After introducing us to the charming little globular springtail, biologist Dr. Adrian Smith AntLab wanted to capture slow-motion footage of other jumping insects. In this fascinating video, you’ll see how leafhoppers, treehoppers, planthoppers, and froghoppers spring up off of the ground and take flight.
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Brothers Kevin and Páraic McGloughlin teamed up with a talented group of artists to create this hypnotic short film that offers a unique perspective on the impact of development on our landscape. Sound by Max Cooper, fluid art by Roman Hill, Thomas Blanchard, and Oilhack, drone photography by Colm Hogan.
We’ve always had it in our minds that snakes stuck to the ground. But it turns out that some of these reptiles can climb trees and actually glide through the air. Nature Video offers a look at this unusual behavior and how a tree snakes’s undulating movement improves its aerodynamics.
The nature film experts at John Downer Productions show off another one of their animatronic camera spies. As an eagle drone flies overhead, a robot turtle on the ground infiltrates a bale of 20,000 olive ridley sea turtles coming ashore on a Costa Rican beach to lay their eggs. From “The Tropics” episode of Spy in the Wild 2.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) introduces us to one of nature’s weird and amazing creatures. The lampocteis cruentiventer aka “bloody-belly comb jelly,” is notable for its iridescent ctenes, which help it swim and eat, along with a blood-red belly which conceals any bioluminescent prey that it eats.
Filmmaker Devin “Supertramp” Graham and his team take us on a journey to one of the most beautiful places on Earth, as they explore the mountains, waterfalls, ice fields, and rock formations of Iceland. From its serene daytime vistas to amazing nighttime views of the Aurora Borealis, it’ll make you want to pack your bags today.
Part of Vans’ recently-released National Geographic collection, these classic canvas sneakers feature bold and colorful imagery from the magazine’s storied photographic covers, celebrating the publication’s 130+ years in business. Naturally, they feature Vans’ trademark waffle outsoles for grip and style.
“Follow me, while we go inside behind the tiger.” While your average house cat might not be an expert predator, felines do have some pretty impressive skills when left in the wild. ZeFrank’s nature video explains how cats have evolved to be so good at hunting down their prey.
During the lockdown, the digital artists of Universal Everything imagined what the world might be like if society as we know it ended, and nature took back over the planet. The first of the two infinite-loop vignettes replaces highways with grass and flowers, while the second envisions an airport overgrown with greenery.
The nature photographers at John Downer Productions are known for building all kinds of creative rigs to get up close and personal with wild animals. But this clip from BBC’s Spy in the Wild proves that their robotic camera pig is no match for a gang of hostile komodo dragons.
“This moment can lead us back home. That’s our test.” TED-Ed and famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall offer up some serious food for thought, reminding us to take advantage of this brief moment in time where things have slowed down to look at what we have done to our world, and how we might do things better.
Venus fly trap and sundew plants are known for their carnivorous desire for insects of all kinds. Another Perspective captured some incredibly crisp macro footage of bugs and snails as they attempted to escape from this peril. We were particularly impressed by the beetle who chewed its way out of the plant.
Take an up-close and personal look at one of nature’s many strange undersea beasties. This carnivorous nudibranch from the Melibe genus was recorded off the coast of Indonesia as it used its giant oral hood to gulp down tiny creatures as it slithered along the ocean floor.
Not only does the Globular Springtail have an awesome name, it also has the ability to perform crazy fast spins as it jumps into the air. Its rotational speed has been clocked at over 22,000 RPM, or about 374 flips per second. AntLab’s Dr. Adrian Smith captured slow motion footage of the little guy in action.
Scientist Steve Mould introduces us to one of the strangest insects we’ve seen. Like other caterpillars, the uraba lugens aka gum leaf skeletoniser gradually sheds its exoskeleton as it grows, but it keeps a stack of its old head shells stacked on its head like a crazy hat. And nobody seems to know why it does this.
Filmmaker Jonas Høholt is an expert at capturing images of nature and the passage of time. In his short time-lapse film, he points his camera lens at locations in the beautiful and serene Jutland Peninsula in Denmark to observe the changing of the seasons.
“He lives on the floor of the sea, not on the roof like a duck do.” If there’s one thing you can count on at the bottom of the ocean, its weird looking stuff. ZeFrank introduces us to a funky fish that scurries about with fins that resemble stubby little legs, munching on shellfish, and grumping about other fish that have the same name.
Okay, sea snails pose no threat to humans, but if you’re smaller than the Agaronia snail, you’d better watch your step. ZeFrank introduces us to these blind, sea-surfing gastropods who devour any living thing they can fit into their mouths – assuming they bump into it in the sand.
From teensy tree frogs to the massive goliath bullfrog, there are way more species of these amphibians than we thought. TierZoo jumps in and explores the frog’s relatively low place in the animal meta, along with some of their special abilities that give them a little better chance of survival.
Nature photographers John Downer Productions flew a realistic, robotic hummingbird deep into a forest packed with hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies. The drone captured amazing footage of the swarm as they awoke from their long winter’s nap in Mexico. From the BBC Series Spy in the Wild.
Researchers in London, England used a fascinating method to view the aerodynamic properties of flight. Using helium-filled soap bubbles, they were able to visualize the vortices created by birds’ wings, and made interesting observations about the role their tail feathers play in flight. Details here.
Despite their name sounding like an adult movie house, the nudibranch is actually a creature that lives in the ocean. These strange and squishy gastropod molluscs start out in a shell, then bop around the sea floor without one in adulthood. The always informative Zefrank introduces us to a few of these odd little critters.
Each year, millions of grey mullets make their way along the coast of Florida, remaining close to the beach to steer clear of deep water predators. But in this clip from BBC Earth’s Seven Worlds, One Planet, you’ll witness just what happens when tarpons, pelicans, and sharks get near the massive school of fish.
Nature’s fury is on full display in this short film that takes us inside the harrowing 2018 volcanic eruption of Kilauea on Hawaii’s big island. Photographers Lance Page, Michael Lienau, G. Brad Lewis, and Adrian Hein each captured a portion of the spectacular footage, which ranges from massive smoke plumes, to rivers of fire.
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