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Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week

Where does all the water go that seems to get sucked into Thor's Well along the Oregon coast. Original Image
Credit: Brad DeWald

Each week we find the most interesting and informative articles we can and along the way we uncover amazing and cool images. Here you'll discover 10 incredible photos and the stories behind them.

Ocean Desert?

The glob was an enormous lion's mane jellyfish.

[Full Story: Family Finds Gooey 'Alien' Jellyfish on NZ Beach. And It Looks Like a Jell-O Mold.]


Fishing Bugs?

Scientists observed the first-ever evidence of praying mantises hunting fish.

[Full Story: Praying Mantis That Catches Fish Is a Guppy's Worst Nightmare]


Wooing the Ladies:

Mating time offers Japanese pufferfish a chance to demonstrate their artistic side.

[Full Story: Pufferfish 'Artist' Crafts Intricate Sand Wheel in Captivating Video]


Rough Coastline:

The ocean seems to disappear into Oregon's rocky coastline.

[Full Story: 'Thor's Well' Seems to Drain to the Underworld in Incredible Photo (Here’s Why)]


A Confusing Time:

Want to see a photo of a bee parasitized by dozens of beetle larvae? Wait, where are you going?

[Full Story: Bee That Was Looking for Love Ends Up Wearing a 'Vest' of Parasitic Beetle Larvae]


Traces Lend a Clue:

Fat molecules show that a mystery creature that lived 558 million years ago was in fact an animal.

[Full Story: Ancient Mystery Creature That Defied Classification Is Earth's Oldest Animal]


A Special Talent:

The basking shark — known for its languid, filter-feeding lifestyle — has an Olympic-worthy secret: It can hurl its body out of the water just as fast and as high as its predatory cousin, the great white shark, a new study finds.

[Full Story: World's 2nd-Largest Shark Has an Olympic-Worthy Secret]


Amorous Arachnids:

Don't worry; it's for mating.

[Full Story: 1,000-Foot-Long Spider Web Is Just a Summer Orgy, Expert Says]


A Sight to See:

The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile has a busy observation schedule, but sometimes cloudy or moonlit skies mean a temporary halt to scientific measurements. Then, it grabs images like this.

[Full Story: Asteroid Hides Behind Sparkling Spiral Galaxy in This Dazzling Telescope View]


Worse than Melting Ground:

As temperatures rise in the Arctic, icy permafrost isn't the only thing that's melting.

[Full Story: Melting Arctic Permafrost Releases Acid that Dissolves Rocks]

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