Video: How do pygmy seahorses end up on matching corals?

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Pygmy seahorses come in many colors, and biologists wondered whether they seek out coral that matches perfectly, or changed color somehow to match the coral they find. Read the rest

Audubon Society's 2015 bird photography winners

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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)

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Watch amazing video of lightning in slow motion!

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Zeus is pissed. Read the rest

Bear Belly Flop over Alaska waterfall

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Captured at Katmai National Park in Alaska. Read the rest

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

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He did not like strawberry rhubarb. No. Not one bit.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

WATCH: Emergency moth surgery

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YouTuber Eric Nordrum found a beautiful cecropia moth being attacked by a robin, then used online instructions to repair the moth's damaged wing before releasing it. Read the rest

Procedurally-generated moths are wonderfully haunting, plausible

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Straddling the odd line between science and nature, this amazing new procedural generator pays striking tribute to the dusty, incandescent bodies of moths.

Icelandic fog waterfall

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“Captured this whilst hiking the cliffs in Látrabjarg [Iceland]. This came across as an anomaly where it seems that the fog was flowing down like a waterfall.” Reginald Schmidt via r/videos.

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Beautiful video of air currents rippling through grassy knolls in Norway. Read the rest

You probably need more pollen-covered bats in your life

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The undisputed king of cute pollen-faced bat photography is Merlin D. Tuttle of Bat Conservation International. If you like tequila, thank a bat! Read the rest

Watch: Michael Bay style Bat vs. Crocodile warfare with bombs and lasers

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“What would a nature documentary be like if the animals were armed with our favorite weapons?”

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Watch these plants explode

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Violets, touch me nots, and squirting cucumbers employ an impressive ballistic seed dispersal mechanism. (Smithsonian)

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Short film: "Denali"

“There's no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they've supported you through your darkest times.” Read the rest

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