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Photographing the End of the Kreef

Text and photographs by International League of Conservation Photographers Fellow Cheryl-Samantha Owen www.samowenphotography.com “It is currently estimated that numbers of rock lobster on the West Coast of South Africa are perilously low, at only three percent of their original pre-exploitation or pristine levels.” At 4:35 in the morning the faint glow of dawn backlit the…

A Venom First: Toxin-Spewing Crustacean

Tiny, blind, cave-dwelling creature turns its prey into milkshakes.

What’s a Danajon Bank?

by Michael Ready, Associate Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers In April 2013, after four planes, a ferry, and two outriggers, I arrived at Handumon, a remote village and field station on Jandayan Island in the Philippines. As I lay down the first night under a mosquito net, wiped out and bit disoriented,…

Blue Blood Helps Octopus Survive Brutally Cold Temperatures

The characters from the Great Gatsby aren’t the only blue bloods in the news lately. Researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany have found that a specialized pigment in the blood of Antarctic octopods allows them to survive temperatures that often drop below freezing. It’s all down to a…

Hangout Underwater in the Great Barrier Reef

This Earth Day, National Geographic is teaming up with NASA and Catlin Seaview Survey to bring you a Google+ Hangout that explores the land, sea, and sky.

December 16, 2012: Fending Off Polar Bears, Taking Photos in Underwater Caves, and More

This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson as we fend off polar bear attacks in Canada, search for life inside of our solar system, unburden our souls with Mongolian shamans, climb Yosemite’s El Capitan for science, dive deep into underwater caves to take pictures, survive whiteout training for expeditions to the earth’s poles, introduce a child from a remote Cambodian village to the entire world, and give girls in Kenya an opportunity.

Searching For Sunken Treasure, Discovering a DIY Community

When James Cameron plunged to the bottom of the Marina Trench in his sleek, $8 million submarine, it heralded a new age of underwater exploration. But the deep sea isn’t the only aquatic frontier left to explore. Around the world, there are countless undersea caves, flooded mine shafts and other underwater tight spots that have remained off limits to divers because they’re too narrow or dangerous to navigate. And happily, the right craft for the job probably isn’t a multi-million-dollar submersible, but something so accessible you can make it yourself.

Love and War: The Essence of Luminosity

When I think of luminosity I think of the brightness of the sun or associate it with technology, light bulbs, light emitting diodes, and of course, the energy sources that make it possible. In many ways, creating light has promoted the “nightlife” or our ability to see, signal, and interact in darkness.  Just a trip…

Eye to Eye with a Humpback

One of the benefits of being in the water with humpback whales is that it makes me appear svelte by comparison.

It’s Like Coming Home, Says James Cameron

James Cameron tells Boyd Matson how making Hollywood blockbusters allows him follow his true passion of exploring and how becoming a NG Explorer feels like coming home. Listen to the interview.