We are packing frantically to head back to Antarctica. We have a big expedition with big conservation goals and I couldn’t be more excited. With a team of 10 talented photographers and filmmakers we will tackle a magazine article for National Geographic, a series of short films, a VR short, and a conservation campaign, we will be busy working for a whole month and I can’t wait to show you what we come back with
Repost from @cristinamittermeier@TopRankRepost#TopRankRepost When @PaulNicklen was asked to return to Antarctica to see if the leopard seals he had photographed for a story he published in @NatGeo 11 years ago would behave the same, I was thrilled at the chance to document it. I never imagined I would get to experience first-hand how intelligent and communicative these animals are. Yes, I feel bad for the little penguin, but from the seal’s perspective, that is just lunch. What was amazing, is how excited the seal was to show me what an extraordinary hunter she is. She caught penguin after penguin and brought them over proudly for me to behold.
Here’s another view of the breakup of one of the largest icebergs ever recorded, known as B15. It once measured more than 4,000 square miles—11,000 square kilometers—but it has fallen apart into numerous giant tabular icebergs, seen here in the distance, grounded along the Antarctic Peninsula. Each of them is at least 300 feet tall. The smaller pieces in the foreground are the last remnants of an iceberg the size of Jamaica that started its life on the other side of Antarctica more than ten years ago. It’s mind-boggling to witness this monumental process caused by the rapid warming of our planet. Check the front-page story on the New York Times today, February 7, 2017, about another colossal iceberg in the making in Antarctica. Keep following us for more stories about ice in our time.
It seems to be saying “hello little friend”, but what I think is really going through the mind of this King Penguin as it leans down to look at a lone krill that has washed up on the beach is “are you edible?”. Krill are the foundation of the ecosystem, and every creature from birds to whales depends on healthy krill populations, which in turn are tied to the fate of ice.