Slow motion video shows a chameleon shoot out its tongue superpower

A chameleon's tongue is nearly two times the length of its body and it can shoot out that slimy sticky thing at 41 g, roughly four times the maximum acceleration of a fighter jet, with deadly quick accuracy: its tongue can reach its prey in 0.07 seconds. Basically, it's an insane, superpower-like weapon to have. » 3/26/15 11:42am 3/26/15 11:42am

This Woodcut from 19th Century Japan Reveals Deep LOLcat History

This video is an animation based on a Japanese woodcut called "Popular Hotspring Spa (of Cats)." It's from 1880, but artist Utagawa Yoshifuji's imaginary world of spa cats looks like something that's unfolding at the intersection of LOLcat and internetville. » 3/23/15 1:20am 3/23/15 1:20am

Eagle flies above Dubai from the Burj Khalifa and nails target landing

Watch as an eagle takes off from the Burj Khalifa and flies high up above Dubai in this incredible video that shows you the stunning view from the eagle's point of view. It's fun to see it calibrate itself at 2700 feet in the air and then recognize its landing target and take an immediate dive toward its trainer. » 3/16/15 5:02pm 3/16/15 5:02pm

Cuttlefish hypnotize their prey performing these trippy light shows

Wow. This is amazing. I knew cuttlefish could change their hue to blend in with the sea floor and protect themselves from predators. But I didn't know they could use that skill to create trippy light shows that put their prey into trance. » 3/06/15 9:48pm 3/06/15 9:48pm

Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds—Wait, Why Do Deer Eat Birds?

Deer aren't the slim, graceful vegans we thought they were. Scientists using field cameras have caught deer preying on nestling song birds. And it's not just deer. Herbivores the world over may be supplementing their diets. » 3/05/15 12:30am 3/05/15 12:30am

Watch hermit crabs form a line from biggest to smallest to trade shells

This is a clip from an episode of BBC's Life Story and it shows how orderly (and also completely chaotic) hermit crabs can be when it comes to trading homes. They all meet up in front of a shell, line themselves up from biggest to smallest and then trade shells with each other by jumping from one to the next. » 3/04/15 10:30pm 3/04/15 10:30pm

Falconers in Abu Dhabi Train Their Raptors With Drones

In the United Arab Emirates, falconry is one of the oldest and most treasured traditions. The sport dates back to an age when falcons were used to hunt food. Today, it's a social affair. Even the drones join in the fun. » 2/19/15 6:45pm 2/19/15 6:45pm

When the Robots Rise Up, First They Will Fight the Felines

In this video, a combat robot goes up against a gang of ginger kittens. I couldn't deprive you of the opportunity to watch this, even though it was filmed 2 years ago and all the cute kittens are now hardened, robot-destroying thugs. » 2/13/15 1:29am 2/13/15 1:29am

Watch the unbelievable camouflage super powers of an octopus

Octopuses have become my favorite animals because it's very clear that they possess super powers from an alien world and even clearer that they use those powers for evil (or exactly how I would use them). Here's an octopus showing off his truly incredible camouflage powers. It goes from a brown mound to a blue water… » 2/04/15 12:29am 2/04/15 12:29am

This Is The Fish Researchers Found Living Underneath 2,400 Feet Of Ice

After drilling down through almost half a mile in solid ice on a glacial shelf in Antarctica, scientists found something surprising. There was something alive swimming in the just over 30 feet of water: this strange, clear fish. » 1/23/15 8:41pm 1/23/15 8:41pm

Polar bears can communicate via footprints

Polar bears are solitary creatures. They roam around their (increasingly less) snowy habitats, looking for food and love. Food is simple enough. But they have to sniff out love. No, literally, polar bears smell other polar bears' footprints to know if they can follow them to a suitable mate. How romantic! » 1/22/15 9:55am 1/22/15 9:55am

The Idaho Government Once Forced Beavers to Skydive With WWII Parachutes

"The Saga of the Skydiving Beavers" sounds like the title for a quirky children's book, but it's also a fitting epitaph for a strange, true story of an unconventional approach to habitat resettlement. In 1948, Idaho's Fish and Game service decided the best way to keep beavers away from growing urban centers was to… » 1/20/15 12:49pm 1/20/15 12:49pm

America's Forgotten Wolf Still Lives In North Carolina

Did you know there were wolves roaming freely in North Carolina? Neither did we, so we set out to learn more about this rarest of canids: the Red Wolf. » 1/14/15 2:49pm 1/14/15 2:49pm

A Drone's-Eye View of the Smallest, Saddest Orca Tank in the US

You're probably familiar with the many injustices going down at SeaWorld, including the park's (weak) attempts at trying to make them right. But now, new drone footage is here to remind you that there are other parks tormenting orcas in equally horrible–if not even sadder—ways. Say hello to Miami Seaquarium's Lolita,… » 1/04/15 9:00am 1/04/15 9:00am

Watch a tiger jump impossibly high for meat in slow motion

Holy crap. I'm pretty sure the fence separating the tigers from the humans does absolutely nothing because these tigers can easily out jump it. Look at them gracefully fly in the air and snatch the meat like a wide receiver catching a touchdown pass. These beasts are basically basically comic book superhero versions… » 12/31/14 8:28pm 12/31/14 8:28pm

Video: Incredible view of a hawk flying through a forest of trees

Now this is a true bird's eye view of flying. And in the future, this may be how DARPA drones fly too. The footage shows a Goshawk flying super fast through a dense forest and somehow navigating through it. Its wings occasionally hits trees but it still manages to zip itself through impossible narrow gaps at high… » 12/22/14 9:31pm 12/22/14 9:31pm

Outstanding underwater film makes killer whales like magic creatures

Wow. For a few seconds here, the killer whales look like they've been animated with CGI. They move so effortlessly that they don't seem real. But Smithsonian shows how this footage was caught, with a camera invented by photographer David Riggs just to see killer whales and what they're hunting underwater. » 12/17/14 1:06am 12/17/14 1:06am

Magic humpback whales fly in this video

Wow. This footage of humpback whales is just stunning. It's a trailer for an upcoming IMAX 3D documentary about these majestic creatures that'll be narrated by Ewan McGregor. If I'm impressed with how it looks on my tiny laptop screen, I can't imagine how much my jaw will drop in IMAX. » 12/12/14 9:32pm 12/12/14 9:32pm

Watch a puppy grow into a full grown dog in 23 seconds

Meet Sophia. She's an adorable Rhodesian Ridgeback who is featured in this time lapse that shows her grow from a 2-month-old puppy to a full grown 3-year-old dog. The whole time lapse only lasts 23 seconds. Sophia's humans totally should have joined in on the picture taking fun. » 12/11/14 2:48am 12/11/14 2:48am

Extraordinary sharp footage of Great White sharks jumping and hunting

This footage of Great White Sharks leaping into the air and attacking a fake seal is just awesome. We get to see these incredible killing beasts in all their intimidating glory. The video is stunningly clear and we pretty much see every angle of these ocean hunters. Man, they are fearsome. » 12/11/14 1:22am 12/11/14 1:22am