A hunter in Slovenia recently stumbled upon a creature sporting a single, unicorn-like antler at the top of its head. But could it really be the mythical creature of yore?
A team of 17 divers from the NOAA has returned from a 33-day mission to remove marine debris from Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. You're not going to believe the amount of crap they had to pull out.
The (4.5-) million dollar question is: Should it be?
There's no better way to celebrate Halloween than by snuggling up with this mesmerizing PBS documentary, A Murder of Crows, first aired in 2010 and now available free online. We actually get to see some of the experiments that offered solid evidence that crows are breathtakingly smart tool users.
Can you see it? Hiding in plain sight there are two of the most stealthy creatures in the animal kingdom, almost impossible to detect. Thanks to the wonders of natural selection, these and other animals can avoid most predators and perpetuate their species. See if you can spot them all:
This time-lapse video of wildebeest crossing the Mara River in Tanzania earned the photographers, brothers Matt and Will Burrard-Lucas, a nomination for the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Schneider's Smooth-fronted Caiman is the world's second smallest crocodile — a fact which comes in handy in it's frequent attempts at hiding, both on land and in the water. Check out more after the jump.
If you think Red Bull gives you wings or that buying a GoPro makes your life awesome, I think these tiny little gosling chicks have something to tell you: mother nature doesn't need that for thrills. Look at them 'base jump' off a 400 foot cliff 'without a parachute' and hit the side of the mountain and still survive.
Humans bleed red, a quality we share with the majority of the other mammals on this planet. But that's certainly not the only hue possible. There are other animals that bleed not only in red, but in purple, blue, and even green. This infographic explains how, and why, that happens.
Kevin Richardson, the so-called Lion Whisperer of South Africa, is known for his use of GoPros to film intimate videos of himself interacting with lions. But this time he strapped the device onto the back of Meg the lioness, allowing him to capture the intense moments as she took down a wild buck.
Designer Eleanor Lutz is fast becoming one of our very favorite science-visualization artists. Her latest work provides a mesmerizing look at the weird and wonderful ways that animals breathe. (Did you know, for example, that grasshoppers have no lungs?)
They never built castles like we were promised in the ads on the back of comic books, but it turns out that Sea Monkeys (a.k.a. brine shrimp) might have the power to move oceans and transport nutrients to deep underwater environments.
OK, so we don't know exactly what they're saying, though I suspect that at least some of the time they are yelling, "Give me a peanut, human!" But this fantastic video from ornithologist Kevin McGowan helps you recognize the difference between crow and raven calls, as well as what they could mean.
In nature, it usually pays to pack on the pounds, especially if you're male and competing for a female. But a treasure of a paper explains why male anacondas have to fight for their ladies while staying small.
Everyone, meet the steamer duck. The steamer duck is one bad mother. See those orange nubbins on its wings? Those are keratinized spurs, which the steamer duck has evolved to wallop the living cuss out of any creature hapless enough to cross its path. (See that red stuff on the duck's head? Yeah. That's blood.)
Earlier this year, researchers came together to investigate the health and habits of killer whales using a custom-built, remotely operated hexacopter. The study, which resulted not only in incredible footage but fascinating observations, is the first to incorporate a drone in the monitoring of killer whales.
Elephants are amazing creatures for a lot of reasons. The latest one to be confirmed by science? They can sense rainstorms from 150 miles away. What's more amazing is that researchers think they do it by simply listening to the sound of the air.
Parasites are nature's freeloaders, living off their hosts while giving nothing in return. But scientists have come to appreciate that even the greediest parasites can indirectly benefit other species by manipulating ecosystems—providing food, assisting predators and even building habitats.
While flying his quadcopter earlier this week in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Christopher Schmidt experienced firsthand the problem that confronts drone-delivery startups: raptors don't like sharing their airspace.
Supertramp was a popular rock band in the 1970s. Thanks to superfan scientist Jared Diamond, their name also became an official biological term. Supertramp species get around, but you don't want them moving into your area.