The moment when a killer whale's breath meets the moist wild ocean air is a beautiful thing and one I will never get tired of trying to capture with a camera. Rest in peace, Tilikum. You deserved better. #nature#wildllife#killerwhale#orca#MPA#202020
I'm currently crossing the Drake Passage but thinking of home. The Salish Sea and its inhabitants deserve our protection. From British Columbia's Strait of Georgia to the Strait of Juan de Fuca that divides Vancouver Island and Washington State, @Sea_Legacy will be dedicating much of 2017 to bringing awareness to our stunning backyard. The beauty and the biodiversity here will require our vigilance in order to keep it pristine. Will you join us?
A sea of King Penguins on South Georgia, Antarctica. To all creatures of this planet, Happy New Year and as the one species who can both destroy and rebuild our planet, I hope we serve you better than we have in the past. Here's to a better future. With @cristinamittermeier for @sea_legacy#staywild
I am currently in Santiago, Chile for New Years while traveling en route to a land and sea that has always fed my soul perhaps more than any place other on this planet. I love #Antarctica. I am traveling with @Aluciaproductions and one our focusses will be leopard seals. Nature is raw, humbling and beautiful and I look forward to sharing it with like minded people. I look forward to sharing this journey of discovery with you. I took this photograph in 2006 during my leopard seal assignment for @natgeo. I know exactly what the famous leopard seal looks like..…the one who fed me penguins for four days straight. She has a large “c” shaped scar on her back. May we find one another in this cold polar sea. #journey#explore#nature#naturelovers#tbt#instagood#climatechangeisreal
I am so grateful for all of the support from both friends and corporations. People believe in @sea_legacy and our mission. They believe in me and the amount of support we get is humbling. Here is one such example. Alessandro who owns @readyrig just gave me one of their units to help me carry my #RED camera. I can shoot with this unit all day long. It allows me to emotionally connect people to the species and issues I care so deeply about. Ready Rig is a small family run company. They give with their hearts with no expectations. The same goes for @reddigitalcinema and @djiglobal. Here I am using the new 8k Red, balanced on a DJI Ronin, all being carried effortlessly by my Ready Rig. This is not an Ad. This is me expressing my deep gratitude for the love and support that keeps pouring in. Let's make 2017 an incredible year visually while telling important stories. With @cristinamittermeier#gratitude#friends@snapamap@thekeegzania@clyde_be@its_drea_day@madimarie
The largest collection of medium and large format prints from @sea_legacy founders @PaulNicklen and @CristinaMittermeier will be displayed at Cincinnati's @millergallery. Join Paul and Cristina on opening night, 6pm - 8pm on January 18th, 2017. The exhibition runs until February 18th, 2017.
Aurora borealis or northern lights are the result of solar winds entering the magnetoshpere above the northern and southern hemispheres. When charged particles from the sun strike air molecules in Earth's magnetic field, they cause those molecules' atoms to become excited. The molecules give off light as they are triggered. Aurora colors depend on the gas types that are being excited. Most are green in color but sometimes you’ll see a hint of pink, and strong displays might also have red, violet and white colors. This, for example was one of the most powerful displays I have ever seen. The yellow lights are from the city of #whitehorseyukon#aurora#northern lights #adventure#gratitude#nature#naturelovers#tbt#film
Donate to @Sea_Legacy in honour of a loved one this holiday season. It's an awesome last minute gift for the ocean and animal lover in your family. Each donation is tax deductible and goes towards making a real difference like we saw with @barackobama's announcement on Tuesday. Help us and give the gift of ocean conservation this Christmas. Photo: @paulnicklen
We are still celebrating @barackobama ’s and @justinpjtrudeau ’s big announcement yesterday. I am always trying to explain the difference between multiyear and annual sea ice. This mother walrus and her newborn pup are resting on a piece of multiyear ice. This is ice that lives for many years. It is much thicker and much more dense and is crucial to many species that use it as a floating home. Annual ice comes and goes with each season. So, when scientists say that the Arctic will be completely void of sea ice in the next 20 to 30 years during the summer months, that means that there will be absolutely no sea ice left anywhere in the Arctic for several months each year. What will happen to the walrus, the polar bears the bearded seals, the harp seals and the birds that all rely on some form of ice throughout the summer. We really need to make this connection. Disappearing sea ice is not an industrial opportunity but a gut-wrenching wake up call that our planet is changing faster than we ever imagined and we are so excited that President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau get this. We are simply another species at the top of the food chain and when our global ecosystems crumble, we will crumble with it. #nature#climatechangeisreal#naturelovers#wildlife#ice#seaice#walrus#instagood // @cristinamittermeier and I will continue to lead the world’s best visual story-tellers to all corners of our world’s oceans to keep making this connection. #follow us on this journey.
Thank you President @BarackObama on behalf of all species that live in the Arctic. It is a very bright day as President Obama and his administration just protected 115 million acres of the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas from oil and gas exploration indefinitely. More over, Prime Minister Trudeau has announced that it will freeze oil and gas offshore leasing in Canadian Arctic waters. Walrus are incredibly sensitive to any noise disturbance. Oil and gas exploration would displace narwhals, bowhead whales, walrus, seals, belugas and many other species from their migratory corridors. An oil spill in the Arctic would be a fatal blow to this habitat that is already threatened due to climate change. @whitehouse#gratitude#nature#10by2020#stopclimatechange#arctic#renewableenergy#climatechangeisreal#instagood#wisdom#oneearth#oneocean
I started @Sea_Legacy with @cristinamittermeier as a way to turn photography into action. We are raising funds through our 12 Days to Save the Sea campaign in order to fight for and conserve marine protected areas worldwide. Gift the gift of ocean conservation by donating in the name of a fellow ocean lover this holiday season. It's tax deductible and we will use your generosity to make BIG, REAL CHANGES, one of which will be announced later today. Thanks to all who have donated so far. Thanks to all who will in the future. We appreciate your role in the fight. Link in bio.
The complete joy of being immersed in the world of dozens of feisty steller sea lion pups who mob, chew, play, blow bubbles and provide a constant source of entertainment. It is not everyday that I get to feel like a giant chew toy. @cristinamittermeier@sea_legacy and I just had the incredible team here from @Reddigitalcinema for a few days of diving and the sea lions provided all of the entertainment. Thanks for hanging out and being awesome @snapamap@clyde_be@its_drea_day and @derekrushton_
These brown king penguin chicks are also known as oakum boys, a term coined by sailors because of the chicks' resemblance to oakum fibres used to seal the gaps between timbers on wooden ships. As these chicks mature they will shed their fluffy brown feathers revealing beautiful adult plumage, which is adapted to survive the frigid temperatures of the Antarctic Ocean. Myself and the @sealegacy team are very thankful for your generous donations and we are now over 50% of the way to our fundraising goal so we can continue our work bringing awareness to marine conservation. #art#conservation#penguin#nature#naturelovers#mother#love#climate
A juvenile male elephant seal uses his big, blocky head to push through a thin layer of early morning ice to grab a breath of air with his ever growing proboscis (nose). Southern elephant Seals can reach up to an incredible 9000 pounds, which is more than a full sized pick-up truck. They can dive a mile deep to feed on squid and they can go months without eating during the breeding season. True marvels of nature. The adult bull southern elephant seal is without rival the largest carnivoran alive, weighing six to seven times more than the largest terrestrial carnivorans, the polar bear and Kodiak bear. #awesome#nature#naturelovers#seal#beauty#beautyofnature
With stealth, grace and speed, sailfish surround a ball of sardines off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. This is why I love the ocean so much-- I just have to lower my mask a couple of inches to go from seeing a lifeless expanse of blue ocean to seeing one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen beneath the waves. More importantly, by lowering our eyes and cameras beneath the “Thin Blue Line” of the surface, we start to see the issues surrounding our oceans. Please #follow us on @sea_legacy to learn about the main threats facing our oceans today and learn about what we can all do about it. Conservation is not a spectator sport but rather, one where everyone is a crucial participant. We are all in this together and we look forward to seeing you out there on the front lines of change. #gratitude#conservation#photography#seaswat#nature#naturelovers#sailfish#oneocean#oneworld
It's Day Three of the @sea_legacy fundraising campaign. Just like these King Penguins, we can move forward better if we are together. Donate money to @sea_legacy in a loved one's name and receive a tax deductible receipt. We will use your generous donations to defend the ocean and all who rely on its health. Link in my bio. Photo: @paulnicklen
My team at @Sea_Legacy are on day #2 of our "12 Days to Save the Sea" fundraising efforts. Give the gift of ocean conservation to a loved one this holiday season. The campaign will help us defend and conserve the oceans we all need and love. Click the link in my bio for more information
Does someone you love care deeply for the environment? Got an ocean-lover on your Christmas list? Make a contribution to the @sea_legacy 12 Days to Save the Sea fundraiser in their name and give them the best gift of all—hopeful, engaged activism for a healthier ocean. Link in bio. Thank you! Photo: @cristinamittermeier Morondava, Madagascar.
I will be back tomorrow with a strong message about the importance of protecting all levels of life on this planet but for now, here is another photograph of the incredibly adorable baby harp seal. #gratitude#cute
A newborn harp seal pup rests on the sea ice with a belly full of milk that has some of the highest fat content of any species. Even though it is -20c, this pup is fat, warm and satiated. Harp seals, like many seal species depend on sea ice for their survival. As global climate change reduces the extent, duration, and thickness of sea ice, these seal species are threatened with extinction. Reducing our carbon footprint on this Earth is the only hope for the survival of all pagophilic (ice loving) species. Go to sealegacy.org to learn more about the steps that we can all take to be more aware and take action. #seal#climatechangeisreal#nature#instagood#tbt#family#love#beauty#cute
In this incredible journey as a wildlife photojournalist there have been countless moments where I have come upon a scene that was so jaw-dropping beautiful that all I could do was stare in awe. Looking out over a sea of 400,000 king penguins, framed by 8000-foot peaks and listening to crashing surf just behind me. This is one such experience. My images do not do justice to scenes like this and I wish I could bring everyone with me to witness such powerful moments in nature. Through @sea_legacy, @cristinamittermeier and I we will be leading donor funded expeditions to many of the most remote and most stunning places on Earth to document the importance of healthy ecosystems and to get people to realize what we stand to lose through our changing planet. #joinus#expeditions#adventure#discovery#climatechangeisreal#antarctica
This herd of caribou uses Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a calving ground because of its plentiful vegetation for foraging and its distance from mountain predators. The arctic is under imminent threat from industrial development and climate change and we need to take action to save incredible landscapes and ecosystems such as this. That is why today I am working with Care2 to bring awareness to a petition to defend the Arctic Refuge from Oil Drilling. Please go to www.care2.com/arctic and sign the petition (link in my bio). @keepalaskawild@patagonia#WeAreTheArctic#gratitude#nature#naturelovers#climatechangeisreal#arctic
I will never forget this bear. A massive male polar bear on the sea ice near Ellesmere Island at 1am. The sun illuminating his frosty breath at -45 degrees celsius. The sun was just starting to stay above the horizon for 24 hours a day. He was sporting a fresh battle wound on his face from fighting for the right to breed. This is how I want to remember bears-not standing on land waiting for fall ice to form. Soon I will be releasing a fine art series of my favorite images. #bear#lucky#gratitude#climatechangeisreal@natgeopristineseas@thephotosociety