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Two-stepping flamboyant cuttlefish wants a closer look at you. 👀
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A handful of taxicab beetles (aka sun beetles), via biologist Tim Wong. See them on your next visit—to us, or to west/central Africa, where the adults feed on fruit while the larvae are generalists, feeding on leaf litter, wood, fruit, and more as they aid in the decomposition of plant material.
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Meet a newt! (Or four.) These incredible, critically endangered Luristan newts—endemic to the Zagros Mountains of Iran—just moved into our Water Planet exhibit. In the wild, their brilliant patterns warn predators of a toxic meal; here, their black-white-pink-orange coloration invites your eyeballs to stay a while.
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Think Claude doesn't move? Think again! Like most ambush predators and large reptiles, he spends a lot of time conserving energy and basking/regulating body-temp. But as this timelapse shows—shot over the course of just 1.5 hours—that still adds up to one very active American alligator/birthday boy. 🐊💨
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Every day = perfect day to celebrate our 21-year-old American alligator, Claude! (And his triumph over itches despite rather short limbs.) While Claude's albinism means he couldn't survive in the wild today, that was once true of his entire species, which was decimated by hunting. Thanks the Endangered Species Act, populations of southeast America's most iconic animal—critical to that ecosystem—are stable once again. 💪🐊 (📽 by Eli H.)
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Calling all Californians: It's your civic duty to read up on this plant-eating, duck-billed, current candidate for State Dinosaur. (Hellooooo, Augustynolophus.👋) bit.ly/2rGOFKv
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A group of a hummingbirds is called a charm, & this footage of 30+ in one bath is nothing but. Via +Colossal: bit.ly/2vspMAw.
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The beauty of a paper kite butterfly chrysalis—only outdone by what's within. See for yourself when our new butterfly-emergence experience opens March 3!
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Caught on film for the first time! This beautifully bizarre, deep-sea ghost shark (aka chimaera), thanks to a Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute ROV operating around 6,700 feet: calacade.my/2gJG14R.
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A tropical holiday hat for biologist Patrick L., or what happens when two green tree pythons decide to snuggle? (📷 by curator Vikki M.)
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