From National Geographic Photo of the Day; September 10, 2016:

Flying Color
Alessandra Meniconzi, National Geographic Your Shot

Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) lend texture and subtle color to the shallows of Walvis Bay in Namibia. The birds live and feed in flocks: In a group, individuals are protected from predators while they bury their bills in mud and water when feeding. They owe their pink hue to the shrimplike crustaceans they favor.

Sixgill Hagfish (Eptatretus hexatrema)

…also sometimes known as the Snotslang, the sixgill hagfish is a species of hagfish (a group of jawless fish) that is native to the South Atlantic and southwestern Indian Oceans. In the south Atlantic it is known only from Walvis Bay, Namibia to Durban, South Africa. Like other hagfish, E. hexatrema is a scavenger, burrowing in the muddy bottoms emerging to feed on dead/disabled fish and the occasional invertebrate. It also has the capability to secrete slime when provoked, a trait seen in most hagfish. 


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Image: Peter Southwood