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Sneaky Sea Lion Snatches Fish From Fisherman’s Hands

A funny viral video shows a resourceful sea lion take a fisherman’s catch for an easy meal.

Gorgeous Time-Lapse Video Highlights America’s Great Spaces

A photographer leaves his day job to shoot thousands of images that bring U.S. landscapes to dazzling life.

New Surprising Video Shows Apes Swimming

A captive chimpanzee and orangutan take to the pool in the first documented video of apes swimming, a new study says.

Burrowing Owl Chicks Will Steal Your Heart (and maybe your camera)

American Prairie Reserve is home to hundreds of species of birds, including the charismatic burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) that makes its seasonal home in the Reserve’s growing prairie dog towns. Weighing in at 5 ounces and only 9 inches tall, adult burrowing owls are surprising attention-grabbers owing to their unique ground-dwelling lifestyle, striking yellow eyes and…

America’s Youth Tells Starbucks to Say “No” to Palm Oil!

Did you know that the world’s orangutan population has declined by more than 50 percent since 1992? And did you know that this decline is largely due to loss of habitat, notably for the development of palm oil plantations? Because of our hunger for luxury items like baked goods and cosmetics, the loss of pristine…

Assessing Barbuda’s Ecosystems – What’s Under the Water?

Before making changes to ocean management, it helps to know something about the status of living creatures and ecosystems you’re trying to use sustainably. So, nine marine biologists* (plus me makes ten) descended on Barbuda in May to conduct an ecological assessment of the fish, coral, lobster, conch, and water quality within 3 miles of…

Rare Video of “Giant Sea Serpent” Oarfish Caught

Scientists at the GulfSERPENT Project recently captured an oarfish on video near the Gulf of Mexico. Since the video was released, it has appeared on numerous websites and blogs calling it the “first-ever” video of a “sea serpent” and other glamorous names. While these titles may help to get the oarfish video more views, they…

Gorgeous New Dreamlapse From Death Valley’s Racetrack Playa Lakebed

In January, we posted a “dreamlapse” video made in Death Valley by Sunchaser Pictures. Some 9,600 Facebook users clicked the “like” button. Today, I received notice from Sunchaser’s Gavin Heffernan that part 2 has just been released (view above). In an email, Heffernan wrote: “This time our timelapse adventure took place at the infamous sliding…

Avalanche Safety Videos Explore Risk on the Mountain

After this weekend’s fatal avalanche accident in Colorado, National Geographic News explored avalanche safety tips. We embedded an avalanche video with that article, but we found more great videos on this topic, so we are embedding them below. Like weather and the chance for a thunderstorm, the probability of avalanches can be predicted. In the…

The Art of Street Portraiture

    While traveling in Cuba with National Geographic Expeditions I had the fortunate opportunity to interview a real life ¨fotógrafo minutero¨ that expanded my knowledge on a craft that is used less frequently now a days, but still in Cuba, Argentina and other locations around the world. The beauty of these fotógrafos minuteros or street portrait photographers, is…

Best Videos From Meteor Strike in Russia

Friday’s meteor strike over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia allowed dashboard cams and people with hand-held cameras to capture some fascinating moments. Here are some of the best ones. The above video captures the sounds of glass breaking and car alarms set off by the meteor’s shock wave. (News Article: Meteorite Fragments Injure a Thousand…

Amazing Death Valley Dreamlapse

Although much of our work in Water Currents focuses on our watery world, we sometimes look at the absence of water, and what that means for human beings and the other species we are privileged to share the planet with. Few places say “absence of water” more than Death Valley, the national park that straddles California and…

Ken Burns Warns of New Dust Bowl

Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns is back with a new meditation on our recent past, this time taking a close look at the devastation in the Heartland in the 1930s during the Dust Bowl. His new film, The Dust Bowl, airs on PBS November 18 and 19 at 8 ET. Burns spoke with NG’s Jeff Hertrick…

You Can Have Your Fish and Eat Them Too

We have taken too many fish out of the sea, faster than they can reproduce. We will run out of fish – and the livelihoods they support – unless we do something. Fortunately, there is something we can do, now, with proven results. Watch Mel, a ‘very weird’ fish who will show you how we can have our fish and eat them too.

The World’s Weirdest Penis

It is without doubt one of the strangest things I have ever seen in my life, says zoologist Lucy Cooke. She’s describing her first sighting of the bizarre four-headed penis of the echidna, a spiny, termite-eating, egg-laying mammal found in Australia.