Books > Inspired by NaturePL > Nature's Best Hunters (27) More files... Wayland, ISBN: 978-1526307668 - NATURE'S BEST series
Some animals have developed astonishing techniques to hunt and kill their prey. From the humpback whale's bubble nets that capture hundreds of fish, to the komodo dragon's deadly saliva, the creatures featured in this book are equipped with hunting abilities that are both unique and out-of-this-world.

Find out more about these masters of predation and learn how evolution has shaped each animal's hunting strategy and killing technique.

Vivid, arresting photography paired with captivating animal encounters make this book a thrilling introduction to some of the basics of evolutionary theory.
Great white shark jaws open at surface {Carcharodon carcharias} South Africa ~(Non-ex).  -  Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Great white shark jaws open at surface {Carcharodon carcharias} South Africa ~(Non-ex).
Orca (Orcinus orca) pod hunting common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) False Bay, South Africa.  -  Chris & Monique Fallows
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Chris & Monique Fallows / Orca (Orcinus orca) pod hunting common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) False Bay, South Africa.
Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) breaching whilst attacking seal decoy, Seal Island, False Bay South Africa.  -  Chris & Monique Fallows
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Chris & Monique Fallows / Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) breaching whilst attacking seal decoy, Seal Island, False Bay South Africa.
Bamboo pitviper, (Viridovipera stejnegeri) captive from Asia  -  Michael D. Kern
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Michael D. Kern / Bamboo pitviper, (Viridovipera stejnegeri) captive from Asia
Orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) camouflaged on orchid flower, captive, from SE Asia  -  Michael D. Kern
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Michael D. Kern / Orchid mantis (Hymenopus coronatus) camouflaged on orchid flower, captive, from SE Asia
Jumping spider (Plexippus paykulli) leaping onto fly prey, Crete  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Jumping spider (Plexippus paykulli) leaping onto fly prey, Crete
Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) flying low across river with a fish, Estonia  -  Sven Zacek
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Sven Zacek / Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) flying low across river with a fish, Estonia
Common kingfisher {Alcedo atthis} adult male diving into river, England  -  Charlie Hamilton James
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Charlie Hamilton James / Common kingfisher {Alcedo atthis} adult male diving into river, England
Jumping spider (Marpissa muscosa) leaping from bramble berry. Triple exposure showing 3 stages of jump. UK  -  Kim Taylor
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Kim Taylor / Jumping spider (Marpissa muscosa) leaping from bramble berry. Triple exposure showing 3 stages of jump. UK
Leopard beginning to stalk prey (Panthera pardus) Masai Mara NR, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Leopard beginning to stalk prey (Panthera pardus) Masai Mara NR, Kenya
Female Angler fish {Himantolophus sp} deep sea species  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Female Angler fish {Himantolophus sp} deep sea species
Lioness hunting zebra, Masai Mara, Kenya  -  Peter Blackwell
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Peter Blackwell / Lioness hunting zebra, Masai Mara, Kenya
Jaguar (Panthera onca) dragging caiman, Cuiaba River, Brazil.  -  Suzi Eszterhas
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Suzi Eszterhas / Jaguar (Panthera onca) dragging caiman, Cuiaba River, Brazil.
Regal Jumping Spider (Phidippus regius) female. Captive, occurs in North America.  -  Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Regal Jumping Spider (Phidippus regius) female. Captive, occurs in North America.
Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) with saliva dripping from mouth, saliva contains virulent bacteria which infects wounds. Komodo National Park, Komodo Island, Indonesia.  -  Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) with saliva dripping from mouth, saliva contains virulent bacteria which infects wounds. Komodo National Park, Komodo Island, Indonesia.
Slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea) approaching Boomslang snake (Dispholidus typus) in tree, Etosha National Park, Namibia, July.  -  Lou Coetzer
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Lou Coetzer / Slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea) approaching Boomslang snake (Dispholidus typus) in tree, Etosha National Park, Namibia, July.
Lion (Panthera leo) males feeding on buffalo (Syncerus caffer) Masai-Mara Game Reserve, Kenya. Vulnerable species.  -  Denis-Huot
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Denis-Huot / Lion (Panthera leo) males feeding on buffalo (Syncerus caffer) Masai-Mara Game Reserve, Kenya. Vulnerable species.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) female practises breaking a hole in the pack ice, in the 1002 coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA  -  Steven Kazlowski
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Steven Kazlowski / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) female practises breaking a hole in the pack ice, in the 1002 coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA
Lioness (Panthera leo) stalking through the grass, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Lioness (Panthera leo) stalking through the grass, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) attacking a Thomson's gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii) as it crosses the Mara River. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, October 2009  -  Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) attacking a Thomson's gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii) as it crosses the Mara River. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, October 2009
Orca / Killer whale (Orcinus orca), captive animal, aquarium photo.  Not available for ringtone/wallpaper use.  -  Brandon Cole
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Brandon Cole / Orca / Killer whale (Orcinus orca), captive animal, aquarium photo. Not available for ringtone/wallpaper use.
Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) swimming through a school of fish, Guadalupe Island, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) swimming through a school of fish, Guadalupe Island, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean.
Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) perching, UK  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) perching, UK
Mantis shrimp {Odontodactylus scyllarus} Papua New Guinea. Mantis shrimp use their front legs to break the shells of their prey with a force 8,000 times that of gravity. If a human boxer had the same...  -  David Hall
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David Hall / Mantis shrimp {Odontodactylus scyllarus} Papua New Guinea. Mantis shrimp use their front legs to break the shells of their prey with a force 8,000 times that of gravity. If a human boxer had the same...
Horned frog (Ceratophrys ornata) eating another frog (S. couchi) South America  -  John Cancalosi
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John Cancalosi / Horned frog (Ceratophrys ornata) eating another frog (S. couchi) South America
Grey wolf {Canis lupus} snarling over carcass in snow, captive  -  David Welling
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David Welling / Grey wolf {Canis lupus} snarling over carcass in snow, captive
Ant Lion (Morter obscurus) larva showing jaws for capturing prey. Kenya, captive  -  Jane Burton
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Jane Burton / Ant Lion (Morter obscurus) larva showing jaws for capturing prey. Kenya, captive