Sharks, Seahorses, Wolverines and Leopards
Eerie Beauty Under the Sea
Hammerschlag captured the photograph on a late afternoon dive in the Bahamas in 2010, after the hard work of a research trip in the area was done.
"That day the water was crystal clear there was about 200 feet [60 meters] visibility," Hammerschlag told OurAmazingPlanet. "And once we accomplished our research goals, we decided to get in the water and swim with these beautiful creatures."
[Full Story: Sharks' Awesome, Eerie Beauty Captured in Dive Photo]
More than Just a Leap Day
From Tuesday into Wednesday, the Storm Prediction Center received reports of 36 tornadoes. Several tornadoes have been rated EF-2 on the tornado damage scale, including the destructive twister that hit the entertainment district inBranson, Mo. Nebraska saw its first February tornado in recorded history this week.
[Full Story: Deadly Leap Day Tornado Was Rare and Powerful EF-4]
A Herd of Pot-Bellied Fry
The arrival of the aquatic newborns (known as fry, not ponies) is a boon to the survival of the species as they are endangered.
[Full Story: Baby Pot-Bellied Seahorses Born at NY Aquarium]
The camera trap was part of an eight-year study of wolverines in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that has led to a better understanding of wolverine ecology and will help inform conservation strategies so that this rare species can survive in the 21st century, the WCS said in a statement.
[Full Story: Elusive Wolverine's Photo Taken by Camera Trap]
Pacific Cloud Plumes
As cargo ships steam across the oceans, the tiny aerosol particles in their exhaust act as seeds around which moisture in the atmosphere can condense. Occasionally this results in ship tracks becoming visible in cloud imagery. Taken on February 21, 2012, this GOES-15 visible image shows such tracks, some of which are 1,000 miles long.
Snow Covered Lake Sakakawea
A local weather station near New Town, N.D., reported an air temperature of minus 11 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 24 degrees Celsius), with a wind chill of approximately minus 25 F (minus 32 C) at 10:36 a.m. local time six minutes before the image was taken.
[Full Story: Winter's Icy Grip Seen in Astronaut Photo]
New Photos of Snow Leopards
Camera traps set up in Kashmir, just a few miles from the line of control separating the Indian province from Pakistan, snapped photos of the elusive cats, and the international conservation organization WWF is hailing their return to the mountain region, home to some of the tallest mountains on Earth.
[Full Story: New Photos Show Endangered Snow Leopards in Kashmir]