The great whites stopped nosing around the boat, but they were still out there. The captain could see them on his depth finder, on the bottom more than 200 feet below. On the dive platform, William Winram strapped on a low-volume mask and long-blade fins, as did his two friends. He planned to go meet the great whites today. No shark cage. No spear gun or knife. Just his camera. Photos and video would document the event.

Winram, 46, was calm, looking down, taking long, deep breaths through his snorkel, filling his lungs to capacity. He descended slowly to 60 feet and hung there, gently sculling his hands to stay in position. This was his Zen zone, weightless, heart rate slowed to near 30 beats a minute, his mind clear as the sea.

Winram couldn’t see anything below. He waited for two minutes, then headed back up to get more air, looking to see where the boat was, then scanning all around. Great whites always come from behind.

At about 40 feet below, he heard the throat-pulsing sound that the divers make to signal one another. Mmph-mmph-mmph.

He turned around to see an adult shark coming at him faster than he’d ever experienced. Normally, they were cautious and skittish. This one, weighing well over a ton, looked like he was considering a bite. Winram was too far from the boat to get there in time. And even if he had tried, the shark’s instincts would lock down: prey.

A fish eagle hunts for flamingos in Lake Bogoria, Africa. Using a tonne of epic camera angles, we get to experience the birds view point as is swoops over a huge flock of flamingos.

Watch below as this yellow lab is rescued from the water after falling into the icy river! A man heard dog cries and found it stuck in the icy waters of the Indian River. Theresa Fire Department responded and rescued the dog after several close calls of being swept under the ice by the current!

I know what your thinking, The Great White Invasion? Sounds like some sort of porno to me. Not true. Watch as this Great White shark enjoys the warmth of the sun very close to the shore.

Remind me never to vacation on that beach. I forgot that sharks that big could come that close to shore.

Pretty sure I’ll be skimboarding for the rest of my life now, nothing over ankle deep. Damn nature, you scary…

Madhuri, an Indian elephant, swings a monitor lizard around by its tail. The unlucky creature had been swept off the ground and was carried around for a number of days by the elephant. With its tail firmly clamped in the animal’s trunk the lizard was swung around and occasionally put back on the ground. The scene was captured by Jagdeep Rajput during a trip to Corbett National Park in India

More amazing scenes from animal life after the jump…

Shaun White has a spirit animal and it’s been caught on camera. Nobody watching? Time to act human and go snowbirding!

Sad, this lion probably remembers the good old days when he use to hunt for food, yet that tasty little treat right in front of him has a damn force field around it. What the hell is this sorcery?

I have the same reaction when I’m waiting for that “Ding” in front of the microwave. On a serious note though, how would you feel if you lived in a house with no curtains and people came and stared at you all day?

The more I think about it, f**k zoos. “LIKE” this post if you agree!

So it turns out, Disney’s ‘Finding Nemo’ was scientifically correct when portraying the Sea Turtle. Sea Turtles are the dudes of the ocean. Like, no way! Totally!

Kanzi the 31-year-old bonobo chimpanzee knows how to start a fire and cook his own food. Kanzi particularity enjoys roasting marshmallows over an open fire.

The amazingly smart pygmy chimp lives under the care of Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh of the Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa, where scientists taught him to use matches.

In the Sea of Cortez, pelicans are not the only creatures you will see flying over the ocean.

Devil Rays incredibly breach the waters surface while hunting in huge packs for shrimp. The Devil fish can attain a disc width of up to 5.2 meters (17 feet) and can probably weigh over a ton, second only to the Manta in size.

Watch this magnificent footage after the jump…

A family in South Florida had to call in the animal control experts after discovering a 13-foot Burmese python in their backyard pool.

After some false starts, the slithery creature was eventually captured without injury to snake or humans.

I have had it with these motherf**king snakes in this motherf**king pool…

Nearly three quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud dive deep into the very waters that sustain all of mankind, exploring the harsh reality and the amazing creatures that live within.

An astonishing look at the world of the oceans, with never-seen-before imagery captured by the latest underwater technology, it is awe-inspiring stuff. Oceans is already one of the most successful documentaries of all time grossing almost $100 million to date.

Who wants to bet that the cameramen grabbed a couple for the lads on the boat for dinner…

Advice to herpetologists in the field: When bitten on the hand by an anaconda, do not – repeat, DO NOT pull away – NatGeo

Advice to herpetologists in the field: Bite him back, you may not survive but you’ll teach that motherf**ker a lesson - Shock Mansion

And this ladies and gentlemen is why I never leave my room…

Check out the best players of hide-and-seek in the world. All these incredible creatures are real experts at blending into their surroundings as a method of survival in the natural environment. This Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko hides from predators in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar, by looking exactly like a leaf!

It’s nearly impossible to pick out this Lichen Spider at the Erawan National Park in Thailand, and this Mossy Leaf-tailed Gecko is almost completely invisible in Montagne dAmbre National Park, Madagascar.

The following collection of photos reveals the animal kingdom’s spectacular camouflage skill.

Sir David Attenborough is Britain’s best-known natural history film-maker.

His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited. Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world’s leading natural history programme.

Watch as Sir David Attenborough recites the words to “What a Wonderful World” over appropriately wonderful nature footage in honor of the final episode of the legendary naturalist and narrator’s last natural history program for the BBC, Frozen Planet…

Person: You’re adorable.
Internet: Awww…so cute! Who’s a little blood sucking cutie? You’re a little blood sucking cutie! Yes you are.
Bat: F**k my life.

Ok, so this is hands down one of the strangest videos I’ve seen in a while. And I wouldn’t be surprised if PETA tries to sue that baboon after watching this video.

Apparently baboons have discovered the symbiotic benefits of keeping animals as pets for social and protective functions.

But to do so, they must first ‘kidnap’ them…

For the past year LA-based photographer Mark Laita has been traveling to various locations around the U.S. and Central America photographing some of the world’s most deadliest snakes, a series entitled Serpentine.

On the project he says: The sensual attractiveness of snakes, which coexists with their threatening, unpredictable and mysterious nature is truly unique. This dichotomy, in which their beauty seems to be heightened by their danger, and vice-versa, is what I find so fascinating. Add to these contradictions the rich symbolism of serpents and you have a wonderfully compelling subject.

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