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Nature's Best Photography

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Learn more about the species in the exhibition of winners from the 2011 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards.

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    Prionace glauca

    Blue Shark

    Found in temperate and tropical waters, the blue shark is the most abundant and widely distributed open-water shark on the planet. It is also the world’s most frequently caught open-water shark and a primary species supplying the shark fin trade.

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    Manta birostris

    Atlantic Manta

    These large rays have a distinctive body shape with triangular pectoral “wings” and paddle-like lobes extending in front of their mouths.

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    Hemilepidotus hemilepidotus

    Red Irish Lord

    These bottom-dwellers live on crabs, small fish, worms, and crustaceans.

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    Acer palmatum

    Blood Leaf Japanese Maple

    Swedish doctor-botanist Carl Thunberg traveled to Japan in the 18th century and named this maple “palmatum” after the hand-like shape of its leaf.

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    Dendronephthya

    Carnation Corals

    The brightly colored Dendronephthya soft corals are abundant in the Indo-Pacific and are common in the aquarium trade, but are unusually difficult to keep alive in captivity, mainly because they lack photosynthetic symbionts and instead must rely on filtering food particles and dissolved nutrients from the water column.

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    Lucanus cervus

    Stag Beetle

    During the breeding season, the male stag beetles use their magnificent mandibles as a warning signal to other males. They raise them in a defensive and aggressive posture to fight off a contender. They are skillful wrestlers and can even stand up on their hind legs to throw an opponent.

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    Serilophus lunatus

    Silver-breasted Broadbill

    The Silver-breasted Broadbill is a medium-sized bird, 6.3 to 6.7 inches in length and weighing 0.9 to 1.2 ounces.

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    Pleurosicya boldinghi

    Soft-coral Goby

    These fish live on Dendronephthya soft corals, usually at depth of 20 meters or more below the surface.

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    Oxybelis

    New World Vine Snakes

    Slender and arboreal, vine snakes can reach lengths of six-and-a-half feet and range in color from bright green to rusty brown. Slow moving, they depend upon camouflage for protection.