Nature News

May 2018

Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō from the east, Hawaii, May 3 2018 / USGS / Click for more.

Remembering Kilauea’s Last Big Blow — See Photos (The Atlantic, 5/8/18).

Research Question: Are Chimp Calls a Kind of Language? — Hear Recording, See Photos & Video (The Conversation, 5/8/18).

Theory: Big, Mysterious Rock Mounds in Western Australia Created by Large, Extinct Species of Bird (COSMOS, 5/8/18).

NINYF*: Leopard Snatches, Eats 3-Year-Old Boy in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park  (The Telegraph, 5/8/18). Read more here.

More Photos, Footage of Volcanic Activity on Big Island of Hawaii — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 5/8/18).

NINYF*: Filmmaker Dies after being Headbutted by Giraffe in S. Africa Safari Lodge — See Photo (Independent, 5/7/18). Read more, see more photos here.

191 Wild Horses Weakened by Hunger, Thirst Die in Mud around Dry Pond in Arizona — See Photo (The Washington Post, 5/6/18).

The Special Nature of the Human-Horse Bond: A Language of Touch (The Conversation, 5/5/18).

Flooding Rains, Deadly Mudslides Hit East Africa — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 5/5/18).

Survey: Total Number of Gorillas, Chimps in Africa Higher than Thought, but Numbers are Declining — See Photos (The New York Times, 5/4/18).

Dam Project Threatens Survival of New Orangutan Species Discovered in Sumatra — See Photo (EcoWatch, 5/4/18).

Meet Mauro Morandi, 79, Sole Resident of Sardinia’s Beautiful Budelli Island for 30 Years — See Photos (Mother Nature News, 5/4/18).

11-Year-Old Tennessee Girl Finds 475-Million Year Old Fossil along Lake — See Photos (Knox News, 5/4/18).

Kilauea Volcano Blows on Big Island of Hawaii — See Photos & Video (The Weather Channel, 5/4/18). Read more, see more photos and video here, herehere and here.

Ocean Dead Zones Increasing Worldwide, But Loss Can be Reversed (The Conversation, 5/4/18).

New Study Adds to Evidence that Trees, Plants Communicate with One Another (COSMOS, 5/4/18).

U.S. Home to 23 Unesco World Heritage Sites — See Photos (The Washington Post, 5/3/18). See photos of all World Heritage Sites here.

Black Rhinos Reintroduced to Chad — See Photo & Video (EcoWatch, 5/3/18).

Bones of Extinct Ice Age Horse Uncovered in Utah Backyard — See Photos & Illo (The New York Times, 5/3/18).

Violent Seasonal Dust Storm Kills More than 100 in Northern India — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 5/3/18). Read more, see more video here.

Hawaii Bans Sunscreens with Coral-Killing Chemicals (EcoWatch, 5/2/18).

Man Attacked in S. Africa Safari Park by Male Lion He Raised from Cub — See Video (The Washington Post, 5/2/18).

RIP, #16: Studied from Birth under Acacia Tree in Western Australia, Trapdoor Spider Dies at Age 43 — See Photos (The Washington Post, 5/1/18).

* Nature Is Not Your Friend

April 2018

Night Skies are Stunning in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula — See Video (National Geographic, 4/24/18).

57-Year-Old Elephant Matriarch Successfully Raising Rare Twin Calves in Tanzania — See Video (National Geographic, 4/19/18).

Warming Oceans Draw Bull Sharks to North Carolina’s Outer Banks — See Photos (The Washington Post, 4/16/18).

Astronomer-Photographer Shares Exquisite Images of Celestial South Pole — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 4/16/18).

Yikes! Asteroid Spotted Mere Hours before Zipping between Earth & Moon on 4/15 — See Photo & Diagram (EarthSky, 4/16/18). Read more, see more photos and a video report here.

Viruses are Freaky, Dangerous, Essential, Abundant & Literally Falling from Sky — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/13/18).

Good for Business/Bad for Nature: Philippine Tour Operators Lure Whale Sharks with Food — See Photo (Hakai Magazine, 4/13/18).

11 Lions — 3 Adult Females, 8 Cubs — Poisoned in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park — See Photos (National Geographic, 4/13/18).

Amazing Natural Formations that Look Human-Made: Basalt Columns around the World — See Photos (Mother Nature News, 4/12/18).

Visit, Tour & Almost Walk on the Moon with NASA — See Video (NASA Goddard, YouTube, 4/9/18).

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Ask Donations to anti-Ocean Plastic, pro-Wilderness, 5 Other  Charities in Lieu of Wedding Presents — See Photos (, 4/9/18).

8 Women & Guides Rescued after Day & Night Lost at Sea in Bahamas — See Photo (, 4/9/18).

Opinion: Saving Wildlife Helps Humans, Too — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/7/18).

Scottish Boy Bitten by Bull Shark after Falling Off Dock in Bimini — See Photos & Video (7 News Miami, 4/7/18).

How to Avoid Being Bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider — See Photo (EarthSky, 4/6/18).

InStyle Magazine Says “No More Fur (EcoWatch, 4/5/18).

Huge Bollywood Star Gets 5 Years in Jail for Poaching Rare Antelope in 1998 — See Photo (BBC News, 4/5/18). Read more, see more photos here.

BBC Admits Scenes in Documentary on Papua New Guinea Tribe, Other Nature Programs, were Staged — See Footage (The Guardian, 4/4/18). Read more, see more video here.

Ohio Neighborhood Rattled by Teeth-Baring Raccoons — See Photo & Video (Vice, 4/4/18). Read more, see more photos and video herehere and here.

Study: Universe Could End with Big Bang, Nobody Knows When — See Photos (, 4/4/18).

Study: Urban Green Spaces Linked to Lower Rates of Major Depression, Other Mental Health Disorders (The Lancet Planetary Health, 4/4/18).

U.K. Moves to (Almost) Completely Ban All Ivory (EcoWatch, 4/3/18).

Tracks from 2 Dinosaur Species Found on Isle of Skye — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 4/3/18). Read more, see more photos and diagrams here and here.

Oil Spill Spreading, Burning Off Borneo — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 4/3/18). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Study: City-Dwelling Blackbirds Live Longer, Unhealthier Lives than Country Cousins — See Photos (COSMOS, 4/3/18).

Report: Hubble Telescope Spots Oldest, Most Distant Star Yet Detected — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 4/3/18).

Study: Venus May Once Have Had Liquid Water able to Support Life (COSMOS, 4/3/18).

MIT Researchers Design, Test Robotic FishCam — See Video (EarthSky, 4/2/18).

Whew! Falling Space Station Mostly Disintegrates, Fragments Fall in Ocean — See Photos & Map (Phys.Org, 4/2/18). Read more, see more maps, charts and video here.

March 2018

Shark Bumps Man Off Paddle Board in Hawaii — See News Report (KHON2, 3/31/18). Read more, see more video here.

5 Flower Videos to Celebrate Spring — See Videos (National Geographic, 3/30/18).

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s… a Falling Space Station! — See Video (EarthSky, 3/30/18).

Crack Forms in Kenya’s Rift Valley where Scientists Predict Continent Will Eventually Split Apart — See Photos, Maps, Diagrams & Videos (Science Alert, 3/29/18).

Cheetah Climbs into Safari Jeep in Tanzania — See Video (USA Today, 3/29/18).

See the 2nd Blue Moon of 2018 on 3/31 (, 3/28/18).

Industries, Environmentalists Wrestle with What to Do with Toxic Mining Waste — See Photos (, 3/28/18). Special thanks to author Bethany Augliere for sharing.

Drones Help Researchers Study Caribou Behavior when Crossing Ice — See Video (The New York Times, 3/28/18).

New Mountain Gorilla Census Underway in Uganda (Phys.Org, 3/28/18).

Carolina Parakeet, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago / Wikimedia Commons, The Conversation / Click for more.

When Male Lynx Meet during Breeding Season, Screaming Match Ensues — See Video (National Geographic, 3/28/18).

America’s Only Parrot Disappeared 100 Years Ago, Scientists Still Don’t Know Why — See Photos, Illo & Map (The Conversation, 3/28/18).

Boy Attacked by Great Horned Owl in Massachusetts — See Photo (Boston Globe, 3/28/18).

Avian Flu Threatening Coastal Bird Colonies in South Africa (Nature, 3/28/18).

Colombian Oil Company Takes Weeks to Stop River Spill, Destruction Still Being Assessed — See Videos (EcoWatch, 3/27/18).

Sandstorms, Dust Storms are Awesome — See Photos (The Atlantic, 3/27/18).

Study: Human Hunting Acts Like Natural Selection, Favors Scandinavian Brown Bears Moms who Keep Cubs Close Longer (Phys.Org, 3/27/18).

NASA “Clean Room” Holding Meteorites for Study is Contaminated — See Photo (Smithsonian, 3/27/18).

Some Flowers are Really Strange! — See Photos (COSMOS, 3/27/18).

Mountain Lion Roaming CA Neighborhood Tranquilized for Transfer — See Video (The Washington Post, 3/26/18).

It’s Hard Work Being a Hummie — See Video (The New York Times, 3/26/18).

Earth Hour 2018: Watch Landmarks, Skylines Go Dark — See Video (CBS News, 3/25). See photos here.

Orange Snow Sweeps Eastern Europe — See Photos & Video (Mashable, 3/25/18). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Earth Hour 2018 — Turn Off the Lights @ 8:30 P.M. on Saturday 3/24 ( Learn more here. See videos here, here, here, here and here.

New U.N. Global Reports Agree: We are Destroying Our Earth (The Guardian, 1/23/18). Read more here. Find the reports here.

Scientists in Submersible Capture 1st Footage of Deep-Dwelling Anglerfish Mating — See Video (National Geographic, 3/23/18).

Nature Photographer Captures Stunning Image of Diving Kingfisher — See Photo (My Modern Met, 3/23/18). Special thanks to Kalia Doner for sharing.

Meet the (Older) Man who Crossed the Ocean in a Kayak…3 Times — See Photos & Maps (The New York Times, 3/22/18).

Brazil Wants Whole Nation Vaccinated against Yellow Fever (CIDRAP, 3/22/18).

Today is 25th Annual World Water Day (, 3/22/18).

Study: Very Tiny Mummified Skeleton Not Alien — Human with Unique Disorder — See Photo (The New York Times, 3/22/18).

When the Mullet Run in Miami, Now That’s a Sight to See — See Photos & Video (Hakai, 3/20/18).

NINYF*: 2 Men Almost Die in Iditarod — See Photos (The Washington Post, 3/20/18).

Cherry Blossom Season in China is Breathtaking! See Video (National Geographic, 3/20/18).

* Nature is not your friend.

It’s Spring! See Photos, Diagrams & Video (EarthSky, 3/20/18).

Sudan, Last Male Northern White Rhino, Euthanized at Age 45 in Kenya — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 3/20/18). Read more, see more photos and video herehere, here and here.

Welcome Spring with a Laugh — Funny Kitty Video, Even if Fake (RMVideos, YouTube).

Louis, Philadelphia Zoo’s 18-Year-Old Lowland Gorilla, Often Prefers Walking Upright — See Video (The Washington Post, 3/19/18).

Stephen Hawking’s Last Paper: How the Universe Will End — See Videos (CNBC, 3/19/18).

Is Jupiter’s Great Storm Dying? (BGR, 3/16/18). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Early Humans Met, Mated with Mysterious Denisovans in 2 Separate Waves — See Illo (COSMOS, 3/16/18). Read more, see more illos and video here.

CDC Warns of Intense Yellow Fever Outbreak in Brazil (MedicalXpress, 3/16/18).

Surfing under the Northern Lights in Norway — See Photos (The Atlantic, 3/15/18).

Donatella Versace Says “No More Fur” — See Photo (EcoWatch, 3/15/18).

Easter Island Threatened by Rising Seas — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 3/15/18).

Devil Rays Endangered — See Photos (COSMOS, 3/15/18).

Amateur Skywatchers Discover New Type of Northern Light — See Photos & Video (The Atlantic, 3/14/18). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Researchers Capture Rare Footage of Lowland Gorilla Mom, Newborn Baby — See Video (National Geographic, 3/13/18).

Giant Prehistoric Shark Tooth Stolen from National Park in Western Australia — See Photo (The Washington Post, 3/13/18).

Skywatching from Grand Canyon’s Colorado River — See Video (EarthSky, 3/13/18).

Study: Alligators Have Shorter Limbs than Crocs (The New York Times, 3/12/18).

Scientists Explain Unusual Cause of Recent Mexico City Quake, Why It Could Happen Again — See Photos & Diagrams (The Conversation, 3/12/18).

Penguins Examine Animal Cam — See Video (BuzzFeed, 3/9/18).

Goliath Frog, Planet’s Biggest, Threatened by Overfishing in Cameroon — See Photo (bioGraphic, 3/8/18).

Large Diamond from Deep in Earth’s Mantle Contains Mineral Scientists Knew About but Have Never Seen — See Photo & Video (Newsweek, 3/8/18). Read more here.

Otter Attacks Female Kayaker on Florida’s Braden River (, 3/8/18).

NASA Marks Apollo 8 50th Anniversary with Look Back at Photos of Earth from Space — See Video (EarthSky, 3/7/18).

Scottish Nature Photography Award Winners Announced — See Photos (Express, 3/7/18).

Author: Cecil the Lion Died Horrible Death — See Photos (The Washington Post, 3/7/18).

132-Year-Old Message in Bottle Found on Western Australia Beach (The Washington Post, 3/6/18).

Villagers Kill Critically Endangered Sumatran Tiger — See Photo (The Washington Post, 3/6/18).

Mongoose Pups Seem to Invite Hornbill to Play in South Africa — See Video (National Geographic, 3/3/18).

Asteroid 2017 VR2 to Pass Close Enough to Earth be Called Hazardous — See Photo (Newsweek, 3/2/18). Read more here.

Researchers Identify Adélie Penguin Hotspot in Antarctic’s Danger Islands — See Map & Photos (Nature, 3/2/18).

Sand Mining in Asia Harming Environment — See Photos (Science, 3/2/18).

Australia’s Blue-Ringed Octopus, Beautiful & Deadly when Angry — See Video (National Geographic, 3/1/18).

Snow in Italy, Tornados in UK, Beast of East Arctic Storm Hits Europe — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 3/1/18).

Researchers Use BaitCam to Capture Footage of Elusive Greenland Shark — See Video (EcoWatch, 3/1/18).

February 2018

• “Beast from East” Storm Blankets Europe with Snow, Ice — See Photos (The Atlantic, 2/28/18).

Indigenous Protectors of Environment May Get 1st Legal Protections under U.N. Treaty — See Photo (The Guardian, 2/28/18).

Study: Wild Chimps, Bonobos Use Same Gestures to Convey Same Messages (COSMOS, 2/28/18).

Study: Indigenous Australians Already Knew  — Falcons, Kites Carry, Drop Burning Sticks to Intentionally Start Fires (EcoWatch, 2/27/18).

Birdwatcher Spots Rare Yellow Cardinal at Feeder — See Video (BoingBoing, 2/26/18).

Violent Storms Bring Torrential Rains, Floods to Southern, Central U.S. — See Photos & Video (USA Today, 2/25/18).

Duck! Asteroid to Pass between Earth & Moon Today (COSMOS, 2/25/18).

Astronomers Puzzled: Universe Expanding Too Fast — See Photos (Newsweek, 2/23/18).

Nature Conservancy, Leonardo DiCaprio Do Deal to Create Marine Reserves in Seychelles — See Photos (EcoWatch, 2/22/18). Read more here.

Amateur Astronomer Captures Birth of Galaxy — See Photos (Ars Technica, 2/22/18). Read more, see time-lapse images here.

Researchers Discover Ancient Rock Carvings of Camels, Other Animals in Saudi Arabian Desert — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/15/18).

Diving Cormorant Pulls Remora Off Whale Shark Off Baja — See Video (National Geographic, 2/13/18).

Asteroid 2002 AJ129 to Pass within Hailing Distance of Earth Today — See Video (Space Coast Daily, 2/4/18). Read more, see more photos and diagrams here.

Mars Rover Looks Back on 5 Years of Exploring Red Planet — See Video (The Washington Post, 2/3/18).

LiDAR Mapping Reveals Mind-blowing Scope of Maya Civilization — See Photos, Maps, Illos & Video (National Geographic, 2/1/18). Read more, see more images here.

Study: Loss of Sea Ice Means Polar Bears Must Work Harder, Expend More Energy to Find Prey — See Video & Map (The Conversation, 2/1/18). Read the study, see more maps, charts and images here.

Nigel, the Lonely, Lovelorn Gannett, Dies on Mana Island Off New Zealand — See Video (The Guardian, 2/1/18). Read more, see more photos here.

United Airlines Draws Line at Emotional Support Peacock — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 2/1/18).

Truck Driver Drives Truck Over Peru’s Nasca Lines — See Photo (USA Today, 2/1/18).

January 2018

Storms on Jupiter, Dec 8 2017 / NASA, SwRI, MSSS, Gerald Eichstädt, Seán Doran / Click for more.

Photographer Captures Beautiful Sky Tracks of Birds in Flight — See Photos (National Geographic, 1/2018). Thanks to Diane Lamphron for sharing.

Researcher Discovers New Species of American Millipede: Colorful & Coated in Cyanide — See Photos (COSMOS, 1/30/18).

Naked Mole Rats are Really Weird — See Video (The Atlantic, 1/26/18).

Wildlife Officials Declare Eastern Cougar Extinct — See Photos (EcoWatch, 1/24/18).

Study: Musk Ox Survived Ice Age, Weird Weather Buries Whole Herd in Ice — See Photos (The Atlantic, 1/18/18).

Citizen Scientist-Artists Help Bring NASA Photos of Jupiter to Life — See Images (The Atlantic, 1/16/18).

Study: Ants Kill Sick Members to Protect Colony (COSMOS, 1/15/18).

Study: 2012 Underwater Volcanic Eruption in Pacific May Have Been Largest in Modern History — See Photo & Video (COSMOS, 1/15/18).

10 Documentaries about Animals Everyone Should See — See Trailers (One Green Planet, 1/15/18).

Australian Kites, Hawks Intentionally Spread Fire to Flush Out Prey — See Photos (COSMOS, 1/12/18).

Scientists Unsure What Caused Bright Flash Over Russia — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 1/10/18).

Female Birds of Paradise Find Male’s Super Black Feathers Sexy — See Photos & Video (The Conversation, 1/9/18).

You’ve Never Seen a Dog Grooming Contest Like This, Guaranteed — See Video (The Atlantic, 1/8/18).

NASA Captures Image of Gigantic Winter Storm Off East Coast — See Image (COSMOS, 1/8/18).

Norwegian Cruise Ship Breakaway Sails Intentionally Into Bad Winter Storm — See Video (Newsday, 1/7/18). Read more, see more video here, here and here.

Beachgoer Films Starfish Walking Across Sand — See Video (One Green Planet, 1/5/18).

Boy Splashing in Shallow Water Off Bahamas Beach Exits Water Just Ahead of Approaching Sharks — See Photos & Video (, 1/5/18).

Frenchman Takes Tourists Up in UltraLight to Fly with Birds — See Videos (National Geographic, 1/4/18).

What’s the Right Way to Handle a Cold-Stunned Iguana? — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 1/4/18).

Storms Bring Ice, Huge Waves on Both Sides of Atlantic — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 1/4/18).

Astronomer Discusses Origins of 1st Interstellar Object to Visit Solar System — See Photo & Animation (The Conversation, 1/4/18).

Bombogenesis! Snow & Cold Grip Eastern U.S. — See Photos & Video (BBC, 1/4/18). Read more, see more photos, diagrams, maps and video here, here, here and here.

Hotel Caretaker Only Winter Inhabitant of Island Off New England — See Video (The Atlantic, 1/3/18).

DNA from Fossilized Baby Bones Point to Lost Branch of Native American Family Tree — See Photos (The Verge, 1/3/18). Read more, see more photos, illos and diagrams here, hereherehere and here. Find the study here.

What Cold Looks Like in U.S. & Abroad — See Images (The Atlantic, 1/3/18).

67-Year-Old Albatross Lays Another Egg — See Photos & Video (National Geographic, 1/2/18).

Caterpillars Are Creepy, Ugly, Beautiful, Amazing — See Videos (bioGraphic, 1/2/18).

Researchers Explore Healing Effects of Being Out in Nature — See Photos (National Geographic, 1/2/18).

Skywatchers Snap Photos of January Supermoon — See Images (EarthSky, 1/2/18).

What’s that Sound? 5 Strange Noises Scientists Can’t Explain (COSMOS, 1/2/18).