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Qori Kalis glacier

QORI KALIS GLACIER: Céline Cousteau contemplates the Quelccaya ice cap and the Qori Kalis glacier to the right. She is sitting at the edge of the glacial melt lake. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Camu Camu

CAMU CAMU: Two young people gather camu camu in their shirts in a flooded grove. These fruits are used by Amazon Herb Company to make nutritional supplements, thereby providing a local income while also promoting sustainable harvesting of the botanical treasures of the rainforest.
© Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Scarlet Ibis

SCARLET IBIS: The adult male and female of the scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber) are both bright red, a result of their crustacean-rich diet. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society

The "Big Roar"

THE "BIG ROAR": The Pororoca-engendered waves look mild-mannered enough in this shot. However, spray from what the Tupi Indians call "the big roar" actually reached as high as the helicopter carrying OFS photographers filming from above. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society

Pororoca

POROROCA: Their small boat’s motor pumping hard, not to mention their hearts, Fabien Cousteau, Jai Mansson and their driver race to stay ahead of the powerful waves. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society

Swimming to safety

SWIMMING TO SAFETY: After filming the Pororoca, OFS photographer Carrie Vonderhaar spotted this lone horse floundering in the water, struggling to get to higher ground. After some anguishing minutes, the animal made it to safety. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society

Aero Continente

AERO CONTINENTE: A young boy paddles to the other side of a pond created after a heavy storm. While his tee-shirt promotes a now-defunct airline, "Aero Continente," the trusty dugout remains his unfailing mode of transportation. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Just a Pile of Leaves?

JUST A PILE OF LEAVES?: Also called "leaf turtle" because underwater it looks like a pile of leaves, the mata mata is a master of disguise. Jean-Michel Cousteau checks the critter out. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Armadillo

ARMADILLO: This small armadillo turns out to be shy, and it isn’t long before it takes off. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

Setting up camp

SETTING UP CAMP: Matt Ferraro films as Céline and Fabien Cousteau, and Matthew Scott set up the OFS team’s tents. Their food was brought in from the Pantera Negra because they didn't want to impose on their hosts. © Carrie Vonderhaar, Ocean Futures Society/KQED

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