A manta ray glides over me and my camera in Indonesia's Raja Ampat. Mantas are filter feeders and eat large quantities of zooplankton, which they swallow with their open mouths as they swim. Mantas do visit cleaning stations for the removal of parasites like in this short film. The largest mantas can reach 1,350 kg (2,980 lb) and at least 7 m (23 ft) in "wingspan". In 2014, Indonesia brought in a fishing and export ban as it realized that manta ray tourism is more economically beneficial than allowing the fish to be killed. A dead manta is worth $50 to $600 while manta ray tourism can bring in $1 million during the life of a single manta ray. Indonesia has 2.2 million square miles of ocean and this is now the world's largest sanctuary for manta rays. Mantas have one of the highest brain-to-body mass ratios of all fish and if approached with care and respect they can be curious and spend a long time with you.
The coral reefs of Raja Ampat are some of the richest marine habitats on Earth. Let's protect Raja Ampat and other fragile marine- and terrestrial ecosystems on this vulnerable and magical planet! Shot on assignment with @ansgarklumphotos & @naturebyeinar#thecoraleden#mantaray#rajaampat#indonesia#marine#ecosystem#protectbiodiversiry#paradise#divers#instagood#photooftheday#mattiasklum#wwf#iucn#conservation@natgeo@alexandrovklumofficial@thephotosociety@irisalexandrov
Can you spot this camouflaged beauty inches away from my camera? Like other elapid snakes, the venom of the Jameson's mamba is extremely lethal. But unlike other venomous snakes that have specialized in just one kind of venom, the Jameson's mamba uses a cocktail of powerful surprises. This blend is a toxic combination of hemotoxins, cardiotoxins, fasciculins as well as myotoxic substances. A bite from Jameson's mamba can be deadly in as little as 30 to 120 minutes if proper medical treatment is not attained. Ironically, as mentioned in previous posts, it is the lethal characteristics of snake venom that makes it so valuable and sought after for use in medicinal treatments. The toxic components of snake venom have for example both led to the development of medicine against heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's. With some luck the Jameson’s mamba may soon combat heart disease and this will luckily not affect the wild populations of this species at all. Photographed in Cameroun for @natgeo#mattiasklum#livingthedream#protectbiodiversity#mamba#nikonambassador#cameroon#death#snake#venom#conservation@natgeo@thephotosociety@irisalexandrov@alexandrovklumofficial@mattiasklumofficial
I would like to celebrate the World Wildlife Coservation day by mentioning a piece of positive information about the world’s threatened wildlife, the giant panda has been downgraded from ‘Endangered’ to ‘Vulnerable’ on the global list of species at risk of extinction, demonstrating how an integrated approach can help save our planet’s vanishing biodiversity.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced the positive change to the giant panda’s official status in the Red List of Threatened Species, pointing to the 17% rise in the population in the decade up to 2014, when a nationwide census found 1,864 giant pandas in the wild in China. I photographed this charming female giant panda in Foping Nature Reserve, Shaanxi Province, China. Please help raise awareness and contribute to the conservation and protection of endangered species such as sharks, elephants, rhinos and tigers by supporting conservation oraganizations like WWF and IUCN. #mattiasklum#makeachange#nikonambassador#wildlifeconcervationday#livingthedream#protectbiodiversity#giantpanda#china#foping@irisalexandrov@natgeo@thephotosociety@alexandrovklumofficial@mattiasklumcollection