Watch This: The fastest sharks in the ocean, wild animals react to mirrors, and more

Watch This: The fastest sharks in the ocean, wild animals react to mirrors, and more





Go underwater with the world's speediest sharks. Plus, a stunning city carved from stone, a rare pig gives birth to triplets, and more.
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       2:11 | Travel      
See the Stunning Stone Monuments of Petra
From the first time I watched Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, I've been mesmerized by Petra. It's been on my travel bucket list since the film came out in 1989! Hopefully, when you watch the video you'll be transported to the honeycomb of hand-hewn caves, temples, and tombs carved from blushing pink sandstone in the high desert of Jordan.

— Bethany Jones, producer
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       1:40 | MAGAZINE      
How to Film the Fastest Shark in the Ocean
One of my first memories of sharks was the Jaws ride at Universal Studios. As a 4-year-old, it was scary being on a boat chased by a giant, bloodthirsty mechanical shark, especially not being able to separate fact from fiction. As I've gotten older, I've come to love sharks for their sleek beauty and important role in the ecosystem. Brian Skerry, one of my favorite photographers, captures the power and charisma of sharks in positive ways that I've not seen before. Follow him as he gets high-speed footage of shortfin makos, the speediest sharks in the ocean.

— Milaena Hamilton, associate producer
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       10:32 | Short Film Showcase      
Peek Inside the Strange, Secret World of Bugs
With dramatic flair, Oliver Mueller's Medieval Monsters provides an in-depth look at the insects of England's New Forest. Watch stag beetles fight and dung beetles feast in this compelling short. Using slow-motion and time-lapse techniques, Mueller shot these creatures with custom-built equipment. The mating rituals of dragonflies and the defense tactics of the Southern wood ant are captured up close. The grandiose nature of the piece made it so much fun to watch, and I liked being educated about bugs in the process.

Rachel Link, producer
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       1:41 | NEWS      
Watch Amazon Animals Discover Themselves in a Mirror
Do you love looking at yourself in the mirror? Apparently, some of these wild animals do, too. Mirrors and cameras set up by scientists in the Amazon rain forest show the different ways animals react upon discovering their reflection. This research is helping to identify which animals have the capacity for self-recognition.

Richie Hertzberg, associate producer/editor
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       1:47 | NEWS      
Extremely Rare Pig Gives Birth to Even Rarer Triplets
These energetic piglet triplets stole my heart. Before researching and editing this video, I wasn't familiar with babirusa pigs. They are among the world's rarest pig species, found only on a few Indonesian islands. They're barrel-chested and bald with delicate, thin legs. Conservation programs like the one at the Chester Zoo are making efforts to maintain genetic diversity of the species, because babirusas are vulnerable to extinction in the wild.

— Amy Rankin, associate producer
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