BoingBoing says this crazy zooming GIF is that of an amphipod. Or well, it starts with an amphipod and then moves into diatom and then reveals the bacterium. Which, well, cool. But also totally gross to imagine all the little invisible critters and germs on any given surface at any given time.
Our oceans hide so many breathtakingly beautiful species that don’t look like they’re from our planet that I sometimes wonder if the aliens have already arrived and just decided to call the deep sea home. Case in point: Just check out this whole bunch of unknown underwater species that were discovered near Puerto Rico…
We share the planet with the most awesome creatures, sometimes so incredibly fantastic that they seem unreal—beautiful alien monsters from our worst nightmares and dreams. Dean Chiang sent in this cool photo of a sea anemone to prove this point. When I go diving I never get tired of looking at them.
British artist Mark Oliver makes his "Litter Bugs" from gears, old eyeglasses, tins, and other things he collects as materials for these pieces. Each one is given life through its display with a common name and a "scientific" name. The one above is the "Curio Bug" or "Coleoptera Peculiar."
After being lost and then found again, the capsule containing the infamous space geckos have returned to Earth. Alas, the heating system failed, so instead of getting it on, the geckos froze to death.
Everyone loves a good timelapse, but they don't always go as planned. While a Go-Pro camera was collecting footage for an environmental action video, a marmot popped up to investigate. Soon, majestic mountains, serene lakes, and fluttering clouds all made way a snuffling nose and lens-licking tongue.
The full image is below, but this print is called "the deep, seamonster" and is by Emma SanCartier. The artist has a number of great projects: prints, sculptures, a book. They're amazing.
Next time you do laundry, don't just walk away after you put the load in. You'll miss the monsters. Because if you stare through the looking glass, you'll discover terrifying creatures that look like they come from Guillermo del Toro's imagination trapped inside.
It's not often that you get a chance to see the place where your childhood memories were literally built. It's kind of like peeling back the curtain on your dreams and finding the architects of them busily at work, pulling the strings, painting the scenery, and creating the characters you will vividly remember decades…
Almost every state has a state fossils, but not South Carolina. Inspired by a letter from an 8-year-old girl, a pair of legislators in South Carolina are addressing its paleontological neglect by trying to honour the woolly mammoth. Alas, it isn't that easy.
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a 1,000-mile trek through Alaska from Anchorage to Nome. Warm weather this year meant bare trails and trucked-in snow, while intense winds scrambled the best-laid plans of musher and dog.
Meet Lydia, the shark who crossed the mid-Atlantic ridge, sketched a self-portrait with her tracking data, and helped age bourbon into a smooth temptation for on-board researchers.
ALMA Observatory staff interceded to protect this abandoned vicuña fawn when it was being chased by foxes. After failing to reintroduce the fawn to its herd, they stuck it in their truck and brought it back to the observatory.
When the first explorers returned with the hides of the misnomered Flying Monkey, researchers back home guessed that the colors made for a dazzling mating display. It was only after the xenophotographer Ly Bishop lugged his wide spectrum equipment into the jungles that they realized that the creature's skin let it…
Man, humans are boring. House pets aren't much more interesting. Bugs can get kind of cool but they're disgusting. Disagree with any of that? Well, check out these fantastic animals. They're absolutely incredible. Translucent, colorful, oddly shaped, spiky, wiry, egg-like and completely out of this world even though…
You've seen those apes in 2001: A Space Odyssey a zillion times, but do you ever think about the people who actually played them? What about the man inside the ALF suit, or R2D2? Now it's time to meet them.
Sculptor Wood-Splitter-Lee creates furry and feathered beasts that are strikingly unnatural: wolf-stag hybrids, cats covered in butterfly wings, and masked wolves with blue and green fur. But she gives her sculptures such a convincing anatomy and such remarkable animal expressiveness that they seem ready to take a…
Illustrator and concept artist Daryl Toh Liem Zhan is working his way through the alphabet by illustrating at least one monster for each letter. But while some of his monsters come from familiar movies and western urban legends, Zhan pulls from the monstrous myths of the world, drawing creatures from Inuit, South…
If you're looking for a good fright, forget about going to see a horror movie, or wandering through a cemetery in the middle of the night. Just flip on the National Geographic channel and find yourself a good documentary about the horrors lurking under the sea.