Back to the sweet things. Here is the judge’s first choice in the mammalian behavior category. It’s called “When Mother Says Run” by Shanyuan Li, a Chinese photographer. Li’s shot offers a rare glimpse into a family of young Pallas cats or Manuls on the steppes of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in northwest China. It wasn’t easy either. He worked at great heights for six years, taking photos of the animals to get them.
Pallas’ cats are notoriously difficult to find because they are very lonely, are mostly active in the ungodly hours of dawn and dawn and, unfortunately, are also threatened by the deterioration of the steppe grassland from mining and overgrazing. Li pursued a family of Kittens for more than 2 miles while in search of food in the steppe. He eventually hid until then on a hill across from their cave Moment if The kittens came out to play.
The golden moment
Strange! The winner of the underwater category is “The Golden Moment” by Songda Cai from China. You can’t tell from the photo, but the creature in the picture – a diamond squid paralarva – is quite small. It’s only 6 to 7 inches long. Cai took the photo while diving in deep water at night far off the coast of Anilao in the Philippines. A paralarva is an early stage in the development of cuttlefish between juvenile and subadult stages of life, and it darted into the light with which the photographer found his way in the water.
Incredible, this one is small, but already recognizable as an octopus. This creature remains transparent into adulthood, like all octopus squids. These bright orange glowing parts are elastic pigment bags under the skin.