Diving With Millions Of Jellyfish

Diving with jellyfish in Palau, an island in Micronesia.

One particular quirk about isolated islands is that the animals that live there often don’t have any natural predators. That’s what makes the island of Palau in the western Pacific so intriguing, and what makes this video possible– the swarms of jellyfish surrounding this diver are completely harmless. They do have stingers, but the poison, never having been tested by natural predation, is too weak to cause any pain or damage.

Jigokudani Monkey Park: Where Snow Monkeys Go To Hot Tub

Jigokudani Monkey Park

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Everybody loves a hot shower, including these adorable snow monkeys from Japan’s Jigokudani monkey park. Located in the northern part of the Nagano prefecture, the park draws visitors from all over the world. And who can blame them? There’s nothing quite like watching dozens of wild monkeys have a blast in the park’s natural hot springs.

Tourism in Monkey Park

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXVI

Sun Rays Field Fog

Sunrise over the small mountain hamlet of Cemoro Lawang, Indonesia. Source: Twisted Sifter

Dazzling Aerial Photography From Around The World

Aerial Elephants Grass

Elephants in Botswana’s Okavango flood plain. Source: Twisted Sifter

The view from on high can be at once elegant and cluttered, clarifying and overwhelming. But, most often, the view from above is absolutely gorgeous. The annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, ending June 30, attracts reams of striking images taken from vantage points you and I will probably never occupy. Perhaps chief among those images–both in terms of beauty and uniqueness–are those taken from the sky. Yes, you and I may never hover above the plains of Africa or the mountains of Indonesia, but the arresting photographs at Twisted Sifter come quite close to bringing us there.

Great Barrier Reef Aerial

The Great Barrier Reef near Hamilton Island. Source: Twisted Sifter

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Go Below Sea Level With These Gorgeous Underwater Photos

underwater animal photography seal feeding

A seal attempting to acquire its next meal. Source: Jorger Cervera Hauser

Writers and artists often use images of large bodies of water to symbolize the unknown. One look at nature photographer Jorge Cervera Hauser’s photography, though, and it seems that the ocean and its inhabitants are something Hauser knows incredibly well:

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underwater animal photography feeding ball

Some fish swarm together for protection, but they more accurately just become a feeding ball for nearby predators. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography sea turtle

The majestic sea turtle can live in excess of 100 years. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography peeking croc

A young croc peeking out above the water line. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography dolphin pod

Pods of dolphins are often seen playing when not feeding. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography blue stripes

This shark has a couple of unlikely companions. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography diver down

Deep sea divers experience things most of us can only dream of. Source:Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography croc resting

Sometimes you just need a rest, even if you’re a crocodile. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography shark helper

Pilot fish keep sharks free from parasites. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography yellow backs

The underwater world holds a wide array of vibrant colors and exotic species. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography shark above

An artistic composition of a shark from above. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animall photography crystal blue

Crystal blue waters and a cruising shark. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography two dolphins

Stunning black and white photo of a pair of dolphins. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography hammerhead

A hammerhead shark swimming. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography from below

Artistic black and white of a cruising shark, from below. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography great white

Terror of the oceans, the great white shark! Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography tuna

Schools of tuna can number in the thousands. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography jaws lives

For many the massive great white shark will always conjure memories of the movie Jaws. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography jumping dolphin

A dolphin swimming upside down looks as though it is jumping out of the water. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography sand ray

Black and white image of a ray burring into the sandy ocean floor. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

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