Pete Thomas

Pete Thomas

Pete Thomas worked at the Los Angeles Times for 20 years as a journalist specializing in outdoors and action sports. He started at in March, 2010, and enjoys surfing, hiking, skiing, and being in nature.

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1254 Articles by Pete Thomas

Epic mullet migration, epic feeding frenzy

Sharks, tarpon, and jacks chase and corral schooling fish along Florida's coast in an explosive feeding event that catches swimmers by surprise

During the mullet migration in Florida, explosive frenzies often ensue, involving voracious sharks, tarpon, and jacks ... and even unsuspecting swimmers.

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Kanzi the ape builds fire, roasts marshmallows

Primate known for his remarkable linguistic aptitude has mastered humans' cherished means by which to satisfy a sweet tooth; 'shows how similar we are'

Kanzi, a 33-year-old bonobo ape known for his remarkable linguistic aptitude, also has mastered the human pastime of roasting and savoring marshmallows.

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Rare albino deer bagged by 11-year-old

Michigan's Gavin Dingman shoots white animal with crossbow on hunting trip with his father; story generates wide range of emotional feedback

Gavin Dingman used a crossbow to bring down the albino deer while hunting with his dad in Michigan. Critics are taking pot shots at the kid on Facebook.

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6 critters rarely seen off Southern California

The summer-fall season has featured an unprecedented number of species from warmer climates; here are 6 that have been lured in by unusually warm water

Winter is fast approaching, but off Southern California the ocean is still unusually warm and attracting exotic visitors that in past years were far more […]

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597-pound bluefin tuna caught on spinning rod

A 423-pound tuna also is landed off the Cape Cod area; captains Dom Petrarca and Bobby Rice say these are the largest bluefin ever caught on the lighter tackle

Charters with Dom Petrarca and Bobby Rice teamed recently to land what they say are the largest bluefin tuna caught on spinning gear: 597 and 423 pounds.

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Shark feeding frenzy videotaped in surf

About 100 sharks pursue prey onto the sand at Cape Lookout in North Carolina; many describe wild spectacle as a real-life 'Sharknado'

A shark feeding frenzy involiving about 100 sharks, some of which were beached, was witnessed by church leaders out to catch the dinner in North Carolina.

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