The world is a wild place and some of our members’ Shoot for the Stars entries are proof of that.
Have you ever come face-to-face with an exotic bird? Witnessed the raw force of a humpback whale or a majestic wild horse? These Global Discovery Vacations members have and then some. Here are some of our favorite animal encounters:
The Bahamas is home to the unique swimming pigs, no joke! The friendly swine live an enviable life, spending hours in the sun before diving into the crystal Caribbean waters. Photo courtesy of member Robert T.
Not only are brown pelicans the smallest of all pelican species, they are the only one to hunt for fish by diving into the water. Taken at John’s Pass in Madeira Beach, Florida, by member John H.
The wild horses in Waipio Valley (on the Big Island of Hawaii) are skilled at navigating all types of terrain, from rocks to mud to water. Photo courtesy of member Roderick G.
The white-headed Capuchin monkey is among the smartest monkey species in the world, often trained to help those with paraplegia. You can find them all over Central America, as member Paula C. did in this photo.
Thousands of African Green Vervet monkeys inhabit St. Kitts and Nevis, one of the only areas they live in the Caribbean. They can be quite pesky to humans when it comes to gardens and food, but look at that adorable face! Photo courtesy of member Brad K.
Humpback whales don’t have teeth, so their diet consists of tiny fish and krill that they can swallow whole. Hawaii and the Oregon coast, among others, offer wonderful tours for whale watching. Photo courtesy of member Gerald S.
The great blue heron has an S-shaped neck, giving it the ability to snatch fish in the blink of an eye. Photo courtesy of member David J.
Though much of their behavior remains a mystery, female sea turtles lay eggs on shorelines under the sand only to leave them behind. Due to their endangered status, it’s important that we don’t disturb the nests. Photo courtesy of member Erin H.
White-tailed deer have excellent hearing and ear control. They can move their ears without moving their head! Photo courtesy of member John M.
On top of being super intelligent, dolphins are quite social creatures. That’s how you get great photos like this, courtesy of member James B.
Though red foxes only hunt for small creatures they consider food, humans shouldn’t tread too closely. If they feel threatened or if you’re near their den, they can get defensive. Photo courtesy of member Kirk P.
As you can tell by the photo, there are penguins that have adapted to warmer climates. They are called African penguins and you can only find them on the southern coast of the continent. Photo courtesy of member James B.
Harbor seals stick around Oregon’s coast all year, so spotting them shouldn’t be too difficult. They are such expert sleepers that they can nap either on land or in the water! Photo courtesy of member Alan B.
Assateague Island, off the coast of Maryland, is well known for its wild ponies. These Chincoteague ponies aren’t normally referred to as horses because of their small size. This is the effect of the island’s limited nutrition. Photo courtesy of member Thomas S.
Around 1,500 bears inhabit Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It’s one of the largest protected areas for wild black bears. Photo courtesy of member Karen B.
And always remember, if you see an animal in the wild, please use caution! Some animals will come up to you and welcome interaction, as you can see in the photos above. But overall, don’t make contact with wild animals for their safety and yours.
What animals have you encountered in your travels? Tell us below or share a photo on our Facebook page!