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The largest school of rays ever caught on film

Tens of thousands of mobula rays come together off the coast of Baja California in a brilliant display of their massive numbers underwater. Then watch them breach for reasons unknown. The leaps out of the water are sp...

Planthopper Nymphs

Those are not flowers or snowflakes, nor are they small Easter parade hats or very tiny Komondors. These are a species of Planthopper Nymphs featured in the Smithsonian Channel's Wild Burma: Chasing Tigers, and they c...

The Fire Lab and the Mysterious Science of Fire

How does fire spread? How do different forest materials fuel it? How can firefighters better understand its behavior in order to control it? Why is the physics of fire so counter-intuitive and mysterious to us? At Th...

Paper to Plants: a stop-motion paper film for Tinybop

This beautiful stop-motion paper forest was made by Kelli Anderson and Daniel Dunnam for Plants, a new app by our friends at Tinybop. Inspired by the app's original illustrations by Marie Caudry, the intricacy of the ...

The Gathering Swarms: Sardine Run off the coast of South Africa

"The seasonal movement of billions of sardines along the coast of South Africa, the greatest fish migration on the planet..." Billions. In this clip from PBS' The Gathering Swarms, synchronous sardines are a constantl...

Swimming Feather Star

This is a feather star swimming off the coast of Japan. Feather stars are crinoids or crinoidea, meaning "Lily-like" in Greek, and thrive in the Indian Ocean up to Japan, as well as in the Atlantic. From Wild Singapor...

Watch 11-year-old rock climbing prodigy Brooke Raboutou climb

It's no wonder that 11-year-old Brooke Raboutou loves to rock climb: Her parents are two former world champion climbers who own a rock climbing gym in Boulder, Colorado, and from very young, climbing has been a huge p...

Lost in Jellyfish Lake

We love videos from Eil Malk island's Jellyfish Lake in Palau. This GoPro commercial takes us underwater to swim with photographer Nana Trongratanawong and the multitudes of golden jellyfish that live in this unique w...

Acorn by Madeline Sharafian

Growing up isn't always easy. This is Acorn by Calarts student Madeline Sharafian. Sharafian previously animated one of our absolute favorite shorts – go watch it next: Omelette. via Kuriositas.

Elephant calf river rescue

When a six month old elephant calf gets pulled away in the strong current of Kenya's rain-swollen Ewaso Ng'iro river, its family has to quickly take action. Watch this amazing river rescue, filmed by tourist Sandy Gel...

Ecosystem Engineers: How do beavers build dams?

How does one of nature's best ecosystem engineers go about revitalizing the landscapes around them? From PBS Nature, this is how North American beavers build dams. Related reading at Pawnation: Importance of Beavers ...

Giant amber snail catches an earthworm

In the forests of New Zealand, among a wide variety of snails, are giant Powelliphanta or amber snails, "giant" meaning around the size of a man's fist (up to 91mm or 3.6 in long). These beautiful, endangered creature...

Mandarin ducklings dive

From the BBC's Earth nature documentary, narrated by Patrick Stewart, watch these tree-nesting Mandarin ducklings dive from unbelievably high heights, only 24 hours after hatching. File under: nature is amazing. In...

Unwinding the Cucumber Tendril Mystery

Watch plants grow (with time lapse)... or specifically, learn more about cucumber plant tendril coil movement and why it was confounding to scientists for so long. From 2012, this is Science Friday's Unwinding the Cuc...

A Deer Migration You Have to See to Believe

Traverse three highways, multiple water crossings, sand dunes, and over 100 fences in A Deer Migration You Have to See to Believe. This National Geographic video by Joe Riis shares the incredible yearly journey of mul...

Andres Amador’s Earthscapes: Art that Goes Out with the Tide

In a mix of artistry, geometry, and technology, San Francisco-based Earthscape artist Andres Amador creates massive sketches in the beach sand – sometimes geometric, and sometimes more abstrac...

Science Friday: Suckers for Sap

Maple trees + good timing + basic chemistry = maple syrup. But Science Friday takes us behind the scenes of maple syrup research to show that there’s much more to it than that. While the tr...

BeetleCopter in the Serengeti

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 be...