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North Korea Parade Candles

Image Source: The Atlantic

North Korea’s Latest Surreal Military Demonstration

North Korea Color Coordination

Image Source: The Atlantic

It’s hardly surprising that North Korea would stage a massive military demonstration to mark 70 years of Workers’ Party rule. It is, on the other hand, surprising that they would allow foreign photographers as much access as they did. The goal, no doubt, was to present to the world a strong, proud nation that can conquer any foe (namely the United States). The images, however, present an eerily hollow ghost town whose idea of military might, and thus national identity, are bound to ideas and iconography now more than a half century old. See more at The Atlantic.

North Korea People Flag

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Thousands Of Walruses Are Shoring Up In Alaska. Here’s Why.

Alaska Aerial Photograph

Source: Gary Braasch

President Barack Obama spent part of this past week in Alaska, becoming the first sitting U.S. President to visit the Arctic. Much of his extended tour was centered around climate change, a phenomenon that’s personally affecting many of Alaska’s rural and native village residents.

Need more proof that warmer temperatures and ice melt are impacting our 49th state and its inhabitants? Just head to Point Lay, where thousands of walruses have unnaturally congregated on land—again.

Alaska Walruses Climate Change

Source: Gary Braasch

Photographer Gary Braasch snapped photos of about 6,000 walruses who congregated on the Alaskan coast approximately a week before Obama’s arrival. Compared to last year’s 35,000 shored walruses, this year’s herd seems manageable. Nevertheless, upon sight of 18 million pounds of blubber parading around the shore, the word “manageable” isn’t the first to pop to mind. Don’t believe us? Just check out Braasch’s photos of the event:

Alaska Walruses Congregate

Source: Gary Braasch


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21 Shark Facts Just In Time For Shark Week

You’re more likely to be bitten by another person than by a shark, but that hasn’t stopped us from recounting nightmare stories of the ocean’s most talked about predator. Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week is both a response to and an example of popular interest in one of the world’s most-feared predators.

Hundreds of shark species dart through oceans worldwide, with some being the size of your hand and others larger than a school bus. Even though the fear isn’t that warranted–you’re more likely to be killed by a falling coconut than a great white, after all–the shark’s deftness as a predator warrants media coverage and popular curiosity. So whether you tune into Shark Week or not, wow your friends with these insane shark facts.

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Go Below Sea Level With These Gorgeous Underwater Photos

underwater animal photography seal feeding

A seal attempting to acquire its next meal. Source: Jorger Cervera Hauser

Writers and artists often use images of large bodies of water to symbolize the unknown. One look at nature photographer Jorge Cervera Hauser’s photography, though, and it seems that the ocean and its inhabitants are something Hauser knows incredibly well:

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underwater animal photography feeding ball

Some fish swarm together for protection, but they more accurately just become a feeding ball for nearby predators. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography sea turtle

The majestic sea turtle can live in excess of 100 years. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography peeking croc

A young croc peeking out above the water line. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography dolphin pod

Pods of dolphins are often seen playing when not feeding. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography blue stripes

This shark has a couple of unlikely companions. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography diver down

Deep sea divers experience things most of us can only dream of. Source:Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography croc resting

Sometimes you just need a rest, even if you’re a crocodile. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography shark helper

Pilot fish keep sharks free from parasites. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography yellow backs

The underwater world holds a wide array of vibrant colors and exotic species. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography shark above

An artistic composition of a shark from above. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animall photography crystal blue

Crystal blue waters and a cruising shark. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography two dolphins

Stunning black and white photo of a pair of dolphins. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography hammerhead

A hammerhead shark swimming. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography from below

Artistic black and white of a cruising shark, from below. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography great white

Terror of the oceans, the great white shark! Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography tuna

Schools of tuna can number in the thousands. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography jaws lives

For many the massive great white shark will always conjure memories of the movie Jaws. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography jumping dolphin

A dolphin swimming upside down looks as though it is jumping out of the water. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

underwater animal photography sand ray

Black and white image of a ray burring into the sandy ocean floor. Source: Jorge Cervera Hauser

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