"SeaLegacy's work is about building a greater awareness of what it means to be human; it is about understanding that the history of every living thing that has ever existed on this planet, also lives within us. It is about the ethical imperative - the urgent reminder that we are inextricably linked to all other species on this planet." - Paul Nicklen, SeaLegacy Co-Founder and @natgeo Photographer, in the current issue of #ScubaDiverOceanPlanet, Through the Lens Collectors' Edition.⠀
Also in this issue, a great article by Oliver Jarvis, Editor, on the work we do here at SeaLegacy.⠀
Photo by @paulnicklen, Cover image for current issue. An elephant seal relaxes as the waves crash around him, South Georgia, Antarctica. @cristinamittermeier
At SeaLegacy, we believe the Salish Sea is a treasure worth celebrating and we believe that now is the time to share this treasure with the rest of the world. With nearly 7,500 kilometers of Coastline, almost 17,000 kilometers of sea surface, 419 islands and over 3000 species, with 113 of those endangered, the Salish Sea's natural and cultural heritage is significant and world class. Later this year, we hope to be on a short list of 10 possible World Heritage Sites, that @parks.canada will present to @unesco. We can't do it alone. You can make a difference by participating in the open call for letters of support and petition signatures that is on now, until the end of April.⠀
We are proud to share this short teaser video with you and can't wait to release the full length story in early April. The more people who see this, the better. @filterstudios@willie_mitch33@cristinamittermeier@paulnicklen@hellobc@salishseacentre@cher_wildawake@conservationorg@oceana@pacificwild@natgeopristineseas
One winter, a few years ago, @paulnicklen and I spent 6 weeks on the Falkland Islands. We first spent the first three weeks on the island of Steeple Jason, where we photographed the vast colonies of black browed albatross and gentoo penguins that nest there.
These experiences are incredible on a personal level for both of us but more importantly they are necessary to share what is happening in our world with those who are unable to be witness it first hand and while we may think we are in charge of things, sometimes, we have to let the subjects take over. They can be just as curious as we are.
None of this would be possible without the support from people back home. We’d like to acknowledge @sony, @natgeo, @thewcs and our individual donors who make this work possible. #grateful#teamwork#sony#wildlifeconservationsociety@cristinamittermeier
Do you want to work with @PaulNicklen Photography and @CristinaMittermeier? Help @sea_legacy's founders launch a fine art photography gallery in SOHO, New York City. 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 Jlin2285@gmail.com with your CV.
Photograph by @paulnicklen //Weighing up to 9,000 pounds and growing up to 19 feet in length, Southern Sea Lions are the largest pinnipeds in the world. With the ability to dive over a mile deep in search of squid, there is hardly a species out there more fascinating than the elephant seal. Please #followme on @paulnicklen to learn a lot more about this mysterious species of the Southern Seas. #seal#wild#wildlife#nature#naturelovers
Emperor Penguins cast long shadows near the Mario Zucchelli Base. Ross Sea, Antarctica. These flightless birds have become synonymous with the continent and although they may be small in stature, they pack big personalities. Photo: @paulnicklen
To be in the presence of these big, beautiful, intelligent mammals is to be inspired. It's hard to understand why we hunted them almost to extinction. Humpbacks, cod, bluefin tuna...we need to use history in order to learn to properly manage fisheries today, right now. There's no longer time to think about it. The science is in. Let's act on it and protect our oceans for good. Footage by @cristinamittermeier
Want to join a @sea_legacy trip? Our next mission is to Svalbard, Norway, where we will document the disastrous effects climate change is having on polar bears populations. Hopefully, we will see some of these beautiful animals as well. We will share more details on how SeaLegacy's generous donors can be a part of the mission soon. Photo: @cristinamittermeier
At SeaLegacy we are inspired by women every day. From the girls who will create the future, to the pioneers who got us here, and the modern day leaders we look up to now, women propel us forward with their power, strength, grace and humility. Thank you, ladies. Let's continue to kick ass and change this beautiful world for the better. Photo: @cristinamittermeier#internationalwomensday
Our man @paulnicklen spoke with @CoastMountainCulture Magazine about our initiative to get the Salish Sea designated as an @unesco World Heritage Site. These waters may be our backyard, but the world deserves to experience their magic. Click the link in our bio to learn more. Photo: @cristinamittermeier
It's #worldwildlifeday! Humpbacks are on a comeback trail after almost being hunted to extinction. It's a good news story for conservation but a rare highlight. We are proud of all conservation organizations fighting to protect those who can't protect themselves. At @sea_legacy we make the case to create marine protected areas for animals like these. Conservation can feel futile at times so it's nice celebrate a win once in a while. Happy World Wildlife Day everyone! Photo: @cristinamittermeier
Our Antarctic expedition is coming to a close soon. We can't wait to get home and share our stories with the world. This place is so precious. It needs to be protected immediately. Photo: @cristinamittermeier
Polar bears are at risk of becoming extinct because of climate change. On this day, #internationalpolarbearday, we pay special attention to how our choices are impacting an environment they can't live without. Polar bears are the most iconic species in the Arctic and if there is to be any future for wildlife and biodiversity, we cannot afford to allow these animals to slide into oblivion. Our hope is that our images are more than a record of their passing - that they become more like a banner to rally for their protection.⠀ @polarbearsinternational@firstname.lastname@example.org#savethepolarbears⠀
Photo: While Polar Bears feed mostly on Seal meat, this guy, in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge, in Kaktovik, Alaska, makes a meal out of a whale carcass.@cristinamittermeier
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 we've spearheaded alongside the Salish Sea Trust. If you haven't done so already, please visit the website in our bio and send a letter of support to lend your voice. THANK YOU! Photo: @paulnicklen
The love of a mother is a precious thing, and the emotional lives of whales are so much richer than we understand. Photo: @cristinamittermeier
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
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