The coloration of the owl's plumage plays a key role in its ability to sit still and blend into the environment, making it nearly invisible to prey. Owls tend to mimic the colorations and sometimes even the texture patterns of their surroundings, the common barn owl being an exception. Nyctea scandiaca, or the snowy owl, appears nearly bleach-white in color with a few flecks of black, mimicking their snowy surroundings perfectly. Likewise, the mottled wood-owl (Strix ocellata) displays shades of brown, tan and black, making the owl nearly invisible in the surrounding trees, especially from behind. Usually, the only tell-tale sign of a perched owl will be its vocalizations or its vividly colored eyes. Continue reading for more.
If Tardar Sauce "The Grumpy Cat" is already a famous internet meme, but Garfi the Persian "Angry Cat" isn't far behind. Despite the mean-looking expression, Garfi is a sweet and kind cat, according to its owner. "He's a great model, and his similarity to Garfield is indeed striking. Garfi lives in Turkey with his owner Hulya Ozkok, surrounded by a big family and his other cat friends," says Bored Panda. Continue reading for more images.
First off, the act of somebody being taken red-handed (red-pawed in this case) means that they are either in the act of committing a crime or with clear evidence of it about them. All of these cats were captured by their owner(s) at the perfect time, or at least in the act of stealing something. No matter what kind of food it is, these felines will find a way to get at it. Continue reading for more.
When you see wild animals staying place and looking through a window, a fairytale (Snow White, Cinderella, etc.) probably come to mind, but this is a real non-Photoshopped image by Kai Fagerstrom. For photography enthusiasts who also want to capture animals peering through windows, make sure you pay extra attention to your camera's focus, as sometimes, the focus shifts to the reflection in the window pane rather than the subject behind it. Continue reading for more.
With the thousands of animal images being uploaded to the internet each day, it's getting tougher to find one that really stands out. A Reddit user managed to do just that, with his husky mix named Tally. You see, Tally was raised with cats, "and thought she was.. cat herself." Its owner adds: "She'd piss on our floors if we ever did something wrong as well. She also had a knack for finding the best worst places to do it (i. e. carpets, rugs, etc.). She also sat like a cat, with her arms and legs tucked under herself." Continue reading to see more of Tally's life.
If you think about it, caterpillars really have mastered the art of beauty sleep. On a related note, they have been called "eating machines", and eat leaves voraciously. Most species shed their skin four or five times as their bodies grow, and they eventually pupate into an adult form as a butterfly. Caterpillars grow very quickly; for instance, a tobacco hornworm will increase its weight ten-thousandfold in less than twenty days. Continue reading for more.
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.
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.
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.
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.