Photo: @andy_mann // A resting Cory's Shearwater huddles down for the evening on Selvagem Grande Island, home to the largest aggregation of this pelagic bird. The Shearwater spends most of its life at sea before returning right back here to nest. In 1971 the Portuguese government realized that the birds numbers were so low that they bought and protected these islands in a great act a leadership. By drawing this protective line around the islands, in turn, the inshore fish became protected. Since, the Portuguese have put in place full-time, marine law enforcement to hold that line. Much work is needed now to extend the protection into the sea but it's leadership like this that is making a difference on our world's fragile oceans. Shot on assignment for @natgeopristineseas with the support of @waittfoundation@oceanoazulfoundation
Video by @joelsartore | An eastern blue-tongued skink at the Lincoln Children's Zoo in Nebraska.
This lizard can be found in bushlands and suburban areas throughout eastern Australia. They give birth to live young who immediately consume the egg sac upon arrival. When disturbed, they often hiss loudly and display their tongues, which can range in color from dark to light blue.
To see an image of this skink’s blue tongue, check out @joelsartore!
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) with words by @m_synnott (Mark Synnott) - We arrived on a grassy ridgetop where fifteen donkeys and a few local men were waiting for us. Hodja Gur Gur Ata, the 21-mile-long cliff that is home to Dark Star, loomed in the hazy sky two days walk to the north. Several of the team vaulted over the truck’s wooden sideboards to greet a middle-aged Tajik named Zhuraev “Sadik” Miraminu, chief of a nearby village called Dehibolo. Zhenya, our expedition’s elder statesman, embraced Sadik warmly—it was obvious they are old friends. In 1987, two Russians were exploring a massive cave system called Boy-Bulok, that lies within a cliff several kilometers to the south of Hodja Gur Gur Ata. Not far from the entrance to the cave, but past a vertical drop that can only be passed with a rope, the cavers found a skeleton. Based on the tattered clothing draped over the old bones, and the home made lamp lying nearby, the Russians assumed they had found the remains of a villager who had fallen into the cave. So they packed up the bones and carried them out of the cave. When they emerged they were engulfed in a raging blizzard. Frozen, staggering through the dark, the Russians found their way to Dehibolo, where fate led them to the home of Sadik’s family. Sadik was a teenage boy at the time, and he was sitting on the floor when the Russian’s pulled the bones and the battered lamp from their caving rucksacks. Sadik’s father, realizing these were the remains of an old friend who had gone missing 16 years ago, was deeply moved. Ever since, the Russians have remained close with Sadik’s family, and Sadik has provided logistical support for their expeditions. Pictured here and perched on the only semi-flat sloping ground for miles, is the teams base camp. All trips underground inside Dark Star began from this camp. #darkstar
Photograph by @thomaspeschak Marine iguanas are normally gray or black in color, but on some islands, like Espanola, they turn vivid shades of red and green during the mating season. They are also surprisingly good climbers and can scale tall wave washed cliffs with ease. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on Climate Change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound#galapagosnationalpark and @ecuadortravel For more images from the enchanted Galapagos follow photographer @thomaspeschak
photo by @daviddoubilet A DeHavilland Beaver floatplane carrying snorkelers flies along the channel separating Hook and Hardy reefs on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest and most iconic coral reef system in the world and currently experiencing a 2017 coral bleaching event. High water temperatures cause the coral polyps to lose their symbiotic algae. The algae provides the coral valuable nutrients and gives coral its beautiful color. Bleached corals may recover if temperatures drop or they may die and become algae covered deadzones. Last year (2016) 90% of the 1200 mile long reef system experienced an unprecedented coral bleach event. The extent of the 2017 bleach event is yet to be determined. Shot on assignment for @natgeo with @natgeocreative@thephotosociety#ocean#coralbleaching#australia#coralreef#climatechange#moreocean to for more #greatbarrierreef see @daviddoubilet
Photo by @stephenwilkes: Trash: once discarded, it is easy to forget. Out of sight, and out of mind.
In the many series’ I have done in my many years as a documentary photographer, I find that a few images always carry a common theme - a near post-apocalyptic sense, reminding us of the impact our actions and lives inflict upon the earth. I share this photograph with the hope that it provides the inspiration to recognize the urgency and need for a solution to our impact on the earth.
Video and words by @pedromcbride // River of Eden: The Upper Navua River, often dubbed the ‘River of Eden’, slices through the highlands of Fiji's Viti Levu and is unique not just for its staggering beauty, but for its protected status. That is unusual is this part of the world. In fact, the Navua represents one of the most unique conservation cooperatives in the world, which prevents logging, mining or roads within 200 meters from either side of the upper Navua river’s lapping waters.
The small villages that line the Upper Navua looked into the future and decided that a flowing riiver, lined with jungle, is more valuable in the long term than any immediate profits from timber, gravel or even a dam project which some investors have explored as a possibility in the area. To see more, go to @pedromcbride. #nature#fiji#oars#chasingrivers#petemcbride#riverofeden
Photo @ladzinski / It's hard to deny the beauty and power of an electrical storm. Lightning bolts can be hotter than the surface of the sun and astonishingly over 40,000 lightning storms are active on the earth each day.
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Photo by @christianziegler A lilliputian orchid, of the genus Pleurothallis. Each tiny flower is less than a centimeter, and it blooms brightly in the highlands of Panama. This is part of an article on NG online about how to photograph orchids. Please check it out: Photographing Orchid Flowers. #orchids#natgeo#panama
Video by @renan_ozturk // words by @jetbutterflies - Shewa Roka stands with her back to her home. She is 52 years old, but while we sat with her and shared a cup of fresh moonshine she seemed to be simultaneously both older and younger than her age allowed. ~
The hamlet of Dule, where Shewa lives, is in Nepal’s isolated Rukum district. Dule is home to about a dozen people, scattered across a handful of rough stone and mud homes. This is the last outpost before the steep and dry hillsides give way to steeper mountain ranges, punctuated with wild crags and chasms, stretching all the way up to the Tibetan plateau. ~
Without any prompting, she told us about an afternoon well over a decade ago that she still can’t seem to shake. This was during the height of Nepal’s civil war. Without warning, police paramilitary forces stormed through her doorway. They immediately opened fire and fatally shot five men who were huddled around her humble cooking fire. The police claimed the men were Maoist rebels, something Shewa denies. The bodies were disposed in the forest nearby, and Shewa and her family spent the next few years caught - quite literally - in the crossfire of a brutal and costly conflict. ~
We left Dule the next morning and trekked deeper into the sharp and snowy mountains. Still now, weeks later, we can’t shake her smile and her generous spirit - clear and strong like moonshine, like everything we who have experienced so little still strive to understand. ~
Photo by @FransLanting It’s always rush hour on the beaches of South Georgia Island. Extraordinary numbers of king penguins are going into the water to start fishing offshore. It’s a testimonial to the richness of this Southern Ocean ecosystem and the importance of this island at the edge of Antarctica as a sanctuary for marine life. Follow me @FransLanting to learn more about the amazing life history of king penguins on this spectacular island.
Photo @tbfrost | This might look like a chicken embryo but it is in fact a saltwater crocodile embryo , photographed in the Northern Territory of Australia. I will post an adorable video by @melissalesh of Baby hatchling saltwater crocodiles in the wild on my profile @tbfrost. The reason that a chicken embryo and crocodile embryo look so similar is that crocodiles and birds are very closely related, both share a common ancestor: the archosaur. What is even cooler though is that scientists can see crocodiles have changed very little since the time of dinosaurs whereas birds have evolved considerably. Crocs really are the world's great survivors! For more photos and videos of crocodiles, follow @tbfrost. Photo made on assignment for National Geographic Society grant project on crocodiles.
I am excited to bring my NG LIVE presentation, “On the Trail of Big Cats” to @natgeo’s Grosvenor Theater in Washington DC on April 13th!
Please come to hear about my life and work with Jaguars, Snow Leopards, Cougars and Tigers!! Scarface succeeds after many days and gets his caiman!!
We need to realize deep in our hearts that animals have emotions too. If we can treat them better - maybe we could find some empathy inside of us to treat each other better also.
We need to fight for the right of jaguars to live - peacefully and without being killed for the traditional medicine market, and other trade. Help stop the demand for endangered species used in this practice! “When the buying stops, the killing can too” #wildaid
Our animal family is so much like us - they find mates, they have kids, they have to feed themselves and their families,
they feed themselves and their families in the same way we as humans used to! If we can find a way to believe they think, feel and have emotions, maybe we can treat them better and find a way to ensure their future on this planet.
They are keystone species in their ecosystems, though we as humans are not. The forests and grasslands of big cats give us 50% of our oxygen and 75% of fresh water. If we can save big cats we can help save ourselves!
Join National Geographic's Big Cat Initiative, www.causeanuproar.org #bigcatsforever
Follow me @stevewinterphoto to other images and thanks! @stevewinterphoto@natgeo@nglive#nglive@natgeochannel@natgeowild@thephotosociety@natgeocreative#fursforlife#BCI#bigcatsintiative#startwith1thing@pantheracats@pantanalsafaris#canonusa#redcine@africanparksnetwork #ldfoundation@leonardodicaprio@sanctuaryasia@bertiegregory
Photograph by @thomaspeschak A shiver of scalloped hammerhead sharks swims off Darwin Island in the Galápagos. They are looking for cleaning stations where reef fish pick parasites and remove diseased skin (see white patches in this photograph) from these sharks. @saveourseasfoundation funded shark scientist Dr. Pelayo Salinas studies how water temperatures effects shark populations and has observed that after prolonged hot periods skin infections and parasite loads seem more prominent. On our warming planet this could result in further pressures on these already endangered sharks. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on Climate Change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound#galapagosnationalpark and @ecuadortravel To gain further insights into the sharks of Galapagos please follow marine scientist @pelayosalinas
Video: @andy_mann // An unfortunate mishap leads to ingenuity, and with one massive breath hold, a new way of collecting data is born. While working with biologist, Jorge Fontes, in Azores, we noticed a Mobula (Devil Ray) stuck to an anchor line and it sparked an idea. This is the first known deployment of a non-invasive, radio collar-tag to the species. In the past, tags are often speared into the Rays, arguably effecting their normal behavior and thus the data collected. The more we can learn about these beautiful rays the better the chances of protecting them. Field science is always an adventure! // #followme@andy_mann for more videos on ocean science and our amazing blue planet @waittfoundation
Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown. During one of several flights to Cuba these past couple years I was happy to have this partial view of Cayo Largo, a limestone island located off the south coast. Formed over millions of years from the remains of marine organisms, such as coral, forums and molluscs, Cayo Largo is known for its beaches, wildlife and scuba diving.
Photo by @BrianSkerry. ‘Shark Lagoon’ - Blacktop Reef Sharks, Blue Travallies and Twinspot Snappers swirl within the pristene lagoon at Millennium Atoll, in the Southern Line Islands.
Because of their remoteness, these islands and the waters surrounding them remain largely unspoiled, and diving the reefs here is like traveling back in time.
Researchers studying coral ecosystems have discovered that a pristine reef has a biomass that is comprised largely of predators, including sharks, snapper and groupers. Sadly, many reef systems around the world today do not have these animals, as they have been fished to dangerously low levels. Every animal plays a vital role in the health of an ecosystem and when individual species are removed, the entire environment breaks down. A healthy ocean is needed for a vibrant planet.
To see more underwater photography, and to learn more about oceanic conservation efforts, follow me on Instagram, @BrianSkerry.
Phone photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Paris, France. Pont Neuf -
A love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Most of the times sweethearts' names are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love. In the past 15 years love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide.
A couple of years ago, in France, authorities removed 45 tons of padlocks (close to one million locks) from Paris’s Pont des Arts. They say their weight was damaging the structure, and they replace them with plexiglass panels.
Video by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Some 90% of the seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported, mostly in the form of farmed shrimp and salmon, and canned tuna. This video was taken yesterday at Guolian Aquatic, the biggest shrimp processer in China. They shell 20k tons of farmed shrimp per year, primarily for export to the U.S. and Europe, but that is starting to change. Rising incomes in China have allowed a shift in food habits to include more protein, and the domestic shrimp market is booming. #onassignment for @natgeo
To see the world's largest shrimp farm go to @geosteinmetz ... it will blow your mind!
Photograph by @thomaspeschak Namaqua Chameleons are endemic to the deserts of Southern Africa. In Namibia they hunt on both sand dunes and gravel plains, searching for beetles and other insects. Their modified tongues can accelerate from 0-60 mph in a hundredth of a seconds. Prey can be snagged in just 20 milliseconds. The white flakes around the animals head are old skin, which is shed regularly. Shot on assignment for @natgeo. For more photographs from Namibia follow @thomaspeschak
Video by @Filipe_DeAndrade | By the end of this adventure we named this area “Natures Buffet.” I saw more predatory behavior in the saltwater marshes of South Carolina than any other environment I’ve filmed in. The dolphin activity was 100% going off. Everything from the ospreys, bald eagles, herons, pelicans and even us as the film crew benefited from the dolphins strand feeding. But even though the hunting was everywhere, that didn’t mean it was easy to film. That’s why it really took us sitting back and observing how this ecosystem works as a whole to be able to capture the dolphin’s predatory evolution. Check out the full hunt from my series #WildUntamed on natgeowild.com/untamed or for click the link in my personal bio.
Video by @joelsartore | An endangered Hispaniolan solenodon at Parque Zoológico Nacional in the Dominican Republic.
This is one of the only venomous mammals on Earth. The second lower incisor tooth of this animal is grooved and can be used to deliver a venomous saliva. Hispaniolan solenodons have patches of skin full of apocrine glands on their thighs that are used to communicate with other individuals through scent. Like many species in the Dominican Republic, the most significant threat to this animal is the destruction of its habitat.
To see an image of this solenodon, check out @joelSartore!
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