Submerged hippo by James Gifford (3 images)

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A stealthy hippopotamus approaches a photographer while nearly fully submerged under water.

Just the hippo's eyes and ears and visible as the large animal glides through the lagoon.

Moments later the hippo suddenly emerges from the water - causing splashes and waves around its head.

These shots were captured by 42-year-old wildlife photographer James Gifford in a lagoon in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana.
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