While the Amazon Rainforest is home to one of the largest biodiversities on the planet, that doesn't typically include whales. In Northern Brazil, a beached whale has appeared and scientists are scurrying to find out how exactly.
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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!
A couple of friends from San Diego got a super rare treat while out on a fishing expedition. While traveling at a high rate of speed, they suddenly happened upon an pod of Orcas about half a mile off the bow. Then, one of the Orcas split off from the pod, and burst from the water right beside the boat. The Orca would continue to follow them for around 10 minutes, having thoroughly shocked and soaked them with its first appearance. It was so close to the boat that they said they could have reached out and touched it while it leaped out of the water.
The crew took advantage of the ample selfie and video opportunities. They said the fishing trip may have been a dud, but it was worth it for the Orcas and an "awesome day on the water". But if you thought this was an amazing case, this encounter with a young white killer whale was truly a rare sight to behold.
I think we need a bigger shark.
In the video above, you can see the killer whale take the great white shark down a peg or two. This orca spots a shark on a calm swim around the Monterey Bay, opens wide, and takes a bite. Then, it just drags this shark around the bay like it were nothing.
This is actually really rare type of footage, according to Katyln Taylor from Monterey Bay Whale Watch.
“A lot of times when we see offshore killer whales it’s hard to tell what they are eating. We hardly ever get footage to see what it actually is,” Taylor told Monterey County Weekly. “They specialize in sharks, and probably some types of offshore fish. It’s pretty lucky to see them.”
Drone photographer and videographer Slater Moore caught the footage via drone because what are those things good for if not delivering packages and watching a whale eat a shark.
So, if you and your friends have a bet about who would win in a fight Free Willy or Jaws, you have your answer.
Robyn Malcolm scored a beautiful picture of animal friendship in Eden, New South Wales when she captured that glorious image of a seal riding a whale.
Look at it again.
He's just chilling. Hanging out and enjoying the scenery while his oceanic minion delivers him to his destination.
There's no telling what part this cetacean transportation has in the global turmoil over ride sharing.
But probably this pair is just really late to the weasel riding a woodpecker party and they think they can catch some of that sweet, sweet virality.
Here's that picture again, just for fun.