Yesterday we visited Choeung Ek, also known as The Killing Fields and S-21, the site of Tuol Sleng Prison. Cambodia’s recent history is horrific - the Khmer Rouge was responsible for the deaths of 3 million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979, many of which were imprisoned, tortured and then executed. 23,745 mass graves have been discovered - The Killing Fields holds 20,000 of these, with at least 1,386,734 victims. Pictured is a commemorative stupa filled with the skulls of the victims.
Photo by @BrianSkerry.
Happy #WorldWhaleDay Everyone!
A female adult sperm whale babysits a calf while the calf’s mother feeds in the deep waters of the eastern Caribbean. Sperm whales are the largest predators on Earth and have been portrayed as monsters throughout human history. Despite these misconceptions, researchers are shattering such beliefs and are revealing instead an amazing animal with sophisticated behaviors and even a sense of ‘family values.' This ancient species was swimming in the sea before humans walked upright, and they possess the largest brains of any animal on the planet. Spending most of their lives in the deep ocean, we rarely see more than brief moments from the lives of these animals, and we’re forced to slowly piece together the puzzle of their lives. In the time ahead, more will be learned about their complex societies and cultures. Coverage from an upcoming @natgeo story.
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