A NOSEY duck was on hand to help open an exhibition of the world’s finest wildlife photographs.
The mallard was captured in a fabulous underwater shot by Wirral photographer Graham Eaton while he was diving in North Wales.
His shot gained him the runners up award in the animal portrait category of the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition 2007.
It can be seen at the Blue Planet Aquarium near Cheshire Oaks until the end of March.
The competition, launched in 1964, is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife magazine.
It is sponsored by Shell whose public relations manager at Stanlow, Edward Brady, was on hand at the opening with Mr Eaton and Prof Phil Redmond, taking time out from his Liverpool 08 capital of culture role.
Last year’s competition attracted more than 30,000 entries from almost 80 countries. The exhibition tours the world.
A spokeswoman for the aquarium said: “We have been extremely lucky to get it.”