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Up-close encounter with a stunning Blue Shark42s

Up-close encounter with a stunning Blue Shark

A beautiful, translucent Blue shark cruises close to shore through the Andersons Bay inlet in the city of Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand. User 'jefformandy' caught this incredible moment on his way to work in the Dunedin area.

Large reef shark cruises close to divers looking for food45s

Large reef shark cruises close to divers looking for food

Caribbean Reef Sharks are generally not aggressive or dangerous to divers, but the appearance of a nine foot long beast made of muscle and teeth can be unnerving to even the most seasoned of divers. This group of scuba divers was on a wall dive near the famous Blue Hole in Belize. The current in this location carries divers along slowly as they explore a vertical coral face on a drop that plummets thousands of feet straight down. The ocean life is spectacular and varied. Fish thrive here and people are likely see eels and turtles as well. A more rare sight is the Reef Shark but sightings are becoming more common here as water temperature slowly increases and food in other areas of the ocean declines. These sharks are surprisingly unafraid of the divers, even swimming in between and around them. None of their behavior suggests that the divers are in danger but the close contact is concerning. It does not take much to change curiosity to aggression because sharks are always hungry and always willing to compete for food. These divers were not the only group in the water and it became apparent after the dive that the group ahead was spearing lionfish and actually feeding the sharks. This practice is highly inadvisable because it encourages sharks to come too close to humans. It is more likely that a bite would occur by accident than intentionally, but blood in the water would trigger a feeding frenzy. There were other Reef Sharks nearby and two large Bull Sharks made a few passes as well. Bull Sharks are much more aggressive and unpredictable than Caribbean Reef Sharks. In this case, the divers continued their dive but they remained vertical, tried to face the sharks as much as possible and they closed their group in to minimize the risk. This is a good example of divers making unwise choices that indirectly put others, and even the sharks, at risk.

DavidMcNab
Published: January 16, 2018613 plays$1.58 earned
Diver Films Peculiar Fish Trying To Latch On His Gopro53s

Diver Films Peculiar Fish Trying To Latch On His Gopro

Remoras are a very bizarre fish. They are equipped with a suction plate on the top of their head that allows them to attach to turtles, sharks, rays or any large creature. These suckers are actually highly adapted fins. They are not parasites and they do not feed off the host. They are merely lazy fish that attach so they do not have to exert themselves by swimming. The benefit to following the larger creatures believed to be that the remora is able to feed off the scraps of food that are created during feeding. More recent research actually shows that remoras feed more on the feces of the larger animals and not as much on the food scraps. Remoras are also offered a degree of protection while attached to a large predator or large sea turtle. They don't have to exert energy in swimming or by actively forcing water over their gills. Remoras are designed to swim under larger creatures and the top of their bodies is flattened to make this work. But they will often attach to the top or side of other creatures which requires them to swim upside down. The remora is very capable of swimming freely in any orientation and they are agile enough to move rapidly around their host as needed. In the case of sea turtles, the remoras quickly flip around to the top of the shell when the turtle rests on the bottom. Remaining under the turtle would pin the remora against the coral. There are actually some benefits for the host creature in this arrangement as the remoras dislodge external parasites and dead skin from their surface as they move around. Remoras are always on the lookout for a new host and will often investigate divers. Large rays and turtles are sometimes annoyed by the remoras and are believed to swim close to divers or other creatures in an effort to tempt the remoras off of them with a better option. In this case, the remora eagerly swims at the diver with the camera but obviously decides that the GoPro is not big enough or suitable and he goes right back to the turtle. It is very interesting to see how the fish flips over in the process. A little known fact about remoras is that some fishermen have been using them to harvest turtles. The fishermen catch remoras and then hook them by the tail. They release the remoras when they sight a turtle and wait for them to attach. The fishermen are then able to haul the turtle into the boat. In the case of larger turtles, the remoras sucker is strong enough to haul the turtle to the side of the boat to allow the turtle to be harpooned. The remora is a very unique fish with fascinating adaptations. They grow to a length of approximately 3 feet and are seemingly everywhere in the ocean where large creatures are found.

DavidMcNab
Published: January 16, 2018411 plays$1.55 earned
Two angry elephants unexpectedly charge a vehicle1m08s

Two angry elephants unexpectedly charge a vehicle

Scary footage showing the moment when two elephants from a relaxed herd decided to suddenly charge towards this vehicle. Luckily no one was hurt. Taken in the Makuleke Concession the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa. Video sent in by: Lyle. Check out @LatestKruger for more!

Kayakers Find Themselves In Midst Of Orca Feeding Frenzy3m42s

Kayakers Find Themselves In Midst Of Orca Feeding Frenzy

As far as Orca's go, for those of us who happen to live close to the shore or even visit over the summer, we've been told to always keep an eye out for all the dangers that the big blue has to offer. Not to go fire off into the ocean due to deep waters and all mystery that might hide within. Especially stay away from any big fish and never, ever, do you go in the water if you see something that has a huge fin on its back. For some of us however, it is the urge to get close up and personal with the threat in the hope to achieve great rush and adrenaline and feel more alive then ever. These people are usually the ones that you see on TV possibly under the accident part of the show or even sometimes under the hero's list. There is really no telling what is going to happen once you actually get this close to such a powerful being such as the Orca. However, aside of all the fact and dangers these guys had no idea that such a harmless kayak ride would reel them into such an extreme situation. A heavy does of nature is all around as these two people kayak their way into an Orca feeding frenzy. Just wait for the surprise cameo at the end!

First leatherback sea turtle hatchling to emerge & escape hungry vultures12s

First leatherback sea turtle hatchling to emerge & escape hungry vultures

While on their way to Paria Falls on the northern coast of Trinidad, an island in the southern Caribbean, these people came across this little guy rushing to the water. At first they thought how cute but only after they returned from the falls they realized why he was in a hurry. Black vultures and crabs prey on the newly hatched leatherback babies! Luckily this little squirt was able to make it into the ocean.

Cute little jumping spider will cure your arachnophobia1m25s

Cute little jumping spider will cure your arachnophobia

Jumping spiders are the largest family of spiders. They do not build a web to trap insects, but jump on their prey and grab it with the jaws. They still produce silk for safety lines while jumping and also to build a tent as shelter from bad weather and to sleep at night. As most spiders they have four pairs of eyes, which give them a 360-degree view of the world. Their large frontal eyes are build like telescopes and provide them with very sharp vision. A mobile retina allows them to scan the object they are looking at.

This Clip Of Spider Egg Sack Being Opened Made Us Queasy29s

This Clip Of Spider Egg Sack Being Opened Made Us Queasy

Attention, all you haters of everything that crawls. If you hold your life dear, then you better not watch this clip posted by the Australian Reptile Park on the Facebook page! Yikes! In all honesty, the Australian-based rescue habitat admitted that this image is the stuff of nightmares, but that they also love their new find. They posted the video of a funnel spider egg sack being cut open to show how the babies are born. What is disconcerting about the whole this is the overly haunting music they playfully added in the background during the funnel spider birth. Try singing the itsy, bitsy spider song now, we dare yah! To add fuel to the flame, with the video being viewed over 750,000 times, there seems to be some serious masochists out there. Or some ferocious arachnophiles. To each their own. The reactions from Facebook people are everything! They range from stuff like “My 4yr old though this was the BEST thing he has ever seen!!! and let’s face it, that’s pretty cool to watch!!” from one Elizabeth Hemmings, to “I like spiders and that freaks me out…” from Jenine Bunt McDermott. Of course, there are those who would rather burn them all before they, too, lay eggs, but they are too much to count. The Australian Reptile Park hosts a multitude of drop-off points where people who are brave enough can safely capture one and take it to them. There, the park is able to carefully extract venom from the funnel spider, which they then use to produce antivenom in case of an incident. Credit to 'Australian Reptile Park'.

Clever Caterpillar Hauls Camouflage On Its Back To Avoid Predators46s

Clever Caterpillar Hauls Camouflage On Its Back To Avoid Predators

A curious video has emerged showcasing the caterpillar larvae of bagworm moth hauling its camouflage on its back. Apparently they construct cases out of silk and materials such as leaves, wood and soil as camouflage from predators. It is incredible that each bagworm makes a case particular to its species, in this case of a Pagoda bagworm the camouflage resembles a Chinese temple. The bagworm extends its head and thorax from the mobile case to devour the leaves of host plants. They also pupate inside their house and adult males take flight to find a mate, while emerged female moths are wingless. Without leaving their bag they are fertilized by a male moth through the tip of the pagoda. The female lays her eggs inside the bag and seals it with saliva, then leaves its home and dies. Caterpillars are masters of disguise, they retreat inside their protective mobile shelter on their back to avoid predators. Have you ever bumped into a brown leaf-cocoon object while walking along pavements or on overhead bridges? They usually appear to be tiny and non-existent until you felt something sticky on your face or hands when you knocked into their silky threads holding the cocoons. Bagworm moths are of the Order Lepidoptera, same as the butterflies and family Psychidae. The distinctive feature of bagworms is that their larvae are remarkable architects, building mobile cases made of environmental materials, in this example, the leaves, to hide themselves in. Thus, within each case hides a tiny caterpillar. For the pagoda bagworm, it scrapes the chlorophyll off the leaf before incising cleanly around the area consumed, creating a circular wound. The excised leaf piece is then added to its protective casing.

Endangered sea turtle appears from the deep to examine diver27s

Endangered sea turtle appears from the deep to examine diver

Serena is a young diver with a love for all ocean creatures, especially sea turtles. You can imagine her delight when a large Loggerhead sea turtle emerged from the deep and made a beeline for her. It swam directly to her, looked in her face and than quickly flapped off on its way. It's difficult to know what it was about her that made it head right over to her, but something seems to have startled the huge beast because it was quick to take off. These turtles are fast swimmers and a few flaps of their long flippers will create distance fast. This turtle seemed only mildly concerned though, as it seemed to relax again once it was out of reach. It appears that the Loggerhead may have been curious to see what she was and then suddenly realized that there was another diver behind her. This second diver had a large camera and strobe lights and it is very possible that the unusual equipment was what startled the turtle. As big as this turtle is, Loggerheads actually grow to 450 pounds quite easily. Some have even reached 1,000 pounds. This appears to be a juvenile female. A full grown Loggerhead might live for well over 100 years. This turtle could conceivably be cruising over the reef at the turn of the next century. Loggerheads eat conch and they are able to crush a full grown shell in their massive jaws. Despite their formidable size and incredible power, they are no threat to divers who keep a respectful distance. They are not aggressive animals, although the large males are known to be a little grumpy if they are crowded. During mating season in May, large males approach divers regularly and it is believed that they are actually able to differentiate between male and female divers. Divers during this time will often see an inquisitive male sneaking up on a group from behind, or even appearing from the deep on a direct course with one of the divers. They are merely curious and easily discouraged. Full grown Loggerheads have few predators, and fear nothing except man and very large sharks. A close encounter with such an impressive beast is an awe-inspiring experience for a scuba diver.

DavidMcNab
Published: January 15, 2018820 plays$3.49 earned
Small burrfish gives diver a moment of terror55s

Small burrfish gives diver a moment of terror

Burrfish are a member of the Porcupinefish family. They are very unique creatures, with some very unusual defense mechanisms. They do not swim quickly or gracefully and they appear quite clumsy in the water. Fortunately, they do not need to be agile or quick because they are able to discourage predators by rapidly gulping air or water in order to inflate to almost three times their usual size. They also have sturdy spikes on their skin which protrude outward when they inflate. The result is that they are almost impossible for a predator to swallow. As if this were not enough, the Burrfish is also highly toxic, containing enough neurotoxin to easily kill more than 10 grown men. This neurotoxin is found within the organs and skin of the Burrfish. It is risky to touch one of these fish and deadly to eat one. The Burrfish has a small mouth, but it can still inflict a nasty bite. In fact, its larger cousin, the Porcupinefish, has been known to cause severe damage if provoked. In one well known encounter, a Porcupinefish amputated the finger of a diver who was lacking caution. This Burrfish was found swimming along over the reef by a diver who was involved in a group night dive. The divers were using bright lights due to the complete darkness and the Burrfish was quite happy to swim in front of the diver in order to eat the small creatures that were attracted by the light. The scuba diver was very aware of the fact that the Burrfish was not as harmless as he appears and was keeping a respectful distance. The Burrfish made a sudden dash directly at the light, bouncing off the diver's hand and face, startling the diver and causing more than a little bit of alarm. The diver's light bounces around as he tries to keep the terrifying little monster away from him. Within a few moments, the drama is over and the Burrfish scurries away triumphantly with his meal, leaving one very flustered and startled scuba diver. Who would have guessed that such a tiny fish could strike such fear?! In reality, the diver was never really in any danger and he was certainly not being attacked. The fish was simply doing what he was meant to do.

These Sci-Fi Creatures Live Under Rocks At The Beach53s

These Sci-Fi Creatures Live Under Rocks At The Beach

These bizarre, 5 legged creatures live in the shallows in the ocean under almost every rock or chunk of coral. They also live in the deep. They live EVERYWHERE. They are called Brittle Stars or Serpent Stars. They look like a strange mix of a spider, a starfish and an octopus all combined to create creatures for a horror movie. They can grow to a size of two feet across. They wiggle their arms for propulsion across the ocean floor and they will seek out cover as quickly as they can reach it. They prefer the cover of rocks and coral and they actively flee from the light. The brittle star looks terrifying and creepy, but in fact, they are completely harmless. They eat decaying matter and plankton, doing a great job of keeping the ocean clean. Shockingly, they eat by pushing their stomachs out through their mouths to digest their meals. Nutrients are taken in through the mouth after digestion. Even more surprisingly, brittle stars do not have a brain. They have a simple ring of nerve cells that move information around the body. Their arms are covered in tube feet that have sensors to detect light. Sensors in the feet also help the Brittle Star process smells to detect food. Like sea stars, if a brittle star loses an arm, or a part of an arm, it will regenerate. While beach-goers may be horrified to know that these wiggling, slithering creatures live in abundance under almost every rock under their feet, it should be remembered that they pose no threat to people and that they are extremely beneficial. Without creatures like Brittle Stars, swimmers would be wading through decaying matter instead of clean sand. Most people will never actually see Brittle Stars because they are so reclusive and reluctant to come out in the open during the day. But for the adventurous, all you need to do is turn over a rock on any tropical beach and you are likely to find a handful of them.

Dolphins And Divers Share Incredible Underwater Interaction51s

Dolphins And Divers Share Incredible Underwater Interaction

During a scuba trip to the Revillagigedo Islands, these people heard the underwater clicking sounds of dolphins. Check out their incredible encounter! Swimming with dolphins is high up the holiday bucket list for many taking an exotic trip. This extraordinary footage shows how tourists can make dolphins extremely excited about their presence. A video of a diver swimming with the animals in the Revillagigedo Islands shows their delirious reaction when befriended by human. Their underwater interaction is incredibly touching, but it also offers an important message: Love animals and don’t litter. Swimming with large, sentient and often predatory animals means we must play by a special set of behavioral and legal rules that most other reef organisms don’t require. Members of Cetacea, dolphins and whales, have a larger brain to body mass ratio with more folds in their cranial tissues than humans. Much of this extra mass is in the communications center. So while we value our rich languages, these flippers communicate on levels we cannot even comprehend and can do so over enormous distances. How dolphins and whales communicate information over miles of ocean with clicks and whistles has been the subject of many scientific dissertations. We still have little idea what they’re talking about! No other animal has the ability or intelligence to impart such a sense of awe as a whale or a dolphin. Even when viewed from the surface, the power of a diving humpback or the intense energy of a dolphin in play can be overwhelming.

Beautiful sea turtle swims past divers on way to surface54s

Beautiful sea turtle swims past divers on way to surface

Sea turtles are among the most beautiful and graceful creatures in the ocean. Most people dream of being able to swim near one and actually see it in its natural habitat. These young divers are experiencing an incredible thrill as they encounter a big, Green Turtle resting on the reef. All sea turtles breath air and they must return to the surface after half an hour at the bottom. These divers were watching the turtle as it decided to make an ascent for air. They remained very still and the turtle acted very unconcerned by their presence. A turtle slowly swimming upward through clear, blue water is a sight to behold. This Green Turtle has tumors on its neck and around its face. Its a condition called fibropapillomatosis, caused by the spread of a virus among sea turtles. Although the tumors themselves are benign, they will grow to a size that will eventually interfere with the turtle's ability to see or move. There are theories about pollution interfering with the turtles' immune system and their ability to resist the virus. Turtle populations are decreasing all around the world. Without our commitment to reducing pollution and habitat destruction, sights like this will soon become a thing of the past.

Octopus is a deadly and beautiful night predator31s

Octopus is a deadly and beautiful night predator

Scuba diving is a thrilling and intimidating experience. Divers are fully aware every time they enter the water that they are slipping into a world of prey and predators and that there is sometimes a delicate balance between the two. Creatures that are made for stealth and speed are at home in the water and they are able to appear and disappear silently. They are able to see and smell at a much greater distance than humans and they hold every advantage. People are guests in this underwater domain and incorrect behavior will often have consequences. During daytime, when divers can see, this is a wondrous world full of beauty and mystery. The abundant sea life and dazzling colors are a spectacle to behold, and the risk seems negligible. But at night, the ocean is a completely different world. It is during the hours of complete darkness that most creatures come out to hunt for food. The reef becomes a dangerous and violent place and many of its inhabitants will not survive until daybreak. This octopus is one of the top predators in the ocean and it is one of the best examples of a highly evolved nocturnal hunter. Its incredible intelligence and unique design make it one of the most fearsome hunters of the deep. It can be seen here moving smoothly with fluid grace over the coral in a search for unsuspecting fish or crabs. It can enter even the narrowest of crevices and holes and it will then spread out quickly to cover its prey and close off all avenues of escape. Powerful arms and hundreds of suction cups are used to draw prey to its center where it can cut or crush its prey easily with an extremely powerful beak. This octopus can be seen changing color as it moves over different surfaces in order to camouflage itself as it moves in the open. When it enters a small cave under the coral it can be seen struggling briefly with some sort of fish or crab that it has caught. The struggle is over quickly and the octopus retreats fully out of sight to digest what its meal. The octopus has problem solving and learning skills that are equaled by very few ocean creatures. It has a greater brain to body mass ration than any other invertebrates and even greater than many vertebrates.

WildCreatures
Published: January 10, 201814,264 plays$42.23 earned
Injured fox found hiding in cat's bed after storm14s

Injured fox found hiding in cat's bed after storm

A scared and injured fox was found hiding in this outdoor cat kennel after a storm. He was so scared and very tame! He wanted a warm cozy bed for the night and was quite happy in here. Animal control came along later to save him, as he was very sick and injured at this point.

This Tiny Jumping Spider Cured Our Arachnophobia 1m12s

This Tiny Jumping Spider Cured Our Arachnophobia

Jumping spiders do not build a web to trap insects, but jump on their prey and grab it with the jaws. They still produce silk for safety lines while jumping and also to build a tent as shelter from bad weather and to sleep at night. As most spiders they have four pairs of eyes, which give them a 360-degree view of the world. Their large frontal eyes are build like telescopes and provide them with very sharp vision. A mobile retina allows them to scan the object they are looking at. They might look huge, nasty and vicious, but they are actually unbelievably tiny! The body length of jumping spiders generally range from 1 to 25 mm (0.04–0.98 in). That can easily be acknowledged if you take into account the size of the veins on the leaves in the video. These minuscule buggers can be found almost anywhere. Tropical forests harbor the most species, but they are also found in temperate forests, scrub lands, deserts, intertidal zones, and mountainous regions. Euophrys omnisuperstesis the species reported to have been collected at the highest elevation, on the slopes of Mount Everest. What’s most amazing about these tiny spiders is their field of vision. Jumping spiders have four pairs of eyes; three secondary pairs that are fixed and a principal pair that is movable. The posterior median eyes (PME) are vestigial in many species, but in some primitive sub-families they are comparable in size with the other secondary eyes and help to detect motion. While unable to form images, it is suspected that the reduced pair of eyes has a role similar to that of insect ocelli by receiving light from the sky. The photoreceptors in the other secondary pairs are almost exclusively greensensitive, but the PME have two visual pigments different from that in all the other eyes, sensitive to blue and UV-light. The posterior lateral eyes (PLE) are wide-angle motion detectors which sense motions from the side and behind. Combined with the other eyes, it gives the spider a near 360-degree view of the world.

Photographer Catches Closeup Footage Of Bald Eagles Feeding44s

Photographer Catches Closeup Footage Of Bald Eagles Feeding

It is nature at its most vicious: one persistent photographer had to become part of the landscape and lie completely still for 30 minutes in order to capture this amazing footage. A bald eagle can be seen walking on the beach at Anchor Point on the Cook Inlet and Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. The eagle was enjoying a fish snack when a tractor drove by and scared him away. The seagulls immediately swooped in to munch on the eagle's snack, but they flew back as soon as the eagle returned. Graham McGeorge, a photographer from Scottland, visited Homer in Alaska, in the U.S. after being told by a colleague he should visit the area if he wanted to capture the birds of prey on film. Graham spent a few years saving for this trip and is was worth every cent. He finally visited the area and headed towards Anchor Point Beach where he was greeted by dozens of the birds swooping along the shoreline looking for their next meal. Just half a mile off shore a boat of fisherman were making their way back to the beach cleaning their catch as they went - and after getting back they tossed the fish remains onto the beach. This meant a luxurious dinner for the eagles, sending them into a feeding frenzy. The Jacksonville resident said: “There aren't many places in the U.S. you can find large numbers of these raptors, never mind getting close to them. The usual photographs are in flight far away and nest shots taken from afar. They got so close to me in Alaska that my 600mm lens was actually way too much glass for the task at hand.” Research does him good on his travels, but he always makes it a point to ask local where to take the best photos. The bald eagle is the national bird and national animal of the United States. They were taken off the endangered list in 1995 and off the threatened list in the lower 48 states in 2007.

tiwebb
Published: November 23, 20172,600 plays$5.22 earned
Rare purple beetle from the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador59s

Rare purple beetle from the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador

This cute little beetle is about 6 mm in length and probably belongs to the genus Chlamisus in the leaf beetle family Chrysomelidae, Cryptocephalinae. Purple is a rare occurring color in nature. This is an example of the enormous richness and beauty of tropical nature. There are millions of different insect species on earth, but most of them remain to be discovered.

Large Whale Shark Follows And Circles Boat2m11s

Large Whale Shark Follows And Circles Boat

These people witnessed a wonderful surprise while boating in the Sea of Cortez in Baja, Mexico. They were looking for whale sharks when in fact this friendly whale shark was looking for them! Watch as it repeatedly follows them in this incredible clip! Watch as the huge whale shark peacefully swims along the 14 foot boat, being careful not to disrupt the waters or cause any distress to the onlookers. This shark species are known for their seamless gliding through the water, and it has a long history on this planet. Long being about 60 million years ago, so it's no exaggeration to say that it's one of the oldest known species of sharks. These peaceful creatures live on the open seas, although they can not be found in the deep ocean. They can also dive to a distance as deep as 5,900 feet. Their diet consists mostly of plankton, fish eggs and larvae, which means that the boaters in this video have nothing to worry about because unlike Jaws, this fella isn't after human blood. Whale sharks are very docile, and in some instances they can even allow a diver to hitch a ride on them, although this practice is not recommended by shark experts - not because there is a threat to the humans, but because this disturbs the sharks. That's why the boaters are happy with only catching this big whale shark on tape and snapping a few cool photos.

Bird completely disappears inside rhino's ear33s

Bird completely disappears inside rhino's ear

The Oxpecker is one of the most fascinating birds in the African wild. These birds spend their time picking and consuming ticks and other parasites off their hosts in a win-win relationship known as mutualistic symbiosis. In this case, a bird gets its food and the rhino ends up with a good cleaning! Filmed in a remote area of the Greater Kruger Wilderness, South Africa.

Super ant carries gigantic flower with ease50s

Super ant carries gigantic flower with ease

This leafcutter ant filmed at the Tamandua Ecolodge & Reserve in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador carries the corolla tube of an Ericaceae flower to its colony's fungus garden. The wingless worker ants are females. Each ant can carry up to 50 times its own body weight. This is equivalent to a man carrying a van over his head! Leafcutter ants cut foliage into pieces and occasionally collect flowers as seen here. Since they cannot digest plants themselves they carry them to their underground colonies, where they grind up the material and inoculate it with a fungus. The harvested fungus is then used as a food source for the ant colony. Therefore leafcutter ants are also called fungus-growing ants. By the way there are more than 1 million ants for each human on Earth and the total mass of all the ants is roughly equal to the mass of all the people on Earth. Ecuador is one of 17 megadiverse countries, it actually has the highest biodiversity per square kilometer of any nation, with over 1660 species of birds, some 4000 species of butterflies and thousands of colorful moths, more than 500 amphibians, as well as a unique flora with e.g. over 4300 species of orchids.

Baby elephant struggles to cross river, is encouraged by mom1m51s

Baby elephant struggles to cross river, is encouraged by mom

The life of a baby elephant can be tough and a great challenge at times. This video show two baby elephants, one after each other, crossing through a river with the rest of the adults. One can see the effort, courage and determination it took for these youngsters to cross through this river and then up the embankment. A little assistance from the adults were also welcome. Once the struggle and challenge was over, they met up for a quick drink!