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California Sea Lions Keep Getting Shot by Fishermen
Despite legal protections for sea lions, fishermen resort to lethal force to keep them from stealing their catch.
How 3D Printing Helped Mr. Stubbs, The Tailless Alligator loading...
How 3D Printing Helped Mr. Stubbs, The Tailless Alligator
New 3D scanning and printing technology allowed researchers to build a prosthetic tail for a disabled alligator.
Bizarre Newts Live Their Whole Lives, and Reproduce, As Babies loading...
Bizarre Newts Live Their Whole Lives, and Reproduce, As Babies
Salamanders in the European Alps and elsewhere can put off developing into adults for years—or their entire lives—in certain circumstances.
Watch a Thirsty Wasp Drink Water in Mesmerizing Slow Motion loading...
Watch a Thirsty Wasp Drink Water in Mesmerizing Slow Motion
In a unique video, a wasp seemingly tries to catch drop after drop of water in a delicate dance between hydration and drenched wings.
Cancer Rarely Strikes Elephants. New Clues Suggest Why. loading...
Cancer Rarely Strikes Elephants. New Clues Suggest Why.
The newly tested genes may be an important key to the gentle giants’ surprisingly low rates of cancer.
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Can the Ocean Feed a Growing World?
Healthy fisheries may be the key to feeding ten billion people-if they're managed correctly.
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Orca Mother Drops Calf, After Unprecedented 17 Days of Mourning
A Pacific Northwest orca likely bonded closely with her calf before it died, which could help explain her record-breaking emotional sojourn.
Early Native Americans Imported Exotic Parrots, DNA Reveals loading...
Early Native Americans Imported Exotic Parrots, DNA Reveals
The discovery suggests that scarlet macaws were being bred for trade centuries earlier than previously thought.
How Killer Whales Went from Hated, to Adored, to Endangered loading...
How Killer Whales Went from Hated, to Adored, to Endangered
The more we’ve learned about orcas, the more we love them. But can killer whales survive the dramatic changes to their world?
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This Colourful New Seahorse Is the Size of a Grain of Rice
Researchers have discovered a tiny new species of pygmy seahorse that inhabits the boulder-strewn coasts of Japan.
Most Marine Mammals Are Missing One Mysterious Gene loading...
Most Marine Mammals Are Missing One Mysterious Gene
Alarmingly, the adaptation may leave them more vulnerable to pesticides running into the sea.
Hydroelectric Dam Threatens to Wipe Out World's Rarest Ape loading...
Hydroelectric Dam Threatens to Wipe Out World's Rarest Ape
A hydroelectric plant and dam, already in the works, could drive the newly identified Tapanuli orangutan to extinction.
About the Show

Majestic animals we deem beautiful are well documented. Their stories are celebrated while we appropriate their regality, elegance and grace to adorn our company logos, be our sporting mascots and represent our families on crests. Then there's the other animals, the aesthetic outsiders we don't consider cute or cuddly. The critters we tend to laugh at or revile simply because they don't fit into what we deem as beautiful. The animals selected by natural selection to be beaten with the ugly stick and having faces only a mother could love. This is their time to shine. A celebration of respectable irreverence, revealing the extraordinary features these creatures possess who seem to be horribly disfigured but are in fact perfectly evolved, just very ugly.

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