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The 10 happiest countries on the planet

The Gallup 2017 Global Emotions report is in, revealing a few surprises about which nations are feeling the most positively about things.

These wondrous sea wolves swim for miles and live off the watery wilds

In a remote stretch of rainforest on Canada’s Pacific coast, a unique population of wolves has taken to a life of the sea.

Photo: Humpback whale feeding with the sheerwaters

Getting lunch, whale-style.

8 dreamlike abandoned settings being reclaimed by nature

Humans might make a mess of things, but patient Mother Nature has no problem moving back in once we’ve hit the road.

Photo: Industrious beaver takes care of business

Those little feet!

Photo: Caterpillar’s eyespots give predators pause

Nature shows its sly side with the fake eyes of a saddleback’s tuckus.

10 animals that outlive humans by a long shot

We may be the species most full of folly, but these long-lived animals get the last laugh.

Which kind of pollution irks Americans the most?

From industrial contamination to civilian litter, a new survey ranks our loathing when it comes to messing up the planet.

Photo: Little bear takes the cake for cuteness

Our photo of the day features a grinning bear cub frolicking in the water. We win!

10 extraordinary nature photos from the BigPicture photography competition

From oddly sleeping whales to the surreal life of baby pandas, the winners of California Academy of Sciences’ photo contest show the majesty of life on Earth.