Concerned citizens around the world are going to make a difference tonight from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It's the 10th annual Earth Hour and I'm excited to take part while away on a @sea_legacy Mission in the Dominican Republic. For those who haven't participated yet, the event encourages all of us to shut off non-essential electricity to save energy.
Photograph taken while on assignment for @natgeo in #antarctica // I get it!! It is gut-wrenching to watch a juvenile penguin lose its life to one of Antarctica’s most efficient hunting species. The silver lining is that this balance of life and death at the end of the world has been going on for tens of thousands of years. Penguin populations have evolved to produce numbers that will allow predators like leopard seals to thrive. They have found a balance. The one thing that neither leopard seals or penguins have evolved to handle is a rapidly changing climate. Believe it or not, the lives that we lead every day, are having a much more severe impact on penguins than any predator could. #nature#climatechangeisreal#predator#instagood#photooftheday#picoftheday#hunting#predator#naturelovers
From #Antarctica to the Dominican Republic. @CristinaMittermeier is enjoying the feeling of wet sand squishing through her toes rather than ice and snow crunching under her boots.
A female polar bear and her two cubs, just seven months old, stand along the basalt shores of Spitsbergen, #Norway. Cubs this young are not yet expert swimmers and cannot remain in the cold water for long periods of time. Svalbard has many glaciers, and adult bears can swim out to try and catch an unsuspecting seal off a piece of drifting glacier or sea ice, however, the glaciers are rapidly receding and such ice islands are becoming fewer.
For the 10th Anniversary of Earth Hour, I'm joining the #MakeClimateMatter online community. This image speaks to the importance of climate change and the very real impact it has. Earth Hour is the world's biggest social movement for action on climate change. Sign up to take part on March 25th, 8:30pm, http://wwf.org.uk/earthhour
A group of crabeater seals rest on a piece of sea ice that is wedged under a grounded ice berg along the West coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Crabeater seals are named for their supposed diet on crabs but they actually do not eat crab at all. They eat krill which is the foundation species of the entire Antarctic food chain. A key part of the life cycle of krill is sea ice. When there are bad ice years, you get a lower production of krill. As the polar regions warm twice as fast as anywhere else, what does that mean for these fragile ecosystems? Not everyone gets to see these magical and remote places and it is our job as photojournalists to bring these places and issues to everyone. #followme on @paulnicklen to see my favorite picture of an iceberg from this expedition. #storytelling#climatechangeisreal#nature#naturelovers#antarctica#ice#instagood
Would you like to work with me? Help us launch a fine art photography gallery in SOHO, New York City. Hiring immediately!! Candidates should have 5-10 years experience in gallery sales in NYC + a passion for conservation. This is about sales but it's just as much about educating people about the oceans, conservation and how we can do better. Bring deep experience, deeper passion, and a long list of art collectors you work with regularly. We want to make an impact and we need you. One full time position. One part time. Interns, as well. Hiring immediacy. Email Jlin2285@gmail.com with your CV.
Adelie penguins may spend hours stacked together on blocks of floating ice, just waiting for the right moment to forage. Ice is their perch, their safe haven from predators, their launch pad. But ice, especially sea ice formed by frozen ocean water, also is essential for krill, staple of the penguin diet. Here near the eastern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, ice often remains thick through summer. But travel across the Antarctic Sound to the western peninsula and ocean circulation and wind patterns are different. There, temperatures warming extremely fast, rapidly melting ice. And there, Adelie populations in many places have dropped by more than half in 30 years. Caption by @natgeo writer @craigwelch
Almost 90 percent of an iceberg (or “ice mountain”) is underwater. The foot or underwater portion of this iceberg could be at well over 200 feet deep. Icebergs are stunning to look at but they are a reminder that glaciers are receding and ice shelves in Antarctica are breaking up faster than we ever thought possible. If all of Antarctica and Greenland melted, global sea level would rise by as much as 230 feet, covering all of the major coastal cities in the world. Whether you believe climate change is caused by humans or not, do you think it is worth erring on the side of caution and reducing our carbon footprint? #antarctica#sealevelrising#iceberg#ice#climatechangeisreal#nature#naturelovers
Hello Arizona. I want to parachute out of this airplane and explore this raw and magical landscape. From Florida to LA where I am soon landing, I have seen nothing but man's affect and fingerprint on this Earth. But, here, I could lose myself for months and only find an ecosystem that looks the way it did tens of thousands of years ago. #nature#natureintheraw#ilovenature
A huge #TBT. At 24 years old I was working as a biologist in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Here, I am preparing to release a wild lynx. I had just put a radio collar on this gorgeous cat so we could track its movements and look at their home range sizes. I loved science and realized that it is the foundation of all we know. That and traditional knowledge from First Nation elders. However, I also realized that if we are going to get people to care then I needed to create an emotional connection and that was only going to happen with photography and visual story-telling. I'm teaming up with @natgeo and @Microsoft on 3/18 to empower girls to change the world, stay in STEM, and be the ones to #MakeWhatsNext#sponsored. Photograph by my field companion and good friend Mark Sabourin. See you in Seattle. With @cristinamittermeier.
Chinstrap penguins take a quick break on a beautiful iceberg before continuing their swim offshore to begin their lives at sea. Adult penguins swim up to 80km (50 miles) each day. These chicks will take a long time to develop their swimming breast muscles before they reach these kinds of distances. I am continually in awe of these charismatic, tough and impressive little birds. #nature#ice#adventure#climatechangeisreal#naturephotography#penguins#ice
Antarctica feeds my soul, senses and camera more than any other place on Earth. It is all about the wildlife, the encounters and the experiences. In 2006, I had my first interaction with the supposedly fearsome leopard seal. On that expedition, a huge female seal took me under her care for four days and constantly tried to feed me penguins. I have been in the water with hundreds of leopard seals since and I have never known the leopard seal to be anything other than inquisitive, intelligent, playful, curious, gentle and an incredibly cool top predator of icy seas. They always make me laugh and smile just as this one did when it struck this pose. When you look at elephant seals, fur seals and crab-eater seals, they are covered in scars and bite marks from their constant squabbles. When you look at leopard seals, it is rare to find a bite mark or scar on their bodies. They mostly communicate through gesture and display. They don’t want to bite and they don’t want to be bitten. Just as @goranehlme showed me the way of the leopard seal in 2006, I felt honored to be able to show the leopard seal to @cristinamittermeier, @andy_mann and @ladzinski. #nature#naturelovers#antarctica#gratitude#photooftheday#picoftheday@natgeo
Please follow @oceansinitiative to keep abreast of important scientific research regarding underwater noise. It affects whales tremendously, but the research that Erin Ashe and Rob Williams are doing shows it may go well beyond whales. Ship noise confuses and alarms sea life and there are things we can do to lessen it. Erin and Rob are the kind of smart people who can tell us what those measures are. I'm grateful for the difficult, thankless work scientists do to make the world a better place for all species. #worldwildlifeday
It's not a polar bear, but I wanted to show some love for the kermode AKA "spirit" bears of the Great Bear Rainforest during this week of #worldwildlifeday and #PolarBear Day. They are not albinos but, rather, black bears with a double recessive gene unique to their subspecies. Against the emerald green palette of the British Columbia rainforest, they stand out in stunning contrast.
Yesterday was international #polarbear day. You probably saw plenty of beautiful photos of bears. This is not one of them. To come across this dead polar bear in Svalbard, Norway was heartbreaking. While we celebrate these mighty bears, climate change continues to eat away at the sea ice they depend on for survival. Yes, I know it's a bummer but it's reality. So let's do everything we can to address climate change. Like it or not, polar bears won't be the only ones to go down with the ship... @sea_legacy#polarbearday#polarbear#internationalpolarbearday
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It's international #polarbear day. I struggled with what photo to post today. I know you'll see many photos of endangered polar bears today, many looking friendly and happy in the wild Arctic. I want to celebrate these animals (and I do regularly in my work) but more than anything I want to communicate the perils they face due to climate change. Let's make every day #polarbearday and change our daily actions to reflect our social media activism. Let's do our part to curb climate change so all animals can live in abundance.
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Who will watch over the #SalishSea if we don't? Wouldn't it be amazing to have this beautiful, biodiverse body of water designated as a @unesco World Heritage Site? This is the purpose of the on-going campaign spearheaded by my non-profit @sea_legacy and the Salish Sea Trust. If you haven't done so already, please visit the website in my bio and send a letter of support to lend your voice. THANK YOU!
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Among the longest living mammals on earth, the bowhead whale can surpass 200 years old. Imagine the unspoken wisdom gained in that time. Imagine how much of the Arctic they witness in their marine wandering. It's awe inspiring. Once hunted extensively, it's encouraging to know bowheads are no longer killed commercially.
The good ship Hokule'a sails from Ko'olini Harbor to Sand Island in 2015. The crew had been sailing around the Hawaiian Islands in a mission to unite the Hawaiian culture, as it first did in 1975. Legendary Hawaiian Waterman Buffalo Keaulana was on board for the original expedition. It was an honour to be invited into this rich culture to photograph their unique way of life.
Let's all move towards a common goal, eh?
During Autumn, young Pacific Herring gather in a bay to rest from the strong currents at @gods_pocket_resort. From its northern tip to the #SalishSea that borders its eastern and southern reaches, Vancouver Island has some of the most biodiverse marine (and terrestrial) ecosystems on the planet. Help us protect them by clicking the link in my bio and following @sea_legacy. Thank you in advance.
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Many of you ask about print sales. Yes, I sell prints. Every cent I make from print sales goes towards protecting oceans through my non-profit @sea_legacy. If you want to own a piece of fine art (like this print of a grizzly in the Yukon) contact @millergallery. If you can't afford a print, consider a small donation to @sea_legacy. Tomorrow is the last day of the exhibition. Thanks in advance for any support in helping me protect these precious places and animals.
BAY AREA/SAN FRANCISCO, today is the opening of my fine art exhibition, debuting at 6:30 at the @davidbrowercenter, showing tonight until July 21st. It's the first @natgeo show in the area since 2009 so be sure to come by and experience my #polarobsession.
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THANK YOU! We hit 3,000,000 followers sometime this past week. I missed it because I've been busy in the field creating the case for a marine protected area around the Antarctic peninsula. I want to thank everyone for following, but I also want to urge you to follow my non-profit @sea_legacy to witness why we do what we do. These beautiful photos mean nothing if they don't inspire humanity to protect the animals and environments that depend on the ocean. We can do it, but we need to do it together. Join me!
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Love, love, love.
Love is demonstrated through action and sacrifice. Penguins know this. It's one of the many things we learn from them.
Have a beautiful Valentine's Day by selflessly giving your love, time, attention or patience to a deserving person, whether a lifelong partner or a stranger in need. We all need love.
Happy Valentine's Day, friends.
That curious and gentle nature of a Steller sea lion in the #SalishSea off the coast of Vancouver Island. Help us get its home protected forever by signing our letter to designate the Salish Sea as a @UNESCO World Heritage Site. Link in bio. @sea_legacy
Aurora borealis, the icy sky at night...I may be on the opposite side of the world right now but I'll always be able to vividly recall this night in Norway. Nature astounds and inspires me.
Where is this iceberg now? It's a fascinating question, both in a hydrological sense and a philosophical one. This photo was taken in 2012 during a trip to Antarctica. As these monumental palaces of floating ice drift away from the continent they inevitably start to melt. The cold freshwater that drips off the iceberg and into the saltwater ocean influences currents and ocean circulation, even faraway from the source. Every iceberg, every drop of water, every molecule...it all works together. We should too.
I'm back in Antarctica for the rest of February with @Sea_Legacy and @natgeo exploring the interconnectivity of the biodiverse ecosystem of the Antarctic Peninsula. We need to protect these icy worlds because they matter every bit as the ones in our backyards.
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