After four years at sea, massive, wild Atlantic Salmon return to one of the few remaining healthy rivers in Eastern Canada. Many rivers have been wiped out and escaped farmed salmon are outnumbering wild salmon by as much as 12 to 1 in some rivers. In the US, Atlantic Salmon are listed as critically endangered. Photo: @paulnicklen
Many of you ask @paulnicklen and @cristinamittermeier about print sales. You're in luck. They currently have a fine art showing at @millergallery so give the gallery a call if you want to buy one. Every $ made from sales goes towards @sea_legacy. It's a Win-Win! Get a great art print AND help ocean conservation efforts. If you can't afford a print, consider a small donation to @sea_legacy. We'd appreciate any support. Tomorrow is the last day of the exhibition. Photo: @paulnicklen
"We are back in the territory of our old friends, the leopard seals. Antarctica continues to inspire and amaze @cristinamittermeier and I. More than ever, we are coming home intent on protecting the Antarctica Peninsula." - @paulnicklen
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BAY AREA/SAN FRANCISCO, our man @paulnicklen has an incredible exhibition debuting in your area tomorrow, opening at 6:30. The @davidbrowercenter has a selection of his fine art images showing until July 21st. It's the first @natgeo show in the area since 2009 so be sure to see what Paul's sharing. It'll be worth it! #polarobsession
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Happy Valentine's Day, nature lovers. @natgeo recently interviewed our co-founders (and life partners) @paulnicklen and @cristinamittermeier about 'what the biggest benefit of working collaboratively with your partner is? Paul answered: "I have always loved photography, however, following the leadership of @cristinamittermeier, I now strive to make a difference. She has taught me that once I take a strong image, then it is just the beginning and not the end. It is time for that image to go to work. Everything we shoot has purpose and it allows us to carry a microphone on the issues that we are passionate about, with @sea_legacy, #SalishSea, and beyond." Photo by @cristinamittermeier
NatGeo: What do you admire most about your partner's photography? "What I most admire about Paul’s photography is how hard he works to get his shots. Even after he surely has achieved an amazing frame, he can’t let it go. He will continue shooting for perfection for as long as he can." - @cristinamittermeier
A call for help from our man, @PaulNicklen, co-founder of @sea_legacy: "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
The Salish Sea is a special place. Strong currents pair with narrow, dynamic waterways between mainland B.C, Vancouver Island and Washington State to create oxygenated waters. The biodiversity here is like few other places on earth, above or below water. We are throwing our efforts behind designating the Salish Sea as a @unesco World Heritage Site. Click on the link in our bio to help us by writing letters and sharing our message. Thank you. Photo: @cristinamittermeier
We are en route to the Antarctic Peninsula to create the case for a marine protected area. From krill to penguins to leopard seal to whales, this area deserves protection due to its biodiversity. @paulnicklen and @cristinamittermeier are leading a team of storytellers on a month long expedition. Photo: @paulnicklen
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Help us make the #SalishSea Canada's next @UNESCO World Heritage Site - visit wearethesalishsea.eco (link in bio) to learn more and take action.
Today, the Salish Sea is one step closer to becoming a designated World Heritage Site by way of an application to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization submitted by long-time Vancouver Island resident, Laurie Gourlay, on behalf of the Salish Sea Trust.
Our team at @Sea_Legacy has committed to helping Laurie engage a diverse coalition to support and inform the application as it moves through the relevant channels.
As @CristinaMittermeier puts it: The #SalishSea is home to more than 3000 species of marine based wildlife and 8 million people. The future of our home and its place in the broader marine and terrestrial environment, local and international economy, as well as local cultures and society could be a great deal more secure if this application is successful - but it won’t be without input from the people who live and work here.” To learn more and voice your support, visit wearethesalishsea.eco - link in bio.
Special thanks to our colleagues at the Salish Sea Trust, @ecoDomain, and points beyond for their work so far!
Like an episode of Game of Thrones, Norse poets called polar bears the White Sea Deer, The Seal's Dread, The Rider of Icebergs, The Whale's Bane, and The Sailor of the Floe. They praised polar bears for having the strength of 12 men and the wit of 11. The Sami or Lapp peoples call them God's Dog or Old Man in the Fur Cloak, refusing to say “polar bear” for fear of offending him or her.
Nanuk or Pihoqahiak, Gyp or Orqoi, Beliy Medved, Isbjorn, Tornassuk, the Farmer. Whatever name Ursus maritimus goes by, he deserves our respect and our protection. And the best way to protect a polar bear is to protect all species by curbing climate change. Photo: @paulnicklen
We may gather under stormy skies, but we gather together, and that is what matters. Happy Monday, friends. Photo: @cristinamittermeier
On the coast, all animals rely on the sea. This grizzly bear feeds on chum salmon in the Yukon. Photo: @paulnicklen
Our job takes us to deep, dark, frigid places. We wouldn't have it any other way. Photo: @paulnicklen
Inuit hunter Naimangitsoq Kristiansen poses alongside his sled dog team in Northern Greenland. Photo: @cristinamittermeier
Don't forget to come up for air...or appetizers. @paulnicklen captures this humpback as it lunges out of the waters of Andenes Fjord, Norway in pursuit of bait ball of delicious herring.
Keep your chin up and your wings spread wide, friends. It's a new week full of promise. Photo: @cristinamittermeier
Do not lose hope. The world is a beautiful place full of good people willing to do better. It's #penguinawarenessday so let's pledge to be more like these flightless birds: graceful, resilient, full of quiet strength, and retaining a deep desire to work together in communities. We can survive anything. We can be better. Dive in.
SeaLegacy's co-founders are joining five other inspiring, "global though leaders" for @quarkexpeditions' upcoming North Pole Summit. Visit the North Pole on a 14-day cruise, learn, network, chill out and stand on the pole like Santa Claus. Partial proceeds go to @sea_legacy. Learn more by clicking the link in the bio.
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Big, beautiful and boisterous. We love walrus and pledge to protect these charismatic creatures. The best way to do so is the combat the walrus' biggest threat--climate change. Photo: @paulnicklen
Not all who rely on the ocean live within its waters. These reclusive rain wolves live on the remote islands off the west coast of British Columbia and have a diet that primarily exists of sea life in the intertidal zone. Everything is connected. Photo: @paulnicklen
Witness to a phenomenon few have ever seen before, @tonywu98 slipped beneath the ocean’s surface to find himself submerged alongside hundreds, maybe thousands, of sperm whales — one of the largest and most magnificent cetaceans of the sea — engaged in a dramatic frenzy of physical contact and biosonar communication. Click the link in our bio to read the amazing story.
Premier Christy Clark's approval of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline comes as no surprise, but is nonetheless a disappointment. She is up for re-election this May - let's get ready to make some noise. Photo: @cristinamittermeier#noKM#nopipelines
Sea life comes in many forms above and below the thin blue line. We are very excited to share @paulnicklen and @cristinamittermeier's photos of all these lovely creatures during our first ever medium and large format photography exhibition at Cincinnati's @MillerGallery later this month. All proceeds of print sales will help @sea_legacy protect the oceans and those who depend on it. Photo: @paulnicklen
Rest in peace, Tilikum. No animal deserves what you endured. There was a time when zoos and aquariums made sense. We are smarter now. We are more empathetic. We are better. Let's be better together. Photo (of another Norwegian Orca): @cristinamittermeier
The Salish Sea deserves our protection. From British Columbia's Strait of Georgia to the Strait of Juan de Fuca that divides Vancouver Island and Washington State, SeaLegacy 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? Photo: @paulnicklen
As the year winds down we find ourselves celebrating some big victories like the ban on tanker traffic near the Great Bear Rainforest, and President Obama's recent work in the Arctic, Bears Ears, and the Eastern Seaboard (click link in bio). We are also gearing up for some much bigger fights. President-elect Trump takes office in three weeks. As a climate change denier, he threatens to undo all the hard work humanity has done to better our environment. Let's all join the fight so polar bears like these don't suffer from our ignorance. Photo: @paulnicklen
Home stretch! Today is the LAST DAY. We are less than $5000 from our goal. Donate to the cause and give the gift of ocean conservation in a loved one's name. If you already did, THANK YOU! 2017 will be a critical year for climate change policy and ocean conservation. We will be on the front lines fighting for all sea dwellers. Join us!
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
Our co-founder @PaulNicklen is honoured to have worked closely with The @WhiteHouse on yesterday's announcement. Paul has spent a lifetime working in the polar regions. His knowledge, passion and commitment to shine a light on these fragile ecosystems has not gone entirely unnoticed. Imagine the thrill of receiving a phone call from The White House asking him to share his story to illustrate President @barackobama's announcement to protect much of the Arctic Ocean from drilling. Here is to Hope and Change. Thank you Mr. President.
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