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Blackfish: Official Trailer

Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or "killer whales," soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet, in our contemporary lore this mighty black and white mammal is like a two-faced Janus—beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who—unlike any orca in the wild—has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong?

Shocking, never before seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.


Lemurs Eating Strawberries and Cream

West Midland Safari Park's troop of ring-tailed lemurs get into the Wimbledon spirit by tucking into a special treat from their keepers. Seen here thoroughly enjoying their bowl of strawberries and cream.


Three Piglet Kittens

Approaching 3 & 1/2 weeks, Tiger's litter of kittens are starting to explore the world outside of their nest with their waddling gait.


Animals Interrupt Sporting Events

Animals Interrupt Sporting Events: A Critical Analysis

In which John discusses adorable animals interrupting sporting events, including such hits as Dog Pooping on Baseball Field, Goalkeeper Dog Catcher Fail, Pine Marten Invades Swiss Soccer Match, Drug Dog Wants to Play, Anfield Cat, and Squirrel at the US Open. It's kind of a weird video.


Bird-of-Paradise: Psychedelic Smiley Face

When you see a Superb Bird-of-Paradise displaying, it doesn't look like a bird at all. The change is so complete that females just see a jet-black disk with an electric-blue "smiley face" pattern. A close look at the transformation reveals how modified feathers on the head, back, and flank combine in an unexpected way to create a spectacular effect.

Filmed and photographed by Tim Laman.


Crash Course Ecology: Predators

Community Ecology II: Predators - Crash Course Ecology #5

Hank gets to the more violent part of community ecology by describing predation and the many ways prey organisms have developed to avoid it.


Requiem 2019

The last remaining blue whale comes eye to eye with its only enemy; mankind.

The film was directed by Rutger Hauer & Sil van der Woerd, who felt an urge to bring attention to the ongoing whaling. If you love whales and oceans like we do, please share this film!


CrashCourse Ecology #3: Human Population Growth

If being alive on Earth were a contest, humans would win it hands down. We're like the Michael Phelps of being alive, but with 250,000 times more gold medals. Today Hank is here to tell us the specifics of why and how human population growth has happened over the past hundred and fifty years or so, and how those specifics relate to ecology.


Fishing Bat vs. Catfish

You've probably heard of fishing bats... but what about when the fish does the hunting? Fishing bats in Belize might snatch and eat up to 30 fish in one night. But they had better watch out because sometimes, it's the fish that catches the bat!


Federico Uribe

An intimate view into the world of artist Federico Uribe; Federico speaks on the motivation behind a prolific artistic output, working relationships with objects and creating beauty from the raw materials of his surroundings.