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Photo: Submerged Hippopotamus Auckland Zoo New Zealand

A hippopotamus who has most of his body submerged in the water, except for his large head, in his habitat at the Auckland Zoo on the North Island of New Zealand.

Being submerged in the water is where a hippopotamus likes to spend a majority of its time, especially on warm days as they can easily sunburn their body. This hippopotamus can be seen with its head above water in its habitat of the Hippo River exhibit at the Auckland Zoo on the North Island of New Zealand.

Water is a necessity for a Hippopotamus which they usually only leave during the cooler evening hours to graze in the fields. A Hippopotamus can stay totally submerged underwater for at least five minutes, but before doing so, they close their earflaps to avoid getting water in them.

Floating is not a talent that a Hippopotamus does well as they are so heavy which weighs them down. Instead they will either walk along the bottom of the rivers if shallow enough or leap along using their back legs to push them off the bottom.
Young Hippopotamus can stay afloat for a short period of time and move themselves along by kicking with their back legs. ... continue below the picture...


Submerged Hippopotamus Auckland Zoo New Zealand

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Submerged Hippopotamus Auckland Zoo New Zealand
Photo of a partially submerged hippopotamus in his habitat at the Auckland Zoo on the North Island of New Zealand.

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Three hippopotamus live at the Auckland Zoo, two which are named Faith and Fudge, a mother and son, and Snorkel, another female who was separated from the others due to the fact that she could not coincide with them. Some special close encounter tours are available where you get the chance to hand feed the hippopotamus and get a close look at their massive mouths.

A trip to the Auckland Zoo while visiting New Zealand is an unforgettable adventure which the whole family can enjoy. An incredible place to visit, open daily except for Christmas day, where visitors can view some of the world's most extraordinary animals.

Hippopotamus, Hippopotamus amphibius, at the Auckland Zoo, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand.

Technical Information:
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/6.3, exposure time of 1/400 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 300mm.

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Submerged Hippopotamus Auckland Zoo New Zealand
A hippopotamus who has most of his body submerged in the water, except for his large head, in his habitat at the Auckland Zoo on the North Island of New Zealand.
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Rolf Hicker
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