Boing Boing 

WATCH: Elephant seal decides this is mah boat now

No longer content with hoarding human-made buckets, elephant seals are now trying to take our boats. Here's a recently stabilized version of the classic Powerboat Training UK vid.

Here's the The Complete Walrus Bucket Saga backstory:

09-stoled-mah-bukket

vp0QOr

You probably need more Tasmanian imps in your life

ddoc12

Baby Tasmanian devils are called imps. There's a big push underway to breed the ornery marsupials in captivity due to a facial tumor epidemic ravaging wild populations. Upside: lots of baby pictures.

Read the rest

WATCH: Remarkable 4K timelapse of glow worm cave in NZ

New Zealand's Waitomo Glowworm Caves shimmer with a constellation of glow worms, and Jordan and Jenna from Stoked for Saturday got this gorgeous footage after a lot of trial and error.

Read the rest

Video: Rare white humpback whale sighting

Humpback whales with albinism are extremely rare, so it was a real treat when one appeared off the coast of Australia this week.

Read the rest

WATCH: crazy cute jerboas and the hopping robot they inspired

Jerboas, tiny desert rodents that move like kangaroos, are notoriously hard to film. BBC Earth was able to film a jerboa's escape from a fox, and its unique shape has now inspired a robot:

Jerboas use their long tails to transfer energy to their legs, allowing them to hop many times their body length. It turns out the hair on the bottoms of their their feet also serves a number of purposes, including insulation, traction, and stealth on the sand.

Kd0l1X

Patagonia filmed on medium-format, 8K-resolution camera

As close to seeing it in person as it gets, short of going there—and still astounding at standard HD.

Read the rest

Lion-killing dentist vs. Donald Trump's sons: spot the difference

leopard-kill

The GOP front-runner said, "My sons love to hunt. [...] Eric is a hunter and I would say he puts it on a par with golf, if not ahead of golf. My other son, Don, is a hunter. They're great marksman, great shots, they love it."

Read the rest

47° 51' 57.5" N, 123° 52' 13.3" W is America's "quietest" place

one-square-inch-of-silence_h

Welcome to "the quietest square inch in the wilds of America, discovered by Gordon Hempton.

The quietest inch isn’t a sound vacuum. It represents a place with a minimum of human-made noise. The discipline of acoustic ecology, which is dedicated to understanding the natural sounds that come through loud and clear when we're not around, outlines an important distinction between sound and noise. The blip of water droplets from a forest canopy? Sound. The tinny din of Taylor Swift through smartphone speakers? Noise. For example, the inch, as it's often called, is exposed to flute-like bugling from Roosevelt elk, the Morse-code chirp of the American Dipper, and assertive hooting from the endangered Northern Spotted Owl. The steady rush of the Hoh River rounding the shoulder of Mount Olympus whooshes nearby, and summer snowmelt punctuates the setting with staccato droplets. In spite of the natural sound, dense forest engulfs the inch in a hush that is, at times, below 20 decibels—quieter than most recording studios.

The recording is presumably normalized to make it sound much louder. Don't think I could sleep through that boid.

The photo, taken by Hempton, is of a red pebble he left at the quietest spot.

Audubon Society's 2015 bird photography winners

luzader-gallinules

The Audubon Society received 9,000 entires for their annual photography contest and chose nine winners, including Mary Angela Luzader's Fine Art Honorable Mention for her shot of fighting Purple Gallinules, above.

She took her shot at Venetian Gardens, a public park in Leesburg, Florida:

Venetian Gardens is a wonderful place to photograph Purple Gallinules in a natural, parklike habitat. Someone called my attention to this pair chasing and fighting each other. I have never witnessed this behavior, and I was so excited I almost forgot to snap a few shots! When the fight was over, the victor got the girl, and the loser was chased away, with a few less feathers . . . and perhaps a headache!

The Top 100 is well worth the time if you admire birds and or beautiful photography.

Announcing the 2015 Audubon Photography Awards (audubon.org)

2015 Top 100 photos (audubon.org)

Watch amazing video of lightning in slow motion!

Zeus is pissed.

Read the rest

Bear Belly Flop over Alaska waterfall

Captured at Katmai National Park in Alaska.

Read the rest

Colorado bear with munchies breaks into pie shop, eats all pies but one

The bear was kind of a slob. Photo: Colorado Cherry Company


The bear was kind of a slob. Photo: Colorado Cherry Company

“Outside the store there is a trail of sugar. And a clump of cherries,” reports a Denver, CO TV news station, dramatically.

A hungry bear in Colorado broke into a local pie shop, and helped himself to some pie. In fact, he helped himself to all of the pie. He ate every last pie in the place, except for one flavor.

Read the rest

WATCH: You probably need more cute sea slugs in your life

Jorunna are colorful sea slugs with what appear to be a puffy tail and rabbit ears (actually rhinophores). They have many variations in color and markings.

Read the rest

WATCH: Weird pale parasitic ghost plants contain no chlorophyll

These parasitic corpse plants (Monotopa uniflora) don't need chlorophyll for energy, so they are white or pale pink. Krik & stony of Black Owl Outdoors found some in the wild.

Read the rest

You probably need more baby quolls in your life

868765-spot-tailed-quoll

Quolls are marsupials native to Tasmania and Australia, though very few live in the wild in Australia due to decimation by foxes and feral cats. Perhaps the cutest pics are from Craig Borrow of the Herald Sun:

Read the rest

WATCH: Cool Welsh dog helps save baby dolphin

Leia is a beautiful dog whose sharp eyes spotted a struggling fellow mammal on the beach. Leia's owner recorded his rescue of the little guy.

Read the rest