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Why 10 Daily Tons of Ant Poop Keep This Rainforest Thriving

High up in the rainforest canopy of Panama's Barro Colorado Island, there are ants everywhere. Azteca ants—one kind of 30 different ant species that might be in a given tree—stand out because of their epic, 9 foot (2....

Beauty and the Feast: When Herring Come to Spawn

Every spring, nature puts on a breathtaking display on the British Columbia coast. The waters turn milky white as millions of male herring release sperm, while the female fish lay billions of pinhead-sized eggs. Both ...

Under The Dock, a marine life series by Hakai Institute

Described as a fearsome predator on the British Columbia coast, sunflower sea stars "can grow to a diameter of one meter, and have a voracious appetite for all sorts of animals on the rocky reef." From Hakai Institute...

Predators Attack Fish Bait Ball – Blue Planet

A bait ball of frenzied anchoveta swarm in their tightly packed sphere and tornado formations to better protect themselves against the larger bonito and yellow fin tuna that are swimming nearby. The predators are hung...

Glowing, blooming fungi in time lapse – Planet Earth II

Fungi, unlike plants, thrive in the darkness of the forest floor. They're hidden, until they begin to develop the incredible structures with which they reproduce. Each releases millions of microscopic spores that drif...

The Fungi in Your Future: Mushroom leather, furniture, and more

Mushrooms come in a wide variety of species, they recycle dead plants which helps to create nutrient soil, and they can be turned into food, furniture, packaging, leather, and more. Enter MycoWorks, a team of engineer...

Why are there so many types of apples?

Gala, Braeburn, Fuji, SweeTango, SnapDragon, Golden Delicious, Cosmic Crisp... there are over 7,500 known cultivars—varieties produced by selectively breeding desirable characteristics—of the apple. How are there that...

The Lychen Katydid camouflages

Wildlife photographer David Weiller captured this video in Costa Rica, Cartago Province. The insect is a Lychen Katydid (Markia hystrix), camouflaging itself with color and texture along the lichen it's named after. ...

Inside the Svalbard Seed Vault – Veritasium

In the northernmost town on Earth, on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault protects around 865,000 seed samples from almost every country on our planet (including North Korea). A gene ba...

Scorpion evolution, scorpion moms, & glowing scorpions

Scorpion facts: Scorpions have been on Earth for 400 million years, scorpions give birth to live young and then catch them in their arms, and under ultraviolet light, scorpions fluoresce. Scientist and Cal Academy Cur...

Live Stream: NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer in the Mariana Trench

While exploring the Mariana Trench -- the deepest part of our planet's oceans -- on April 24, 2016, researchers aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Okeanos Explorer saw a bioluminescent...

A submarine team discovers thousands of swarming red crabs

This spectacular swarm of red crabs was discovered in low-oxygen waters just above the seafloor at the Hannibal Bank Seamount off the coast of Panama. From whoi.edu: Jesús Pineda, a biologist at Woods Hole Oceanog...

Illustrating the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Wall of Birds

In 2014, artist Jane Kim was commissioned to paint a mural of 270 representative bird species -- including some extinct species, a few dinosaurs, and a black caiman -- on 3,000 square feet (280 square meters) of wall ...

Tour the Galápagos Islands’ new marine sanctuary

Spend two and a half minutes with the creatures flourishing in Ecuador's new Galápagos Islands marine sanctuary thanks to this footage filmed by National Geographic's Pristine Seas team. The Belgium-sized conservation...

Saving the Andean Bear, South America’s only bear species

In the diverse mountain habitats of the Andes Mountains, the Andean bear, also known as the spectacled bear because of the mask-like fur around its eyes, is the focus of multiple conservation efforts. Local government...

Look Inside The Doomsday Vault That Protects Seeds Of The World

On the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault protects around 865,000 seed samples from all over the world. Most of those seeds are of staple crops. "There are nearly 160,000 samples of wheat,...

What do baby sloths sound like?

Clinging and climbing at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, these baby sloths demonstrate their adorable squeaks. Animalist visited the sanctuary for Sloth Week in June, 2014 to interview sanctuary founder Judy Avey-Arroy...

Save the salamanders, unsung heroes of the forest

In an effort to avoid a "salamandergeddon" in the United States, the extinction of entire species of salamanders and other amphibians by a fungal disease known as Bsal, the U.S. banned the import of more than 200 spec...

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