Weird Nature The Craziest Animal Dances And Why They Happen  

Cynthia Griffith
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The phenomena of animals dancing in nature is undeniably hilarious. Such videos are the must-clicks of the Internet. But that doesn't mean animal dances are not purposeful. Why do animals dance? There's a variety of natural reasons for these occurrences. Some dances are cultural, some are protective, and some dancing animals go so far as to defy the very laws of science itself.

Take a sneak peek into the rhythmic side of the animal kingdom. Here you'll find that nature abides by rules of rhythm and art. Funny animal dances include a gorilla making it rain, a sea lion keeping a beat, and a pair of scorpions locking claws in a dance to the death.

Humans aren't the only creatures with unique artistic communication. Modern technology gives us behind-the-scenes access to the shocking and hilarious behavior of animals. Funny animal dances prove nature is full of surprises - not to mention is surprisingly entertaining. Here are a few of nature's hit moves and the insightful reasons these animals get down and boogie. Vote up who you think would slay at a cameo on Dancing With the Stars.

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Bears Pole Dance On Trees To Leave Messages For One Another


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The BBC decided to delve deep into the inner lives of wild bears, nobody expected the hidden cameras would capture hysterical pole dancing routines. This revelation is the kind of anomaly that makes all those nature documentaries worthwhile. And whilst the routine could easily be perceived as a simple back scratch, the team over at BBC has suggested that when bears press themselves up against trees, gyrating up and down like exotic dancers in a club, they are actually leaving messages behind with their scent. The messages are meant to attract members of the opposite sex, as if to say, “I danced alone here darling. Next time, won’t you be my partner?”

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The Sea Lion Is Simply A Beat Keeper In Disguise


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Dancing sea lions are known - among other mimicking animals - to be able to keep a beat without training. With their head-bobbing, gyrating, and overall talent for picking up a tempo, sea lions continuously surprise scientists. Nobody knows exactly why they possess such a capacity for rhythmic entrainment, but it sure looks sweet when the cameras are rolling.

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Dolphins Dance For Fun


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Dolphins in captivity are often seen engaged in aquatic dance. On the surface, this dance does not have practical applications. However, a released dolphin was observed teaching dances to other wild dolphins who then emulated him.

The dolphins appear to enjoy themselves, walking on open water with their tails and propelling themselves rhythmically across the ocean. This could mean that dolphins are even more intelligent than we previously perceived and enjoy pastimes not necessary for survival.

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The Honey Bee Knows How To Get The Hive's Attention


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There’s a whole lot of jiving going down in a honey bee hive. This group of insects is so rhythmic their dance even has a name: The waggle dance. The Internet provides plenty of video of humans attempting to copy its motions. Too bad the waggle dance isn’t really a dance at all, but rather, an intricate map to a viable food source.

Here’s how it works: A honey bee finds a beautiful flower bed perfect for feeding the hive. When the bee returns home, it then performs in order to get everyone’s attention. Once the crowd is actively engaged, the “dance” (a strange routine consisting of haphazard flight patterns and figure eights) is performed. The dance is delicate, like a ballerina in flight, but it’s also quite practical in that it explains exactly where the food source is. Once the other bees have seen the show, they head out to grab the grub.