1350-2073 - New Ireland Malagan funerary statue in at the Metropolitan Museum of Art museum, New York, USA. New Ireland is part of the Bismarck Archipelago, situated north of New Guinea, and has an estimated population of 100,000. The Dutch first encountered the island in 1616, and today New Ireland is a province of Papua New Guinea. Nineteen different languages are spoken on the island, and it is divided by a chain of mountains into three distinct regions: northern, central, and southeastern. The art of New Ireland traditionally centered on mortuary ceremonies and feasts to honor the dead. In northern New Ireland, the name given to these elaborate ceremonies is malagan, which is also the term used for the carved and painted sculptures associated with the ceremonies.
1350-2246 - Albatros. Tourists on a snorkeling excursion to view black tipped sharks and sting rays in the shallow waters of the Bora Bora lagoon, Moorea, French Polynesia, Society Islands, South Pacific. Cook's Bay.
1116-49711 - An aerial view of Balicasag Island, a tiny island in South West Bohol in the central Philippines. It is famous for scuba diving on the deep, vertical walls and there are some fantastic hard coral gardens at snorkeling depths, Balicasag Island, Philippines
1116-49655 - An aerial view of the coastline at Waianapanapa State Park, Hana, Maui, Hawaii. The famous black sand beach is in the bay at the top of the frame. Five images were combined for this stitched composite, Hana, Maui, Hawaii, United States of America
1116-49712 - An aerial view of the live aboard vessel Infiniti for scuba diving off Balicasag Island, a tiny island in South West Bohol in the central Philippines. It is famous for scuba diving on the deep, vertical walls and there are some fantastic hard coral gardens at snorkeling depths, Balicasag Island, Philippines
1116-49660 - Encounters with Hawaiian monk seals (Monachus schauinslandi) (endemic and endangered) are few and far between. Here a monk seal shares a patch of sand with a Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), also an endangered species, off Maui, Maui, Hawaii, United States of America