Few people get a chance to photograph animals such as hippos, hyenas, or crocodiles. Suren Manvelyan, however, has managed to get so close to them, he even captured insanely detailed close-ups of their eyes.

Some of these macro shots look like landscapes of distant yet-to-be-discovered planets while others remind some sort of a portal to another dimension. But they all prove that the eyes really are the windows to the soul; analyzing the images you can't help but experience profound sensations, as if you're uncovering deeply personal secrets.

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Lama

Lama

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Perfumista Perfumista
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1 month ago

Dang, even their eyeballs have lashes

Steve Barnett
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1 month ago

That's not an eye: It's a beautiful lake somewhere, probably in South America? (Sorry, trying to be funny. Again, I've already got my coat)

Charlotte A.
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1 month ago

Looks way too alien for South America! ;)

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Sunzilla
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1 month ago

What would be the purpose the fluffy irises?

Monika Soffronow
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1 month ago (edited)

"Like all other ruminants, the pupil is oval shaped with the horizontal axis being the longer one. The difference comes with structures called ‘iridic granules’ or ‘corpora nigra’. These are dark lumpy masses coming off the iris at the top and/or bottom of the pupil margins. They are thought to shade the eye from bright sunlight." https://animalcorner.org/llama-anatomy/#:~:text=some%20are%20not.-,Llama%20Eyes,the%20back%20of%20the%20eye).

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Lois Arrowood
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1 month ago

This is WAY cool.

Delonnie Torres
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1 month ago

wow it looks awesome to see a lamas eyes so close just wow!

Stormy Ashes
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1 month ago

This looks like the horse's eye but with extra steps

Naomi SanchezHidalgo
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1 month ago

Wow!

Cybele Spanjaard
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1 month ago

WOW

Theory Buchannon
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1 month ago

thats cool actually

Toast Of Saint Louis
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1 month ago

It's kinda gross and beautiful at the same time.

Kat Rogers
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1 month ago

WHOOOA~ THAT IS ONE FREAKY LOOKING EYEBALL!😳🤯

Dorothy Cloud
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1 month ago

Wow, that's really odd looking.

Johanne Trudeau
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1 month ago

WOW!!!!

Terry Jensen
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1 month ago

this isn't how you spell Llama fool

AnnieLaurie Burke
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1 month ago

I think this is actually the eye of a LLAMA. The word LAMA is an honorific for a Tibetan spiritual leader, as in Dalai Lama. While some sources accept LAMA as the spelling for the animal, that's sloppy American-speak (along the lines of saying "he gave a gift to Jim and I"), and it is pronounced Ya-ma. Can't we have a little consideration for other languages and their speakers?

Heather Jerrie
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1 month ago

Those flaps shade the eye from bright sunlight. They even fit together like fingers when the iris contracts, so light only comes in at each end!

Heather Jerrie
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1 month ago

Apparently those folds shade the eye from bright sunlight. They even close together like fingers, so light just comes in at each end.

katboxjanitor
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1 month ago

That is surreal, I love looking at animal eyes and their faces as well.

Denise Mclean
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1 month ago

Amazing !

Leslie Loughran Drezek
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1 month ago

This one freaks me out

Janet Dooley
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1 month ago

The Dalai Lama?

Ania Barrett
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1 month ago

Those folds look a little creepy

Monika Soffronow
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1 month ago

WHAT?

Pauline Bennett
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1 month ago

Amazing - I wonder if the inner folds prevent dust from entering the eye.

Niki Colemont
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1 month ago

How is this even posibble? This is the strangest thing i have ever seen in photography ! Well done man

Scyth
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1 month ago

Protein structures are very different and can be anything and beautiful. It is truly fascinating, especially if you have an interest in biology like I do.

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Treessimontrees
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1 month ago

It's Llama - two L's

Jeannette Treusch
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1 month ago

Only in English. In Spanish (like spoken in South America, where these animals live), it's Lama.

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Darwinist
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1 month ago

Llamas not lamas. Also they have eye curtains for when the sun is bright.

Christian Miller
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1 month ago

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You uh... forgot a letter...

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"I began thinking about this series after I completed a similar one about the human eye," Manvelyan told Bored Panda. "After the first project, I had really improved in shooting eyes in any conditions, and eventually settled on the idea to photograph animal eyes."

Manvelyan captured animals pretty much everywhere he could find them, from his backyard to zoos, oceanariums, and so on. "Sometimes, people even contact me, asking to shoot the eyes of their pets."

#2

Husky Dog

Husky Dog

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

The pupil looks like a dark pool in a frozen tundra.

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"The eyes of every animal is the result of it adapting to its living conditions. That's the reason why there are so many eye types. Water animals have completely different eyes than those living on earth, too. I think this is what makes the animal eye series so interesting to the viewer."

Manvelyan also started a game with his online followers. When he would upload a new photo, he'd ask his Facebook and Instagram fans to guess what species the eye belongs to. "Interestingly, it can become quite a tough challenge."

#3

Alaskian Malamut

Alaskian Malamut

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Lois Arrowood
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1 month ago

Pretty.

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Being so close to animals, however, is a challenge of its own. For example, Manvelyan spent an hour with a llama in her cage, trying to make her familiar with him and to allow him to get within the required distance for the right shot. "I would like to stress that all animals included in the series were alive and no animal was hurt in any way during shoots," the photographer added.

He wouldn't disclose any technical aspects of these shoots as he spent a lot of time and effort perfecting the setup for this particular series, but said the most interesting part of it all was realizing that nearly all people have the same eye structure. "It doesn't matter if you are young or old, white or black."

#4

Long-Eared Owl

Long-Eared Owl

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Marissa Wyatt
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1 month ago

wow, the texture on the eyes looks strange. this is so beautiful and i appreciate the person that took these greatly.

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#5

Horse

Horse

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Delonnie Torres
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1 month ago

wow!

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#6

Nylus Crocodile

Nylus Crocodile

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Juan Hernandez
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1 month ago

that looks amazing

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#7

Tokay Gecko

Tokay Gecko

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Marissa Wyatt
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1 month ago

the eye looks like a black hole!

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#8

Rockfish Eye

Rockfish Eye

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cassiushumanmother
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1 month ago

More RockEye fish

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#9

Blue-Yellow Macaw Parrot

Blue-Yellow Macaw Parrot

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AMANDA SERRANO-MORALES
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1 month ago

i thought it was bowl or something at first

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#10

Porcupine Fish

Porcupine Fish

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panda
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1 month ago

Blue pearl ❤️

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#11

Camel

Camel

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R L
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1 month ago

Similar to a lama.

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#12

Hippo

Hippo

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Delonnie Torres
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1 month ago

wow that is kinda creepy

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#13

Ray

Ray

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Rissie
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1 month ago

An eye with canopy! Makes sense with the shiney water above.

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#14

Crane

Crane

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Rachael Marrast
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1 month ago

Its the eye of Sauron

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#15

Chinchilla

Chinchilla

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Perfumista Perfumista
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1 month ago

Suaron, Chinchilla overlord

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#16

Chimpanze

Chimpanze

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mph seti
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1 month ago

Looks just like one of ours. Shouldn't be surprising.

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#17

Anolis Lizard

Anolis Lizard

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AMYAH MINOTT-STARLING
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1 month ago

the middle looks like what happens in a solar eclipse

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#18

Gecko Eublepharis

Gecko Eublepharis

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Shelley Brown
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1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful!

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#19

Cat

Cat

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Danieletc
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1 month ago

Not the shape of any cat eye I've seen.

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#20

Black Rabbit

Black Rabbit

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Juan Hernandez
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1 month ago

looks almost human

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#21

Fennec Fox

Fennec Fox

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AMANDA SERRANO-MORALES
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1 month ago

beautiful

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#22

Blue Crayfish

Blue Crayfish

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Darwinist
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1 month ago

It's a compound eye or many eyes put together. It allows for vision in multiple spectrums but has poor vision quality.

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#23

Discus Fish

Discus Fish

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The beautiful flower (bfdi)
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1 month ago

make me think of a solar eclipse

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#24

Husky Dog

Husky Dog

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Denise Mclean
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1 month ago

Nice Eye, looks like a planet with some kind of burst or radiation all around it .

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#25

Armenian Muflon

Armenian Muflon

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juice
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1 month ago

i didn't know what that was so i looked it up. it's a type of wild sheep 50d8531e88bd0.jpg 50d8531e88bd0.jpg

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#26

Coral Zebra Fish

Coral Zebra Fish

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Thomas Register
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1 month ago

Looks like the dark stripe goes right through the eyeball.

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#27

Garden Boa, Python

Garden Boa, Python

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NoodleBear
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1 month ago

Looks like... a butt

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#28

Tiger Python (Non Albino)

Tiger Python (Non Albino)

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Ninja Kitty
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1 month ago

HOW DID YOU GET SO CLOSE TO THIS BEAUTIFUL TIGER PYTHON WITHOUT IT HURTING YOU -cough- but that's a really Cool looking eye

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#29

Siam Cat

Siam Cat

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Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
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1 month ago

Pretty!

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#30

David's Deer

David's Deer

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NWB
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1 month ago

seems to be a common eye for heard animals

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