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First of its kind footage captured for National Geographic's "Incredible Animal Journeys" shows a barn swallow caught in a sandstorm as part of its migration through the Sahara Desert.
Hercules beetles can grow to almost 7 inches long and are among the largest flying insects on Earth.
After years of failed attempts, scientists have finally succeeded in snapping images of an extremely rare, enormous rat that is so big it can reportedly chew through coconuts on the Solomon Islands.
A diver filmed a pair of young ocean sunfish off Canada's coast and experts estimated them to measure 24 inches across — five times smaller than the size they reach as adults.
Fossil enthusiast John Kreatsoulas thought the artifact was a log, before he realized he was holding a bone from the last ice age.
Researchers recorded the movements of ocean predators and found many diving to depths of over 3,200 feet for reasons that are currently unclear.
Serotine bats that have penises seven times longer and wider than their female counterparts' vaginas are the first known mammals to engage in non-penetrative sex.
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