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Photo by @BrianSkerry. ‘Shark Lagoon’ - Blacktop Reef Sharks, Blue Travallies and Twinspot Snappers swirl within the pristene lagoon at Millennium Atoll, in the Southern Line Islands.
Because of their remoteness, these islands and the waters surrounding them remain largely unspoiled, and diving the reefs here is like traveling back in time.

Researchers studying coral ecosystems have discovered that a pristine reef has a biomass that is comprised largely of predators, including sharks, snapper and groupers. Sadly, many reef systems around the world today do not have these animals, as they have been fished to dangerously low levels. Every animal plays a vital role in the health of an ecosystem and when individual species are removed, the entire environment breaks down. A healthy ocean is needed for a vibrant planet.

To see more underwater photography, and to learn more about oceanic conservation efforts, follow me on Instagram, @BrianSkerry.

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Phone photo by @gabrielegalimbertiphoto - Paris, France. Pont Neuf -
A love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Most of the times sweethearts' names are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love. In the past 15 years love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide.

A couple of years ago, in France, authorities removed 45 tons of padlocks (close to one million locks) from Paris’s Pont des Arts. They say their weight was damaging the structure, and they replace them with plexiglass panels.

Immediately after this Love locks began appearing in all the other bridges of Paris. Many tourists mistakenly believe this is a longstanding Parisian tradition, not realizing the practice only migrated into Paris in late 2008 after affecting cities in Italy and Asia. #paris #lovelocks #love #sweethearts #padlock #lovepadlock #lovelock #locks #lock

Photo by @CristinaMittermeier on #assignment for @NatGeo // A silver stream flows through the belly of this massive iceberg. As a faint opalescent moon heralds twilight, we marvel on the intricate designs that the tides, the wind and the sea have carved on this piece of ice. I could tell you a thousand reasons why healthy ice in Antarctica is important but sometimes, you just have to marvel at the beauty of nature and be grateful that it still exists on our planet. Proud to shoot for @NatGeo, @NatGeoPristineSeas and @SeaLegacy, In the company of amazing shooters @PaulNicklen @Ladzinski @Andy_mann, @pattersonimages.
To see more images from this life-changing assignment, please #followme at @CristinaMittermeier.
#CCAMLR2018 . #MPA #PhotographersforAntarctica #ocean #ice #gratitude

Photo @ladzinski / A beautiful #WeddellSeal resting on a polished granite shelf, an area where ice has receded. Over the last two decades the #AntarcticaPeninsula region has warmed significantly, directly contributing to the loss of ice. Weddell seals live about 30 years and do not migrate, they are commonly known to spend their entire life within a few miles of their birthplace. Photographed #onassignment for @natgeo / @sea_legacy @paulnicklen @cristinamittermeier @andy_mann @craigwelch @ianvaso @shanemoorefilms @pattersonimages

Video by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz Some 90% of the seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported, mostly in the form of farmed shrimp and salmon, and canned tuna. This video was taken yesterday at Guolian Aquatic, the biggest shrimp processer in China. They shell 20k tons of farmed shrimp per year, primarily for export to the U.S. and Europe, but that is starting to change. Rising incomes in China have allowed a shift in food habits to include more protein, and the domestic shrimp market is booming. #onassignment for @natgeo

To see the world's largest shrimp farm go to @geosteinmetz ... it will blow your mind!

Photo by @amivitale. After a long hot morning exploring in the wilderness it's time for the elephants at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (@r.e.s.c.u.e) to have a mud bath, followed by a dusting. The mud is essential to keep them cool and protect them from the Kenyan sun. It's also heaps of fun! Reteti is part of the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in the Mathews Range of Northern Kenya and was established in response to demands from the local community, who recognize wildlife as an opportunity to improve livelihoods.
Please follow all of us, @amivitale, @r.e.s.c.u.e and @sararacamp to support and learn more about these initiatives.
@nrt_kenya @lewa_wildlife @ConservationOrg @tusk_org @kenyawildlifeservice @sandiegozoo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #elephants #saveelephants #retetielephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #natureisspeaking #photojournalism #amivitale

Video by @bertiegregory. After a long and hot morning spent foraging, this wild seven-banded armadillo needed a rest! Filmed in the southern Pantanal, Brazil, on assignment for @stevewinterphoto, @natgeo and @natgeowild. Follow Steve and I (@bertiegregory) for news on our jaguar film coming soon!

Photograph by @thomaspeschak Namaqua Chameleons are endemic to the deserts of Southern Africa. In Namibia they hunt on both sand dunes and gravel plains, searching for beetles and other insects. Their modified tongues can accelerate from 0-60 mph in a hundredth of a seconds. Prey can be snagged in just 20 milliseconds. The white flakes around the animals head are old skin, which is shed regularly. Shot on assignment for @natgeo. For more photographs from Namibia follow @thomaspeschak

Photograph by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto - Spring has sprung in Sichuan province - a floating garden atop a submerged snag in the pristine waters of Panda Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park. #Jiuzhaigou is China's most popular #Nationalpark well known for its turquoise hued waters. #Sichuan #China @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @natgeotravel

Video by @Filipe_DeAndrade | By the end of this adventure we named this area “Natures Buffet.” I saw more predatory behavior in the saltwater marshes of South Carolina than any other environment I’ve filmed in. The dolphin activity was 100% going off. Everything from the ospreys, bald eagles, herons, pelicans and even us as the film crew benefited from the dolphins strand feeding. But even though the hunting was everywhere, that didn’t mean it was easy to film. That’s why it really took us sitting back and observing how this ecosystem works as a whole to be able to capture the dolphin’s predatory evolution. Check out the full hunt from my series #WildUntamed on or for click the link in my personal bio.

Video by @joelsartore | An endangered Hispaniolan solenodon at Parque Zoológico Nacional in the Dominican Republic.
This is one of the only venomous mammals on Earth. The second lower incisor tooth of this animal is grooved and can be used to deliver a venomous saliva. Hispaniolan solenodons have patches of skin full of apocrine glands on their thighs that are used to communicate with other individuals through scent. Like many species in the Dominican Republic, the most significant threat to this animal is the destruction of its habitat.
To see an image of this solenodon, check out @joelSartore!
#solenodon #venomous #mammal #video #endangeredspecies #photoark #natgeo

Comb Ridge, Utah
Video by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez)
Rock art fascinates me. The images last thousands, sometimes tens of thousand of years. And even though we don't share the culture or even the language of the artist, the images still have power.
This panel is carved into the sandstone of Comb Ridge in Southern Utah. It's part of the new Bears Ears National Monument. The Bears Ears contain over 100,000 archaeological sites. Th e landscape is central to the Dine, Hopi, Ute and Mountain Ute tribes. To see more of my work documentation the deep artistic history of the Bears Ears follow @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez) as I work on a massive project documenting the deep history of art.
#BearsEars #Utah

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