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When we arrived at the Río Grande de Tarcoles in Costa Rica, I saw a fantastic formation of the sharp-mouthed crocodiles.
I couldn’t help myself, and I started my drone and began to photograph them from the air.
My heart was beating like crazy because I was incredibly excited, on the one hand I was a bit scared for the drone, on the other hand I was so happy about the unique moment.
Juvenile golden trevallies ride in the slipstream in front of the whale shark’s mouth, seemingly appearing to pilot the giant through the water.
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Depending on your tastes, this bizarre little blue creature may inspire either shrieks of excitement or a bit of discomforted shock, possibly a combination of both.
Meet the blue dragon, one of the weirdest and most wonderful little-known animals in the world.
The proper name of this mythical-looking creature is Glaucus atlanticus, or blue sea slug, and although it is much smaller than its fictional brethren of lore (only about an inch or two in length) it has a host of nasty tricks up its sleeve—er wing?
They spend their lives upside down, attached to the surface of the water and floating along at the mercy of the winds and ocean currents. Blue in color, they blend in with the water in order to camouflage themselves within their environment.
And though petite, these baby dragons are also dangerous.
They store the stings cells collected from these cnidarians within their own tissues, and use them as a defence on anything that bothers them.
Handling a little blue dragon could result in a painful, and possibly dangerous, sting.
Dragons – In her book Monsters and Grotesques in Medieval Manuscripts, Alixe Bovey explains “the monsters of the Bible are few, but important: the first is the serpent who tempts Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, resulting in their expulsion from Paradise.
Generally interpreted to be the Devil in disguise, in several ways this serpent is the archetype for demonic monsters of the Middle Ages.
Its snaking body a kind of metaphor for opportunistic cunning, the serpent is able to prey on human weaknesses such as pride and greed.”
The dragon is the ultimate form of the serpent and can be found in many medieval tales. In bestiaries it is said that their most powerful weapon is the tail, which could be used to squeeze and suffocate their prey.
Elephants are said to be their mortal enemy, but one can also find several saints who do battle with dragons.
This frog appears to have a big smile for the camera in Russia.
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