Eat, sleep, hang out in trees and move really slow — the life of a sloth doesn't seem too bad. But that cute face and languid movements aren't an accident. Living in trees is a great way to avoid predators, but with a diet almost exclusively consisting of leaves, sloths don't get a lot of energy from their food. Taking their time and moving at a leisurely pace is one of a few ways they've adapted to their diet. TED looks at the giant ancestors of sloths and the much smaller modern species we know today.
Go home, cheetah. If you really want to go fast, you need to get off the ground. The truly fastest animal on Earth is the peregrine falcon, capable of cruising the skies at 60 MPH and diving at over 200 MPH — as fast as Formula One race cars. Unsurprisingly, peregrine falcons are perfectly adapted to high speeds, with nostrils like jet engines and a body profile like a military aircraft.
The new BBC nature series Spy in the Wild has an interesting premise: Putting camera-equipped fake animals in the wild to capture their daily lives without human interaction. In this clip from the first episode, a langur monkey drops the animatronic fake, and thinking that it's fallen to its death, other langurs gather around to grieve the death of one of their own.
If you were wondering why it's called the bullet ant, it's because its sting has been compared to being shot. But being the most painful insect in the insect kingdom isn't enough to stop Coote from Brave Wilderness from giving it a try. After warming up with several other extremely painful stings, Coyote bites the bullet — literally — and experiences it for himself.
The pointy-nosed-blue ratfish — scientific name Hydrolagus trolli — has a face only a mother could love. Or Alaskan artist Ray Troll, whom the species is named in honor of. The fish shares a cartilaginous skeleton with sharks and rays, and was captured for the first time on film by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
With more action, drama, and tension then any summer tentpole film you'll ever see, a marine iguana hatchling makes the run of its young life on Isla Fernandina in the Galapagos Islands. The island is infested with racer snakes, who, for the first time ever, are filmed attacking en masse as the iguana narrowly avoids becoming dinner. For more on one of the greatest escapes ever filmed, check out the behind-the-scenes footage here.
There's a reason your dog wants to sleep on your uber comfortable Casper mattress with you, and that reason is not you. The Casper Dog Mattress gives man's best friend his very own Casper bed, made from a mixture of pressure-relieving memory foam and durable support foam, ensuring universal and long-lasting comfort. It's durable and includes a machine-washable cover. Your pup will love it, but has 100 nights to decide — just in case. Available in small, medium, and large.
Presented by Casper.
The 1960's was a revolutionary time for diving, with significant improvements to underwater diving apparatus and underwater timing instruments. Leading the charge was Oris, and now they've reached back into their archives for the Oris Divers Sixty-Five Watch. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed blue-dialed version, the green Oris arrives with an updated look of the original while retaining retro details like the slim case line, thin bezel, and trapezoid date window. It's also taken advantage of 21st-century watchmaking techniques with Swiss Made automatic movement, bubble-curved glass made of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and anti-reflective coating on the inside to reduce glare and increase legibility while underwater. This direct descendant of one of Oris's first diver's comes with a choice of three straps and a metal bracelet, and successfully melds the groundbreaking features of the original with modern enhancements for a diver that's in a class by itself.
He's been bitten by an alligator and stung by a cow killer. Now Coyote Peterson is taking a sting from the Tarantula Hawk. Not only is this the largest species of wasp in the Unites States, but it eats freaking tarantulas for lunch. Needless to say, he immediately regretted his decision.
File this under your worst nightmare. While chilling in a shark cage, admiring a great white from behind the safety of a row of steel bars, the massive beast lunges for a piece of tuna and breaks the rail. Next thing you know, the shark is now thrashing around in the cage with you. Luckily, this diver is a pro and was smart enough to drop out of the bottom until the 13-foot shark found its way out. Everyone, even the great white, made it out completely unharmed.
After ten years, BBC has created a sequel to their nature documentary series Planet Earth. Of course it will be narrated by none other than Sir David Attenborough and will highlight everything from marching penguins to swimming sloths. Shot in 4K, the visuals are sure to be even more stunning than the original when it airs on BBC One sometime this month.
Dogs have been man's best friends since the dawn of time, or have they? Originating from the gray wolf, humans began domesticating the wild predators as pets thousands of years ago in western Eurasia. But new studies are showing that the wolves were not only domesticated once, but twice before they became the companions we know and love, explored in this animation by Ed Yong.
The Velvet Ant is a species of wingless wasp that carries the nickname "cow killer" due to its excruciating cow-killing sting. Knowing this information, you'd assume one would steer clear of this dangerous pest. Well not if you're name is Coyote Peterson. Known for regularly injecting himself with the ruthless venoms of the insect kingdom, the Brave Wilderness host is working his way up the insect sting pain index by taking a shot from the reigning number four.
Due to poachers illegally capitalizing on the worth of their horns, only a mere 20,000 rhinos remain in the wild. Organizations Rhinos without Borders and the Great Plains Foundation are trying to preserve this species by relocating the animals from the most common poaching ares in South Africa to safer regions in Botswana. This GoPro documentary follows their journey as they attempt to transport 100 rhinos to safety.
The cute pictures are free, but these kittens are definitely not. 2 Chainz and DJ E. Sudd sit down with Stacey Lebreton to see her ocecats, mixed-breed felines that resemble the wild ocelot. With prices ranging from $2,000 for a kitten to $65,000 for a full-grown, 25-pound breeding female, 2 Chainz has found the world's most expensive cats.
Newsflash: Keeping a fish that requires thousands and thousands of miles of open ocean to hunt in doesn't do well in captivity. Vox looks into why large sharks die in aquariums, and the one moderate success in Monterey, California.
Bridging the gap between the stuff on store shelves and a trip to a custom tailor, INDOCHINO offers high-quality made to measure suits with amazing fit and feel. They take 14 measurements to create suits and shirts that are made for you and you alone. And the fit isn't the only thing that will make you stand out, as INDOCHINO offers a great selection of fabrics and customization options — from lapels to linings and more — to personalize your look. The result is an investment-quality wardrobe that's far more attainable than traditional custom-tailored options.
Presented by Indochino.
More than a simple camera drone, GoPro Karma is a series of separate accessories that work together to deliver great-looking aerial footage in the air or on the ground. It starts with the drone and its folding design, top speed of 35mph, 20-minute runtime, and the touchscreen controller that gets even novices up and running with ease. The stabilizer slides inside the Karma Grip — for smooth handheld videos. And the entire kit packs into a backpack case. The Karma system is compatible with the Hero 5 Black and Hero 4 Black and Silver.
Presented by GoPro.
Being one of the ocean's top predators isn't easy. For the first time, researchers have observed a shark resting. Following Emma, a female great white shark, with a camera-equipped underwater submersible, she was captured snozzing in a 2 mile-an-hour current after the sun went down.
Long before humans began tying artificial insects to poles, the mighty osprey was the best trout fisher in Scotland. Ewan McGregor narrates this beautiful slow-motion footage of the battle between air and sea as an osprey makes a spectacular catch in the Scottish Highlands.
June 17th marks the beginning of Science Friday's Cephalopod Week. To kick off the festivities, Frank Grasso of Brooklyn College describes the sensory processes and brain structure of one of the most unique species on the planet.
More than a decade ago, naturalist Casey Anderson rescued Brutus the grizzly bear. Brutus lead Casey to found the Montana Grizzly Encounter, a wild space for rescued bears. 10 years on, Casey and Brutus are still best friends.
Dating isn't easy — just ask the male side-blotched lizard. These small lizards come in three colors — orange, yellow, and blue — and each color has it's own distinctive style for finding a mate. But to keep the one color from taking over, the females tend to prefer the rarest of the three colors of males.
Crows, the Einsteins of the avian world, are known to be extremely intelligent. They have excellent memories, can problem solve, and pass information to other crows. Crows are also very social — gathering together around the dead body of other crows in an almost funeral-like ritual.
With billions of videos, pictures, stories, and memes, cats make a strong case for the most entertaining animals on the planet. But all those strange behaviors have their roots in millions of years of evolution. TED explains why cats act the way they do.
Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute found a seething mass of thousands of crabs near Panama.
Racing veteran Morestead got his very own tailored tweed suit and cap for the Cheltenham Festival.
Being a shark doesn't mean you're safe from being eaten by sharks in this South Korean aquarium.
This 122-foot long Titanosaur has a new home in the American Museum of Natural History.
This ultra-rare video of a giant squid was captured by a diver in Japan's Toyama Bay.