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Strange Deep-Sea Animals

Strange Deep-Sea Animals

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.

Shimmering Bee Hive

Shimmering Bee Hive

Nature can be pretty amazing. Take, for example, how this hive of honeybees discourages predators like wasps from attacking. Multiple layers of bees form a protective shield on the outside of their honeycomb and move in synchronized patterns that make the whole hive look like it’s one big creature.

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Are Horns OP?

Are Horns OP?

In the words of Austin Powers, “Do I make you horny?” That’s a question many animals ask on a daily basis as they walk around with bony protrusions sticking out of their heads. TierZoo explores the advantages and disadvantages horns and antlers provide animals with relative to other animals in the meta.

Tyrants of the Deep

Tyrants of the Deep

Giant water lilies are as aggressive as they look. They clear the way for growth by crowding out other plants with their spiky, club-like buds, then blocking light beneath the surface with their enormous leaves. This footage from BBC Earth’s The Green Planet provides an up-close look at these plants which can grow 8″ a day.

Robot Spy Crab

Robot Spy Crab

The nature photographers at John Downer Productions are known for infiltrating animal communities by packing cameras into lifelike robots. In this clip from Spy in the Wild 2, one of their robots crab-walked with thousands of real-life crustaceans and played a crab version of Frogger crossing the roads on Christmas Island.

Up-Close with Butterflies

Up-Close with Butterflies

Thanks to the photographic prowess and entomological expertise of Ant Lab, we’ve seen some amazing close-up footage of insects. This time, watch tropical butterflies as they emerge from their chrysalises and take flight. Then take a look at the tropical rainforest exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

Weird Gifts of the Animal Kingdom

Weird Gifts of the Animal Kingdom

Humans like to give flowers and chocolates as part of our dating ritual. Other species offer gifts as part of their courtship too, but their selections aren’t nearly as appealing. SciShow explains some of the strange and downright gross-out gifts that animals and insects present to each other as an offering to potential mates.

The State Birds are Garbage

The State Birds are Garbage

With state birds like Louisiana’s pelican, choosing a bird to represent your state seems like a decent idea. But Jam2Go’s video essay points out how many states completely missed the point, either picking inappropriate birds or duplicating other states. Along the way, he offers some suggestions on how to fix the problem.

The Fantastic Feet of the Microcosmos

The Fantastic Feet of the Microcosmos

Unless you’re a snake or a fish, there’s a pretty good chance you have legs and feet. Journey to the Microcosmos gets up close and personal with microorganisms to look at how they get around using their tiny feet and other moving appendages.

Reindeer Cyclones

Reindeer Cyclones

Reindeer have been known to walk together in a circular formation in order to fend off predators and to protect their herd. This incredible aerial footage of hundreds of swirling deer was captured by filmmaker Andrei Golovnev on Russia’s Kola Peninsula in the Arctic Circle.

Eastern Forest Playing Cards

Eastern Forest Playing Cards
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Art of Play teamed up with artist Ellen Litwiller and biologist David G. Haskell to create this unique deck of cards. Each card invites you into the forest with imagery of animals and plant life that thrive in the woods – each suit stirring one of our four senses. A portion of proceeds supports education and conservation.

More Flying Insects in Slow Motion

More Flying Insects in Slow Motion

Dr. Adrian Smith of Ant Lab is back with another amazing slow motion macro video of insects taking flight. This time, you’ll witness a variety of mantises, weevils, flies, and other bugs lifting off. The 6,000 FPS footage reveals the normally unseen but dramatic differences in how each insect takes flight.

Nature Sounds of Forza Horizon 5

Nature Sounds of Forza Horizon 5

We already know that Forza Horizon 5 looks spectacular, but the upcoming Xbox racer will also delight our ears with noise candy. But we’re not just talking exhaust notes, no. Microsoft has filled its environments with realistic ambient sounds, including those in this soothing 30-minute sampler from the game’s locations in Mexico.

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Stepping Out Onto Mt. Rainier

Stepping Out Onto Mt. Rainier

Living in a big city, the view outside our front door is a bunch of other houses, parked cars, and traffic. But from this old lookout point high atop Mt. Rainier in Washington state, you open the door to a vista so spectacular that even a vertical video can’t diminish its majesty.

Swimming with a Great White Shark

Swimming with a Great White Shark

During a dive in 2019, conservationist and freediver Ocean Ramsey came face to face with one of the most impressive sharks ever seen. Ocean and her team from OneOceanDiving encountered the 20 foot long, 8 foot wide great white shark while in the waters off the shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

LEGO Ideas Great Coral Reef

LEGO Ideas Great Coral Reef

We love seeing the creative designs that fans submit to LEGO Ideas. Kris Kelvin’s lush and colorful set celebrates nature instead of man-made objects, with hundreds of organic shapes inspired by life at the bottom of the sea. We imagine the build instructions for this kit would be challenging, but we’re willing to try.

Feeding Flamingos

Feeding Flamingos

Among the various residents of the San Diego Zoo are a number of delightfully pink flamingos. For fun, the zoo shared footage of the lanky birds as they poke their heads beneath the water in search of food. The flamingos have filtering plates in their mouths which sort out tasty morsels like tiny shrimp and other small critters.

Moths in Ultra Slow-Motion

Moths in Ultra Slow-Motion

In real-time and without a good macro lens, it’s hard to appreciate just how awesome insects can be. In this video from Ant Lab, we get a wonderful close-up look at seven species of moths for a look at their beautiful wing patterns and colors, captured at 6000 frames per second. Isn’t nature amazing?

Mantis Shrimp vs. Octopus

Mantis Shrimp vs. Octopus

Octopi thrive on shellfish and other small sea creatures. But when an octopus thinks it can gobble down a mantis shrimp, it gets quite the surprise from the powerful crustacean. Nat Geo WILD captured this amazing footage of the terrifying shrimp as it protects itself and delivers blow after blow on its eight-legged foe.

True Facts About Wild Pigs

True Facts About Wild Pigs

Not every pig is as cute as Babe. Some of piggy’s boar, warthog, and babirusas cousins are downright scary looking. ZeFrank takes us inside the world of wild pigs to learn about these smart and savvy animals, and the surprisingly hardcore lives they live.

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Epic Animal Migrations: Crabs and Rays

Epic Animal Migrations: Crabs and Rays

Smithsonian Channel’s Epic Animal Migrations journeys to the west coast of Mexico to witness two spectacles of nature. The first: millions of pelagic red crabs rising to the surface to dine on plankton. The second: thousands of giant eagle rays gliding beneath the waves – some emerging from the water into the air.

The Day the Dinosaurs Died

The Day the Dinosaurs Died

66 million years ago, everything seemed to be going just fine for the dinosaurs. But then something changed, wiping out the thriving creatures. Kurzgesagt looks at how one seemingly small change in the skies led to the rapid extinction of most life on Earth. It’s a dramatic reminder to live each day as if it was your last.

True Facts About Ticks

True Facts About Ticks

We can think of few nastier pests than ticks. They spread disease, make you and your pets itch like mad, are difficult to remove, and are completely gross looking under a magnifying lens. Naturally, Zefrank thought they’d be a good subject for their tongue-in-cheek nature show. We’re itchy just from watching this.

The Bird Tier List

The Bird Tier List

Our fine feathered friends have several key abilities which make them competitive in the meta, including the power of flight and pointy beaks. But clearly, some birds are more likely to survive and thrive than others. TierZoo offers up their unique take on various avians and how well they may fare in the universe.

Smokey Bear Playing Cards

Smokey Bear Playing Cards
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A collaboration between Art of Play and the USDA Forest Service, this unique deck of cards reminds us “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires.” The court cards feature images of a dozen woodland creatures, illustrated by Sam Larson, along with fire-prevention tips scattered throughout the deck. Packed in a letterpress tuck box.

Dance of the Dandelions

Dance of the Dandelions

When you look at a flower during a single moment, it appears completely still. But as Another Perspective’s 10-day time-lapse video shows, they’re anything but inanimate objects. Watch as a bunch of dandelions open and close to drink in light, then go back to sleep before eventually releasing their seeds.

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