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Mexican red-knee tarantula spider (Brachipelma smithi) shedding hairs as a defence mechanism  -  Stephen Dalton
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00452894 Mexican red-knee tarantula spider (Brachipelma smithi) shedding hairs as a defence mechanism© Stephen Dalton
Sphaeriodesmid Pill Millipede (Sphaeriodesmidae) in ball, Cayo District, Belize  -  John Abbott/ NPL
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90674653 Sphaeriodesmid Pill Millipede (Sphaeriodesmidae) in ball, Cayo District, Belize© John Abbott / NPL
Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus) in defensive posture, San Jose, California, USA, April April  -  Chris Mattison/ npl
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90674406 Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus) in defensive posture, San Jose, California, USA, April April© Chris Mattison / NPL
Greylag geese (Anser anser) defending territory, Antwerp, Belgium, March  -  Bernard Castelein/ npl
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90672797 Greylag geese (Anser anser) defending territory, Antwerp, Belgium, March© Bernard Castelein / NPL
Greylag geese (Anser anser) defending territory, Antwerp, Belgium, March  -  Bernard Castelein/ npl
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90672796 Greylag geese (Anser anser) defending territory, Antwerp, Belgium, March© Bernard Castelein / NPL
Canada geese (Branta canadensis) defending territory, Antwerp, Belgium, March  -  Bernard Castelein/ npl
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90672792 Canada geese (Branta canadensis) defending territory, Antwerp, Belgium, March© Bernard Castelein / NPL
Fence to protect villagers from man-eating tigers, Sundarbans, Ganges Delta, West Bengal, India, March  -  Roger Tidman/ FLPA
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80182680 Fence to protect villagers from man-eating tigers, Sundarbans, Ganges Delta, West Bengal, India, March© Roger Tidman / FLPA
Workers with bricks used for flood defence repairs, Sundarbans, Ganges Delta, West Bengal, India, March  -  Roger Tidman/ FLPA
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80182679 Workers with bricks used for flood defence repairs, Sundarbans, Ganges Delta, West Bengal, India, March© Roger Tidman / FLPA
Bricks used for flood defence repairs, Sundarbans, Ganges Delta, West Bengal, India, March  -  Roger Tidman/ FLPA
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80182678 Bricks used for flood defence repairs, Sundarbans, Ganges Delta, West Bengal, India, March© Roger Tidman / FLPA
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisea) adults, breeding plumage, flock, in flight, attacking sheep at nesting ground, Iceland, June  -  Bill Coster/ FLPA
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80179194 Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisea) adults, breeding plumage, flock, in flight, attacking sheep at nesting ground, Iceland, June© Bill Coster / FLPA
Bigfin Reef Squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) adult, ejecting ink at night, Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi, Sunda Islands, Indonesia, September  -  Colin Marshall/ FLPA
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80167369 Bigfin Reef Squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) adult, ejecting ink at night, Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi, Sunda Islands, Indonesia, September© Colin Marshall / FLPA
Garden Tiger Moth (Arctia caja) caterpillar, showing defensive false eyes, Whiteford National Nature Reserve, Gower Peninsula, Glamorgan, South Wales, May  -  Hugh Lansdown/ FLPA
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80151569 Garden Tiger Moth (Arctia caja) caterpillar, showing defensive false eyes, Whiteford National Nature Reserve, Gower Peninsula, Glamorgan, South Wales, May© Hugh Lansdown / FLPA
Lobster Moth (Stauropus fagi) fully grown larva, in defence posture on blackthorn leaf, Oxfordshire, England  -  Malcolm Schuyl/ FLPA
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80136184 Lobster Moth (Stauropus fagi) fully grown larva, in defence posture on blackthorn leaf, Oxfordshire, England© Malcolm Schuyl / FLPA
Mossy Frog (Theloderma corticale) adult, feigning death  -  Chris Mattison/ FLPA
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80091946 Mossy Frog (Theloderma corticale) adult, feigning death© Chris Mattison / FLPA
Cliff collapse over sea defence, Trimingham, Norfolk, UK, June
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90853688 Cliff collapse over sea defence, Trimingham, Norfolk, UK, June©
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) captured for a health check following bush fires in the area. Awaiting transpor to Bairnsdale for a thorough health check by veterinarians at the wildlife triage centre...
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90851679 Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) captured for a health check following bush fires in the area. Awaiting transpor to Bairnsdale for a thorough health check by veterinarians at the wildlife triage centre...©
Close-up of Giant Silk Worm Caterpillars (Arsenura armida) - the species groups during the day for defence, and feed at night. Costa Rica Santa Rosa National Park tropical dry forest.
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90848344 Close-up of Giant Silk Worm Caterpillars (Arsenura armida) - the species groups during the day for defence, and feed at night. Costa Rica Santa Rosa National Park tropical dry forest.©
Group of Giant Silk Worm Caterpillars (Arsenura armida) on trunk - the species groups during the day for defence, and feed at night. Costa Rica Santa Rosa National Park tropical dry forest.
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90848343 Group of Giant Silk Worm Caterpillars (Arsenura armida) on trunk - the species groups during the day for defence, and feed at night. Costa Rica Santa Rosa National Park tropical dry forest.©
Group of Giant Silk Worm Caterpillars (Arsenura armida) on trunk - the species groups during the day for defence, and feed at night. Costa Rica Santa Rosa National Park tropical dry forest.
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90848342 Group of Giant Silk Worm Caterpillars (Arsenura armida) on trunk - the species groups during the day for defence, and feed at night. Costa Rica Santa Rosa National Park tropical dry forest.©
Puss moth (Cerura vinula) caterpillar on Sallow in defence posture, Hertfordshire, England, UK, May - Captive - Focus Stacked
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90840759 Puss moth (Cerura vinula) caterpillar on Sallow in defence posture, Hertfordshire, England, UK, May - Captive - Focus Stacked© Andy Sands
Long-tailed glossy starling (Lamprotornis caudatus) mobbing juvenile African harrier hawk (Polyboroides typus). Bansang, Gambia.
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90840552 Long-tailed glossy starling (Lamprotornis caudatus) mobbing juvenile African harrier hawk (Polyboroides typus). Bansang, Gambia.© Bernard Castelein
Carrion crow (Corvus corone) chasing Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus). London, England, UK, November. Cropped
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90838600 Carrion crow (Corvus corone) chasing Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus). London, England, UK, November. Cropped© Oscar Dewhurst
Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus acanthion) curled up, Wheatbelt Region, Western Australia - April.
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90837500 Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus acanthion) curled up, Wheatbelt Region, Western Australia - April.© Marie Lochman
Giant dendronotid nudibranch (Dendronotus iris, left) latching on to its prey, a Tube-dwelling anemone (Pachycerianthus fimbriatus, right) which has withdrawn into its buried tube, pulling the nudibra...
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90837314 Giant dendronotid nudibranch (Dendronotus iris, left) latching on to its prey, a Tube-dwelling anemone (Pachycerianthus fimbriatus, right) which has withdrawn into its buried tube, pulling the nudibra...© David Hall
Grunt sculpin (Rhamphocottus richardsonii) using its pectoral fins to walk rather than swim. Its camouflage coloration resembles broken shells, among which it is often found. It sometimes resides in t...
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90837303 Grunt sculpin (Rhamphocottus richardsonii) using its pectoral fins to walk rather than swim. Its camouflage coloration resembles broken shells, among which it is often found. It sometimes resides in t...© David Hall
Opalescent nudibranch (Hermissenda crassicornis) which preys upon stinging hydroids. It retains its prey's stinging cells (cnidocytes) which are transported to the colorful cerrata on nudibranch&#...
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90837267 Opalescent nudibranch (Hermissenda crassicornis) which preys upon stinging hydroids. It retains its prey's stinging cells (cnidocytes) which are transported to the colorful cerrata on nudibranch&#...© David Hall
Orange peel nudibranchs (Tochuina tetraquetra) feeding on Red soft coral (Gersemia rubiformis) which have retracted their polyps in defense, North Hanson Island, Johnstone Strait, British Columbia, Ca...
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90837266 Orange peel nudibranchs (Tochuina tetraquetra) feeding on Red soft coral (Gersemia rubiformis) which have retracted their polyps in defense, North Hanson Island, Johnstone Strait, British Columbia, Ca...© David Hall
Quillback rockfish (Sebastes maliger) with venomous dorsal fin spines raised. Basket Bay, Alaska, USA. August.
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90837254 Quillback rockfish (Sebastes maliger) with venomous dorsal fin spines raised. Basket Bay, Alaska, USA. August.© David Hall
Ural Owl (strix uralensis) female with talons ready to attack a ringing ornithologist, Tartumaa county, Southern Estonia. May.
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90836632 Ural Owl (strix uralensis) female with talons ready to attack a ringing ornithologist, Tartumaa county, Southern Estonia. May.© Sven Zacek
Neon flying squid (Ommastrephes bartramii) producing ink, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.
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90836306 Neon flying squid (Ommastrephes bartramii) producing ink, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.© Magnus Lundgren
Magnificent frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) attacking Blue footed booby (Sula nebouxii) feeding chick. This bird is trying to steal the food from the parent. Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.
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90836058 Magnificent frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) attacking Blue footed booby (Sula nebouxii) feeding chick. This bird is trying to steal the food from the parent. Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.© Tui De Roy
Brown noddy (Anous stolidus) two mobbing Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.
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90836030 Brown noddy (Anous stolidus) two mobbing Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.© Tui De Roy
Masked booby (Sula dactylatra) returning to colony to feed chick attacked by Lesser frigatebird (Fregata ariel) to force booby to regurgitate fish, Wizard Island, Cosmoledo Atoll. Seychelles
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90835761 Masked booby (Sula dactylatra) returning to colony to feed chick attacked by Lesser frigatebird (Fregata ariel) to force booby to regurgitate fish, Wizard Island, Cosmoledo Atoll. Seychelles© David Tipling
Masked booby (Sula dactylatra) returning to colony to feed chick attacked by Lesser frigatebirds (Fregata ariel) to force booby to regurgitate fish, Wizard Island, Cosmoledo Atoll. Seychelles
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90835760 Masked booby (Sula dactylatra) returning to colony to feed chick attacked by Lesser frigatebirds (Fregata ariel) to force booby to regurgitate fish, Wizard Island, Cosmoledo Atoll. Seychelles© David Tipling
Masked booby (Sula dactylatra) returning to colony to feed chick attacked by Lesser frigatebird (Fregata ariel) to force booby to regurgitate fish, Wizard Island, Cosmoledo Atoll. Seychelles
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90835759 Masked booby (Sula dactylatra) returning to colony to feed chick attacked by Lesser frigatebird (Fregata ariel) to force booby to regurgitate fish, Wizard Island, Cosmoledo Atoll. Seychelles© David Tipling
Masked booby (Sula dactylatra) returning to colony to feed chick attacked by Lesser frigatebird (Fregata ariel) to force booby to regurgitate fish, Wizard Island, Cosmoledo Atoll. Seychelles
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90835758 Masked booby (Sula dactylatra) returning to colony to feed chick attacked by Lesser frigatebird (Fregata ariel) to force booby to regurgitate fish, Wizard Island, Cosmoledo Atoll. Seychelles© David Tipling
Guillemot (Uria aalge) chasing Razorbill (Alca torda) in sea off Great Saltee Island, County Wexford, Ireland, June.
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90835403 Guillemot (Uria aalge) chasing Razorbill (Alca torda) in sea off Great Saltee Island, County Wexford, Ireland, June.© Robert Thompson
Ridgeway's rail (Rallus obsoletus levipes) attacks a Great egret (Ardea alba) that came too close to its chicks, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, California, USA May,
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90834622 Ridgeway's rail (Rallus obsoletus levipes) attacks a Great egret (Ardea alba) that came too close to its chicks, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, California, USA May,© John Chan
California least tern (Sternula antillarum browni) driving off a Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) that has ventured too close to its nest site, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, California, USA May.
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90834597 California least tern (Sternula antillarum browni) driving off a Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) that has ventured too close to its nest site, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, California, USA May.© John Chan
California least tern (Sternula antillarum browni) driving off a Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) that has ventured too close to its nest site, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, California, USA May.
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90834596 California least tern (Sternula antillarum browni) driving off a Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) that has ventured too close to its nest site, Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, California, USA May.© John Chan
African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) herd showing defensive behaviour as an African lioness (Panthera leo) walks by, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. September....
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90832796 African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) herd showing defensive behaviour as an African lioness (Panthera leo) walks by, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. September....© Tony Heald
Lion (Panthera leo) moving away from a defensive African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe ....
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90832792 Lion (Panthera leo) moving away from a defensive African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe ....© Tony Heald
Lion (Panthera leo) chased by a defensive herd of African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe....
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90832775 Lion (Panthera leo) chased by a defensive herd of African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe....© Tony Heald
Lion (Panthera leo) with defensive African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) herd, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.
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90832771 Lion (Panthera leo) with defensive African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) herd, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe.© Tony Heald
Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), young animal growling. Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve / Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra, India.
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90831479 Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), young animal growling. Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve / Tadoba National Park, Maharashtra, India.© Sylvain Cordier
Unidentified juvenile eel or Moray eel photographed at night, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. The eel is curled up to confuse predators, and its transparent body helps it look less conspicuous. Minim...
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90831221 Unidentified juvenile eel or Moray eel photographed at night, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. The eel is curled up to confuse predators, and its transparent body helps it look less conspicuous. Minim...© Magnus Lundgren
African pompano (Alectis ciliaris) juvenile photographed at night, Balayan Bay, Luzon,Philippines. The extra-long filamentous fins can help deter predators by imitating the deadly tentacles of jellyfi...
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90831218 African pompano (Alectis ciliaris) juvenile photographed at night, Balayan Bay, Luzon,Philippines. The extra-long filamentous fins can help deter predators by imitating the deadly tentacles of jellyfi...© Magnus Lundgren
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) with Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) mobbing, Norfolk, England, UK, May.
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90830448 Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) with Lapwings (Vanellus vanellus) mobbing, Norfolk, England, UK, May.© Robin Chittenden
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) with Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) mobbing it, Norfolk, England, UK, May.
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90830447 Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) with Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) mobbing it, Norfolk, England, UK, May.© Robin Chittenden
Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) with Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) mobbing it, Norfolk, England, UK, May.
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90830446 Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) with Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) mobbing it, Norfolk, England, UK, May.© Robin Chittenden
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