Bees use sunlight polarisation patterns to navigate. We can train ourselves to detect light polarisation too.
The bristlemouth, a small ugly genus of fish found in the ocean twilight zone, is probably the most common vertebrate on the planet – estimates go as high as the quadrillions.
In 1950 Tuffi the elephant fell 12 metres out of a suspended monorail into a river. She survived.
Just one species of land snail and a few species of freshwater snail glow in the dark.
19th century glass artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka provided natural history museums around the world with lifelike glass replicas of marine life.
The Central African hairy frog can break its own bones and stick them through its skin as impromptu claws.
A significant proportion of the food in the deepest ocean falls from discarded giant larvacean houses.
The first camel in Australia shot its owner, the English explorer John Horrocks.
Side-blotched lizards cycle through three different colour patterns and behaviours in an evolutionary game of rock-paper-scissors.
The cookiecutter shark is easily the weirdest shark around: it uses bioluminescence to lure large predators, feeds by suction, sheds whole rows of teeth at once and swallows them, and by weight can be more than one third liver.
Genes and proteins have been named after Sonic the Hedgehog, the Smurfs, Spock, Pikachu, and the Tinman from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Sicily and Malta used to be home to a species of dwarf elephant whose remains could have inspired the Greek myth of the cyclops.
Inaccessible Island, in the south Atlantic, is surrounded by steep sea cliffs that make landing and entering the interior nearly impossible.
The Emei music frog of China advertises the size and suitability of their underground burrow through the acoustic properties of their croaks.
The jack jumper ant of south-eastern Australia has a nasty sting, can jump five times its own body length, and has the fewest chromosomes of any living thing.
Up near the Arctic Circle, the best waterproof parkas are made out of guts.