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2019 Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Finalists (12 Photos)

For 55 years, the Natural History Museum in London has run annual competitions for wildlife photography, and the finalists for the 2019 competition have just been announced. These photos of wild animals in their natural habitat are truly breathtaking, as are the skills of the photographers. Out of 50,000 entries, this collection of photographs made it to the finals - and we can see why! 

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Bioluminescent Waves in Chennai Delight The Internet

On Sunday night, the ocean running alongside the East Coast Road in Chennai lit up with sparkling, luminescent water. Eyewitnesses were shocked and delighted to witness something so magical-looking and dubbed it 'sea sparkle'. But what they saw wasn't an undiscovered phenomenon - it's called bioluminescence and it actually occurs in many living organisms. That doesn't make it any less amazing though. Here's what 'sea sparkle' really is. 

bioluminescent water amazes people at chennai beach
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You Thought That Sting You Got At the Beach Was Bad? Try One Of These On For Size

You've probably seen at least a few of the pictures of exotic locales with some of the craziest, and sometimes dangerous jellyfish in the world. But this monstrous specimen was found in the English Channel of all places, off of the coast of Cornwall. Better still, the jellyfish appeared out of the murk on the last day of Wild Ocean Week, which was a day to promote local fish species and understanding of the species living all around them, as well as to raise money for the Marine Conservation Society.


Monster Jellyfish - Huge human-sized jellyfish found off the Cornwall UK coast
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This Dolphin Turned a Jellyfish Into a Beanbag

These gents were enjoying a nice day on the water when they saw a sight that they and most everyone will never see again. A dolphin entered the bay near these Danish sailors, and they watched and followed as it literally threw and caught the jellyfish in the air. At one point it even lost the living beanbag, but soon found it and continued on with its game. Pretty sure PETA will file a complaint against the dolphin for animal cruelty, but it's unlikely to get very far between the judge's guffaws.

Check out the full story of this juggling dolphin, and find out exactly the Danes had to say about the whole experience.

Dolphin juggling jellyfish in the air in Denmark - Danish sailors shocked by playful dolphin juggling jellyfish
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Josie Lim and her family were walking along a beach near Hobart when they spotted the unusual-looking creature and snapped a photo, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The photo just boggles the mind. Looks like a huge amount of snot.

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This amazing jellyfish-like creature is known as a Portuguese Man o' War (or Caravela Portuguesa) and was found on a beach in Olivenca, Bahia, Brazil. This siphonophore has many venomous tentacles that have an extremely painful sting.