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Photo by @enricsala
Today, New Caledonia has announced the creation of four fully-protected marine reserves, safeguarding 28,000 square kilometers of pristine coral reefs and surrounding waters. In these lush coral reefs around the remote islands and atolls of the Coral Sea, the fish have seen few divers, and it’s the sharks - blacktips, whitetips, silvertips, gray reefs, nurse sharks, and others - that preside over the reefs, alongside numerous green turtles that nest in the protected Entrecasteaux islands. Thank you New Caledonia for this gift to the planet.
Take a look at our @natgeopristineseas expedition in collaboration with @waittfoundation, which in 2013 conducted some of the first filming and scientific surveys of these remote reefs, informing their protection, on @enricsala profile.


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Photo by @ivankphoto | Raúl Luna, 61, works on a combine collecting sweet peas in Wilder, Idaho, in July of 2017. He came to the US from Jalisco, Mexico, as a young man. Latinos arrived in Wilder as migrant farmworkers in the second half of the twentieth century. Now, Wilder is 76 percent Latino, and in 2015 it had an all-Latino city council. This photos was shot #onassignment for @natgeo with @kchete77. Karla and Ivan’s photos were published in the July 2018 issue in the feature: “How Latinos Are Shaping America’s Future.” Please check the link in my profile (@ivankphoto) to see the feature and visit karlagachet.com and ivankphoto.com to see more photos. Thanks!!!


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Photo by @maggiesteber // Katie Stubblefield lost her face when she was 18. At 21 she received a face transplant that gave her another chance. It's a difficult story to look at. We're asking you to go on this journey because it reveals something profound about our humanity. See our Instagram story to learn more.


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Photograph by @florianschulzvisuals // When I shot the images for my @natgeo story on polar bears, I spent quite a bit of time out on boats in the Arctic ocean. I was hours up in the crows nest scanning the horizon for little cream-colored specs on the remaining ice. Bears try to hang on to the ice where they can hunt seals as long as they can before they head to land where there is almost no food for them.
In the recent years, we have seen a dramatic sea ice loss that has left polar bears without their hunting platform. This image symbolically shows the fate of the polar bear. This mother and cub are clinging on to this tiny ice floe surrounded by freezing water. Polar bears are excellent swimmers but the longer the distances get, the more energy the animals lose and young cubs often don't survive the long swims. The longest recorded traverse of a female polar bear lasted 9 days and covered 687 km (426 miles). Her cub died during this swim and she lost 22% of her body weight. We should all care! Temperatures in the Arctic are rising at twice the speed but the effects of climate change can be felt everywhere. Record-breaking heat, stronger hurricanes, more severe droughts, floods and devastating wildfires. Climate change is real and we need to finally address it in major ways. Please follow me @florianschulzvisuals as I document the remaining wilderness areas and its wildlife on our planet. #polarbears #climatechange #globalwarming #arctic


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Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // Humans have benefited from the riches of the sea since the beginning of time. We should know by now that if our oceans thrive, so do we. Fishermen around the world, like these sailors from Kanyakumari setting their sails at first light in the southern tip of India, constantly head out to sea to fill their nets with a wealth of animal protein and essential nutrients. So many lives, human and otherwise, depend on it, yet we fail to manage it with infinite care and caution. Our fate has always been tied to the fate of fish and we are at a crossroads. What we do or fail to do with the ocean in the next ten years will determine our fate in the next one hundred years. #FollowMe on @CristinaMittermeier for more dialogue on ocean conservation. #sustainable #nature #ocean #conservation


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Photo by @Joelsartore

This is a critically endangered helmeted hornbill, found only in Sumatra and Borneo, with rare residence in the Malayan peninsula and southern Thailand. Unique to this hornbill species, the casque of this bird is solid ivory, and because of this they have been heavily poached in the ornamental trade. The hornbill’s casque, or “helmet”, allows them to pick up and manage food, helps to resonate sound when calling, and it has been suggested that the hornbill can also use the casque like a hammer. Another threat to this species are native peoples in the Malaysian Peninsula, who hunt them due to the belief that their casques can protect them from evil spirits. The Penang Bird Park in Malaysia where this bird was photographed works to conserve this species and breed them in captivity. This bird is one of two helmeted hornbills at the park that were saved and donated by a local lumberjack who found the female and a her baby in the tree while he was working. Knowing how rare this species was, he made sure to deliver the hornbills to Penang, where they have been carefully taken care of and kept healthy since their arrival. #Photoark #helmetedhornbill Follow @joelsartore to see a video of this hornbill!


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Photo by @pedromcbride // Walking through the hidden slot canyons of the Grand Canyon is a window through rock and time. These narrow, hydraulic subway systems support a wider range of biodiversity than any park in the United States thanks to the park's size and verticality. To see more images from this iconic place and the river that carved it, follow @pedromcbride. #grandcanyon #betweenriverandrimbook #nature #gratitude #petemcbride


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Video by @magnuswennman Tage, 8, from Vittangi in northern Sweden, has nightmares. Find out what he and other people dream in my video "When we sleep". You can find the full video on the NatGeo website or click the link in my personal bio @magnuswennman. Music by composer Max Richter.
Sweet dreams :-)


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Photo by @renan_ozturk - “In Diné (Navajo) traditional stories there are twin warriors who killed monsters to save their people. Twins are very sacred in that way. When the Totem was brought in they were the first ones to run to it and went all the way around it clockwise like in our ceremonies...that’s just how they are, very aware.” - Lovena Lee, Diné from Tolikan AZ told me about her twin grandchildren who played rambunctiously in the dirt by the totem pole. - I also believe that the indomitable spirit of these little ones at the @protectbearsears Bears Ears Summer inter-tribal gathering will some day play an important role in preserving this special place...cemented deep in their senses by experiences like this! - #bearsearsheals2018


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Video by @mishkusk ( Michaela Skovranova )

Annual Humpback Whale migration, Tonga, Vava’u
Humpback whales migrate around 5000km making their trip one of the longest migratory journeys of any mammal on Earth.

The waters surrounding the Kingdom of Tonga is one of those special places to which the humpback whales make their treacherous journey all the way from their feeding grounds in Antarctica. The Humpbacks shelter in the tropical reef-protected waters and during the months of June to October they breed, give birth, dance and court each other singing love songs which can be felt vibrating through the ocean.

#humpbackwhale #Tonga #underwater #nature #wildlife #humbackwhalesong #naturelovestories #ocean


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Photo by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) Mohammadullah, a 10-year-old unaccompanied refugee minor from Afghanistan, rests on a bunk bed at a “one stop center” where he and other refugees took shelter in Obrenovac, Serbia. This image of Mohammadullah was part of my story Young and Stranded which was published in December issue of @natgeo Magazine. For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis follow me @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees #everydayrefugees #muhammedmuheisen


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Photo by @pedromcbride // Wildfire: Local fires in my community continue as do many blazes across the West. Ecologically, fire can improve the health of ecosystems that have become over grown but the scope of these uncontrolled infernos wreak havoc on communities, displacing thousands. Thanks to all the firefighters, hotshots and pilots working tirelessly to keep our fire seasons, which are now longer and hotter, under control. To see more follow @pedromcbride #wildfire #lakechristinefire #balance #hotteranddryer #gratitude


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