What is the largest squid in the world?

A giant squid (Architeuthis dux) lies on Newport Beach, California on Jan. 19, 2005 after it washed ashore for unknown reasons. (Image credit: David McNew via Getty Images) Legends about gargantuan squid have existed for millennia, with photos confirming their existence nearly 150 years ago. But what is the largest squid in the world? Depending […]

Majestic’ 3-ton sunfish sets a new world record for largest bony fish ever discovered

Researchers stand next to the 6,000 pound giant sunfish after it was discovered floating lifeless on the ocean surface. (Image credit: Atlantic Naturalist Association) (opens in new tab) A gigantic, 3-ton sunfish recently discovered near a Portuguese island has set a new world record for the heaviest bony fish ever recorded, according to a new […]

Tsunami from dinosaur-killing asteroid had mile-high waves and reached halfway across the world

The dinosaur-killing asteroid that slammed into Earth 66 million years ago also triggered a jumbo-size tsunami with mile-high waves in the Gulf of Mexico whose waters traveled halfway around the world, a new study finds. Researchers discovered evidence of this monumental tsunami after analyzing cores from more than 100 sites worldwide and creating digital models […]

Pakistan’s monsoon rains threaten world heritage site of Mohenjo-daro | Pakistan

In flood-stricken Pakistan, where an unprecedented monsoon season has killed hundreds of people, the rains now threaten a famed archaeological site dating back 4,500 years. The ruins of Mohenjo-daro, located in southern Sindh province near the Indus River, and a Unesco world heritage site, are considered among the best preserved urban settlements in south Asia. […]

Stupendous sharks: The biggest, smallest and strangest sharks in the world

Introduction  It’s Shark Week: Time to celebrate all that is toothy, finned, and leather-skinned. The Discovery Channel’s annual week of shark programming starts July 24 (you can sink your teeth into all the sharky goodness with our Shark Week streaming guide). In honor of these incredible creatures, we’ve rounded up a list of shark superlatives. […]

7 famous mummies and secrets they’ve revealed about the ancient world

Humans have long envisioned the continuation of life past death. Ancient Egyptians, for example, are famous for their elaborate funerary rituals and beliefs about the afterlife. But the practice of deliberately preserving bodies extends possibly 3,500 years earlier than the mummies of ancient Egypt. And mummies buried with riches and personal objects are found all […]