Image: Suren Manvelyan
Without them, our world would be dark, finding our way around would be much harder, and we would miss out on an incalculable amount of beauty – beauty like the incredible and natural artistry of an animal’s eye, as depicted in this series of photographs by Suren Manvelyan.
Eyes are an essential part of life for most humans, and, as we will see, they are no less important to our friends in the animal kingdom!
Two small, bright headlights above the water. That’s how a crocodile or a caiman (like the owner of this striking eye) would appear should you encounter one (hopefully not too closely!) at night. The reason for this brilliant gaze is that the reptiles have tiny crystals in their retinas. Sealed under a layer called a tapetum, these sparkly pieces of tissue reflect light and help these predators see after dark. Yet while they might look pretty, it’s probably best not to get too close!