Image by @joelsartore | Did you know there’s a National Park off of the coast of California called Channel Islands? It consists of eight small islands, one of which is the only place on earth one can find a Santa Catalina Island fox like this one. These tiny foxes weigh just 4-6 pounds (2 kg) and are 25 percent smaller than gray foxes, their ancestors found on the mainland. Though they are one of the smallest canid species in the world, these little guys are the largest mammalian predators on their island home. Because they have no land predators to fear, these foxes are not nocturnal hunters and can often be seen roaming the island during the day.
In the 1990s, predation by non-native golden eagles caused a severe decline of Santa Catalina Island foxes along with their neighboring subspecies, leaving just a few dozen island foxes alive. Intensive efforts to save these little foxes began in 1999, which involved the relocation of golden eagles, introduction of bald eagles (who mostly eat fish), and the breeding of Island foxes in captivity. In less than a decade, more than 200 captive bred foxes were released back into the wild. Today, Channel Islands houses almost 6,000 of them. Experts say that the recovery of Island foxes was the fastest of any mammal ever listed under the Endangered Species Act.
To see more images of this beautiful fox check out @joelsartore!


📷: @krystlejwright // So often in our line of work as a photographer is to feel as if we were never there, to document a natural moment in time that remains uninterrupted from the click of the camera. In adventurous scenarios such as swimming through the famous surf breaks of Tahiti, photographer @benthouard has to work harder to put himself in the right position to photograph the waves and surfers. Getting a photo can certainly be an adventure in itself! #underwaterphotography #tahiti


Hallstatt - Austria ✨❤️❤️❤️✨ Picture by ✨✨@cbezerraphotos✨✨
#wonderful_places for a feature ❤️


Scattered | Photograph by Kimberly J. (@kimberlyswimberly)
“A school of fish I was using for cover scattered as hammerheads stalk through the area. With dark and nutrient filled waters, subject to swift current and rough seas, it was some of the most challenging and exciting diving of my life,” writes #YourShotPhotographer Kimberly J. “Diving there made me realize how essential it is to show people the beauty and necessity of the ocean, how vital it is to protect and preserve it for our survival.”

“I agree with Your Shot photographer Ivan Lesica (@ivan_lesica) who commented, ‘Love the explosion of underwater life!!! Love the lighting and the way the majestic hammerheads glide through the ocean… WOW!’ This is awesome Kimberly. Fantastic energy. I love your caption, I bet this was an inspiring experience witnessing this scene. Well done.” — @natgeoyourshot Producer David Y. Lee (@davidylee)


Photo by @farshadusyan
“I use photography as a tool for social change,” says Farshad Usyan (@farshadusyan), a 25-year-old photojournalist from northern Afghanistan. “I am interested in people’s stories, cultures, livelihoods, struggles and how they overcome them, and my photography depicts the everyday challenges that my country faces. Many people outside of Afghanistan only know it through media covering the war, but do not know what we face in our everyday lives — how women are still being mistreated, how many children are still laborers and how climate change is affecting our agriculture. I believe that photojournalism is a way to promote change because images touch people and compel them to act.”
Watch our story to see photos of everyday life in Afghanistan.


Rainy Day in Hanoi, Vietnam 🇻🇳


Monzennakacho (門前仲町)


"Nómadas del mar”: los primeros humanos adaptados genéticamente para sumergirse que se conocen 🌊
La mayoría de personas puede aguantar la respiración bajo el agua durante unos cuantos segundos; algunas durante unos pocos minutos. Pero un grupo de personas conocidos como los Bajau llevan la actividad del buceo al extremo: ellos son capaces de estar sumergidos unos 13 minutos a profundidades cercanas a los 60 metros. Lee la nota completa en nationalgeographicla.com


A few of the amazing images featured in this year's Earth Day Flash Sale of signed prints. To see more, visit crtve.ng/NG-Flash or click on the link in our profile. This chance to collect hand signed photographs from Nat Geo photographers only lasts until April 28th. Photos by @erikalarsen888, @michaelnicknichols, @ljohnphoto


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