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Crab Story

A crab happens upon a rather unusual sight on the beach: A strange pineapple. All the crabs gather to give it gifts of food to... honor it? To keep it happy? To keep it well fed so it doesn't eat them? But what is thi...

Stilt fishing in Sri Lanka

Anura Wijewikrama fishes two hours each morning and two hours each evening. And like his grandfather and father before him, he does so on handmade stilts driven into the sand. He is one of the few still carrying on th...

The Uminami Strandbeest

A new design that hearkens to Theo Jansen's original kinetic structures from the early 1990s, the PVC tube-constructed Uminami Strandbeest doesn't get sand into its joints and requires no lubrication to move smoothly....

How colorful animal sculptures are made from upcycled flip-flops

Ocean Sole turns millions of discarded flip-flops into art pieces and other useful products in an effort to promote ocean conservation and reuse beach pollution from along the East African coast. See how these Kenyan ...

How to collect black sand with a magnet

If you're ever at a beach with some black sand in the mix, run a magnet through the sand to see if the black sand sticks. Exploratorium educator Ken Finn demonstrates this experiment with a magnet and a plastic cup at...

Theo Jansen’s Animaris Mulus Strandbeest

It has an elephant-like trunk, or perhaps a toucan's beak, that helps stabilize its front. Wind-catching sails extend out from the sides like wings. Its front legs walk quickly and smoothly across the sand while its b...

Poet on the Shore by Yuxi Liu

An autonomous robot rolls across the beach. Though it might stop moving, its sensors haven't stopped taking in information about its surrounding environment: the waves, the wind, the sounds of people and animals both ...

A pacific razor clam burrows rapidly into the sand

Watch as a pacific razor clam (Siliqua Patula) rapidly burrows into the sand with its large foot. When it's almost completely buried, it ejects spouts of water, a reaction that a variety of razor clams are known for. ...

The differences between a living and a dead sand dollar

How can you tell if a sand dollar is dead or alive? Sand dollars are flat sea urchins that burrow into the soft sand. When alive, their undersides are full of "velvet-textured spines" covered with cilia, a latin word ...

Seashell inspiration: Growing cement bricks with bacteria

Imagine an 8-year-old girl studying a seashell on the sand in Gulf Shores, Alabama in 1985. It's her first trip to the beach and it's a moment that will set the course of her career: “The 8-year-old version of mys...

A night adventure to see Nicaragua’s sea turtles

Conservation educator Phil Torres traveled to Playa la Flor and the surrounding waters in Nicaragua to document how Paso Pacifico is working to protect the sea turtles. From SeeTurtles.org: Along Nicaragua's Pacif...

Meet The Team Protecting Costa Rica’s Sea Turtle Mecca

Nearly all species of sea turtles are endangered, but Tortuguero, a small island on the eastern coast of Costa Rica, offers a safe place for nesting green and leatherback sea turtles. It was here in 1959 that Dr. Arch...

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 ...

Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest on the beach in San Francisco

Join Adam Savage as he talks with Dutch physicist-turned-artist Theo Jansen. The subject: Strandbeests -- “beach animals” in Dutch. For the very first time, Jansen has brought his wind-fueled kinetic sculptures to win...

Saving Sea Turtles in the Solomon Islands

From National Geographic and Seedlight Pictures: Willie Atu of The Nature Conservancy takes us on a ride around The Arnavon Islands to see endangered hawksbill and green sea turtles swimming in the clear water, as wel...

Astronaut Leland Melvin on Returning Home From Life In Space

What's it like to come back home to our Blue Marble after you've been floating around in orbit? NASA astronaut, engineer, and former football player Leland Melvin explains his return-to-Earth readjustment experience i...

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...

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...

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