Yes, it's an alligator that appears to be shooting laser beams out of its eyes. And that's pretty awesome. But this image by Larry Lynch is just one of the absolutely stunning and revelatory images in this year's Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
There are over 100 images among the contest winners and runners up this year. Some of them will make you cheer, others will break your heart a little. Check out our favorites here. And here's our feature on last year's winners.