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Robot Spy Pig vs. Komodo Dragons

Robot Spy Pig vs. Komodo Dragons

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.

What Happened When We All Stopped

What Happened When We All Stopped

“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.

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Insects vs. Carnivorous Plants

Insects vs. Carnivorous Plants

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.

The Predator Sea Slug

The Predator Sea Slug

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.

The Globular Springtail

The Globular Springtail

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.

The Mad Haterpillar

The Mad Haterpillar

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.

Jutland II: Breath of the Seasons

Jutland II: Breath of the Seasons

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.

True Facts About Batfishes

True Facts About Batfishes

“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.

True Facts About Killer Sea Snails

True Facts About Killer Sea Snails

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.

The Frog Tier List

The Frog Tier List

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.

True Facts About Nudibranchs

True Facts About Nudibranchs

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.

‘AILA’AU: Forest Eater

‘AILA’AU: Forest Eater

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.

10-Hour Oceanscape

10-Hour Oceanscape

If your TV can stream YouTube, you’ll want to load up this vid from BBC Earth and OceanX Media which features 10 straight hours of incredible footage of undersea creatures. It’s so much easier to care for than an actual aquarium, and the fish are cooler too.

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True Facts: The Skeleton Shrimp

True Facts: The Skeleton Shrimp

Nature show host Zefrank introduces us to a tiny crustacean known as a Caprellidae. The gangly little dude lurks at the bottom of the ocean, snacking on algae, and occasionally saying mean things to other sea creatures.

A Tribute to Velcro

A Tribute to Velcro

Velcro is an incredibly useful product. But it’s not exactly the easiest product to make visually interesting. The guys at London’s XK Studio made this happen by creating digital macro images of a burr plant which served as the inspiration for the brilliant simplicity of Velcro’s hook-and-loop design.

Ants vs. Banana Time-lapse

Ants vs. Banana Time-lapse

It might take us just a second to chomp down a single slice of banana, but it takes quite a bit longer for ants to dine on such a treat. In this clip from Temponaut Timelapse, see how an army of ants gradually dismantles a bit of banana over the course of two days. Look away if you’re squeamish about bugs.

Safari Botswana Time-lapse

Safari Botswana Time-lapse

Filmmaker Tyler Fairbank captured this eye-popping footage of some of the Earth’s most incredible wildlife. His time-lapse, flow-motion technique further enhances the stunning 4K footage, leading our eye through some of the most compelling shots he recorded.

True Facts About the Ostrich

True Facts About the Ostrich

“Just one of your eyeballs is bigger than your whole brain.” Zefrank has a thing or three to say about the lanky and awkward flightless bird, most of it unflattering. On the other hand, they’re faster than you, so they’ve got that going for them. They also have a way with the lady ostriches.

7 Million Years of Human Evolution

7 Million Years of Human Evolution

Want to know about our genetic ancestors? American Museum of Natural History’s fascinating video takes us back to the moment where humans branched off from chimpanzees, and illustrates our progress via maps of significant archaeological discoveries.

Why Dogs Have Floppy Ears

Why Dogs Have Floppy Ears

Have you ever noticed that while wolves have pointy, upright ears, most pet dogs have soft, floppy ears? Skunk Bear explores the fascinating and puzzling evolutionary biology of wild versus domesticated animals that created these distinctions among others.

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True Facts About Mudskippers

True Facts About Mudskippers

Everything we knew about mudskippers before today, we learned from The Ren and Stimpy Show. Now ZeFrank is here to set us straight on these unusual fishes that can live both in the water and out. If there’s any creature that shows how evolution works, it’s this funky little dude.

Fantastic Fungi (Trailer)

Fantastic Fungi (Trailer)

Director Louie Schwartzberg’s documentary Fantastic Fungi: The Magic Beneath Us takes viewers deep into the underground world of mycelium and mushrooms. Beyond their abilities to feed and heal, it further explores how fungi can be part of massive, interconnected networks.

Svalbard Ice

Svalbard Ice

Brooklyn art studio BREAKFAST’s interactive artwork uses arctic temperature data to visualize climate change in real time, displaying above average temperatures in gold, and below average in blue. It also changes appearance when you approach to represent the impact climate change has on all of us.

Anthropocene, LOL

Anthropocene, LOL

It might have an amusing title and a playful illustration style, but NERDO’s animated short is anything but funny, as it paints a depressing picture of humanity’s negative effects on the world around us. As people obsess with selfies, social media, and outwardly looking like they’re being “green,” the planet crumbles around us.

True Facts: Stinkhorns

True Facts: Stinkhorns

Unofficial naturalist ZeFrank is here to educate us yet again on one of nature’s stranger creations, a funky fungi that rapidly develops and expands in some of the most extraordinary ways. Not only does it look disgusting, it smells the part too.

True Facts: Leafhoppers & Friends

True Facts: Leafhoppers & Friends

Nature show host Ze Frank takes on some of the most varied and strange looking bugs out there. These planthoppers like to hang around on leaves and branches, sometimes mimicking other insects, other times standing out like a sore thumb. Most of the incredible macro images featured are by Dr. Andreas Kay.

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