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Two beautiful humpback whales dance

"Dance in the animal world is little understood," explains Sir David Attenborough in this video from the BBC's Animal Attraction, yet here we get to witness it as two humpback whales seem to dance together and repeat ...

Widow birds bounce and leap for attention

Sporting their long and glossy tails, male Jackson's widowbirds (Euplectes jacksoni) can be found leaping straight up in the tall grasses of Kenya and Tanzania. The reason for their leaps: to impress a female during m...

A pygmy three-toed sloth swims & snow leopards send messages

From the BBC's new Planet Earth II series with Sir David Attenborough, two unique clips of solitary animals: On Panama's Isla Escudo de Veraguas, a pygmy three-toed sloth swims to find a mate in the mangrove trees. ...

The male Costa’s hummingbird has a tiny octopus face

Spring is the time to nest for the Costa's hummingbirds, before the desert gets too hot. Both males and females are looking for a partner, but it's up to him to impress her. Though his back shimmers with green, it’s n...

Hunting for microbes in Central Park’s murkiest waters

Follow biologist Sally Warring into New York City's Central Park as she collects water samples from fountains and ponds to find instagrammable microbes. From her site PondLife.com: All free-living life forms are m...

Rock-Paper-Scissors Lizards

Biologists from UC Santa Cruz are studying the three distinct mating strategies of what's being referred to as "rock-paper-scissors lizards," the blue, orange, and yellow variations of the Western side-blotched lizard...

How Do Bees Make Honey?

Drinking from 1,000 flowers might be enough to fill a honey bee's stomach, but that may not be the stomach you're thinking of. Bees have two different stomachs -- one for digestion and one for nectar storage -- and wh...

Spid-a-boo! The Jotus remus peacock spider waves its paddle leg

A newly discovered peacock spider, the Jotus remus -- 'remus' means 'oar' or 'paddle' in Latin -- waves his paddle shaped leg at potential mates as he hides the rest of his body. Though he can't see the female, he can...

This blue masked peacock spider is tiny & adorable

Behold Western Australia's Maratus personatus, a tiny, blue-masked, zebra-striped, male peacock spider that is one of a diverse and rather adorable spider family. From peacock spider enthusiast Jürgen Otto: To the...

The Greater Sage-Grouse’s courtship ritual & The Sagebrush Sea

From The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this is a Greater Sage-Grouse, "our North American Bird of Paradise" who performs an elaborate courtship ritual full of strutting, puffing, and making a sound that's similar to whe...

The Fanciest Bird in the World: Superb Lyrebird

Captured on video by Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Anastasia Dalziell and University of Western Sydney's Justin Welbergen, this is a male Superb Lyrebird, an Australian songbird who is not only a fancy dancer, as shown...

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...

Male Blue Manakins wait in line to impress a female

Taking turns with other suitors, male Blue Manakins seem to wait in a relatively polite line before briefly but repeatedly trying to impress their potential mate. Almost blending into the trees with her green feath...

The koala’s deep voice

Body mass and vocal pitch don’t always match. Male koalas have deep, rumbling vocalizations, an unexpectedly low sound that might normally be associated with wild boars or a huge brayin...

Weaver Birds design and build intricate nests

Narrated by David Attenborough, watch these Weaver Birds, or Ploceidae, design and build intricate nests to woo mates. They start with a simple knot, and then it’s all about experience, c...

Alaska: The Nutrient Cycle

Alaska: The Nutrient Cycle by wildlife filmmaker Paul Klaver. Once they enter fresh water chum salmon stop feeding and morph into an aggressive creature intent only on mating. After spawning, they die and their b...

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...

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