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natgeo Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I Territorially part of Yemen, Socotra (سُقُطْرَى‎ in Ara...

Photo by Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio I Territorially part of Yemen, Socotra (سُقُطْرَى‎ in Arabic) is an archipelago of four islands. The largest island, also known as Socotra, lies about 240 km (150 mi) east of the Horn of Africa and 380km (240mi) south of the Arabian Peninsula. As a consequence of its isolation, the island is home to a high number of endemic species; up to a third of its plant life is endemic. It has been described as the "most alien-looking place on Earth.” In the 1990s, a team of United Nations biologists conducted a survey of the archipelago’s flora and fauna and counted nearly 700 species found nowhere else; only New Zealand, Hawaii, New Caledonia, and the Galápagos Islands have more impressive numbers. In the foreground, the Socotra desert rose, or bottle tree, can be seen—one of the island's endemic plants. The plant is highly poisonous and unpalatable to livestock, and despite being widespread on the island, is considered vulnerable and therefore included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species. Follow @simonnorfolkstudio for updates, outtakes, unpublished, and archive material. #Socotra #landscape #soqotra #documentaryphotography #documentary

natgeo Photo by Maddie McGarvey @maddiemcgarvey | After a quick rain shower cleared, a double rainbow frame...

Photo by Maddie McGarvey @maddiemcgarvey | After a quick rain shower cleared, a double rainbow framed the view of Honolulu from the top of Tantalus, an extinct cinder cone on the island of Oahu. For more views around the country, follow me @maddiemcgarvey. #hawaii #rainbow #oahu #honolulu

natgeo Photo by Ed Kashi @edkashi | Nguyen Thi Ly, 9, a victim of Agent Orange, in her house in the Ngu Han...

Photo by Ed Kashi @edkashi | Nguyen Thi Ly, 9, a victim of Agent Orange, in her house in the Ngu Hanh Son district of Da Nang, Vietnam, on July 8, 2010. This is a still image from my new multimedia installation @photoville this weekend, September 19-22, in Brooklyn, New York. #TheEnigmaRoom #PhotovilleNYC #experimentalart #installation #brooklynny

natgeo Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | An endangered female juvenile Peruvian woolly monkey snacks on...

Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | An endangered female juvenile Peruvian woolly monkey snacks on fresh leaf cuttings at Cetas - IBAMA (@ibamagov), a wildlife rehab center in Manaus, Brazil. Species like this one are disappearing at an alarming rate, but together we can help. Please check out the October issue of National Geographic magazine to learn more about the world's most vulnerable animals and click on the link in my bio to take the #SaveTogether pledge. My book, Vanishing: The World's Most Vulnerable Animals, is also available now. #woollymonkey #bigeyes #cute #endangeredspecies #PhotoArk

natgeo Photo by @brianskerry // Sponsored by @AmericanExpress // An olive ridley sea turtle finds itself en...

Photo by @brianskerry // Sponsored by @AmericanExpress // An olive ridley sea turtle finds itself entangled in a plastic basket in the waters off Sri Lanka. In the four decades that I’ve been exploring the world’s oceans, I have seen more plastic in the sea each year. The devastating impact this has on marine wildlife is substantial and can be seen in many ways. In this case, the turtle likely came close to the drifting basket because floating objects in the ocean often attract marine life below. The basket had a plastic rope handle and the turtle’s flippers became severely entangled, preventing the turtle from swimming or diving. After making this photograph, I was able to free the turtle, and it swam away quickly. // Go to @AmericanExpress to learn more about what American Express is doing to address marine plastic pollution and to discover how you can get involved.

natgeo Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | It was during the austral winter of 2002 when this female w...

Photo by Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak | It was during the austral winter of 2002 when this female white shark approached a box jellyfish off the coast of South Africa. When she was just a few feet away, her forward momentum ceased and for a few precious seconds, as if transfixed by the light bouncing off the tentacles, she hovered just below the surface. This was one of the first white shark photographs I made and it's still a favorite. It highlights the great white shark’s almost gentle curiosity, which I have been privileged to observe frequently over past two decades. For more photographs of great white sharks, follow @thomaspeschak

natgeo Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Visitors are awestruck by the splendor inside the temple o...

Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Visitors are awestruck by the splendor inside the temple of Abu Simbel, on the remote west shore of Lake Nasser, Egypt. It's the grandest of the ancient Nubian temples that were relocated to higher ground by UNESCO when the Aswan High Dam inundated the area. #Nubia #Nile #pharaoh #antiquity To explore more of our world, follow @geosteinmetz.

natgeo Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario |  This image was shot for "Veiled Rebellion," published in t...

Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | This image was shot for "Veiled Rebellion," published in the December 2010 issue. This mother walked five hours to see a midwife at a mobile outreach clinic in the village of Koreh-e Bala. She was waiting outside a family compound for medical advice about her ten-month-old baby, who had been sick since birth. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario.

natgeo Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | Do you see inside of this whale's mouth the bri...

Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | Do you see inside of this whale's mouth the bristles that look like hair? Baleen whales like these humpbacks, which I photographed feeding off the coast of British Columbia, do not have teeth; they have baleen plates, a filter-feeding system that allows baleen whales to filter their food, usually small fish or krill, by swimming for their prey with their mouths wide open. Water passes through the baleen, but small prey like krill and herring and salmon are caught in the bristles, and then swallowed whole. Baleen whales have narrow throats and do not usually eat larger prey like squids or octopus. Follow me @CristinaMittermeier for more stories from the incredible wilderness of Canada's western coast. #Whale #Lunch #FunFacts #Nature

natgeo Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A purple swamphen surveys its surroundings during a photo shoot...

Video by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A purple swamphen surveys its surroundings during a photo shoot @zoowroclaw. Found in eastern and northern Australia, this species makes its home in freshwater swamps, streams, and marshes, where it can feed on reeds and small animals like frogs and snails. To see a still shot of this magnificent species, follow me @joelsartore. #swamphen #purple #red #Australia #PhotoArk