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This extraordinary picture captures the moment a harmless gannet seems to be being stalked by a ferocious shark. As the oblivious bird gently paddles across the waters surface it looks like a sinister shadow is rising up from the deep like something out of the film JAWS. But in fact the shadow was actually a hilarious trick of the light and what looks like the moment a bird becomes lunch is actually just its own shadow. The photograph was taken at the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam by amateur photographer Joe Beerens, 55, from Holland (Caters)

Best Animal Pictures Of 2012

From a cheeky sloth gatecrashing a holiday snap to a harmless gannet that transformed itself into a Great White, here is a collection of the most memorable animal pictures of the year.