Paul Nicklen — Co-founder of @Sea_Legacy and contributing photographer to National Geographic. Follow the link below to Join The Tide
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On June 20, tenures for 20 open-net Atlantic salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago, British Columbia, are set to expire. Premier John Horgan, @johnhorgan4bc, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, @justinpjtrudeau, have the opportunity to make real change happen by not renewing these tenures. We too have the ability to make real change happen. The choices you make, every day, are an important part of that change. One of the easiest ways to help create healthy and abundant oceans is by being an informed and conscious consumer. #KnowYourSalmon is our challenge to you, ocean lovers, to learn the difference between wild salmon and open-net farmed Atlantic salmon. Check the link in my bio to learn more. Together, we are #TurningTheTide. ...more
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This pint-sized schooling fish is one that most people have only seen inside a can, but it is so much more. Sardines plays a mammoth role in maintaining the balance of marine ecosystems as an essential food source for other fish, marine mammals, and seabirds. Their beauty and importance shine underwater in the mangrove forests of Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen. Diving with massive schools of sardines that sparkle and pulse with the light, emulating a synchronized heartbeat, gave us a sense of hope and pride for the future of our oceans if we just let them recover naturally. Visit the link in my bio to watch Cuba: Gardens of the Queen Episode 6 on these little, lively and vital fish. ...more
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If you think having open-net Atlantic salmon farms along British Columbia’s coast is a good idea, it’s time for you to reevaluate. Resident orcas, perhaps the most studied, celebrated and beloved orca population, are top predators and cultural icons of British Columbia. Their population is closely tied to the overall health of the ecosystem, one we are putting at a terrible risk for a few to get rich. Only 76 resident orcas remain and they need your support in protecting their food supply - wild salmon. Add your voice and support through the link in my bio. Let’s put the environment first and #GetFishFarmsOut. ...more
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I am always humbled by the power and grace of polar bears in nature. When I hear and see the devastating effects of climate change, my heart breaks and I push myself even harder to make a difference. Every second breath we take comes from the ocean. We can either learn to hold our breath or perhaps it is better to protect the lungs and heart of our planet. A wide array of both proven and promising solutions already exist. Reforesting the oceans and restarting natural nutrient cycles can drawdown carbon, deacidify and cool surface waters, at the same time as producing sustainable food and biofuel. ...more
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As the winter snow recedes from the Alaska coast, grizzly bears come out to feed on the nutritious sedge grass. @sea_legacy is here for the next week in search of mothers and cubs to show the other side of their character. With @cristinamittermeier @kyle.roepke @ericnixonphoto @liannanixon #stopthekill #grizzlybear #apexpredator #nature #naturelovers ...more
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The bold conservation efforts in the Gardens of the Queen mean that many different species of fish grow to great sizes and maintain healthy numbers. One of such species is the goliath grouper, which can grow to be 800 pounds. As indicators of a healthy reef system, these gentle giants have become increasingly rare in most of the Caribbean. Check the link in my bio to see how one of these prehistoric fish surprised me in Episode Four of Cuba: Gardens of the Queen ...more
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In a world where sharks are often demonized and misunderstood, here in the Gardens of the Queen, they are evidence that the natural marine environment is operating as it should. Strictly protected since 1996, the Gardens of the Queen show us what's possible when we commit to creating healthy and abundant oceans. Click the link in my bio to watch Cuba: Gardens of the Queen Episode Three on these incredible creatures. #TurningTheTide with @Sea_Legacy, @CristinaMittermeier, @andy_mann, and @iankellett_story ...more
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Happy #WorldOceansDay! Diving in the shallow waters and mangrove forests of the Gardens of The Queen gave our @Sea_Legacy team a rare opportunity to see an intact coral reef food chain, which results in an abundance of top predators around you on each dive. Click the link my bio to meet, face-to-face, with an ancient and proficient aquatic hunter waiting for its next meal. #TurningTheTide with @Sea_Legacy, @CristinaMittermeier, @andy_mann and @iankellett_story ...more
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This image is of the Nordaustlandet ice cap, just 600 miles from the North Pole. Yet, the temperature was in the high 60’s. The Arctic could be completely devoid of sea ice during the summer months in the next 10 to 20 years. But there is hope for change. Your choices, your voices have an impact. Use them wisely. #TurningTheTide with @Sea_Legacy ...more
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Here is to our oceans. He was the biggest walrus I have ever seen. His tusks had to be over three feet long. He was immense in girth and stature. Walrus have not been hunted in Svalbard, Norwary for over 60 years allowing for leviathans like this to exist in peace. Even a large male polar bear would be very hard pressed to attack such a powerful animal. This image is also appearing in my new book called “Born to Ice”. I am very proud and grateful that ocean conservation hero, @leonardodicaprio took the time to write a heartfelt foreword. #gratitude #nature #borntoice #naturelovers #arctic #climatechangeisreal #explore #bw #blackandwhite ...more
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Throughout the day, @sea_legacy, @CristinaMittermeier and I will be sharing some of our all-time favourite images in anticipation of #WorldOceansDay tomorrow. I strive to make my photographs a combination of art, science, and conservation; beautiful photographs that tell stories, conveying empathy and a sense of urgency for the subject and landscape captured. This first image is one of my most recognized photographs. While polar bears are magnificent swimmers, catching food in open water isn’t east. In many places in the Arctic, the sea ice breaks up and melts earlier each spring and freezes later each fall, forcing bears to remain longer on land without food. Without sea ice, polar bears likely will not survive. It’s up to us to stop climate change and start #TurningTheTide. ...more
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In 1984, Fidel Castro dove with Jacques Cousteau and witnessed how biologically diverse and stunningly beautiful the 'underwater rainforests' of Cuba were. A line was drawn, a marine reserve was made, and this fragile and vast ecosystem was protected. The Castro Government limited the access of ships, prohibited nearly all commercial fishing except for the sustainable harvest of spiny lobster, and tightly restricted tourism, with just a few thousand divers allowed to visit each year. In 2017, the @Sea_Legacy team joined the lucky few who get to dive in these rich and remarkable waters. Our mission was to record and share this colourful and thriving underwater Eden with you, so that you can experience the wonder of a healthy reef ecosystem and join us in #TurningTheTide. Check the link in my bio to watch Episode One: Introduction to Cuba's Gardens of the Queen. ...more
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