Insects are weird, so we’re not surprised by some of the strange things we learned about butterflies and moths in this video from Ze Frank. Lepidoptera are attractive prey for birds, reptiles, wasps, and other animals. To help survive against these threats, these insects have evolved defenses, including unpredictable flight patterns, toxins, and mimicry.
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We always assumed that crows find their food with their beaks. But it turns out that some of them use sticks to fish prey out of trees. In this True Facts video from Ze Frank, we learn about this unusual adaptation and why New Caledonian crows are some of the smartest birds. We think it’s just an excuse for him to say “crow’s stick” repeatedly.
Despite what you might think, coral isn’t a plant. They’re tiny animals from the same group as jellyfish and anemones. Ze Frank provides a detailed look at these unusual creatures that live atop gigantic skeletal structures they leave on the ocean floor. Like other animals, these guys must find food rather than produce it on their own.
We know Ze Frank from his irreverent yet informative nature videos. On a quest to create some shorter videos for TikTok and YouTube Shorts, he came up with a new character. Creepy Dave is also a nature show host, only he has no idea how to pronounce the animals’ names and has the facts completely wrong.
Nature can be weird, wonderful, and at times, gross. Ze Frank teaches us much more about elephants than the “has big ears and a trunk, likes peanuts, hates mice” education we had before. Along the way, you’ll learn why their skin looks so scaly, how they communicate with their feet, and how many pounds they can lift with their trunks.
Things that live in the ocean have evolved in curious ways. Ze Frank shows us how sharks have evolved some strange adaptations to move, thrive, and procreate underwater. For example, some sharks lay spiral-shaped eggs to blend in with kelp, while others have tiny toothlike structures on their skin that reduce drag to help them swim faster.
If you’re familiar with The Last of Us, the idea that a fungus could turn us into zombies isn’t that far-fetched. ZeFrank looks at three cases where this happens in nature, with a nasty infection that takes over the bodies of insects and controls them. You might not want to eat before watching this video.
Despite having four legs and spending half their time on land, biologists think that hippopotami are related to whales and dolphins. ZeFrank is here to entertain and educate with a nature film about these jumbo-size, semi-aquatic mammals. We had no idea that hippos could sleep while underwater. Caution: Hippo poop ahead.
Once in a great while, nature show host ZeFrank revisits animals and insects he’s featured with the most noteworthy traits. While they’re not nearly as prestigious as the Academy Awards, the True Facts Animal Awards distinguished itself with categories like Best Worst Jumping and Most Unfortunate Sage Grouse.
The words “slime” and “mold” conjure up some pretty gross visions. Combined, they’re even worse. But that doesn’t stop these bizarre living things from being incredibly fascinating. ZeFrank takes an up-close look at these nasty-looking organisms, which are surprisingly smart despite their lack of brains.
ZeFrank’s nature videos usually focus on a single species or kind of animal. But this time out, he’s got a mess of different critters, each of which deserves a special award for its unusual appearance, noises, or other behaviors. Along the way, he ruined both penguins and koalas for us.
The Holothuroidea, aka sea cucumber, is one of the many strange-looking creatures that dwell at the bottom of the ocean. ZeFrank explains the unusual way these spiny, slug-like things reproduce, develop, and thrive – along with just how diverse their species can be. Expect Frank’s usual mix of information and innuendo.
Cue the double entendres. Ze Frank is here to teach us about our favorite dam-building rodent. These resourceful mammals are good at swimming, carrying things, and eating underwater. You might know about the beaver’s wood-chomping teeth, but we bet you didn’t know all the stuff that comes out of their butts.
Have you ever asked yourself why starfish are shaped like that? ZeFrank heads beneath the surface of the ocean to explain how echinoderms work, the wild way in which their skeletons are formed, how they move around, and how they eat. Nature can be so weird sometimes.
When it comes to strange-looking mammals, the proboscis monkey is right up there near the top of the list. Nature show host ZeFrank takes a few minutes to explain this primate’s big, floppy nose and what purpose it serves. Is it a big nose, big hose situation? Hit play, and find out.
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.
With the help of footage from researchers, ZeFrank provides his lighthearted insights on the Odontomachus, a genus of ants with jaws that can open 180-degrees, then shut like a bear trap. In addition to grabbing prey, they can use their mandibles to eject unwanted intruders or extract themselves quickly from a threat.
Tardigrades may only measure about 0.5mm long, but these teensy water-dwelling critters are some of the toughest organisms known to humankind, having survived exposure to nuclear radiation and the vacuum of space. Zefrank provides an in-depth look at these strange, see-through dudes and what makes them tick.
ZeFrank takes a few minutes to explain the fascinating habits of Eciton army ants, from the massive community structures they build using their bodies, to their coordinated swarms, to their killer instincts and protein-rich dietary habits. You’ll also meet some unique insects that like to hitch rides on the ants.
Hummingbirds are most amazing creatures on the planet. Having to stay airborne for the vast majority of their lives, their tiny hearts thump up to 1260 beats per second as they buzz around sipping twice their body weight each day in nectar. ZeFrank offers up a few more interesting facts about these insect-sized birds.
Let’s face it, there’s no good way to pronounce the name of the animals featured in ZeFrank’s latest nature video. But the Japanese macaque is a unique and interesting primate nonetheless. Learn about the so-called “snow monkey,” its love for cold weather, hot springs, and why it has hair everywhere but its butt.