Caught In The Act

Animuhls (like kids) can do the darndest things. Sometimes, if you’re a great photographer (like these folks as seen on My Modern Met) you can get a terrific shot by just being in the right place at the right time. Talent and a great camera helps, of course!

These were a part of The Mammal Society’s Photographer of the Year competition earlier this year. (The 2014 competition is now open.) Individual photo creditos in the hovers.

First Place Winner: Jumping Rat

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Second Place Winner: Licking Fox

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3rd Place Winner: Wood Mouse with Blackberry

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Gray Seals Laughing

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Leaping Squirrel

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What’s So Funny, Guys?

Oh sure, we go “Squee” all the time when we see a cute animuhl, but let’s face facts:

The joke is on us.

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Le Creditos~

1. Photo taken by Betsy P. at Living Treasure Animal Park in New Castle, PA.
2. Photo by Leslie P., and submitted by Holly B. of Vita.MN. Hover c/o Jokes 4 Us.com.
3. “Holly Haz A Happy.” Photo from Orla M.
4. Gus sticks his tongue out at the Oregon Zoo. Photo by Carli D.

Boop Dreams

Pssst! Over here, peeps! Now’s your chance. Go ahead and boop their noses while they’re sleepin’. Boop, boop, boop.

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“I took this at the Hawaii Aquarium yesterday. A 4 year old Monk seal having a snooze.” -Scott L.
“Meet our 5 month old French bulldog puppy, Rocky!” -Veronica
“My name is Scout and I’m a rescue kitten! I’m super cute to look at, and I love to pee in shoes. My new mom took some pictures of me, and I really want to be famous. meow. Please consider me to overload people with cuteness…” Katie C.

Ahoy! It’s World Oceans Day Today!

Despite what Captain Kirk would tell you…our ocean is truly the final frontier. If we don’t take care of it, we won’t get another one to take its place.

Learn more about World Oceans Day here!

This first video was taken off Dana Point, California- home to more dolphins than anywhere in the world!

This image of a harbor seal was taken in a kelp forest at Cortes Bank near San Diego by Kyle McBurnie. It was the overall winning image submitted to the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science‘s (RSMAS) underwater photography competition.

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Pietro Cremone from Italy won third place in the wide-angle category. His entry shows a Raccoon Butterfly Fish and Angelfish on a reef in the Red Sea near Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt.

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Alex Tattersall took the shot of a Lionfish on the Thistlegorm wreck in the Red Sea and it won first place in the wide-angle category. The SS Thistlegorm was a British naval ship built in 1940 in England.

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Second place in the wide-angle category went to Joseph Tepper. It shows Spinner Dolphins swimming in a small inlet off the Kona coast of Hawaii.

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This shot of Anemone Shrimp was taken in Puerto Galera in the Philippines by Beth Watson. It was the winning picture in the RSMAS macro category.

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The second place macro picture was this image of an Emperor Shrimp on top of two Nudibranch Molluscs. It was taken at Dinah’s Beach in Papua New Guinea by Douglas Good.

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The third place in the macro category of the RSMAS underwater photography competition went to Italian photographer Frederica Bambi. It shows a Porcelain Crab on an Anemone at Pescador Island, Cebu in the Philippines.

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Video #1 from Dolphin Safari; #2 from One World One Ocean. Photos and captions from Mail Online.

Forget The Horse Whisperer, Meet The Seal Snuggler

Hey Hoomin! Wanna pat my head? Lemme just scoot over for ya.

“You guys must have received this a million times already, but here it is again. Look! A man is being blorped! Twice!” -Vanessa B.

(From the video:) “Charlie Bird meets seals while traveling through Antarctica following the route of explorer Tom Crean’s final expedition alongside Ernest Shackleton aboard the Endurance in 1914-15.”

Friday Haiku: How I Love Thee, Log

You are smooth
and soft

and floating
on the water.

Perfect for my
nap.


Photo by André Kuschel via the interwebs

Joe R. Is The Luckiest Guy In The World

Why? Let Joe tell us. “Thought you might like this little video I filmed the other day. Meeting him was a birthday present. The best birthday present ever. My wife is a volunteer at the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center.

LOOK AND LISTEN. TO. THIS. HE’S MAKING THOSE LITTLE HONKING NOISES!!!!!!

Someone Left the Seal Out in the Rain

Smartie the Seal lives in Stranraer, Scotland. It seems workers at a ferry terminal found him in the parking lot one night during a storm. They tried to get him into the water, but Smartie was havin’ none of it.

The next morning they called the SPCA, and stored Smartie in the boot trunk of a vehicle for safekeeping ’til help arrived.

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Smartie had other ideas, and wiggled his way onto the dashboard. Mr. McSmartersons is hanging out at the National Wildlife Centre for the time being.

Heidi Who?

Seems that Seal has moved on. Here he is shown snorgling NBC anchorman Brian William’s daughter, actress Allison Williams.

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(*Full disclosure- I absolutely stole the headline concept. Image found on the Buzz FB.)

So This Seal Went Into A Bar…

Q: Why do seals swim in salt water? A: Because pepper water makes them sneeze!

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Image from Thorsten Milse/Robert Harding/Barcroft Media.

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