National Geographic

@natgeo 2 months ago
Photo by @paulnicklen | We recently wrapped up our expedition throughout the Galápagos Islands. For me, it is mind-blowing and refreshing when a country like Ecuador realizes the true value and importance of its wild ecosystems. The rules are strict, the protections are deep, and here, wildlife comes first. To walk or dive around these islands is a chance to go back a thousand years in time. This newborn sea lion has been born into a bright future, with clean beaches, waters abundant with fish, and a park service that puts its rights first. Of course, like everywhere, it is not perfect, and there is still work to be done, but we are grateful for the opportunity to have a chance to turn our cameras toward these jewels of the sea. For @SeaLegacy with @CristinaMittermeier and Lucas Bustamante.

Photo by @paulnicklen | We recently wrapped up our expedition throughout the Galápagos Islands. For me, it is mind-blowing and refreshing when a country like Ecuador realizes the true value and importance of its wild ecosystems. The rules are strict, the protections are deep, and here, wildlife comes first. To walk or dive around these islands is a chance to go back a thousand years in time. This newborn sea lion has been born into a bright future, with clean beaches, waters abundant with fish, and a park service that puts its rights first. Of course, like everywhere, it is not perfect, and there is still work to be done, but we are grateful for the opportunity to have a chance to turn our cameras toward these jewels of the sea. For @SeaLegacy with @CristinaMittermeier and Lucas Bustamante.