duck riding duck
an alligator has a tapetum lucidum at the back of each eye, which reflects light back into the photoreceptor cells to make the most of low light. the colour of eyeshine differs from species to species, but in alligators glows red. the length of the alligator can be approximated by judging the distance between the eyes, making this alligator very long.
photo by larry lynch along the riverbed of the myakka river state park in florida, who explains, “between kneeling in several inches of black mud, the heat, humidity, and blood thirsty mosquitos my thoughts were, get the best picture i can and get the hell out.”
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The Shame-faced Crab looks ridiculous with its huge, armoured skirt and gigantic, face-covering claws…
But their appearance belies a remarkable ability to disappear beneath the seabed in seconds, leaving nothing but a pair of eyes poking up out of the floor.
Mudskippers n the mud at Krabi in Thailand. Mudskippers are completely amphibious fish, with the ability to use their pectoral fins to walk on land. Being amphibious, they are uniquely adapted to intertidal habitats, unlike most fish in such habitats which survive the retreat of the tide by hiding under wet seaweed or in tidal pools. Mudskippers are quite active when out of water, feeding and interacting with one another, for example to defend their territories.
Picture: Daniel Trim/REX (via Pictures of the day: 5 November 2013 - Telegraph)
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