Co-founder of @sea_legacy and photojournalist for National Geographic. @PaulNicklenGallery
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When diving in British Columbia's Salish Sea, it’s possible to become entranced by a mere square meter of ocean floor. Here, a candy-striped shrimp enjoys the benefits of its symbiotic relationship with the crimson anemone. The shrimp cleans the surrounding area while the anemone protects the shrimp from predators. Just more proof that working together is better than fighting each other. Click the link in the bio to see how @Sea_Legacy is working to protect this pristine piece of water. #shrimp#ocean#underwaterphotography#scubadiving#salishsea
I've scuba dived and free dived in most of the world's oceans. British Columbia's Salish Sea is not only my backyard, but it is one of the most biodiverse bodies of water on the globe. Let's celebrate it and share it, Canada. Help us designate the #SalishSea as a @unesco World Heritage Site. Sign the letter by clicking in my bio. Deadline is tomorrow.
What an incredible weekend. Thank you to everyone who visited the @paulnicklengallery grand opening on #EarthDay, or tweeted, posted, liked and shared our message of art, science and conservation with the world. I hope this gallery continues to inspire people to protect our wild spaces and all of the animals (including us) that need nature to survive. Partial proceeds of every print sale go to the non profit @sea_legacy. We can be the catalyst for change together. Join me.
Honoured to be featured as one of the @reddigitalcinema Collective. Click on the link in my bio to view the entire webisode. Thanks for saving my back @readyrig.
Want to see a live streamed walk-through of the @paulnicklengallery? Go to @huffingtonpost's or my own @Facebook pages. These are Northern right whale dolphins in the deep water off the west coast of Vancouver Island, B.C.
Arctic Nomad. This will be one of the featured fine-art prints at the Paul Nicklen Gallery opening this Saturday. There will be a book signing at 3pm and I am excited to share stories of purpose and adventure at 7pm. See you there at 347 West Broadway. #fineart#polarbear#adreamcometrue
I missed #NationalDolphinDay on Friday because I have been so busy setting up the @PaulNicklenGallery in New York City. The species pictured is a Risso's Dolphin, which can grow up to 2000 lbs. The great team at @oceansinitiative in B.C. have been doing incredibly important work with ocean noise and how it affects dolphins and other sea life. Follow to learn more. My gallery opens on Earth Day (April 22nd). Scan my last few posts for the rest of the details or follow @paulnicklengallery.
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After a deep dive to feed on krill in Antarctica, humpback whales let out a large moist exhale against the setting sun. This is their time to feed and to gain the necessary fat and strength for their long journey North to mate, breed, give birth and survive in the much warmer but less nutritious water closer to the equator. #onassignment for @natgeo in #antarctica. Please join me this coming Saturday (April 22nd-Earth Day) at 347 West Broadway, SoHo, NYC to help me celebrate our opening of my gallery and to hear more stories from the field. #fineartwithpurpose#nature#naturelovers#whale
The joy of crossing the Drake Passage from Antarctica to the Falkland Islands. 700 nautical miles of 40 knot winds and some big seas equaled some churned up stomachs. But, rarely do perfectly calm conditions make for good stories and it is all about story-telling. Excited to share stories at the opening of my gallery in New York on April 22nd. 347 West Broadway. Hope to see you there!!! #fineart#naturephotography#hanshansson#thelittleshipthatcould
Words by @craigwelch // Ice in Antarctica never stops being magical. Ninety percent of an iceberg is usually under water, and this frozen freshwater typically melts faster below the surface of the sea than above. Sometimes during this process, as the melting freshwater rises in the ocean it breaks into plumes, like rising thunderheads, mixing in more warm water. That melts channels in the sides of icebergs, creating seams, like ribs, in the underwater portion of the iceberg, says Richard Alley, a Penn State geologist and ice expert. When sunshine and warm air melt ice above the surface, the iceberg slowly rises, exposing these achingly beautiful vertical flutes, which we saw during our journey along the western Antarctic Peninsula. Followme# on @paulnicklen to learn a lot more about the changing polar regions. With @natgeopristineseas and @sea_legacy#ice#nature#climatechange#antarctica#adventure#beauty#patternsofnature#mpa
Long live, the Salish Sea. The team at @sea_legacy has been working on this short film for the past few months, and we are proud to finally share it with you. It focuses on the Salish Sea, a collection of stunningly biodiverse waterways In B.C. and Washington State. Waterways I hold close to my heart. Please watch it, enjoy it, and then sign the petition to urge the Canadian government to nominate the Salish Sea as a contender for @unesco World Heritage Site. Let's show the world how proud we are of our beautiful west coast. Link to the full video in bio.
Very soon (Earth Day), I will be opening my first ever, fine art gallery in New York City. It's a lifelong dream to have a gallery of my own in a place where my message of art, purpose and adventure can resonate around the globe. Most importantly, I will be having visiting artists with a similar passion for making a difference with their photography. NYC is that place to make this happen. Please stay tuned for information on the gallery opening. I'll be there. I hope to see you there on April 22nd at 347 West Broadway, NYC. This print of an adult king penguin looking for their chick on the island of South Georgia, Antarctica will be represented at the gallery #dreamsdocometrue#artscienceconservation#nature#naturelovers#gallery#fineart
Just imagine how good it would feel to weigh 80,000 pounds and to be able body slam all of it on the ocean surface. This whale was doing multiple breaches in a row and for the second or two that it was in the air, it would grab a quick breath. With @_tomconlin and @cristinamittermeier for @sea_legacy
Through dancing sun rays, a mother humpback whale hovers motionless just above a coral head on the Silver Bank of the #DominicanRepublic. Calves can hold their breaths for only a few minutes at a time while mothers rest in the open water column for much longer. She needs to save her energy as she does not feed herself at this time of year even though she nurses her calf with milk that has ten times the fat content of humans. For @sea_legacy with @cristinamittermeier and @_aquaticadventures#nature#naturelovers#gratitude
An adult female humpback whale leaves her awaiting calf below the surface as she launches her 80,000 pound body skyward in an impressive show of power, grace and acrobatics. No one knows why humpback whales breach and no one knows why they sometimes breach over and over. What an impressive show as the 25 knot winds peeled hundreds of gallons of seawater from her spinning body. What we do know is that after we drove them almost to the verge of extinction, these amazing marine mammals have made a remarkable comeback. Now that is a great reason to jump for joy! *
With @Sea_Legacy, @_Aquaticadventures, @cristinamittermeier, @aquaticadventures#silverbank#humpback#whale #@ocean #joy#love#respectnature#aquaticadventures
Congratulation to the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for banning the killing of killer whales. Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves announced this week on the radio that his government would outlaw orca hunts. Alongside @sea_legacy, we have been working with the locals on this change in policy and are relieved to chalk up a win for conservation and common sense. Let's continue to put on the pressure so dolphins and whales everywhere can swim free.
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A young polar bear sniffs the air for any sign of a seal sleeping on the sea ice. I took this photograph in Svalbard, Norway where it has warmed as much as 15F. Traditionally, in a place that was surrounded by sea ice year round, there are now areas where there is no ice for up to 6 months a year. Polar bears need ice in order to hunt and survive. I'm headed back to Svalbard in May with @sea_legacy, to help protect these beautiful animals and the ecosystems they need to survive. Thank you! #altruism#charity#gratitude
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV.
The thing I love the most about leopard seals is that they are amazing communicators. They are full of curiosity and always seem to have an excess of bravado for the first few minutes of an encounter. Then they either leave or stick around and act like a huge dog as was the case with this beauty. But, this is truly a case of “don’t try this at home”. I have been around wild animals all of my life and believe that I exude a calm energy and in turn, they relax. At least I feel nice and relaxed. The best thing about this photograph is that you get to study the canine and tri-cusp molar dentition of this species. The canines are for catching penguins the the molars are more for straining krill out of the water. Like a baleen whale, they take a big mouthful of krill and water and then use their big tonuge to push the water out between their teeth while keeping the krill in their mouths. Genius! Photograph taken while on #assignment for @natgeo in Antarctica last month. #leopardseal#nature#naturelovers#love#beauty#teeth#mpa#conservation
As we approach the Falkland Islands after bucking 30 foot seas across the Drake Passage from Antarctica, a Peale’s Dolphin flicks its tail skyward in a playful gesture. Minutes later we spot the distant shores of the Falklands and know that we have done essential visual story-telling that will help drive the conversation on conservation in one of the most fragile and beautiful places on this planet. #dolphin#nature#naturelovers#adventure#exploration@natgeo@sea_legacy@natgeopristineseas
Many people know my work focused solely on the cold polar regions, and that makes sense; I've spent much of my career in the Arctic and Antarctic. But oceans don't stop where our human borders delineate them, and temperatures can be deceiving. These manatees in sunny Florida require warm water springs in order to survive the Florida winters. Many springs in Florida are drying up due to the overuse of water for golf courses, swimming pools, lawns and everyday household use. Over a 1000 manatees have died from hypothermia in the past few years. All oceans and ocean-going creatures can use our protection.
The Arctic is warming at twice the global average, permafrost is melting, glaciers are receding and sea ice extent is at a record low. Some scientists are even saying that polar bears could become extinct by the turn of the century. It is sad and scary and we need to start asking ourselves some tough questions. What are some of the things you are doing to address this issue? We still have to live our lives but there are countless little things we can do and I want to hear from you. Changes in the Arctic will not only affect local people and ecosystems but also the rest of the world as the Arctic plays a special role in global climate. #followme and @sea_legacy to learn a lot more about climate change and the impacts that we are having on this planet. #climatereality#climatechangeisreal#nature#naturelovers#itisthelittlethingsthatwedo#gratitude#tbt#bear#polarbear
Amazing work being done on this upcoming film by our team at @sea_legacy. The Salish Sea is my backyard. I want the world to experience her in all her glory, and a @unesco World Heritage Site designation would help. It would also help bring billions of dollars to B.C., a province that sells itself on its super, natural beauty. We already make $13-15Billion annually on tourism. Let's make it more so we don't have to rely on destroying our resources in order to flourish as rich as the biodiverse bounty below the Salish Sea's thin blue line. Please visit WeAreTheSalishSea.eco to sign a petition and write a letter. I am so excited to be trying my hand as a filmmaker after all of these years. Thank you #reddigitalcinema#explorebc
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
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