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Video by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - A couple of days ago I had the great luck to swim with a Dugong in the Red Sea, Egypt. The dugong is a medium-sized marine mammal. It is one of four living species of the order Sirenia, which also includes three species of manatees. The dugong is the only strictly marine herbivorous mammal. The dugong is easily distinguished from the manatees by its fluked, dolphin-like tail, but also possesses a unique skull and teeth. Its snout is sharply downturned, an adaptation for feeding in benthic seagrass communities. The molar teeth are simple and peg-like unlike the more elaborate molar dentition of manatees.
Dugongs are found in warm coastal waters from the western Pacific Ocean to the eastern coast of Africa, they are generally found in warm waters around the coast with large numbers concentrated in wide and shallow protected bays.
#dugong #mammal #sirenia #manatee #redsea #egypt #swimming #marsamubarak

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.

To see more underwater photography, be sure to follow me, @BrianSkerry, on Instagram!

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Photo by @johnstanmeyer

Life is a thread. Intertwined as the loom that weaves in this gentle room of intricacy at a home of a silk weaver in Margilan, Uzbekistan. Warmed by a stove, weaving a design that is already determined, accepting the beauty woven that is felt, through our heart.

To see the making of this overland car journey through Uzbekistan, part VI of the @outofedenwalk follow @yulia_grigoryants here on Instagram and my account @johnstanmeyer . Also follow #PaulSalopek on his epic 10 year walk in the footsteps of our ancestors at @outofedenwalk
#onassignment @natgeo @natgeocreative @outofedenwalk @thephotosociety #uzbekistan #margilan #loom #teapot #stove #curtain #beauty #NGSilkRoad

The purr of the king cheetah. Photograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid for @natgeo @hesc_endangeredspeciescentre
A variety of cheetah with a rare mutation for cream-coloured fur marked with large, blotchy spots and three dark, wide stripes extending from their neck to the tail.
In 1926 Major A. Cooper wrote about an animal he had shot near modern-day Harare. Describing the animal, he noted its remarkable similarity to the cheetah, but the body of this individual was covered with fur as thick as that of a snow leopard and the spots merged to form stripes. He suggested that it could be a cross between a leopard and a cheetah. After further similar animals were discovered, it was established they were similar to the cheetah in having non-retractable claws – a characteristic feature of the cheetah. Since 1927 the king cheetah has been reported five more times in the wild; an individual was photographed in 1975 in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. They are incredibly rare, even in captivity, as the distinctive fur pattern is caused by a rare mutation of a recessive gene; both parents must carry the ‘King gene’ in order for the offspring to show off the spectacular markings of a King cheetah, possibly the most beautiful of Africa’s wild cats. Working @hesc_endangeredspeciescentre a while ago on a very wonderful book, more on this shortly..with thanks to the amazing folks there for the incredible work they do. #cheetah #kingcheetah #southafrica @natgeo #bigcats #bigcatsweek #conserving #protecting #nopoaching
To see more of my work and projects, follow me at @chancellordavid and @natgeo @francescamaffeogallery

A 10-month-old female crested mona monkey named Amber at Parc Assango, a wildlife refuge run by ONG Animal's World, where staff work to rehabilitate and release orphaned and injured animals back into the wild in Libreville, Gabon. Amber's mother was killed by hunters. As a baby, she was offered as a gift to people who didn't know how to properly care for her. When her owners realized how unsuitable a monkey was as a pet, she was brought to the center and has been socialized with red-capped mangabeys, as she's the only one of her kind kept at the refuge.
To see a portrait of Amber check out @joelsartore!
#monamonkey #primate #wildliferehab #wildlifeconservation #photoark #natgeo

Photo by @ciriljazbec / “Hurry up, I’m late.” A girl sits on a boda boda that’s negotiating the rush hour in Kampala, Uganda, where I’ve started work on a story about rising Africa. I’m currently on my way to Rwanda on an assignment for @natgeo. Follow more in next days and weeks @ciriljazbec. #Rising #Africa #bodaboda #Uganda #Kampala #onassignment

Video by @bertiegregory. Hyacinth macaws are the world's longest parrot (about 1m) and the heaviest flying parrot. New Zealand's Kakapo is heavier but can't get off the ground! I filmed this beautiful individual feeding on palm nuts in the northern Pantanal, Brazil. Shot for @stevewinterphoto, @natgeo and @natgeowild. Follow @bertiegregory for more videos from our jaguar project!

photo by @daviddoubilet .Clownfish are fearless fathers - they will defend their offspring with their life. This male Tomato clownfish, also called an anemonefish guards his eggs in Anilao, Philippines. After the female lays her clutch of eggs the male takes over parental care duties. He stays very busy removing dead eggs and debris that falls into nest and constantly aerating the nest to increase water movement around them. I look forward to sharing more images from inside the Coral Triangle while we work on @natgeo assignment in the Philippines. With @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #ocean #clownfish #nemo #fatherhood #dad #parenting #coraltriangle #philippines for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet

Image by @beverlyjoubert. A pride of lions crosses a deep channel in the Okavango to get to better hunting grounds. It's not possible to live and hunt in the Delta without getting wet frequently. But as the snarls and wrinkled noses will tell you, necessity does not mean that they enjoy their swim. #botswana #okavango #bigcats #Duba #thisismytrophy

Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). A crystal clear pool above a crack in the #RuthGlacier in #DenaliNationalPark, Alaska. Some of these cracks could go as deep as 2000ft, the thickness of this massive glacier. We skied for days photographing these liquid sapphires, which somehow still shined bright on even the darkest and cloudiest of days, like portals into another world. We became obsessed with them and wanted nothing more than to wander in the fog, from pool to pool, until we ran out of food and were forced to leave. It was a strange and beautiful meditation unlike any Ive had in my life before or since. More photos from Denali at @argonautphoto.

Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio
On this day … The destruction of the two giant 4th and 5th-century buddhas in Bamiyan is, by far, the most spectacular attack against the cultural and historical heritage of Afghanistan. On February 26, 2001 the Taliban, issued a decree ordering the elimination of all non-Islamic statues and sanctuaries in the country. A kind of jihad was launched against the two Buddhas. “Our soldiers are working hard; they are using all available arms against them,” said the Taliban’s spokesman. Rockets and tank shells were brought in, and the destruction was completed with dynamite. The giant statues, once standing 35 and 53m tall, were reduced to rubble within days. Today, archaeological sites in Afghanistan are still under threat, though not solely from the Taliban… Over coming posts I’ll share details of Mes Aynak, an ancient and significant site facing imminent destruction, so a foreign-state-owned mining company can harvest the copper reserves buried directly beneath.

Here photographed a ‘Victory Arch’ built by the Northern Alliance at the entrance to a local commanders’s HQ in Bamiyan after the expulsion of the Taliban.
In the centre can be seen one of the niches that previously contained the smaller of the buddhas.

Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material.

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