Hawaii Photo by @BrianSkerry. Champion free diver Ai Futaki swims below a pod of spinner dolphins in the offshore waters of Hawaii. Spinner dolphins are among the most social of all dolphin species, and are rarely seen alone or in small groups. These creatures typically feed in deep waters offshore at night, then move into shallow, coastal bays during the day to socialize and rest. The name of these dolphins is derived from the acrobatic jumps and spins that they make, often leaping high out of the water. After humans, dolphins have the largest brains in the animal kingdom, relative to body size. Through the games that they play with one another and through the means by which these dolphins socialize, researchers are able to measure their cognitive abilities. In fact, dolphins have been described as ‘an alien intelligence on Earth.’ In the years ahead, perhaps we will unlock the answers to the mysteries surrounding the complex lives of these animals, maybe even learning to communicate
Photograph by @paulnicklen // When elephant seal pups are born , they weigh approximately 50 to 80 pounds. Within three weeks of being born, their mother weans them ( hence their name- “weaners”) and they weigh as much as 400 pounds. They often get lonely once their mom leaves and they seek out companionship. Here @drpatrickavery was minding his own business while sitting on a beach in #antarctica and this seal decided to park itself on his lap. That is a lot of weight. To see this same seal pestering me while I was pretending to sleep #followme on @paulnicklen. On Assignment for @sea_legacy. #nature #naturovers #instagood
Chiang Mai, Thailand photo by @renaeffendiphoto // Jun Peng is a sixty-seven-year-old female elephant whose previous owner made a hole in her ear and tied a rope to it in order to pull her. Jun Peng's new caretaker - Pati, himself a refugee, inserts a fresh flower in her ear every morning. Dozens of elephants have been rescued here at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiangmai, Thailand from exploitation in logging and other abusive treatment. For more stories please follow @renaeffendiphoto #elephants #thailand #nature #animals #wildlife #love #care #rescue
Photo @ladzinski / Photos like this aren’t easy to look at, in fact, they’re completely heartbreaking. However, the hope is that they ultimately encourage change and better understanding. This is a juvenile #gentoo #penguin, soaking wet from rain and bearing an injury. As the Antarctica peninsula continues to warm, precipitation is slowly changing from snow to rain, with many new consequences. There has been a vast increase in young penguins and other birds freezing to death, due to these newly wet conditions in this cold environment. Studies have also shown that penguin populations are decreasing due to habitat loss and fish stock depletion. Further, rain is also exasperating the ice melt, excelerating an already bad situation. It’s critically important that we pay attention to these signs and make changes, climate change is real and we are contributing to it. It’s extremely important to secure habitat and fishing stocks, notably Krill, a shrimp that nearly every mammal here
Video by @joelsartore | Band-bellied owls like this one photographed at the Monticello Center in Italy can be found within a large range throughout Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The hunting behavior of these elusive birds are widely unknown, but they are thought to feed mainly on small mammals and large insects. They can grow to be about 19 inches (48 cm) in length and weigh just over one pound (500 grams). These beautiful creatures are named for the horizontal stripes that can be seen across their cream-colored abdomens. This photo shoot was made possible in collaboration with the @greenteenteam. To see a portrait of this owl check out @joelsartore!
Paektu Mountain North Korea photo by @dguttenfelder from National Geographic’s 150 anniversary edition. A military guide leads a tour on mystical Mount Paektu. It was here, official lore says, that Kim Il Sung fought for independence from Japanese occupiers in the 1930s. For more photography and video from inside North Korea, follow updated Instagram story highlites @dguttenfelder.
El Poblado, Antioquia, Colombia Photo: @juanarre (Juan Arredondo) A pit full of plastic balls at La Octava bar typifies Medellin’s growing nightlife and tourists appeal. It’s a dramatic change from the violent days under Escobar’s Medellín cartel, which at its height brought in as much as four billion dollars a year in cocaine trade. After 52 years of internal conflict, this hopeful nation seek a lasting peace and new opportunities. Shot on assignment this month's issue of @natgeo 'The healing of Colombia' with text by Alma Guillermoprieto. To see more about Colombia or to learn more about the changes that are taking place. Follow me @juanarre on instragram #colombia #peaceprocess #medellin #almaguillermoprieto #postconflict#photooftheday #everedaylatinamerica
Islamabad, Pakistan Video by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) Through the years that I spent documenting the daily life and the challenges Afghan refugees and internally displaced people face in Pakistan, focusing mostly on children as I personally believe that children are the real victim of conflicts and the most vulnerable ones. No matter what the circumstances are children always manage to find ways to be happy from nothing, just like this video of a group of Afghan refugee children playing with a balloon on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. For more photos of the refugee crisis follow me @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees #everydayrefugees#muhammedmuheisen
Photo: @ivankphoto / Trees line the path to a homeless community on the Los Angeles River, California, USA. Kenneth, a community member, believes the trees have supernatural powers. “Down here there are negative trees and positive trees, more negative...If you stay down here long enough, you turn mean and angry.” This photo is part of a long-term project on the LA River. #WalkingTheLAwash, #WhereTheConcreteMeetsTheJungle
Kenya Photos by @ciriljazbec / Samburu women wear their traditional clothing to show their pride in being educated and going to school. Published last week in @natgeo story 'In Rural Africa, Tablets Revolutionize the Classroom'. BRCK tablets are opening up new learning opportunities for the Samburu tribe women and children in the Kenyan reserve. Follow link in my profile @ciriljazbec to read the entire story and see more photos!
Brazil Photo by @FransLanting “Year of the Bird” From a distance a toucan in flight looks like a crow pushing a banana. Its body is plain black, but it has an outrageously elongated yellow bill. You have to get close to appreciate the facial design that matches the bill. A blue eye ring of bare skin is surrounded by a bare orange patch and that is framed by delicate black and white feathers. It is one of the most outrageous designs nature has forged over time in the American tropics. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more wonders from the world of birds. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #yearofthebird #toucan #bird #color #evolution #design
Angola Photo by @brentstirton | This dignified #Ovambo elder was photographed on the Namibian/Angolan border. He had travelled a long distance from his village in Southern Angola, hearing of a "miracle" doctor who could restore his sight. Three days later and after 6 years in the dark, he did indeed see again, thanks to Dr Helena Ndume and her mission to eradicate blindness. “Now I will see my children and look again at my wife, I am no longer useless.” he said after surgery. #curingblindness
Queen Maud Land Photo by @jimmy_chin @conrad_anker taking in the end of another endless day where the sun never sets. Fenriskjeften Range, Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. To see more images from the edge of the earth and The North Face climbing expedition to Antarctica, follow along at @jimmy_chin. #tnfantarctica17
Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). A pilgrim reads the Quran at the shrine of the Sufi scholar, mystic, poet, and saint Shah Abdul Latif Bittai in the village of Bhit Shah in the Sindh, Pakistan. For more from the region follow @argonautphoto.
Photograph by George Steinmetz from the book @newyorkairbook Deep freeze grips the Chelsea district of New York City. On days like this, you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows… To see more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz
Selma, Alabama Portrait by @andy_bardon /// After a morning spent visiting the 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, Alabama, we made our way to the town of Selma and sat down with Annie Pearl (pictured), a foot soldier during the civil rights movement who was arrested during the famous march with Dr Martin Luther King across the Edmund Pettus bridge just blocks away. A fiery advocate for civil rights in the 21st century, she met us at the Selma Slavery and Civil War museum where she works tirelessly to inform people, especially in the African American community, to “know your history.” To her, this means tracing roots back to the great accomplishments of Egyptian dynasties as well as more recent black histories which instill a person with pride and ownership of culture. The road from Birmingham to Selma is not long. A hair under two hours due south utilizing state highways which cut through patches of humble Alabama forest. For our caravan of musicians, scholars and
Photo by @ronan_donovan // Captured #withgalaxy S8, produced with @samsungmobileusa // A Rothschild’s giraffe flicks the flies away with its long wispy tail in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda. Reaching nearly 20ft tall, giraffe evolved such a long necks in order to exploit the high tree leaves.
Video by @joelsartore | This is Gigi, a two-week old snow monkey that is currently being hand-raised by her keepers at @blankparkzoo since her mother did not have the skills necessary to feed and raise her. When she’s old enough she will be reintegrated into her troop. In the wild, these primates live in extremely cold conditions in Japan and can often be found warming up in the hot springs there. Snow monkeys are highly intelligent creatures. During a study in the 1950s, researchers observed a female snow monkey washing sand off of her sweet potato in river water as opposed to simply brushing the sand off like the other monkeys. She even discovered that dipping her potato in salt water added a bit of seasoning. When her siblings saw her washing and seasoning her food, they began to copy her actions. Soon, even her mother was washing her food in the river. Over the next few years, scientists discovered that this cleaning ritual had spread rapidly across the entire island, and
Photo @coryrichards Climbing is half dance, half force. Every year, the sport evolves beyond what is commonly held as ‘impossible’, begging the question of the minds role in sport. How much of what is accomplished physically is reflective of an individuals unique mental capacity, and why are some so much more adept and likely to break through ceilings once thought unbreakable? Canadian Rockies ice dwarfs an ice climber on Alberta Highway 93, also known as the Icefields Parkway.
Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - 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. Pictured here is the iconic Snow Volcano Hall inside Schwarzmooskogel Eishöhle, Austria. The chamber filled with giant ice
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