Japan’s nationwide advertising campaigns.

Chanco shot to internet fame when she went viral thanks to her mother’s social media posts showing off her long locks.

“I’m so surprised with the reaction, but also very proud of the praise from many countries,” Mami Kano, her mother, told People magazine.

The appointment has received mixed reviews, with some on Twitter branding Chanco ‘#hairgoals’, while others have wondered if it is appropriate.

“We went straight to her mother because Chanco’s personality and special character matches our image for women we want to support,” said Yoshiaki Okuraa, from Pantene’s maker Procter and Gamble.

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“We feel (Chanco’s) beautiful hair has strong power that makes people positively move forward. And we also support her mother’s positiveness to post wonderful moments with Chanco.”

Many of Chanco’s looks are achieved by her mother blow drying it. Details of the rest of her hair care routine are not known.

Town 'inundated' with dozens of stranded seals

Dozens of seals have become stranded in a Canadian town after waters they used to navigate from the ocean froze over.

Police in Roddickton-Bide Arm, Newfoundland, have confirmed that at least two of the 40 or so animals to have become cut off have died – many likely hit by cars.

Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald told CBC News that their grey coats blended in with the road, with several drivers having reported near misses.

“It actually feels like we’re being inundated with seals, because there’s seals on the road, there’s seals in people’s driveways, the backyards, the parking lots, the doorways, the businesses,” she said.

“I don’t see that there’s any way that these seals are going to survive unless officers pick them up and literally bring them back to the edge of the ice.

“They’re pitiful to look at. I mean, they haven’t eaten.”

Images posted on social media by local Brendon Fitzpatrick show a number of the animals laying on the roads and on banks of snow, seemingly confused as to what to do.

Mr Fitzpatrick said the seals had been stranded for “a few weeks” and were “probably starving”, having become lost some four or five miles from the ocean.

The seals migrate south from the Arctic in December and tend to gather near shores, harbours and bays, but – with no obvious route back to where they came from – the animals have been moving further and further inland.

While people have become accustomed to seeing the seals while out and about, police have warned locals not to approach them – even if they think they are trying to help.

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The local branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has reported several instances of returning seals to the sea, with one having been found near the doors of a hospital blocking an ambulance route.

Posting on Facebook, the force said: “The RCMP and DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans) remind the general public that it is illegal to disturb marine mammals and although animals of the wild may appear to be friendly in nature, it is very dangerous to approach or attempt to capture animals without proper equipment.”

Oz PM mocked over two left feet Photoshop fail

Australian Prime Minister Scott Robinson has laughed off an attempt by aides to scrub out his old trainers from a family photo on his website.

The image shows a smiling Mr Morrison casually posing with his wife Jenny, two daughters and the family dog.

But eagle-eyed web users spotted the portrait had been doctored to give the Australian leader whiter-than-white trainers – and two left feet.

The photoshopped image was later changed to the original on Mr Morrison’s official website.

But not before it went viral on social media and was ridiculed by users using the hashtag #shoegate.

One person on Twitter wrote: “Dreadful Photoshop work on the Australian PMs shoes … not only is the retouching terrible he’s also been given two left feet! #shoegate.”

Another wrote: “Strewth cobbler! Since Oscar-winner, Daniel Day-Lewis retired from the big screen, the sequel to “My Left Foot” seemed a remote possibility, or even shoes too big to fill for any other actor.

“But step forward Aussie PM, @ScottMorrisonMP in “My Left Feet” #shoegate.”

One person tweeted that they had “dug some more” and found the original photo showing “the dirty shoes in a Fiji Times article”.

Mr Morrison responded to the controversy on Wednesday with humour by tweeting a picture of his feet in his well-worn trainers and saying that he “didn’t ask for the shoeshine” and would have preferred a heavier crop of hair due to the “lack thereof”.

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He wrote: Message to my Department (PM&C): I didn’t ask for the shoeshine, but if you must Photoshop, please focus on the hair (lack thereof), not the feet!

“Here they are in all their glory – my footwear of choice whenever I can get out of a suit.”