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Jeff Solimine
Jeff Solimine

If anyone else is curious, I browsed the web to match last year's winning photo with a species... It's such an odd creature, I had to know what it is.

It's a type of sea slug.  It seems that there are quite a few impressive variations.  This particular one is the Chelidonura Hirundinina (Leech Headshield Slug).  Indigenous to the Caribbean and eat flatworms and... (reportedly) each other!

Never thought a slug could look so dapper...

Francisco Gallego
Francisco Gallego

the silversides are not Pterois volitans, but lion fish, it is (P. volitans)

Maureen Finn
Maureen Finn

Pterois volitans is the scientific name for the lionfish, not the silversides (Confusing as written above).

Charlie Ola
Charlie Ola

it's not as gentle as you think, (the colors maybe) but this one's extremely venomous, not from its mouth but each of every spine on its back and on its fins, not sure but this one i think is what they called the LION KING, :D the LION FISH...

Boni Oloff Nugraha
Boni Oloff Nugraha

The first time i see the first picture, i see it like a pigeon or bird..

Helen Boyd
Helen Boyd

This is exquisite - so gentle, so wondrous...THANKYOU,!

Simon Gibson
Simon Gibson

Love seeing what evolution has created in "the other world" below. Outstanding work by some talented amateur photographers! Thank you National Geographic for engaging these talented people in your coverage of the world.

Diksha Chhetri
Diksha Chhetri

A great collection. Makes me want to print them all and hang it on my wall.

Julia Flanagan
Julia Flanagan

Love seeing what God has created in "the other world" below. Outstanding work by some talented amateur photographers! Thank you National Geographic for engaging these talented people in your coverage of the world.

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