Thomas Peschak is a marine biologist and well-regarded nature photographer who's passionate about our oceans and the creatures they contain. He often has National Geographic assignments and he has written/done photography for several books. I follow him on Instagram and always look forward to his posts.
Recently Peschak did a TED talk which I decided to put on to the blog today, Earth Day. I hope visitors to this page will have time to look at it.
How beautiful are these birds!
The rest of the blurb says these birds, symbols of longevity and immortality in China and Japan, mate for life. Reduced to fewer than 100 individuals at one point, conservation measures have increased the population to more than 1000 birds in Japan now, where their limited habitat impacts breeding success each summer. In mainland Asia, there are approximately 1700 in Russia, Mongolia, China and Korea, but their population is declining due to habitat loss. Let's leave room on the planet for beauty!