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.
I'm off to Antarctica with @sea_legacy to do more of this. We are on a mission to create a marine protected area around the biodiverse Antarctic Peninsula. Wish us luck and visit www.SeaLegacy.org to learn more about our organization. We need your help.
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As I go through what seems to be a never-ending list of gear to pack, and how precisely to pack it for our month long expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula, I find myself suspended on a fine line between excitement and anxiousness. I am excited because I love and believe whole-heartedly in the work we are privileged to do. This is what I live for. Mixed with this undeniable sense of excitement, however, is a twinge of anxiousness because so much is riding on this kind of work. I am privileged to lead an outstanding team of visual communicators that will spend the next month documenting the intimate relationship between the environment and wildlife in this remote part of the world. Leopard seal rests on glacier ice. With @cristinamittermeier, @sea_legacy@ladzinski, @blackdot and @andy_mann
Everyone fancies themselves a photographer, including this Caracara or Johnny Rook in the Falkland Islands. We are frantically packing tonight to head back to Antartica. Thank you @reddigitalcinema for all of your support to @sea_legacy and our whole team. I cannot wait to see how the #helium8k sensor celebrates this magical part of the globe. #gratitude
A glimpse behind the scenes. Photograph taken by my good buddy @goranehlme from Sweden. One of the hardest things for me to do is to look through a viewfinder when a moment as magical as this one is unfolding in front of me. Once in a while, I will cheat a bit by framing up the shot and then I will lift my ahead above the housing to watch in awe as I continue to shoot. Water temperature was 29F or minus 1.5C. @waterproofinternational@seacam#gratitude#nature#naturelovers#antarctica#mpa#penguin#cold
I get it, I am incredibly blue today also. I have no energy as I write happy #penguinawarenessday. #wethepeople is a much more fitting subject right now. But, we must protect all ecosystems around the world and there is plenty of work ahead of us. I could bow my head and concede but I refuse. Today I am blue, tomorrow I fight and lead @sea_legacy into battle, on the front lines of ocean conservation with more determination than ever before. Together we stand, together we fight and together we will make a difference. This is our home and it is home to thousands of species that need our leadership. Only we can destroy it and only we can protect it and allow her to regenerate. #muchworkahead#wecandothis#oneworldoneocean Oh yes, an emperor penguin releases bubbles from its feathers to reduce the amount of friction between its body and water. You can actually watch them double and triple their speeds as they rocket towards the surface