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Dolphin swimming in a pool.

A dolphin surfaces for a lazy look around the pool. Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) is the most common dolphin species and may be found worldwide with the exception of the Arctic and the Antarctic Ocean. The elongated upper and lower jaws give the animals their name of Bottlenose- the real nose is the blowhole on the top of their head. They live together in groups called pods which contain up to 12 animals. Pods are known to join temporarily to form larger groups called herds or aggregations. Bottlenose dolphins are 8-12 feet long and their tails have two horizontal paddles called "flukes" which contain no bone or muscles and helps power them through the water. Their typical speed is 3-6 mph, but can reach 21 mph for short periods. Dolphins have to rise to the surface every 5-8 minutes to breathe.

Wildlife - Dolphin swimming in a pool.

A pair of dolphins swimming in a pool.

A pair of dolphins surface for a lazy look around the pool. Bottlenose Dolphins Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) is the most common dolphin species and may be found worldwide with the exception of the Arctic and the Antarctic Ocean. The elongated upper and lower jaws give the animals their name of Bottlenose- the real nose is the blowhole on the top of their head. They live together in groups called pods which contain up to 12 animals. Pods are known to join temporarily to form larger groups called herds or aggregations. Bottlenose dolphins are 8-12 feet long and their tails have two horizontal paddles called "flukes" which contain no bone or muscles and helps power them through the water. Their typical speed is 3-6 mph, but can reach 21 mph for short periods. Dolphins have to rise to the surface every 5-8 minutes to breathe. Their diet consists mainly of small fish and their peg like teeth are used to grasp food, but not chew it.

Wildlife - A pair of dolphins swimming in a pool.

Red Fox

Red Fox

Wildlife - Red Fox

Red Fox

Red Fox

Wildlife - Red Fox

Red Fox

Red Fox

Wildlife - Red Fox

Red Fox stares into distance.

Red Fox stares into distance.

Wildlife - Red Fox stares into distance.

Red Fox stares at camera.

Red Fox stares at camera.

Wildlife - Red Fox stares at camera.

Red Fox yawning.

Red Fox yawning..

Wildlife - Red Fox yawning.

Europen Badger in ferns at night.

Europen Badger in ferns at night. Europen or Eurasian Badger hiding in ferns at night. The general hue of its fur is grey above and black on the under parts with a distinctive black and white striped face and white-tipped ears. European badgers are around 70 cm long with a tail of about 20 cm and weigh 10 kg on average, but weights can vary enormously. Badgers do not hibernate, although in areas with cold winter climates they may become torpid for two or so days at a time having put on fat in the autumn to help them get through the winter months. In parts of Russia, badgers have been reported to weigh up to 42 kg (92.5 lb) in the autumn.

Wildlife - Europen Badger in ferns at night.

Europen Badger hiding in ferns at night.

Europen Badger hiding in ferns at night. Europen or Eurasian Badger hiding in ferns at night. The general hue of its fur is grey above and black on the under parts with a distinctive black and white striped face and white-tipped ears. European badgers are around 70 cm long with a tail of about 20 cm and weigh 10 kg on average, but weights can vary enormously. Badgers do not hibernate, although in areas with cold winter climates they may become torpid for two or so days at a time having put on fat in the autumn to help them get through the winter months. In parts of Russia, badgers have been reported to weigh up to 42 kg (92.5 lb) in the autumn.

Wildlife - Europen Badger hiding in ferns at night.

Europen Badger hiding in ferns at night.

Europen or Eurasian Badger hiding in ferns at night. The general hue of its fur is grey above and black on the under parts with a distinctive black and white striped face and white-tipped ears. European badgers are around 70 cm long with a tail of about 20 cm and weigh 10 kg on average, but weights can vary enormously. Badgers do not hibernate, although in areas with cold winter climates they may become torpid for two or so days at a time having put on fat in the autumn to help them get through the winter months. In parts of Russia, badgers have been reported to weigh up to 42 kg (92.5 lb) in the autumn.

Wildlife - Europen Badger hiding in ferns at night.

Screaming Mouth, Mound Terrace, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Screaming Mouth, Mound Terrace, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Wildlife - Screaming Mouth, Mound Terrace, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Devil's Thumb, Lower Terrace Boardwalk, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Devil's Thumb, Lower Terrace Boardwalk, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Wildlife - Devil's Thumb, Lower Terrace Boardwalk, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Liberty Cap, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Liberty Cap, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Wildlife - Liberty Cap, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Liberty Cap, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Liberty Cap, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Wildlife - Liberty Cap, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

Historic Officers' Row, Fort Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

After years of poaching, vandalism and general visitor abuse, the U.S. Government intervened in Yellowstone's affairs and the U.S. Cavalry was called in. In 1886 the Army arrived and established a temporary tent camp. Five years later, the Army decided it would be maintaining a presence in Yellowstone for some time and erected the first permanent building.Construction began with clapboard buildings in 1891 and expanded to rows of red roofed stone buildings in 1909 (they are beautiful). At one time this military post housed over 400 men. When the National Park Service assumed park managemnt duties in 1918, the fort became their headquarters. All of the buildings at Mammoth are built on an old terrace formation known as Hotel Terrace and some places have been eaten away by acidic water. Several large sink holes can be seen on what used to be Fort Yellowstone parade ground.

Wildlife - Historic Officers' Row, Fort Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park

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