In July 2017 Andreas Kay was roaming through the Ecuadorian portion of the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon is known to be one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world, so Kay was prepared to come across some unusual creatures throughout the course of his travels. But even so, one tiny critter was so utterly bizarre looking that it completely stole the man’s attention.
Kay is a scientist seeking to examine Ecuador’s rich natural environment. Since 2011 he has been documenting creatures and plants found in the country, capturing images and uploading them to the internet. So far, he has shared more than 25,000 images.
The sheer number of photographs Kay has taken is a testament to the spectrum of life contained within the Amazon. And Kay has been recording plants and animals only within the Ecuadorian section of the rainforest, yet it spreads across eight other countries too. In fact, only a small portion is found in Ecuador, with it mostly lying in Brazil, Peru and Colombia.