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Weddell seals typically only make these vocalisations to communicate while underwater, although on rare occasions they’ll also make these eerie sounds while hauled out on the ice.
Video by @johnbozinov#WildlifePlanet via @discoverocean
In western Mongolia we had our private Altai kazakh eagle hunters festival. We are in a remote stretch of western Mongolia, about 45 miles from the Russian border, and surrounded by a barren but impressive mountain range.⠀
The area is home to the remarkable Kazakh eagle hunters, or "berkutchi", who live in simple houses or well-insulated gers, scattered across the valley and specially built to endure heavy snow. ⠀
The birds are usually taken from their nests as chicks to be trained. Western animal lovers might protest about the practice, but try arguing the point with a proud Kazakh whose ancestors have been doing it for centuries. A golden eagle lives in ‘captivity’ for approximately 40 years. The hunter grows old with his bird.⠀
We learn too that the "berkutchi" need only three things in life: a fast horse, a faithful dog to guard the house, and an eagle. And this has been the case for centuries, a custom that has been passed down from father to son for 6,000 years.
Photo/Caption by @dennis.hellwig#WildlifePlanet
Despite losing one eye, this little warrior was able to survive in the wild. @uli_wildlife found him again one year later after photographing him for the first time as a cub! This cub photo was edited onto the later photo to show the growth 🦁
Photos by @uli_wildlife#WildlifePlanet via @earthfocus
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Photo by @FransLanting A baby crocodile is working itself fully formed out of the egg that has sheltered it for the first phase of its life. Reptilian eggs were a major innovation in the evolution of life and they paved the way for birds to colonize the earth in their wake. Baby crocs have to hide once they hatch to avoid getting eaten. But when they age, they become invincible and when they bulk out, they become scary predators. Go to @FransLanting if you want to see a close up of a monster croc I photographed in Botswana and follow @ChristineEckstrom for more encounters with the wild. #Crocodiles#Eggs#Evolution#Okavango#Botswana#baby