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Planet Earth II: Screams

Planet Earth II: Screams

We haven’t seen the entire series yet, but what we’ve seen of Planet Earth II is majestic and visually stunning. Of course, audio makes all the difference in the world, and one madman decided that the series would be much better if all the animals were screaming.

Ashwin Enjoys Nature

Ashwin Enjoys Nature

(PG-13: Language) Meet outdoorsman and scorpion expert Ashwin Ramdas. He has an ongoing web series where he talks about parks, camping and how his name is pronounced. Here he visits Periyar National Park in India, home to elephant poop and some kind of monkey.

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The Leaf-tailed Gecko

The Leaf-tailed Gecko

The forests of Madagascar are home to this nearly invisible fellow. The fantastically named Uroplatus phantasticus (or U. phantasticus) is a gecko whose skin looks almost identical to the bark on the trees it dwells in, protecting it from predators.

Planet Earth II: Fungi Time-lapse

Planet Earth II: Fungi Time-lapse

BBC One’s Planet Earth II presents incredible macro and time-lapse footage of strange looking fungi as it blossoms from the ground at night. The sequence is part of the Jungles episode and was shot by Steve Axford. We can’t wait until the series makes its way to the US.

MN Mimesis

MN Mimesis

Musician Tyler Tholl visited four Minnesota state parks – one for each season – and recorded nature sounds to form the basis for this piece. His brother, Justin captured the stunning visual accompaniment. Go fullscreen and put your headphones on for this one.

The Depths of the Ocean

The Depths of the Ocean

YouTuber RealLifeLore gives us a terrifying idea of just how deep the Earth’s oceans can be by pointing out some of the human and animal milestones at various depths. Good ol’ land is the bee’s knees.

Absurd Creatures: Fish That Walk

Absurd Creatures: Fish That Walk

WIRED looks one of nature’s stranger creations – the mudskipper, an odd little dude who’s somewhere between fish and reptile, able to crawl out of the water and walk on land, while still breathing through water it stores in its cheeks. Also, they remind us of Ren & Stimpy.

The Trilobite Beetle

The Trilobite Beetle

This strange and ancient looking beetle has only been spotted a couple of times in the last two centuries, but National Geographic Young Explorer Mark Wong came across this insanely rare insect crawling through the jungle in Singapore.

Before the Flood (Full Movie)

Before the Flood (Full Movie)

“In 2040, you will be able to sail over the North Pole.” Fisher Stevens’ documentary about Leonardo DiCaprio’s three-year journey to enlighten himself about climate change is currently available on National Geographic’s YouTube channel for free.

Visual Vibes: The Arctic

Visual Vibes: The Arctic

YouTuber Ben Brown was one of the people that retired astronaut Chris Hadfield invited to go on an Arctic expedition. You’ll see why as soon as you press play. Ben’s slow-motion and tracking shots are on point. More on Ben’s experience here.

Planet Earth II (Trailer 2)

Planet Earth II (Trailer 2)

Check out some of the most jaw-dropping close ups, slow motion and tracking shots you’ll ever see in the extended trailer for BBC’s upcoming nature documentary Planet Earth II. Hans Zimmer made an original score for the film, so it will melt your eyes and ears at the same time.

Planet Earth II (Trailer)

Planet Earth II (Trailer)

BBC’s chill and beautiful nature series returns. Filmed over the course of three years, Planet Earth II used the latest camera technologies to explore “the unique characteristics of Earth’s most iconic habitats and the extraordinary ways animals survive within them.”

Double Rainbow Skydive

Double Rainbow Skydive

(LOUD) Check out this awe-inspiring, but way-too-short video captured by skydivers over New Zealand who came across not just one, but two concentric circular rainbows as they headed towards the Earth below.

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Before the Flood (Trailer)

Before the Flood (Trailer)

“We’re knowingly doing this.” In this documentary, actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio travels around the world to speak with politicians, scientists and fellow advocates and witness first hand the effects of climate change. Premieres 10/30/16 on Nat Geo.

Lichen Katydid Camouflage

Lichen Katydid Camouflage

Photographer David Weiller captured this eyepopping macro video of the Markia Hystrix, aka the Lichen Katydid, a spiky grasshopper as it blends in brilliantly with its similarly fibrous surroundings in Costa Rica.

Anemones Are Not Crab’s Enemies

Anemones Are Not Crab’s Enemies

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World shares footage of one of nature’s odd relationships – as a hermit crab helps move a pair of anemones from her old shell to a bigger one. The anemones offer the crab protection, and the crab offers food to the anemones. (Thanks Paul!)

Caterpillar Processional

Caterpillar Processional

Stargazer Pictures recently spotted a long line of caterpillars crossing their path in Perth, Australia, each dutifully following the fuzzy larvae leading the way. This time-lapse footage speeds things up a bit for our enjoyment.

Bear Takes a Seat

Bear Takes a Seat

A reminder that not every encounter with a bear ends up like The Revenant. While shooting wildlife pics, this photographer was approached by a brown bear who decided to sit down right next to him. If it weren’t shot back in 2014, we’d be wondering if it were Adam Savage.

Glowing Scorpions

Glowing Scorpions

If scorpions didn’t freak us out enough already, The King of Random just taught us that these creepy desert crawlers will glow brilliantly when exposed to UV light. On second thought, maybe we won’t be moving to Arizona.

The Common Chamelon

The Common Chamelon

VFX and animation studio LUMATIC’s short film demonstrates the inexhaustible appetite of one of nature’s many great creatures. It starts out innocently enough, but then things escalate quickly. We’re hopeful this is just the beginning of a larger nature series.

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Secrets of Shark Island

Secrets of Shark Island

The Revillagigedo Islands are known as Mexico’s little Galapagos – they’re small yet teeming with life, including dozens of endemic species. The Smithsonian explored the smallest island, Roca Partida, a diving spot known for its congregation of sharks, whales and more.

California on Fire (Fire Chasers)

California on Fire (Fire Chasers)

An absolutely stunning and heartwrenching time-lapse short from Jeff Frost that previews a feature documentary by director Julien Pinder and a photo book about the epidemic of forest fires in California, and the brave men and women who risk life and limb to fight them.

Giant Pumpkin Time-Lapse

Giant Pumpkin Time-Lapse

YouTuber matt radach shares 5 months worth of footage that captured the growth of a pumpkin from a seed into a pampered 1,223lb. boulder. The amazing part is that it won only 5th place at the 2014 Pullayup Fair; the winner was a 1,621.5lb edible asteroid.

Man & Grizzly Bear: Rewriting History

Man & Grizzly Bear: Rewriting History

GoPro celebrates Endangered Species Day with this documentary about naturalist Casey Anderson. About 13 years ago, Casey rescued a grizzly bear, who’s now one of his closest pals and inspired him to create a grizzly sanctuary. Quite a contrast from The Revenant.

Wray, Colorado Tornado up Close

Wray, Colorado Tornado up Close

Meteorologist Reed Timmer’s up close footage of a tornado gathering a massive amount of dust and debris within minutes on 5/7/16 in Wray, Colorado. Fortunately, only five people were injured and there were no casualties reported. 360 video here.

Owls’ Silent Flight

Owls’ Silent Flight

BBC Earth enlisted the help of audio technicians and and their fancy recording equipment to capture the sound of birds in flight, and demonstrate just how insanely quiet owls are when they fly. They pull it off thanks to their efficient, glider-like wing design.

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