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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Levon Bliss’ stunning collection of insect macro photography. Each portrait was painstakingly made from 8,000 to 10,000 photos. Prints of the portraits will be shown at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History from 5/27 to 10/30/16, and you can deep zoom them here.