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Category: Animal Kingdom (page 3 of 13)

Jellies in the Sky

Marine biologist, Alexander Semenov, works at the White Sea Biological Station (WSBS) in northwest Russia and has posted over 900 photos of the undersea life around the station. The most captivating are of Cyanea capillata, or the hair jellyfish. Semenov changes his shooting angle to set the creatures against a backdrop that makes them seem like they’re aloft in the sky. Have a look at some of his images of Cynea in the sky after the jump.

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Jumping Spiders Wearing Water Droplets as Hats

This may be the cutest thing you’ll see today. A new trend seems to be taking off in the jumping spider community on Batam Island, Indonesia.

Local photographer Uda Dennie spotted the spiders in his garden wearing water droplets almost as big as their little heads, on their heads. Needless to say, the fashion-forward spiders captured his attention, and Dennie trained his macro lens on them. Have a look at this cute and colourful photos after the hop.

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Handymartian’s Alien Planets

Gainfully employed rats, philosophical robots, and harmonizing aliens. These are some of the inhabitants on the strange planets created by animator and illustrator, Andy Martin.

Martin started the project Handymartian’s Illustrated Aliens where he’d illustrate a new alien every day. After a month, Martin would create an animation of the planet on which his weird and wacky menagerie call home.

The first planet was created at the beginning of the year and five more colourful and kooky ones have sprung to life since then. Have a look at Martin’s animated Alien Planets after the jump.

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These Giraffes are Magnificent Divers

With their rather unusual shape and gait, giraffes aren’t seen as the most graceful of creatures. In 5m80, Nicolas Devaux from animation studio Cube Creative shows a lesser known fact about giraffes: their love for platform diving. Watch these even-toed ungulates in flight, performing magnificent dives with a great degree of difficulty and pike.

[via Luc Bergeron]

Falcon-mounted Camera Captures Stunning Kill

You may recall how dashcams give us with a look at life in Russia. Cameras mounted onto animals provide an equally interesting view, and in this case we see it from the perspective of a Peale’s Peregrine Falcon named Dora.

Peregrine falcons are known to be the fastest animal in the kingdom, often reaching speeds in the excess of 300 km/h during their hunting dives. A camera mounted on the back of Dora captures such a high speed take down. In the beginning Dora calmly takes to the skies and explores the surroundings, but around the 2:45 mark there is an incredible burst of speed as Dora spots and makes contact with a duck. Check out the striking video below.

http://youtu.be/2W6lD7re2Po

[via Kottke]

More Animal Eyes, Up Close

You may remember the amazing macro shots of animal eyes by Armenian photographer Suren Manvelyan. In his latest series of photos, Manvelyan continues to focus on the wild eyes of the animal kingdom including owls, foxes, hippos, and birds. Have a look at some of his eye-opening photos after the jump.

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This Cat Loves its Vacuum Cleaner

At one point in our lives, we’ve either thought about it or have actually stuck our tongues down the business end of a vacuum cleaner. It might not be a pleasurable experience for us but this cat seems to lap it up. Watch the oddly amusing video below.

http://youtu.be/tbIOD_elAgo

[via @nxtrms]

Kittens on the Beat

Roto and Bowie love their socks. When a bunch of ninja thieves launch a sophisticated raid into the sock drawer, the kittens spring to action. Check out Kittens on the Beat.

The video was created by Niko and Sam at Corridor Digital and the tune “Wildstyle” by Aleksander Vinter is available for free download on SoundCloud.

[via The Presurfer]

The World’s Cutest Frog

Everyone is bleating on about goats at the moment. A compilation of goats screaming like humans sparked the latest craze of splicing goats into music videos. Hilariously, Taylor Swift was the victim of the first goating, and since then the meme has exploded. Mashable compiles its best goat editions here.

Not to be left out of the spotlight, one of the smallest of African frogs is making big noises. South African photographer Dean Boshoff was walking along the sand dunes in Port Nolloth in the Northern Cape when he came across a peculiar sound. It belonged to the Breviceps macrops, the desert rain frog. While the creature is diminutive, with a body that only reaches 6 mm in length, it certainly knows how to make its presence felt, however comical that might sound. Check out Boshoff’s video of nature’s cutest squeaky toy.

Gigantic Dinosaur Balls!

YouTube user Maxim Bady certainly has a way with words. On his channel he find special interest videos and adds his distinctive style of commentary on what’s happening in the video.

In an especially excitable episode, Bady waxes lyrical about a man so badass that if he were on the “Snakes on a Plane” movie, it would finish in five seconds. This is a man so epic that he is in possession of gigantic dinosaur balls. What on earth is Bady on about? Have a look at the video below. Beware, there is some colourful language abound.

[thanks Claire!]