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Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @CristinaMittermeier | When the wild salmon return every year, excitement arises among bears, eagles, and fishermen alike. For me, I am simply excited to photograph their arrival after such a tremendous journey. Having survived years at sea, these fish now travel winding fjords and inlets back towards the streams where they were born. The salmon that complete this passage will spawn and create a new generation of determined fish. #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier for more photos and stories from our oceans. #salmon #ocean #journey #CampaignforNature
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @CristinaMittermeier | When the wild salmon return every year, excitem...
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @CristinaMittermeier | In the darkness of the ocean's depths, sperm whales use echolocation to communicate with one another and to find their way. I took this photo off the coast of the island of Dominica, and I'd like to draw your attention to the scars on this sperm whale's head. This is what happens when whales become curious of boats. This friendly sperm whale probably stuck its nose (or its melon, as it's actually called) too close to the propeller of a boat and got hit. Although they are incredibly smart and sensitive to sound, they are not savvy when it comes to boat traffic. The mechanical roar of motors in the water wreaks havoc on their echolocation, disrupting the whale's sense of space and distance. #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier and explore my feed for more photos of whales. #Dominica #ocean #conservation #campaignfornature
Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @CristinaMittermeier | In the darkness of the ocean's depths, sperm wh...
Photo by @EnricSala | Young blacktip reef sharks congregate in the lagoon of Millennium Atoll in the Southern Line Islands, one of the last marine wildernesses on the planet. In the past century, we have lost 90% of the large fish in our ocean. This Earth Day, we face a tremendous challenge, and a new opportunity. We know that our survival depends on the natural world, and it has never been more imperiled by human exploitation. But we also know that when protected, natural ecosystems can restore themselves. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Wyss Campaign for Nature to raise awareness about the urgent need to protect nature, and enable people and wildlife to thrive together. Check out @InsideNatGeo to learn more about how the National Geographic Society is working to support the protection of 30 percent of the planet by 2030, a key milestone toward protecting half of our Earth. #EarthDay #CampaignforNature
Photo by @EnricSala | Young blacktip reef sharks congregate in the lagoon of Millennium Atoll in the...
Photo by @enricsala | Spotted on our current @natgeopristineseas expedition to Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, this tiny harlequin shrimp is just one of the myriad species  residing on the abundant corals of the Isla del Caño Biological Reserve. The Osa Peninsula is home to half of all the species in Costa Rica, and the waters around it harbor critical aggregations of sea turtles, sharks, whales, and dolphins. Follow along @natgeopristineseas as we study and document the marine ecosystems of Isla del Caño, the Drake Bay, Golfo Dulce, and along the Mesoamerican Trench, in partnership with @OsaConservation and @UniversidaddeCostaRica, and aboard the @UnderseaHunter vessel, the Argo. #CampaignforNature
Photo by @enricsala | Spotted on our current @natgeopristineseas expedition to Costa Rica’s Osa Peni...
Photo by @enricsala | The northern part of the Rub’ al Khali (the Empty Quarter) in Abu Dhabi is nothing but empty. It is the largest contiguous sand desert in the world, inhabited by a complex ecosystem including plants, beetles, sand boas, sand cats, gazelles, and the mythical Arabian oryx, which became extinct in the wild, but thanks to an extremely successful reproduction and reintroduction program is back in the thousands. A wonderful example of rewilding that inspires us to protect 30 percent of the planet by 2030. #campaignfornature @environmentabudhabi
Photo by @enricsala | The northern part of the Rub’ al Khali (the Empty Quarter) in Abu Dhabi is not...
Photo by @EnricSala | Our natural world is in a state of crisis. Global wildlife populations have declined dramatically, and we are rapidly losing species to extinction. The oxygen we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat—they all depend on other forms of life. That’s why we’re committed to protecting 30 percent of the planet by 2030. #CampaignforNature 
Photographed during our @natgeopristineseas expedition to Russia’s Franz Josef Land, a solitary polar bear looks out over the ice-free sea, backed by a glacial cliff. Franz Josef Land is now protected as part of the Russian Arctic National Park, which safeguards 74,000 square kilometers of habitat for species like the Atlantic walrus, polar bear, and little auk.#polarbearday
Photo by @EnricSala | Our natural world is in a state of crisis. Global wildlife populations have de...
Photo by @EnricSala | A curious young Galápagos sea lion approached my camera in the waters of the Galápagos archipelago, where our @natgeopristineseas team carried out a scientific expedition in 2015. Over the past ten years, we’ve been exploring, documenting, and helping inspire the protection of some of the last wildernesses in the ocean. We need healthy oceans and terrestrial ecosystems for healthy human societies. Without the rest of the species on the planet, there would be no prosperity, no economy, no us. Together, we can protect 30% of the Earth by 2030—a milestone toward protecting half of our planet. #CampaignForNature
Photo by @EnricSala | A curious young Galápagos sea lion approached my camera in the waters of the G...
Photo by @EnricSala | Gray reef sharks patrol a reef full of healthy corals at Millennium Atoll in the southern Line Islands. This is what reefs may have looked like a thousand years ago, and what they could look like in the future if our ocean's wildernesses are successfully protected. Today I was in Davos @WorldEconomicForum talking about the urgent need to take action and protect our ocean with @AlGore, @Benioff, @MichelleBacheletPDTA, and @NinaJensen. Together, we can— and should—protect 30 percent of the planet by 2030. #CampaignForNature
Photo by @EnricSala | Gray reef sharks patrol a reef full of healthy corals at Millennium Atoll in t...
Photo by @enricsala | Today the Argentinian Senate voted for the creation of two new marine protected areas (MPAs): Namuncurá/Banco Burdwood 2 (29,000 square km) and Yaganes (69,000 square km), located in the southern waters of the country. On December 5th, the Argentinian Congress voted in favor with an unanimous 196-0. With these new MPAs, Argentina quadruple their federal MPAs, and joins the ambition and vision of leading countries in ocean conservation.
These areas contain unique biodiversity, from threatened albatrosses that roam the skies, to marine mammals like sea lions and whales, to fragile deep sea animals living on undersea mountain ridges. The biggest threat to these rich ocean ecosystems is industrial fishing, especially bottom trawling that can destroy thousands of years of growth in the single pass of a net. By protecting these areas, Argentina also helps to replenish its overfished stocks. Thank you Argentina for such a historic action!
@natgeopristineseas @tompkins_conservation @fmarpatagonico @parquesnacionalesar #oceans5
Every one of these MPAs contributes to our #wyssfoundation #campaignfornature 30% protected by 2030 target.
Photo by @enricsala | Today the Argentinian Senate voted for the creation of two new marine protecte...
Photo by @brentstirton | // Supported by Nat Geo Society/Wyss Campaign for Nature committed to protecting 30% of the planet by 2030. // I briefly photographed West African lions in Pendjari, Benin, for a story on @africanparksnetwork. These rare, endangered lions are very small in number, with only around 120 individuals, and amazingly they have more in common with Asiatic lions than with African lions. They were extremely shy; it took a lot of walking with telemetry before I was able to get close enough to make a halfway decent shot of this lovely female before she sprinted away. The second shot is of two Asiatic lions mating—really a picture of a conservation success story. These are the last lions outside of Africa, now only found inside Gir National Park in Gujarat, India. This small population of Asiatic lions was once as low as 117 animals before being successfully rebred to current numbers of around 650 lions in a 2017 census. The final shot is of a young Asiatic male drinking in Gir National Park. Both these groups remain extremely vulnerable. Disease, fire, human/wildlife conflict, and poaching could play havoc with the remaining numbers, and they need to be closely monitored. It’s a real tribute to Indian and Beninese conservation services that these animals survive today. Lions globally number less than 20,000. Loss of habitat and other factors have made them far more fragile than we realize. #campaignfornature #conservation #endangered #lions
Photo by @brentstirton | // Supported by Nat Geo Society/Wyss Campaign for Nature committed to prote...
Resting in this waterfall where you can also swim in between a two-hour hike from another waterfall to this one in the jungle. 🌳 Along the way, we also saw troops of spider monkeys swinging from tree to tree. 🐒 Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. 🇨🇷 #Tunememi @laparioscr #LapaRios #NatGeoLodges @natgeoexpeditions .
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Resting in this waterfall where you can also swim in between a two-hour hike from another waterfall...
A sighting like this is special wherever you may be on the African continent, but this is even more so as these lions are members of the critically endangered West African subpopulation in Pendjari National Park in Benin. An estimated 400 individuals remain in just four protected areas across the region, representing 1% of their historical home range in West Africa. The largest population, consisting of nearly 90% of the total, is found in the W-Arly-Pendjari Complex. Pendjari alone is home to around 100 of these lions, making it one of the last remaining strongholds for this highly threatened and isolated species. In 2017 we assumed management of this vast landscape in partnership with the Government of Benin. With the shared vision to revive Pendjari after years of poaching, we are striving to rediscover its potential in supporting both people and wildlife alike. And it is thanks to our partnership with @natgeo, The Wyss Foundation, and the Government of Benin, that these lions and countless other species in this Complex, can remain protected for future generations to enjoy.
🎥: @catherinemohan 
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A sighting like this is special wherever you may be on the African continent, but this is even more...