Will Burrard-Lucas likes to photograph unsuspecting African animals with strategically placed camera traps. For his latest project, the wildlife photographer sought to capture images of nocturnal animals as they conduct their affairs at night, and the results are spectacular.
Say goodbye to the Bramble Cay melomys, a small rat-like creature that lived on a tiny island near the north coast of Australia. Significantly, it marks the first time that a mammal has been declared extinct anywhere in the world, and the cause has been attributed to human-induced climate change.
Researchers working near the Mariana Trench have captured footage of a jellyfish that boggles the imagination.
Over a century ago, scientists discarded a proposed theory that human limbs evolved from gills, given the lack of evidence in the fossil record. That theory is being revisited in light of new genetic results just published in the journal Development.
In a scene eerily reminiscent of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, an escaped chimpanzee sought refuge on the power lines of a Japanese suburb. The chimp was eventually subdued after a frantic two-hour police chase, but you have to wonder: Why didn’t he get zapped by the power lines? Here’s the answer.
Researchers working off the coast of Panama have captured unprecedented footage showing thousands of red crabs swarming together in the oxygen-deprived waters just above the seafloor.
Late last week, an absolutely ginormous python was found caught under a tree that had fallen near a Malaysian construction site. Its length has been pegged at 26 feet (8 meters), which, if verified, would make it the longest snake ever captured.
Trap-jaw spiders hunt by sneaking up on their prey and rapidly snapping their mandibles shut, but scientists weren’t entirely sure about the mechanics involved. Using high-speed video, researchers from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History have chronicled just how these spiders manage such an impressive…
In 1820, a sperm whale attacked and sank the Essex, a whaling ship from Massachusetts. The incident inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick, and marine biologists have been wondering ever since if the whales actually engage in ramming behavior. A fascinating new study suggests this may be the case.
A German research team recently discovered what they thought were five distinct species of nematode worms on account of significant facial differences. But it turns out they’re a single species of worm—a fascinating creature that changes the shape of its mouth depending on what food is available.
You’re looking at the smallest snail ever discovered. Measuring just 0.86mm in height, ten of these extreme “microsnails” could fit within the eye of a single needle, though it’s not immediately obvious why they evolved to be so small. Called Angustopila dominikae, the new species of snail was discovered in China’s…
During a recent night dive near the Solomon Islands, a team of scientists were stunned to discover a glowing hawksbill sea turtle. It’s the first documented case of biofluorescence in a reptile.
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This year, Discovery Channel promises Shark Week will feature fewer fake documentaries and more actual science. But with shows like “Return of the Great White Serial Killer” on the docket, it’s clear Discovery still has a lot to learn. For critically minded viewers, here are eight alternatives to those episodes of…
Illustrated above is a deep-water marine fish belonging to the family Gonostomatidae. More commonly known as bristlemouths, Gonostomatidae are easily the most plentiful vertebrates on on the planet. How many are we talking? Have a guess; I bet you’ll underestimate. (I certainly did.)
The slender filefish has evolved the ability to camouflage its body patterns and shape so effectively, it can render itself effectively invisible in a matter of seconds.
Zookeepers have been recreating the velociraptor-taming scene from Jurassic World and posting them online, with absurdly amusing results. Michelle Buchman rounded up the best impressions so far, over at Nerdist. Personally, we’re big fans of the walruses above (originally posted at feminerds.tumblr.com).
White harbour porpoises are so rare that only 15 sighting have been recorded in the past 100 years. Last week, an amateur photographer caught sight of such a creature in the Baltic Sea and captured it on video.
Four blue lobsters, one yellow, and one albino lobster have been caught in the Canadian Maritimes in the last two weeks. To put that into perspective, the odds of catching a blue lobster is 1 in 2 million, a yellow is 1 in 30 million, and an albino is 1 in 100 million! The CBC puts it into perspective.
Are they horns? Are they antlers? Are they feelers? What are the little tufts on the top of a giraffe’s head?