Garden eels sway and feed in the swift current off Dumaguete, Philippines. These social creatures live in large colonies that extend great distances across the sand bottom. They creatures may look menacing but they are very shy and delicate and disappear the moment they detect your presence. This image was made with a remote camera set just at the edge of the colony. It took hours for the eels to feel safe enough to rise and feed near the new object in their midst. // photographed on my current @natgeo assignment with @jenniferhayesig Philippines, An Ocean Nation. // #Ocean#GardenEel#CoralTriangle#Philippines#Zen for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet
Healthy Acropora corals compete for space and sunlight at Opal Reef on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Recent back to back years of extreme temperatures have caused coral bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, a process that caused corals to lose their symbiotic algae that live in their tissues providing nutrients and brilliant color. Some corals can survive bleaching events while others die. Back to back years have caused higher mortality due to extreme stress. // Photographed on @natgeo assignment for Great Barrier Reef: Fragile Empire. // @thephotosociety@the_explorers_club // #ocean#GreatBarrierReef#australia#climatechange For #moreocean Follow @jenniferhayesig And @daviddoubilet
Two tiger sharks circle a sperm whale carcass on the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia. Many shark encounters around the world involve attracting the sharks with bait. It is a rare and welcome encounter to meet these apex predators on their terms. We counted eight different tiger sharks feeding on this drifting carcass. Lesson quickly learned: never get between tiger sharks and their meal. They were gracious company until the current shifted pushing the whale toward our team. The tigers let us know they preferred us at the perimeter of the scene. Photographed for @natgeo story Great Barrier Reef, A Fragile Empire. * #Ocean#GreatBarrierReef#Shark#Predation#WorldOceansDay * For #MoreOcean follow @daviddoubilet with @blueoceanfilmfest
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A rainbow colored school of anthias feed in the pulsing currents that gust like underwater winds through Verde Island Passage, Philippines. I am working on @natgeo assignment in this country I like to call the Ocean Nation that consists of + 7,000 islands. It is a place of extraordinary coral reefs, some under extraordinary pressure of trying to support +100 million people. Diving at Verde Island is like swimming through clouds of fish in a channel that is also one of the main shipping routes into Manila. The Philippines is a cornerstone of the coral triangle, a region of the Pacific known for its extreme marine biodiversity. // #ocean#coralreef#coraltriangle#rainbow#philippines for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig and @daviddoubilet
Hello! A very curious and playful juvenile beluga whale investigates my camera in the Saguenay-St.Lawrence Marine Park near Tadoussac Quebec. These magnificent gentle creatures called the canaries in the sea burble, chirp and squeak creating a symphony of sound that makes you just stop and listen. If you are lucky they will swim up to you to share their story. Beluga whales are one of 13 species that call the St. Lawrence home and they are in trouble. Their numbers have plunged to below 1000 whales due to high infant mortality. Scientists are working feverishly to determine the cause. Photographed on assignment for @natgeo story the Generous Gulf. With @natgeocreative@thephotosociety#ocean#stlawrence#beluga#belugawhale#baby#kiss#extreme#followme for #moreocean@jenniferhayesig and @daviddoubilet
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A gallery of life on the Great Barrier Reef. The late largest most iconic coral reef system may be located in Queensland Australia but it really belongs to the world. When I was a kid the Great Barrier was the first reef on my radar of imagination. Today the worlds largest coral reef is literally in hot water. Sequential coral bleaching events in 2016 & 2017 have affected 900+ miles of the 1400 mile long structure. Thermal stress causes the coral polyp to lose its symbiotic algae that provide color and supplemental nutrients. Unprecedented back to back bleaching have left this great reef with little time to recover and struggling to survive. These images were photographed on assignment with @natgeo available at @natgeocreative natgeocreative #ocean#coralreef#greatbarrierreef#climatechange#followme for #moreocean@jenniferhayesig and @daviddoubilet
An American crocodile patrols the mangrove channels of Gardens of the Queen National Park Cuba. The crocodile rested on the seagrass covered bottom of the channel for minutes at a time and then rose slowly to take a breath of air and returned to the bottom to sleep again. Crocodiles are called the engineers of the mangroves because their movements create and maintain channels that enhance circulation of water and nutrients through the dense roots systems. Photographed on assignment for @natgeo Cubas Underwater Jewels in the Path of Tourism. To view a video of working with this crocodile see @natgeo With @natgeocreative@thephotosociety#ocean#cuba#crocodile#predator#extreme#followme for #moreocean@jenniferhayesig and @daviddoubilet
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Happy Earth Day! Today is the last day to purchase a signed print of a father and son fishing over a shallow coral reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea is a corner of the Coral Triangle, a region known for its extreme marine biodiversity. I like this image published in National Geographic Magazine in November 2013 because it speaks to the delicate balance humans and a fragile sea.
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From "Paradise Revisited" story in 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine, this image is a beautiful vision of father and son fisherman gliding over multicolored coral gardens of Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea in their traditional outrigger canoe.
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Now Live. I am pleased to announce that my image of a Father and Son Fisherman in remote Papua New Guinea is running with the @natgeocreative Flash Sale collection from April 15th -April 22nd in honor of Earth Day. Visit the link in my profile to see all signed prints on sale for $100.
A very large and curious Maori wrasse followed our team around Sno Reef on the Great Barrier Reef. This big guy weighed several hundred pounds and had spear wounds from unsuccessful poaching encounters. The corals on the Great Barrier Reef are now in the midst of another unprecedented coral bleaching event. High sea temperatures in 2016 caused 90% of the 1200 mile long reef to bleach, a process where the tiny coral polyp loses its symbiotic algae due to heat stress. The algae provide valuable life sustaining nutrients to the coral and give it its color. If conditions improve quickly enough some corals can recover from a bleach event while others die and become covered in algae. Scientist estimate that 20% + of the Great Barrier Reef corals did not recover during the 2016 event. The extent of the 2017 bleach is yet to be known. Sequential bleaching events weakens the corals resilience and speeds the death of the reef. For @natgeo@natgeocreative@thephotosociety#ocean#coralreef#coralbleaching#wrasse#greatbarrierreef#australia#worldheritagesite for #moreocean#followme@daviddoubilet
Photographing American crocodiles at night in the mangrove channels of Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. The crocs nestle into to the soft seagrass that line the bottom of the channels. They close their eyes and rest for minutes at a time and then waken to rise to the surface to breath and settle back to the bottom. The crocs are the called the engineers of the mangroves, creating and maintaining channels that enhance water and nutrient circulation through the dense root systems. It is a gift to encounter and work with these wonderful creatures on their terms in a marine preserve that supports intact food chains that in turn supports stable population of apex predators. From #onasssignment for @natgeo in Cubas Gardens of the Queen story coverage in Nov issue. Thank you to colleague Leandro Blanco for video support. With @thephotosociety#ocean#cuba#crocodile#extreme#gratitude#respect#predator#ilovewhereiwork#ilovemyjob#beauty for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig and @daviddoubilet
An Encounter with a curious American crocodile on evening patrol in the shallow mangrove channels of Gardens of the Queen Cuba. The croc was swimming at a lazy pace in the downstream current and became mildly interested in our cameras. If you look very closely you will see my partner, Jennifer Hayes, just behind the croc. Our encounter was welcome and too brief before the magnificent creature became bored with us and drifted away in the current. The Gardens of the Queen is a time capsule in the Caribbean, the robust reefs and rich mangroves, protected by decree and isolation have created an ocean oasis that looks much like it did when Columbus arrived here and named it Jardines de la Reina for his queen. #onasssignment for @natgeo for Caribbean Crown Jewels Story coverage in November. See more online NatGeo.com. With @natgeocreative@thephotosociety#ocean#cuba#nationalpark#crocodile#teeth#predator#extreme#ilovewhereiwork#nature#respect#gratitude for #moreocean follow @JenniferHayesig and @daviddoubilet
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A harp seal pup called a "whitecoat" swims from one piece of ice to another in Canada's Gulf of St Lawrence near Prince Edward Island. I photographed these seals in a year of elevated temperatures with low to moderate ice cover. It was a bad year for seals in the gulf because the weak ice did not withstand a large storm that broke up the ice nursery killing 90%+ of the seal pups. This year is shaping up to be worse. This week thousands of pregnant harp seals are searching for ice that does not exist. We are on standby to travel to the gulf as conditions allow to document the harp seals in the Gulf of st Lawrence as they face climate change and a world without a nursery. For more about the Gulf of St Lawrence see @natgeo "Generous Gulf" online at NatGeo.com and stay tuned for more about the harp seals. With @natgeocreative@natgeo@thephotosociety@the_explorers_club#ocean#harpseal#faceofclimatechange#canada#extreme#baby#beauty HEY #BUFFALO Join us March 14 at the Kleinhans Music Hall for National Geographic Live presentation Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice as we travel from Papua New Guinea to beneath world of ice. For #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig and @daviddoubilet
A curious leopard seal challenges his own reflection that he sees in the large 9 inch glass dome of my underwater Seacam Housing near Danko Island Antarctica. A number of leopard seals were patrolling the shore near a large penguin colony waiting for a meal. These large seals are playful, curious and predatory. We have to be cautious and vigilant while photographing them in the water on their terms. I am happy to have a large camera housing between them and myself for two reasons: 1 it attracts their curious nature and 2 the housing acts like a Roman Shield when they become TOO curious. Are you near #Buffalo March 14? Join partner @jenniferhayesig and I for National Geographic Live presentation Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice at Kleinhans Music Hall. With @natgeo@natgeocreative@thephotosociety@the_explorers_club#ocean#extreme#antarctica#polar#smile#life for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet and @jenniferhayesig
Seasons Greetings. A harp seal pup peers at me as it waits patiently for its mother to return. Pups are born on Canada's ice covered Gulf of St Lawrence in February. The pups nurse for about two weeks and then are abandoned to learn how to be a harp seal on their own. Hunger forces them into the water to learn how to swim, how to eat and what to eat. It is a steep learning curve in a harsh environment. The pups now face warming seas and thin ice that collapses before they are able ready to swim resulting in high mortalities. These amazing creatures have become The Face of Climate Change for @jenniferhayesig and I. We return to the seals each year that conditions allow. We look forward to documenting life in the ice in 2017 and invite you to follow the journey. Photographed for @natgeo Generous Gulf. With @natgeocreative@thephotosociety@the_explorers_club#ocean#harpseal#beauty#life#merrychristmas#love#extreme#love#pup#baby#natgeoinspires for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet and @jenniferhayesig
A large colony of garden eels sway and feed in the gentle currents off Dumaguete Philippines. Garden eels are extremely shy and harmless members of the conger eel family. They live in burrows on the sea floor and are very social creatures that form large colonies. The currents deliver a a continuous passing supply of plankton allowing the eels to feed in the comfort and safety of their sandy home. As our team approached this giant colony they quickly vanished into their burrows as if they never existed. I find these colonies to be hypnotic living gardens in the sea. Thank you to Leandro Blanco for video support. On assignment for @natgeo Philippines, Inside the Coral Triangle. @ThePhotoSociety@NatGeoCreative #Ocean#Zen#Beauty#CoralTriangle#Explore#NatGeoInspires for #moreocean
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