Photo by @PaulNicklen // The shallows of the Jardines de la Reina, Cuba. I am here to shine a light on what a healthy ocean looks like, and why it should be protected. As Cuba opens its borders and business to the world, the risks of losing this relatively pristine ecosystem grow. Please follow @Sea_Legacy to follow along on this beautiful, important expedition. #TurningTheTide
Photo by @jimmy_chin
One of my first trips to the Karakoram was with @conrad_anker and @brady_robinson. Here Conrad begins what turned out to be an exciting descent on K7 after a three day storm. Still remember being lowered down a steep coulior riding a haul bag, trying to find an anchor, all the while getting smoked by spindrift. #typetwofun#ridingthepig
Photo: @andy_mann // An offshore breaker forms and spills over a deep seamount in the Savage Islands a few minutes after we surface from a deep dive. The rocky islands, located 200 miles off shore are visible through the barrel. Moments like this stop you in your tracks and have a way of slowing down time. The ocean holds so many secrets. Shot #onassignment for @natgeopristineseas // #followme@andy_mann to see this wave turn into a sea monster.
Image by @joelsartore | The Pallas Long-tongued bat from @HoustonZoo is the star of this #pollinatormonday and can be found from Northern Mexico all the way to Paraguay and Argentina. This little bat is thought to have the fastest metabolism of all mammals, similar to that of the hummingbird. In a single day, this bat can use up to 50% of its stored fat! The Pallas long-tongued bat earned its name for one reason: it has a specially evolved tongue that makes collecting nectar a breeze. When the bat extends its tongue, blood rushes into the area and expands special hair-like barbs on the bat's tongue, causing these barbs to stand upright. The barbs function like a mop and allow the bat to pull a great amount of nectar into its mouth in a very short amount of time, making it a highly efficient snacker. Indeed, it lives almost entirely off of nectar and pollen but is known to eat pieces of fruit and insects as well. Its quest for nectar results in the transport of a great amount of pollen from one flower to the next on its fur and snout, allowing it to pollinate as many as 34 different species of fruits and flowers. Many plant species also rely on this bat for seed dispersal when they pass through the droppings, allowing reseeding that's automatically fertilized in the process.
Photo by @daviddoubilet. Can you see me? A camouflaged sargassum frogfish hides from predators in the floating golden canopy of algae called sargassum in the Sargasso Sea, Bermuda. Large mats of this floating algae form a living ceiling on the sea providing a nursery for larval species and critical shelter for other vulnerable marine species such as sea turtle hatchlings. // Photographed on @natgeo assignment Sargassum: A Floating Forest // #ocean#sargassum#Bermuda#frogfish#sargassosea for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet
Photo by @renan_ozturk // Cliff cave art I stumbled into with @taylorfreesolo yesterday at the base of a seldom visited cliff face in the newly appointed Bears Ears National Monument. Spending time in this fragile desert landscape constantly affirmed the need to continue supporting its protection - both in terms of the unique physical ecosystem as well as these rare human expressions of ancient existence. #protectbearsears#publicland#bearsearsnationalmonument
Photos by @enricsala - Revilagigedo Islands, Mexico
The Mexican government has committed to create a new National Park around the Revillagigedo Islands. These waters are like the Galapagos of Mexico. They harbor one of the largest abundance of sharks and giant manta rays in the world as well as humpback whales, dolphins and five species of sea turtles. With this visionary action, the Revillagigedo National Park will fully protect almost 15 million hectares and become the largest no-take area in North America. Thank you @epn@rafaelpacchiano@conanp_mx for this gift to the world.