“Dancing Octopus.”

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Image Credit: Photograph by Gabriel Barathieu (France).
Location: Island of Mayotte, off the coast of south-east Africa.
“Balletic and malevolent,” one judge said of this octopus, hunting in a lagoon.
Barathieu waited until spring tides when there was just 30cm of water on the flats and plenty of light in the shallows.
Source: Underwater photographer of the year 2017 winners – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian

“The Mozzies and the Frog.”

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Photo by Matthew McIntosh, Australian Geographic Exhibition
Matthew McIntosh captured this winning image of an orange-eye tree frog with mosquitoes feeding at Cedar Bay National Park in Queensland, while on a road trip from Townsville to Cooktown.
Matthew’s photo has won the 2016 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition.
Supplied: Australian Geographic
Source: Matthew McIntosh_Australian Geographic exhibition – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

“Riff Ratt and Osiris”.

Riff2When taxidermist Mickey Alice Kwapis saved a 4-week-old rat from becoming snake food at a reptile shop, she did not expect that this would be the beginning of an unlikely friendship.
When Riff Ratt first arrived in his new home, he needed to be bottle-fed and nursed back to health.
During his feeding sessions, Kwapis’ dog Osiris would sit by his side and carefully lick extra milk off the tiny rat.
Osiris is a Dutch shepherd therapy dog who has helped his owner rehabilitate countless homeless animals.
“We’ve trained him to be really, really gentle. He responds to the word ‘gentle,'” Kwapis stated to DNAinfo Chicago Friday. “He’s the sweetest dog, and he’s been great with other animals.
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When Riff Ratt turned 3-months-old, the two animals proved their mutual trust as Osiris let his miniature companion crawl into his mouth and clean his teeth.
Since then, the incredible friends have become viral stars, thanks to their detailed Instagram account.
“Riff Ratt really likes licking the inside of Osiris’ mouth. I’m sure you all are wondering if we’re afraid Osiris will eat Riff – NOPE!
Osiris has helped foster and care for dozens of animals and he is the gentlest dog I’ve ever met,” writes Kwapis.
Read on and see more Images via Gentle Therapy Dog and Adorable Rescue Rat Become Unlikely Best Friends – My Modern Met.

“The Happy Frog and Owl.”

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This frog appears to have a big smile for the camera in Russia.
Photograph: Artyom Krivosheev/Barcroft Images

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See more images via The Comedy Wildlife Photography awards – in pictures | World news | The Guardian

“Creatures from the Dark”.

From deep inside caves to the bottom of the ocean, wildlife photographer Danté Fenolio seeks out the creatures that don’t want to be found.

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The golden harlequin toad has vanished from the wild, and only a small number live on in captivity. A fungus caused them, and many other amphibians, to die out in their home in Central America.
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 A juvenile octopod captured in a trawl between 200 and 400m deep in the Gulf of Mexico.
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The Mexican palm-pit viper lives in elevated forests – though these habitats are diminishing.
See more Images via Shot in the dark: the animals who shun sunlight – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

“Shark.”

The ocean as seen by Nat Geo photographer Thomas Peschak
Close encounters with the powerful, graceful and deadly shark .
Photograph by National Geographic: Thomas Peschak
Source: The ocean as seen by Nat Geo photographer Thomas Peschak – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)