Impressive wildlife photos of 2022 Posted by Lucy May 19, 2023 News 4 Min Read On November 29th, National Geographic announced the most beloved wildlife photos of 2022. Polar bears spend a lot of time underwater to the extent that many scientists consider them marine mammals, but when the ice and snow melt in the summer, they tend to be active on land, like this individual resting amidst a carpet of Epilobium angustifolium flowers. The photo was taken by photographer Martin Gregus Jr. in the province of Manitoba, Canada. Seahorses, pipefish, and seadragons belong to the family Syngnathidae, which includes 295 species with similar characteristics such as long snouts, fused jaws, bony “armor,” and male egg incubation. Some of them, like the Ribboned Pipehorse (Haliichthys taeniophorus), are masters of camouflage. The photo was taken by Birch Aquarium at Scripps in San Diego, California. In Uganda, the Migratory Locust (Locusta migratoria) is a common food source for the local population. In this stunning photograph, photographer Jasper Doest has used a slow shutter speed to capture the various flying patterns of these locusts. In the capital city of Havana, Cuba, many people gather to watch, exchange, and buy/sell singing birds. This popular activity is posing a threat to the wild bird species of Cuba as they are being illegally hunted. The photograph captured by Karine Aigner shows a small bird flying out of a cage and feeding on seeds from the hand of its handler. The two-spot and trumpetfish create a unique scene underwater off the coast of Negros Island, Philippines. The photograph, captured by photographer David Doubilet, showcases the social yet shy nature of these seahorse-like fish. These fish often seek refuge in caves when disturbed and possess impressive sizes, measuring approximately two-thirds the size of a football field. Nicole Ottawa and Oliver Meckes, two talented photographers, captured unique images of fungal threads surrounding a spiny-headed worm. This tiny worm species is commonly found in freshwater ecosystems. When on land, they are capable of propelling themselves through a thin layer of water that surrounds plant parts or dust particles, while feeding on organic debris along their path. The photograph taken by Nicole Ottawa and Oliver Meckes portrays a distinctive and intriguing scene depicting the relationship between fungal threads and the spiny-headed worm. Another photograph by Ottawa and Meckes reveals the silica scales covering the single-celled body of a testate amoeba, forming a rigid shell. Both images were captured using scanning electron microscopy, utilizing electrons instead of light to capture fine details. A pair of yellow gobies peeking out from a glass bottle that they have chosen as their nest. Ocean pollution poses a threat to marine organisms, but some species have adapted to survive with debris. This photograph was captured by David Doubilet off the coast of Anilao, south of the capital Manila in the Philippines. At the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, raccoons stand upright on their hind legs when they see a regular visitor who feeds them, disregarding the prohibition of such behavior. They are becoming dependent on humans, increasing the risk of disease transmission and the danger of being hit by cars. This photograph was taken by photographer Corey Arnold. Photographer David Doubilet captured an image of a school of Balistidae fish swimming above a “river” of Pholidichthys leucotaenia fish at a coral reef off the coast of Verde Passage Island in the Philippines. This is one of the most biologically diverse coral reefs in the world.