Return to the Amazon

Lights, Action!

LIGHTS, ACTION!: Filming in the murky, iced-tea-coloured Amazon depths requires artificial lighting: strobes for the still camera and portable HMI (Hydrargyrum Medium arc Iodide) lights, which OFS helped develop and which have revolutionized underwater filming in high definition. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Family Portrait with . . . er . . . Friend

FAMILY PORTRAIT WITH ... ER ... FRIEND?: Fabien, Jean-Michel and Céline Cousteau watch the cautious movements of a jacaré. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Under water in The Amazon

UNDER WATER IN THE AMAZON: Bright tetras dart by in the reflections of tree trunks and roots above the water line. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Not a Mouse!

NOT A MOUSE!: But it is a mouse opossum. Céline Cousteau gets upclose and personal. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Lunch Time!

LUNCH TIME!: Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus). In the dry season, thousands of these cormorants come to feed on the fish of Mamirauá Lake. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Not a Zoo

NOT A ZOO: Mindú Municipal Park is a 33-hectare ecological reserve completely locked in by the burgeoning city of Manaus. The green enclave has become the last stand for some 15 endangered pied bare-faced tamarins (Saguinus bicolor). © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Watchful Eyes

WATCHFUL EYES: A shy squirrel monkey peeks out from its jungle hiding place. Although squirrel monkeys spend most of their time in the trees, this one was near the riverbank looking for – what else? - food. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

A Bite to Eat

A BITE TO EAT: The boto, or pink river dolphin, is about to catch a tasty morsel. The unfused vertebrae in its neck allow the boto to move its head in all directions; and the 30 some pairs of teeth in its upper and lower jaws make it well equipped to crush its favourite meal, armoured catfish, and even the hard shells of crabs or turtles.© Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

View from Base Camp

VIEW FROM BASE CAMP: Spectacular sunset on the Rio Jauaperí, which flows into the Rio Negro. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Rebirth

REBIRTH: This moulting katydid has just emerged from its old shell. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

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