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This group of horses found themselves stranded on a tiny island of land after the River Dulnain in Inverness-shire, Scotland burst its banks. The four animals were spotted perched on their small hump of grass surrounded by water by local photographer Mark Hamblin. According to Mark the horses were left stranded all day but appeared perfectly content as they cropped the grass on their small island. And, as the water levels gradually decreased and their grassy sanctuary grew larger, the horses were given access to even more food. As the water levels were dropping, and the horses were not in immediate danger, the decision was made not to launch a rescue mission but to wait until the horses were able to make their own way to freedom.

Picture: Mark Hamblin/REX (via Pictures of the day: 12 August 2014 - Telegraph)

This group of horses found themselves stranded on a tiny island of land after the River Dulnain in Inverness-shire, Scotland burst its banks. The four animals were spotted perched on their small hump of grass surrounded by water by local photographer Mark Hamblin. According to Mark the horses were left stranded all day but appeared perfectly content as they cropped the grass on their small island. And, as the water levels gradually decreased and their grassy sanctuary grew larger, the horses were given access to even more food. As the water levels were dropping, and the horses were not in immediate danger, the decision was made not to launch a rescue mission but to wait until the horses were able to make their own way to freedom.

Picture: Mark Hamblin/REX (via Pictures of the day: 12 August 2014 - Telegraph)

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A Sunda flying lemur hangs from a tree branch by holding on with its arms and legs as he enjoys a rest. It uses its body like a hammock and relaxes by resting its head on the edge of its back. The bat-like creature - pictured snoozing in Sekura in Indonesia - slept for 15 minutes before it woke up to manoeuvre along the branch.

Picture: Hendy MP/Solent News (via Pictures of the day: 12 August 2014 - Telegraph)

A Sunda flying lemur hangs from a tree branch by holding on with its arms and legs as he enjoys a rest. It uses its body like a hammock and relaxes by resting its head on the edge of its back. The bat-like creature - pictured snoozing in Sekura in Indonesia - slept for 15 minutes before it woke up to manoeuvre along the branch.

Picture: Hendy MP/Solent News (via Pictures of the day: 12 August 2014 - Telegraph)

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A young seal is fed a fish at the seal station in Friedrichskoog, northern Germany, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. The Seal Center Friedrichskoog is the only authorized shelter for abandoned or sick seals in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. The rearing and rehabilitation of seal pups are main aspects of the work during the summer. At the moment the first seals are being brought back to their natural habitat.

Daniel Reinhardt | AP (via Day in Pictures - The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, California)

A young seal is fed a fish at the seal station in Friedrichskoog, northern Germany, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. The Seal Center Friedrichskoog is the only authorized shelter for abandoned or sick seals in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. The rearing and rehabilitation of seal pups are main aspects of the work during the summer. At the moment the first seals are being brought back to their natural habitat.

Daniel Reinhardt | AP (via Day in Pictures - The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, California)

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Among the uses for old dungarees, add pooch papoose. (Backpacking cyclist, Berlin.)

PHOTO BY TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/GETTY IMAGES(via SFGate)

Among the uses for old dungarees, add pooch papoose. (Backpacking cyclist, Berlin.)

PHOTO BY TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/GETTY IMAGES(via SFGate)

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Sometimes you have an itch you just have to scratch - in this elephant’s case on a conveniently parked car. The VW Polo and its two terrified occupants found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time as the giant ellie stooped down to rub itself against the vehicle’s roof and bonnet. The incredible images were taken by Armand Grobler, 21, a field guide and lodge manager, in Pilanesburg National Park, South Africa. The two passengers were shaken up, but escaped without injury - although the same could not be said for their car. But after giving itself a good scratch, the elephant continued on it’s way itch free.

Picture: Armand Grobler/Barcroft Media (via Pictures of the day: 6 August 2014 - Telegraph)

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Homer, an 18-week-old mastiff, is dressed as a bumblebee along with his owner, Eddyn Molden, 8, of Middletown, Va. during the judging for the Best Costumed Pet at the Frederick County Fair in Clear Brook, Va. Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/ The Winchester Star, Jeff Taylor)

Jeff Taylor | AP (via Day in Pictures - The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, California)

Homer, an 18-week-old mastiff, is dressed as a bumblebee along with his owner, Eddyn Molden, 8, of Middletown, Va. during the judging for the Best Costumed Pet at the Frederick County Fair in Clear Brook, Va. Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/ The Winchester Star, Jeff Taylor)

Jeff Taylor | AP (via Day in Pictures - The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, California)

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Many species of insects and spiders have mastered the arts of camouflage and mimicry. These macro photographs, taken by Singaporean photographer Nicky Bay, show the extraordinary lengths that insects and spiders will go to look like something else or simply disappear from view.

Ladybird mimic spider (Paraplectana sp.), viewed from the rear. This spider is red with black spots, similar to the markings found on ladybirds…

Picture: Science Photo Library / Rex Features

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…This form of mimicry, in which a harmless species evolves the features of a harmful species as a deterrent against predators is known as Batesian mimicry. True ladybirds are unpalatable to predators.

Picture: Science Photo Library / Rex Features

(Via Telegraph.co.uk)


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montereybayaquarium:

Raising awareness, one image at a time

We know that beautiful images can move people in profound ways to act on behalf of animals.

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to inspire people to protect wild animals by taking studio portraits of their kin at zoos and aquariums for his Photo Ark project.

The stark black and white backgrounds equalize the animals’ importance, whether the largest elephant or the smallest insect.

"By isolating animals on black and white backgrounds, we can look them directly in the eye and quickly see that these creatures contain beauty, grace and intelligence. Perhaps some even hold the key to our very salvation," Joel says.

At the Aquarium

We had the honor of hosting Joel recently for two fun and frenetic days as he photographed birds, fish, cephalopods and invertebrates. Joel’s hardworking staff is busy processing thousands of images he shot here and elsewhere, but we’ll soon share more of ours — plus what it’s like to work with Joel, a dozen aquarists, two other photographers and 30 critters parading in and out of one room.

In the meantime please support Joel by liking his Facebook page. To date Joel has documented nearly 4,000 animals for the Photo Ark and won’t stop until he gets them all — and you can help!