Photo: @andy_mann // We’ve mapped almost every square inch of land on this planet and so much of it is either developed or destroyed. However, our oceans remain a vast & unexplored frontier for which we know so little about. When you dip below the thin blue line and into the depths of the ocean, if only for the length of a single breath, everything goes quiet and you can feel as if you are discovering a new world for the first time. These moments provide so much hope and inspiration for me. Here, one of seven billion people swims alone beneath the belly of an Oceanic Whitetip Shark off the coast of San Salvador, Bahamas. // Follow me @andy_mann if you love and adore this big blue planet and all it’s magic. 🌎 @sea_legacy
Video by @stephenwilkes. Last January we traveled to the remote island of Steeple Jason, off the coast of South America, documenting the world’s largest colony of black-browed albatrosses. “The Journeys of Migratory Birds” is currently in the March issue of National Geographic magazine and on line. We created this loupe-view of the final image and if you look closely you’ll see the subtle communication of this remarkable species. From mating rituals to a mother teaching her baby to fly the birds will amaze you. This photograph and several others are on display in my exhibition “Transcend the Passage of Time in ‘Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes” at National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. until April 30, 2018. To see more of the Bird Migration Day to Night photographs and, the link to this story please follow me @stephenwilkes. To learn more about my process in creating these photographs see my TED talk link in my IG bio. 2018. #daytonight#natgeo#falklands#malvinas#birdmigration#blackbrowedalbatross#rockhopperpenguin#birding#audubonsociety
Photo by @FransLanting Our oceans are full of junk and albatrosses searching for food often mistake floating plastic and rubber objects for fish or squid and swallow them. It’s hard to know what goes on inside the mind of an albatross, but I speculate that they are hardwired to swallow things that feel like fish or squid and plastic or rubber may not taste that different to a hungry albatross. After all, their feeding habits evolved long before there was any plastic junk out at sea. When you walk around an albatross colony you see the sad results. Many thousands of albatross chicks die every year because their parents feed them plastic instead of fish and it clogs up their intestines until they die. It’s heartbreaking to see their decaying corpses full of junk, but because this mortality occurs on remote oceanic islands, few people know this is a problem, so we need to show and share what is going on. For this image I asked a researcher on South Georgia’s Bird Island to unwrap a roll of plastic that had been regurgitated by a wandering albatross. Imagine what that could have done to the bird or its chick if it had unwound in their guts. Plastic pollution is a global problem, but there are local solutions. They start with banning single use plastic items from your own lifestyle and from your community and there are lots of campaigns gaining momentum that can effect change on a bigger scale. Check some of the hashtags and share this post. And follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories about these amazing birds who deserve better than to die from plastic pollution.
Photo by @robertclarkphoto // #sponsored by @annihilationmovie , check out today’s story for more. // As a child in Hays, Kansas, I often visited the #SternbergMuseum and this was my favorite fossil. Although it looks like alien-beings from another world, it is actually a relative of sea stars. As I got older, I realized where Hollywood conceived of designs for some of its monsters. The discovery of the Western Interior Seaway, a vast, shallow ocean that in the Cretaceous Period ranged from what is now eastern Mexico all the way to northern Canada, provided proof that neither the planet nor the organisms inhabiting it remain static. Paleontologists found fossils belonging to the huge marine reptiles called the plesiosaurs and mosasaurs there, along with gigantic sharks, other fish, and crinoids, such as this beautiful specimen of Uintacrinus socialis from Kansas.
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Photo @ladzinski / A young #coyote , on the prowl for a meal and wearing a nasty injury on its hind leg. You have to be tough to make it in the wild kingdom, an injury like this can mean death to the animal if the infection spreads and/or it hinders movement and the ability to hunt. I took this photo yesterday morning in #RockyMountainNationalPark , it was -3 Fahrenheit, a very cold morning to say the least. An exposed wound like this is highly susceptible to frostbite, hoping this little guy here makes it.
Video by @JoelSartore | The giant spider crab may look fearsome, but they are rarely-seen scavengers, spending their days on the seafloor eating plant and animal matter. They live in the cold waters of the Pacific and at depths of up to 2,000 feet. Giant spider crabs are the largest crabs in the world, reaching a maximum leg span of 12 ft and weighing up to 45 lbs. As juveniles, these crabs are known to decorate their shells with sponges, kelp or other items as a means of camouflage and protection. Although they are occasionally collected for food in Japan, harvesting of this species is illegal during the spring, allowing them to move to shallower waters to breed. During an annual phenomenon, thousands of giant spider crabs make their way into a giant aggregation to shed their exoskeleton, a process known as molting. Crabs are vulnerable to predation after molting. Doing so in a massive group helps protect them from danger.
Due to their shy behavior and deep habitat, exact population numbers of this species are not known, making it hard for scientists to study or protect them. The @AquariumPacific , where this crab was photographed, houses seven giant spider crabs, including this juvenile. Their exact lifespan is not known, but biologists estimate they live over half a century!
Check out @joelsartore for a portrait of this crab!
Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz
The Tuareg call it “the castle”, an area of wind-eroded rock in the Tassili du Hoggar, five hours in 4x4 from Tamanrasset, Algeria. The area was littered with unnamed and unclimbed pinnacles of sandstone. Check out the view I got of these castles in the sand from my paraglider ===> @geosteinmetz#notadrone#DesertAirBook
Photo by @ciriljazbec / This is George Chege, a member of a tech space called Gearbox that is based in Nairobi. He came up with a solution for Mama Grace, a farmer, who lost many chicks due to irregular temperature conditions. His innovation, a smart chick brooder, regulates the environment in the brooding space automatically and sends real-time updates on farmers phone. His solution not only saved Mama Grace’s time and money but also increased her yields. /
Honoured to get the award for this photo essay 'Africa's Tech Generation' at the Pictures of the Year International! Hopefully this will give even more exposure to a different kind of story from Africa. One that is inspiring and positive!
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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - View of the iconic snow cone in the vast Snow Volcano Hall inside Schwarzmooskogel ice cave, located on the western edge of the Totes Gebirge mountain range in Austria. This fantastic feature has built up over many hundreds of years through the yearly accumulation of snow that falls in from the surface.
Mountain regions respond sensitively to climate change. Taking advantage of Alpine caves, a team of scientists led by Swiss Paleoclimatologist Dr. Marc Luetscher from the Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (SISKA), is working to understand how permafrost has evolved through time. Ice caves form through a combination of snow intrusion and/or congelation of water infiltrating a karst system. Often up to several centuries old, the climate record of this ice remains largely under-studied. Today we are also able to tell if a cave was an ice cave in the past. This is achieved by looking for cryogenic cave calcites. These form when water enters a cave, and freezes and turns to ice. In this process, the water becomes progressively enriched in ions to the point that it becomes super-saturated and precipitates calcite.