Swim in a reef off the coast of Thailand’s Ko Phi Phi Ley where critically endangered Hawksbill turtles have a stronger population than in most places. Earth Touch cameraman Stewart Whitfield narrates his underwater adventure, observing glass fish, a flatworm, java rabbitfish, long-fin bannerfish, and this Hawksbill turtle as it snacks on a jellyfish.
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A few years ago, U.K. wildlife photographer William Burrard-Lucas started building a series of remote controlled DSLR camera vehicles as a DIY project. Named the BeetleCam, it’s now better protected, has space for a GoPro, and is a commercially available product.
Continuing to improve on his ideas and invent new ways to observe wildlife, Burrard-Lucas developed a gyro-stabilized BeetleBot and a BeetleCopter, which filmed the above scenes in the Serengeti, though they’re working on a quieter version. (A note for sensitive kiddos: half of a fresh kill shown at 2m14s.)
Below, a project update that shows all of his “camtraptions.”
And look! Lion cubs stealing cameras! Here’s one of the early teaser videos for an early version of the BeetleCam:
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and is home to over 5% of the total species found on Earth.
A master of camouflage, Uropyia meticulodina is a 45-55 mm moth that may (or may not) be found imitating a dead leaf on the forest floors of China and Taiwan.
There are more camouflaged creatures hiding in the archives.
via real monstrosities, h/t IFLS.
The size of a human fingernail, this tiny glass frog in Costa Rica is a wonder to watch. In this clip from the Discovery Channel’s Speed of Life, you can see the glass frog’s rice grain-sized, red heart and internal organs through its translucent belly skin.
Costa Rica has 13 species of glass frogs, and there are more than 100 species across Central and South America. However, because they are small, arboreal, nocturnal, and can live in extreme, wet areas, they can be hard to spot. Luckily, we have the internet:
Via National Geographic, this is Ecuador’s Hyalinobatrachium pellucidum glass frog.