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Torre Argentina (Roman Cat Sanctuary)
Hundreds of lucky felines haunt the ruins where Caesar was murdered.
The Tree Goats of Morocco
Morocco's Argania trees are infested with nut-hungry goats.
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An isolated dive site teeming with cnidarians.
The Firefly Squid of Toyama Bay
Bioluminescent firefly squid light up this Japanese fishing port.
Snake Island - Ilha da Queimada Grande
Off-limits and full of venomous pit vipers, Snake Island's nickname is frighteningly apt.
Meguro Parasitological Museum
Meet the world's longest tapeworm in a collection that really gets under your skin
Bestari Jaya, Malaysia
Flashing Fireflies of Kampung Kuantan
Malaysian fireflies create a dazzling display as thousands light up in unison.
Bohart Museum of Entomology
This museum boasts the ninth-largest collection of insects in North America
Added by Elise
Fireflies of the Great Smoky Mountains
For two weeks every June, fireflies in the Smoky Mountains perform an astonishing light show.
Knight's Spider Web Farm
The "original web site," this farm in Northern Vermont encourages orb-weaver spiders to build their daily webs, and then sells the preserved masterpieces
Added by michelle
Waitomo, New Zealand
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
A cave lit with glowworms.
Flower, Bird, Fish & Insect Market
One of China's weirdest fast-fading traditional marketplaces.
This barren sea spire is home to the world's rarest insect
The Butterfly Room
Hundreds of tiny dead butterfly eyes gaze down at diners in this Australian eatery
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Valley of the Butterflies
Swarms of dainty flying insects swarm into the Petaloudes Valley to get busy.
Giant Pink Slugs of Mount Kaputar
The unique ecosystem atop an Australian mountain is home to some colorful inhabitants.
Added by Leslie McIntyre
tx. Hương Thủy, Vietnam
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Vietnam's feral abandoned water park offers access to a post-apocalyptic funscape, now with fewer crocodiles.
Added by Dylan
Roppongi Hills Garden Pond
An ordinary pond with fish from out of this world
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