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The Rare and Spooky Black Seadevil Anglerfish, on Video

Good luck sleeping tonight. The video above shows the extremely rare female black seadevil, a terrifying-looking anglerfish replete with a large mouth and rows of sharp teeth, famous for its use of a “luminescent orb” hanging from...Show More Summary

Why Female Jacanas Do All the Fighting

Excerpted from Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle by Douglas J. Emlen. Out now from Henry Holt and Company LLC. Jacanas are bizarre birds, especially when it comes to their weapons. The female I’m watching has especially big spurs, one on each elbow, and she creeps about with delicate steps on very long legs. Show More Summary

Discovery Channel Is Getting Eaten Alive for Eaten Alive

A month ago, the Discovery Channel promised a new journey into the world of the gratuitously grotesque: A man was going to wade into the Amazon, douse himself in pig’s blood, and get eaten alive by a giant anaconda. Several media outlets, Slate included, were more horrified than impressed. Show More Summary

Spring Beauty and Toothwort

Nothing says spring like the early spring wildflowers. I went up into the woods this morning to collect wood to start a fire I was delighted to see the first native wildflower: From a distance, you would not see the Spring Beauty at all. Show More Summary

What I Learned About Dogs and Love While Crossing the Country With My Lab

Excerpted from Travels With Casey: My Journey Through Our Dog-Crazy Country by Benoit Denizet-Lewis. Out now from Simon & Schuster. Casey and I stopped in Sarasota, Florida, to meet Cary, a woman who’d read about my journey and suggested that I come meet her black Lab, Pepe. Show More Summary

Drunk Finches Slur Their Songs

As midnight nears on New Year’s Eve, and you accept your third glass of prosecco, think of the zebra finch. The prolific creatures, common as pet songbirds around the world, are also popular among researchers because they are highly adaptable and very easy to breed. Show More Summary

The Shocking Story of Electric Fish

Zeb Hogan had always kind of wanted to get shocked by an electric eel. “Not in the daredevil kind of way,” he clarified, but as a matter of curiosity. Hogan is an aquatic biologist and host of a show on Nat Geo Wild called Monster Fish. Show More Summary

Monkeys Notice Themselves in Mirror, Immediately Examine Their Genitals

The ongoing saga of whether animals can recognize themselves in mirrors now has an important new data point. Clever research on the topic has found good subjects in primates, which tend to show an uptick in social behavior around mirrors and, in some cases, have the capacity to realize they’re looking at their own reflections. Show More Summary

A Brief Intense Upslope

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After a warm, sunny week, yesterday dawned cool and cloudy along the Colorado Front Range; periods of light drizzle moistened the pavement and the temperature hovered in the mid thirties (F).Then, about 10 AM, flurries appeared in the...Show More Summary

Saving Mountain Gorillas, One Surgery at a Time

Jan Ramer is not your typical veterinarian. For one thing, she makes house calls, which might involve exhausting six-hour hikes through sloping, high-altitude rainforests just to reach her patients: critically endangered mountain gorillas. Show More Summary

The Waterfowl Itch

When I hear and see flocks of tundra swans flying northwest in early March, I get what I call the “waterfowl itch.” I want to visit as many lakes as possible to feast my winter-weary eyes on brightly-colored migrating waterfowl.

A Perversion of Science

Two years ago, Western Australia announced a plan to indiscriminately kill large sharks in an attempt to make beaches safer. This shark cull was widely condemned by scientists and inspired Western Australia’s largest-ever public protest. Show More Summary

Drones Help Rangers Fight Poachers

This article originally appeared in The Conversation. In 2014, 1,215 rhinos were killed in South Africa for their horns, which end up in Asia as supposed cures for a variety of ailments. An estimated 30,000 African elephants were slaughtered last year for their tusks to be turned into trinkets. Show More Summary

Dogbombed again! Plus, Pileated Poop: How to Find It

I tried to take some pictures of coltsfoot. When I get down on my knees, Chet always trots over to see what I'm looking at. Which makes for some interesting compositions. Clearly, Chet considers my photos vastly enhanced by his presence. Show More Summary

Turtle Trafficking

Look for a ceramic turtle in front of the store. That’s the signal. James knows it’s the spot to score red-eared sliders. It’s a perfectly timed endeavor. Eight minutes before closing time, James (who asked that I not use his last...Show More Summary

Evolution Works in Fast, Localized, Mysterious Ways

When I first stepped foot on California’s picturesque Santa Cruz Island, I was in awe. The foxes were tame, the jays were supersized, and the wildflowers grew like trees. I knew that islands were renowned for harboring unusual species. Show More Summary

Red Pandas Have Way More Fun In The Snow Than You Do

Take note, everyone. This is how you handle an unexpected influx of snow. You embrace it. You frolic in it. You roll around in it. You walk on your hind legs, hands held up in the air, a defiant look of joy plastered on your face. You...Show More Summary

Llama Llove

Two llamas won the Internet this week. North American Air Defense tweeted about llamas. Sen. John McCain tweeted about llamas. Twitter exploded with more than 250,000 llama tweets. Llamas are hot. Except when they are not. Despite Thursday’s...Show More Summary

It’s Amazing, It’s Absurd, and It’s Real

Hey everyone, here’s something I bet you didn’t think you’d see this week: a weasel riding on the back of a flying woodpecker! No, they’re not engaging in The Neverending Story cosplay. This incredible image, taken in Hornchurch...Show More Summary

Our Fickle Bushtits

The bird population on our Littleton, Colorado, farm is typical of other properties in the Temperate Zone of Western North America. We host permanent residents, summer and winter residents, seasonal migrants and intermittent visitors such as Canada geese and cedar waxwings. Show More Summary

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