Jawsfull of Teeth

The jaws of the great white shark have a deadly reputation but it takes a high-speed camera to show how beautifully designed they are. These images are still frames from an NHNZ Images film clip.When a white shark attacks, it comes in a rush fast enough to push its one ton body half way out of the w...Read More
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Great civilisations to flourished here, in Sri Lanka, over a thousand years ago. But it might never have happened - without the help of elephants. Their feet pounded the foundations of the cities. Their strength hauled millions of tons of stone for the dams and temples. They harvested timber from t...Read More
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Pink Maomao

Schools of pink maomao Caprodon longimanus congregate during the day where they have herded their plankton prey (tiny red euphausid shrimps or krill) near the surface and where escape is limited. Here in the Poor Knight's Islands Marine Reserve off the northern coast of New Zealand they mostly live...Read More
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Poor Knights Dolphins

The Poor Knights Islands are a small group of unihabited islands about 12 miles off the northern coast of New Zealand. They were designated as New Zealand's second marine reserve in 1981, and managed by the Department of Conservation. Permits are needed to land (usually only granted for scientific r...Read More
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Woody Woodpecker

Like all woodpeckers the great spotted woodpecker has two toes pointing forward and two toes pointing backwards, which enable them to hop easily up and down tree trunks looking for insects just under the bark. This still from an NHNZ Images film was shot in Japan but could just as easily have been...Read More
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A long winter is ending on the steppe grasslands of Mongolia. This is home to a wild animal the Mongolians know as takhi - the spirits. Westerners call them Przewalski's horses. They're the only true wild horses in the world. Other so-called wild horses are domesticated horses which have reverted t...Read More
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Egg Stealer

For six hundred years thick jungle hid the wonders of the great city of Polonnaruwa, in Sri Lanka. Today, the ruins are historical and religious treasures, and a sanctuary for hundreds of macaques, whose ancestors probably lived here when the city was young. They are a common sight and have a nick...Read More
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The Gobi Desert

The sandy deserts of India are separated from the parched interior by the mighty Himalayas. In their rainshadow lie the deserts and dry grasslands of China and Mongolia. The stony Gobi Desert is further from the sea than any place on earth. Fierce summers are followed by bitter winters. Gobi means ...Read More
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Blue Sheep or Bharal

In the Himalayan mountains predator and prey endure at the vertical limit of mammalian life on Earth. Here, only rock is in abundance. Every Himalayan life is precarious. Bharal (also known as Blue Sheep) are at home on the shear cliffs where a predator in pursuit of prey risks plummeting to its own...Read More
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Spot the Ghost

Ghost pipefish don't just imitate the form and colour of floating leaves - they mimic the dance of leaves stirred by gentle currents.They're so confident in their camouflage and choreography that they leave the original leaf behind, to dance their own way across the sea floor. They are found in war...Read More
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