Photograph by @thomaspeschak In the Galápagos some groups of sea lions have learned how to hunt yellowfin tuna. In small bands they intercept the schools and drive them into convoluted dead end bays. The sea lions trap them in crevices or push them onto rocky shores where they dispatch the fish with a bite to the head. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine in 2016. I believe this is the first time that this behavior has been photographed. Check out the June 2017 issue of @natgeo magazine for my story on Galápagos and climate change. In collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark @fonassociation #paulmangellfoundation To see a close up of this Galápagos sea lion guarding its catch follow @thomaspeschak
A crocodile enters Kariba Lake in Zimbabwe - photo by @shaulschwarz - Lake Kariba was filled between 1958 and 1963 following the completion of the Kariba Dam , it is the world's largest man-made lake and reservoir by volume. Before Lake Kariba was filled, the existing vegetation was burned, creating a thick layer of fertile soil on land that would become the lake bed. As a result, the ecology of Lake Kariba is vibrant. A number of fish species have been introduced to the lake, notably the sardine-like kapenta (transported from Lake Tanganyika), which now supports a thriving commercial fishery. Other inhabitants of Lake Kariba include Nile crocodiles and hippopotami.
Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. Wildlife keeper Dorothy works as nutritionist feeding the baby elephants at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) in Northern Kenya, the subject of a story I am very excited to share this week for National Geographic. "Before I was afraid of wild animals, especially elephants, but now I see them differently," she told me. "The sanctuary has changed my feelings about elephants. And they are helping our own children to become healthier too. Our culture from Samburu is being promoted." Follow Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) and help the local Samburu community save what is left. What’s happening here at Reteti, without fanfare, is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation in the way Samburus relate to wild animals they have long feared. Follow all of us, @r.e.s.c.u.e, nearby @sararacamp and @amivitale to support and learn more about these initiatives. @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @kenyawildlifeservice @tusk_org @sandiegozoo @conservationorg @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nature_africa #elephants #saveelephants #retetielephants #ecotourism #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale
Photo by @BrianSkerry. A large Tiger Shark swims alongside a diver in the Bahamas. With the Tiger Shark once considered the most dangerous shark species in tropical waters, researchers are just now beginning to understand behaviors that were once a mystery. Despite being large predators, life in the ocean is difficult, and these creatures face many challenges in order to survive. As with all species of shark, the Tiger Shark faces declining populations worldwide due to the continued demand for shark fins. Photographed on assignment for @NatGeo Magazine. This photo appears on the back cover of my new book - entitled ‘SHARK’ - which will be available on June 13th wherever books are sold. This book is filled with photos of sharks, and it chronicles my personal journey of photographing sharks worldwide over the past 40 years. Follow me on Instagram, @BrianSkerry, to see more photos from the book and to learn more about my adventures as a National Geographic photographer. #shark #sharks #bahamas #tropics #caribbean #tigershark #predator #underwater #photography #natgeo #nationalgeographic #conservation #preservation #savesharks #photooftheday
Video by @bertiegregory. A wild peacock in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. These amazing colours are surprisingly not caused primarily by pigments, instead by tiny crystal-like structures in the feathers. These structures, spaced at different distances apart, cause different wavelengths of light to be absorbed and reflected, creating the amazing iridescent patterns our eyes see. Shot for @natgeo, @natgeowild and @stevewinterphoto. Follow @bertiegregory to see this male in action trying to impress a potential mate!
Photo by @gerdludwig After a spectacular wildflower season, the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve Center in the Mojave Desert closed its doors, scheduled to reopen in February 2018. Here is a selection of 4 images I have taken during short trips to Antelope Valley last month. Due to the heavy precipitation during the rainy season, the poppy bloom blanketed the rolling desert hills of the valley but often closed early as a result of cold winds. You can see additional photographs from my visits to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve at @gerdludwig @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #wildflowers #AntelopeValley #California #bloom #poppies #Mojave
Brighton West Pier, East Sussex, UK by @simoncroberts from the series #Pierdom For almost a century and a half the West Pier has been Britain’s most iconic pier. Renowned for its wonderful architectural style, it has been visited and enjoyed by millions. Today its sculptural remains casting an eerie beauty over the seafront. The British pleasure pier follows the story of Britain’s relationship to the seaside, from the early links with the Romantics, to the engineering feats and technical advancement of the Industrial Revolution. They bear witness to the growth of the coast as a pleasure destination for a monied elite, as well as the working class’ enthusiasm for the seaside brought on by the development of the railways and the bank holiday ruling. Britain’s piers trace our changing economic fortunes too, from post-war boom to economic downturn, and now a slow re-awakening of our appreciation of these cultural and historic landmarks. See more from the series at www.simoncroberts.com #simonroberts #pleasurepier #brightonwestpier
Photo by @pedromcbride // Corridor of transport: Glenwood Canyon near my home is a maze of train tracks, an interstate, a hydro-electric dam and the lifeline of the American West — The Colorado River which quietly provides water to 40 million folks. Amazing it all fits in this narrow rock alley, and equally amazing it was under snow recently due to a cold may shower. Follow @pedromcbride to see more images from the Colorado and and rivers. #chasingrivers #coloradoriver #colorado #nature #light #petemcbride
Photo by @amivitale for @natgeo. In a world where we focus only on the challenges and things that divide us, it's important also to talk about the solutions. Very excited to share an important and hopeful story in Northern Kenya. We can empower these people and their incredible mission by visiting and contributing to the sanctuary — the link is at end of the story. Follow Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) and help the local Samburu community save what is left. What’s happening here at Reteti, without fanfare, is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation in the way Samburus relate to wild animals they have long feared. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is as much about the people as it is about elephants. https://tinyurl.com/kvopc69 Follow all of us, @r.e.s.c.u.e, nearby @sararacamp and @amivitale to support and learn more about these initiatives. @nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @kenyawildlifeservice @tusk_org @sandiegozoo @conservationorg @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @nature_africa #elephants #saveelephants #retetielephants #ecotourism #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale