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Roly Polies Came From the Sea to Conquer the Earth

Woodlouse, pill bug, roly poly, sow bug, armadillo bug, cheeselog, wood shrimp... what do you call this bug where you live? Whatever you do, don't call it an insect! Roly polies are crustaceans, more like a shrimp...

The Snail-Smashing, Fish-Spearing, Eye-Popping Mantis Shrimp

The mantis shrimp is a fascinating creature. One kind impales prey with a spear-like appendage and another smashes prey with a built-in club — the fastest attack in the animal kingdom. "At 30 times faster than the bli...

Crab babies stampede toward water on a Bali beach

In 2008, Jeremias Maluw scooped up some sand crab babies (species yet to be identified) stampeding toward the water at Legian Beach in Bali. The video footage has since gone viral. Though grabbing a handful of these p...

Why is biodiversity so important? – TED Ed

Biodiversity, short for biological diversity, is the term we use for the variety of animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, and other intertwined life forms within any ecosystem... "from towering redwood trees to tiny, sing...

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...

Red crab migration on Christmas Island

The daring 5-mile (8-kilometer) migration of Christmas Island’s adult red crabs begins with the wet season’s arrival in October or November. The crabs’ goal: move from the forest to the beaches en ma...

A Caribbean hermit crab named Godzilla

This hermit crab is named Godzilla. He has been with his owner for three years and three moultings. Based on his size, he’s probably about 20-25 years old. Hello, Coenobita clypeatus!