Shrikes are nondescript and ubiquitous birds that have made a name for themselves as the leatherfaces of the animal kingdom. They don’t just eat their prey, they impale it on spikes and display is as part of their courtship ritual. That’s nasty enough, but they have one other trick up their sleeves.
This is an adorable fish and a horror movie, all rolled into one. When it sees a school of other fish, it checks ‘em out, works for weeks to blend in with them, and then it systematically murders their young. When caught, it starts all over again.
The kidney garden spider, or pale orb weaver (Araneus mitificus), would be a fascinating critter on its own, but the fact that it looks just like the Pringles man makes it even more awesome.
It's shaped like a leaf. It's colored like a leaf. It even sports the vein-like structures typically found in a leaf's spongy mesophyll layer. But this is no leaf.
Seriously. It's not. And no, it's not an image of an ant, either. In fact, the creature you see pictured up top isn't even an insect. Can you guess what it is? Here's a hint: count the legs.
Holy warbling whales, this is GLORIOUS. For the first time ever, researchers have presented audio evidence of a cetacean (a beluga whale by the name of "NOC") spontaneously mimicking human speech. The recording featured below is 100% real, and it is amazing. Recorded by scientists a few years ago, it was just released…
Looks like some high quality maguro there, no? But biting into it won't send you to tuna heaven. Because this particular bite of sushi is actually molded sugar sold as a kit. Here's how they made it. [Reddit]