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Pygmy Seahorses: Masters of vibrantly-colored coral camouflage

The vibrant colors of thumbnail-sized Pygmy Seahorses have always been aligned with the brilliant oranges or purples of the Gorgonian sea fan corals that they're found camouflaged with, but until biologists at San Fra...

Shake Your Silk-Maker: The Dance of the Peacock Spider

When a peacock spider dances, how do we know that it's a really, really good dancer? From their colorful, iridescent body displays, to their wide variety of dance moves, to the different rhythms that they "sing" while...

Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible

"Everything that you can actually see with your eye is just the smallest sliver of life on this Earth. Most of life is invisible..." And so begins the exquisite paper-puppetry of Seeing the Invisible, a video by F...

A deep-sea octopus that protects her eggs for four & a half years

In observations from 2007 to 2011, deep-sea diving researchers at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) discovered that the female Graneledone boreopacifica guards her eggs for 53 months -- that's almost fo...

Fish that walk: Tasmania’s Spotted Handfish

With pectoral fins that look like little feet, this "walking" Spotted Handfish was one of the first fish documented in Australian waters, and is not the only known handfish -- there are pink, red, and yellow species, ...

Collecting the deep sea animals of Monterey Submarine Canyon

Go behind-the-scenes with Stephanie Bush, postdoctoral fellow and expert on deep-sea cephalopods, as she dives down into Monterey Submarine Canyon via a ROV (remotely operated vehicle) camera. Her team is collecting s...

This is how an echidna hatches from an egg

This is how an echidna or spiny anteater, a mammal, hatches from an egg. In this amazing 1974 CSIRO clip from a film called Comparative Biology of Lactation, we also get to see how milk can be seen in its tiny, transp...

Lost at sea: Researching the impact of sunken shipping containers

Thousands of shipping containers are lost from cargo ships every year, eventually falling to the ocean floor and disturbing the deep-sea ecosystems where they land. In February 2004, a container was discovered within ...

A newly-discovered species of cartwheeling spider

This newly-discovered species of cartwheeling spider, Cebrennus rechenbergi or Moroccan flic-flac spider, is definitely something to see. From ScienceTake, watch it

Watching a woodlouse flip over

Spend a quiet two minutes watching a woodlouse (aka pill bug, roly poly, cheeselog, , slater, sow bug, roll up bug…) flip over from its back. Known for curling up into a protective ball, th...

The Mudskipper

This amphibious fish is called a mudskipper and it uses its pectoral fins to walk on land, specifically mud. It also rolls, jumps, digs, excavates, socializes, fights for territory, and breathes...

Minute Earth: How do trees survive winter?

How do trees survive winter? This episode of Minute Earth explains. Related watching: The Story of Frozen Food and Why The Full Moon is Better in Winter.

A Nine Armed Sea Star flips itself over

If you happen to spot a Nine Armed Sea Star under the sand, perhaps it’s kindest to not disturb it. But you know, since this one has already been disturbed, watch how it flips itself over f...

The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace

This incredible animation by Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck chronicles the story of British naturalist, anthropologist, biologist, geographer, and intrepid adventurer Alfred Russel Wallace, who was als...

The weird world of the sea urchin

Dive down into the world of sea urchins in this 2010 Earth Touch video, from needle urchins, to oval urchins, to banded urchins, to short-spined urchins. In the archives: more marine life and more Earth Touch videos...

Onward: Searching for Life in Iceland’s Frigid Fissures

In Onward: Searching for Life in Iceland’s Frigid Fissures, National Geographic grantee and biology researcher Jónína Ólafsdóttir goes diving in search of tiny arthropods in the underwater volcanic fissures of ...

NOAA 2013 Expedition: The Rhinochimera

The name Rhinochimera breaks apart with meaning: rhinos = nose and chimaera = marine monster, but this fish has many names. (Our favorite: straightnose rabbitfish.) This one is swimming in Hy...

The Intelligent Giant Pacific Octopus

Celebrate the 10th annual World Octopus Day with this lovely behind-the-scenes National Aquarium video of Aquarist Katie Webster and an intelligent Giant Pacific Octopus. How intelligent, you ask? Octopuses are am...

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