By-The-Wind Sailors Swarm The West Coast

Velella Velella Invade West Coast

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Beachgoers on the West Coast were treated to a bizarre sight this summer when thousands of peculiar sea creatures commonly called “by-the-wind sailors” washed ashore. These small, jellyfish-like marine life (scientific name Velella velella) are about 2.75 inches in length and have a bluish tint to their rather translucent form. Due to their unique, sail-like shape, these aptly nicknamed creatures are at the mercy of the sea. When wind conditions change, so do their destinations, which is why so many of the Velella velella have made their way onto the beach this year.

Up Close By-The-Wind Sailors

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The World’s Weirdest Natural Places

As humans, we often let our imagination run wild and can come back with some pretty surreal stuff that can surprise even the most well-seasoned of acid trippers. However, we can’t really compete with nature. Every now and then, we discover a new place that comes by its “could be from a Salvador Dalí painting” vibe completely naturally.

Weirdest Natural Places: Mendenhall Ice Cave

Mendenhall Cave

This cave is really… *puts on sunglasses*…cool Source: 500PX

Few people actually get to see a glacier in person. Even fewer get to see a cave inside the glacier, which is typically formed by a stream of water or volcanic vents. That is what made the Mendenhall Ice Cave special. Well…that and the fact that it looked like the inside of the Fortress of Solitude.

Weirdest Natural Places Mendenhall Entrance

Entrance isn’t exactly tourist-friendly
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Doing Yoga In An X-Ray Machine: A Study Of The Human Body

This incredible video was created by Hybrid Medical Animation, a group dedicated to the accurate depiction of the human body in dynamic, 3D images. Painstakingly stitched together from a series of x-rays, this video is meant to show the stress, cooperation, and grace of the human skeleton in motion.

Looking Back At Yamamoto Nizo’s Best Work At Studio Ghibli

Girl Who Leapt Through Time

A brilliant view of a sunset over the water. (Girl Who Leapt through Time)
Source: The Kobe Shimbun

When Studio Ghibli announced the re-tooling and possible closing of their company this past summer, many of us to took a look back on some of the production studio’s finest films. Many of us grew up during Studio Ghibli’s heyday, shortly after it was created in 1985. It’s no secret that these films possess beautiful animation and the unforgettable stories, but there’s more going on behind the scenes of these animated classics than most of us realize.

Yamamoto Nizo Little Nemo

Yamamoto’s knowledge of architecture shows through in this scene. (Little Nemo)
Source: The Kobe Shimbun

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