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A window into ladybug wing origami

Beneath a ladybug's red shell, the spotted elytra that it's known for, the beetle's hind wings are efficiently folded until it wants to take off and fly. When it lands, the wings simply fold back up into a protected p...

A molting blue crayfish

The National Lobster Hatchery uploaded this incredible sped up footage of a molting cobalt blue crayfish (Procambarus alleni). Watch as it wriggles to free itself of its outer layer. From Reference.com: Crayfish m...

Bear In Mind The Muskox

Muskoxen are not the only charismatic creatures perfectly suited to the wind-blasted, tundra of the Alaskan Arctic. Meet Joel Berger, Wildlife Conservation Society senior scientist, Colorado State University professor...

Barn Owls: The Secret Saviors of Napa Valley’s Vineyards

Barn owls have long been one of the secrets to Napa Valley’s world-class wines. Rather than relying on chemicals and pesticides, winemakers work with owls—nature’s best pest control—to ensure that the best grapes make...

Symbiose, a stop motion animation by Rosalie Benevello

Two people explore the outdoors on a nature walk when it begins to rain. In their race to stay dry, they discover that they have a lot in common with the forest creatures around them... and they get a bit of help from...

Animals drinking water, captured by an underwater bucket cam

Who might you find drinking from a water bucket in the desert heat of southwest Texas? John Wells of The Field Lab, an experiment in sustainable off-the-grid living, found bees, birds, chickens, and other animal faces...

The Hoarder (1969) – Evelyn Lambart

In this short animation by Evelyn Lambart, a greedy little blue jay carries away whatever his beak can grasp. Berries, birds' eggs (nests and all), and even the sun in the sky go into his secret cache. Nothing is safe...

A blue whale lunges for krill

How can the largest creatures on the planet survive by almost exclusively eating some of the smallest creatures in the sea? In this video from Oregon State University, we get a very rare look at how blue whales eat ti...

A pacific razor clam burrows rapidly into the sand

Watch as a pacific razor clam (Siliqua Patula) rapidly burrows into the sand with its large foot. When it's almost completely buried, it ejects spouts of water, a reaction that a variety of razor clams are known for. ...

‘Giant’ larvaceans filter the ocean with mucous webs

Using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and a new laser-and-camera system, researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have been able to study three Bathochordaeus species, transparent and rela...

Why Is A Group Of Crows Called A “Murder”?

A leap of leopards, a flamboyance of flamingos, a barrel of monkeys, a murmuration of starlings: Collective nouns for animals are fun and full of personality and information, but how did these descriptions come about?...

Why are sloths so slow?

Around 35 million years ago, Earth was populated with giant, prehistoric ground sloths like Megalonyx jeffersonii (named after Thomas Jefferson), Paramylodon, and Megatherium who, until around 10,000 years ago, roamed...

How Do Pelicans Survive Their Death-Defying Dives?

Unlike American White Pelicans, who scoop up fish at the water's surface, California’s brown pelicans rocket down from the sky, plunging toward the ocean from as high as 65 feet. This episode of Deep Look explains how...

The three different ways mammals give birth

All mammals share certain characteristics, like warm blood and backbones. But despite their similarities, these creatures also have many biological differences — and one of the most remarkable differences is how they ...

Cheesecake the Capybara Fosters Puppies

At Rocky Ridge Refuge animal sanctuary in northern Arkansas, a mix of around 50-60 rescued animals are given care and shelter. Many live there temporarily as the sanctuary looks to place them in permanent homes. Other...

Why peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on earth

Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals of the land—and it's no wonder, their bodies are built for speed. While cheetahs can run up to 70 mph on land, peregrine falcons can dive at speed of over 200 mph. That's fast...

Swarm Of Locusts Devour Everything In Their Path

Behold this incredible footage of a desert locust swarm, captured for the BBC's Planet Earth and narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Some background from Wikipedia sets the stage: Plagues of desert locusts have t...

Invisible Nature: The (Super Tiny) Glowing Squid

The Hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) spends its days buried in sand and its nights stalking prey in the shallow waters off the coast of Hawaii. Just because the squid hunts at night, however, doesn’t mean th...

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