Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A Leatherback Turtle feasts on pyrosome – a free-floating colonial tunicate – in the pelagic waters of the Azores. Leatherbacks are known to feed almost exclusively on jellyfish, but I found this turtle ‘trying something new’ during a chance encounter while on assignment searching for tuna.
These ancient mariners have a lineage that dates back more than 100 million years yet, despite having dwelled for so long, today these creatures face substantial threats from anthropogenic stresses. Fishing accidents and climate change continue to harm the global population of these turtles, given that the temperature of eggs determines the sex of hatchlings, and conservation efforts are necessary to protect these animals in the future.
Once the baby turtles reach the ocean after hatching, the leatherback is in perpetual motion and continues to swim for its entire life.
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Emma Stone took the biggest leap of her career with La La Land–and now she is an #Oscar winner! Tap the link in our bio for more from her shoot. Photographed by @mertalas and @macpiggott, styled by @tonnegood, Vogue, November 2016.
Sunday night marks the 89th Academy Awards (@theacademy), an event in Los Angeles honoring the best films in 2016. We’re going behind the scenes with actress Sofia Carson (@sofiacarson) on the red carpet and inside the Dolby Theatre.
Watch our Instagram story now to see what the big night is like from Sofia’s perspective.