A great white shark rises out of the water, jaws open wide, as British photographer David Caravias leans over the side of a boat in Shark Alley, Gansbaai, South Africa. He had been attempting to recreate an image from the film ‘Jaws’ by dangling a chunk of tuna over the edge of the boat. The huge shark leapt out of the sea and nearly took David with him on its descent back into the water. Aboard a 30ft-long boat David was part of a shark diving team – as well as photography he runs a business which takes people on shark dives…At any one time during these shots there were up to five great whites, which were thought to measure a whopping 16ft, circling the boat.
Picture: David Caravias/Solent News
Two beluga whales swim together under the ice in Mourmansk, Russia
Picture: Joe Bunni / Barcroft Media
Divers attach a satellite tag to a whale shark off the Galapagos Islands in order to understand the species’ migration patterns
Picture: REUTERS/Jonathan Green/Galapagos National Park
3D Cube Crop Circle At Hackpen Hill…WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND
A crop circle that looks like a 3D cube from afar is seen from above in a field at Hackpen Hill in Wiltshire, England. A CROP circle resembling ‘the cube’ from hit action movie Transformers has appeared in a field in Wiltshire. Farmer James Hussey discovered the flattened crops – which some forums believe is a Rubik’s Cube type puzzle – at Hackpen Hill, near Broad Hinton.Wiltshire
Picture: Julian Gibsone / cropcircleconnector.com / Barcroft Media
This ring-necked duck was sitting on a log when it was rudely disturbed by two territorial red-eared slider turtles. Trying to ignore the hard-shelled bullies, he soon found one of them nudging him with its nose. The duck then got in a flap as the turtles backed off and plopped into the water. Photographer Nate Chappell captured the scene at Lakewood in Washington, America.
Picture: trogontours.net/Rex Features
Twin snow leopard cubs are seen with their keeper Li Guoxing at the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau Wild Life Garden in Xining, capital of northwest China’s Qinghai Province
Picture: Quirky China News / Rex Features
Kukena the baby western lowland gorilla clings to his mum Salome while she opens wrapped gifts of food intended for Kukena on his first birthday, at Bristol Zoo Gardens
Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
- A lioness comes in for a closer look at BeetleCam, a remote-controlled, camouflaged camera, in Luangwa, Zambia. BeetleCam allows Will Burrard-Lucas to capture intimate snaps of some of the continent’s most fearsome animals without the risk of being savaged. Will, who hails from London, is spending a year in Zambia.
Picture: Burrard-Lucas / Barcroft Media
Ivan and Cornel, two four-year-old lions, stand inside a private roadside zoo in Novi Pazar, Serbia. Three lions were acquired from the Belgrade Zoo by a private person in 2009, before legislation that prohibits possession of dangerous wild animals came into force in 2010. The lions will be transferred to Lionsrock Big Cats Sanctuary in South Africa.
Picture: REUTERS/Mihai Vasile/Four Paws
Trees are beginning to show their autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire. Public gardens have started showing a spectacular variety of deep reds and yellow leaves thanks to this year’s unusual weather.
Picture: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Penguins walk to the ocean with Table Mountain as backdrop, during their release by workers from the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, on the outskirts of Cape Town. More than 200 penguins found covered in oil following a spillage by a stricken bulk carrier were washed clean of oil, fed and restored to health, and returned to the ocean.
Picture: Schalk van Zuydam
- Meet Spangles, the cross-eyed cat, who has become an internet sensation after his proud owner Mary Buchanan posted pictures of him wearing costumes online. Now the three-year-old feline has his own Facebook fan page at facebook.com/spangles09 where thousands of followers eagerly await daily pictures…
Picture: Mary Buchanan / Rex Features
- Zebra walk in a field of assorted wild daisies in the West Coast national park near Velddrif, South Africa. For a few weeks in the Southern Hemisphere spring, the usually dry and barren western Cape coast turns into a rich tapestry of bright wildflowers
Photograph: Nic Bothma
Wild daisies in the West Coast national park. The famous spring flowers bloom from August-October
Photograph: NIC BOTHMA
A flock of common cranes (Grus grus) fly over Reitwein, Germany. Autumn sees the cranes migrate from their breeding areas in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe through Germany, France and finally to Spain
Photograph: PATRICK PLEU
A polar bear and her cub on the ice, taken from the ship Arctic Sunrise, a Greenpeace vessel that has travelled to the Arctic to document the lowest sea ice level on record
Photograph: Daniel Beltr / Daniel Beltr / Greenpeace
A ladybird opens its wings on a leaf in Erfurt, central Germany
Photograph: Jens Meyer
An impala runs away over a hill in the Phinda game reserve, in Kwazulu-Natal province, South Africa
Photograph: Matthew Craft
An Arctic tern defending its nest in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, 746 miles from the north pole. Arctic terns fly to Antarctica and back to the Arctic every year, a round trip of more than 43,500 miles, or 1.5m miles during their lives – the longest known migration of any animal or bird. See more stunning polar pictures from The Cold Edge: polar photography by Dave Walsh
Photograph: Dave Walsh/Millennium Images
A four to five-week-old little penguin chick being held near Manly in the Sydney Harbour national park. Sydneysiders are lucky enough to have a population of little penguins living right on their doorstep in a secluded cove. The population of little penguins in the harbour once numbered in the hundreds, but has dramatically decreased to around 60 pairs of birds due to loss of suitable habitat, attacks by foxes and dogs and disturbance at nesting sites. Numbers are now so low that the population is in danger of becoming extinct
Photograph: Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images
The overall winner of the British wildlife photography awards 2012 – Gannet jacuzzi, by Matt Doggett
Photograph: Dr Matthew Doggett/BWPA
A marbled white butterfly. The wettest summer for a century has been blamed for a sharp decline in the number of butterflies in Britain
Photograph: Neil Hulme/Butterfly Conservation
A red deer in Belarus. Autumn is the season to watch one of nature’s great spectacles:- deer rutting, where stags fight each other as they pursue the females
Photograph: Sergei Grits/
The pygmy three-toed sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus) is one of 100 species identified by the IUCN that is at risk of dying out as they have no obvious benefits for humans. Its population size is 500 individuals in Panama and it is threatened by habitat loss due to illegal logging and hunting
Photograph: Craig Turner/ZLS/IUCN
African penguins swim in a recovery pool at the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds in Cape Town. Some 216 penguins are being treated at the centre after oil spilled from the wreck of a Turkish coal bulk carrier, the Seli-1. The ship ran aground in September 2009 but bad weather earlier this month broke the wreck into three sections and released an oil slick. In 2010 the IUCN ‘red list’ of threatened species classified the African penguin as endangered because populations were rapidly declining – just seven islands support 80% of the global population. Conservationists attribute the penguins’ decline to food shortages, both because of use of large amounts of fish caught commercially and the eastward shift of their main food sources of anchovy and sardines. It described penguin deaths from oil spills as a serious threat, adding that there had been ‘a dramatic increase in the number of oiled birds since 1990’
Photograph: Nic Bothma/
In this photo released by Fish Eye Films, a small group of emperor penguins stand on the edge of an ice drift in the Ross Sea in the Antarctic
Photograph: John Weller/Fish Eye Films
An oil-covered crab on the coast of Bay Baptiste. Laboratory tests have shown that globs of oil found on two Louisiana beaches after hurricane Isaac came from the 2010 BP spill
Photograph: Julie Dermansky/Corbis
A brown booby (Sula leucogaster) in Fernando de Noronha archipelago, Brazil
Photograph: Weng Xinyang/ Weng Xinyang/Xinhua Press/Corbis
Asiatic Lion Cubs in a Playful Mood!!
by Vaibhav Jain Wildlife Photography
Royal Bengal Tiger Ready For Some Action
by Vaibhav Jain Wildlife Photography
Asiatic Black Bear With Cub !!
by Vaibhav Jain Wildlife Photography
Lion Playing With Cub !!
Tiger Play !!
Cheetah with six cubs !!
by Albie Venter
Lion Cub Curio !!
Tiger Chilling Out on Snow!!
Polar Bear Love !!
Squirrel Love !!
Meet the new arrivals !!
Dolphin Smile !!
Smiling Lion King !!
Tiger Duo !!
Pomeranian Cutie !!
Cute Kitty !!
Cute Kitty II
Tortoise Metro !!
Fox Appeal !!
Tiny Turtle on Strawberry !!
by Jamie Hanson
Pomeranian Cutie !!
Skating Bully !!
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