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Clumsy Elephant Makes Unsuccessful Attempt To Get Out Of Water34s

Clumsy Elephant Makes Unsuccessful Attempt To Get Out Of Water

During a safari in Kruger National Park, South Africa, these tourist came across a herd of elephants enjoying a late afternoon swim in a river. Elephants are great swimmers and they are very comfortable in deep water areas such as rivers and lakes. Getting out of a river is also normally not a problem, especially for the adults. Climbing up the slippery and muddy river bank is usually easily achieved with the help from their long legs and overall body strength. It is common at times for baby elephants to really struggle up a slippery river bank as their legs are still very short while lacking overall body strength. There are times though when even the adults do find a river bank too slippery and unexpectedly fail to get out the water. The video shows a male adult elephant making an attempt to get out of the river after his long cool down session in the water. The big bull leans forward and rests on his front knees at the top of the river bank. While attempting to pull himself up the bank with his front knees, the elephant simultaneously attempts to push himself up the bank with his hind feet and legs. His back feet does not get a proper grip and just slips up and down. He suddenly realizes that he is not going to get out in this manner. To everyone's amusement, the large elephant falls back onto his bum and slides down the bank back into the water. Once back in the water the bull elephant did not look like he was interested in a second attempt getting out. Instead he falls over back into the water with one huge splash. This elephant was clearly not done with his afternoon swim and was in no hurry to get out of the river any time soon!

Ants tend to treehopper nymphs for honeydew2m59s

Ants tend to treehopper nymphs for honeydew

These white treehopper nymphs, filmed in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, feed upon sugar containing sap of a plant. Excess sap is excreted as honeydew through an extensible tube (see video at 0:55) that prevents contact with the treehopper nymph, as otherwise it would promote fungal growth. The honeydew is collected by the ants that feed upon the sugar and, in return, protect the treehoppers from predators. This is an example of mutualism, a form of symbiosis where both species benefit.

Pet Snake Sheds His Skin On Camera21s

Pet Snake Sheds His Skin On Camera

There are some people that are extremely grossed out at the notion of skin, and admittedly, they have every reason to be. The skin is created by three layers of tissues, the epidermis as the outer layer, the dermis in the middle and the subcutis as the base level. All of them are pressed together to create the largest organ in the human body. The subcutaneous tissue serves as a cushion, the middle layer constitutes of the building blocks of our skin, being home to nerve endings, glands, blood vessels and the roots of the tiny hairs all over our body. The epidermis however is made up of part living part dead cells which alert the immune system of any antibody trying to attack our body. This being said, the outer layer of our skin is a graveyard to bacteria and dead skin cells and that makes it extremely gross. Snakes, similar to humans also shed their skin, but they do it in a more dramatic fashion. Although humans rarely notice the shedding of their skin, snakes leave the whole derm-armour behind them in transparent hollow ropes. This footage shows us Zulu, the black mamba, shedding his skin one bit at a time. The shedding may take one to two weeks and it usually happens two to four times a year. If the snake is younger and growing at a faster rate, the shedding may occur in more frequent intervals in order to make room for the little snake to grow.

Published: April 23, 20187,556 plays$11.22 earned
This Diver Gets Caught In The Middle Of Shark Feeding Frenzy1m30s

This Diver Gets Caught In The Middle Of Shark Feeding Frenzy

The dark salty waters of the oceans hold a lot of predators. Some we know, some we can’t even imagine, but they are without a doubt far deadlier than predators walking on two or four feet. It’s only natural, we are on their turf and they have been living in that environment for as long as they can remember so they would always come on top. But no matter the deadliness of the animal, there is only one animal that remains the most feared marine killer among humans, and it’s no other than the shark. Undoubtedly there are other bigger and meaner animals in the ocean’s depths, but humankind has grown to truly fear sharks because they have been the number one frequent gruesome killers in the shallow ends of the oceans. But not all sharks are the same. Admittedly every one of them is after food and will stop at nothing to get to it, but some don’t pose such a threat to humankind. One such animal is the nurse shark. Nurse sharks reach a length of over 10 feet and can weigh as much as 330lbs. Despite having powerful jaws and hundreds of sharp teeth, the nurse shark is gentle in nature and is rarely a threat to humans. Swimmers and divers often encounter them and the sharks will occasionally approach humans, looking for food, or simply due to curiosity. Despite the low level of risk, this diver’s determination to film the feeding frenzy of a group of nurse sharks is making our hairs stand on end. The sharks ignore the diver so he pets them and films them to his heart's content. What would you do in such a situation? Would you even consider entering the water while there are sharks in it? Make sure you give us your opinion in the comments down below.

Published: February 10, 201632,783 plays$85.16 earned
Red & black squirrels have vicious fight at bird feeder1m07s

Red & black squirrels have vicious fight at bird feeder

Red squirrels and black squirrels do not tolerate each other very well. They compete for food and for territory and they will chase each other at every opportunity. The black squirrel has the advantage over our red furred friend. It is bigger, more aggressive and more territorial. Black squirrels are actually grey squirrels with a genetic mutation that causes them to have black fur. They are more aggressive and territorial than the grey squirrels too, and the result is that the black squirrels will usually run all the other squirrels out of an area. Black squirrels are even more impervious to the cold than the other squirrels. A camera mounted at this bird feeder has shown that the black squirrels rule the roost. They will chase the other birds away as well, and even crows will wait until the black squirrel leaves the feeder, unless they can gather in numbers to add some pressure. Black squirrels are cheeky and greedy and will actually sit at this feeder, leisurely eating peanuts while the other animals wait for a chance to sneak in, grab a peanut and quickly make off to eat it or store it. When this black squirrel stakes his claim and tries to hog the feeder, he didn't count on one very feisty red squirrel interfering with his plan. The red squirrel zips in under the black squirrel and launches an attack that happens so quickly we can barely see what is happening. After a vicious skirmish, baring claws and teeth, the black squirrrel runs off the little red underdog and quickly returns, but he is now under great pressure and he frantically tries to stuff three nuts in his mouth. With his mouth full, he is run off by the red squirrel. Cheekier than we would expect, the red squirrel screams at the black squirrel not to come back. She then sits and munches on a peanut, but not for long. The black squirrel attacks from above and the fight is back on, as vicious as ever. They end up rolling and clawing at each other. The black squirrel rapidly kicks the red in the face with his back legs. The red squirrel is more agile and knows enough to stay partially under the branch for cover. The result is a respectable show of spunk as the red squirrel dishes it out almost as well as the black one. In the end, the black squirrel gets more than his share of the peanuts but you can't help but cheer for the red squirrel and her persistence.

Ocean exploration discovers bizarre looking creature2m01s

Ocean exploration discovers bizarre looking creature

On August 6, 2016, during a remotely operated vehicle dive off of Wake Island, we found our old friend the sea toad, who, after a short posing session, was on the move. Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Deepwater Wonders of Wake.

Hawk Launches Back To Freedom After Being Rehabilitated 24s

Hawk Launches Back To Freedom After Being Rehabilitated

A red-tailed hawk returns to the wild after it had spent some time rehabilitating. Check out this awesome slow-motion footage of the successful release of the hawk after receiving care at Pacific Wildlife Care. After the hawk was nursed back to health, it gets a second chance at life all because the above mentioned organization. Red-tailed hawks are important to the ecosystem because they eat rodents. It's very stressful for a bird of prey to be in captivity. So, ideally the sooner it gets out, once it is 100 percent, the better. It’s not uncommon for people to find abandoned or injured raptors. This bird of prey with its long, broad wings and short, wide tail is perfectly healed so it can soar high up in the sky, over the open field. It is also known as a buzzard hawk and it is a keen-eyed and efficient hunter. It prefers open spaces, such as field or deserts with high perching places nearby from which it can watch for prey. But this bird is also very adaptable and dwells in mountains and tropical rain forests. It often perches on telephone poles and takes advantage of the open spaces along the roadside to spot and seize mice, ground squirrels, rabbits, reptiles, or other prey. When flapping, its wing beats are heavy. In high winds it may face into the wind and hovers without flapping, eyes fixed on the ground. Such a happy ending for this bird of prey! This is the most widespread and familiar large hawk in North America, bulky and broad-winged, designed for effortless soaring.

Published: April 11, 2018214 plays$0.42 earned
Surprisingly Friendly Shark Enjoys Swimming With Sea Lions2m34s

Surprisingly Friendly Shark Enjoys Swimming With Sea Lions

Any creature unlucky enough to find itself in the gob of a great white is in for a nasty shock. Because this marine beast’s mouth is equipped with a set of 300 sharp, triangular teeth arranged in up to seven rows. However, a 16' Great White shark named "Bite Face" encounters a sea lion at Guadalupe Island. Despite her fierce reputation as a mindless killer, this shark doesn't seem interested in attacking the sea lion. Whilst this super swimmer is the largest predatory fish on our planet, she is not in a mood for killing this time. We know that these sea creatures count on the element of surprise as they hunt, and whenever they see a seal at the surface of the water, sharks will often position themselves underneath the seal. However, the shark in this video is unlike that. She only swims freely in circles and enjoys the feeling of floating in the ocean. It lookes like she is not into any predatory games today, so she just moves slowly in the water. Whenever this great white smells a possible victim, she uses her tail as a propeller, swims upward at a fast sprint, bursts out of the water in a leap called a breach, and falls back into the water with the seal in her mouth. Nevertheless, this friendly shark doesn’t do anything of this. And thanks to her, maybe this is the first time we see a shark not taking interest in her prey. Don’t worry falks - while many think of these beasts as fearsome man-eaters, humans aren’t, in fact, on the great white’s menu. Phew! There are around 5-10 attacks a year and rather than preying on humans to eat them, the sharks are instead taking a ‘sample bite’ out of curiosity, before swimming off.

Killer Whales beached while hunting for seals3m15s

Killer Whales beached while hunting for seals

These killer whales beached themselves while hunting for seals on a sandbar south of Prince Rupert. Captain Doug Davis and Debbie Davis went out to monitor the whales until the tide rose high enough for the whales to safely swim off the sandbar. What an experience to see these magnificent whales up close and personal!

Rare Footage Of Massive Butterfly Migration50s

Rare Footage Of Massive Butterfly Migration

Bugs may be nasty, but how can someone call a butterfly “nasty”? They are these delicate, frail creatures that are ever so graceful, making the world a better place with their iridescent existence. People have had a very deep, spiritual connection with butterflies, believing they symbolize renewal and rebirth. In Christianity, butterflies are the angels the come to Earth. Whatever you believe in, there is but one truth - when a butterfly decided that it should land on you, it is the most humbling, honorable thing that can happen to you. While hiking to the top of a mountain in California, these people unknowingly hiked into the middle of thousands and thousands of butterflies migrating from Canada to Mexico! Butterflies were everywhere - flying into their faces, landing on the ground where their feet would soon step, flying inches away from their ears! What an amazing experience! It is not at all uncommon. Usually, when a person smells of something flowery, a perfume or maybe has some pollen on them, if they stand perfectly still, a butterfly is sure to come over and land on them, mistaking them for a flower. There are butterfly gardens all around the world, the most prominent one being the one in Dubai, where the conditions are created perfectly to attract hundreds of these incredible creatures of nature. This must be one of the extraordinary experiences that only nature can provide. Take a look as it is bound to amaze you!

Published: April 2, 2018262 views
Indecisive blue jay struggles to choose peanut, then brings it back47s

Indecisive blue jay struggles to choose peanut, then brings it back

Bird feeders are a source of relaxation and entertainment for the bird enthusiasts. The colorful assortment of winged creatures that frequent these feeders are a beautiful sight. Occasionally, the birds also display some unique or funny behaviors. This particular blue jay has a very difficult time choosing just the right peanut. He flies in and picks up one after another, discarding each as if there is a defect that only he can detect. He finally gets one that is to his liking and he flies off with it in his beak. He returns almost immediately, as if to make a return on his purchase. He throws the peanut back in the pile and begins the process of selecting another, and another. Again, he goes through the same process of picking one up and throwing it down before selecting another. Eventually, the jay finds the right peanut and makes off with it for good. The other jays watch, patiently waiting their turn, like the person at the office vending machine who waits for an indecisive coworker to select a snack as if the decision needs to be made with precision. Blue jays have been known to hide nuts to consume them later. For this reason, the jay may be trying to select a peanut with an undamaged shell. It is possibly trying to find a nut which will be resistant to rain or insects. Blue jays are slow flyers and they are easy prey for hawks and other birds of prey when they fly in the open. They prefer to stay among the trees and fly short distances in order to remain concealed and more protected. Blue jays are beneficial to other birds because they are noisy and will sound an alarm call whenever they see a predator. Other birds recognize the piercing shrieks of distress and will stay hidden when the jay sounds a warning.

Nest Camera Captures Birds Of Prey In Ferocious Battle For Fish1m33s

Nest Camera Captures Birds Of Prey In Ferocious Battle For Fish

Ospreys, also known as fish eagles, are Canada's second largest bird, with a wing span almost six feet across. Second only to the bald eagle, they are a formidable predator and an impressive sight. They return to the same nest each year to mate, lay eggs, and raise their young. Ospreys nest in areas around open water in order to find fish, their staple food source. With keen eyesight and razor sharp talons, ospreys can spot fish at the surface and then swoop out of the sky to capture them. Barbs on their talons prevent the fish from wriggling free, but these barbs also make it impossible for the osprey to release their grip while in flight. An osprey must land in order to pull a fish from its claws. Areas around lakes and rivers are often the home to competing ospreys who also hunt for food for their families. An osprey will chase others who have caught a fish, in an attempt to steal their catch. Two ospreys have begun the task of adding fresh sticks to their nest and the male has gone of to a nearby lake to find a meal. He returns soon after with a large bass, intending to feed the female who is guarding the nest. She can be heard squawking excitedly as he flies near. Her sharp vision allows her to see that it is her mate and that he has fish, but she can also see a female osprey following him and she shrieks a warning. As the male tries to land, the aggressor flies in behind and above, rendering the male's neck and spine vulnerable. He knows that an attack from this angle with her talons can be fatal. He can't release the fish and he can't easily turn around so he drops off the edge of the nest in a desperate effort to gain much needed speed to escape and lure her away. The intruder has a brief squabble with the nesting female and then takes off after the male with the fish. He returns and makes another attempt to land. He still hasn't got the time needed to release the fish from his grasp and he continues past. His mate takes wing and the two females chase each other around the nest. The male perches nearby, joined by his female and the two hastily rip chunks from the fish. When the defeated female flies away, the lady of the house returns to the nest, followed by her mate and the two enjoy the rest of the meal in peace. Competition for food is a common sight among most animals, and it is the same for many birds of prey, but aerial battles such as this one are rarely caught on film.

Drone view of mother heron guarding her nest high1m28s

Drone view of mother heron guarding her nest high

Passing over the tree tops in central Florida, a DJI Mavic Air drone spotted a view rarely seen by ornithologists and bird watchers alike - an occupied Great Blue Heron nest. Great blue herons nest in the tree tops making it difficult for bird watchers to get a great view of their nesting habits as well as the maternal instincts of the females. Here we can see a female who has arrived at a nest and will soon be laying her eggs.

Published: March 31, 2018583 plays$0.38 earned
Snorkeler Comes Across Stingray Feasting On A Kingfish9s

Snorkeler Comes Across Stingray Feasting On A Kingfish

This is the unexpected moment when a snorkeler happens to come across a stingray devouring a fish. Check it out as this hungry stingray chomps away on a kingfish while snorkeling in Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras. Yum! As far as thee deep blue goes, for those of us who happen to live close to the shore or even visit over the summer, we've been told to always keep an eye out for all the dangers that the big blue has to offer. Not to go fire off into the ocean due to deep waters and all mystery that might hide within. Especially stay away from any big fish and never, ever, do you go in the water if you see something that has a huge fin on its back. For some of us however, it is the urge to get close up and personal with the threat in the hope to achieve great rush and adrenaline and feel more alive. These people are usually the ones that you see on TV possibly under the accident part of the show or even sometimes under the hero's list. There is really no telling what is going to happen once you actually get this close to such a powerful being such as a stingray. Stingrays are mesmerizing to watch as they glide effortlessly across the sand or reef. They have long been feared due to their sharp and venomous tail barbs and their reputation as vicious predators. They are rarely dangerous to divers or swimmers unless they are stepped on and act defensively. Rays are highly intelligent creatures and are usually shy and reclusive, choosing to avoid people. They are a favorite food of sharks and their tail barb has evolved as a means of protection from predators. Stingrays are usually very docile and curious, their usual reaction being to flee any disturbance, but they sometimes brush their fins past any new object they encounter. Nevertheless, certain larger species may be more aggressive and should be approached with caution, as the stingray's defensive reflex, the use of its poisoned stinger, may result in serious injury or death. Stingrays are not normally visible to swimmers, but divers and snorkelers may find them in shallow, sandy waters, more so when the water is warm. Take a look as this snorkeler gets close enough to witness the daunting moment when a hungry stingray feasts on a kingfish! Not so glorious when they devour fresh meat, are they?!l

Published: March 26, 201813,110 plays$20.91 earned
Charging Rhinos Show The King Of The Jungle Who’s In Charge54s

Charging Rhinos Show The King Of The Jungle Who’s In Charge

Growing up many of us were obsessed with the animated Disney movie ‘The lion King’ and wondered whether lions were really the 'King of the Jungle' or just ordinary 'big scaredy cats'? See what happens in this real wildlife encounter when two white rhinos stumbled upon two lions sleeping in the forest. Who takes fright and who ends up with the title of 'King of the Jungle' title? Watch this video to find out! The African male lion is the single greatest wildlife draw card on the continent. He is known as the king of the beasts and an apex predator. He rules supreme by virtue of his sheer physical strength and powerful enough to bring down prey up to three times his own size. With all of this in mind, it is really hard to imagine how anything could possibly stop him dead in his tracks. This video captures the unexpected moment when a sleeping lion and lioness are surprised by two charging rhinos. Who is the king of the jungle now? His royal highness relaxes in the savanna with all his glory, soaking up the afternoon sun while dozing off next to his submissive lioness. Being the supreme member of the pride, he doesn’t look around because nothing can catch him off-guard. But wait! There is still something that doesn’t let the lion sleep tight tonight! Interrupting rhinos! You might wonder, what member of royal blood would ever look around in fear knowing he is the supreme ruler of them all, right? Wrong! Just when we thought that the lion will release a mighty roar and scare his dependants to run away and not bother him when asleep, things take an unexpected turn. The little two cats get scared to death as soon as the rhinos come rushing towards them, charging like crazy! In a split second, the lions are on their four and disappear out of rhino’s sight! Who’s in charge now? Of course, the charging rhino! We wonder who will take the blame for the insolence!

Published: March 28, 2018160 plays$0.51 earned
Drone Captures Gray Whales Leisurely Swimming Close To Shore4m08s

Drone Captures Gray Whales Leisurely Swimming Close To Shore

The dark waters of the oceans hold a lot of wonders. There is a lot we don’t know about the depths of the sea, but each new thing we find out makes us very intrigued. We have yet to fully comprehend how life functions in the utter depths. We know that the lower you go the harsher the environment becomes and marine life must have developed coping mechanisms to survive the pressure, the lack of sunlight and the scarcity of food. It is not very often that we see deep sea life travel to the shallow waters. It’s most likely because of the size of these marine beasts but also because of the temperature difference. This makes the shallow parts of the oceans safer for us to swim in, even though this footage makes us question this conclusion completely. Two gray whales were sighted in Seal Beach, California near the marina drive bridge around 11 AM PT. This person managed to capture the amazing footage with a DJI Mavic Pro Drone. Earlier news reports stated they were trapped when the tide lowered, however by the time that this person had gotten there and started filming they appeared to just be hanging out in the shallow cove and not trapped at all. According to an expert on whales they were using the area to scratch barnacles off their bodies and rest.

Photographers Get A Chance To Capture Footage Of 20-Foot Great White Shark1m15s

Photographers Get A Chance To Capture Footage Of 20-Foot Great White Shark

We interrupt your program of regularly scheduled cutesy videos of tiny dogs walking on their two front legs to show this beast of the deep. A group of underwater photographers had the chance to get real close and personal with a 20 feet long Great White shark, while the fish was casually nibbling on the proffered piece of marine carcass. Those who are familiar with her call her Deep Blue, a Great White shark considered to be the oldest and biggest living shark on the planet. She is some 20 feet long from nose to the tip of her tail fin. She is estimated to be around 50 years old, calling the area around Guadalupe Island in Mexico her home. The elderly female is covered in scars, attained through the years, battling for her turf. The shark is massive, both in length and in sheer size, which gives the sense that she is well respected by her peers. We wonder if any other shark would ever consider sparring with this ancient creature! All Great Whites are apex predators in the ocean and any underwater photographer would consider themselves lucky to grab a chance for a close-up photo session with these beasts. A salesman-turned-underwater-photographer Michael Maier got a chance to see Deep Blue very close and his statement was that the beast was very calm when she approached the cage with the divers. We would be too if we were aware there is no one bigger than us in the sea!

Published: March 23, 2018265 plays$0.83 earned
Swan and goose fight over territorial dispute2m42s

Swan and goose fight over territorial dispute

These swans have been dominating this water for years. For some reason, the geese decided to build a nest in the same area. The moment their chicks were big enough to leave they left, never to be seen again. This footage explains why!

Published: March 26, 201815,627 plays$30.98 earned
Check Out This Face-To-Face Encounter With A Great White Shark32s

Check Out This Face-To-Face Encounter With A Great White Shark

What is the scariest animal for you? Spiders, snakes, bears or maybe sharks? All of them are terrifying, but the scariest for us are definitely sharks! Especially the great white shark! The great white belongs to one of the oldest groups of sharks: the mackerel sharks. Many of its members have existed, in close to their current form, for over 120 million years. Mackerel sharks have big mouths that extend behind their eyes, which they roll back in their sockets to protect them when feeding. Exactly our point, scary! A research dive magnificently captures some wild shots of a Great White Shark off Guadalupe Island. The island has been a pinniped sanctuary since 1975, creating a large pinniped population - therefore, Guadalupe is now one of the best spots in the world for sightings of the great white shark. Because of this the island has diving expeditions to see the great white sharks! Only Guadalupe Island can boast shark viewing in beautiful clear blue water with 100 - 150-foot visibility. They have identified 228 unique great white sharks in the bay where they stage our submersible cage diving operations, which guarantees unforgettable encounters. If you do don’t worry the shark tours in Guadalupe are very safe! Diving with great white sharks and going face-to-face with them at 30 feet is an unforgettable experience but also very different than most people imagine! Would you like to visit this island?

Wild turkeys fly up to eat berries from tree1m22s

Wild turkeys fly up to eat berries from tree

In New Hampshire wild turkeys are becoming very popular. So popular in fact that it is common to see them out on your front lawn, crossing the main roads and even chasing some people to protect their young. Not so long ago there were no wild turkeys in New Hampshire and now there are thousands. Currently there are around 40,000 and climbing!