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.
Day 9's helpful advice for combatting climate change is to "Say no to Palm Oil." Learn more about the impact this ingredient has on the environment by clicking the link in our bio. And when you do your Christmas shopping be aware of its presence. Speaking about presents and shopping, consider donating to @sea_legacy in a loved one's namesake a gift for both them and the earth. It's tax deductible and helps us fight for marine protected areas (like @barackobama's incredible announcement yesterday). Photo: @paulnicklen
The ice has been literally melting under our boots as we've crawled slowly towards policies that address climate change. Thankfully, with the leadership of President @barackobama, we’ve taken a giant step forward.
Today, President Obama has designated vast portions of the United States’ Arctic Ocean as indefinitely off limits for future oil and gas leasing. The new withdrawal – which encompasses the entire U.S. Chukchi Sea and the vast majority of the U.S. Beaufort Sea – will provide critical protection. Including this action, nearly 125 million acres in the Arctic have been protected from future oil and gas activity since 2015.
Today’s action comes in conjunction with Canada’s announcement that it will freeze offshore oil and gas leasing in its Arctic waters.
Real change. Thank you, Mr. President.
While we love sharing beautiful photos of wildlife and the oceans, the end goal of Sea Legacy is to help invoke real change in the form of marine protected areas (MPAs). Just like terrestrial parks, these havens allow wildlife a safe place to recover.
Donate in the name of a loved one during our 12 Days to Save the Sea campaign and we'll put your money to good use--fighting for MPAs around the globe.
We're more than 50% of the way to our goal. Help us get there and give the gift of ocean conservation. Link in the bio. Photo: @cristinamittermeier
THANK YOU to everyone who has been donating for our 12 to Save the Sea campaign. We are at the halfway point and have raised over 50% so we are on track. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Have an incredible Sunday. Photo: @cristinamittermeier
Give the gift of ocean conservation. Donate to @sea_legacy in a loved ones name for the holidays. Click the link in our bio to find out more, and to learn helpful hints on how to help the sea for free. Photo: @cristinamittermeier
It's Day Three of our fundraising campaign. Just like these King Penguins, we can move forward 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 our bio. Photo: @paulnicklen
It's Day Two of our "12 Days to Save the Sea" fundraising efforts. Today we're talking carbon offsetting. Do it a little. Do it a lot. Do it and help conserve a healthier ocean habitat. Hit the link in our bio to read more tips and to give the gift of ocean conservation to a loved one this holiday season. Photo: @PaulNicklen
Does someone you love care deeply for the environment? Got an ocean-lover on your Christmas list? Make a contribution in their name during SeaLegacy's 12 Days to Save the Sea holiday fundraiser, and give them the best gift of all—hopeful, engaged activism for a healthier ocean. Link in bio. Thank you for all your support. Photo: @cristinamittermeier Morondava, Madagascar.
Photo by @PaulNicklen for @SeaLegacy // More and more we are discovering how deeply intertwined terrestrial and marine ecosystems are. Our actions on land can have a significant effect on the oceans and vice versa. For example poor land management practices can impact salmon-bearing streams, which in turn can result in less protein available to killer whale populations on the coast. Join us in working to reduce impacts for healthier oceans and a healthier planet. #20by2020#MPA#conservation#orcas#nature#gratitude#SRKWs#killerwhales#Blackfish
Photo by @cristinamittermeier for @sea_legacy // A female orca breaks the surface while hunting for Chinook salmon off the Northeastern edge of Vancouver Island. One of the great things about living and working in British Columbia is the opportunity to see marine mammals in action in pristine environments such as this. Marine protected areas like the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve give these incredible animals a break from the impacts of human activity and help sustain a healthy population of northern residents. #MPA#NoTankers#gratitude#beautifulBC#orca#conservation#20by2020
Photo by Paul Nicklen working off the coast of BC for @NatGeo and @SeaLegacy // The rejection of the Northern Gateway Pipeline by Prime Minister Trudeau was great news for orcas and people of BC Coast. As we begin looking into the impacts of a potential Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, however, we will turn our attention to the future of the Southern Resident orcas of the Salish Sea. The current status of these whales is already very fragile with poor water quality and a limited food supply of chinook salmon threatening this endangered population and increased tanker traffic will only make things worse. #conservationnow#orcas#nature#gratitude#SRKWs#salishsea#20by2020#killerwhales#Blackfish
Photograph by @paulnicklen for @natgeo and @sea_legacy // We all know a dolphin’s ecosystem is found in the expansive bodies of water they inhabit all over the world. We enjoy a brief glimpse into their lives as they leap from their underwater realm and take a breath of air from the atmosphere. Dolphins can travel upwards of 100 miles a day, constantly breaching and diving as they travel in search of food. Understanding the vast distances these pods travel and the freedom they enjoy in the wild puts into perspective how unnatural captivity for these mammals is. Their athletic bodies and social bonds are made for a life of travel at sea. #20by2020#thinblueline#dolphin#ocean#environment#wild#natureisspeaking#nature#marine#beauty#ecosystem
Photograph by @paulnicklen for @sea_legacy // One of the most unique, special and elusive species I have ever had the pleasure of photographing is the Narwhal. Most people do not realize that they even exist. There really are unicorns out there! The left helical spiraling tusk just happens to grow out of a beautiful 16 foot long whale that lives in the Arctic ocean. It doesn’t get any better than that. It took me ten years of trying different techniques to find these whales. Working with local Inuit guides and using my ultralight airplane with friend and fellow pilot, Brian Knutsen we were able to find hundreds of these whales living way offshore in the drifting pack ice. Please follow me on @paulnicklen to see underwater images of these incredible creatures. #nature#wildlife#unicorn@natgeocreative@thephotosociety#climatechange
Photograph by @paulnicklen for @sea_legacy // I have seen thousands of Atlantic walrus but have never seen a set of tusks as large as the ones on this huge male. They must have been close to 3 feet long, which is more common for the larger Pacific walrus. Walrus have not been hunted in Svalbard, Norway since 1952. Before that, they were nearly driven to extinction from 350 years of hunting. Now, their population is doing well, but like that of polar bears, walrus rely on ice in order to survive in the Arctic. Ice is where they give birth to their pups, where they rest between clam feeding forays and where they socialize with other walrus. #follow me on @paulnicklen to see other species that rely on an icy ecosystem to thrive. #walrus#nature#wildlife#baby#love#beauty@thephotosociety@natgeocreative#naturelovers#instagood#tbt#conservation#climatechangeisreal
There is no safer place for a new born walrus pup than on its mother’s back. Walrus raise their young longer than any other pinniped species. A pup can stay with its mom for up to two or even three years. By then, a pup can weigh up to 600 pounds. Walrus need multi-year ice in order to give birth to their pups during the spring and summer. The latest science from the most credible scientists in the world are saying that the Arctic could be free of mulit-year sea ice during the summer months in the next 10 to 30 years having catastrophic for many species. We must wean ourselves from our dependence on fossil fuels and gravitate quickly towards clean energy solutions. #beforetheflood#climatechange#cleanenergy#baby#walrus#mother#family#love#beauty#gratitude@natgeocreative@thephotosociety#thejourney#explore#nature#wildlife
A grumpy Southern Elephant seal gives photographer @cristinamittermeier a grumbly greeting. If we succeed in protecting 10% of our oceans by 2020, we will be on our way to a healthier planet, solutions to climate change, and hope for wildlife. The declaration of a new marine protected area in the Southern Ocean is a huge first step in the long journey to recovery. With @PaulNicklen and @Sea_Legacy. #PhotographersForAntarctica
A school of pink salmon vies to enter a coastal stream on their way to their spawning grounds. This amazing resource, which returns year after year, is the main staple of First Nations and coastal communities in The Great Bear Sea. Photo by @cristinamittermeier with @paulnicklen
A large Mola mola Sunfish prepares to eat a 'By the Wind Sailor' Jellyfish. This fish species is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average weight of 2200 pounds with the largest weighing in at 3500 pounds. They are one of the key characters in our story about the life that lives between 20 and a 100 miles off the coast of British Columbia. Here, the summertime warm water currents mix with the cold nutrient waters of BC creating the perfect broth of warmth and nutrition. #instagramhub#ocean#marineprotectedareas@natgeocreative@thephotosociety#instagram
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