Join us for an inside look at the daily lives of our animals and the people who care for them. Each week we’ll explore the fascinating creatures and discover the amazing surprises that make up our living planet.

Colorblind Masters of Camouflage

Many animals use camouflage to hide, but few are as skilled as the cuttlefish. However, this expert of disguise is color blind! Just how do they do it? Check out how this this adorable creature blends in masterfully with its surroundings.

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Transcript:
These little critters are called cuttlefish and are often referred to as chameleons of the sea, due to their incredible ability to change colors. Chameleons change their color due to mood, but cuttlefish do it to camouflage, among other things, and they’re really good at it.

Cuttlefish have special cells under their skin that expand and shrink to create reds, greens, and a bunch of other color pigments. And just like I can control each of my fingers individually, a cuttlefish can control each, individual cell.And you want to know what’s truly amazing? These squishy rainbows are basically color blind. There’s another type of cell called a leucophore. Because the cuttlefish can’t see in color, these cells reflect the light of objects around them. Basically, if a cuttlefish is sitting on white sand with brown pebbles, it will reflect those colors on its skin.

These little guys are masters of camouflage, so stop by our Ocean Explorer gallery and see if you can find them!

Credits:
Starring: Robert Blair
Vodcast Creation Team: Robert Blair, Tabitha Broadhead, Lora Eschtruth, Alex Woods
Cinematographer and Editor: Phase 2 Productions
Director: Ariane Audd
Producer: Christian Burrell
Creative Director: Ari Robinson
Marketing Director: Caroline Ralston
A special thanks to all those who contributed to the creation of this project, including Spy Hop Productions and the staff of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.

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Want to read more? Check out these resources:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/ne…
http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles…
http://www.thecephalopodpage.org/ceph…
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releas…
http://ocean.si.edu/ocean-news/how-oc…

Most Dangerous Animal in the Shark Tank

Sharks are clearly the most dangerous animals in our shark tank, right? Watch and find out if that’s really the case.

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Credits:

Starring: Robert Blair

Guest Appearance: Sean Hopewell, Dive Safety Officer

Vodcast Creation Team: Robert Blair, Tabitha Broadhead, Lora Eschtruth, Alex Woods

Cinematographer and Editor: Phase 2 Productions

Director: Ariane Audd

Producer: Christian Burrell

Creative Director: Ari Robinson

Marketing Director: Caroline Ralston

A special thanks to all those who contributed to the creation of this project, including Spy Hop Productions and the staff of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.

Small Cat, Big Bite

Lions and tigers are big cats, and so are their teeth. But where does the Clouded Leopard stack up? Find out more about this adorably fierce cat in our newest episode of Expedition: Living Planet!

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Starring: Robert Blair
Vodcast Creation Team: Robert Blair, Tabitha Broadhead, Lora Eschtruth, Alex Woods
Cinematographer and Editor: Phase 2 Productions
Director: Ariane Audd
Producer: Christian Burrell
Creative Director: Ari Robinson
Marketing Director: Caroline Ralston
A special thanks to all those who contributed to the creation of this project, including Spy Hop Productions and the staff of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.

Super Dooper Poopers

Everybody poops, but no one poops quite like the animals you’d find at the aquarium. Check out some gross, yet amazing ways our animals do their business. And see why it can be good for the environment!

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Starring: Robert Blair
Vodcast Creation Team: Robert Blair, Tabitha Broadhead, Lora Eschtruth, Alex Woods
Cinematographer and Editor: Phase 2 Productions
Director: Ariane Audd
Producer: Christian Burrell
Creative Director: Ari Robinson
Marketing Director: Caroline Ralston
Otter Stamping footage courtesy of Stephen Quan
A special thanks to all those who contributed to the creation of this project, including Spy Hop Productions and the staff of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.

How Do Sharks Hunt?

All sharks are fish-seeking torpedoes that chase down their prey…or are they? Find out in our newest episode of Expedition: Living Planet!

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Starring: Robert Blair
Vodcast Creation Team: Robert Blair, Tabitha Broadhead, Lora Eschtruth, Alex Woods
Cinematographer and Editor: Phase 2 Productions
Director: Ariane Audd
Producer: Christian Burrell
Creative Director: Ari Robinson
Marketing Director: Caroline Ralston
A special thanks to all those who contributed to the creation of this project, including Spy Hop Productions and the staff of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.

Do Animals Need Friends?

Friendship contributes to better emotional and physical health in humans. But does this hold true for animals? Do animals need friends? Explore why some animals group up together, discover how having “friends” could help them survive, and learn how different relationships benefit animals in their natural environments.

Special thanks to Spy Hop Productions and staff of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium for their immense help on this project.

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Starring: Arielle Hassett, Jakell Larson, Robert Blair

Animal Expert: Adam Olsen

Vodcast Creation Team: Lora Eschtruth, Peter Bergeson

Cinematographer and Editor: Phase 2 Productions

Graphics/Animations: Josie Cordova

Producer: Christian Burrell

Director: Ariane Audd

Resources:

References to Friendship info:

http://www.livescience.com/53315-how-friendships-are-good-for-your-health.html

http://www.livescience.com/53255-strong-social-connections-may-improve-health.html

http://www.livescience.com/17265-healthy-habits-contagious-similar-friends.html

Literary Resources:

Cadzow, R.B. and TJ Servoss. The association between perceived social support and health among patients at a free urban clinic. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2009. 101: 243-250.

Eng, P.M. et al. Social ties and change in social ties in relation to subsequent total and cause-specific mortality and coronary heart disease incidence in men. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2002. 155: 700-709.

Reblin, M. and B.N. Uchino. Social and emotional support and its implications for health. Current Opinion in Psychiatry. 2008. 21: 201-205.

Rutledge, T. et al. Social networks are associated with lower mortality rates among women with suspected coronary disease: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-Sponsored Women’s Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation Study. Psychosomatic Medicine. 2004. 66:882-888.

Links to other videos/resources:

Elephant/Dog video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR0BlQzbOUk

Rhino/Goat Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bL02GyIsKw

https://asknature.org/strategy/intricate-relationship-allows-the-other-to-flourish/#.WBOYcS0rLcc

Do Trees Hibernate?

The temperature is dropping. Leaves are falling. Winter is coming. Some animals sleep through winter, but what about trees? Do they hibernate? Join us as we learn about the ways that trees prepare for cold weather, discover why leaves change color, and explore how plants know when winter is near.

Special thanks to Wasatch State Park, Jamie Scott, Spy Hop Productions, and staff of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium for their immense help on this project.

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Starring: Jakell Larson, Robert Blair, Peter Bergeson

Writers: Lora Halterman, Peter Bergeson

Cinematographer and Editor: Phase 2 Productions

Graphics/Animations: sie Cordova

Producer: Christian Burrell

Director: Ariane Audd

Time-lapse of leaves changing color, “Fall,” courtesy of Jamie Scott.

Filmed on location at Wasatch State Park.

Resources:

Why  Leaves Change Color:

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/how-do-trees-survive-winter

http://biology.appstate.edu/fall-colors/will-global-climate-change-affect-fall-colors

http://www.kidzone.ws/plants/autumn1.htmhttp://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/10/1005_041008_fallfoliage.html

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/10/071030-fall-leaves.html

http://science.jrank.org/pages/5303/Plant-Pigment-Carotenoids.html

http://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/trees-survive-winter-cold

http://www.carnivorousplants.org/cpn/samples/Science273anthocyanin.htm

http://www.usna.usda.gov/PhotoGallery/FallFoliage/ScienceFallColor.htmlhttp://spaceplace.nasa.gov/seasons/en/http://www.esf.edu/pubprog/brochure/leaves/leaves.htm

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114288700

Hibernation:

http://www.uen.org/themepark/patterns/animalmigration.shtml

http://wildlife.utah.gov/blog/2011/how-deer-cope-with-winter-conditions/

https://student.societyforscience.org/blog/eureka-lab/warm-weather-pika-gathers-more-moss?mode=blog

http://wildaboututah.org/seasonal-changes-amazing-adaptations/

Andrea LiberatoreAndrea LiberatoreAndrea LiberatoreAndrea LiberatoreAndrea Liberatore http://wildaboututah.org/sleeping-winter-away/

http://wildlife.utah.gov/blog/2013/snowshoe-hares-a-unique-challenge-for-utahs-upland-game-hunters/

http://www.desertusa.com/animals/hibernation.html

Do Fish Drink Water?

Fish! Every aquarium has them. The oceans, lakes, and rivers of the world are full of them. As a living organism, fish need food to live, but have you ever wondered if they also have to drink? They live in the water and most can’t survive outside of it, so do they just drink while they swim? Explore, Discover, and Learn about whether or not fish drink water in this fun episode.

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Starring: Katie White & Robert Blair
Cinematographer and Editor: Phase 2 Productions
Graphics/Animations: Ari Robinson
Producer: Christian Burrell
Director: Ariane Audd
Researchers, writers, and creative team:
• Robert Blair
• Katie White
• Adam Olsen
• Brent Beardsley
• Caitlyn Arimura

A special thanks to all those who contributed to the creation of this project:
• LLPA’s Education Vodcast Council
• Spy Hop Productions
• Staff of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Resources:
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/water…
http://marinebio.org/oceans/structure…

Great Salt Lake Whales: Fact or Fiction?

Ever heard the myth about whales living in Great Salt Lake? In this episode, we explore this fun legend to see if the science supports the myth. Discover how adaptions make it possible for various marine animals to live in salt water, and learn what makes Great Salt Lake one of the saltiest bodies of water around. Let’s check it out!

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Starring: Kristen Smith, Robert Blair, & Lora Halterman
Great Salt Lake Expert: Wendy Wilson, Assistant Park Manager
Cinematographer and Editor: Phase 2 Productions
Graphics/Animations: Drew Cordova
Producer: Christian Burrell
Director: Ariane Audd
Researchers, writers, and creative team:
• Kristen Smith
• Robert Blair
• Danny Alvey
• Amanda Arthur
• Tabitha Broadhead
• Lauren Evans
• Ben Segee
Filmed on location at Great Salt Lake, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, and Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

A special thanks to all those who contributed to the creation of this project:
• LLPA’s Education Vodcast Council
• Utah’s Hogle Zoo
• Wendy Wilson, Great Salt Lake Assistant Park Manager
• Jeremy Shaw, Great Salt Lake Park Manager
• Dave Shearer, Great Salt Lake Harbor Master
• Spy Hop Productions
• Staff of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Resources:
Maps courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey
http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/water…
http://www.scientificamerican.com/art…
http://www.seaturtle.org/faq/answers/…
http://utah.com/great-salt-lake-state…
http://historytogo.utah.gov/utah_chap…
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/wh…
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/44…
http://wildlife.utah.gov/gsl/brineshr…
http://ut.water.usgs.gov/greatsaltlak…

Link to original Utah Enquirer article:
https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/detai…\
https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/detai…

Whats So Scary About Algae?

It’s spooky. It’s mysterious. It’s all over…it’s algae?

We’ve seen a scare of algal blooms in Utah, and they’re happening all over the world. But what is algae? Is it dangerous? What causes an algal bloom? Join us as we explore this aquatic plant, discover what causes algal blooms, and learn what we can do to prevent them.

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Starring: Arielle Hassett & Robert Blair
Algae Expert: Ben Holcomb
Cinematographer and Editor: Phase 2 Productions
Graphics/Animations: Josie Cordova
Producer: Christian Burrell
Director: Ariane Audd

Time-lapse of Utah Lake Algal Bloom courtesy of Scot Chipman and the Utah Water Ski Club

Resources:
https://www.epa.gov/nutrient-policy-d…
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/ha…
http://blooms.uwcfl.org/what-are-habs/
http://deq.utah.gov/Pollutants/H/harm…
http://allaboutalgae.com
oceanservice.noaa.gov
http://cees.iupui.edu/
https://www.epa.gov/nutrientpollution
http://www.wired.com/2016/07/pretty-a…

Can Utah Survive Without Snow?

Utah has some of the best snow on Earth, but what would happen if it only ever rained instead of snowed? Would it just upset the skiers and snowboarders of the world? All people, plants, and animals depend on water for so many reasons. Find out where we get it, how much we use, and why it’s important that it falls as snow instead of rain. Join us as we Explore, Discover, and Learn about what makes snowpack so important here in Utah.

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Starring: Arielle Hassett, Robert Blair, & Jeff Saville
Cinematographer and Editor: Phase 2 Productions
Graphics/Animations: Drew Cordova
Producer: Christian Burrell
Director: Ariane Audd
Researchers, writers, and creative team:
• Arielle Hassett
• Robert Blair
• Jeff Saville
• Tabitha Broadhead
• Lora Halterman
• Ben Segee (Mathematician)

A special thanks to all those who contributed to the creation of this project:
• LLPA’s Education Vodcast Council
• Dr. Paul Brooks, Professor of Geology/Geophysics, University of Utah
• Dr. Hilary Hungerford, Assistant Professor of Geography, Utah Valley University
• Spy Hop Productions
• Staff of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Resources:
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=35054495
http://utahlake.gov/wp-content/upload…

Math Sources:
http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1405/pdf/ci…
http://www.livestrong.com/article/350…
http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/how-do…
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_t…
http://people.howstuffworks.com/water…

Are Wildfires Really That Bad?

Wildfire…a destructive, devastating force of nature…or is it? Are wildfires really as bad as we think? Many ecosystems actually depend on regular fires. Join us as we explore what makes up a natural environment and how wildfires play a part in its success. And discover why some organizations go out of their way to start fires. Catch on to this interesting phenomenon!

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Special thanks to the National Forest Service, Mitchell James Power, Dale and Karen Greenwood, Spy Hop Productions, and staff of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium for their immense help on this project.

Starring: Jake Larson & Robert Blair
Fire Expert: Mitchell J. Power; Associate Professor, Geography, University of Utah
Cinematographer and Editor: Phase 2 Productions
Graphics/Animations: Drew Cordova
Producer: Christian Burrell
Director: Ariane Audd
Researchers: Lora Halterman & Destinee Lancaster

Resources:
http://www.utahfireinfo.gov/
http://www.foresthistory.org/ASPNET/P…
https://www.nps.gov/fire/wildland-fir…
http://www.fire.ca.gov/communications…
http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/pl…
http://www.pacificbio.org/initiatives…
https://www.fws.gov/northeast/refuges…
http://www.southernrockiesfirescience…
Wildfire Data:
http://www.utahfireinfo.gov/fire_info…
http://gacc.nifc.gov/gbcc/intell.php

Do Sharks Snore?

Sharks have to keep swimming to breathe. Or do they? If this is true, how do they sleep? And do they snore? Join us as we explore these questions and discover how sharks, and many other fish, get their beauty rest.

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Special thanks to Spy Hop Productions and staff of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium for their immense help on this project.

Starring: Jakell Larson, Robert Blair
Animal Expert: Tiera McAdam, Skyler Bernier
Vodcast Creation Team: Lora Eschtruth, Peter Bergeson
Cinematographer and Editor: Phase 2 Productions
Graphics/Animations: Josie Cordova
Producer: Christian Burrell
Director: Ariane Audd

References and more information:
https://www.britannica.com/science/sleep
http://sleep.org/articles/do-all-anim…
https://sleep.org/articles/do-fish-sl…
http://www.howsleepworks.com/what.html
http://marinelife.about.com/od/fish/f…
http://www.elasmo-research.org/educat…
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.p…
http://www.sharksider.com/do-sharks-s…
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.p…
https://bigquestion.wordpress.com/200…
https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-dis…
http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/…
http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/h…
http://www.tfhmagazine.com/details/ar…
http://saltwaterlife.co.uk/sharkiolog…

Other videos to check out:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bRIu…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exzai…

Why Do We Need Water?

The human body is made up of all sorts of stuff, but a great deal of it is water. Water, that flavorless, but definitely not worthless liquid—what does it actually do for us? Explore, Discover, and Learn all about why water is the life blood of all living things on Earth

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Starring: Katie White & Call VandeVeegaete
Cinematographer and Editor: Phase 2 Productions
Graphics/Animations: Drew Cordova
Producer: Christian Burrell
Director: Ariane Audd
Researchers, writers, and creative team:
• Ben Segee
• Destinee Lancaster
• Robert Blair

A special thanks to all those who contributed to the creation of this project:
• LLPA’s Education Vodcast Council
• Dr. Lee Audd, M.D.
• Spy Hop Productions
• Staff of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Resources:
http://www.nps.gov/arch/faqs.htm
http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/narratives/UT…
http://rainfall.geography.hawaii.edu/…
http://www.livescience.com/32320-how-…
http://www.businessinsider.com/how-ma…
http://www.scientificamerican.com/art…
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-n…
http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/de…