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Thomas Peschak  National Geographic Photographer // Storyteller // Marine Biologist//

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Waved albatrosses appear as mirror images of one another on Española in the Galápagos—a World Heritage Site since 1979. In a choreographed mating ritual, these goose-sized sea birds use their beaks to repeatedly gape, point and fence. Photographing critically endangered animals like the waved albatross is both a privilege and a burden. As a photographer, how can I best capture the beauty and wonder of an animal in a way that takes people’s breath away? How can I create images that foster awareness and appreciation, which ultimately leads to conservation action?

Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on climate change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark and @ecuadortravel
#Galapagos #ClimateChange @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

A humpback whale on the verge of a dive in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest. The attached barnacles create an ephemeral waterfall from the whale’s fluke. These tiny freeloaders can collectively add around 1,000 extra pounds to the whales. However, for these 45-ton giants, it’s no big deal. The spot along British Columbia’s “nook & cranny” coast is a magnet for humpback whales, fin whales and orcas. First Nations peoples and other conservation organizations have negotiated with the government for decades to conserve this special place. While 15% of the Great Bear Rainforest forest is sustainably managed for logging, the remaining 85% is protected, giving everything from humpbacks to barnacles safe harbor.
@pacificwild #GreatBearRainforest #Canada #BritishColumbia #whales

A floating mass of tens of thousands of squid eggs pushed by the current into a lagoon of Bassas da India. This tiny French atoll, with a landmass smaller than The Mall in Washington DC, is halfway between Mozambique and Madagascar. In a place that has become a ship graveyard, I found it incredible to come across such a fragile, yet intact mobile incubator. #squid

A female Steller sea lion speaks her mind to a bull. Stellers or northern sea lions are the largest species of sea lion. Males are roughly three times the size of females, weighing in at around 544 kg (1,200 lb). This image was shot in the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. The 21 million acre hub of biodiversity is part of the last remaining coastal temperate rainforest on Earth.

#GreatBearRainforest #Canada #BritishColumbia @pacificwild

A sea lion and a marine iguana call it a day as the last boat of tourists disembarks from the island of Española in the Galápagos. Located in the southeastern corner, Española is a jewel of biodiversity. Its rocky shores and reefs are the perfect habitat for marine iguanas, sea lions and sea turtles. Currently studies are being done on the effects of climate change and human impact on the resilience of biodiversity in the Galápagos. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on climate change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark @ecuadortravel and @lindbladexp
#Galapagos #ClimateChange

Marine Iguanas can dive to depths of 30 feet (10m) and hold their breath for up to 30 minutes. These iconic reptiles are only able to spend a few hours a day in the ocean grazing algae for sustenance. In the Galápagos the water is simply too cold for longer underwater excursions by a cold blooded reptile. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on climate change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark #allyouneedisecuador

A rocky pinnacle punctures the North Pacific Ocean just offshore from Triangle Island. The largest of the Scott Island group, it is situated 39 miles off the tip of Canada's Vancouver Island. Triangle hosts critically important populations of seabirds and sea lions and has been designated the centerpiece of the proposed Scott Island Marine Protected Area. Photograph shot in collaboration with @pacificwild a key conservation role player in the fight to keep British Columbia's oceans healthy. Follow @pacificwild to find out how YOU can help.

A green turtle rests underwater in the shadow of a mangrove tree. Convoluted bays and inlets penetrate deep into the harsh lava landscape of some of the most westerly Galápagos Islands. Many of these hidden realms are sanctuaries for sea turtles which probably seek them out due to the water being warmer than the adjacent ocean. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on Climate Change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark @pelayosalinas and @ecuadortravel #allyouneedisecuador

The waters around the northern Galápagos Islands of Darwin and Wolf harbor the greatest shark biomass in the world, they are also regularly visited by gargantuan whale sharks 30 feet plus in length. Last year I spent two weeks documenting these incredible waters on a joint @darwinfound @saveourseasfoundation and @natgeo expedition. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on Climate Change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with #galapagosnationalpark @pelayosalinas and @ecuadortravel #allyouneedisecuador

Charles Darwin called marine iguanas 'Imps of Darkness' and was not a fan. He also referred to them 'disgusting and clumsy' lizards. I think he was wrong and I became completely smitten with these underwater algae munching Godzilla impersonators. They quickly became my favorite underwater photo subject. Dependent on cold water marine algae, increases in sea temperature have detrimental effects on marine iguana populations. If temperatures continuo to warm these Galapagos icons could become the first to disappear. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on Climate Change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark @pelayosalinas and @ecuadortravel #allyouneedisecuador #conservation #climatechange #ocean

A shiver of scalloped hammerhead sharks swims off Darwin Island in the Galápagos. They are looking for a cleaning station along this rocky ridge where reef fish pick parasites and remove diseased skin (see white patches in this photograph) from these sharks. @saveourseasfoundation funded shark scientist Dr. Pelayo Salinas studies how water temperatures effect Galapagos shark populations and has observed that after prolonged hot periods skin infections and parasite loads seem more prominent. On our warming planet this could result in further pressures on these endangered sharks. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on Climate Change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark and @ecuadortravel #allyouneedisecuador To gain further insights into the sharks of Galapagos please follow marine scientist @pelayosalinas

A large green turtle and a marine iguana are carried along the rocky reef by a strong submarine current. Both species feed on algae, but while the turtle can forage all day long, the iguana's seaweed feast is time limited. Despite being spread across the equator, the ocean off the Galápagos Islands can be incredibly cold. Marine iguanas only last an hour or two in the before they have to return to land to rewarm themselves. If they stay in the ocean too long they become sluggish and risk death. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a forthcoming story on Climate Change and the Galápagos Islands. In collaboration with @darwinfound #galapagosnationalpark @pelayosalinas and @ecuadortravel Please follow them for more images and information about the Galápagos Islands. #allyouneedisecuador

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