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Video by @bertiegregory. Wait for it, wait for it, boom! As their name suggests, giant otters really are giant growing up to 6 ft/1.8m in length. Whilst they are the longest otter, the sea otter is heavier. Giant otters are extremely social, living in family groups of up to 20 individuals. I filmed this family playing and grooming in the Northern Pantanal, Brazil, on assignment for @stevewinterphoto, @natgeo and @natgeowild. Follow Steve and I (@bertiegregory) for news on our jaguar film coming soon!

Photo by @FransLanting This is Lana, a feisty female bonobo making eye contact with me. She’s a captive individual, and I spent time with her for a series of portraits aimed to reveal personalities and attitudes, to combine with the images I made of bonobos in the dark jungles of the Congo Basin on assignment for @natgeo. Bonobos are our closest relatives on the great tree of life, along with chimpanzees. Lana has lost most of her facial hair, and that makes it easier to see ourselves in her. After all, we as humans are truly "naked apes,” as Desmond Morris once called us in his classic book by that title. To see what Lana does when she really wants to get my attention follow me @FransLanting.
@natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Attitude #GreatApe #Bonobo

Photo by @chien_chi_chang
Along China and North Korean border in November 2007. Peering from a bunker on the Tumen River, North Korean soldiers have orders to shoot anyone trying to sneak into or out of North Korea. Cross-shaped posts possibly support electrical wires. Many guards take bribes to let defectors cross to China. #EscapefromNorthKorea #defector #TumemRiver #MagnumPhotos #cccontheroad

Photo by @haarbergphoto (Orsolya Haarberg)
Last week, mist appeared as ribbons of smoke, colored red by the sunset in the frost-covered spruce forest of the Muddus National Park. It has been a strange winter up here in North Sweden. The last big snowfall reached us in November and since then there has been little snow and we experienced regular huge fluctuations in temperature instead of stable cold winter weather characteristic to this area. Last week we were camping in the forest in -26 degrees C (which was without doubt cold enough in the sleeping bag), returning back to our house the temperature rose to +4 C within 48 hours. Record high temperatures have been measured for February over much of Lapland. What is going on? Based on statistics, climate warming is a fact.

How far will it go before we realize that we are all responsible for the climate change and to all that it is doing not only to the planet but also to our life on this planet? Do you try to travel less? Do you eat less meat, produce less rubbish, save energy? Does it ever cross your mind that we are truly too many on this planet?

It has been calculated that we only have 27% of the total amount of carbon pollution to emit (73% has already been emitted since 1870) if we want to keep global warming under 2 degrees C (relative to the period from 1861-1880). Are we going to manage this? And if we make it, is it enough to avoid the serious consequences of the changes we have already induced?

Please follow @haarbergphoto to see more of our work in North-Sweden this winter.
#winter #sweden #lapland #muddus #climatechange @thephotosociety @natgeocreative

Video by @joelsartore | A behind the scenes look at Joel capturing images of a mother koala named Augustine with her young ones Gus and Rupert (one is her own offspring and one is adopted) at the @AustraliaZoo Wildlife Hospital.
Everyday, this wildlife hospital receives up to 100 emergency calls and treats up to 30 different species of animals. On average, about 70 koalas come in for care each month. The dedicated veterinarians, nurses and volunteers work here around the clock to provide treatment for sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals of all kinds. They also conduct research in order to learn more about koala diseases, migration and wildlife health management.
To see how this family portrait turned out, check out @joelsartore! .
#photoark #koalas #babyanimals #behindthescenes #animalconservation

photo by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez)
It is an awe inspiring sight, one straight out of the pleistocene, thousands of huge birds filling the sky. Spring is coming and the Sandhill Crane migration is coming through my home in Tennessee. I photographed these cranes at a wildlife refuge along the Hiwassee River in the eastern part of e state. Without a system of refuges these birds would likely have nowhere to go and this sight would disappear from our skies. The system of protected public land we have in this country is amazing. These sights and our public land belong to all of us.
#crane #bird #publicland #keepitpublic

Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio
Tolbachik is a volcanic complex on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the far east of Russia. Its eruptive history stretches back thousands of years, but the most notable eruption in recent history occurred in 1975. Commonly known as "The Great Tolbachik Fissure Eruption". It was preceded by an earthquake swarm, which led to a successful prediction of the eruption by scientists from the Russian Institute of Volcanology. The eruption created several new cinder cones, and in terms of volume of lava emitted, was Kamchatka's largest basaltic eruption in historic times.
Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material.
@instituteartist @michaelhoppengallery @benrubi_gallery @galleryluisotti @natgeo @thephotosociety #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #volcano #Tolbachik #cindercones #stratovolcano #Kamchatka #ringoffire #камчатка #volcanology #instagramrussia #photooftheday #fineartphotography #seetheworld #aerialphotography @simonorfolkstudio

"Just a little to the left, please...there is a tick in my left ear that has been driving me crazy." A warthog tolerates a red-billed oxpecker, as do many African savannah animals. The oxpecker's short legs and feet are adapted for clinging to the hides of animals. The birds can literally eat hundreds of ticks per day. Follow @sabisabireserve  #sabisabi / #EarthLodge / #sabisabireserve / #natgeolodges / #natgeoexpeditions / #kruger
Photo by @kengeiger

A film by @mattiasklumofficial
Some manta rays glide inches over me and my camera in Indonesia's Raja Ampat. Mantas are filter feeders and eat large quantities of zooplankton, which they swallow with their open mouths as they swim. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see this incredible ecosystem from above! Mantas do visit cleaning stations for the removal of parasites like in this short film. The largest mantas can reach 1,350 kg (2,980 lb) and at least 7 m (23 ft) in "wingspan". In 2014, Indonesia brought in a fishing and export ban as it realized that manta ray tourism is more economically beneficial than allowing the fish to be killed. A dead manta is worth $50 to $600 while manta ray tourism can bring in $1 million during the life of a single manta ray. Indonesia has 2.2 million square miles of ocean and this is now the world's largest sanctuary for manta rays. Mantas have one of the highest brain-to-body mass ratios of all fish and if approached with care and respect they can be curious and spend a long time with you. The coral reefs of Raja Ampat are some of the richest marine habitats on Earth. Let's protect Raja Ampat and other fragile marine ecosystems! Shot with @ansgarklumphotos & @naturebyeinar #thecoraleden #mantaray #rajaampat #indonesia #marine #ecosystem #protectbiodiversiry #paradise #divers #instagood #photooftheday #mattiasklum #wwf #iucn #conservation @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov

Photo by @johnstanmeyer

At rest, 5 month-old Amirbek Bakhtiarov awakens from a long sleep bundled warmly in a traditional Uzbek nomad cradle at his parents home in Khiva, Uzbekistan.

To see the making of part VI of our overland car journey for the @natheo @outofedenwalk, follow me @johnstanmeyer on IG. For behind the scenes of this unique project, follow my friend and kind social media support talent, @yulia_grigoryants for more vignettes of our road trip through the entire length of Uzbekistan.

#onassignment @natgeo @natgeocreative @outofedenwalk @thephotosociety #uzbekistan #khiva #baby #crib #tradition #beauty #NGSilkRoad

iPhone photo by @stephenwilkes: A gradient of droplets greeting me on this rainy afternoon, reflecting a sky much bluer than the one above. Perhaps a reminder that blue skies will follow; they always do.
#iphoneonly #StephenWilkes #raindrops #rain #bluesky

Photo by @amivitale. A baby panda explores its enclosure at Chengdu Panda Base in Sichuan Province, China. Part of what makes pandas so cute is their round faces, which are an adaptation for the powerful jaw muscles they need to help them chew through tough bamboo stalks.
Pandas are now known throughout the world, but they were hidden from the western world until the last century. Thanks to the work of scientists to help pandas breed in captivity and to habitat conservation, China is on its way to saving its most famous ambassador.
Follow @amivitale for more stories from around the world!

@natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #chengdu #sichuan #china #climatechange #conservation #natureisspeaking #savetheplanet #panda #pandas #babypanda #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #photojournalism #amivitale