Wildlife

A blue whale racing group.

Rare Blue Whale Mating Ritual Caught on Camera

In a sighting so rare it has only been...
Weird sea creature known as a spaghetti monster

Deep-Sea Life Bonanza Discovered off Easter Island

Until recently, nobody knew the bounty of curious deep-sea...
Artists impression of a Dusicyon avus.

Foxes Were Once Man’s Best Friend

A burial ground in Patagonia has revealed that before...
penguins jumping off ice cliff

Belly Flop! Watch Penguin Chicks Plunge, Plummet, and Plop off Huge Ice Cliffs

Nobody knew why some six-month-old emperor penguin chicks routinely...
A close up of periodical cicada.

U.S. Girds For Cicada Invasion

This year, a rare cicada event will take place...
a triangular island with a black appearance

Vostok Island: The Black Hole for Birds

Is Vostok Island a black hole in the Pacific...
a very small, squat deer standing near a stream

World’s Newest Deer Weighs as Much as a Dachshund

There’s a pint-sized new ruminant prowling the Peruvian lowlands...
elephant charging

Elephant Kills 79-Year-Old on African Safari

An aggressive elephant killed a 79-year-old woman in Zambia...
black-capped chickadee

Barcode Birds: Chickadees Use Cranial Coding to Find Cached Food

The familiar black-capped chickadee spends its winters digging up...
Group of sperm whales

Sperm Whales Repel Orcas with ‘Defensive Defecation’

Very few ocean creatures can survive an orca attack,...
robot dog and real goose

This Alaskan Airport’s New Best Friend: a Robot Dog

The Fairbanks, Alaska airport wildlife patrol staff is about...
northern green anaconda

World’s Largest Snake Found Dead in the Amazon

Five weeks ago, scientists discovered the largest snake in...
man holding a small, oddly-shaped jelly in a glass

‘Spaghetti Monsters’ Menace Texas Beachgoers

This week in “nobody should have to tell you...
a running cheetah against blurred background

Sweet Spot in Size Lets Cheetahs Run So Fast

What makes a cheetah so fleet? According to one...
tropical bird on branch

Birding Controversy: Two Birders Claim 10,000 Species Record on the Same Day

In early February, 70-year-old Peter Kaestner announced he had...
Leaping tiger in the Sundarbans.

Jaw-Dropping Leap: Tiger’s Incredible Stream Crossing Goes Viral

Footage of a tiger clearing a stream in one...
a purple and bright blue 3D scan of a raylike fish

Museum Creates Free Online 3D Scans of 13,000 Vertebrates

The dissection industry just took a major hit. The Florida...
The pink fairy armadillo.

The Pink Fairy Armadillo: A Unique Mammal with Two Layers of Skin

The pink fairy armadillo is the smallest species of...
Air pockets inside pronghorn antelope hairs in summer (left) and in winter (right).

Hollow Animal Hair Becomes Even Warmer in Winter

Many animals withstand freezing temperatures partly thanks to hollow...
beluga whale making an open-mouthed facial gesture

Belugas Reshape Their Melon Heads at Will in Secret Language

Want to learn to talk to a beluga? Better...
close up of a bright yellow and pink bug

Common Insect May Hold Key to Invisibility Devices

Could a common backyard insect lead to future invisibility...
A hybrid of an alligator gar and spotted gar.

New Research Proves Gars are the King of ‘Living Fossils’

Some animals remain unchanged by evolution over millions of...
tiny bright blue sea creature with feathered appendages

Tiny, Venomous Visitors Invade Texas Coast — Don’t Touch

If you’re moderately aware of general outdoor safety, you...
a blind cave salamander on the surface

Blind, Cave-Dwelling Salamanders Sneak to the Surface

Blind cave salamanders in Italy have shocked scientists by...

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