Be thankful. Be empathetic. Be engaged in the world you live in. Happy thanksgiving, America.
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A polar bear's sense of smell is the most important tool for locating prey while on land. Unbelievably, polar bears can smell seals from more than one kilometre away. This big, beautiful bear in the Canadian Arctic detected us quickly during a @Sea_Legacy expedition to the Tallurutiup Imanga marine protected area this past summer. It's exciting to see the Canadian government making steps to protect these fragile areas. Mining and petroleum interests have their eyes on this region, and it's up to the Inuit and every Canadian who cares about the environment to protect these lands from careless resource extraction. #TurningTheTide
Want to put one of my most beautiful images on the wall, and help us work towards healthy oceans at the same time? This is your chance. Support @Sea_Legacy’s conservation by buying this poster of orcas in Norway. The posters are printed on crisp, high-quality paper by a fine art printer in the USA—and produced in partnership with @Maptia. Order one soon and it will ship within 5-7 business days. All proceeds support SeaLegacy’s mission of creating healthy oceans. Link in bio.
The white markings on this bowhead whale’s tail are bite marks from perfectly natural orca attacks. We need protections from less-natural threats in the Arctic, like tanker traffic, seismic testing and oil and gas exploration. On assignment for @sea_legacy in the new Tallurutiup Imanga marine protected area.
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When it comes to the adorable factor, this photo of an emperor penguin chick is one of my favourite images. Support @Sea_Legacy’s work by investing in a poster featuring some of my most iconic photos, from Antarctica to the Arctic. The posters are printed on crisp, high-quality paper by a fine art printer in the USA—and produced in partnership with @Maptia. Order one soon and it will ship within 5-7 business days, in time to be put under the tree. All proceeds support SeaLegacy’s mission of creating healthy oceans. Link in bio. Photo: @PaulNicklen
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I love how this print from the @paulnicklengallery exhibits the sometimes complicated but beautiful relationship between man and dog. Obviously I’m an animal lover, and dogs are one of my favourites. The relationship humans have with dogs is no more important than in the Arctic, where hardworking sled dogs enable safe, efficient travel across an icy, unforgiving landscape. It’s an often misunderstood partnership that—when witnessed—deserves reverence. This fine art print is available through my #NYC gallery, and partial proceeds go to funding @sea_legacy‘s efforts in #turningthetide for our oceans.
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What does it mean when a 50 foot-long whale weighing 60,000 pounds hurls itself out of the ocean over and over? I shot this on #8K in slow motion as I wanted the moment to last forever while studying every detail. More importantly, we must control ship traffic in critical migratory and feeding corridors of these noise sensitive leviathans. Shot on assignment for @sea_legacy#shotonred with @reddigitalcinema#nature#beauty#whale#breach#naturelovers
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Every bear is an individual. Unique in personality, and definitely unique in hunting styles. Young bears often flail, chasing salmon up and down creeks burning up valuable calories while taking in very little nutrition. Then there are the wise and more experienced bears, like this one in the Great Bear Rainforest that caught fish after fish effortlessly all morning long. #nature#bear#shotonred@reddigitalcinema
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An outspoken, passionate voice for the Salish Sea has gone quiet. Laurie Gourlay was a tireless advocate for the waterways of coastal B.C. and through his organization—the Salish Sea Trust—he worked hard to protect them. He spearheaded a campaign to have the Salish Sea designated a World Heritage Site, and @Sea_Legacy was proud to throw our support behind him. Now that he’s gone, I feel even more empowered to protect this coast for all the people and animals that live here. Let’s do it together. Let’s do it for Laurie. Rest in peace.
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Karissa Glendale (@tlalitlas_08) is one of several young women who have been occupying fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago, which lies within their First Nations’ traditional territories. It’s ironic, as they have been served an injunction for “trespassing”, yet the foreign-owned and operated fish farms—mostly run by publicly-traded Norwegian companies—have never been given permission to operate in Musgmagw Dzawada’enuwx and Namgis territory. It’s time for Canadians to evict these farms from the water, as they are a human rights violation and ecological disaster. Plus, the fish they produce are disgusting. My heart and my support goes out to these brave, young women who are standing up to foreign corporate interests and a Canadian government who lacks the spine to make the right choices. Are you listening @JustinPJTrudeau and @JohnHorgan4BC? We are #turningthetide for Canadian waters and First Nations people. Please join us. Click the link in my bio for more information.
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This is one of my favourite pieces from the @paulnicklengallery in NYC: Sea Wolf of the Great Bear. It features one of the animals from B.C. that I cherish most—the rain (or sea wolf. This unique subspecies of wolf benefits greatly from protected marine areas. Keep updated on how we are trying to establish more MPAs by following @Sea_Legacy and @paulnicklengallery so that we can stay on the front line of key issues and support remarkable animals like these wolves. #turningthetide
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Warning: graphic and disturbing content. This is my longest caption ever, but this issue affects all of us so please read. Photograph donated by John and Jane Doe. In 2001, I photographed my first major assignment for @natgeo on the fish farming industry. I went in as a naïve, young and unbiased journalist. Two years and five countries later, I was horrified by this industry. Atlantic salmon farming is destructive to ecosystems, and especially wild fish stocks. Doctors warn that eating farmed fish can be destructive to our health, especially for pregnant women. I was proud when the resulting story won first place at the World Press Photo Awards for journalistic storytelling. At the time, our story told how it took four pounds of wild anchovies to make a pound of farmed salmon, causing the collapse of foundation fish stocks in some waters. This industry uses more antibiotics and pesticides than any other livestock industry on Earth. Fish farms cause sea lice infestations that are collapsing some wild trout and salmon stocks wherever these farms exist. We even reported on how the industry uses a chemical colorant in their feed to give fish flesh—which is otherwise pale—a bright orange color. Things have only became worse—a lot worse. As reported by the BC provincial veterinarian in charge, 80% of the BC salmon farming industry is infected with Piscine reovirus, which is a highly contagious blood virus that causes heart disease in salmon. An infected salmon farm can shed up to 60 billion infectious virus particles per hour...let that soak in. Wild salmon are not built to survive this and many may die before being able to complete their epic journey upstream to spawn.
Why do we put a much larger tourism industry, our entire marine ecosystem, our health, our commercial fishing, our sport fishing industries, and most importantly, our relationship with First Nations, at risk for a few people in Norway to get rich? Who in our provincial and federal governments are making these decisions, and why are we not standing up and fighting?
#TurningtheTide with @Sea_Legacy. With @MolinaDawson@CleansingourWaters#getfishfarmsout#protectourocean