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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. ...

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 ...

Up close and underwater as a humpback whale breaches

From above the water and below, see a fully grown, 52ft long, 44 ton male humpback whale breach in front of a snorkeler. The incredible moment was captured by Australian photographer Beau Pilgrim, who was filming off ...

Turning Oil Rigs Into Reefs

If an oil rig is done producing oil, should the oil company return the ecosystem to its natural state by removing the rig? What if the 40 year old rig's underwater structure is covered with thriving marine life? T...

Swim Alongside a Galápagos Marine Iguana

Our planet's only sea-going lizard looks somewhat like a small Godzilla. The marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) is endemic to the Galápagos Islands, and can be seen in this footage as it grazes underwater, captur...

Tour the Galápagos Islands’ new marine sanctuary

Spend two and a half minutes with the creatures flourishing in Ecuador's new Galápagos Islands marine sanctuary thanks to this footage filmed by National Geographic's Pristine Seas team. The Belgium-sized conservation...

Baby Humpbacks Need 150 Gallons of Whale Milk a Day

A baby humpback nurses 150 gallons of high-fat whale milk every day, and practices controlling her one ton body in open waters. As she learns how to be a humpback whale, she rests under her mother, who remains steady ...

The Sea Is Blue

A young girl falls overboard during a fishing expedition and experiences a meaningful undersea adventure in this stop motion animation: The Sea Is Blue by writer and director Vincent Peone. A myth about how the ocean ...

Quiet swim with a Mola Mola

The Mola Mola or ocean sunfish is a gentle giant, a peaceful head of a fish with a large dorsal and ventral fin, and a clavus instead of a tail. It's the heaviest bony fish that we know of, at 545 to 2,205 lbs (247 to...

Surfing the ‘World’s Heaviest Waves’ – Teahupo’o, Tahiti by drone

Watch top surfers ride the French Polynesian waves just off the coast of Tahiti's Teahupo’o, reportedly pronounced 'cho-po' by surfers and 'tear-hoo-poh-oh' by locals. With massive swells, heavy boat traffic, and shar...

For sea otters, lounging around is the key to conserving energy

Sea otters are not only known for being adorable, but also for a lack of blubber to help keep them warm. Because they live in water that’s far too cold for their bodies, sea otters not only rely on their super fantast...

How do jellyfish sting?

Have you ever been stung by a jellyfish? From the huge Lion's mane jellyfish to tiny jellyfish larvae, jellies (which aren't actually fish) can accidentally sting ocean swimmers with their built-in defensive mechanism...

Underwater Caves of the Yucatán Peninsula – Wonders of Life

In the jungles of Yucatán Peninsula, crystal clear cenotes -- from the Mayan word ts’onot meaning "sacred well" -- fuel their surrounding ecosystems with fresh water. Numbering in the thousands, these flooded sinkhole...

Run, Octopus, Run! – Science Friday

Crawling, swimming, embracing, squeezing, camouflaging... running? Why would an agile octopus, like the algae octopus or the coconut octopus, choose to use two of their eight arms to stand up and "run" backwards? Mont...

The Melbourne Zoo’s new baby Pygmy Hippo swims with mum

From the Melbourne Zoo, this is Obi, a three week old baby Pygmy Hippo who is coming out for a swim in the zoo's "big pool" for the first time. Obi's mum Petre is close by to keep the baby well-guided and safe. In...

Underwater Dogs in Slow Motion – Earth Unplugged

If seeing dogs move in slow motion is fun, then seeing dogs move in slow mo underwater is even better. Plus, these adorable canines are benefiting from the exercise of swimming in the pool. In this episode of Earth Un...

Emperor Penguins Speed Launch Out of the Water

We've seen a video of penguins rocketing out of the water as if powered by jets, but we've never seen it happen from underwater... until now. In this National Geographic clip, photographer Paul Nicklen captures how th...

Close encounters of the giant kind: Diving with a whale shark

Whale sharks are gentle giants (much like the basking shark), and in this Earth Touch video, we get to see one up close as a cameraman narrates his surprise swim with the planet's biggest fish. How big? Whale sharks a...

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