Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

As the African elephants enjoy the water, the water is splashing all around them. The elephant to the left is almost entirely submerged. To the right, the elephant has its trunk lifted with a large water splash around it.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 3 August, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a X-T2 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Exposure time: 1/640s
  • ISO: 3200
  • Focal Length: 378.8mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4599 by 3066 pixels (WxH).

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As the African elephants enjoy the water, the water is splashing all around them. The elephant to the left of the photograph is almost entirely underwater. It enjoys the refreshing water in the heat of the African sun. To the right, the elephant has its trunk lifted with a large water splash around it. Behind them is luscious green grass, and the reflection of the bush is hazy in the water.

African elephants are the largest land animals. An African elephant is more massive than its Asian relatives. What is the main difference between the two magnificent animals? The answer is that the African elephant’s ear is more prominent than from its relatives. In contrast, Asian elephants have rounder and smaller ears. Interestingly, the shape of their ears looks similar to the form of the African continent. Isn’t that poetic. Their ears radiate heat to keep them much cooler under the hot sun. Undoubtedly, they are a valid symbol of Africa.

Indeed, African elephants like showering by sucking water into their trunks and spraying it all over their bodies. After the bath, they often spray their skin with a protective coating of dust. As a result, this deters the flies and mosquitos and stops them from getting a sunburn. An elephant’s trunk contains two small finger-like features. It helps within picking up smaller items off the floor or grabbing berries off the trees. Overall, the trunk alone contains around 100,000 different muscles.

Ultimately, African elephant populations indeed remain endangered. African elephants, Loxodonta africana, are listed in category vulnerable on the IUCN list.

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