Menu Close

Category: Animal Kingdom (page 1 of 13)

The Prettiest Hydromedusa Ever

Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (or NOAA) recently began deep water environments in and around the Mariana Trench, which you know to be the deepest part of the world’s oceans.

Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are diving into the depths and beaming live footage of what they’re seeing. On day 4, at a depth of 3.7 KM (the trench’s maximum depth of approximately 11 kilometers!), this gelatinous thing of beauty was spotted.

Scientists identified this hydromedusa as belonging to the genus Crossota. Note the two sets of tentacles — short and long. At the beginning of the video, you’ll see that the long tentacles are even and extended outward and the bell is motionless. This suggests an ambush predation mode. Within the bell, the radial canals in red are connecting points for what looks like the gonads in bright yellow.

NOAA maintains a log of the photos and videos captured during the dives, you can see it here.

Live streams of the deep water exploration can be seen on cameras 1, 2, and 3. Some times you’ll just see static images. Science can’t be fun all the time.

[via The Verge]

Paper Army vs Ginger Cat

The murderous Ginger Cat has struck again. The Paper Army cannot stand idly by as more of their people are (literally) torn to pieces. This time, it’s all out WAR.

[via @WhoopseyDaisy]

Watch: Bigbird the Adopted Pelican Learns to Fish

This is an endearing tale. Bigbird, a great white pelican was separated from his flock during a storm and was found by Jeffrey, a camp manager at the idyllic Greystoke Mahale on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

Pelicans are gregarious birds who live communally and hunt together, and Jeffrey feared that Bigbird may not be able to feed himself. Each morning he took Bigbird kayaking and fishing. The GoPro footage captures their charming interactions.

[via SA Gamer]

Adorable Animals Eating Other Adorable Animals

Predation is so very cute if you show it in the way that Alexis Solis does. His series of colourful illustrations for Predator vs. Prey shows doe-eyed hunters sinking their teeth into the flesh of their prey. It’s a bloody cute circle of life.

Read more

Samurai Cat

Look, we get it. Sometimes, a cat is so damn cute that you have to steal it and defend it with all the honour and swordsman skills you can muster. We totally understand the compulsion, so we’re glad that there’s a movie that shares the inner conflict we feel.

[Via: WTF Japan Seriously]

A Drone Through Africa

Relais & Châteaux Africa commissioned a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter to capture some of the majestic scenery and wildlife that call Africa its home. Have a look at the wonderful drone’s-eye views of Cape Town’s picturesque coastlines, the Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls, and herds of wandering elephant on the plains of northern Botswana. Check out A Drone Through Africa below, and be sure to watch it in HD.

[via Rhino Africa]

Watch “Meg” the Lioness Hunting a Waterbuck

Lions are part of the elite club of apex predators. In this fantastic footage shot by South African zoologist Kevin Richardson, we see just how capable lionesses are at hunting (they do most of it for the pride).

Richardson strapped GoPro to one of his lionesses named Meg and we watch from her perspective as she sneaks through the veld on the hunt for a waterbuck. Once she spots it, Meg gives chase and before the buck realises the danger, it’s already too late.

[via @DeanOelsch]

David Attenborough’s Observations on The Fangirl

I don’t need to say much, except that this is fairly spot on, even if the animals in the video aren’t necessarily the animals that Sir Attenborough started out discussing.

[via Geeks are Sexy]

Chart of Things that Glow

Bioluminescence is, by it’s definition, emitted light from living things. It serves several purposes in life, including warnings to others, attracting food, and attracting mates. We know that a good many things have glowy bits, but it’s hard to get a good idea of just how many things around us can create their own light. Now we finally have a very pretty chart, courtesy of artist Eleanor Lutz, that details a (non-exhaustive) number of luminous species. It’s a lot more than you’d think. Check it out.

Read more

True Facts: The Floppy Floppy Spider of the Sea

For your education and entertainment, Ze Frank has created another “True Facts” episode. This time, it’s about the floppy floppy spider of the sea — the octopus.

[via Ze Frank]