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National Geographic: Best Photos of July 2013

National Geographic: Best Photos of July 2013. Focus on the best photos of july 2013th of National Geographic magazine.

 

Manatees, Florida

These herbivorous animals live in shallow water and feed on aquatic vegetation. (Photo by Paul Nicklen):

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Muskoxen on Wrangel Island

Around 3.5 million years ago when the climate was much colder, the ancestors of muskox down from the Himalayas and spread throughout the territory of Siberia and the rest of Northern Eurasia. (Photo by Sergey Gorshkov):

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Mantis

Ordinary mantis – a typical ambush predator masquerading as surrounding plants. One day, on the street of an American city stopped car traffic. Drivers of vehicles observed the persistent fight between the mantis and the sparrow. Winning this fight got mantis because sparrow decided to escape. (Photo by Cyril Verron):

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Zebras, Kenya

In fact, a zebra – black with white stripes, and not vice versa. Since the black bands are caused by genetic process of selective pigmentation (presence of pigment), so black – the main pigment, and white stripes of his absence. (Photo by Johan Siggesson):

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Kangaroo, Australia

Three species of giant kangaroo. Gray kangaroos, the largest of the entire family, can reach a length of up to three meters. They like to live in wooded areas, for which he got his other name – forest. They are the most friendly and trusting of their neighbors. (Photo by Adhi Anggadjaja):

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Giraffe, Tanzania

Male giraffe reaching heights of 5.5-6.1 m (about one-third the length of the neck) and weigh up to 900-1200 kg. High growth increases the burden on the circulatory system, especially for supply to the brain. Therefore the heart giraffes particularly strong. It transmits 60 liters of blood per minute, weighs 12 kg and creates pressure that is three times higher than in humans. (Photo by Peter Stanley):

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Two caiman, Brazil

(Photo by Luciano Candisani):

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Japanese white-eye, Taiwan

This is a small sub-tropical migratory passerine bird. (Photo by Boris S.):

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A giant sea devil, Bali

Manta ray, or giant sea devil – the largest of the rays, the width of the body of individuals up to 7 m (in most of the 4-4.5 meters), and the mass of large specimens – up to 2.5 tonnes. (Photo by Andrea Marshall):

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Spotted Anemone Crab

(Photo by Jean Wimmerlin):

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Polar bear, Norway

Svalbard home to nearly half of the region’s polar bears in the Barents Sea – three thousand individuals. But this animal, which became a symbol of the Arctic, is not the only one whose existence is tied to the sea. Another such animal – a bearded seal, which often serves as food for a hungry bear. (Photo by Paul Nicklen)

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Deer, England

(Photo by Mark Bridger):

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Egrets in the nest

(Photo by Oskar Neuhold):

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Cheetahs, the Kalahari

(Photo by Gus Mills):

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Ant, Indonesia

To create the necessary environment Anse poured a puddle of water, and then put an ant on a piece of moss. Ant is not sitting still, but Anse, Closeup, managed to capture the moment of the jump with moss. (Photo Anse)

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Elephant and baby elephant, India

(Photo by Sandesh Kadur):

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Pup

Running against the wind in the Sahara desert in North Africa. (Photo by Francisco Mingorance):

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Pride of lions, Serengeti

Number of pride can reach 30-40 animals. (Photo by Michael Nichols):

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Mamba, Cameroon

One of the most dangerous and poisonous in Africa. It reaches a length of 2,4-3 meters, separate instances of up to 4.5 meters in length. It can travel at speeds up to 11 km / h and with short throws on level ground can reach speeds of 16-19 km / h, which is the maximum for the snakes (Photo by Mattias Klum):

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Field Mouse, France

On a sunny summer morning, a male field mouse as an acrobat, practices on wheat ears on the field in Alsace. The representatives of this kind, bringing together the little rodents in Europe, have a prehensile tail and around the building, reminiscent of birds, nests. (Photo by John L. Klein and M. L. Hubert, Biosphoto):

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Leopards, Botswana

Leopards – loners, they seek each other just to make offspring. During the week, they mate and hunt together, and then suddenly parted for years. (Photo by Sergey Gorshkov)

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Manatee, Florida

Weighing under 500 pounds, and some individuals even more than that, the American Manatee Trichechus manatus like a plump little whale or dolphin, although none of them is a relative. In fact, more manatees are related to elephants. (Photo by Paul Nicklen)

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