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May 2013

Blue-footed Boobies

JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;139(5):441. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2013.3116

Photographer: Michael D. Landman, MD, Tarzana, California. “This picture was taken during a trip to the Galapagos where these sea birds have no fear of humans and allow for close observation and photography. Their blue feet are due to carotenoid pigments in their diets. In the mating dance, the male shows off his feet, which attracts the female (studies suggest) in proportion to the intensity of the color.”