​That Time Lloyds of London Insured The Loch Ness Monster

In 1971, Cutty Sark offered an award of one million pounds ($2.4 million) to anyone who could capture the Loch Ness Monster. But, the whiskey manufacturer began to get cold feet, so it asked Lloyds of London to underwrite the contest. The insurance company agreed, with the condition that it would get to keep Nessie. » 9/02/14 10:30am 9/02/14 10:30am

World's Largest Aquatic Insect Found In China

No, this isn't a prop from a King Kong movie — it's a newly discovered member of the Megaloptera family that could very well be the largest aquatic insect in the world. » 7/22/14 1:25pm 7/22/14 1:25pm

A rare goblin shark was recently caught in the Gulf of Mexico. Measuring an astounding 18-feet long, this rare species of shark has only been seen in this region once before. The Florida Keys shrimp fisherman who caught it, Carl Moore, released it back into the ocean after snapping some photos. » 5/05/14 6:40am 5/05/14 6:40am

What the hell is this eldritch horror from beneath the sea?

It's got a giant blob foot full of what I can only assume are tapioca balls from a bubble drink, plus some pretty insane tentacles. Even marine biologist David Shiffman was perplexed, which is why he sent out a tweet earlier today asking for somebody to identify it. » 2/15/14 5:28pm 2/15/14 5:28pm

Is this really the face of Bigfoot?

Monster-hunter Rick Dyer claims he shot and killed Bigfoot — because that's what you do when you find a shy, rare creature — and is now touring the country with its dead body. Today he released this picture of his Bigfoot trophy. » 1/02/14 3:57pm 1/02/14 3:57pm

This Mekong River Monster footage is pretty weird

I think the strangest part of this "river monster" video, taken on Thailand's Mekong River, is the very first bit. What the heck is that weird membrane thing? » 12/02/13 6:40am 12/02/13 6:40am

Marine biologists call this borg-like organism the unicorn of the sea

Large portions of the internet think the narwhal is the unicorn of the sea. Large portions of the internet are wrong. That title clearly belongs to the pyrosome, pictured here. As is often the case with legendary animals, images of giant pyrosomes tend to be low-resolution. But unlike Bigfoot or Nessie, pyrosomes are… » 8/01/13 9:00am 8/01/13 9:00am

What is going on with this terrifying ball of flies?

Louise Davis, a water resources advisory officer in north Devon, UK, was doing an assessment of the local river Torridge. What she found mystified her. Enormous balls of flies were dangling from trees over the water. Each "ball" was solid flies — perhaps hundreds of the insects. She'd never seen anything like it. » 7/26/13 3:20pm 7/26/13 3:20pm

The absolute worst way to die in the wild is Death-by-Cassowary

Outside Magazine recently published a funny-but-also-deadly-serious listicle of the Ten Worst Ways to Die in the Wild. There are some pretty greusome demises to be had in the roundup, but death by cassowary is far and away the worst fate on the list. » 7/01/13 2:32pm 7/01/13 2:32pm

Some of the World's Rarest (and Strangest) Creatures

The world is full of wonders that few humans have ever seen. Even now, with the human race spreading across the planet and occupying every corner of the globe, there are living creatures so unusual, that few have laid eyes on them. Here are some of the most uncanny. » 5/14/13 2:13pm 5/14/13 2:13pm

Holy sh*t, that is one enormous crocodile

This is not an ad for Toyota. It's a photo of a 4.8-meter crocodile that was shot and killed earlier this week in the small Australian community of Palumpa. » 3/22/13 3:30pm 3/22/13 3:30pm

Honduras sheep attacks spark more chupacabra fears

42 sheep were found dead from apparent animal bites on a farm in Honduras that was guarded by dogs and a few humans, too. What could be responsible for such weird carnage? Could it be . . . chupacabras? » 3/19/13 2:37pm 3/19/13 2:37pm

The incredible story of how scientists finally found a giant squid

Edith Widder was one of the marine biologists who, last year, successfully filmed a giant squid living in its natural habitat. In this captivating TED Talk, Widder recounts details of the expedition (all 400+ hours of it), squid summits, and optical luring — a key insight that made it possible to film this deep-sea… » 3/05/13 2:20pm 3/05/13 2:20pm

Tehran suffering plague of hyper-evolved "mutant rats"

In Iran's capital city of Tehran, a rat infestation has led officials to claim that they're basically in the middle of a 1950s giant animal movie, or maybe a Star Trek episode. The rats, which are said to be "bigger than cats," are apparently the result of radiation and chemicals causing them to make a massive… » 3/04/13 11:20am 3/04/13 11:20am

Why creationists love Meyer's dragon

This is a dragon, "as it was recovered in the hands of the engineer Cornelius Meyer" — at least according to the inscription in the picture. Said picture comes from a book written by Meyer, himself, in 1696. On the book's cover is an etching of the dragon as he purports it looked — alive — in 1691. » 2/08/13 2:34pm 2/08/13 2:34pm

The Brazilian Treehopper may be the strangest creature we've ever laid…

Because holy crap, just look at that headgear. Everyone, meet Bocydium globulare. Better known as the Brazilian treehopper, B. globulare excels at living a solitary life, hanging out on the leaves of glory bushes, and head-sphering its way into your nightmares. » 1/14/13 8:05am 1/14/13 8:05am

Watch the first-ever footage of the giant squid in its natural habitat

For the first time ever, researchers have captured video of a live giant squid in its natural habitat. The complete footage won't air until later this month, but the video up top gives us a tentacular taste of things to come. » 1/11/13 6:40am 1/11/13 6:40am