Photo and caption by @petekmuller. The vast plains of Kenya’s Maasai Mara come into view as we descend from the Angama lodge, high on the adjacent hills. At the end of heavy seasonal rains, the Mara is green and lush, attracting large numbers of animals. It’s my first time to stay on the hills above and in so doing, I find myself considering what it must have been like for our distant human ancestors to leave the relative safety of the forests and venture out onto the savanna. While teeming with life and possibility, one can imagine that such landscapes were daunting for early humans, a species that possessed little in the way of competitive skills. We were comparatively slow and weak and lacked claws or large teeth. In those early days as we tested life on the plains, we were squarely in the middle of the food chain. For me—and I suspect many others—visiting the Mara touches something deep and primal within us, connecting us to the human story in ways few things can. Follow @petekmuller for more images and observations from Kenya and beyond. #MaasaiMara#Mara#TheMara#Kenya#savanna#Angama#safari#wildlife#nature#adventure#Africa#green#animals
Photo by @leftjohn The upriver salmon run is one of nature's great migrations. After being out on the oceans for years they find their way back to the river they were born and spend their last energy to go as far as possible against the stream, then spawning and dying. So the feeding of the bears is just taking care of the available food resources. #nature#wildlife#salmon#brownbear
Fishermen in Sri Lanka bring in their catch - a massive billfish. When the civil war ended in 2009, fishing resumed and with more eyes out on the surrounding Indian Ocean, rumours came back to shore of huge gatherings of sperm whales.
Fishermen here are helping marine guides like Daya to spot whales in the open ocean. ‘The fishermen told me there were lots of whales, a little bit north of here. Not ones or twos, many.’ #BluePlanet2