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Photo by // Captured Note8, produced with // Grupo Tortuguero Todos Santos is a volunteer group working to protect and conserve the sea turtle populations in Baja California Sur in Mexico. Visitors can come most days at sunset to release a sea turtle hatchling and watch as it makes its way to the ocean. They charge about $3USD (50 MXP) per hatchling and the proceeds go towards their conservation efforts.

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A caver makes a tight squeeze through a narrow constriction in Close to the Edge cave, British Columbia. Photo by Close to the Edge in the Dezaiko Range is famous for its 255 meter entrance drop. I was part of a small expedition that "enlarged" this constriction at the bottom of the entrance shaft and pushed the cave downward to make it the second deepest cave in Canada. Getting through this squeeze is tough. While wedged inside a loose rock came tumbling down the passage and struck me square in the face. See more from this trip in my feed

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Photo by (Robbie Shone) - In total darkness, this vast cave dwarfs a team of explorers as they paddle a small inflatable boat along the underground river in Planinska jama, one of the longest river caves in Slovenia. 500 meters (1600ft) from the entrance of the cave is a confluence of two underground rivers: the Pivka River, flowing from the Postojna Polje through Postojna jama (cave), and the Rak River, flowing from Rak Škocjan. This is one of the largest confluences of subterranean rivers in Europe. This portfolio of photographs was shot for from the famous river caves of Slovenia, birth place of speleology and home to the 'human fish'. With my caving colleagues I visited 8 caves, each one varied and different with its own personality. Words by Andrew Bisharat.

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Video by (Muhammed Muheisen) A group of Afghan refugee girls play in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. For more photos of the refugee crisis follow and

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Photo by Corey Arnold Guadalupe Island lies about 165 miles SW of Ensenada, Mexico and not far from the US border. The clear water and plentiful numbers of sharks in the Autumn make it one of the best places in the world to view a Great White Shark underwater. Migration patterns of Great Whites in the Pacific Ocean remain a bit mysterious. A couple hundred individual great Whites are known to visit these waters before swimming mysteriously far offshore in the winter to an area with little feed or sea life known as the White Shark café. More adventures at sea on my personal insta: shark

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Photo by Male Costa’s Hummingbird I shot a couple weeks ago in California. Hummingbirds are of course tiny, so I had to be within about two meters of the bird to get this shot, even with a huge lens. But the great thing about them is that they are not afraid of us slow-moving humans. So once I found a perch this male often used, it was just a matter of gradually moving closer with my whole big camera/tripod rig, and waiting for him to come and land again on his “mark”. If you’d like to see more of my new hummingbird images from California please check out my feed Shot at the Sunnylands as part of a project I’m working on to document the birdlife of this sanctuary. ofsunnylands

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Photographed on assignment by for the current issue of National Geographic Magazine. The desire to teach their children about computers drew these Samburu women to a classroom in a settlement north of Nairobi. They are learning about tablets—designed to withstand tough use—that connect to the Internet through a satellite and come preloaded with educational programs. Technology now has arrived in isolated regions of Africa primarily in the form of relatively inexpensive cell phones. This photo was also featured by the magazine’s photo editors in the best photos of 2017. Follow more nology

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Photo by “The New Normal” When I drove into Santa Barbara yesterday I passed miles of woodland scorched from an earlier wildfire and now the town is besieged by the latest megafire to hit California. Here’s a scene from last night. Look for the home just visible in the lower left surrounded by an inferno. Firefighters saved it. More than six thousand of them are doing what they can to contain the fire. Governor Jerry Brown called this part of the "New Normal” at a press conference two days ago. The state is getting hotter and drier. Fires now break out at a time when we used to get rain. Everyone is awaiting the winter storms that can give the land and the people a reprieve. But what will next year bring? Follow me for more images and stories of a planet under pressure.

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Photo / A juvenile green eyed peering into the icy waters of curiously, surveying for predators and whatever else might lie beneath. Entering into the water is a precarious time for young fledglings like this one here, transitioning from land to an environment where it will eventually spend most of its life fishing and exploring. Photographed on assignment for /

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Video by | The Northern Bald Ibis is a critically endangered species that is highly social and congregates in large flocks. At one time two separate populations existed-- a non-migratory Northern African/European population and a migratory Middle-eastern population. It has been of special focus of both European Zoos and US Zoos to keep a healthy captive population with the intent of preserving the species. Many cultural myths are associated with this species and some scholars believe this species was the representative of the Ancient Egyptian God of Knowledge, Thoth. With the conflicts in Syria and other portions of the Middle East, that migratory population has been under extreme pressure and was feared to have been lost. However, recent sightings have confirmed that a few birds still remain. The good news is that it’s been confirmed that the Northern African population has been growing and is starting to form satellite colonies. The , where this bird was photographed, supports this species by being an active member of the SSP (species Survival Plan) and, along with the other Zoos in this program, works to safeguard the species for future generations. To see a portrait of this bird, check out ! . . photography

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Photographed on assignment by for the current issue of National Geographic Magazine. The columns of a partially restored, second-to-fifth century synagogue in Capernaum lie atop an older structure very likely visited by Jesus, according to some scholars. Nearby, archaeologists discovered a dwelling that was venerated by early Christians – possibly the home of the Apostle Peter. Capernaum (Hebrew; : כְּפַר נַחוּם‎, Kfar Nahum; Arabic: كفر ناحوم, meaning "Nahum's village" in both languages) was a fishing village established during the time of the Hasmoneans, located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It had a population of about 1,500. The village was inhabited continuously from the 2nd century BC to the 11th century AD, when it was abandoned sometime before the Crusader conquest. This includes the re-establishment of the village during the Early Islamic period soon after the 749 earthquake. Follow for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material. studio lovers

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Photo by: // I watched these women workers of the brick kiln in Gujarat, India and marveled at their strength and perseverance in spite of their very harsh working conditions and low wages. follow for more human interest stories

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