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Golden Rays

This massive swarm Munkiana Devil Rays were spotted in Baja California Sur, Mexico, by German conservation photographer Florian Schulz. Here's what he has to say: "During an aerial expedition I came across something I had never seen before. Not even my pilot, who has surveyed this area for 20 years, had seen anything like it. As we got closer we started to discover its nature: an unprecedented congregation of rays. The group was as thick as it was wide, all heading towards the same direction." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of someone drop testing every single iPhone generation - including the 6 and 6 Plus.

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Ninja Cat

It was not until the 15th century that spies were specially trained for their purpose. It was around this time that the word shinobi appeared to define and clearly identify ninja as a secretive group of agents. The ninja were stealth soldiers and mercenaries hired mostly by daimyos. Their primary roles were those of espionage and sabotage, although assassinations were also attributed to ninja. In battle, the ninja could also be used to cause confusion amongst the enemy. Cats just might be ninjas of the animal world, and these images show why. Continue reading for more.

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Up Close Animal Eyes

Photo credit: Suren Manveylan

Photographer Suren Manevlyan unveils his newest macro eye close-ups in a photo series titled "Animal eyes 3." In addition to photography, Manvlyan is also teaching physics, mathematics, projective geometry and astronomy at the Yerevan Waldorf School for the last decade. From 1997 to 2011, he served as a scientific researcher at the Institute for Physical Research of National Academy of Sciences. Continue reading to see more of his latest work.

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Colossal Squid

Captain John Bennett and his crew discovered a colossal squid weighing 350 kilograms (770 pounds), and as long as a minibus, in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea. This creature, found a mile below the surface, has tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates. It's female, and its eight arms are each well over a meter (3.3 feet) long. Its two tentacles would have been perhaps double that length if they had not been damaged. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Coke Spider

In everyday life, it's not uncommon to find random insect parts in your pre-packaged food, as the FDA allows a variety of insect parts in them - for example, a chocolate bar could have up to 60 fragments. However, Amanda Barr of Eastbourne (England) bought a 3L bottle of Coca-Cola sourced from Iceland and when partner Steve Knight poured her a glass, they discovered a giant spider floating on top. Continue reading for an up-close image of a spider placed next to a ruler.

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Waterbear

Tardigrades, also known as waterbears, are water-dwelling, segmented micro-animals, with eight legs. Tardigrades are classified as extremophiles, organisms that can thrive in a physically or geochemically extreme condition that would be detrimental to most life on Earth. For example, tardigrades can withstand temperatures from just above absolute zero to well above the boiling point of water, pressures about six times greater than those found in the deepest ocean trenches, ionizing radiation at doses hundreds of times higher than the lethal dose for a human, and the vacuum of outer space. They can go without food or water for more than 10 years, drying out to the point where they are 3% or less water, only to rehydrate, forage, and reproduce. Continue reading for more.

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Underwater Puppies

Photo credit: Little Friends Photo

Seth Casteel, a photographer who frequently travels between the New York and Los Angeles, rose to internet fame with his happy diving dog photo series that went viral online. Now, his new "Underwater Puppies" photo series takes things to the next level. All of the photos you are about to see will be published in his book, to be released on September 16th, and captures, as you'd expect, adorable puppies diving into pools. Continue reading for more.

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Super Mario Fish Tank

Unlike other aquariums, this 55-gallon example looks to be a stage straight from the original Super Mario Bros. game. It was created by graphic designer and blogger Kelsey Kronmiller, taking approximately 336-hours to complete. According to Kelsey, the number of coins will be tied to the number of fish in the tank once it's fully set up. She plans on filling it with Electric Blue Jack Dempseys.

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Japan Bunny Island

Known as Rabbit Island, Okunoshima in Japan was originally used as the secret base for the Japanese Imperial Army's lethal gas operation during WW2. From 1929 to 1945, more than 6,000 tons of poison gas were manufactured on the remote island, and the program was shrouded in secrecy. For approximately 16-years, Okunoshima was not seen on any map, and workers who produced the five types of poison gas - which were mostly used in warfare in China - were told to keep the factories a secret. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Cat Bridge

What better place for your cat(s) to train from the next Ninja Warrior competition than with an Indiana Jones-inspired bridge? According to its creator, "The bridge slats are 8.75" wide and roped together. The railing is hand-woven twine to lessen the swing and give the cats the ability to lounge on the bridge. Our cats love sleeping in the bridge and our 15lb cat sleeps on his back in it. " Continue reading for more cool gadgets and accessories geeks (and your cats) would love.

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