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Norwegian orcas eat herring by cooperatively carousel feeding

Norwegian orcas "corral, stun, and devour" silver herring using a method called carousel feeding, a cooperative approach that's very similar to "sheepdogs working a flock". From Wikipedia: An individual or small g...

The Goat Herder and his Lots and Lots and Lots of Goats

From UK-based animator and illustrator Will Rose who was inspired to create The Goat Herder and his Lots and Lots and Lots of Goats (2012) by his two year old niece "who having seen a goat herder in Spain kept chantin...

A mother raccoon teaches her kit how to climb a tree

How do animal mothers teach their babies how to survive in the world? This raccoon mother has one approach for learning how to climb a tree: Grab the kit (also called a cub) and prop it up over and over again until th...

Run, Octopus, Run! – Science Friday

Crawling, swimming, embracing, squeezing, camouflaging... running? Why would an agile octopus, like the algae octopus or the coconut octopus, choose to use two of their eight arms to stand up and "run" backwards? Mont...

Desert Fox Hunts A Lesser Jerboa – BBC’s Wild Arabia

The fennec fox is hungry. The lesser jerboa doesn't want to be eaten. How does the jerboa escape the fennec fox? This stunning chase scene from BBC's Wild Arabia showcases some powerful kangaroo legs and brilliantly e...

Colors – A delightful visual collection by The Mercadantes

From the sun, to carrots, to the sky, to frogs, to fire engines, to grape jelly, to bubble gum, to all kinds of rainbows... Enjoy this celebration of the color (and color relationships) in our everyday lives: Colors, ...

The Melbourne Zoo’s new baby Pygmy Hippo swims with mum

From the Melbourne Zoo, this is Obi, a three week old baby Pygmy Hippo who is coming out for a swim in the zoo's "big pool" for the first time. Obi's mum Petre is close by to keep the baby well-guided and safe. In...

Why do Leafcutter Ants cut leaves and carry them away?

Where are the Leafcutter Ants carrying all those leaves to? They do drink the leaf sap, but they don't eat them, so what are the leaves for? File under composting and farming: It's all about growing a highly nutritiou...

Studying the deep sea octopus Opisthoteuthis “Adorabilis”

From Science Friday's The Macroscope, Post Doctoral Researcher Stephanie Bush of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) introduces us to a tiny Opisthoteuthis deep-sea octopus, a creature that's in the s...

Are We Really 99% Chimp? – Minute Earth

When researchers decoded the chimpanzee genome in 2005, they explained that we share 99% of our DNA with chimpanzees... but what does that specifically mean? This episode of MinuteEarth illustrates how that one percen...

Why do we sleep and how do different animals sleep?

Why sleep is such an important part of our lives? ...and on a related note, why is bedtime so important? Based on what our bodies (and other animal bodies) accomplish while sleeping, there are a few leading theories a...

Chimpanzees Would Cook if Given the Chance, Research Says

Would chimpanzees be interested in cooking their food? Would they have the patience to wait if given the opportunity? To find out these answers, how do you create a safe experiment that doesn't include fire or real co...

A ribbon worm explores its surroundings with its proboscis

What's super bright green, explores its surroundings with a really long pink tendril, and has become a viral sensation since it was recorded by a fisherman in the Penghu Islands, Taiwan? From National Geographic: ...

You Have Mites Living On Your Face – Gross Science

Yep, you have mites living on your face. And in this episode of Gross Science, Anna Rothschild explains how they're eating, laying eggs, dying, and leaking feces. On your face. But don't worry because we've known this...

Wild Inside the National Zoo: Curious Andean Bear Cubs

Born in mid-November of 2014, Mayni and Muniri, two supercute Andean Bear cubs, are now at the age where they're getting into everything, so the Smithsonian's National Zoo team are working hard to babyproof the cubs' ...

The Greater Sage-Grouse’s courtship ritual & The Sagebrush Sea

From The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this is a Greater Sage-Grouse, "our North American Bird of Paradise" who performs an elaborate courtship ritual full of strutting, puffing, and making a sound that's similar to whe...

Marion Deuchars’ Let’s Make some Great Fingerprint Art

Not only do we love this short promo by Animade.tv for Marion Deuchars' book Let's Make Some Great Fingerprint Art, but we like the book, too. In the tradition of Ed Emberley, Deuchars inspires kids (and adults) to in...

The first 21 days of a bee’s life, a time lapse in 64 seconds

Honey bees are such an integral part of our ecosystem -- they pollenate 1/3 of our food crops -- yet we don't understand all that we should about their life cycle, or what has been threatening them in the last few yea...

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