Photo by @PaulNicklen | Nature in the Antarctic is raw, powerful, and humbling. It feeds my soul, senses, and camera more than any other place on Earth. My dream is for everyone to become as connected as I am to this place. We are losing a lot more than just ice and I need your help in protecting it. Please #follow my efforts on @PaulNicklen as we push for a network of marine protected areas in the Antarctic, and give the November issue of @NatGeo a read for a more complete introduction to this beautiful place.
Photo by @stevewinterphoto | A “flamboyance” of nesting pink flamingos in Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Rio Lagartos was created to save the charismatic, graceful, and beautiful species. This wetland, mangrove, and forest area is protected because of the flamingo. So everything above the water—jaguars, iguanas, birds—as well as below the water—mangroves, fish, rays, dolphins, nesting sea turtles—is also protected because of this amazing bird! #follow me @stevewinterphoto to see more images from my work with @natgeo
Photo by Brian Skerry @BrianSkerry | A shortfin mako shark in New Zealand swims toward the surface in morning light. Makos are one of the fastest fish in the sea, capable of bursts up to 60 mph. Of all shark species, they have one of the largest brains, relative to body size. The numbers of makos have declined worldwide due to overfishing and the demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable.
Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo. To see more sharks and ocean wildlife photos, #follow @BrianSkerry #sharks #NZ #savesharks
Photo by Brian Skerry @BrianSkerry | A pair of bottlenose dolphins play with a blade of grass in waters off Honduras. With the largest brains in the animal kingdom relative to body size, after humans, dolphins’ complex lives are mostly hidden from our view, beneath the sea. Some of the ways that researchers know dolphins to be especially smart include their feeding strategies, dialects, and game play. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo. To see more dolphins and ocean wildlife photos #follow @BrianSkerry #dolphins #honduras #love
Photo by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | When it comes to experiences with the power to change your life, it doesn’t really get more raw than when you find yourself up against an 8,000-lb elephant bull seal who’s mistaken you for a rival breeding male. You’re in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but freezing water and icy desert, and your heart’s beating so fast it feels like it’s going to bruise the inside of your chest. This elephant seal came barreling toward me in defense of his harem and the entire beach, and this is what it looked like when I used my underwater housing to push him off. I accidentally hit the shutter as I scrambled to get out of his way. Other photographers ask me if they should get in the water with elephant seals in Antarctica during breeding season. The answer is no. It’s like getting in the water with hippos. When this male approached me, I was in the shallows, and I made it back to land with my camera still clutched in my hands and without injury. Elephant seals beat up on each other all day long; bulls grab 1,500-pound females in the surf zone and drown them in an attempt to breed. I still do not want to play a role in affecting their behavior; it is always my prime objective to be like a ghost when I walk in the wild parts of our world. I should have known better and now I do. Please #follow me @paulnicklen where I share more about the experiences that have both shaped my career. #respect #elephantseal #nature #wildlife
Photo by Ira Block @irablockphoto | A quiet moment for a Moroccan cameleer in the sands of the Sahara, near the village of Merzouga. The Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world, and Merzouga is the gateway to Erg Chebbi, a great expense of sand dunes. #follow me @irablockphoto for more photos from our planet. #desert #sand #saharadesert #camels #irablock