#EarthCapture by @roxythezoologist
Oh hey there little sea otter! This female was spotted swimming around in the waters of Morro Bay, California. Once hunted to the brink of extinction for their fur, the species is listed as endangered, but their numbers are now recovering. The redness on the nose is due to a rather aggressive mating ritual in which the male will hold the female’s head underwater to subdue her, often resulting in some pretty serious bite injuries! In one study, 4% of female otter deaths were caused by these injuries. Sea otters aren’t always so cute and cuddly!
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#EarthCapture by @eliestories
The Barbary macaques of Gibraltar are probably one of its biggest tourist attractions. And they’ve learnt exactly how to use this to their advantage! 🙊 They know exactly which moves to pull to get the most attention, climbing all over visitors and holding their hands out for food. But all this close interaction with humans has caused their close bonds within their troops to break down. They’ve learnt how to open zips and steal food from people, and started to become increasingly dependent on humans, causing them to forage in nearby towns and leaving damage to cars and buildings as they went. Due to this, deliberately feeding the monkeys is now punishable by law and anyone caught giving them food can be fined up to £4000!
#EarthOnLocation by @hannastitfall in Singapore
Red-eared sliders are a non-native invasive species in Singapore that originate from the United States. Being a popular species in the pet trade has meant have been released into Singapores waterways. The red eared slider is able to adapt and colonise quickly to new environments, but this has meant in Singapore it has displaced native terrapin species such as the Malayan box terrapin.
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#EarthCapture by @neiljburnell
Can you even believe this place is real?! These atmospheric images are created by the thick fog, gnarled trees, and moss-covered stones of a woodland in Devon, England. This particular wood has long been the subject of folklore and myth, with many writers describing it as the most haunted location in the area, and we can see why! 🌿🌲🖤 And if you're lucky enough to visit this extraordinary place, don't forget to leave nothing but footprints.