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Photo by @PaulNicklen | Orcas are one of the ocean's most efficient hunters, engaging in complex hunting practices. Individuals stay in close contact with each other during their hunt, and use echolocation to communicate. When hunting herring, a foundational species of the diet for some populations, orcas will carefully surround large schools of fish and strategically corral them into a ball. Once near the surface, the orcas will stun the fish with their tails, and take turns consuming the herring, one by one. It’s a sad fate for the herring, but this hunting technique is incredibly effective, and an impressive display of sophistication from these wild animals. The intelligence and social dynamics of orcas leads me to be constantly amazed on my dives with them. My team and I just finished up with our expedition in Norway, where we were photographing these incredible cetaceans. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen for more photos of orcas and for an upcoming campaign. #Norway #orca #ocean


Photo by Daniella Zalcman @dzalcman | Markus Vollack, a Swiss re-enactor, joined his fellow hobbyists at Fort Niagara State Park in July to commemorate the French and Indian War. The weekend involved battle reenactments, living history camps, and other educational demonstrations for the public — largely meant to teach park visitors about the history surrounding the war. Indigenous allies fought on both the French and British sides of the war. A couple dozen reenactors who specialize in Native American impressions represented the Iroquois, Wyandot, and Algonquin fighters who participated in the war. Most of the re-enactors were not Indigenous, and some came from as far away as Germany and Switzerland to participate. This is part of my first story for @natgeo on the appropriation of Native imagery and identity, out now in the December issue.


Photo by @amivitale | Ntipiyon Nonguta and her one-year old son Bernard, relax with their neighbors as they make beaded belts for the Loisaba Community Trust in Ewaso Village in Laikipia, Kenya. These women are in a community surrounding Loisaba Conservancy (@loisaba_conservancy) and are being supported and given access to international markets. Revenue from ecotourism is reinvested into neighboring communities like #Ewaso. To get involved and learn more about community-based conservation, please follow @loisaba_conservancy and @amivitale. @nature_org @natgeoimagecollection #kenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #northernkenya #africa #children #mothersandsons #mothers #empowerment #conservation #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale


Photo by @FransLanting | A culling of red deer in the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve is underway. This is a sad outcome to a debate over the most appropriate way to manage nature and wildlife in this wetland. For some, this was a chance to recreate nature on a scale that hadn’t been seen in the Netherlands in centuries. For others, the mortality of the horses and deer after a few bad winters became too much, and they demanded action. The Dutch government decided that the experimental approach needed to be replaced with a more conventional intervention of culling the large mammals back to a reduced population­­. If the plans get carried out, nearly 1,800 deer will be killed, and many hundreds of Konik horses will be removed. There are no easy answers for resolving this dilemma. I am sad that it has come to this. I hope that this won't be the last chapter in this saga and that it will fuel new ideas about the meaning of nature and wildness. #Oostvaardersplassen #RewildingEurope #Reddeer


Photo by @BrianSkerry | A tiger shark pup, about four days old, swims just below the surface in Hawaii. These animals are considered the most dangerous shark species in tropical waters. Researchers are now learning about behaviors that until recently remained a mystery. Despite being large predators, life in the ocean is difficult, and they face many challenges to survive. As with all species, the tiger shark faces declining populations worldwide as the demand for shark fins continues. Like sharks, whales and other ocean animals? Follow @BrianSkerry to see more! #tigershark #shark #savesharks


Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Najeeba, a 35-year-old refugee mother from Kunduz, Afghanistan, holding her two-month-old daughter Maria in a camp north of Athens, Greece. For more photos and videos of the refugee crisis, follow me @mmuheisen @everydayrefugees and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #everydayrefugees


Photo by @renan_ozturk | For some reason this image reminds me of an American flag, with its horizontal lines and color schemes. But also a deeper tapestry representing the indigenous people, ranchers, miners, offroaders, and climbers all trying to coexist in this fragile landscape. Here’s to hoping we can keep this masterpiece in tact for thousands of years to come by our collective love and attention!


Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | A view of Amman at sunset. Amman, the capital of Jordan, is considered among the most liberal and modernized Arab cities and a major tourist destination in the region. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen


Photo by @michaelchristopherbrown | Young Palestinians take a break while men dance the Dabke on day one of a three-day wedding celebration in the village of Jamallah, West Bank. I had a blast photographing (and dancing along to) this Arab folk dance native to the region, a combination of circle and line dancing. Each type of Dabke dance has its own corresponding set of songs, the theme of which is often love. Hundreds of men from the village came to congratulate the groom and celebrate with live music, fireworks, and food, while women celebrated with the bride at a nearby house.


Photo by Daniella Zalcman @dzalcman | Peter Wolf Toth is a Hungarian-born artist based in Florida. He has dedicated most of his life to carving these larger-than-life statues of Native Americans out of tree trunks — a series he calls the Whispering Giants. His original goal was to place one of these statues in every state. He has completed 74 so far and, at the age of 70, has no plans to stop. Peter says that the statues are a way to honor Native American culture, but critics argue that the statues are rooted in physical stereotypes and caricature and raise questions about authenticity. This is part of my first story for @natgeo on the appropriation of Native imagery and identity, out now in the December issue.


Photo by Robbie Shone @shonephoto | During this summer, we joined a climate research expedition in the Arctic. The aim was to visit the Wegener Halvø peninsula of East Greenland where we had received a tip off that there were caves to be found. Our aim was to expand the vision of the Greenland Caves Project, to find these caves, explore them and collect samples for palaeoclimate research. As part of the project we wished to try and reduce our environmental and climate impact; we teamed up with the Top to Top Global Climate expedition and sailed from Iceland to Greenland and back. It was an amazing experience with breathtaking views the whole time (not that I was always able to appreciate them when being sick off the back of the boat). This photograph shows Prof. Gina Moseley, who is the leader of the project collecting samples of water, ice and snow for chemical analysis. Here she is collecting samples from a snow bank where she can easily access different depths within the snow. #EAGRE18 @greenland_caves