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Bubbles have been in the news lately as social units to help endure the covid lock downs. In the animal kingdom creatures use bubbles to their benefit as well - for defense, protection and fun.

Grasshoppers aerate their bitter blood to create a foamy deterrent from predators; mass mating frogs make a mat of frothy bubbles to protect their fertilized eggs; water spiders fill their aquatic silken nests with a bubble of oxygen making a cozy and inhabitable home.
Humpback whales use bubble nets to corral fish while cooperative feeding. Courtship is another opportunity - check out the impressive display the Ruddy Duck male is putting on for the ladies. Bubbles are for fun too! Belugas and dolphins blow round (toroidal) rings from their blowholes as a source of entertainment.
Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) whale trio blowing toroidal bubble rings, play behavior, vulnerable, Shimane Aquarium, Japan  -  Hiroya Minakuchi
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00270425 Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) whale trio blowing toroidal bubble rings, play behavior, vulnerable, Shimane Aquarium, Japan© Hiroya Minakuchi
Meadow Froghopper (Philaenus spumarius) nymph in cuckoospit froth on hawthorn, Leicestershire, England  -  Martin Withers/ FLPA
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00431417 Meadow Froghopper (Philaenus spumarius) nymph in cuckoospit froth on hawthorn, Leicestershire, England© Martin Withers/ FLPA
Black-and-white Treehopper (Membracis foliata) female laying eggs and covering them with protective foam, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Murray Cooper
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00443251 Black-and-white Treehopper (Membracis foliata) female laying eggs and covering them with protective foam, Amazon, Ecuador© Murray Cooper
Froghopper (Cercopidae) nymph on protective cuckoospit foam, Sussex, England
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00570909 Froghopper (Cercopidae) nymph on protective cuckoospit foam, Sussex, England© Stephen Dalton
Beetle predating on snail who responds with defensive bubbles, Atewa Range, Ghana  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00427091 Beetle predating on snail who responds with defensive bubbles, Atewa Range, Ghana© Piotr Naskrecki
African Foam Grasshopper (Dictyophorus cuisinieri) blow air through their blood via their thoracic spiracles, creating foam that gives predators a taste of noxious chemicals, Guinea, West Africa, sequ...  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298365 African Foam Grasshopper (Dictyophorus cuisinieri) blow air through their blood via their thoracic spiracles, creating foam that gives predators a taste of noxious chemicals, Guinea, West Africa, sequ...© Piotr Naskrecki
Water Spider (Argyroneta aquatica) emerging from its underwater air bell which is fastened to aquatic plants, native to Europe  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240528 Water Spider (Argyroneta aquatica) emerging from its underwater air bell which is fastened to aquatic plants, native to Europe© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Grey Tree Frog (Chiromantis xerampelina) group foam nesting over seasonal pond, South Africa  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00423290 Grey Tree Frog (Chiromantis xerampelina) group foam nesting over seasonal pond, South Africa© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Harlequin Flying Tree Frog (Rhacophorus pardalis) males competing for female making a foam nest, Kubah National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00453477 Harlequin Flying Tree Frog (Rhacophorus pardalis) males competing for female making a foam nest, Kubah National Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male blowing bubbles as part of aggressive display during competitive heat run for female, Tonga
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00575197 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male blowing bubbles as part of aggressive display during competitive heat run for female, Tonga© Suzi Eszterhas
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) blowing bubbles in water, Cape Douglas, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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00577637 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) blowing bubbles in water, Cape Douglas, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis) pair underwater making a toroidal bubble ring, Little Bahama Bank, Bahamas, Caribbean  -  Hiroya Minakuchi
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00270049 Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis) pair underwater making a toroidal bubble ring, Little Bahama Bank, Bahamas, Caribbean© Hiroya Minakuchi
True Bug (Tomaspis sp) undergoing final molt in foamy froth in which is has spent its entire larval development, Costa Rica  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298145 True Bug (Tomaspis sp) undergoing final molt in foamy froth in which is has spent its entire larval development, Costa Rica© Piotr Naskrecki
Parrotfish (Sparisoma vetula) sleeps in mucus bubble for defense, Caribbean Sea, Bonaire Island, Netherlands Antilles  -  Luciano Candisani
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00790112 Parrotfish (Sparisoma vetula) sleeps in mucus bubble for defense, Caribbean Sea, Bonaire Island, Netherlands Antilles© Luciano Candisani
Water Spider (Argyroneta aquatica) with air bell, England  -  Stephen Dalton
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00452747 Water Spider (Argyroneta aquatica) with air bell, England© Stephen Dalton
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) male in courtship display, British Columbia, Canada  -  Alan Murphy/ BIA
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00547351 Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) male in courtship display, British Columbia, Canada© Alan Murphy/ BIA
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male courting female through bubbles, as she swats her tail to show she is not interested, Maui, Hawaii
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00642024 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) male courting female through bubbles, as she swats her tail to show she is not interested, Maui, Hawaii© Ralph Pace
California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus) with mouth open in threat display blowing bubbles, North America  -  Konrad Wothe
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00198426 California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus) with mouth open in threat display blowing bubbles, North America© Konrad Wothe
Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) whale blowing toroidal bubble ring, Shimane Aquarium, Japan  -  Hiroya Minakuchi
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00270193 Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) whale blowing toroidal bubble ring, Shimane Aquarium, Japan© Hiroya Minakuchi
Grasshopper with aposematic coloration aerates toxic blood as a defensive behavior, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00427256 Grasshopper with aposematic coloration aerates toxic blood as a defensive behavior, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa© Piotr Naskrecki
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) pod cooperative bubble-net feeding, Frederick Sound, Alaska
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00589904 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) pod cooperative bubble-net feeding, Frederick Sound, Alaska© Paul Souders/ Worldfoto
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