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Best Shots of Animals taken in 2017

Animal Kingdom is a different world altogether. Its a world without rules, or maybe just one rule 'Survival of the Fittest'. Some photographers manage to reach out to these animals in their natural habitat and capture some moments from their lives. These exceptional pictures taken in 2017 show a wide range of animals dealing with their daily routine.
 A California sheephead

A curious young Weddell seal, weeks old, comes in for a close-up. It may have been the pups first swim, says marine biologist Pierre Chevaldonné, who has worked at Dumont d’Urville. Weddell seals are the most southerly breeding mammal in the world.

A scalloped hammerhead cruises past a school of steel pompano, endemic to islands in the eastern tropical Pacific. Fluctuations in water temperature increase the growth of barnacles on rocks and can also cause infections, visible as white patches on this shark.

A shortfin mako flashes in front of an intruder, introducing itself as a force to be reckoned with in waters off the coast of New Zealand.

An African penguin takes center stage atop a cliff on Mercury, an uninhabited island off the coast of Namibia

Emperor penguins head for the open ocean in search of food. The brownish patches above them are microalgae that cling to the sea ice and start to photosynthesize in spring.

After hunting, a Nazca booby returns to its nest near a thicket of prickly pear cacti on Isla Wolf. Scientists have been studying the birds elsewhere on the islands to gauge how long-term changes in their fish diet may hurt reproduction and depress populations

Content Source: nationalgeographic
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