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Piranha Feeding Frenzy

Piranha Feeding Frenzy

We already know the best way to attract piranhas is to feed them meat. So check out the feeding frenzy that happens when somebody tosses some bloody meat chunks into a river in Brazil. We certainly wouldn’t want to fall in that water.

A Dirty Thunderstorm

A Dirty Thunderstorm

Photographer Marc Szeglat was recording footage of the Japanese volcano Sakurajima when he captured a rare and unusual static electricity phenomenon – volcanic lightning, otherwise known as a dirty thunderstorm.

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The Himalayas from 20,000ft.

The Himalayas from 20,000ft.

Teton Gravity Research’s film crew used a GSS C520 gyro-stabilized camera setup and flew on a helicopter to take this wonderful ultra high-definition footage of the Himalayas, from 4,600ft. up to 20,000ft.

…Meanwhile…

…Meanwhile…

Like Slow Life, Sandro Bocci’s …Meanwhile… is a collection of close up time-lapse videos of corals, sponges and other peculiar marine animals. Equal parts beautiful and horrifying. We’re not gonna say they’re aliens, but they’re aliens.

Volcano Drone POV 2

Volcano Drone POV 2

Good Morning America and DJI used the Inspire 1 drone to stream live footage of Bardarbunga, an active volcano in Iceland. The reporter blabbered all through out, but to be fair she seemed genuinely amazed at what they were doing.

Octopus, What Octopus?

Octopus, What Octopus?

Jonathan Gordon was taken aback while snorkeling in the caribbean, as he stumbled onto this octopus and its amazing innate abilities to blend into its surroundings. It’s exactly like the plot of Octodad, but not.

Grand Canyon Cloud Inversion

Grand Canyon Cloud Inversion

The Grand Canyon National Park Service shared this time-lapse of a temperature inversion at the beautiful canyon. Trapped by warm air, a huge mass of fog blanketed the canyon, ebbing and flowing like water at a beach.

Owl Does the Breaststroke

Owl Does the Breaststroke

While the footage of this great horned owl taking a swim in Lake Michigan might appear to be a calming sight, there’s more to it than meets the eye – apparently the bird used this technique to escape from a pair of peregrine falcons.

Supercell Gifs

Supercell Gifs

Nature photographer Mike Hollingshead has started making animated gifs of some of the supercells and other natural phenomenon that he’s encountered. You can see more and purchase his photographs on his website.

Mullet Migration

Mullet Migration

A mullet isn’t just a bad haircut – it’s also the name of a small fish. In this amazing footage captured by BlacktipH Fishing in Florida, we witness thousands of the fish skimming the surface, and their predators thinning the schools.

The Northern Lights in Real Time

The Northern Lights in Real Time

We often see the Aurora Borealis – and Australis – preserved in time-lapse videos. But they’re much stranger in real time, as shown by photographer Kwon O Chul. He shot this video in Aurora Village in Yellowknife, Canada.

Wasp Nest on Window

Wasp Nest on Window

Welcome to Nat Geo Cribs! A colony of wasps have started building a nest on YouTuber Vang Tsal’s window, giving him a great cross-section view of the inhabitants and their nest as it’s made. Also, Vang can never open this window again.

The Praying Mantis Fly Swatter

The Praying Mantis Fly Swatter

YouTuber M Valenz had a problem with flies in his house, but instead of whipping out a can of Raid or a newspaper, he turned his pet praying mantis into an improvised fly swatter. Yes, we said “pet praying mantis.”

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No Recording Allowed

No Recording Allowed

YouTuber Ingela Tanneskog says she waited for a thunderstorm to pass before taking this video so she could film a huge rainbow in peace. Apparently nature had other plans.

Feedback Loops in Nature

Feedback Loops in Nature

TED-Ed’s Anje-Margriet Neutel gives us an overview of the feedback loops present in nature, and how critical they are to maintaining the balance of our ecosystems. Also, we thought Hummus was a Middle Eastern appetizer.

Pelican Feeding Frenzy

Pelican Feeding Frenzy

Incredible footage of one of nature’s spectacles – a huge flock of sea birds feeding on fish in the ocean. We can only imagine how awesome – and intimidating – this Hitchcockian sight must have been for those beachgoers.

Andy Thomas: Audio Life Forms

Andy Thomas: Audio Life Forms

Andy Thomas combines nature and technology in his “audio life forms”, 3D animations of abstract shapes inspired by plants and animals. Andy uses these shapes to visualize sound, in this case the chirps of a nightingale and a canary.

The Killer Worm

The Killer Worm

Eunice aphroditois is one of Mother Nature’s truly awful creations. This predator lies in wait in the ocean floor, taking down its prey with teeth so sharp that it often slices it in half. Oh, and they can grow to 10 feet long.

Whale Lifts Kayak

Whale Lifts Kayak

It sounds like a scene out of a movie, but a father and daughter were whale watching off of Argentina when one swam under their kayak and lifted it. You’re not supposed to touch whales, but we’re not sure it could have been avoided.

Forest Man

Forest Man

William McMaster’s documentary on Jadav Payeng. In a bid to save his island home from erosion, Jadav started planting trees in 1979. His forest now covers 550ha., more than one and a half times the size of New York’s Central Park.

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Shaped by Time

Shaped by Time

Enrique Pacheco showcases some of nature’s finest artworks: rock formations, caves, canyons and other landscapes molded through erosion. They are beautiful accidents many thousands of years in the making.

An Hour of Birds

An Hour of Birds

By using the blue sky as a blue screen, Parker Paul composited the flight path of every bird that passed by his window during the course of an hour, then digitally cloned them to dramatic effect in this surreal short film.

A Flood of Ducks

A Flood of Ducks

Jack Saranthat was driving through central Thailand when he came across a massive flock (or is it a badelynge) of ducks crossing the road in front of him. Honestly, it’s like one of those scenes with the zombies in World War Z.

Wyoming Supercell

Wyoming Supercell

The storm chasing group Basehunters was able to capture a supercell as it formed, grew and grew some more, until it eventually dissipated in Wyoming. Check out their YouTube page for more awesome videos of extreme weather.

Lost in Jellyfish Space

Lost in Jellyfish Space

Photographer Nana Trongratanawong captured this amazing GoPro footage as she snorkeled in a Palau lake filled with millions of golden jellyfish. Apparently the stingers on these jellies aren’t powerful enough to harm humans.

Crocodiles in Slow-Mo

Crocodiles in Slow-Mo

This video footage from Australia’s Crocosaurus Cove captures the amazing muscular forms of crocodiles jumping from the water to grab treats off a fishing line. Anyone up for a visit to the Cage of Death?

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