Scarlet Macaw | Ara Macao

An Inside Look of a Latin American Symbol – The Intelligence of the Scarlet Macaw

Chances are that you have seen the scarlet macaw in movies, pictures, or resorts. Its image conjures up ideas of warm weather, relaxation, and paradise. In the wild, it is even more majestic, attracting conservationists, biologists, and aviculture enthusiasts alike and drawing the eye to its striking plumage colors of red, yellow, blue, and green.…

Shortfin Mako Shark | Isurus Oxyrinchus

The World’s Fastest Sharks – Mako Sharks Are Threatened With Extinction

In March 2019, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) officially listed the mako shark as an endangered species. This comes after its status was updated from “near threatened” to “vulnerable” back in 2007. Now, both the longfin mako shark and the shortfin mako shark have made it to the list, with the…

Raja Ampat Islands | West Papua | Indonesia

The Most Heavenly Place on Earth – Raja Ampat Islands of Indonesia

Seen from a bird’s eye view, the beautiful limestone islands found throughout Raja Ampat, Indonesia, look idyllic. In reality these are extremely rugged, karst formations formed underwater tens of millions of years ago by generations of marine organisms that secrete calcium carbonate. Subsequent tectonic plate activity caused these ancient reefs to uplift out of the…