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Octopus 101: Communication, breathing, and puzzle-solving

You may know that octopuses change color to camouflage, but can these kaleidoscopic displays also communicate their "emotions?" And how do octopuses even change colors? Cephalopod aquarist Candace is back with our gia...

Nature’s Masters Of Disguise – Maddie About Science

Go behind-the-scenes at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History with arachnologist Hannah Wood and Maddie About Science host Maddie Sofia to see the mimics of the museum's collection. Atlas moths, stick bugs, leaf i...

Giant pandas and their bamboo-only diet

Giant pandas are famous for their diet of bamboo, a giant, fast-growing form of grass with over 1,000 species. But how that low energy diet shapes how much they eat and sleep, how it affects the size of their young, a...

An octopus changes its colors and textures as it swims away

At approximately 20 meters (65.6 feet) deep off the coast of Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique, Nick Ruberg happened upon this octopus. As he followed it with his camera recording, its colors and textures changed before it s...

Squid: Coming to Life, captured in microscopic detail

From a 'pearl' filled with dividing cells to hatchlings with color-shifting skin, watch as these very small cephalopods grow up under a microscope. The film, Squid: Coming to Life, was created by evolutionary and deve...

The large and surprising creatures of InsecthausTV

Adrian Kozakiewicz went from being a young insect enthusiast in Germany to a professional insect breeder with a huge following on Instagram and Facebook. His videos, like the Rainbow Stag Beetles (Phalacrognathus muel...

Pharaoh cuttlefish expertly mimic hermit crabs

Camouflage is common in cephalopods like squid, octopuses, and cuttlefish, but these pharaoh cuttlefish, hatched in a lab for a University of Ryukyus study led by Kohei Okamoto, camouflage in a surprising way: They pr...

Invisible Nature: The (Super Tiny) Glowing Squid

The Hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) spends its days buried in sand and its nights stalking prey in the shallow waters off the coast of Hawaii. Just because the squid hunts at night, however, doesn’t mean th...

The Lychen Katydid camouflages

Wildlife photographer David Weiller captured this video in Costa Rica, Cartago Province. The insect is a Lychen Katydid (Markia hystrix), camouflaging itself with color and texture along the lichen it's named after. ...

I, Octopus – Science Friday

With thousands of chemically-sensitive suckers, color-changing skin, and a brain that literally stretches when they eat, octopuses seem like aliens living in our oceans. Understanding their physical adaptations and ho...

“Flying” spiders that can glide through the air from tree to tree

Flying? Falling? Gliding with control! The arboreal Selenops spider can steer itself with a fair amount of accuracy as it "flies" through the air, as demonstrated in the drop tests above. The large, flat spiders (nick...

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...

How (and Why) Do Chameleons Change Color? – Veritasium

There is a misconception about chameleons... that they change their color in order to blend in with their environment. That is actually not the case... So why do chameleons change color and how are they doing it? ...

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...

Leaf Mimic Katydids: Uniquely disguised as dead & diseased leaves

this Leaf Mimic Katydid really commits to its ability to hide in plain sight. Filmed in the in the Ecuadorian Amazon's Yasuni National Park, it's holding as still as possible. From Krulwich Wonders: They're not c...

Hawksbill turtle snacks on a jellyfish

Swim in a reef off the coast of Thailand’s Ko Phi Phi Ley where critically endangered Hawksbill turtles have a stronger population than in most places. Earth Touch cameraman Stewart Whi...

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...

The Leaf-tailed Geckos (Uroplatus) of Madagascar

Enjoy a fascinating, detailed look at the Leaf-tailed Geckos (Uroplatus) of Madagascar and their camouflage capabilities in this video by conservation photographer and biologist Ryan M. Bolto...

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