The winning photographs from this year’s British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) DIVER competition give viewers a unique perspective on some of their favorite sea creatures. From a quirky, curious grey seal to an incredible fireworks anemone (scientific name Pachycerianthus multiplicatus), this year’s photos will wow you. Here are the underwater photography competition’s top images from all four major categories.
Lemurs are small prosimians, or primitive primates, best known for their huge, adorable-bordering-on-creepy eyes. They’re native only to the island of Madagascar and the neighboring Comoro Islands, and the word “lemur” comes…
While more than 100,000 wild tigers roamed Asia and surrounding areas 100 year ago, now only as few as 3,200 wild tigers exist. In short, we have lost about 97 percent of the wild tiger population in one century. As with other endangered animals, human expansion, poaching, climate change and illegal wildlife trade all contribute to the rapid decline in tiger populations. Since illegal wildlife markets value every single part of tigers from whisker to tail, poachers continue to capitalize on diminishing tiger populations, killing as many as two tigers a week.
Beachgoers on the West Coast were treated to a bizarre sight this summer when thousands of peculiar sea creatures commonly called “by-the-wind sailors” washed ashore. These small, jellyfish-like marine life (scientific name Velella velella) are about 2.75 inches in length and have a bluish tint to their rather translucent form. Due to their unique, sail-like shape, these aptly nicknamed creatures are at the mercy of the sea. When wind conditions change, so do their destinations, which is why so many of the Velella velella have made their way onto the beach this year.
Of all of life’s most pressing questions, the question of exactly why our believed canines indulge in sod snacks probably doesn’t top the list. Nevertheless, there are those who make it their mission to resolve these issues, and their findings might surprise you.