What’s that you say? It’s Sea #Otter Awareness Week and these otters are excited to celebrate! Approximately 90 percent of the world’s sea otters live in coastal Alaska, they have the thickest fur of any animal with up to 1 million hair follicles per square inch, and are one of the few mammals that use tools. What’s your favorite #seaotter fact? Photo from #Alaska’s #GlacierBay National Park and Preserve (@glacierbaynps) by Becky King, #NationalPark Service. #usinterior#findyourpark
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Photo by @FransLanting On assignment for @natgeo I went to an area called Tsingy de Bemaraha in western Madagascar. By helicopter, I flew toward the walls of a huge plateau and when we rose above it, I gasped. A labyrinth of limestone pinnacles up to 100 feet tall stretched as far as my eyes could see. The landscape was eroded by water over time into fantastic spires with hidden caverns below. At the time, this area of Madagascar was virtually unknown, but it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Follow me @FransLanting to see more images of this remarkable island.
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Photo by @noralorek. Irene Sonia, 17, wants to become a bank accountant but the school in Bidibidi refugee settlement doesn’t offer relevant subjects. Last summer the war broke out in her hometown of Yei in South Sudan. After her father was killed and their schools closed down Irene and her family escaped to Uganda. Since then her mother Esther has been fighting for better education in the refugee settlements in northern Uganda to ensure her kids a better future when going back home to South Sudan.
In August the one millionth refugee from South Sudan entered Uganda in escape of the war.
With most of the refugees being women and children and leaving during shootings at night their bedsheets called Milaya are often one of the few things they carry with them. The handmade patterns have been made in South Sudan and Sudan for generations and the tradition of the Milayas continues in what has become their temporary home while waiting for the war to end. Bidibidi is now with its more than 270.000 people considered the worlds largest refugee settlement.
Here Irene is posing in front of her Milaya hold by her sister Janet to the left and twin sister Charity to the right. For more pictures from 'The Milaya Studios' follow @noralorek
Photo: @andy_mann // One of our world's great artists, Aurora Borealis, paints on a night sky over Southeast #Greenland. // I spent this night bivied on the roof of our small boat as the 7 of our crew, along with 38 overpacked expedition bags, fought for space on a cramped 20 foot Viknes boat giving us a lift back to the airfield at Kulusuk after 40 days at basecamp. I think I made the correct decision, despite almost being rocked off into the icy waters a few times in my sleep. @ladzinski@mikelibecki@ethan_pringle@connor_seybert // Please #followme@andy_mann to see more of the Arctic's natural wonders.