Nature Freaks Me Out Sometimes

sometimes from close up, sometimes from far away, sometimes over a long period of time
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Why This Blue Whale's Massive Heart Is Being Blown Up Like a Beach Ball | Motherboard

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Non-Newtonian Fluid - Cornstarch and water

Non-Newtonian Fluid - Cornstarch and water

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Supercell tornado at West Point Nebraska

Supercell tornado in Nebraska: GIF

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Goblin sharks how do they work / via @debcha

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Orcas will literally BEACH THEMSELVES to grab unsuspecting seals (or whatever else happens to be splashing around in the surf) and snarf them down like hot dogs. Yeah, that’s right. This is a 6-ton apex predator, crashing right out of the fucking water to snatch their prey right off the beach.

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White Cliffs Opal Mines / via Robinson Meyer

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The unusual variable star V838 Monocerotis (V838 Mon) continues to puzzle astronomers. This previously inconspicuous star underwent an outburst early in 2002, during which it temporarily increased in brightness to become 600,000 times more luminous than our Sun. Light from this sudden eruption is illuminating the interstellar dust surrounding the star, producing the most spectacular "light echo" in the history of astronomy.

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Whoa. Skull.

And Now For Something Completely Different

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Double rainbow plus surprise lightning!

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Hubble: Timelapse of V838 Monocerotis (2002-2006)

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Cheetahs turn quickly by rotating their tails which cancels rotational inertia and minimizes torque

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Physarum polycephalum 1

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The first "point of view" video from a polar bear on Arctic sea ice has just become available courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey. / CAUTION: contains seal death

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This is what a hummingbird looks like close up

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Waterton Lake Eclipse by Yuichi Takasaka

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Twitter / NASAGoddardPix: Nailed it. Waterton Lake #eclipse ...

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Snail Zombies via @Liyan Chang

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Waterbear / Tardigrade

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"As a hydrogeologist, this is porn for me." via @James Leng

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Captain Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari in Dana Point, California recently filmed and edited this 5 minute video taken with a drone. It shows thousands of dolphins, three gray whales migrating off the coast of San Clemente, and a humpback whale snuggling with her calf in Maui.

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When Trilobites Ruled the World / "A well-preserved trilobite specimen from Morocco that lived during the Devonian Period roughly 400 million years ago."

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When Trilobites Ruled the World

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Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin report that crazy ants are actually able to detoxify fire ants’ venom, helping them displace this usually dominant species.

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Crazy ants take on fire ants and win

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"This is a video showing a person killing a praying mantis virtually taken over by a huge parasite of the species Nematomorpha (horsehair worm). When the mantis dies, the parasite evacuates its host. These parasitic worms grow up to 100 cm in length, with extreme case specimens reaching 200 cm. The infection they infest their host with can ‘program’ the hosts brain and cause it to drown itself, returning the nematomorph parasite to water." / this horrifying thing via kenyatta

Guy kills a zombie praying mantis, revealing a huge parasite living inside

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The Spanish dancer (Hexabranchus sanguineus - meaning "blood-colored six-gills") is a dorid nudibranch

Fractal attraction

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Pregnant Pygmy Seahorse

50 Photos That Will Blow You Away (Final Part)

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