Photo by @jasperdoest while #onassignment@natgeoexpeditions in #southgeorgia | Due to very calm conditions last month while making the crossing to South Georgia, we spent many hours at the bow of the MS National Geographic Explorer, during which we encountered many different cetaceans, including this enormous pod of southern right whale dolphins porpoising at high speed.
The southern right whale dolphin (Lissodelphis peronii) is a small and slender species of mammal found in cool waters of the Southern Hemisphere. The species was named so because like right whales, they lack a dorsal fin.
These animals generally travel in pods of less than 100 animals but may be seen in herds of more than 1,000 individuals. They are energetic swimmers that feed on a variety of fish species and squid and are often seen associating with dusky and hourglass dolphins, and pilot whales.
Photo @jasonedwardsng We landed on the dusty airstrip in the Serengeti and within minutes our National Geographic Expedition were witnessing an Elephant stampede across the savannah. Nearby lions were a bit startled by all the trumpeting and commotion. Note how the herd is protecting the small calf. @natgeoexpeditions#natgeoexpeditions
Photo by @davidcothranphoto. I photographed this pteropod (Clione limacina) in about fifteen feet of water off Goshamna on the southern side of Hornsund, the southernmost fjord on Spitsbergen, in Svalbard. Pteropod means “wing-foot”, which is a great description of these delicately beautiful little creatures. They are gastropod mollusks, essentially shell-less snails that have adapted to a pelagic swimming lifestyle by repurposing their muscular foot into a pair of stubby wings. They are also called sea butterflies due to their fluttering movement in the water. Clione is found in sub-freezing waters of both the Arctic and the Antarctic, a fragile little dancer in the world’s coldest seas. #svalbard#natgeoexpeditions
Calling all aspiring student photographers in grades 7-12! Snap a photo that captures the spirit of exploration, and you could win a spot on one of our 2019 National Geographic Student Expeditions. Submit by January 15th, 2019 by visiting https://ngstudentexpeditions.com/2019-photo-contest Photo by trip leader @johnvralston
Genovesa Island is taken over by birds. Red-footed boobies live in large colonies here, squawking like noisy nosey neighbors, grooming themselves to distribute oil on their feathers for plunges into the sea, and feeding their open-mouthed babies. Here I appreciate the rhythms of life of the islands – the animals eating, sleeping, reproducing, and finally taken by death’s ever-greedy hand. This is a place where the fit survive. It makes sense to me that these islands are where our understanding of creation, of natural selection, and of evolution would take hold through Darwin’s eyes. It’s been a wonderful trip to the Galapagos Islands and it’s left me thinking about how our own unique environments will shape us over the years, over the millennia, and which of our traits (longer necks? bluer feet? kinder dispositions?), will prevail in the end. I guess only time will tell. Photo by @jsherry999. #natgeoexpeditions#galapagosislands#ecuador#redboobies
Photo by @alisonwright.com. I’m looking forward to returning to Tibet next year for my National Geographic #Photo Expedition in #Nepal and #Tibet in November 3-17, 2019. Tibet has fascinated me since I was a child and I have spent years documenting their unique culture and customs, especially those of the Tibetan #nomads. I received my Masters Degree in #Visual#Anthropology, studying #culture through photography and film, at UC Berkely based on this work, exploring the question- how does a culture survive without a country? This long-term documentary project, spanning an entire career, became the basis of my first book,“The Spirit of Tibet.” This photo taken in the pastoral plains of #Kham is from my latest and tenth book, “Human Tribe.” #Humantribe@natgeoimagecollection
Photo by @alex_krowiak. On the inaugural voyage of the National Geographic Venture, guests cruise down the California coast, from San Francisco to La Paz, #Mexico. Yesterday, they got a behind-the-scenes tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and an in-depth look at their jelly fish exhibit. #natgeoexpeditions#natgeoventure#lapaz
Photo @jasonedwardsng One of Earths great wildlife spectacles is the annual wildebeest migration that flows between the Masai Mara and Serengeti ecosystems. The sheer number of mammals sculpts the landscape. Driven forward by the search for rains and fresh grazing, the herds nourish the soil and support predator populations. @natgeoexpeditions#natgeoexpeditions#greatmigration