Unbelievable Photos of Nature in Full-on Action Mode
A Bald Eagle's Dinner Plans Are Foiled
The bald eagle’s majestic look and distinct predatory nature have been captivating people for centuries. That’s not anything the captured seagull here cares about, but at least it has a buddy trying to help him out.
Despite their name, bald eagles are not bald at all. In fact, they have white-feathered heads, but in contrast with their brown bodies and dark wings, they do seem to be suffering from a lack of feathers on their heads. when observed from afar.
Source: 60 Jarring Nature Photos
The Nonchalant Tornado Pose
This striking image of a girl standing in the middle of a road while with a raging tornado in the background was captured near Beaver City in Nebraska.
This girl’s family lives in Nebraska where twisters are not a rare occurrence, so the calmness she shows in this pic shouldn’t be too surprising, but still, there’s a good reason why the National Weather Service constantly warns people about taking selfies with twisters — it simply isn’t safe.
A Kinda-Creepy Spider Brood
This amazing close-up pic of a female wolf spider with her hatchlings on her back is a pretty rare sight in the spider-verse. Most spider species don’t really take care of their little ones — they just wrap up the eggs in a silky sac and leave them.
Wolf spiders carry their eggs with them all the time attached to their stomach, and when the eggs hatch they keep their hatchlings close until they are big enough to hunt for food.
"Can I Call You Back?"
Although this may seem very unreal, this image actually depicts a very real-life occurrence. This photo of a tiger jumping through a kitchen window with a woman standing next to it was captured on a movie set in Africa.
1981’s “Roar,” starring Noel Marshall and Tippi Hedren (along with her daughter Melanie Griffith) is considered by many to be the riskiest and most dangerous film ever made. Even though they used trained and tamed animals, 70 crew members were reportedly injured by wild animals.
Killer Bear Hug
This knot (or maybe it’s a hug?) of death sees two snakes fighting for their lives. At the same time, it shows the two fundamental way of killing the snakes often use — constriction (the squeezing of their prey until it stops breathing) and a serious bite.
The king cobra we see here kills its prey by injecting them with venom, while the python uses the incredible strength of its body to squeeze the life out of its victim.
A Stinky Dinner Guest
You have to give this hound a little bit of credit here — it may be hungry, but it knows better than to tangle with a skunk using its dinner bowl as a kibble buffet.
It could be that the skunk seen here doesn’t follow the usual four-legged stinker playbook, considering it’s out in the daytime while most of its buddies prefer taking the night shift. Regardless, Rover is best not to push his luck.
The Walking Dead Raccoons
Raccoons are widely known as solitary, nocturnal creatures which rarely form any kind of social groups except for mothers and their young ones. But if they smell some food around a corner, they might show up in large numbers.
As omnivores and opportunistic eaters, raccoons will not hesitate to tear up backyard trash cans and ruin gardens in search of food. Seeing this many in one place is a little unnerving, especially considering how much they look like zombies.
Moscow's Stormy Skies
This photo of a stormy sky over Moscow is one of the more captivating viral images that popped up on the web last year. Although there were quite a few online debates about whether the picture is real, its robust composition and tense atmosphere didn’t fail to leave an impression on anyone who came across it.
Widely referred to as an apocalyptic sunset over Moscow, this image shows best how jarring nature can be.
Megalodon Makes Jaws Look Like an Appetizer
Megalodon is an extinct species of shark whose name means “big tooth.” If you wonder why that particular moniker was chosen, take a closer look at this image and you’ll find your answer.
It shows the fossilized remains of a megalodon’s jaws and a model of a great white shark. While a great white can be six meters (approximately 20 feet) in length, megalodons were about 20 meters long (60 feet) and their jaws had a biting force of over 40,000 pounds.
They're Called Giant For a Reason
A giant manta ray can reach almost seven meters (23 feet) across their disc-shaped body and weigh approximately 3,000 kilograms (6,600 pounds). Still, the average size of a giant manta ray is about 4.5 meters (15 feet).
The one we have in this photo was caught in 1933 off the coast of Brielle, New Jersey. Reportedly, this giant was over six meters (20 feet) wide and weighed almost 2,000 kilograms (5,000 pounds). Not bad for eating nothing but plankton.
Udders in the Sky
This absolutely breathtaking but rare cloud formation consists of mammatus clouds, named after the udders whose look they so closely mimic.
Mammatus clouds are usually formed when cold air drops down and makes packets in the convection of warm air. The phenomenon was first recorded by the English pioneer meteorologist William Clement Ley in 1894. And even though they look magnificent, these clouds can be quite tricky for pilots to navigate through.
Lake Michigan's Lightning Show
The image of multiple bolts of lightning over Lake Michigan was a result of perfect timing and the incredible work of Mother Nature.
Situated in the United States, Lake Michigan is the third largest by its water surface and the second largest by volume of all five Great Lakes. This enormous amount of fresh water collected in one place affects the climate of the area and contributes to the creation of such fantastic sights like this one.
The Waterlogged Lighthouse
This image was captured by French photographer Jean Guichard in 1989 during a violent storm. It shows the lighthouse of la Jument (Le Phare de La Jument) on the northwest coast of France, near Brittany, at the moment a massive wave was about to nearly engulf the entire lighthouse.
The man you can see in this photo is Theodore Malgorne, the lighthouse’s keeper, who was awaiting rescue along with the rest of his colleagues safely sheltered in the lighthouse.
Frozen Blue Monolith
It might look like a frozen tsunami wave, but what we see here is actually a rare phenomenon called blue ice.
It happens when ice layers constantly thicken on top of one another and in turn filters rays of light. As the light passes through the layers of ice, the red wavelengths get filtered out, so the ice only reflects this amazing blue color and creates this one of a kind spectacle.
Morocco's Hungry Tree-Climbing Goats
The tree goats of Morocco are an unusual sight for anyone who doesn’t live there, but for the people of this North African country there is nothing out of the ordinary about them at all.
These funny tree climbers can mostly be seen in Sous Valley in southwestern Morocco where their favorite food — the nuts of the Argania tree — grow free. The goats love it so much that they will climb to the top of a tree just to pick another one.
The Savannah King
Krys, aka the Savannah King, is one of the more famous crocodiles of all time, a beast whose legendary size made him straddle the line between fact and fiction. Allegedly, this saltwater croc was over 8.5 meters long (28 feet).
Sadly, the King was shot in July 1958 near Normanton, Queensland, Australia, by Krystina Pawlowski (the croc was nicknamed by her). This kill earned Pawlowski a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Human Skull Hermit Crab House
Most crabs come with their own shells, but not the hermit variety. Instead, they make homes in the abandoned shells of other sea creatures or use other objects they stumble upon at the bottom of the sea. They turn them into a shelter for as long as they can fit in them.
Once their “shells” become too small, the hermit crabs simply discard them and look for a new one. However, a human skull is not something they’ll find every day.
Cell Tower on Ice
This unbelievable image of an ice-covered cell tower shows what happens when a mass of tiny water droplets found in fog freeze to the outside of objects — in this case the aforementioned telecommunications tower.
Like all icicles hanging perilously high in the sky, these are equally dangerous and destructive. Their weight can damage structures and cause a whole lot of trouble if not looked after properly, which might be what the individual in this photo is attempting to do.
What Happens When Your Workout Partner Is a Bear
Even though bear attacks on humans are relatively rare, fear of these creatures is not. Despite all of the data and statistics, people still get spooked when it comes to bears and other big predators. Understandably so — they are called predators for a reason.
Some sources say that people who are visiting Alaska’s backwoods are more likely to be killed by a snake or a bee than a bear. Judging by this photo (and common sense too) escaping a bee looks way easier than a bear.
Catatumbo River Lightning Strike
This surreal image actually depicts one of the most amazing phenomena on our planet — lightning. What makes it even more special is that this particular marvel of nature you’re seeing takes place at a single location.
The famous Catatumbo lighting occurs only at the mouth of the Catatumbo River at Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela, roughly 140 nights a year. Some sources state that once it starts the lightning can be observed for almost ten full hours with over 250 strikes in an hour.
The World's Only Brown Panda
The world’s only brown panda is known as Qizai. This little darling was abandoned by his mother and rejected by his peers simply because he looks different. Due to a specific genetic mutation, this panda doesn’t have the usual black and white coloring like the rest of his species.
Luckily, Qizai was found by people who took him to the Foping Panda Valley in China where he lives a safe life with no fear of bullying or abandonment.
The Rarest Jaguar You'll Ever See
The spotted black jaguar is one of the rarest animals on this entire planet. It takes one spotted and one black jaguar parents to produce identical-looking black and spotted cubs. As you might have guessed, this happens very, very rarely.
For a very long time, black jaguars were considered a separate species from the regular spotted one, but now biologists classify them as the same animal but with different colorings.
The Beluga Mermaid
Tales about mermaids and other fanciful creatures from the depths of the sea are as old as humankind’s first journey on the ocean. They’ve been told and retold for centuries by sailors across the world who always swore that they had seen them with their own eyes. And maybe they have.
Chances are good any mermaid sightings were most likely scenarios like this one that shows a beluga whale whose blubber made these arm-like formations that resemble those of a person who may or may not have a fin instead of legs.
Looking Death in the Face
One of the most amazing photos ever taken with a terrifying story behind comes courtesy of nature photographer Michio Hoshino, who is best known for his work on various Alaskan wildlife series.
In 1996 Hoshino was assigned on another photo mission, this time in Kamchatka. Reportedly, he was camping on Kurilshoye Lake in this distant part of Russia when a bear stumbled upon his tent and killed him. This image depicting his attacker is allegedly the last one Hoshino ever took.
Alien or Amphibian?
One of the strangest creatures that still walk, or better said, crawl on this planet is the “floppy snake.” There are other even more colorful names people use for this phallic-looking creature which, in fact, is not a snake but a limbless amphibian.
That’s not even the oddest thing about this creature — it turns out that this is the largest tetrapod without lungs, instead using its skin’s network of capillaries to breathe. For over one hundred years it was believed to be extinct but in 2011 it was discovered again.
The Praying Mantis Brain Eater
Every praying mantis is an unusual sight to see, but witnessing one devouring a bird’s brain is definitely creepy. Although these alien-like insects usual feed on other bugs and beetles, every now and then these predators will not hesitate to attack bigger prey, including birds (and their brains).
This unexpected phenomenon has been recorded all over the world. Researchers have documented 147 such cases so far in 13 different countries since 1864 when the first incident was reported.
The Asian Giant Hornet
Asian giant hornets are one of the scariest creatures on the planet, and they are considered to be not only the biggest but also the most aggressive of all the hornet species. They can reach up to five centimeters (two inches) in length, and their stingers inject powerful venom into their victim’s body.
The largest population of Asian giant hornets can be found in the tropical forests of Eastern Asia. Their colonies are also quite large in the Japanese mountains as well.
Source: Asian Giant Hornet
Jaws Has Nothing on This Croc
Thanks to “Jaws” and other hair-raising movies featuring enormously big and deadly sharks, lots of people think that these creatures are always at the top of the food chain. After seeing this image of a croc devouring a shark some might change their minds.
The saltwater crocodile, native to northern Australia, has a bite as powerful as a great white shark and seem to attack far more often. The statistics show that these crocodiles kill almost 1,000 people every year on average.
Source: Saltwater Crocodile
The Freaky Hermit Crab Doll Head House
Hermit crabs use almost anything they find fitting to turn into their home, from other sea creatures’ empty shells to all sorts of plastic rubbish that floats along the bottom of the sea. Once they overgrow their home, they simply discard it and look for another.
When one stumbles upon a discarded doll head and makes it a home, the poor animal looks more like something from a horror movie than an innocent sea creature.
Source: Hermit crab house swap
Now That's a Bat!
There’s a good reason why these creatures are called flying foxes — just look at the size of the two we have here in these photos. Their wingspan can reach an unbelievable 1.5 meters (almost 5 feet) from one end to another.
These super-sized bats, the biggest on the planet, are native to Australia, but they can be seen in different parts of the Western Pacific too. Despite their frightening look, they are completely harmless vegetarians.
This Unfortunate Lizard Isn't Crowd Surfing
Even though this image may seem a bit gloomy and sad, it’s still very fascinating. It shows a colony of ants carrying a dead lizard’s body into their underground voids and tunnels for the ants to feast on, but only yesterday this very lizard could have eaten them all.
Many varieties of lizards are carnivores, and their usual diet includes ants, termites, various spiders and small mammals. Some species go the cannibal route and eat other lizards too.
Source: Facts About Lizards
A Great Big Bucket of Centipedes
There are over 8000 species of centipedes in the world, and we are quite certain that most of them don’t look as terrifying as this mama centipede and her little ones all curled up in a bucket.
Many centipedes are just a few millimeters long and barely noticeable, but not all. Some can reach almost 30 centimeters (11 inches) in length. The biggest one discovered so far is the Amazonian giant or the Peruvian giant yellow-leg centipede.
A Mouse Gets Eaten Alive
Unlike many cute little frogs, toads usually look much more mean and borderline scary. They are usually bigger in size — some can reach up to 17 centimeters (7 inches), and have rough, warty skin.
The color of their skin often blends in with their surroundings, providing the most effective cover for their preferred ambush tactics. Their diet usually includes worms, insects and spiders, but bigger toads will gladly go for smaller snakes and rodents when the opportunity arises.
Source: Common Toad Facts
An Owl's Lemming Nest
Snowy owls are natural born killers. Since they mainly feed on fast-moving mammals, their hunting skills are pretty amazing. Snowy owls usually look for smaller rodents and rabbits, but they like to hunt lemmings too. An adult owl can eat between three and five lemmings a day, or roughly 1,600 lemmings per year.
It seems that these particular owls don’t only use lemmings as their source of nutrients, but also pad their nests out of those they kill but can not eat.
Source: Basic Facts About Snowy Owls
A Bat Having a Very Bad Day
Although this scene looks more like something out of an epic fantasy movie, the image we have here is very real. This photo shows a large carpet python wrestling with even more size-wise impressive bat commonly known as the flying fox.
Keeping in mind that these pythons can grow up to 3.5 meters (over 11 feet), we can assume that they need the calories, but going after a creature of this size is still very impressive.
Crocodile Versus Python
No matter how many times we’ve seen incredible, almost unreal scenes coming from Australia, it seems that this continent and its creatures will never stop surprising us.
Here you see the tail of a crocodile (and these guys are huge in the Land Down Under) who lost a battle against a three-meter-long (10 foot) python on the shores of Lake Moondarra, in Queensland. It took the python only 15 minutes to swallow the hole crocodile.
Surfing With Sharks
Even though many people think of surfing as a fun, exhilarating, recreational activity, this sport really deserves to be called extreme —not only because of the size of the waves but because of the creatures that sometimes hide in them.
If you take a closer look at this photo, you’ll see a huge shark swimming in the wave while an oblivious surfer is heading right for it. If that isn’t extreme, we don’t know what is.
The Eight-Legged Hangout
Funnel-web spiders are some of the most ill-famed ones in the world. Their venom is highly toxic and fast acting, but fortunately there is an antivenom for the most lethal species.
These spine-chilling creatures are native to eastern Australia and mostly live in humid forest areas and highlands, typically in the ground, but there are some who prefer life in the trees. They are the largest of all funnel-web spiders with the body length of 4 to 5 cm (1.5 to 2 inches).
Source: Funnel-web Spiders
The Snake Snack
A spider feeding on a snake is a pretty unusual sight, yet this phenomenon was caught on camera. This image shows the deadly hug of a golden orb-web spider wrapping its legs around a green snake.
Golden orb-web spiders are famous for spinning huge, strong webs that can catch much bigger prey than the usual flies and beetles. Sometimes even smaller birds, bats and apparently snakes get trapped in these webs.
Source: Spider Eats Snake
The Infamous Australian Toilet Snake
Regardless of how many times we’ve seen unusual images coming from Down Under, it seems that surprises are waiting for you there everywhere, even in the toilets.
It’s good to know that about 140 different species of land snakes are living in Australia, so you better prepare yourself for a sight like this one if you plan to spend some time there. The bad news is, most of them (approximately one hundred) are poisonous. The good news? Only a dozen species are lethal to humans.