Skip to main content
Email Print Share

All Images


Press Release 11-141

Loss of Large Predators Caused Widespread Disruption of Ecosystems

Decline of "top consumers" may be humans' most pervasive influence on natural world

Back to article | Note about images

Image of sharks and smaller fish in a coral reef.

Fishing alters predator patterns; when large fish are removed, corals don't fare as well.

Credit: S. A. Sandin et al.


Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (5.3 MB)

Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.

Image of a wolf.

Wolves are among the many "apex predators" that have been affected by human activities.

Credit: National Park Service


Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (21 KB)

Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.

Image of a diver taking notes while examining a study area on the ocean floor.

Kelp increases when sea otters are abundant; otters limit the number of kelp-eating sea urchins.

Credit: P. Dayton


Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (1.5 MB)

Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.

Image showing a lake with largemouth bass on right and without largemouth bass on left.

Lake with largemouth bass (right), and experimentally removed (left); bass increase water clarity.

Credit: Steve Carpenter


Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (726 KB)

Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.

Image of an intertidal zone with many seastars.

Intertidal zone with many seastars; seastars eat blue mussels and so prevent their dominance.

Credit: D. Hart


Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (591 KB)

Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.

Image of Brier Creek, Oklahoma, with largemouth and spotted bass.

Brier Creek, Oklahoma, with largemouth and spotted bass; the bass promote a healthy stream.

Credit: Mary Power


Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (189 KB)

Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.

Cover of the July 15, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

The researchers' work is described in the July 15, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

Credit: Copyright AAAS 2011


Download the high-resolution JPG version of the image. (695 KB)

Use your mouse to right-click (Mac users may need to Ctrl-click) the link above and choose the option that will save the file or target to your computer.