A polar bear peeks into a crack on the sea ice, sniffing for seals, his favorite prey. What will the climate crisis mean for him? The world is warming faster than at any other point in human history, and we are the cause of it. The evidence is all around us - in the air we breathe, and the fish we eat, and the rain that comes too often or too little in different parts of the world. Still, many people deny that climate change is real. This week, I am going to address some of the misleading myths that continue to harm and hold back the environmental movement. Myth number 1: climate scientists are in it for the money. The truth is that there is a lot more money to be made in other fields. Climate scientists aren't working for multi-billion dollar oil companies. Research grant money is poured into -guess what?- research. We aren't trying to sell anything. We are just trying to understand the earth, and the ways that we can make it better. Follow @SeaLegacy to learn more about ocean conservation and how you can start #TurningTheTide with us.
Happy birthday to one of the finest human beings I know. Here @paulnicklen celebrates the end of another hard-working day with a rare opportunity to have a dip in the pool and a margarita. Paul and I have dedicated our lives to the task of saving our oceans and the fact that we get to do it together, and with all of you as our team, is a real gift. Please help me wish him the happiest of birthdays! With @sealegacy @lonelywhale @bluespherefoundation Photo by our dear friend @taro smith in #hotelmedialuna
A southern stingray travels, almost as if flying, over a sandy bottom in the Bahamas. There is something about a photo in black and white that resonates with me. I love a good color photograph too, of course, but there's a simplicity in achromatic images that calls attention to the form and the frame of the image; you focus on the light and the shadow and shapes, the pieces that are left when you take the color out. To me they feel quiet, if quiet can be a feeling. If you could describe this image in one word, what would it be? #blackandwhite #artistsoninstagram
Photo by @FrancisPerez000 // A family of pilot whales glide through the ocean waters off the coast of the Canary Islands. Humans have long hoarded the idea of family and emotion. We assumed that we were the only animals who possessed the capacity to feel grief or love, but we've since learned there are a multitude of other species capable of feeling deep and painful emotion. Whales are one of those - we know now that they communicate with one another, and that whales who live in pods tend to form deep family bonds. After Hope, a young pilot whale, was struck by the boat propeller that left her tail hanging on by just a few thin thread of muscle tissue, her family stayed with her, swimming slowly at her side as she floundered in the water, unable to use her tail. The southwest coast of Tenerife, where Hope was injured, is mostly protected under law as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC Teno-Rasca ) - but it doesn't go far enough, and there are plans to construct a macro-port that would increase both pollution and boat traffic in the sensitive wildlife corridor where Hope lived with her family. There's still time to make sure your voice is heard before the petition to stop the port closes this weekend. #ActforHope by signing at the link in my bio. #TurningTheTide
Una ballena piloto de aleta corta llamada Hope fue asesinada por una hélice de barco que casi le arranca la cola del resto de su cuerpo en las Islas Canarias, en marzo de 2019. Compartí la imagen de @FrancisPerez0000 con su historia hace un par de semanas. Hoy, levanto mi voz con @SeaLegacy y Francis Pérez, miembro del colectivo de SeaLegacy, en apoyo de un movimiento para prevenir más tragedias en las aguas de Tenerife, donde fue golpeada esta ballena. La costa suroeste de Tenerife está protegida por ley como Área Especial de Conservación (SAC Teno-Rasca ), excepto por un lugar: Fonsalía, donde hay planes para construir un nuevo puerto macro. Fonsalía es parte del mismo corredor de vida silvestre sensible donde vivía Hope con su familia, y que alberga una abundancia natural de otras especies marinas, desde delfines hasta tortugas verdes y aves marinas que anidan. Un puerto en estas aguas destruiría los hábitats y aumentaría la contaminación: química, acústica y luminosa. También aumentaría el tráfico de personas en el agua, lo que significa el potencial de más incidentes trágicos con la vida silvestre. ¿Quieres saber cómo puedes marcar la diferencia? Firma la petición en el enlace en mi biografía. #TurningTheTide I am calling on all of you to make good on the promise to help me tip issues with the power of the people! This one is one we can win so read and sign please. A shortfin pilot whale named Hope was killed by a boat propeller that almost severed her tail from the rest of her body in the Canary Islands, March 2019. I shared the image from @FrancisPerez0000 with her story a couple of weeks ago. Today, I raise my voice with @SeaLegacy and Francis Pérez, SeaLegacy collective member, in support of a movement to prevent more tragedies in the waters off Tenerife where she was struck. Petition link in bio!
As a photographer and an artist I strive always to capture the beauty of the places I visit with my camera lens. As a conservationist I am concerned first and foremost with the health of our oceans. How many feelings in the world can compare to the rush of the tide and sea-foam past your ankles when you're standing on a beach? How do you even begin to describe what it feels like to freedive in Hawaii and watch waves roll overhead like storm clouds? Images succeed sometimes where words fail, but nothing compares to actually being there in the moment. For #PlasticFreeJuly I'm joining my friends at @LonelyWhale to encourage you to #HydrateLike a diver. Wherever you go, don't leave your reusable water bottle behind! Take the pledge to ditch single-use plastics at the link in my bio. #TurningTheTide 📸: @PaulNicklen
I am calling on all of you to make good on the promise to help me tip issues with the power of the people! This one is one we can win so read and sign please. A shortfin pilot whale named Hope was killed by a boat propeller that almost severed her tail from the rest of her body in the Canary Islands, March 2019. I shared the image from @FrancisPerez0000 with her story a couple of weeks ago. Today, I raise my voice with @SeaLegacy and Francis Pérez, SeaLegacy collective member, in support of a movement to prevent more tragedies in the waters off Tenerife where she was struck. Tenerife's southwest coast is protected under law as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC Teno-Rasca ), except for one place: Fonsalía, where there are plans to construct a new macro-harbour. Fonsalía is a part of the same sensitive wildlife corridor where Hope lived with her family, and which hosts a natural abundance of other marine species from dolphins to green turtles to nesting seabirds. A harbour in these waters would destroy habitats and increase pollution: chemical, acoustic and light. It would also increase human traffic on the water, which means the potential for more dangerous ship-strikes with wildlife. Want to know how you can make a difference? Sign the petition at the link in my bio to #ActForHope ! #TurningTheTide #Tenerife
Before humans could fly, we set sail. For thousands of years, before the advent of the motor, men crossed waters by the power of the oar and the wind. It is how the first Polynesians came to Hawaii, and how America became what it is today. The history of America is bound to the story of the immigrant and the settler and Indigenous peoples- and the awe of new discovery. The traditional sailing canoe in this photo is named 'Ho'kulea,' which means the Star of Hawaii. It belongs to the Polynesian Navigation Society, and was absolutely breathtaking to see out on the open water. I am honored to have one of my favorite photographs included in a National Geographic ( @NatGeo ) series that showcases the beauty and diversity of America, where some of my fellow photographers have shared images of their favorite places. Check out the link in my bio to see them all! #makahabeach
“A minnow of its own kind” is what my friend @andy_mann would call this baby whale shark. I am very used to encounters with the massive adult versions of this fish, but I was completely surprised when the animal whose shape materialized out of the visibility range off of Darwin’s Arch, turned out to be, not a large Galapagos shark, like I had thought, but instead a very tiny whale shark. When I swam up to it, I realized that even though this is still a very large fish, especially when compared to the other fish tailing it, it was no bigger than myself and that it couldn’t have been born more than a few days or weeks ago. This is so uncommon and unreal, I feel really lucky to have shared a few fin strokes with this newborn marvel as it explored its watery home. With @sealegacy @paulnicklen @shawnheinrichs @mishajannard @luksth #babysharkdududu #shark #whaleshark #baby #babyanimals #lookatthatface
Every diver’s nightmare is to get lost at sea. Whenever I am diving in a remote, dangerous site, like Darwin Island, a tiny speck of a rock in the middle of the ocean, where the deep ocean currents rush through, bringing nutrients that attract massive schools of fish, including many species of sharks. Sometimes, there is so much plankton, mixed in with air that the water looks like bubbly milk and you can barely see 6 feet in front of you. I swam into a large school of jacks and floated along with them for a couple of minutes. When I came out, I couldn’t find @PaulNicklen For the next 35 minutes I floated on my own, peering into the luminescent water wondering what toothy creatures might be lurking nearby. The water was so bright and so milky I had to do a double take, when like an army of ghosts a large school of scalloped hammerheads swam right in front of me. All I could do was gape in wonder and snap a couple of shots. I love this photograph so much because it really conveys how the ocean felt that day and I will be releasing it as a fine art print in my new series “The Sea Around Us” this fall. With @sealegacy @mishajannard @shawnheinrichs @luksth and @paulnicklen
I am just coming back from one of the most inspiring two weeks of conservation photography I have ever had. This was not my first trip to the Galapagos Islands, but it was my first one as an underwater photographer and over the next few days I want to share with you some of the wonders I experienced. I want to start with one of my favorite subjects: sea turtles. On our first day free diving off of the island of San Cristobal, we encountered this beautiful girl. I thought that like so many other sea turtles I have tried to photograph, she would swim away, but I was wrong. For the next hour she let @PaulNicklen and I hang out while she fed. Pulling on the sea weed that grows over much of the ocean floor in this shallow bay, she fed slowly and methodically. She was very aware of our presence and could not have cared less. This is what happens when a place is protected and animals are not hunted. Holding my breath I would try not to disturb her while I followed her but in my clumsy need for air, every once in a while I would get in her way. Patiently and gently she waited for me to sort myself out before continuing her foraging. I truly loved spending an afternoon in the company of such a gentle and beautiful creature. For some reason it makes me feel like a better human. Maybe that is the magic of nature. With @sealegacy @shawnheinrichs @luksth @mishajannard @Kyle roepke and @metrojourneys #goldentriangle #Galapagos #seaturtle #conservationworks
No where in my travels have I been more inspired than by the people I meet in some of the most remote indigenous communities in the world. Many of my favourite moments and the hope they bring me are captured in my book, Amaze. Through the themes of Enoughness and experiences at The Water's Edge, this fine art, coffee table book follows my 25-year photographic journey. See the link in my bio to get yours today. #amaze #culture #fineart
The story of Bristol Bay is a about a movement to keep one of America's last true wild places out of the hands of industry titans, because what happens to these waters, happens to all of us. With your help, we have sent 45,000+ signatures to Congress asking them to put a stop to the creation of the largest gold and copper mine the world has ever seen - a mine that would alter the face and the future of Bristol Bay forever. The U.S. House of Representative has taken a first step toward protection, but in the coming months, the administration's Army Corps of Engineers and the Senate will continue to play critical roles as they consider next steps. Thank you for joining me, @SeaLegacy and everyone in Alaska already standing up for Bristol Bay. We couldn't do what we do without you. #NoPebbleMine #SaveBristolBay #TurningTheTide
In wild Alaska, a massive mining project threatens the lifeblood of an entire ecosystem — but a line is being drawn in the sand: #NoPebbleMine Over a decade long fight, the mine has been thrown yet another lifeline with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ) announcing their intended move to undo environmental restrictions that have thwarted the project thus far. Pebble Mine will sacrifice too much — economically, socially, culturally, and ecologically. Our voices matter in this vital land-use decision. We need your help to ensure that it is impossible for US Congress and the Army Corps of Engineers to ignore this alarm. Please stand with me, @PaulNicklen and @SeaLegacy sign and share our petition with your friends and family - link in bio. 🎥: @paulnicklen
In Bristol Bay, Alaska over 60 million salmon return from the sea to spawn every year. This is the world's greatest wild salmon stronghold - a place where the rivers overflow with so many fish that the water all but glitters red. If mining is introduced to this region, it will cause irreversible damage to the ecology and economy, and rob Alaska of one of its natural wonders. It is time to put people and sustainability first. Join me, @SeaLegacy and all of the people in Alaska already standing up to #SaveBristolBay Tell US Congress to stop Pebble Mine now before it is too late - link in bio. Tag a friend in the comments. 🌊🐻 #NoPebbleMine #TurningTheTide #ExtinctionEndsHere 🎥 : @paulnicklen and @sealegacy
Our oceans are at the limits of their resilience. However, when we protect critical ecosystems, prevent pollution, and manage our fisheries responsibly and carefully, our oceans can bounce back. Its important for us to remember that - life is beautiful and vibrant and strong, and it will flourish if we help it to flourish. Help @SeaLegacy and me create healthy and abundant oceans by taking a few minutes to fill out the survey linked in my bio. Upon completion, you'll be entered into a drawing for a copy of "Born To Ice" by @PaulNicklen ! He's one of my favourite people. ; )
David Serkoak - also known to his kin as “Hiquaq” - is the first Inuit drummer to reach the North Pole. Tiptoe-dancing over a melting ice-scape, he raised his voice and drummed for joy to be standing at the top of the world. It was an honour to travel to the northernmost point of our planet with this Inuk elder, and to hear from his own voice, how self-determination is the best tool indigenous communities have as they face a fast-changing planet.
Families come in many shapes and sizes, and in Alaska - so do the bears. To walk through Katmai National Park and Preserve is to challenge and change everything you thought you knew about these beautiful animals. You learn pretty quickly that every bear has their own personality, and it is something special to watch them around one another. In this photo, a mother bear greets her cubs at the foot of a mountain. Not far from Katmai, the proposed Pebble Mine would leave an environmental and ecological footprint at least a mile wide and 1,750 feet deep. But that’s only the pit of the mine itself; construction would also mean the destruction of 3,500 acres of wetlands and 80 miles of salmon streams. Follow @SeaLegacy , @PaulNicklen and myself as we combine our voices to stand alongside our friends and allies already rallying to #SaveBristolBay You can add your voice too by signing the petition at the link in my bio. #NoPebbleMine #WeAreBristolBay
I picked up a professional camera for the first time after becoming a mother, and many of the experiences I’ve had in the field have been shaped by that. I was fortunate sometimes to get to take my children along with me; to get to share with them parts of the world that I’d only dreamed of seeing when I was a little girl myself. Always when I travel, it is the children I meet that leave the biggest impression on my spirit. The work that I do as a conservationist with @SeaLegacy revolves around building a future for healthy and abundant oceans. It is also for children like these girls I met in Madagascar, who were so curious about my camera. We need to do better - for our oceans, and for them. 📸 : @JennyGNichols
BREAKING NEWS ON #NOPEBBLEMINE : The US House of Representatives has approved an amendment to a bill that would block a permit for the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska. This is an important first step toward protecting Bristol Bay, but our fight to #SaveBristolBay is not over. A bill cannot pass unless both bodies of US Congress agree that it should become law, and the Senate still has to write their own version of the bill. @SeaLegacy and I remain committed with the same message: Bristol Bay is no place for a toxic mine. Will you join us and make sure US Congress knows that you're #TurningTheTide for the last wild salmon stronghold on Earth? Sign your support via the link in my bio today and stand with #TheTide #NoPebbleMine #thanksforsigning #WeAreBristolBay #ExtinctionEndsHere 🌊
Yesterday, Canada’s Liberal government approved the $7.4B Trans Mountain expansion project; a pipeline project that would eventually move a million barrels of oil from Alberta’s oil patch to the coast of British Columbia. This is disappointing and contradictory news from a government that has also just recently announced plans to ban single-use plastics in their country by 2021. My home is on Vancouver Island. On days where the sea is quiet and calm, I can see orca from my kitchen windows. British Columbia is home to a whole host of wildlife - bald eagles and bears, whales and fish and tiny but beautiful sea anemones. An oil spill in these waters could devastate the delicate balance of life on Canada’s western coast. I am working with @SeaLegacy to create a global movement of people who speak up for healthy and abundant oceans. You can add your voice to ours by going to the link in my bio. #TurningTheTide #greatbearrainforest
There is a special magic in Alaska, where the fur on brown bears like this one almost seems to turn gold in the light of the setting sun, rays reaching over the mountain peaks to kiss the grasses and trees and everything else that grows here. But there is something else looming on the horizon. The proposed construction of the Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay threatens 3,500 acres of wetlands and 80 miles of salmon streams in this part of the world. I am raising my voice with @SeaLegacy and @PaulNicklen to urge U.S. Congress to make the right decision when it comes to this mine. Join us as we stand alongside those already working to #SaveBristolBay Add your voice to the petition link in my bio. Let's show Congress what #TurningTheTide means. #NoPebbleMine #WeAreBristolBay #ExtinctionEndsHere 🐻🌊
The greatest wild salmon stronghold in the world is up against one of the largest proposed gold and copper mines on Earth: Pebble Mine. The construction of Pebble Mine would forever change the face and future of Bristol Bay, and the future of all of the people and animals that call it home. But the project is still under review, and we have an opportunity to change how the story ends for Bristol Bay. We still have a chance to encourage U.S. Congress to make the right decision. If we choose to act, and if we come together, we really can make a difference. Join me, @PaulNicklen and @SeaLegacy as we stand alongside those already rallying to #SaveBristolBay Find out how you can make a difference at the link in my bio. Let's show Congress what #TurningTheTide means! #NoPebbleMine #WeAreBristolBay 🎥: @paulnicklen
A wildlife photographer’s first objective is to become a part of the environment. This is a feat easier said than done; environments are always changing and unpredictable, and the wildlife has a personality all its own. Animals in Antarctica see so few people that they have evolved without fear of humans. These king penguins were incredibly curious and came over to get a better look at me. Or maybe they were checking out my camera and JOBY #GorillaPod setup? My job is physically demanding and takes me all over the world. Whether I’m in the ocean or navigating rugged landscapes, I need gear that’s as stubborn and determined as as I am. Sign up for my newsletter at the link in my bio to learn more about my experiences in the field.
How do we change the world? By standing up when we see injustice; by adding our voices to important movements; by refusing to sit quietly while the might of industry drives us deeper into climate crisis. The construction of Pebble Mine would forever change the face and future of Bristol Bay, Alaska - and of all of the people and animals that live there. The story of Bristol Bay is one of perseverance in the face of incredible odds; it is a story about a movement to keep one of America's last true wild places out of the hands of industry titans. I just signed a petition to stop Pebble Mine construction. Follow @SeaLegacy , @PaulNicklen and myself as we combine our voices to stand alongside our friends and allies already rallying to #SaveBristolBay You can add your voice too by signing the petition at the link in my bio. Let's show U.S. Congress what #TurningTheTide means! #NoPebbleMine #WeAreBristolBay @wildsalmoncenter @unitedtribesofbristolbay @salmonstateak @alaskacenter @inletkeeper @defendbristolbay @friendsofmcneilriver @thewildfilm @wearebristolbay
Do you know who catches your seafood? For just a few hundred dollars each, men across Southeast Asia are being sold into the fishing industry, where they are forced to live for months and years at a time. #GhostFleetFilm exposes how forced labor is meeting the global demand for seafood and how consumers can help reshape the industry and demand slavery-free seafood. Learn more about #GhostFleetFilm and how you can take action to help stop slavery on the high seas at GhostFleet.com. Link in bio! #socialjustice #humanrights #documentary Produced by @VulcanInc
#tbthursday // Many of you have asked, how is it that I remain hopeful and energized in the face of so much bad news for our planet? The answer is “you”!! Everywhere I go I meet people who are doing everything they can to create positive change. You do it on this page every day, with your thoughtful comments, your empathy for the subjects in my photographs, and with your kind words and deeds. I can only keep working as hard as I can because I love the movement we are building. Thank you for being part of my life! Let’s keep doing battle for our planet, together!!! Photo by my talented friend @jennygnichols in Chiapas, Mexico, circa 2008. 🇲🇽 #wethepeople @sealegacy
Extremely sensitive content. Please watch. Photo by @FrancisPerez000 This horrific image of a young pilot whale that lost its tail after being hit by a boat propeller off the coast of the Canary Islands is meant to be a wake up call. Was it hit by a ship, a ferry or a pleasure boat? We will never know, but I have certainly seen many boats traveling at high speeds through sensitive wildlife corridors. Only three people were there to hear the shrilling calls of pain and fear of this young whale as it struggled to swim. The photographer, the marine biologist and the wildlife veterinarian who were called to the scene were not able to help an animal with such a severe injury. All they could do was pull it out of the water and, with the kind of sorrow that can only be understood by people with enough empathy to do what they had to do, they euthanized it. Sparing more unnecessary suffering to an animal with no chance of recovery was what they had to do. What the rest of us need to do is to become more engaged it. Enforcing regulations on vessel speed limits is very difficult but it all begins with awareness and public pressure; the kind that demands that the voices of thousands of people are heard. As angry and sad as this makes me, I am also extremely motivated to do something about this. I am working with @SeaLegacy to create a global movement of people who want to push for legislative changes that prevent this type of accident. You can add your voice to ours by going to the link on my bio.
And more excellent news for whales today! In addition to planning a ban of single use plastics, Canada has also taken the visionary move of banning the captivity of whales and dolphins. Impact communications films, like #Blackfish and campaigns like the ones taking place across the globe, play a huge role in shifting public perceptions on issues like this and are instrumental in creating wins for the environment. Thanks to all my followers who support this work and who have joined the Tide at @SeaLegacy Your voices, your influence and your funds make an enormous difference for wildlife. #Gratitude #Tagsomeonewhocares 🇨🇦
Some great news for fin whales today! Amidst the horrible news of as many as 100 gray and humpback whales that have washed up on beaches around the world, whales get a bit of a break today. The minister of fisheries of Iceland issued a quota but did not issue a permit to continue the hunt. That means that as many as 150 whales will not be killed this year. As wonderful as these news are, the battle is never over and we need your voice and your support to continue this fight. Head to the link in my bio and become a member of The Tide. For a small monthly contribution, we can stay out in the field working to make sure the suffering of these animals is not invisible to society. I am grateful to have this microphone and for all of your support. So happy for whales today!!