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Video by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz #onassignment yesterday for @natgeo Purse seining pirogues offload their catch just after sunrise on the beach of Kayar, Senegal. West African waters have been heavily fished by both artisanal boats like these as well as industrial ships from other countries, and the fish populations are rapidly declining. But when the big schools of pelagic fish are offshore, the landing still takes on epic proportions. To see more from my fieldwork in West Africa, follow @geosteinmetz #fishing #sustainability

Video by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) A tourist and a camel in front of Al-Khazneh, Arabic for the Treasury, one of many facades carved into the mountains of the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.
For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen #muhammedmuheisen

Photograph by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl on assignment for @natgeo | A story where my first love met my second- horses and photography. This image is from the cover story of the first issue of Far & Away, a new magazine that brings together the photojournalism of National Geographic and the reporting of The Wall Street Journal.

Ahmed Sulaiman Aladwi @horse_life95 riding Alreem at Bahla horse festival, Bahla, Oman.

Unlike Western saddles, Omani saddles have no stirrups making a manoeuvre like this much more challenging.

The horses ridden at Bahla festival are a variety of breeds- Anglo, Arabian, English and Desert breeds (a mix of local Arabian mares with an english blood line). Photographed for Far & Away, from @NatGeo and @WSJ

Video by @bertiegregory. Turn Sound on!! A male southern elephant seal shouts at his rivals on the island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean. These males can grow unbelievable large with the biggest weighing in at 8800lbs/4000kg and 6m/20ft long! Shot as part of a new online series for National Geographic coming soon. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife videos.

Photo by @FransLanting Two half grown cheetah cubs sit next to their mother while she is surveying the landscape ahead for signs of trouble and opportunity. We followed this family day in and day out and got an intimate understanding of the challenges a female cheetah faces as she does double duty. She is a single mother and a working woman. She has to hunt, but minimize risks to herself while she chases prey and she has to keep her cubs out of trouble as well. Males play no role in the upbringing of cheetah cubs. It takes a year and a half of constant risk assessment and decision making for a cheetah mom to wean a litter of cubs to independence. And she teaches them by example as you can see here. It is amazing to see the drama of the daily lives of cheetahs play out in real time. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more intimate encounters with cheetahs. @Thephotosociety #Cheetah #BigCats #Endangered #Wildlifephotography #Motherhood #Wildlife #Safari

Photo by @chamiltonjames / Charlie Hamilton James - Rats in a drain beneath the sidewalk on Broadway in the early hours of this morning. Perhaps 40 rats live down this drain and they appear after dark as the traffic begins to die down to raid garbage bags. To get this shot we placed a small camera inside the drain which allowed us to photograph and monitor the rats remotely. With assistance from @georgemckenziejr

Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). The Procession Panel petroglyph on Comb Ridge, in Southern Utah. This image was made at 2:30am this morning under the Milky Way! Ancestral Puebloans carved the panel likely between 500 and 700 A.D. Shot on assignment for an upcoming story about #BearsEars and the recent National Monument reduction. This site remains in the Monument. For more rock art and travels in Bears Ears follow @argonautphoto.

Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // The helplessness one feels when you encounter a wild animal that has either ingested or become entangled with manmade materials is downright devastating. This female steller sea lion has swallowed a fishing lure and cannot get rid of the strong monofilament that forces her to carry this piece of fishing gear dangling from her mouth for months or even years, principally causing her distress as she tries to feed her newborn pup. She was not the only animal entangled in fishing gear we saw on an expedition up the coast of British Columbia and without professional veterinary services in these remote areas, there was literally nothing I could do. The best way for us to help is to stop our addiction to plastics. Take the @NatGeo Pledge to stop using single-use plastics like utensils, straws, plastic bottles, and plastic bags and if you are a sports fisherman, mind your line! #Followme to learn more about how to help protect the ocean at @CristinaMittermeier
#planetorplastic #unplastic #ocean #instagood

Photograph by @paulnicklen // A common dolphin (there is nothing common about them) breaks the glassy surface as it rides in our bow pressure wave as we head offshore of the Azores in search of blue whales. To see how they release the air from their lungs just inches below the surface so they are ready to grab a quick breath as soon as their blowhole is exposed to air, please #followme on @paulnicklen. Taken on assignment for @sea_legacy. #nature #dolphin #ocean #love #instagood #photooftheday #naturelovers

Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz #onassignment for @natgeo
Cleaning nets of purse seining pirogues after bringing in the catch from night fishing on the open sea. Schools of pelagic fish rise to the surface and make a bright spot in West African waters, which makes them easier to find at night. It’s tough way life for these Senegalese fishermen, who bring in the primary source of protein for the country. To see how they land their catch through the surf, go to @geosteinmetz

Photo by @paolowoods - A dragon's blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari) seen from underneath in the nature reserve of Homhil in the mountains of Socotra. The dragon’s blood tree is a strange-looking, umbrella-shaped tree that is only found in Socotra. Its red sap was the dragon's blood of the ancients, sought after as a medicine and a dye.
Socotra is a small island in the Indian Ocean that is part of Yemen. It is far from the main land (about 350 Km) and that has contributed to its historic and biological isolation over the years resulting in an amazing endemic fauna and flora. Surveys have revealed that more than a third of the 800 or so plant species of Socotra are found nowhere else.
It has been till recently a Yemeni military base, were access was very restricted, and this has contributed to preserve it from any kind of mass tourism. But the immense beauty of the mountainous landscape, the stunning variety of the underwater life, the pristine beaches and uniqueness of its flora are making it a sought-after ecotourism destination. #socotra #yemen #homhil #dragonbloodtree #ocean #tree

Photograph by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl on assignment for @natgeo | A story where my first love met my second- horses and photography. This image is from the cover story of the first issue of Far & Away, a new magazine that brings together the photojournalism of National Geographic and the reporting of The Wall Street Journal.

Flat race horses cool down in the sea after training on the public gallops at Barka beach, Barka, Oman. The training racetrack is nicknamed "Newmarket Barka" after the famous Newmarket racecourse in the UK, around which a large number of racing stables are based.
Every afternoon local racing stables come to the sand tracks to exercise endurance and flat race horses.

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