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A whale shark approaches a small boat called a banca for a handful of krill in Oslob Philippines. Six days a week thousands of tourist show up here to see and swim with dozens of hand fed whale sharks. These giants arrive seeking a handout of krill as they swim below, past and around the visitors seeking an encounter with worlds largest fish, a plankton feeding shark. The feeding stops around noon and the whale sharks disappear to the depths. There is conservation debate and controversy about the effects of hand feeding these large migratory sharks. Many scientist condemn the feeding because of concerns that this activity congregates the sharks making them vulnerable and interrupts their natural foraging and migration patterns. Others that support the practice suggest that the sharks act as ocean. ambassadors teaching visitors about the sea, that the economy generated around these sharks makes them extremely valuable and protects them from harm and that the sharks are free to come and go at will.
Photographed on @natgeo assignment for Philippines: Inside the Coral Triangle with @DavidDoubilet #ocean#Whaleshark#Philippines#CoralTriangle#Extreme for #MoreOcean follow @JenniferHayesig
An American crocodile slowly passes overhead at sunset in the mangrove channels of Gardens of the Queen, National Park, Cuba. These crocodiles have been on Earth +\- 240 million years and large individuals can reach nearly 20 feet. These wonderful reptiles are called the engineers of the mangroves because their movements create and maintain channels that enhance water and nutrient circulation. This marine preserve located 50 miles of the southern cost of Cuba is a Caribbean eden where robust reefs and rich mangroves support healthy populations of apex predators. Photographed for @natgeo Caribbean Crown Jewels in the Path of Tourism. #ocean#crocodile#cuba#predator#sunset#extreme#followme for #moreocean@daviddoubilet and @jenniferhayesig
Happy Earth Day! Today is the last day to purchase a signed print of the image of a harp seal pup on the windswept sea ice of Gulf of St. Lawrence photographed on assignment for The Generous Gulf story published in National Geographic Magazine in May 2014. This pup and generations after it after struggling to survive as their ice nurseries collapse before they are able to fend for themselves. This magnificent creature has become the face of climate change for me and I return each year that conditions allow to document their life in thinning ice.
Click on the link in my profile to view this print and the entire collection available for $100.
Your purchase supports the Power of Science, Exploration and storytelling.
Photo by @jenniferhayesig A pregnant polar bear extends her dark blue-black tongue sensing her environment. She was recently wounded by a walrus, a prey of last resort due to high risk of injury. The encounter left her with a large gash on her left rear flank and a debilitating limp. I was saddened as I watched her favor her hind leg walking slowly, carrying unborn cubs into an unknown future. We look forward to returning to the Arctic in July of this year.
Photographed on Elysium Artists for the Arctic Expedition. A collaboration of 65 photographers, filmmakers, poets, writers, scientists and sculptors from 19 countries with 1 mission: to create a body of work that makes people fall in love with and protect the polar regions.
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Have you heard about the special Flash Sale to celebrate Earth Day? Visit the link in my profile to purchase a signed print of these images by @BrianSkerry@DGuttenfelder@Pedromcbride@Coryrichards@cookjenshel or to view the entire collection.
I am excited to be a part of @natgeocreative Flash Sale in honor of Earth Day, running from April 19th to April 22nd. Your purchase will support the power of science, exploration and story telling.
Visit the link in my profile to see the full collection of images in honor of Earth Day, running from April 19th to April 22nd.
Signed prints from @natgeocreative photographers are on sale now. This amazing image was captured by @RandyOlson. Visit the link in my profile to see full collection of image in honor of Earth Day. Sale ends April 22nd. Your purchase will empower the power of science, exploration and storytelling.
A harp seal pup seeks shelter from the constant wind that blows across the sea ice in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence as it awaits the return of its mother. Harp seals are born on sea ice in late February. This image speaks to the necessity of taking climate change seriously as rising global temperatures cause the formation of very weak unstable ice that will not support the harp seal nurseries. Purchase signed prints of this image for $100 from April 17th - April 22nd in honor of Earth Day. Click on the link in my profile to see all the signed prints featured in @natgeocreative Flash Sale. Make every day #Earth Day. You depend on Earth and Earth depends on you. 100% of our personal proceeds related to the sale of this harp seal print will be donated to environmental conservation, education and outreach at Save The River, The upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper.
Now Live. I am pleased to announce that my image of a harp seal pup is running with the @natgeocreative Flash Sale collection from April 17th - April 22nd in honor of Earth Day. Visit the link in my profile to see all the signed prints on sale for $100.
A harp seal pup called a white coat enters the icy waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to follow its mother to a more stable piece of ice. Harp seal pups are born on the ice in late February and nursed for 12-15 days until their mother abandons them to mate and migrate. This year only a small amount of unstable ice formed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Many pregnant females searched in vain for ice and tried to exit the Gulf for Atlantic ice. A few thousand pups were born on a small unstable ice platform North of Prince Edward Island that began drifting with high winds and current. We will keep you updated with the status of survival of the Gulf of St Lawrence seals as the data comes in. With @natgeo@natgeocreative@thephotosociety@the_explorers_club#ocean#harpseal#baby#ice#polar#canada#seal#followme for #moreocean@jenniferhayesig
An aerial view of a harp seal nursery in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence near Northumberland Strait. This time of year (this week) thousands of female harp seals seek solid ice to birth their pups on. Many recent years have seen elevated temperatures and diminished ice formation. High wind and waves demolish the nursery and the pups drown or get crushed. This season is another record high for temperatures and extremely low ice cover. While you read this thousands of pregnant females are searching for a place to have their pup. We are on stand by to journey to the gulf this as conditions allow. Stay tuned for the story of the harp seal in the face of Climate Change. See more about harp seals in @natgeo Generous Gulf story online. With @natgeo@natgeocreative#ocean#ice#baby#nursery#seal#canada#climatechange#extreme HEY #BUFFALO join us March 14 at Kleinhans Music Hall for National Geographic Live Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice. For #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet and @jenniferhayesig
A harp seal mother watches closely over her pup as they swim from one ice floe to another in Canada's Gulf of St Lawrence. Elevated temperatures have produced weakened sea ice that degrades before pups are able to survive on their own. Pups are born on the ice in late February and nursed for 12-15 days before the mother abandons then to mate and migrate. Life in the ice is hard and mortality is high and extremely high in a warming sea that degrades their ice nursery. Follow us as we return to the harp seals in March to document their Life in the ice in the face of climate change. Photographed on assignment for @natgeo Generous Gulf. With @natgeocreative@thephotosociety@the_explorers_club#icean#baby#swim#life#love#motherinstinct#mother#beauty#climatechange for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig
An American crocodile rests on the surface of a mangrove channel in The Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. These large reptiles are called the engineers of the mangroves because they open and maintain channels that increase the flow of water and nutrients. This marine preserve located fifty miles south of Cuba is a Caribbean Eden with robust reefs, rich mangroves and healthy populations of apex predators. Cuba has been successful in protecting this delicate remote corner of the sea that now stands in the path of increased tourism. See more of Cuba's secret sea in @natgeo November issue. With @natgeocreative@thephotosociety#ocean#Cuba#Crocodile#NationalPark#extreme#smile#natgeoinspires for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet and @jenniferhayesig
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Sunset casts a golden glow through a shallow stand of elkhorn coral in Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. Elkhorn is a critically endangered species throughout its range but populations of this nearly extinct coral thrive in this remote marine preserve located 50 miles off the southern coast of Cuba. Gardens of the Queen is vintage Caribbean teeming with robust reefs, abundant fish and healthy shark populations. This preserve is an example that determined vigilance and patrols within marine protected areas can be successful. Now the world needs to recognize and support Cuba's conservation efforts as these Living jewels are square in the path of increased tourism. See more of Cuba's Gardens of the Queen in @natgeo story Caribbean Crown Jewels in the @natgeo November issue. #ocean#coral#elkhorn#cubs#sunset#dream#life#love#beauty for more ocean follow @jenniferhayesig
An African elephant uses its trunk as a snorkel to cross a deep stream in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. These incredible creatures enjoy their near weightlessness in water, rolling and playing beneath the surface like giddy children. Elephant populations are severely depleted due to the ivory trade. Wild elephant populations may not survive 10 years at current poaching rates. Do not purchase ivory products and please support elephant conservation to keep these incredible social and intelligent creatures on this planet. Photographed on assignment for @natgeo The Miracle Delta. With @natgeocreative@thephotosociety@the_explorers_club#elephant#swimmingelephant#okavangodelta#botswana#extreme#beauty#life#love follow @jenniferhayesig.
Caribbean reef sharks politely accept a meal of fish from Stuart Cove in Nassau Bahamas. The Bahama Islands were declared a shark sanctuary in 2014. Photographers, filmmakers and families travel from around the globe to dive with and lean about sharks. Revenue generated from this shark tourism results in the conservation and protection of sharks in this country. Globally sharks have declined by 90%+ due to shark finning for shark fin soup. There is some debate oabout the practice of shark feeding and how it does or goes not alter shark behavior. Natural encounters occur but most iconic images of sharks in the media are made using bait. Many images produced from these encounters educate the world of sharks snd the fight to keep them swimming in our seas. Photo by @jenniferhayesig with @natgeo@natgeocreative@the_explorers_club@thephotosociety@aboutsharks@ocean#shark#sharkfeed#stuartcove#bahamas#ocean#gratitude#marinesanctuary for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet and @jenniferhayesig
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I love it when the unexpected visitor shows up. I was photographing schools of many lined sweet lips on the Great Barrier Reef when this hammerhead cane over a piece of coral and a wall of grey unexpectedly filled my frame. I shook my head and looked up as it passed overhead like a submarine. She made one very slow circle and disappeared like s ghost. No bait, no drama just this passing encounter in the sea. We are seeing small victories for shark conservation. your actions, images, words, and wallet are making a difference. Every week is shark week in the sea. Photographed on assignment for @natgeo@thephotosociety#shark#sharks#Surprise#Gratitude#GreatBarrierReef#explore#Hammerhead#explore#Ocean for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig
A Happy Hello from a grey seal at Bonaventure Island in the Gulf of St Lawrence near the Gaspe Peninsula. We were covering Grey seals as part of our @natgeo Generous Gulf reportage because of a proposed cull that would remove 70% or 70,000 +\- seals from the Gulf due to controversy over reasons for the codfish stocks failure to rebound. Some fisherman and politicians linked grey seal predation to this failure. The seals were shy at first then when I hid or swam away they would come and find me in a game of hide and seek. This young seal held the camera with his flippers and repeatedly nuzzled the glass dome on the Seacam underwater housing while he "tested" it like a toy with his whiskers, tongue and teeth. It was magic to swim with these engaging, social and clever creatures. There is currently good news for this seal: there is a hold on the proposed cull. Photo by @jenniferhayesig for @natgeo@natgeocreative@thephotosociety@the_explorers_club#ocean#seal#love#lovebite#Respectnature#smile#happy#gratitude#nature for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig