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Mattias A. Klum

Artist, NatGeo Fellow, photographer and filmmaker. Professional speaker. Environmentalist. WWF & IUCN Ambassador. Artist duo Alexandrov Klum

http://www.alexandrovklum.com/

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On the lookout! Meerkats are great at working together in numbers. A few will typically serve as lookouts, watching the skies for birds of prey, such as hawks and eagles that can snatch them from the ground. A sharp, shrill call is the signal for all to take cover in burrows or bolt holes. While a few individuals guard the group, the rest forage for the foods that make up their varied diet. Meerkats will eat insects, lizards, eggs, birds, and fruit. When hunting small game, they work together and communicate with purring sounds. Meerkats are very efficient and entrepreneurial hunters and delightful to study in the field. These extremely nosy individuals were only inches away from my camera. Shot on assignment for @natgeo in the Kalahari, South Africa #meerkat #protectbiodiversity #kalahari #mattiasalexandrovklum #conservation #scientist #southafrica #nikonambassador #instagood #nosy @natgeo @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov

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Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Today June 8th is World Oceans Day! A good day to celebrate the importance and beauty of our marine worlds! Oceans cover 71 percent of the globe, and they are as important to us as they are vast. Our oceans are home to most of the life on our planet and play a central role in the world's natural systems, like regulating our climate and absorbing carbon dioxide. Their wealth is truly beyond comprehension. Please support organizations like WWF, IUCN, Balticsea2020, Oceana and MissionBlue to help protect our oceans. #worldoceanday #ocean #protect #conservation #wwf #oceana #worldoceansday #balticsea2020 #mattiasklum #conservation #mattiasalexandrovklum #protectbiodiversity #artistduoalexandrovklum @irisalexandrov @alexandrovklumofficial @natgeo @thephotosociety

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A yellow-lipped sea krait, shimmers like a piece of jewelry infront of my camera. This Sea-and-land-going snake, need air to breathe, and will coil up on rocks, under shells and foliage to digest its food and, every few months, shed skin. These snakes feed almost exclusively on eels, and their neurotoxic venom has evolved accordingly. The eels are strong and have sharp teeth so a over dimensioned neurotoxin does it. The snake’s toxic bite causes paralysis, which keeps its strong and speedy prey from escaping. Scientists study the genetic and molecular set-up by collecting venom and DNA samples from these snakes, their prey and predators and are hopeful that this sea krait may soon combat diseases and this will not affect the snakes in the wild at all. Photographed in Fiji for @natgeo #conservation #news #mattiasklum #drugs #science #innovation #mattiasklumworkshop #respectnature #venom #livingthedream #fiji #seakrait #krait #snake #seasnake #coral #saveouroceans #beauty #nikonambassador #protectbiodiversity #science #biology #pharmakognosy @natgeo @thephotosociety @mattiasklumcollection @alexandrovklumofficial @natgeotravel @irisalexandrov

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King of Bites! With about a mind-boggling 7000 pounds per square inch of bite force, crocodiles boast 6000 psi more than the African lion. (Human record 270 pounds!) When it comes to biting, crocodiles simply leave all their competition behind. This Nile crocodile that I photographed in Selous, Tanzania (In this photograph just about to swallow some well seasoned flesh from the dead hippo in the hackground) can eventually measure more than 18 feet long and weigh more than a ton. Relative to their enormous size, it's no wonder their large and powerful jaw muscles make crocodiles' snouts among the world's deadliest traps. Heading back to Selous and the crocs this fall with @irisalexandrov and @zoomphototours #croc #record #selous #mattiasklum #conservation #wwf #iucn #protectbiodiversity #nikonambassador @natgeo @alexandrovklumofficial @thephotosociety

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Really enjoying being back home in Sweden with @irisalexandrov! Lying in our bedroom early morning, windows open, listening to nightingales, common snipes and the deep, sighing fog-horn call of a bittern. An amazing time of year! This Wood cranesbill, Geranium sylvaticum (Midsommarblomster in Swedish) grow everywhere outside our house. In Latin sylvaticum means "of woodland", referring to the plant's native habitat. The flower colour ranges from mauve to irresistible sky blue, depending on soil conditions. This flower yields a blue-gray dye that was used in ancient Europe to dye war cloaks, believing it would protect them in battle. For this reason it was called Odin's Grace. #midsommarblomster #mattiasklum #woodcranesbill #irresistible #summersdream #liveyourdreams #love #nikonambassador #protectbiodiversity #protectbiodiversity @mattiasklumcollection @thephotosociety @natgeotravel @natgeo @irisalexandrov @alexandrovklumofficial

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Iris and I are hosting a photo expedition in Tanzania this fall and if you haven’t already got your tickets, now is the time! Use the code ”irismattias2018” when purchasing your ticket to get a 500 USD discount. First come, first served! Link in bio! #zoomphotoresor #zoomphototours #tanzania #selous #leopard #ekotourism #photoworkshop #artphotography #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #livingthedream #nikonambassador @zoomphototours @irisalexandrov @mattiasklumofficial

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A Galapagos marine iguana posing like a statue of stone in the late evening. Scientists figure that land-dwelling iguanas from South America must have drifted out to sea millions of years ago on logs or other debris, eventually landing on the Galápagos. From that species emerged marine iguanas, which spread to nearly all the islands of the archipelago. Each island hosts marine iguanas of unique size, shape and color, like these beauties. Shot on assignment on the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador for @natgeo. #marineiguanas #protectbiodiversity #galapagos #darwin #conservation #nikonambassador #mattiasklum @natgeo @thephotosociety @irisalexandrov @alexandrovklumofficial

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Another image from my Iceland collection. Landmannalaugar shot from a helicopter. This region is spectacularly diverse in geological elements. A mind-boggling landscape that truly has a special place in my heart! Looking forward to going back this summer with my partner @irisalexandrov for @alexandrovklumofficial ! #iceland #landmannalaugar #mattiasklum #nikonambassador #landscape #fineart #geology @mattiasklumofficial @natgeo @natgeotravel @irisalexandrov @mattiasklumcollection @alexandrovklumofficial

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The Nyiragongo stratovolcano situated in the Virunga Mountains glows a clear night in Congo DR. The Virunga mountain range is home to the critically endangered mountain gorilla, listed on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species due to poaching, habitat loss, disease and war. I took this photograph while taking part in a mountain gorilla sensus project carried out by WWF and IGCP. Nyiragongo and nearby Nyamuragira are responsible for 40% of Africa's historical volcanic eruptions. In a few weeks Dr. Jane Goodall and I are coming out with a book together. With this book we want celebrate biodiversity and the remaining beauty on Earth and to inspire everyday choices for better more sustainable world. More on this soon! http://fritanke.se/bocker/perpetual-calendar-of-life/ #congo #congodr #virunga #rainforest #gorilla #mountain #volcano #endangered #iucn #wwf #igcp #mattiasklum #janegoodall #nikonambassador #protectbiodiversity @natgeo @thephotosociety @mattiasklumcollection @natgeotravel @irisalexandrov @alexandrovklumofficial

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Paradise on Earth! Another image from one of my favorite marine ecosystems; Raja Ampat, Indonesia. I photographed this very remote beach from an ultralight aircraft. By protecting Raja Ampat and other vulnerable and amazing ecosystems we actually secure long term sustainable success for mankind! Shot on assignment with @einars.pics and @ansgarklumphotos #rajaampat #indonesia #marine #ecosystem #paradise #artistduoalexandrovklum #divers #instagood #protectbiodiversity #photooftheday #mattiasklum #nikonambassador #conservation @natgeo @irisalexandrov @alexandrovklumofficial @thephotosociety @mattiasklumcollection

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The norhern carmine bee-eater is one of the flying gems of Selous game reserve in Tanzania. Their diet is made up primarily of bees and other flying insects, such as locusts and grasshoppers. The main hunting strategy of these beautiful bee-eaters is to keep watch for flying insects from a perch, and then elegantly snatch them out of the air, before safely returning to the perch. Looking forward to heading back to majestic Selous this fall with @irisalexandrov #selous #carminebeeeater #tanzania #africa #protectbiodiversity #artistduoalexandrovklum #nikonambassador @alexandrovklumofficial @natgeo @thephotosociety @mattiasklumcollection

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