In the Cave of the Glow Worms, the Waitomo Area of NZ.

Something quite special dwells beneath the surface of New Zealand and these images prove that the country is just as beautiful below ground as it is above!
The Waitomo area is famous for it’s limestone caves and within these caves are one of the most magical insects in the world, the glowworm.
Glow worms emit a phosphorescent glow that light up the cave and create a surreal environment.
Over the past year I have been back and forth to Waitomo’s Ruakuri Cave to master the art of photographing these magnificent little creatures – it’s been quite the experience!
When the headlamps are out and all you can see are the glowworms, you can’t help but feel like you’ve stepped into James Cameron’s Avatar Pandora, it’s just unreal!

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Photographing glow worms is very similar to shooting the night sky, however the exposure time can be much longer.
These images in particular range between 30 seconds and 6 minutes exposures.
To achieve the shots, it required me to submerge myself and my tripod in cold water for up to 6-8 hours a day – it was totally worth it!
More info: shaunjeffersphotography.com
Source: Glow Worms Turn New Zealand Cave Into Starry Night And I Spent Past Year Photographing It | Bored Panda

Endangered: The Alfred Manta Ray, eastern Australia.

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The Alfred Manta, (Manta alfredi), one of the largest rays on the planet, is currently listed as vulnerable in eastern Australian waters with recorded individuals numbering in the few hundred.
Gary Cranitch’s awe-inspiring image is an important reminder that we still have much to do to ensure the survival of this beautiful species.
Image Credit: Photograph by Queensland Museum: Gary Cranitch
Source: Spectacular science photos nominated for 2014 Eureka Prize – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Green Tree Frog Works Out in Jakarta.

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A green tree frog manages a chin-up over a slender bamboo cane in a garden in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
The frog’s sticky toe pads act like suction cups, enabling it to cling to smooth surfaces and stay clear of predators. What a clever frog.
via Eyewitness: Jakarta, Indonesia | World news | The Guardian.

The Peruvian Beauty & Baby Gorilla.

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Andean cock-of-the-rock, the national bird of Peru, living in ‘secondary’ Peruvian Amazon rainforest, which is regenerating after human disturbance. Secondary forest accounts for 53% of the world’s forests and is of extreme scientific importance for conserving biodiversity.
Photograph: Will Nicholls/Rex Shutterstock
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A baby mountain gorilla clings to the back of its mother, on Mount Bisoke volcano in Volcanoes national park, northern Rwanda. Rwanda has named 24 baby mountain gorillas in an annual naming ceremony that reflects the African country’s efforts to protect the endangered animals, which attract large numbers of foreign tourists to the volcano-studded forests where they live
Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP
See more Images via The week in wildlife – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian

“Cute Youngsters.”

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Everyone looks pretty small in these photos and a bit lost.
But they are so damned cute to look at. The bloke at the top looks the odd man out in Australia.
By the way for those who haven’t seen feral cats in Australia they are big, mean and really give the smaller and more timid marsupials a real hard time.
Yet another introduced species.
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The Underwater Hunt along the South African Coast.

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The winning photographs of this year’s 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition stood out from thousands of entries, from one capturing the fallen majesty of a polar bear, to an Indian snake curled around a branch.
However, it is French photographer Greg Lecoeur’s image of predators feasting during a sardine run that captured the judges’ attention, winning him the grand prize.
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During the sardine migration along the Wild Coast of South Africa, millions of sardines are preyed upon by predators such as dolphins, marine birds, sharks, whales, penguins, sailfishes and sea lions.
The hunt begins with common dolphins that have developed special hunting techniques to create and drive fish to the surface.
In recent years, probably because of overfishing and climate change, the annual sardine run has become more and more unpredictable.
It took me two weeks to have the opportunity to witness and capture this marine predation.
Source: Raw nature in all its beauty – BBC News