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Photo of the Day : Animals

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Picture of a young goliath grouper swimming in the mangroves of the Florida Keys

Growing Grouper

Photo of the Day, June 26, 2014

This ten-inch-long juvenile goliath grouper in the Florida Keys may spend five years among mangroves, relatively safe from predators, before ...

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Picture of a young girl tending goats near Shiikh, Somaliland

A Fragile Livelihood

Photo of the Day, June 25, 2014

In this picture from the July 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine, a girl tends goats in the mountains near ...

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Picture of a herd of elephants at Mashatu game reserve in Botswana

Mashatu Herd

Photo of the Day, June 23, 2014

"For years I have been fascinated by elephants and elephant herds," writes Your Shot member Jaco Marx. "I've traveled ...

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Picture of two dolphins playing in the surf off Point Danger, Tweed Heads, Australia

Dolphin Games

Photo of the Day, June 21, 2014

"These two dolphins were playing out in the deeper ocean for some time," writes Brodie McCabe, who captured this picture ...

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Picture of a llama in Bolivia

Beribboned in Bolivia

Photo of the Day, June 19, 2014

"At 14,000 feet in icy winds this llama was completely at home," writes Esther Buttery, who submitted this photo ...

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Picture of a horse tied to a stall while Iranian youth watch a festival in East Azerbaijan Province, Iran

Up on the Scaffold

Photo of the Day, June 15, 2014

"A horse is tied in a makeshift stall while Iranian youth gather on the scaffolding to watch the competition during ...

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Picture of a cygnet peeking out from under its mother’s wing

Warm and Fuzzy

Photo of the Day, June 12, 2014

A cygnet peers out from its mother's wing at a local pond in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. According to ...

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Picture of a sea turtle swimming near a school of fish, Vitu Islands

Dive Sight

Photo of the Day, June 9, 2014

"I was diving off a live-aboard dive boat named Febrina in the Vitu Islands in West New Britain, Papua New ...

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Picture of a leaping impala, Botswana

Where the Antelope Play

Photo of the Day, June 6, 2014

"We were driving around the Savute plains in northern Botswana, searching for a group of lions that had killed a ...

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Picture of a monkey in the water, Phuket Island, Thailand

Swimming for Supper

Photo of the Day, June 2, 2014

"On Phuket, Thailand, monkeys [inhabit] the mangrove forest and tourists and locals come to feed them bananas and nuts," writes ...

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Picture of wild horses near Mount John Laurie, Alberta, Canada

Wild Horses

Photo of the Day, May 30, 2014

Wild horses graze under the watch of Mount John Laurie in Alberta, Canada. The peak is also known as Mount ...

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Picture of a blacktip shark in the Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles

Blacktip Close-Up

Photo of the Day, May 28, 2014

"This blacktip shark was shot in the evening in Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles," writes Imran Ahmad, a member of our Your ...

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Picture of lioness chasing a wildebeest

On the Hunt

Photo of the Day, May 26, 2014

"It was an early morning on Great Plains of the Serengeti," writes Your Shot community member Greg du Toit, who ...

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Picture of a shepherd with his flock of lambs

A Man in Sheep's Clothes

Photo of the Day, May 24, 2014

"Here is a farm in Beyşehir, Turkey," Your Shot photographer Seyit Konyali writes. "Shortly after the birth of lambs, shepherd ...

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Picture of two white butterflies perched on a stalk

Twin Beauties

Photo of the Day, May 22, 2014

Pale butterflies mirror each other on a stalk in this macro image submitted by Muhammad Mochtar, a member of our ...

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Picture of a Cape buffalo with a bird resting on its nose

Bird Buddy

Photo of the Day, May 20, 2014

A cooperative bird finds and eats insects from a Cape buffalo's face in a grooming ritual that pays off ...

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Picture of a polar bear at rest

White on White

Photo of the Day, May 18, 2014

Nearly camouflaged in his habitat, a polar bear surveys his surroundings. Cold doesn't bother these Arctic predators: Two layers ...

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Picture of two puffins dueling, Skomer Island, British Isles

Huffing Puffins

Photo of the Day, May 15, 2014

Dueling puffins flare their wings and part their beaks in a muddy tussle on Skomer Island, Wales. Most puffin fights ...

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Picture of a short-eared owl in a reserve, Kuwait

Tree Pose

Photo of the Day, May 14, 2014

"A short-eared owl is in stretching and relaxing mode in a Kuwait natural reserve," says Mohn Khorshid, who submitted this ...

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Picture of a porcelain crab hiding in an anemone, Philippines

Crabby Boarder

Photo of the Day, May 12, 2014

A porcelain crab peers out from a sea anemone in this picture by Your Shot member Thomas Bannenberg, who captured ...

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Picture of a harp seal near the Magdalen Islands

Hugging the Ice

Photo of the Day, May 11, 2014

In a picture that appears in the May 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine, a lone harp seal hugs thinning ...

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Picture of birds in Bharatpur’s Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan, India

Birds of Bharatpur

Photo of the Day, May 8, 2014

"The Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, is approximately 11 square miles" says Your Shot contributor Sreekumar Krishnan. "It ...

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Picture of a sheep at a farm sanctuary in Australia

Peter Out

Photo of the Day, May 6, 2014

Rescued sheep Peter relaxes in the afternoon sun at Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary in Australia. "I'm very lucky ...

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Picture of two Atlantic wolffish in their den, Bonne Bay

Wolffish Den

Photo of the Day, May 2, 2014

In this picture originally published in the May 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine, a pair of Atlantic wolffish—named ...

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Picture of a white pony in Estonia

Happiness Is a Warm Sun

Photo of the Day, April 25, 2014

"It was the first beautiful winter day in over a month, and the sun came out and everybody just stopped ...

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Picture of a great gray owl in Yellowstone National Park

Raven Mad

Photo of the Day, April 9, 2014

A great gray owl sweeps its wing in Yellowstone National Park in this picture from Your Shot member Henrik Nilsson ...

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Picture of a Japanese white-eye

Bright Eye

Photo of the Day, April 5, 2014

"It was a warm day in spite of being early March, and I went out to photograph birds in Tokyo ...

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Picture of pelicans at Marina del Rey, California

Break Time

Photo of the Day, March 28, 2014

"This photo was taken at the break wall at Marina del Rey in southern California," says Your Shot member Karine ...

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Picture of a goldfish in a bowl

See Through

Photo of the Day, March 25, 2014

British artist and photographer Hugh Turvey uses x-ray technology to create what he calls Xograms, a fusion of visible light ...

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Picture of Galapagos sharks in the Indian Ocean

Atoll Tale

Photo of the Day, March 22, 2014

Young Galápagos sharks—found around tropical oceanic reefs worldwide—nose the camera in the lagoon of the Bassas da India ...

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Picture of deer in Hungary

Deer Sight

Photo of the Day, March 17, 2014

Roe deer, found throughout Europe, approach the edge of a forest in Bajzattanya, Hungary, near the village of Lónya on ...

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Picture a bat covered in pollen

A Movable Feast

Photo of the Day, March 15, 2014

A pollen-gilded bat (Phyllonycteris poeyi) emerging from a flower of the blue mahoe tree (Talipariti elatum) demonstrates the carrying capacity ...

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Picture of an arctic fox in Svalbard

A Fox Tale

Photo of the Day, March 12, 2014

"I was in Svalbard staying in an old trappers' cabin," writes Your Shot contributor Bjorn Anders Nymoen. "I was on ...

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Picture of a white horse

Fading Gray

Photo of the Day, March 10, 2014

Horses forever changed life on the Great Plains, and for Native Americans today, they endure as an emblem of tradition ...

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Picture of a hammerhead shark swimming among a school of fish, Galapagos Islands

Lone Shark

Photo of the Day, March 9, 2014

Your Shot member Denis Nezhentsev captured this underwater scene, a recent Daily Dozen selection, during a dive safari near Wolf ...

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Picture of an Amazonian royal flycatcher

Royal Crest

Photo of the Day, March 7, 2014

“For the last three years, I have spent my summers conducting biodiversity surveys with a team of other biologists and ...

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