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Film by @kitracahana // Find link to film on my Instagram account. // Stephane Alexis, 24, has put his own goals and aspirations on hold to help his parents care for his younger brother Torence, who has cerebral palsy. He spends upwards of 20 hours per week caring for Tor and has noticed the toll that caregiving can take mentally as well as physically. “It’s not an easy job. He needs you for everything, so you have to be taking care of him 24/7” Stephane says. Young caregivers are an often overlooked population with millions of children and young adults caring for loved ones with little access to emotional as well as financial support. Find the link for the full short film - Caring for Tor on my Instagram account. @kitracahana #youngcarer #youngcaregiver #cerebralpalsy #caregiving #caregiver #care #disability #ottawa #canada #youngcarers #brothers #love

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Photo by @argonautphoto (Aaron Huey). An Ancestral Puebloan granary built most likely around 800-1000 years ago, Cedar Mesa, Southern Utah. See a video of the cliff-ledge journey to access this site in @argonautphoto’s IG stories.

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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // On a recent @Sea_Legacy expedition to photograph Blue Whales, I came across this young Loggerhead Sea Turtle basking under and overcast sky. The early life of loggerheads and other sea turtles used to be called “the lost years,” because no one knew exactly where they went. Now we know that after young loggerheads are born in the warm beaches of Florida, they embark on a leisurely voyage under the sun. The youngsters idly float north along the Gulf Stream, then head toward the Azores. Along the way, they spend most of their time riding the waves, and the sun helps raise their body temperature.A small fish has turned this turtle into a home, where he can hide from predators, like seabirds. I spent a few minutes with these two animals, and then I watched as they swam, together, into the deep. To learn more about loggerheads check out the @LoggerheadMarineLifeCenter and #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier. #TurningtheTide with @Sea_Legacy @PaulNicklen @_tomConlin @Susan_bird_

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Photo by @chamiltonjames / Charlie Hamilton James - How cute is this? Well I guess that’s a subjective question. A young rat climbs from between the bars of a drain in Lower Manhattan in the early hours of this morning. Although rats living in cities are considered to infest the sewers and subways, they are actually more common living in safe places along and under the sidewalk - particularly places with easy access to a food supply - like the garbage bags of a nearby restaurant. This rat has everything it needs - a drain and a deli nearby. Shot on assignment for @natgeo with the help of @georgemckenziejr

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Photo by @BrianSkerry. 
A Loggerhead Sea Turtle forages for food on a seagrass bed in the waters near Placencia, Belize. Seagrass beds are vital to nearby coral reefs, as are mangroves, in that they provide necessary nutrients for organisms to develop and thrive. 
Loggerhead Sea Turtles are considered an endangered species, with many of these creatures harmed in fishing accidents and through the destruction of ecosystems necessary for reproduction. Because these beautiful creatures dwell in such broad areas of the world’s oceans, protection will require international cooperation and support. To learn more about these fascinating creatures, and to see photos from my adventures around the world, follow me - @BrianSkerry - on Instagram. #loggerhead #sea #turtle #clear #blue #ocean #water #belize #nature #photography #conserve #protect #endangered #species #nature #national #geographic #onassignment #photooftheday

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Photo: @ivankphoto / A boy plays at low tide on the northern coast of Ecuador in the province of Esmeraldas.

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Video by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz #onassignment yesterday for @natgeo Purse seining pirogues offload their catch just after sunrise on the beach of Kayar, Senegal. West African waters have been heavily fished by both artisanal boats like these as well as industrial ships from other countries, and the fish populations are rapidly declining. But when the big schools of pelagic fish are offshore, the landing still takes on epic proportions. To see more from my fieldwork in West Africa, follow @geosteinmetz #fishing #sustainability

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Video by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) A tourist and a camel in front of Al-Khazneh, Arabic for the Treasury, one of many facades carved into the mountains of the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen #muhammedmuheisen

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Photograph by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl on assignment for @natgeo | A story where my first love met my second- horses and photography. This image is from the cover story of the first issue of Far & Away, a new magazine that brings together the photojournalism of National Geographic and the reporting of The Wall Street Journal. Ahmed Sulaiman Aladwi @horse_life95 riding Alreem at Bahla horse festival, Bahla, Oman. Unlike Western saddles, Omani saddles have no stirrups making a manoeuvre like this much more challenging. The horses ridden at Bahla festival are a variety of breeds- Anglo, Arabian, English and Desert breeds (a mix of local Arabian mares with an english blood line). Photographed for Far & Away, from @NatGeo and @WSJ

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Video by @bertiegregory. Turn Sound on!! A male southern elephant seal shouts at his rivals on the island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean. These males can grow unbelievable large with the biggest weighing in at 8800lbs/4000kg and 6m/20ft long! Shot as part of a new online series for National Geographic coming soon. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife videos.

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Photo by @FransLanting Two half grown cheetah cubs sit next to their mother while she is surveying the landscape ahead for signs of trouble and opportunity. We followed this family day in and day out and got an intimate understanding of the challenges a female cheetah faces as she does double duty. She is a single mother and a working woman. She has to hunt, but minimize risks to herself while she chases prey and she has to keep her cubs out of trouble as well. Males play no role in the upbringing of cheetah cubs. It takes a year and a half of constant risk assessment and decision making for a cheetah mom to wean a litter of cubs to independence. And she teaches them by example as you can see here. It is amazing to see the drama of the daily lives of cheetahs play out in real time. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more intimate encounters with cheetahs. @Thephotosociety #Cheetah #BigCats #Endangered #Wildlifephotography #Motherhood #Wildlife #Safari

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Photo by @chamiltonjames / Charlie Hamilton James - Rats in a drain beneath the sidewalk on Broadway in the early hours of this morning. Perhaps 40 rats live down this drain and they appear after dark as the traffic begins to die down to raid garbage bags. To get this shot we placed a small camera inside the drain which allowed us to photograph and monitor the rats remotely. With assistance from @georgemckenziejr

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