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Views: Sally Lightfoot Crabs Face Eels & Octopus Off Coast Of Brazil (BBC)

In their search for food, these crabs must leap from rock to rock, dodging the predators that lie in wait.

Sally Lightfoot crabs are brightly-coloured coastal scavengers, found in the Galapagos Islands and across the western coast of South and Central America.

Views: Hawk-Eagles And Oriental Pied Hornbills Hunt Bats In Malaysia

Hawk-eagles and hornbills play to their unique strengths as they pluck bats mid-flight.

The oriental pied hornbill is an Indo-Malayan pied hornbill, a large canopy-dwelling bird belonging to the family Bucerotidae. Two other common names for this species are Sunda pied hornbill and Malaysian pied hornbill. The species is considered to be among the smallest and most common of the Asian hornbills.

Ocean Views: Portuguese Man O’ War (BBC Earth)

As it floats on the surface of the ocean, the Man O’ War looks beautiful and harmless but packs a killer sting with its deadly tentacles.

The Portuguese man o’ war, also known as the man-of-war, bluebottle, or floating terror is a marine hydrozoan found in the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. It is considered to be the same species as the Pacific man o’ war, which is found mainly in the Pacific Ocean. 

Marine Views: Saddleback Clownfish (BBC Earth)

A family of saddleback clownfish have found an excellent home, however, they need a place to lay their eggs.

Amphiprion polymnus, also known as the saddleback clownfish or yellowfin anemonefish, is a black and white species of anemonefish with a distinctive saddle. Like all anemonefishes it forms a symbiotic mutualism with sea anemones and is unaffected by the stinging tentacles of the host anemone. 

Ocean Views: Cuttlefish Mesmerize Their Prey (BBC)

This specialist hunter knows just how dangerous their prey can be. To solve this problem, they hypnotise crabs by changing the colour of their skin.

Cuttlefish or cuttles are marine molluscs of the order Sepiida. They belong to the class Cephalopoda, which also includes squid, octopuses, and nautiluses. Cuttlefish have a unique internal shell, the cuttlebone, which is used for control of buoyancy. 

Insect Views: The Kung Fu Mantis (BBC Earth Video)

Is this the world’s bravest mantid? Nick Easton recalls the amazing story of capturing this once-in-a-lifetime encounter.

Northern Praying Mantis is a style of Chinese martial arts, sometimes called Shandong Praying Mantis after its province of origin. It was created by Wang Lang and was named after the praying mantis, an insect, the aggressiveness of which inspired the style.