Sunday, September 18, 2016

Of Caimans' Tears and Lion Snot

Caiman Wearing a Crown of Butterflies Shows Its Softer Side

Bored Panda  9/16/16  by​ Rūta Grašytė 

Photographer Mark Cowan was travelling through the Amazon studying reptile and amphibian diversity when he stumbled upon an unusual sight… A caiman wearing a crown of butterflies!
But that’s not the unusual part. Actually, this phenomenon where butterflies perch on reptiles and drink their tears full of a much-needed mineral for survival – salt, has been documented before. The unusual thing about this photo is how the butterflies organize themselves into three groups of different species. Pretty cool, huh?

This photo was a finalist for the 2016 Royal Society Publishing photography competition and received special commendation. You can find the other finalists here.

and then there's this guy...

 Image - Emin Kuliyev/Shutterstock

and this one...

 Photo: Kerry Snider

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