Intrepid diver dies in jaws of huge shark in stunning shots
CLOSE your eyes to the most breathtaking images of 2021 wildlife, including an intrepid diver who was even brave enough to grab the mouth and teeth of a giant tiger shark.
The winning photo is one in a series of awesome images that will inspire you to cherish our planet.
The incredible image shows shark safety diver Pieric Sabald swimming underwater with the 1,200 pound large predator competing for food.
The remarkable photograph was taken by photographer Cam Grant and friend of MooreaMoana Tours owner Pieric, from Moorea, French Polynesia, in the water off the island of Tuamotu.
“We have a place on the island of Tuamotu where we are studying the behavior of the tiger shark population,” Pieric said.
“This place is perhaps one of the best in the world for watching tiger sharks.
“I often calm them by stimulating the Lorenzini blisters with my hand. We call this tonic stillness and we use this method to remove the hooks that the sharks have obtained from the fishermen. “
Other impressive 2021 wildlife photos include one by photographer Simon Needham of Leeds showing a 500-pound male lion standing on a hill of carcass bones.
Shot in the Kingdom of South Africa, the golden light of the rising sun shines on it from behind.
“The lion was only there for a minute or so, but I was lucky enough to get a few shots before he moved on,” Simon said.
“It was a very exciting time and one that I could only dream of before going that morning.”
Another of this year’s most amazing wildlife photos, taken by Andri Priyadi of Jakarta, Indonesia, captured six stocky tree frogs sitting on the petals of a hanging flower stalk in various states of relaxation.
The 36-year-old loves to photograph frogs.
“I spent about twenty-five minutes observing and photographing these stocky tree frogs in the backyard of my house. I’m really happy with the rendering of the photos, ”said Andri.
Another winning photo shows a small group of 850-pound striped zebras dipping their heads to drink from a water trough, creating an optical illusion as they are reflected on the water’s surface.
It took place in the Sabi Sands in South Africa.
Other stunning wildlife photos this year include a triumphant kingfisher triumphantly emerging from the water with the day’s catch in its mouth and a polar bear curled up on a drifting chunk of ice.