Wildlife During Lockdown
A white-bellied pangolin that was rescued from animal traffickers is seen at the Uganda Wildlife Authority office in Kampala, Uganda.
A squirrel runs across a fence as the sun shines in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district.
A fruit bat eats lettuce as it hangs from a rope during a behind-the-scenes interactive live stream from Oakland zoo in California, US, which remains closed to the public.
Nemophila flowers at Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, Japan. The park has been closed to the public since 4 April to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
For the first time in decades, bald eagles have been found nesting in a saguaro cactus in Arizona, US. Kenneth ‘Tuk’ Jacobson, the Arizona game and fish department’s coordinator of raptor management, called the find ‘amazing’. According to Jacobson, the last known mention of such a sighting was in 1937.
Some Wildlife Photography Award Finalists
Monkeys in Japan taking a bath in hot springs
Startled Marmot and a Fox Win Wildlife Photography Awards
A recent sunset photo stunned viewers. An unusual optical effect made the sunset resemble a split-screen image showing two very different skies side by side.
Though it looks unnatural, the so-called split sunset wasn’t created with filters or Photoshop. Rather, it was caused by the shadow of a large cloud below the horizon that prevented sunlight from striking the clouds that were closer to viewers on the ground. The photo was shot in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
A still from a remote video camera shows two bald eagle chicks with a parent on a nest in the Angeles National Forest near Big Bear in southern California, USA.
On a more mischievous note, an octopus has snatched a dishwashing brush during spring cleaning at the Sea Life aquarium in Timmendorfer Strand, northern Germany.
Living ‘Balloon on a String’
The depths of the Indian Ocean are home to some bizarre creatures — including one that looks like a balloon on a string. Explorers captured a video of this gelatinous creature in a recent dive to the Java Trench, the bottommost part of the Indian Ocean.
Off the coast of South Africa, a diver got pulled into the mouth of a whale along with a mass of sardines. Fortunately, the whale was likely as displeased about the situation as the snorkeler and spit the swimmer out within a couple of seconds.
Swimming in the open ocean entangled this loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) in a dangerous trap posed by a discarded fishing net. Luckily, photographer Eduardo Acevedo encountered the turtle near the Canary Islands, and released her from the net after capturing this striking image.
This tiny sea slug, the Cyerce nigra was photographed near the Philippines. This photo allows us to enjoy the visual feast of a creature too small to appreciate with the naked eye.
Some finalists in the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards
Fluffy-looking bunch of penguins in a huddle.
Pacific salmon during their annual migration in Taiwan.
Eagles squabbling over prey in Canada.
A trio of spinetail devil rays in a rarely-seen courtship display.
A quartet of stand-up paddleboarders is silhouetted against the sunset at a shallow pristine reef in Ha’apai, Tonga.
This Mary River Turtle happens to be a tiny, green-mohawked turtle living in Australia.
In November, NASA satellites caught a glimpse of arguably the most poignant possible symbol of Earth’s climate-hobbled future: A lone iceberg, shaped like a coffin, drifting into warm waters to die forever.
Five infant squirrels that got their tails caught together in a giant knot were rescued and untied by the Wisconsin Humane Society. They were taken to the group’s vets by someone who came across the bizarre scene of their tails caught in what the rescuers called a “Gordian knot” of squirrel tail and nest material. “You can imagine how wiggly and unruly (and nippy!) this frightened, distressed ball of squirrelly energy was, so our first step was to anesthetize all five of them at the same time,” the Humane Society said. The squirrels were frazzled but unharmed by the experience.
One of the Tiniest Ancient Birds – About 127 million years ago, tiny birds the size of grasshoppers lived alongside some of the biggest animals to walk the Earth, including the long-necked sauropods, a new study finds.
It’s snowing iguanas in Florida. The good news is they probably aren’t dead.
As a so-called bomb cyclone continues lashing the U.S. East Coast with historic cold temperatures, weird weather abounds. In south Florida, temperatures dipped below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) on Jan. 3, giving Tallahassee its first measurable snowfall in 28 years. On Jan. 4, Floridians reported an even stranger sight: frozen iguana bodies falling out of trees and littering the ground around the suburbs.
Pyrocumulus Clouds: A dark, ominous cloud that formed over the massive Thomas Fire in Southern California is a pyrocumulus cloud, a special cloud that forms during fires.