Ithaa is an undersea restaurant situated 5 metres (16 ft) below sea level at Rangali Island in Alif Dhaal Atoll in the Republic of Maldives. It has a seating capacity of 14 people and offers a 270° panoramic underwater view. (Credit: Alexey Potov / Noblige / CC BY SA 2.5)
Ripper was a hand-reared male Australian musk duck (Biziura lobata), who mimicked human utterances and other sounds that he learned from his environment. (Credit: Glenn Pure © 2018, with kind permission of Birdlife Australia)

Double-page spread painting of emperor penguins by Catherine Rayner, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2021.

A fisher helps dump a catch of Alaska pollock onboard a NOAA ship for assessment in 2007. (Credit: Ingrid Spies / Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA, Public Domain)

Naturalized red-masked parakeets (Aratinga erythrogenys) being fed by hand in Sunnyvale, California. (Credit: Dawn Endico / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Bird Banding Program Manager, Annie Lindsay, shows off a very special bird, a juvenal cedar waxwing, which was the 800,000th bird banded at Powdermill Nature Reserve in Pennsylvania. (Image courtesy of Powdermill Nature Reserve.)

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