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Nirmal Purja Summits All 14 Eight-Thousanders in Record 6 Months

In just 6 months and 6 days, Nirmal “Nims†Purja MBE has completed his challenge to summit Earth’s 14 tallest mountains, smashing the previous record of almost eight years and taking his place in mountaineering history. “I am overwhelmed and incredibly proud to have completed this final summit and achieved my goal of climbing the world’s 14 tallest mountains in record time. It has been a gruelling but humbling six months, and I hope to have proven that anything is possible with some determination, self-belief and positivity. I could not…

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Divers Stumble Upon Giant Squid Egg and Capture Surreal Moment on Film

A team of divers filmed a rare glimpse of a huge transparent egg sac containing hundreds of thousands of baby squid. The stunning underwater video was filmed by Ronald Raasch, 48, as he was diving with two other team-members from the research vessel REV Ocean in the cold waters outside Ørsta, Norway. On October 5, the team of divers was swimming back to shore after visiting a WWII shipwreck about 200 metres from the coast, when they had a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a mysterious object. Floating 17 metres below the…

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At the Right Place and Time You Can See the Magical Yosemite Rainbowfall

In spring and fall, as the sun lowers its position on the horizon, a dazzling natural phenomenon can be seen from Yosemite National Park’s iconic ‘Tunnel View’. Late afternoon sunlight turns Bridalveil Fall into a glistening waterfall of colours. This display of nature’s watercolors varies depending on time of year, weather conditions, and how much water is in Bridalveil Fall. Photographer Greg Harlow recently captured the breathtaking phenomenon from Glacier Point. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/yosemite-rainbow-waterfall-video/

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Guy Fills Jar with Seawater, Seals it For a Year, and Documents the Results

YouTube channel Life in Jars made this large natural native saltwater ecosphere in a jar and fastidiously documented the results. The ecosphere has housed crabs, starfish and a lot more and is currently still housing a lot of crustaceans, paramecium, worms, other invertebrates and even spionid worms. He also answered some of the most frequently asked questions which I have copied and pasted below: Q: How can you ‘accidentally’ catch those animals? A: As you’ve noticed I collected a lot of seaweed and algae. The animals were probably hidden somewhere…

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Check Out the Incredible Head Stabilization of this Male Kestrel

Wildlife enthusiast Anthony Roberts (@ZedAnthony) recently shared this fascinating clip of a Male kestrel hunting at South Stack Island in Angelesey, Wales. Despite the strong winds, the bird can be observed using its remarkable head stabilization and maintaining his focus on his prey. You can see the original tweet embedded below. Just look at that head stabilisation! Male kestrel hunting at South Stack, Anglesey yesterday. pic.twitter.com/z1KKrvPR8S — Anthony Roberts (@ZedAnthony) June 6, 2019 Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/incredible-head-stabilization-of-male-kestrel-bird/

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A Chilling Compilation of the Fires Currently Raging Across the Amazon

The following excerpt is from Brian Kahn’s article on Earther: What began as a “day of fire†a week and a half ago has now turned daytime skies in São Paulo an inky black. The Amazon has been in deep, deep trouble ever since far-right president Jair Bolsnaro took over running Brazil. Advocates feared his regime would commit ecological “genocide†in the Amazon and with each passing month, those fears are becoming reality.   Deforestation rates have spiked in recent months, and now large swaths of the world’s largest rainforest…

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Woman Sees Smoke, Starts Recording, and Captures an Eruption as It Happens

Boaters in the Mediterranean have captured the exact moment a volcano erupted on the Italian holiday island of Stromboli. The eruption occurred last Wednesday and tragically, flying debris from the blast killed a 35-year-old hiker from Sicily. Around 1,000 tourists fled as the island was evacuated. Stromboli, which is approx. 13 sq. km, has a population of around 500 people and its economy is based almost entirely on tourism – much related to the volcano. Known as “The Lighthouse Of The Mediterranean”, it stands 3,000 ft above sea level, and…

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Amateur Photographers Perfect Bald Eagle Reflection Photo Goes Viral

© Steve Biro When Canadian amateur photographer, Steve Biro, set out that morning to shoot his favourite subject, he already had the shot he wanted in mind. In an interview with CBC, he said he tried a year prior to get a similar shot with no success. After hundreds of photos taken that day at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy in Vittoria, Ontario, Biro stumbled across the perfect frame when going through the shots at home. Staring directly at his camera, the bald eagle squared up perfectly with both wings touching…

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Lone Orangutan Tries to Fight Bulldozer Destroying Its Home

Footage released by International Animal Rescue shows harrowing footage of an orangutan trying to fight off a bulldozer destroying its habitat. As loggers smash the base of a tree in the Ketapang District of West Borneo, video shows one of the great apes perched in the tree’s canopy as it falls to the floor. Two members of IAR’s Orangutan Protection Unit try to dart and carry the animal to safety. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/orangutan-tries-to-fight-bulldozer/

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Running With the Wild White Horses of Camargue

The Camargue horse is an ancient breed of horse indigenous to the Camargue area in southern France. Its origins remain relatively unknown, although it is generally considered one of the oldest breeds of horses in the world. Wild white (actually semi-feral) Camargue horses galloping through water has become a popular and romantic image of the region. And for good reason, just look at the GoPro video above and tell me that’s not majestic. You can learn more about these horses and the region they come from here. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/running-with-the-wild-white-horses-of-camargue/

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One Breath Around the World, Guillaume Nrys Incredible New Short

“One Last Breath” is the incredible new short film by free diver Guillaume Néry. The film was shot entirely by Néry’s wife, Julie Gautier, who amazingly captured everything on breath hold as well. The original soundtrack was produced by Guillaume Ferran and this one is worth watching with the lights off and sound up! The sequence with the whales blew my mind. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/one-breath-around-the-world-by-guillaume-nery/

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Timelapse of Single Cell Becoming Organism is Coolest Thing Youll See Today

Native to central and southern Europe, the amphibious alpine newt breeds in shallow water, where its larvae are born, hatch and feed on plankton, before sprouting legs and moving to land. This timelapse video from the Dutch director Jan van IJken tracks the development of a single-celled zygote into the hatched larva of an alpine newt. Captured in stunning detail at microscopic scales, Becoming is a remarkable look at the process of cell division and differentiation, whence all animals – from newts to humans – come. via Aeon Read more:…

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Honey Badger Mom Saves Her Baby From the Jaws of a Hungry Leopard

Honey badgers do care! Spotted at Kruger National Park in South Africa, a mother honey badger rescues her baby (literally) from the jaws of a hungry leopard. The camera is a little shaky, likely due to the fact that they were quite zoomed in while filming. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/honey-badger-saves-baby-from-leopard/

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Icelands Geysers and Waterfalls in 4K Slow Motion from Above

The Slow Mo Guys travel to Iceland to capture the country’s incredible natural beauty. From geysers to waterfalls, Gav and Dan use a crazy custom drone to fly their Phantom camera to hard to reach places and capture Iceland in 4K slow motion. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/iceland-in-4k-slow-motion-from-above/

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