andy_mann Catalan Marine Biologist @janaverdura looks for life in the "benthic" sea grasses of the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Albania. Cold, dark waters offer very little for us in the form of fish or corals, but the story, and the future of the Mediterranean, lie within the unexpected. @waittfoundation @natgeocreative 7h

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andy_mann The ocean paints it's masterpiece on every single ship that sails it. Saw so much character today in this Albanian shipyard. The crew has boarded and we're off to our first dive location in the morning. @waittfoundation @thejoelepore @3stringsproductions @natgeocreative 1d

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andy_mann As I board for yet another long journey across the pond, I can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude and joy for this life. Thanks @orienstar for being my foundation, understanding my artistic journey & supporting it whole-heartily. I'm truly blessed. Our biggest adventure is just around the corner. #loveandrespect 3d

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andy_mann Here they come. Carribean Reef Sharks (big ones) blow by on their way up into the murky mangroves at high tide. Sad to be leaving the Bahamas and my finned friends but excited as all hell to be joining the @waittinstitute for a dive trip in Albania tomorrow for 2 weeks. Off again! #seatosummit @3stringsproductions @mbond8 @natgeoadventure @thejoelepore @boiga 4d

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andy_mann Amazing final sunrise here in Exuma Islands this morning shooting landscapes with Captain Scott Genereux and his 8X10 Deardorff Camera. It's the quiet moments like this, waiting for the perfect moment to take a single photograph, that I've learned to appreciate more and more. Having started my career around the turn of the digital age, I'm deeply inspired by the art and the artist who cares as much about the process as the product. I'm so thankful for where this 8x10 camera evolved but more impressed with it just as it is and just as it was. Off to Albania. @moorecharitable @natgeoadventure @natgeo @3stringsproductions 5d

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andy_mann A Caribbean Reef Shark cruises up the murky mangrove waters of Hawks Nest Creek at low tide for a snack. @moorecharitable @natgeoadventure @natgeocreative @3stringsproductions 7d

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andy_mann The Patagonian "weather window." It's a rare sight indeed. Dreaming on my next trip down to this amazing range. Should be on everyone's top 3. @ladzinski @3stringsproductions @blackdiamond 1w

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andy_mann A bold Nurse Shark makes a run up Hawk's Nest Creek with his companions during slack tide. One of five species we saw coming in to hunt in the mangroves (and stopping off at the fish cleaning dock on their way in). A few more days here and hoping for a few more amazing interactions like this one. The Bahamas has to be the sharkiest place on Earth? @moorecharitable @mbond8 @3stringsproductions @natgeoadventure @natgeocreative 1w

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andy_mann Two days here re-fueling and re-stocking supplies in Hawks Nest Marina, Cat Island. Good to rinse the gear and get solid ground under foot. Been fun free-diving in the channel here, looking for juvenile sharks in the mangroves and shallows. This little inlet looks unassuming but by afternoon it's a mad house of large sharks as the daily fisherman clean there at catch by this dock. Tigers, Lemons, Caribbean & Black Tip reefs, Nurses, Blacknose, Rays & more all jockeying for position. Images soon. Off to the Exuma Islands today... @moorecharitable @mbond8 @3stringsproductions @natgeoadventure 1w
  •   andy_mann @nsagar1 haha. Good point. "Lesser traveled" may be a better adjective. Headed to Cave Cay. 1w
  •   nsagar1 Yep, we counted over 100 boats at Staniel Cay in March! Sorry I missed you in Cat by a few weeks, stay tuned for my much lesser quality pictures of that adventure. 1w
  •   peace_artsandcrafts Wow! 1w
  •   nsagar1 If you get to Thunderball grotto on your way up the Exuma chain then try the DWS just left of the entrance out the steepest line in the cave. 5.12ish.... Doubt it sees many ascents! 1w
  •   andy_mann @nsagar1 will do! Came close to a nice route today in a huge grotto in Cave Cay. Cool stuff! 1w
  •   nurhanka @82ysmnx develi niye var yaaa 1w
  •   82ysmnx @nurhanka valla çok gereksiz biyer 1w
  •   agot2912 Stunning 8h

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andy_mann Mount Oave. The highest point in the Marquesas Islands. It's unclimbed "finger" on it's flank. More than enough adventure would be a summit bid on this beast... Photo taken March 2015 on our ascent of the nearby "Poumaka" tower. Ua Pou Island. @mikelibecki @ladzinski @angelajpayne @goalzero 1w

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andy_mann Walruseses..es? A ton of fun. Literally. Love these guys. // Franz Josef Land, Russia 2013. @natgeo @natgeocreative @coryrichards 1w

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andy_mann To free-dive with these big Oceanics takes the cake. Their terms. Their turf. Without the holding depth and air bubbles of scuba, the interactive axis shifts and so does the experience. She came is fast with her dorsal fin cresting the surface. A close, gentle and cautious pass. I'll never forget it. The most beautiful of all the sharks I've seen. Look at the size of those pectoral fins! Oceanic Whitetips are at great risk: they are grade A in the shark fin trade and are caught often as by-catch by deep sea long-liners. Females take 10-12 years to sexually mature...Think about that. This is one of the only places in the world one can somewhat predict an encounter like this. Kudos to all the local dive operators, researchers & local organizations here at Cat Island right now spreading the gospel: #saveoursharks @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeoadventure @3stringsproductions @epicdiving @mbond8 @lucyahowey @dabercro123 @moorecharitable @nocabjt @seawilliams 2w

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andy_mann You gotta be tough to be out here day in and day out. Everyone that I've ever met who loves the sea enough to dedicate their lives to it, have a certain grit that is magical. Our first mate, Joey Salamone, has that. When the sharks show up, Joey tosses a baited hand-line out, hooks them & allows the line to break-away with a surface marker. The boat in the background follows the buoy out and pulls the shark in safely by hand. Without ever bringing the shark out of the water, our scientists apply tags, take blood, sonograms & other collect other important data. Teamwork is crucial here and this crew has it down. Pulling anchor now and headed out for Day 3... @moorecharitable @mbond8 @3stringsproductions @lucyahowey @dabercro123 @captinjoeydafish 2w

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andy_mann Ocean folks call the midday, pelagic light, "Jesus Rays." Not a religious man myself, but if there is a higher power, he knows how to light up the blue. Here, my good buddy Trevor Bacon (@nocabjt) returns to the surface after a serious breath hold. @natgeoadventure @3stringsproductions @moorecharitable 2w

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andy_mann On assignment in Cat Island, Bahamas this month. // We are satellite-tagging pregnant Oceanic Whitetip Sharks. Important steps in learning where these threatened species go to pup. "Oceanics" are notoriously curious to surface free-divers which is often the case with large pelagic sharks. It's important to read it's behavior with caution and respect : and be very comfortable in the water. I've been blessed to learn from the best @c_delacy @mbond8 @thejoelepore and others. The big girl was one of the largest recorded during this 5 year project. Awesome day one! Looking forward to the weeks ahead. I'm humbled and honored to be among these wonderful animals and those who have dedicated their lives to saving them. @moorecharitable @3stringsproductions @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeoadventure #microwavetelemetry @dabercro123 2w

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andy_mann Not a bad place to call home. Peruvian Andes 2012. #Incanodyssey 3w

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andy_mann @andywsalo works the #Gunks most difficult route, "Ozone" 5.14R. Yup, you may need to change your pants after a spin on this beauty. Completely outrageous and utterly inspiring watching friends take turns on this formation last night. This should be the year for @andywsalo to take it down! We'll be presenting stories and images from the Gunks and beyond on Sept 9th at the @arcteryx store opening in NYC. There will be a print auction to raise funds for the Mohonk Preserve and Gunks Climbers Coalition. Hope to see you folks there and hear your stories. @vikkiweldon @britterific @sweenyj @laurafergusson77 @danopendygrasse 3w

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andy_mann @andywsalo throwing the crux roof on the #Gunks scare-fest "Boogieman" yesterday. Really small gear protects this bouldery sequence for which you really don't want to fall on. @arcteryx @vikkiweldon @whitneyboland 3w

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andy_mann We're shouting out our love for moms, far and wide. Another awesome climbing day yesterday in the #Gunks. Thanks for the tour @gunksapps. Time is flying out here way too fast. @arcteryx coming to NYC. @vikkiweldon @britterific #defineFEMININE 3w

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andy_mann @vikkiweldon gets a shake-out high on the #Gunks classic "Ridicullissima." Honored to be here in New York this week shooting the @arcteryx campaign for the NYC brand store opening in Sept. Like any good day, we rapped in the dark and edited photos until 3am. Psyched for what's ahead. @andywsalo @whitneyboland #newyorkknowswhatsup #defineFEMININE 4w

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