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These California Fish Leave the Water to Mate

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The California grunion is an ocean fish that mates on land—specifically, on the beach at high tide. This presents all kinds of challenges. For one thing, the fish have to survive being out of water during the mating process; they're water breathers but can manage a short trip onto the beach. Then the eggs have to stay hidden and hydrated, avoiding becoming lunch for birds and other predators. Finally, the eggs have to hatch into water, at another super high tide two or four weeks later. It's a lifecycle that's akin to that of sea turtles.

In this beautiful 4K video from Deep Look, we learn about the grunion and their peculiar, challenging sex life. Enjoy:

If video isn't your thing, KQED has an excellent writeup. One thing we learn there is that "grunion" is both the plural and singular term for the fish. And we learn this peculiar fact:

During warm summer nights, crowds emerge to witness the grunion run. Some are there just to watch. Others scramble in the darkness to catch the fish and bring them home for a date with the grill or frying pan.

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Listen to the Impossibly Adorable Sounds of a Baby Sloth
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Sometimes baby sloths seem almost too adorable to be real. But the little muppet-faced treasures don't just look cute—turns out they sound cute, too. We know what you're thinking: How could you have gone your whole life without knowing what these precious creatures sound like? Well, fear not: Just in time for International Sloth Day (today), we have some footage of how the tiny mammals express themselves—and it's a lot of squeaking. (Or maybe that's you squealing?)

The sloths featured in the heart-obliterating video below come from the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica. The institution rescues orphaned sloths, rehabilitates them, and gets them ready to be released back into the wild.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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Mesmerizing Metal Machines
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Martin Smith's metal machines are mesmerizing. They ripple like water, flap like birds, and undulate in seamless elegant motion. See more amazing automata on Instagram.

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