Perhaps it’s because they think nobody can see them down there, but the deeper you go beneath the water’s surface, the weirder-looking the creatures get. MBARI takes us on deep-dive with the strange animals that dwell in the depths of Monterey Bay and beyond. That black seadevil is some major nightmare fuel.
Blake McFarland is no stranger to making sculptures of animals. He was recently commissioned to build his largest work yet, a life-size bison for the Henry Vilas Zoo. He started by welding the beast’s horns from stainless steel, then used a foam taxidermy form, spray foam, and fiberglass as the structure for its bike tire “fur.”
ZeFrank’s nature videos usually focus on a single species or kind of animal. But this time out, he’s got a mess of different critters, each of which deserves a special award for its unusual appearance, noises, or other behaviors. Along the way, he ruined both penguins and koalas for us.
No animals were harmed in the making of these wire trophy heads from L.A.’s Bend Goods. They come in longhorn steer, gazelle, buffalo, and bear designs. Each one is made from galvanized steel and powder coated in orange, black, white, blue, or gold, so they’re safe to hang indoors or out.
When the local pigeons wreak havoc on his hometown, Prince Michael and his furry pals decide to take action. After a failed attempt at a ground offensive, the cats (and dog) of Aaron’s Animals take to the skies in tiny fighter jets on a mission to defeat their avian, poop-bombing foes.
Musician and streamer Drew on the Kit likes to take viral videos and improvise drum beats to them. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite clips into a YouTube playlist, including cats, dogs, birds, and people doing their thing with a new rhythm section. You can catch his live stream performances on Twitch.
Hooded seals have one of the strangest mating rituals we’ve ever seen. The males have inflatable noses, which they blow up when it’s time to attract a mate. Their big honkers are used not only to attract females but to intimidate rivals. BBC’s Frozen Planet II gets us up close and personal with their unusual snouts.
If you’re going to build a maze for your hamster, it really should have a cute theme. Homura Ham has built lots of fun hamster environments, including this adorable and colorful scene inspired by the game level design of Super Mario Bros. We’re just glad the furry little guy didn’t get devoured by a Piranha Plant.
A horse is a horse, of course, of course. But if you’ve ever watched an episode of Yellowstone, you know they can be dangerous and unpredictable. TierZoo offers its take on equines and their place in the animal kingdom. Despite their lack of horns or other pointy weapons, their kicks are formidable.
A man in China built his dogs a palatial dog house and play place. It has a mansion with individual rooms, air conditioning, and pet bedding. Outside, there’s a clear corkscrew slide that his dogs love sliding down. Recently, he added a special observation deck for his cats so they can point and laugh at their canine pals.
You don’t often see a pastry artist standing on top of a ladder to work on a piece. Amaury Guichon shows off his biggest chocolate creation yet – an 8.3-foot-tall sculpture of a giraffe. It looks way too good to eat, but if you forced us to, we’d start with the ears and ossicones and work our way down.
Located in Brugelette, Belgium, the Pairi Daiza Resort gives you a chance to sleep among wolves, bears, walruses, penguins, and other wild animals. The resort’s accommodations have windows that overlook the award-winning zoo’s habitats. Each room features a warm and inviting environment to help soothe your soul.
Calligraphy is usually associated with fancy script handwriting on party invitations. But what if you’re throwing a party for your dog? Calligraphy expert Tohgutakumi has you covered. The artist created a hand-drawn typeface where every single letter is a dog. We’re kind of partial to the “Q” and “P.” He’s got a little something for cat lovers too.
We’re always fascinated by sculpture videos because they show how simple materials can become beautiful works of art in the right hands. Vladimir of Old School Carving took a stack of oak wood, glued it into a rough shape, carved it with an angle grinder, then refined it into a majestic wooden lion with hand tools.
Cue the double entendres. Zefrank1 is here to teach us about our favorite dam-building rodent. These resourceful mammals are good at swimming, carrying things, and eating underwater. You might know about the beaver’s wood-chomping teeth, but we bet you didn’t know all the stuff that comes out of their butts.
This coffee table book is filled with photos, illustrations, paintings, and stories about animal diversity. The collection includes images from experts like Charles Darwin and John James Audubon, alongside works from famous artists and photographers. Consider picking up Phaidon’s Anatomy and Universe to round out your collection.
Stop your cat from clawing up your couch, and train them to do a 360 Varial Kickflip instead. While we’re not certain that SuckUK’s skateboard cat scratcher will turn your kitty into the next Tony Hawk or Bob Burnquist, it should keep their claws trimmed and their desire to destroy your furniture to a minimum.
Help keep your dog visible on night walks or running around your yard with one of these bright LED collars from Illuminated Apparel. They have reflective stitching for added visibility, are water-resistant, and can run for up to a day on a charge. Available in blue, pink, or green, and S/M or M/L sizes.
It’s hard to get a cat to do anything on command, so we’re impressed that this musician managed to train his cat Badu to meow along whenever he snaps his fingers and points. Now that we think about it, it’s really Badu that’s in charge and making his human perform on command.
While taking an ultralight for a scenic flight, pilot Romain Jantot and his passenger were greeted by an unexpected companion. Apparently, this cat decided to crawl inside the airplane’s wing before take-off and got a free flight out of the deal. The kitty seemed relatively unphased by the wind and altitude.
The Animal ASMR channel has cornered the market on recording close-ups of turtles and guinea pigs snacking on food. Among their many similar video clips is this adorable and relaxing recording of a tortoise chomping down on a strawberry, a blueberry, pumpkin, and broccoli. Crunch crunch crunch.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned spending time in the Southwest, it’s always to check your shoes for scorpions. But are these creepy-looking arachnids as dangerous as they’re made out to be? TierZoo applies their standard RPG-style evaluation to the creepy crawlers to see where they stack up compared to other animals in the meta.
Artist Blake McFarland previously impressed us with his sculpture of a bear that he carved from wood and epoxy resin. Now he’s back with another amazing animal sculpture he made with the same technique. The finished piece looks incredible and now lives at The Founders Room at The Beacon in Topeka, Kansas.
When it comes to strange-looking mammals, the proboscis monkey is right up there near the top of the list. Nature show host ZeFrank takes a few minutes to explain this primate’s big, floppy nose and what purpose it serves. Is it a big nose, big hose situation? Hit play, and find out.
After The Kiffness remixed the gurgly sounding Alugalug Cat and subsequently upgraded it with an international symphony, the track continued to make the round on social media. It eventually landed in the hands of MiMo, who stitched together Kiff’s beat with a bunch of other musicians from TikTok and enhanced it with a funky mix of jazz and rap.
OwlKitty envisions what James Cameron’s 1997 classic Titanic might have been like if Leonardo DiCaprio fell in love with Cat Winslet instead of Kate Winslet. Relive classic moments like the intimate portrait, the third-class dance, and flying on the ship’s bow. And we thought that cats didn’t like water.