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The Bat Volcano of Calakmul, Mexico

The Bat Volcano of Calakmul, Mexico is not actually a volcano, and it might be more like a tornado, but it's famously called Volcán de los Murciélagos. In Calakmul, there's a limestone cave full of almost four million...

Go Into the Heart of a Kaleidoscope of Monarch Butterflies

Before monarch butterfly conservation became a focus in Mexico, the monarchs that gather in the mountainous forests of Michoacán were considered a plague or an infestation. Second generation Monarch Butterfly Biospher...

Visiting the Reserva de la Biósfera Santuario Mariposa Monarca

Tens of millions of overwintering monarch butterflies can be found covering the tall pine and oyamel trees at the Reserva de la Biósfera Santuario Mariposa Monarca, the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heri...

Why do animals form swarms?

When many individual organisms come together and move as one entity, that’s a swarm. From a handful of birds to billions of insects, swarms can be almost any size. They have no leader, and members interact only with t...

Starling murmuration, a stunning clip from Jan van Ijken’s ‘The Art of Flying’

Murmurations, those dense clouds of whirling, pulsating, shapeshifting starling flocks, are a breathtaking dusk phenomenon. How do thousands of birds change directions and seemingly move as one without colliding? Dutc...

Secrets of Schooling: Investigating the collective behavior of fish

Collective behavior is embodied in swarms of insects, flocks of birds, herds of antelope, and schools of fish. In each of these cases, individuals move through their environment and respond to threats and opportunitie...

Sardine Feeding Frenzy: Whale, Shark, Dolphin and Sea Lions

This competition and collaboration for food, in this case for a shoal of sardines, is an incredible sight: A sardine feeding frenzy featured in BBC's The Hunt, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Sea lions swim in...

How to wait for a very long time

"How to wait for a very long time is a short film about a fisherman who is obsessed with catching a certain fish. His whole life he tries to make a big haul, but just catches other fishes instead. Over time he gets fr...

Swarm Of Locusts Devour Everything In Their Path

Behold this incredible footage of a desert locust swarm, captured for the BBC's Planet Earth and narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Some background from Wikipedia sets the stage: Plagues of desert locusts have t...

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 ...

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...

Thousands Of Sharks Visit A Seamount

In the Pacific, a tiny island 300 miles away from the shore hides a giant mountain beneath the waves that forms a home for thousands of plankton feeding fish. These fish attract Tuna, and the Tuna attract thousands of...

How to Understand Power – TED Ed

Every day, we move and operate within systems of power that other people have constructed. But we’re often uncomfortable talking about power. Why? Eric Liu describes the six sources of power and explains how understan...

A seal herds fish off the coast of Australia’s Bondi Beach

Watch a seal herd a huge school of fish in the clear teal blue waters of Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. This short video was filmed with a Dji Phantom4 drone by drone-over-beach specialists Le Cut Studio. Here are ...

A time lapse of pine processionary caterpillars

I noticed a long line of processionary caterpillars crossing the footpath so I got out the trusty Canon 5D and grabbed some time lapses of the little critters doing their thing. I was amazed how they followed the exac...

What’s the Waggle Dance? And Why Do Honeybees Do It?

How do bees tell each other where the best flowers are? Behold the waggle dance, the wonderful way that bees communicate their instructions for finding those productive flowers again. Using vibrations, her positioning...

Over 600 ships arriving at the Port of Amsterdam

In August of 2015, over 600 ships -- "from 19th century Dutch vessels to the largest sailing wooden ship" to rowboats, motorboats, tugboats, ferries, and more -- sailed through the North Sea Canal and the Port of Amst...

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