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Video: @andy_mann // When @paulnicklen has an idea he becomes completely consumed with it. So after he… read more
Jardines de la Reina
Video: @andy_mann // When @paulnicklen has an idea he becomes completely consumed with it. So after he spotted a beautiful large sponge on a sunset dive, he came up to the surface, gathered the team and explained his idea, which was basically: "We come back after dark, before the storm hits and follow me down to 100 feet. We'll light the sponge from above, simulating the moon and wait for sharks and groupers to come in." ?? Obviously we were all-in and didn't have to wait long as the sharks arrived upon entry. The 20 minutes that proceeded was a beautifully lit show of how a healthy Caribbean reef looks at night. The memory is still more like a dream and a reality. I can't wait to see his footage! Meanwhile, enjoy this short behind-the-scenes clip. #teamwork #turningthetide with @sea_legacy @cristinamittermeier @paulnicklen @iankellett_story @mdalio @samkretch / music @davisharwellmusic | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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All week we have been celebrating The Collective—a trusted group of @Sea_Legacy’s esteemed friends who… read more
All week we have been celebrating The Collective—a trusted group of @Sea_Legacy’s esteemed friends who have pledged to use their talents and voices to amplify the message of ocean conservation. However, none of this would be possible without our co-founders and fearless leaders, @cristinamittermeier and @paulnicklen. Together, we are #turningthetide for the world’s oceans. Will you join us? Click on the link in our bio to learn more. | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Climate change is real. It’s time to stop debating this inconvenient truth, and instead direct our collective… read more
Climate change is real. It’s time to stop debating this inconvenient truth, and instead direct our collective energy towards good decisions for the planet. Big change comes from small adjustments. Some ways to #doyourpart include saying no to straws, choosing certified fish, and using energy efficient appliances and vehicles when possible. Visit @AnInconvenientTruth and check out @ZariaLynn to see what others are doing. Photo by @paulnicklen @SeaLegacy | #TurningTheTide | #ocean | #protect | #BeInconvenient | #ClimateChangeisReal | @AnInconvenientTruth | @NatGeoPristineSeas | @mattiasklumofficial | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Photo by @andy_mann // We are announcing the final member of the five initial key players in The Collective—a… read more
Photo by @andy_mann // We are announcing the final member of the five initial key players in The Collective—a trusted group of @Sea_Legacy’s esteemed friends who have pledged to use their talents and voices to amplify the message of ocean conservation. More will be announced each month. Boulder, Colorado’s Andy Mann has already been on two expeditions with @sea_legacy and has played an instrumental role on the team. He will be helping us in #TurningTheTide as we grow in strength, influence and reach. Welcome to The Collective, @andy_mann, even if you’ve already been part of it for a while. Let’s change the world. | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Photo by @justinhofman // Justin Hofman is the fourth announced member of The Collective—a trusted group… read more
Photo by @justinhofman // Justin Hofman is the fourth announced member of The Collective—a trusted group of @Sea_Legacy’s esteemed friends who have pledged to use their talents and voices to amplify the message of ocean conservation. Justin is an expedition leader and scientific illustrator in addition to being award-winning photographer. He will be helping us in #TurningTheTide. Welcome to The Collective, @justinhofman. | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Photo: @andy_mann // @paulnicklen returning to the surface after a deep canyon dive off the banks of… read more
Jardines de la Reina
Photo: @andy_mann // @paulnicklen returning to the surface after a deep canyon dive off the banks of Jardines de la Reina. It's always a good sign when you’re surfacing through a healthy population of silky sharks. From top to bottom, these are some of the richest waters in all of the Caribbean and a shining example of conservation. #turningthetide with @paulnicklen @cristinamittermeier @iankellett_story @samkretch @mdalio. | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Photo by @simonagerphotography // Canadian photographer, activist and talented sailor, Simon Ager is… read more
Photo by @simonagerphotography // Canadian photographer, activist and talented sailor, Simon Ager is the third member of The Collective—a trusted group of @Sea_Legacy’s esteemed friends who have pledged to use their talents and voices to amplify the message of ocean conservation. For the past decade, Ager has served with the @seashepherd, and is currently the Director of the Canadian arm. He will be helping us in #TurningTheTide for our oceans with his amazing imagery from locations that need attention most, whether it’s Antarctica (where this image was taken) or the fish farms of the B.C. Coast, where he just spent four months assisting First Nations on the occupation of several open net pen farms. We are honoured to have such a dedicated ocean advocate in The Collective. Welcome onboard, Simon. @simonagerphotography | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // We are proud to announce the second member of The Collective—a trusted… read more
Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // We are proud to announce the second member of The Collective—a trusted group of @Sea_Legacy’s esteemed friends who have pledged to use their talents and voices to amplify the message of ocean conservation. Canadian photographer @jodymacdonaldphoto will be helping us in #TurningTheTide for our oceans with her incredible imagery. She’s headed to Papua New Guinea on Monday for a @sea_legacy assignment, and she’ll be taking us along on the ride. Thank you, Jody. | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Photo by @ladzinski // We are proud to announce the first member of The Collective—a trusted group of… read more
Photo by @ladzinski // We are proud to announce the first member of The Collective—a trusted group of @Sea_Legacy’s esteemed friends who have pledged to use their talents and voices to amplify the message of ocean conservation. Keith Ladzinski (@ladzinski) is a photographer and filmmaker who has worked with the world’s most respected publications, like @natgeo and @nytimes. His images are stunning and we are happy to have him on our team. Thank you to Keith for helping us in #TurningTheTide for our oceans. | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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An abundance of sponges and corals reflect a healthy ecosystem in the Gardens of the Queen. This is what… read more
Cuba
An abundance of sponges and corals reflect a healthy ecosystem in the Gardens of the Queen. This is what coral reefs should look like; full of life and bursting with colour. Every other breath we take comes from the ocean and while aspects of Cuba's bureaucracy may be frustrating, its ecosystems are thriving.  SeaLegacy was happy to gift images to the local scientists in support of their continued efforts in ensuring the regions marine environment continues to thrive. Photo: @cristinamittermeier #TurningTheTide, @paulnicklen | @aluciaproductions | #gardensofthequeen | #Cuba | #JardinesdelaReina | #TheOceanFoundation | #marineconservation | #daliooceansinitiative | #coralreefs | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Video: @andy_mann // @paulnicklen in his element working in tough conditions down in Cuba to capture… read more
Jardines de la Reina
Video: @andy_mann // @paulnicklen in his element working in tough conditions down in Cuba to capture the beauty of the American Crocodile who calls the mangroves here home. Bearing witness to the beauty and diversity of Gardens of the Queen leaves us hopeful and excited to continue shedding a light on the Caribbean's marine ecosystems. As a Collective member I'm grateful for this SeaLegacy following and honored to be part of the tribe here. Thanks everyone for paying attention and I look forward to sharing more content here in the years ahead. The work has only just begun. ?? #TurningTheTide with @cristinamittermeier @paulnicklen tidemembers & ambassadors. | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Photo by @cristinamittermeier // Like sparkling jewelry, the humble sardine is both beautiful and important.… read more
Jardines de la Reina
Photo by @cristinamittermeier // Like sparkling jewelry, the humble sardine is both beautiful and important. This small schooling fish is one that most people have only seen swimming in oil inside a can, but it is actually one of the most important parts of many marine ecosystems, as so many animals feed on them. While in Cuba's Gardens of the Queen, we learned that sardines seek refuge inside the mangrove forests during the day, and then swim out to open sea in the evening to avoid some of the larger predators that come into the mangroves to feed. #TurningTheTide, with @Sea_Legacy and @PaulNicklen. | @Andy_Mann #gardensofthequeen | #Cuba |#coralreef | #JardinesdelaReina |#TheOceanFoundation | #aluciaproductions |#marineconservation | #daliooceansinitiative | @nauticamhousings @aluciaproductions | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Mosaic starfish rest on a bed of eelgrass in Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina / Gardens of the Queen. This… read more
Jardines de la Reina
Mosaic starfish rest on a bed of eelgrass in Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina / Gardens of the Queen. This area is limited to tourism and development, and is one of the most well preserved marine habitats in the world. It’s been said that what you see here today, is what you would have seen in the Florida Keys 150 years ago. It is proof that conservation efforts take collaboration from all the stakeholders; the Cuban government listens to the scientists and then works with business on sustainable practices. This is a formula that the rest of the world needs to work towards. With new business and tourism poised to impact the country in unprecedented ways, how will Gardens of the Queen be protected? Studies have shown that fish populations have increased by an average of 30% since this sanctuary was created. Photo: @cristinamittermeier#TurningTheTide, with @paulnicklen | #gardensofthequeen | #Cuba | #JardinesdelaReina | #TheOceanFoundation | #jardinesdelrey | #TheOceanFoundation | #marineconservation | #aluciaproducutions | @aluciaproductions | #daliooceansinitiative | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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The presence of sardines in Cuba's Jardines de la Reina, speaks volumes about the health of this region.… read more
Jardines de la Reina
The presence of sardines in Cuba's Jardines de la Reina, speaks volumes about the health of this region. Without an abundant supply of sardines and other forage fish, many marine mammals struggle to eat. Our expedition with @aluciaproductions to Cuba has been one of the more difficult trips in SeaLegacy's four-year history. We have restricted access to the area, visa requirements have sent some crew members home early, and communication is challenging. Photo: @CristinaMittermeier, with @PaulNicklen#TurningTheTide | #gardensofthequeen | #Cuba | #JardinesdelaReina | #TheOceanFoundation | #jardinesdelrey | #sardines | #TheOceanFoundation | #marineconservation | @aluciaproductions | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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A brain coral is home to a couple of colorful tube worms in the Jardines de la Reina, Cuba. Photo by… read more
Jardines de la Reina
A brain coral is home to a couple of colorful tube worms in the Jardines de la Reina, Cuba. Photo by @paulnicklen. Cuba’s dedication to using science as a guiding principle in policy-making is a shining example of conservation in action; one that other places in the world can learn and benefit from. The Cuban government established a 590-square-kilometre marine preserve here in 1996, restricting tourism and banning all fishing except for lobster, a crucial element in Cuba's economy. Follow along with @paulnicklen and crew as we share our discoveries in Instagram Stories. #turningtheride With @andy_mann, @samkretch and @cristinamittermeier, @aluciaproductions | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Photo: @cristinamittermeier , with @Andy_Mann / Both crocs and eelgrass are abundant in the Gardens of… read more
Jardines de la Reina
Photo: @cristinamittermeier , with @Andy_Mann / Both crocs and eelgrass are abundant in the Gardens of the Queen, Cuba. The Cuban government established a 590 square-kilometre marine preserve here in 1996, restricting tourism and banning all fishing except for lobster, a crucial element in Cuba's economy. Our visit comes less than a month after a category 5 Hurricane Irma struck the Camaguey Archipelago. Cuba’s marine science and conservation community was hit hard when two of Cuba’s most important marine research stations suffered extensive damage. With relations between the US and Cuba stabilizing and a potential tourism and development boom on the horizon, rebuilding is more crucial now than ever. #TurningTheTide | #gardensofthequeen | #Cuba | #UniversityofHavana | #JardinesdelaReina | #TheOceanFoundation | #jardinesdelrey | #crocodiles | #TheOceanFoundation | #marineconservation | @aluciaproductions | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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“A young Pacific white sided dolphin cruises above its mother 150 kilometres off the west coast of British… read more
“A young Pacific white sided dolphin cruises above its mother 150 kilometres off the west coast of British Columbia. I love how curious these dolphins can be. This mother kept bringing her young calf over to investigate the intruder in her ocean. The team at @oceansinitiative has done some amazing work on these dolphins and other species, on the effects of ship noise and how it effects their fishing effectiveness. It’s encouraging to know small, dedicated organizations are out there trying to find real life solutions to our oceans’ problems. A big thank you from my team at @sea_legacy to  @oceansinitiative for #turningthetide.” - @paulnicklen | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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There are only 76 southern resident Orcas left, making them an endangered species. It was recently acknowledged… read more
Salish Sea
There are only 76 southern resident Orcas left, making them an endangered species. It was recently acknowledged by the Canadian government that “everyone will have to do their part to reduce noise” and pledged to to “whatever it takes” to protect them and in support of that, the honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard has announced $7.2 million in new science funding for @ocean_networks. This is huge step forward and reassures us that change is possible. Thank you Oceans Network Canada, (ONC) and Minister LeBlanc. Photo: @CristinaMittermeier, Orcas in the Salish Sea. #savethewhales | #TurningTheTide | #DFO | #10by2020 | #canada | #orcas | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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“Of all of the marine species I have spent time with, pinnipeds have provided the most laughs. While… read more
“Of all of the marine species I have spent time with, pinnipeds have provided the most laughs. While diving at Hornby Island’s Norris Rocks, dozens of very curious sea lions turned us into giant chew toys. I have been diving with these sea lions for many years and it is an experience that is hard to beat. It is very difficult to photograph when your mask is full of water from laughing so hard.” - @PaulNicklen #turningthetide in the Salish Sea with @cristinamittermeier for @sea_legacy | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Hundreds of Steller sea lions gather at Norris Rocks in British Columbia’s Salish Sea, near Hornby Island.… read more
Hornby Island
Hundreds of Steller sea lions gather at Norris Rocks in British Columbia’s Salish Sea, near Hornby Island. They arrive from Alaska every fall and stay through the winter, feeding on a wide range of fish including herring, pollock, salmon, cod and rockfish. They eat up to 6% of their body weight each day and, while very large and extremely agile underwater, they are a favourite meal for Orcas.These sea lions are one of 3000 species that call the Salish Sea home. There is currently an application in front of Parks Canada to designate the Salish Sea as a Natural and Cultural World Heritage Site. Video: @cristinamittermeier #sealions | #norrisrocks | #salishsea | #beautifulbritishcolumbia | #travel | #TurningTheTide | #parkscanada | #unesco | #beautifuldestinations | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Where the land meets the sea, the living is good. That’s why so many species hang out in the intertidal… read more
Where the land meets the sea, the living is good. That’s why so many species hang out in the intertidal zone, including bears, rain wolves and eagles. From mussels to seaweed to carrion, the water’s edge is nature’s smorgasbord. Photo: @cristinamittermeier #turningthetide | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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We are thankful for complex, interconnected ecosystems, from the sunlight to the phytoplankton to the… read more
Canada
We are thankful for complex, interconnected ecosystems, from the sunlight to the phytoplankton to the herring to the whales to the salmon to the bears to the moss to the trees to the great, wide, beautifully blue oceans. Happy Canadian thanksgiving, friends. We hope you find what you’re looking for. Video by @paulnicklen. #turningthetide | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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This weekend, Canadians are celebrating Thanksgiving and we think it's safe to say that whether you are… read more
Salish Sea
This weekend, Canadians are celebrating Thanksgiving and we think it's safe to say that whether you are giving thanks for your family, friends, or health, that we are all thankful for the natural beauty we have the pleasure of experiencing every day—that we have clean air to breathe, water to drink and natural beauty to experience. ⠀Headquartered on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, SeaLegacy looks onto the Salish Sea, bringing you stories and insight from above and below the surface. We are thankful for the people who speak up to protect it, along with the 3000 species who live here with us—including the 113 of them that are threatened. ⠀You too can speak up for the Salish Sea, and show your thanks, by adding your voice to the growing number of people who want to see it designated as a Natural and Cultural World Heritage Site. ⠀With enough signatures, this will be brought to the attention of the Canadian government as it gathers in the House of Commons. We collected enough signatures to accompany the application earlier this year. Now it's time for the policy-makers to hear our voice as well.⠀Learn more and sign through the link in our bio. (for Canadian residents)Photo: @paulnicklen. A Rainwolf on the shores of the Salish Sea, one of 3000 species who call this area home. These wolves are unique to the region.⠀⠀#TurningTheTide | #beautifuldestinations | #salishsea | #Canada | #gratitude | #supernaturalbc | #worldheritagesites | #wolves | #britishcolumbia | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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A manatee finds a creative way to stand on its tail while raising its nostrils to the surface to catch… read more
A manatee finds a creative way to stand on its tail while raising its nostrils to the surface to catch a breath before going back to sleep on the bottom of Three Sisters Springs, Florida. The warm spring water is essential for the survival of manatees during the cold winter months. Due to the overconsumption of freshwater by humans (i.e. golf courses), many of these natural karst springs are drying up. These charismatic and curious members of the Sirenian order are gentle and strangely beautiful. Photo by @paulnicklen. #turningthetide | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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On World Animal Day, we want to talk about farmed Atlantic salmon one last time this week. All arguments… read more
Broughton Archipelago
On World Animal Day, we want to talk about farmed Atlantic salmon one last time this week. All arguments for or against fish farms—whether scientific, cultural or economic—all the opinions fall apart and nothing matters if we lose wild salmon and the rich, biodiverse ecosystem healthy wild salmon support. So we urge you to talk about fish farms with friends on both sides of the argument, be a critical thinker, go see working farms in person like we did (if you can), read the science. Let’s find the solutions and keep #TurningTheTide together. Thanks for listening. Photo by SeaLegacy Collective member, @SimonAgerPhotography #GetSalmonFarmsOut #TurningTheTide @justinpjtrudeau @BCNDP @JohnHorgan4BC | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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A wild salmon is a healthy salmon. When salmon farms concentrate their stock into open-water pens (sometimes… read more
A wild salmon is a healthy salmon. When salmon farms concentrate their stock into open-water pens (sometimes exceeding one million fish), disease becomes a problem. Piscine Reovirus (PRV) is just one of many emerging diseases in the industry and, while it may not be dangerous to humans, it is a huge problem for B.C. salmon, farmed or otherwise. The virus can infect wild salmon, and researchers still know little about its impacts. Still, Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) does not require fish farms to text for PRV in their hatcheries. A recent study co-authored by DFO scientist Kristi Miller linked PRV to Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI), a disastrous disease that can kill up to 20% of farmed salmon stocks. HSMI was first discovered in Norwegian fish farms in 1999. The disease leads to thin, gaunt and lethargic fish. Research scientists warned DFO and the industry over seven years ago in a report that stated “measures must be taken to control PRV not only because it threatens domestic salmon production but also due to the potential for transmission to wild salmon populations.”Little is known about the transfer of these sort of pathogens to other fish species, so why are taking chances with what is clearly a dangerous industry? Ask @justinpjtrudeau and @JohnHorgan4BC. #GetSalmonFarmsOut #turningthetide Photo by @cristinamittermeier | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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We stand with the First Nations. Since July, the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw First Nations have occupied… read more
Broughton Archipelago
We stand with the First Nations. Since July, the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw First Nations have occupied two separate salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago. As they prepare to settle into a long, cold, wet winter of peaceful protest against the fish farm industry, we want to publicly acknowledge their courage and conviction for the waters and salmon they rely on.During the B.C. provincial election campaign, @BCNDP leader @JohnHorgan4BC expressed his party’s stance on fish farming: “Our primary focus in implementing the recommendations will be to review salmon farm siting criteria to ensure migrating salmon are not put at risk from farmed salmon locations, keeping the existing moratorium on new farms on the North Coast, and working with the industry and B.C. communities, First Nations and others to grow land based fish farming as an economic alternative to open pen operations.” In the photo above, Hereditary chief George Quocksister Jr. stands on the bow of the @RVMartinSheen near Hardwicke Fish Farm in the Broughton Archipelago. Photo by SeaLegacy Collective member and @SeaShepherd Canada director, @SimonAgerPhotographyIf you agree that both First Nations and all Canadians deserve better for our waters, remind @justinpjtrudeau and @JohnHorgan4BC that we need to be #turningthetide, and tell them to #GetSalmonFarmsOut. | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Let’s talk about fish farming jobs. The overwhelming majority of fish farms on the B.C. coast are owned… read more
Broughton Archipelago
Let’s talk about fish farming jobs. The overwhelming majority of fish farms on the B.C. coast are owned and operated by Norwegian corporations—some traded on the Oslo stock market. Annual wages for 2011 in B.C. amounted to $55.7-million dollars. In the same year, sport and commercial fishing in B.C. amounted to $227.3-million. Consider not only that wild fish injects 4X the amount of cash into B.C.‘s economy, but that it is under threat by the salmon farms, as the risk of viral outbreaks is high. In the approximately 30-year career of fish farms on the B.C. coast, wild salmon runs have been undeniably adversely affected, while Norwegian investors have become wealthy and B.C.‘s commercial fishermen have watched their industries get undermined. Washington State and Norway have both ceased issuing new licenses for open-water salmon farms. Why is B.C. continuing to play ball with foreign interests whose very own governments don’t want fish farms in their waters? Ask @justinpjtrudeau and @JohnHorgan4BC. #GetSalmonFarmsOut #turningthetide Photo by @SimonAgerPhotography of The SeaLegacy Collective / @RVMartinSheen | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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In stark contrast to the popular-but-misguided argument that farmed salmon saves wild salmon stocks,… read more
Broughton Archipelago
In stark contrast to the popular-but-misguided argument that farmed salmon saves wild salmon stocks, scientific evidence strongly suggests it decimates them. When open-net pen salmon farms arrived on B.C.‘s coast in the mid- ’80s, sockeye salmon populations began a precipitous decline for 18 years. Backing up this evidence, Norwegian, Irish and Scottish salmon farms have all but destroyed the salmon fisheries along their migratory routes. 2017 has seen some of the weakest returns of pink salmon to Northern Vancouver Island rivers…numbers that suggest we’re headed for extinction in those rivers. Jeremy Dunn, executive director of the BC Salmon Farmers Association, is quoted as saying “90 per cent of new investment globally is in variations on the technology, leading salmon-farming countries such as Norway are investing in hitherto unfeasible technologies, such as land-based tanks and recirculating aquaculture systems.” Solutions, not band-aid antibiotics, are the answer. Photo by @paulnicklen #GetSalmonFarmsOut @justinpjtrudeau  @BCNDP @JohnHorgan4BC | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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In January, @sea_legacy traveled with @AluciaProductions to the Antarctic Peninsula on an ambitious ongoing… read more
In January, @sea_legacy traveled with @AluciaProductions to the Antarctic Peninsula on an ambitious ongoing mission to create a Marine Protected Area. @Sea_Legacy is excited to be furthering our collaborative efforts with @AluciaProductions during an upcoming mission to Cuba, where we will lend support to fellow scientist Fabian Pina Amargos—whose Caribbean research headquarters was destroyed by Hurricane Irma—and work closely on a coral regenerative ocean mooring system, which will provide a solution for keeping the new influx of tourism boats from damaging the pristine reefs of the Jardines De La Reina. As we elevate operations and further our influence at SeaLegacy, we are proud to be implementing innovative and life-changing solutions for ocean conservation along the way. This isn’t just about pretty pictures. We are #TurningTheTide in very real ways. Will you join us? Please visit the link in my bio for more info on the @Sea_Legacy and @AluciaProductions partnership in Cuba!#SeaLegacy | #Cuba | #Coral | #Ocean | #Conservation | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Los Angeles, do you know where your sushi comes from? ⠀ Over 40% of British Columbian farmed salmon ends… read more
British Columbia
Los Angeles, do you know where your sushi comes from? ⠀Over 40% of British Columbian farmed salmon ends up on the plates of L.A. diners, many whom believe they are eating healthy sushi. But farmed salmon is not as healthy as you think, especially for children or pregnant women who are advised not to eat it.Farmed salmon contains high levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), like DDT, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, mirex, and toxaphene. Good food is wild. Unfortunately, farmed fish drastically effects wild fish too, like this one, covered in sea lice from being exposed to fish farms along its migratory route.⠀ Ask your restaurant where their fish comes from, and if it’s not wild, consider letting your server know why you won’t be ordering it. Another helpful hint: farmed salmon shows white stripes of fat and is often dyed to look like wild salmon. Wild salmon is naturally dark pink throughout.⠀⠀Photo by: @SimonAgerPhotography, member of the SeaLegacy Collective, and Canada Director for @SeaShepherd.⠀⠀#GetSalmonFarmsOut | #TurningTheTide |#SeaLegacyCollective @justinpjtrudeau | @DLeBlancNB | @BCNDP | @JohnHorgan4BC | @foodnetwork | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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It’s Sea Otter Awareness week. As the heaviest members of the weasel family, these adorable carnivores… read more
It’s Sea Otter Awareness week. As the heaviest members of the weasel family, these adorable carnivores are one of the few mammalian species to utilize tools. Sea otters will even keep their own favourite rock which they use to dislodge and open shells. They’ve got a loose pouch of skin under their forelegs, which they store food in while they continue to dive and forage. Hunted almost to extinction for their thick fur, an international ban on hunting and a robust effort at conservation has seen them make a remarkable comeback. Yet more proof that we can correct our human errors if we only care enough to implement real change in behaviours. Happy sea otter week, friends. Photo by @paulnicklen #seaotterawarenessweek #seaotter #turningthetide | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Canadian citizens, we need your help. Last year, we asked the Canadian government to help us designate… read more
Salish Sea
Canadian citizens, we need your help. Last year, we asked the Canadian government to help us designate the Salish Sea as a @unesco World Heritage Site. The process continues and we’d like to ask for your help in keeping up the momentum. We’d like to get 500 signatures so that the Canadian government recognizes it in parliament. Do you agree with us that the Salish Sea is an “ecologically, economically, and culturally rich area which provides critical marine habitat, biodiversity and essential ecosystems that are of as much importance to nature as to the peoples, regions and nations which reside alongside this unique ocean environment”? If so, please click the link in our bio and sign the petition. Together, we can convince @justinpjtrudeau and Canada to meet its international commitment to protect 10% of our coastline by the year 2020. Photo by @cristinamittermeier | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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While we may not enjoy our wild salmon in the quite the same way as this Kermode Bear does, there is… read more
Great Bear Rainforest
While we may not enjoy our wild salmon in the quite the same way as this Kermode Bear does, there is more in common with the food that we eat than you might think. This salmon had to make its way through the waters between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia, like hundreds of thousands do each season. On the way, it passed dozens, potentially hundreds, of open-net water based fish farms. These farms are over-stuffed with Atlantic Salmon, foreign to these waters, and they are releasing sea lice and viruses into the ocean on a daily basis. At SeaLegacy, we encourage sustainable, land-based salmon farms and encourage you to only purchase and eat wild salmon. It’s imperative to know how your fish was raised. Photo: @paulnicklen in Great Bear Rainforest. #TurningTheTide | #GetSalmonFarmsOut | #putsalmonfarmsonland | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Wild salmon play a bigger role in a thriving ecosystem than most of us realize. As a keystone species,… read more
Great Bear Rainforest
Wild salmon play a bigger role in a thriving ecosystem than most of us realize.  As a keystone species, they are a major source of food for seals, whales, bears, and humans. They bring nitrogen inland which feeds the trees that in turn, provide us with the oxygen we need to survive. Wild salmon are much more than a symbol of the connection between land and water. They are one of the major connectors and they are currently under threat. Open-net salmon farms are releasing tons of waste into the waters of British Columbia every day. Wild salmon are being infected by a virus that is foreign in these pristine coastal waters. We realize that farming salmon is an important part of our economy but we don't have to destroy our environment to keep jobs. The technology exists for land-based, closed-containment tanks. It is time to #GetSalmonFarmsOut.⠀⠀Photo: @CristinaMittermeier.  Healthy Pink Salmon enter a creek in the Great Bear Rainforest in northern British Columbia - a place aptly called Salmon River. ⠀⠀#TurningtheTide | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Photo: @CristinaMittermeier A Polar Bear in the Russian Arctic stalks a seal hole in hopes of a fulfilling… read more
Franz Josef Land
Photo: @CristinaMittermeier A Polar Bear in the Russian Arctic stalks a seal hole in hopes of a fulfilling meal. As the ice disappears, that becomes more and more challenging and the survival of these animals are at stake. ⠀⠀Climate change has created stronger hurricanes, longer rain and snow periods, colder and longer winters, hotter and longer summers and has had adverse impacts on our oceans such as sea warming, coral bleaching, migration of fisheries from tropical and subtropical zones, as well as negative impacts on vital ecosystems. Despite all of this, perhaps because of it, we are more determined than ever to #ChangeClimateChange.  The earth and its oceans are resilient and we can make the changes necessary to reverse the trends. ⠀⠀Our friends at @WeCare2030 are making history and invite you to join them by making a personal declaration that when added to a global community, will send a strong message through the United Nations Framework of the Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), happening November 6th - 17th in Bonn, Germany. By adding your name, you are demonstrating that the voluntary targets of the Paris Agreement are important and that action is needed to meet those targets. You are becoming a motivator of change for the health of our oceans, our planet and for future generations to come. ⠀⠀Sign the petition now through the link at @wecare2030.⠀⠀#TurningTheTide | #WeAreAllIn | @UNFCCC | #ClimateChangeIsReal | #WeCare2030 | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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We at SeaLegacy stand for wild salmon and for the livelihoods of First Nations and coastal communities… read more
Broughton Archipelago
We at SeaLegacy stand for wild salmon and for the livelihoods of First Nations and coastal communities that depend on fishing. We are confident we will see the fish farms out of British Columbian waters but it will take hard work and a positive attitude. Let's do it for the salmon. Photo by @paulnicklen | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Photo: @justinhofman for SeaLegacy
It’s a photo that I wish didn’t exist but now that it does, I want… read more
Sumbawa, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia
Photo: @justinhofman for SeaLegacy
It’s a photo that I wish didn’t exist but now that it does, I want everyone to see it. What started out as an opportunity to photograph a cute little sea horse, turned into frustration and sadness as the incoming tide brought with it countless pieces of trash and sewage. This sea horse drifts along with trash day in and day out as it rides the currents that flow along the Indonesian archipelago. This photo serves as an allegory for the current and future state of our oceans. What sort of future are we creating? How do your actions shape our planet?
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#wpy53 #turningthetide #conservation #indonesia #plastic #pollution @nhm_wpy | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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"I can tell you from personal experience...when an orca decides to approach you, something inside of… read more
"I can tell you from personal experience...when an orca decides to approach you, something inside of you changes. Not only do you feel deep humility and gratitude but you also become incredibly connected to that animal and ecosystem. So when I hear that there is a push to open up the incredibly fragile, abundant and beautiful fjords of Northern Norway to oil drilling, it is my obligation make others aware of the risks and the species that will be affected. Species like orcas, sperm whales, humpback whales, herring and Atlantic cod all stand to be severely impacted by man's quest to add to the current global oversupply of oil." - @paulnicklen So many people left powerful comments earlier in the week; THANK YOU!!!! For those who still want to lend your voice, please leave a comment below and mention both Norwegian Prime Minister candidates @jonasgahrs and @erna_solberg, asking them to leave the oil in the ground. Election Day begins in mere hours.For more information, join our efforts to halt this proposal (link in bio). Join @Sea_Legacy and lend your voice.  #Turningthetide #LofotenForever #oilfree #fossilfree #LoVeSe #Lofoten #oilintheground | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Lofoten, Norway is a haven for orcas. Here, the largest of all dolphins enjoy an existence mostly untouched… read more
Lofoten Norway
Lofoten, Norway is a haven for orcas. Here, the largest of all dolphins enjoy an existence mostly untouched by industry and humankind. It’s a shame, then, that the country’s government is considering a renewal of oil and gas exploration in this pristine area. Home to one of the world's largest stock of cod spawn, it’s also one of Europe's largest nesting sites for seabirds. On top of that, it hosts the world's largest cold water coral reef.  Negotiations to open the area for drilling will begin following the September 11th Norwegian elections, and @Sea_Legacy urgently needs your help to protect it. Please leave a comment below with a mention of Norwegian prime minister candidates @jonasgahrs and @erna_solberg, asking them to leave the oil in the ground. For more information, visit the Lofoten campaign website (link in bio). #LofotenForever #oilfree #fossilfree#LoVeSe #Lofoten | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Photo by @justinhofman for SeaLegacy Collective Pteropods are swimming snails sometimes called sea angels… read more
Trollfjord
Photo by @justinhofman for SeaLegacy CollectivePteropods are swimming snails sometimes called sea angels or sea butterflies for their fluttery locomotion and delicate composition. They are an important food item for fish and are an integral link between grazer and predator. The swirling, nutrient-rich waters around Norway's Lofoten Islands are teeming with pteropods and their fishy predators, but proposed oil drilling will put this all at risk. An oil spill in this region could send a catastrophic wave throughout the food web as the smallest creatures are often the first ones affected. No plankton means no fish and no whales.Negotiations to open the area for drilling will begin following the September 11th Norwegian elections, and we urgently need your help to protect it.
Please leave a comment below with a mention of Norwegian prime minister candidates @jonasgahrs and @erna_solberg, asking them to leave the oil in the ground.#turningthetide #LofotenForever #oilfree #fossilfree #LoVeSe #Lofoten  #conservation #pteropod | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Norway is a country @sea_legacy has spent a lot of time in. We are concerned about the Norwegian government's… read more
Norway is a country @sea_legacy has spent a lot of time in. We are concerned about the Norwegian government's interest in opening up Lofoten--a stunning land and waterscape--for oil exploration. This region is home to one of the world's largest stock of cod spawn and is one of Europe's largest nesting sites for seabirds. It's also home to the world's largest coldwater coral reef.Negotiations to open the area for drilling will begin following the September 11th Norwegian elections, and we urgently need your help to protect it. Please leave a comment below with a mention of Norwegian prime minister candidates @jonasgahrs and @erna_solberg, asking them to leave the oil in the ground.For more information, visit the Lofoten campaign website (link in bio). #LofotenForever #oilfree #fossilfree #LoVeSe #LofotenPhoto by @cristinamittermeier | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Photo by @justinhofman for Sea Legacy Collective We sat in the boat for a very long time, motor off,… read more
Nunavut
Photo by @justinhofman for Sea Legacy CollectiveWe sat in the boat for a very long time, motor off, binoculars up, watching and listening to the distant bowhead whales rolling in big groups and slapping the surface with their tails. Bowhead whales are known to be very shy and sensitive to man-made noise which is why Canada has designated a nearby bay as a bowhead whale sanctuary where visitation and boat traffic is regulated. Because of their legendary shyness, we never expected to see bowheads outside of the sanctuary, let alone have a whale swim over to look at us, but this massive whale did just that. To say bowhead whales are big is an understatement. It was one of the most exciting wildlife encounters of my life..Stay tuned for more from this incredible day among bowheads...With @eyosexpeditions & @sea_legacy #bowhead #whale #conservation #turningthetide | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Hey New York City, here's a stunningly beautiful reminder that @chrisburkard's exhibition (titled Vanishing… read more
Hey New York City, here's a stunningly beautiful reminder that @chrisburkard's exhibition (titled Vanishing Worlds) at @paulnicklengallery is still on. If you're in  NYC, head over and catch it before it vanishes itself. #turningthetide | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Traveling past the well-known Bird’s Head Peninsula of West Papua, we tucked into a remote bay and stumbled… read more
Traveling past the well-known Bird’s Head Peninsula of West Papua, we tucked into a remote bay and stumbled upon a set of reefs and islands unlike anything I had ever seen. We stayed for only a day but it was one of the most exciting days of my expedition career. We did as many dives as possible to try and figure out this unique corner of the Coral Triangle, center of marine biodiversity, but it felt like we had not even scratched the surface. Ever since that day I have wanted to return to these secret islands. .Thanks to @paulnicklen and @cristinamittermeier for bringing me into the fold. I am honored to be part of the Sea Legacy Collective. Follow along with my current expeditions at @justinhofman .#explore #turningthetide #indonesia #coral #exploration | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Happy birthday to our good friend Sylvia Earle. "Her Deepness" was on site at @paulnicklengallery during… read more
Happy birthday to our good friend Sylvia Earle. "Her Deepness" was on site at @paulnicklengallery  during #worldoceansday2017 speaking with our co-founder @paulnicklen. We are infinitely inspired by her legacy and her influence. Thank you for being a shining light in the depths of our beautiful oceans. Photo: @paulnicklen and @cristinamittermeier #turningthetide @mission_blue | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Photograph by @PaulNicklen // A female polar bear stretching after waiting motionless next to a seal… read more
Baffin Island
Photograph by @PaulNicklen // A female polar bear stretching after waiting motionless next to a seal hole for two hours. #TurningTheTide with the @Sea_Legacy team off the coast of Baffin Island.#arctic | #polarbear | #protect | #mca | #ice | #conserve | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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The drama of the Arctic landscape has been a big surprise. Big skies and dramatic weather make for unforgettable… read more
Baffin Island
The drama of the Arctic landscape has been a big surprise. Big skies and dramatic weather make for unforgettable images. Join our #TurningTheTide community by sharing the tag #TurningTheTide with @Sea_Legacy Each of your tagged posts and stories will join the SeaLegacy collective story. This is a great way to stay informed on what our ocean ambassadors are up to! Photo by @cristinamittermeier. #TurningTheTide with @Sea_Legacy #ocean | #conserve | #protect | #share | #legacy | #join | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Photo by @cristinamittermeier in The Canadian Arctic. A baby harp seal nuzzles the snow as it waits for… read more
Nunavut
Photo by @cristinamittermeier in The Canadian Arctic. A baby harp seal nuzzles the snow as it waits for its mother to return from feeding in the sea.  So happy to share that Canada has just declared a large marine conservation area, where species like seals, polar bears, belugas and narwhals will now be protected from oil and gas exploration. Thank you Canada!! #turningthetide with @paulnicklen @natgeopristineseas | #lastice | @natgeo | #polarwildlife | #ocean | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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"He remembers how, as a five-year-old boy, his entire family was forcefully removed from their ancestral… read more
"He remembers how, as a five-year-old boy, his entire family was forcefully removed from their ancestral territory in northern Canada and translocated hundreds of miles away, to a land they did not know.  His name was taken away and he became “Eskimo 1-602”. Fifty-five years later, and after years of hunger, cultural and physical loss, and political struggle, David Serkoak - once 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 Inuit elder, and to learn from his own voice, how self-determination is the best tool indigenous communities have to face a fast-changing planet." - photo and words by SeaLegacy Co-Founder and President, @CristinaMittermeier. ⠀⠀Taken on a voyage with @quarkexpeditions, to the North Pole, with @PaulNicklen, polar explorer Alan Chambers MBE, Canadian explorer James Raffan, and fellow photographers @pma2412, @timokohlerphotography and @garypeartphoto⠀⠀#climatechange | #arcticice |  #NorthPoleSummit |  #90degreesnorth |  #sealegacy |  #northpole | #instagood |#inuit | #turningthetide | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Our team is in the Canadian Arctic to celebrate and document the announcement of a new Marine Conservation… read more
Nunavut
Our team is in the Canadian Arctic to celebrate and document the announcement of a new Marine Conservation Area. Totalling more than 131,000 square kilometers, this newly protected area in Nunavut is the largest in the country and more than doubles the area of Canada's protected marine waters. This is an important to step in meeting Canada's 10% protection targets by 2020. ⠀⠀Federal Environment Minister @cathmckennaottcen says that “We are creating a buffer against the threats of climate change and protecting against the stressors of human encroachment. We are implementing a sensible and integrated plan that will sustain biodiversity and sustain traditional ways of life.”⠀⠀Today, we are proud to be Canadian. Click the link in our bio for personal insight on this important designation from our co-founder Paul Nicklen.⠀⠀Photo: @paulnicklen, at Ellesmere Island, Nunavut ⠀⠀#10by2020 | #climatechangeisreal | #oceans20 | @leonardodicaprio | @natgeopristineseas | #mpa | #canadianarctic | #polarbears | @cristinamittermeier | @justinpjtrudeau | #turningthetide | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Can we convince the world to protect sharks instead of murdering them for shark fin soup? Can we get… read more
Can we convince the world to protect sharks instead of murdering them for shark fin soup? Can we get people to understand the definition of fact vs. opinion when it comes to climate change? Can we inspire hope without polarizing with politics? Can we be good to our oceans and still have a strong economy? The answer to all these questions is yes. We can be better, and we can thrive while doing it. We just need to want it bad enough. Photo by @paulnicklen for @sea_legacy #turningthetide | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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This is what a healthy polar bear looks like. Masters of their domain, they have adapted to survive… read more
Svalbard
This is what a healthy polar bear looks like.  Masters of their domain, they have adapted to survive some of the most extreme environments in the world.  Faced with the unpredictable effects of climate change, their future today is uncertain.  You can help us advocate for a brighter future for polar bears and all creatures.  Join us at www.sealegacy.org to learn how.  You can also check out #instagram stories @paulnicklen to see how climate change is affecting polar bears today. Photo by @CristinaMittermeier#climatechangeisreal #polar #wildlifephotography | #conservation | #nature | #turningthetide | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Do you love photography? Our friends @vonwong and @motifcollective are offering awesome prizes ($2000… read more
Do you love photography? Our friends @vonwong and @motifcollective are offering awesome prizes ($2000 + more!) in the Awareness Photography Competition, with proceeds going to @sea_legacy. Click the link in our bio to get involved and help fund our ocean conservation efforts at the same time. P.S. - look closely at the photo... | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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You are what you eat. For penguins in Antarctica that means krill, and lots of it. But krill fisheries… read more
You are what you eat. For penguins in Antarctica that means krill, and lots of it. But krill fisheries are notoriously over zealous, and that has led to a crisis in mismanagement of stocks across the Southern Hemisphere. SeaLegacy is leading a group of storytellers across the world to convince over 35 nations to work together to protect this keystone species. If we do it right, all species will benefit. If we don't, the krill fisheries will collapse and the results will be disastrous. Photo by @cristinamittermeier #ccamlr #ccamlr2017 #antarctica | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Clear waters. Happy salmon. That's what we at SeaLegacy are aiming for, because a strong, healthy salmon… read more
Clear waters. Happy salmon. That's what we at SeaLegacy are aiming for, because a strong, healthy salmon population means the marine ecosystem is strong and healthy. Poor fisheries management and the negative effects of the aquaculture industry (Atlantic fish farming) both threaten the health of the Salish Sea salmon population. Let's put our fish first and reap the economic and environmental benefits of healthy fish stocks. Photo by @paulnicklen. | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Summertime on the coast of British Columbia is full of opportunities to experience the rich temperate… read more
Salish Sea
Summertime on the coast of British Columbia is full of opportunities to experience the rich temperate ecosystem. One thing lacking is these Steller sea lions, as they are out on the outer coast at breeding rookeries. This winter, they will return to their haul-out sites to rest and to wait for the winter’s feast on herring. The SeaLegacy team is excited to get back in the water with these amazing animals this winter for more interactions like this one with @paulnicklen in the Salish Sea.Photo by @sea_legacy contributor @ryanmillerphoto in the field with @paulnicklen and @cristinamittermeier. | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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The wild, pure Pacific is simply awesome. Photo: @cristinamittermeier
The wild, pure Pacific is simply awesome. Photo: @cristinamittermeier | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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The Salish Sea is alive with a sheer staggering amount of species. The biodiversity of this body of water… read more
The Salish Sea is alive with a sheer staggering amount of species. The biodiversity of this body of water makes it akin to an underwater Amazon. Over 3000 species enjoy these waters. We'd like to give a shout out to @oceansinitiative, who are doing important work on ocean acoustics and sub-marine noise levels. As this coast gets busier it's important for us to have dependable data to make wise choices on how traffic noise affects our orcas, fish, whales and other sea life. Photo: @cristinamittermeier | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Caring about the world is more difficult than not caring for it. Keep the light inside you. Celebrate… read more
Caring about the world is more difficult than not caring for it. Keep the light inside you. Celebrate the victories, no matter how minute they seem. And follow what you know to be right. We got this. Photo: @cristinamittermeier | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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#Repost @paulnicklengallery ・・・ Image: "La Meute de Quatre" ("The Pack of Four") by Vincent Munier You're… read more
Paul Nicklen Gallery
#Repost @paulnicklengallery・・・Image: "La Meute de Quatre" ("The Pack of Four") by Vincent MunierYou're invited to join the Wolf Conservation Center at its three-day weekend pop up shop in Paul Nicklen’s SoHo fine art gallery (paulnicklengallery.com) from July 28th, 2017 through July 30th, 2017! The shop will be the first-ever conservation awareness pop up inside an environmental advocacy-focused fine art gallery (a portion of sale proceeds from the Paul Nicklen Gallery funds Sea Legacy (sealegacy.org), his non-profit dedicated to protecting our oceans). The purpose of the pop up shop is to spotlight the WCC’s conservation efforts while offering a multitude of WCC branded items, as well as a finely curated selection of limited edition photographs by Paul Nicklen Photography, Vincent Munier - Photographer and Julie Betts Testwuide Photography.JULY 28 TO JULY 30, 2017Hours of operationJuly 28: 12PM-9PMJuly 29: 10AM-9PMJuly 30: 12PM-7PM | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Overnight, a thin layer of ice forms on the surface of the sea surrounding Spitsbergen, Norway. By end… read more
Norway
Overnight, a thin layer of ice forms on the surface of the sea surrounding Spitsbergen, Norway. By end of day, the ice will melt.  It seemed like a pretty good ice year but in reality, it was thin and will soon disappear.  What we saw very little of was multi-year ice. That is ice that lasts for many years and is crucial to all the species in this ecosystem. ⠀⠀Photo: @PaulNicklen, on SeaLegacy #expedition with @CristinaMittermeier, @samkretch, @derekrushton_ , @erichroepke, @steinretzlaff ⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀#Climatechangeisreal | #actionsspeaklouderthanwords | #ice | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Framed by a freshly calved piece of glacier ice, a lone male bear travels the coast of Svalbard, Norway.… read more
Svalbard
Framed by a freshly calved piece of glacier ice, a lone male bear travels the coast of Svalbard, Norway. On behalf of all species on this great planet, especially those that wander the polar regions, do not give up; passionate citizens are rallying, only becoming bolder in their voices and actions.  It is up to leaders, citizens, educators, consumers, activists who understand the severity of this decision. ⠀⠀Photo: @PaulNicklen ⠀⠀#oneearth | #thisisouronlyhome | #climatechangeisreal | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Through the pouring rain along the coast of British Columbia, a grizzly bear rises from a salmon creek… read more
British Columbia
Through the pouring rain along the coast of British Columbia, a grizzly bear rises from a salmon creek with a rock carefully balanced on his forehead.  Even bears take a break from this essential feeding time for a bit of fun. There are many damaging myths surrounding bears, grizzlies especially, and it is up to us to not only educate ourselves on the difference between fact and fiction but to protect the ecosystems that we all rely on for survival. While it is a fact that grizzlies are omnivores, and they can survive on a vegetarian diet, without salmon, they become stressed. Scientists have documented an increased level of the stress hormone, Cortisol when faced with decreased numbers of salmon returning to the rivers each fall. As the amount of salmon eaten increases, the Cortisol levels decrease.⠀⠀Photo: @PaulNicklen, on expedition with @CristinaMittermeier⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀#keepitwild | #20by2020 | #mpa | #nature | #naturelovers | #grizzlybears | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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@sea_legacy founders @paulnicklen and @cristinamittermeier are representing us and @natgeopristineseas… read more
@sea_legacy founders @paulnicklen  and @cristinamittermeier are representing us and @natgeopristineseas in Russia attending #Antarctica2020, a meeting of Ambassadors from the countries representing the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Living Resources #CCAMLR, to begin the process of creating a network of Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica. Photo by @cristinamittermeier #gratitude #drivingchange #MPA @natgeopristineseas @natgeo @pewenvironment @unep #russia | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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This ethereal and ghost-like creature, found by Paul Nicklen, while diving under a dock in God's Pocket,… read more
God's Pocket Marine Provincial Park
This ethereal and ghost-like creature, found by Paul Nicklen, while diving under a dock in God's Pocket, on the northern shores of Vancouver Island, is actually a sea slug.  God's Pocket is a Marine Provincial Park with a focus on habitat protection for wildlife and it is up to all of us to ensure this pristine and unparalleled ecosystem stays intact.⠀Photo by @PaulNicklen, with @CristinaMittermeier⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀@Gods_Pocket_resort | #greatbearsea | #mpa | #protectnature | #beautifuldestinations | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Telling stories from wild nature is at the core of our mission, and we simply couldn’t do it alone.… read more
Great Bear Rainforest
Telling stories from wild nature is at the core of our mission, and we simply couldn’t do it alone.  We rely on public support from our large social media network and on the generosity of like-minded brand partners. Thanks to a visionary gift from @Sonyalpha we were able to spend 6 weeks in the Great Bear Rainforest, documenting unique wildlife, like this Spirit Bear hunting for salmon in a forest creek. We are proud to work with the #Gitgaat First Nations, who are the stewards of this territory.  Sony's support makes it possible for us to use 100% of public funding on our Missions and for that, we are grateful!Photo by @CristinaMittermeier#Sonycamera #gratitude #beauty #protectnature | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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We are getting excited for tomorrow's Grand Opening of "Vanishing Worlds - An Exploration of Fine Art… read more
Paul Nicklen Gallery
We are getting excited for tomorrow's Grand Opening of "Vanishing Worlds - An Exploration of Fine Art and Environmental Conservation", with Paul Nicklen and Chris Burkhard. ⠀⠀Focussed on disappearing rivers and floodplains in Iceland as well as rare Arctic ecosystems, "Vanishing Worlds" aims to encourage a global discussion on how to best protect some of the planet's rarest and most threatened ecosystems. ⠀⠀The collaboration of Paul Nicklen and Chris Burkhard unites fine art with a mission of environmental conservation to highlight the beauty of these isolated landscapes, as well as the challenges they face due to climate change and industrial development. ⠀⠀Join us tomorrow, July 15th, at the Paul Nicklen Gallery, 347 West Broadway, New York, NY.  Doors open at 10am. There's a book signing with Paul and Chris and 3pm, with introductions and presentations beginning at 5pm. ⠀⠀⠀Photo: "A massive male polar bear exits the sea and climbs an iceberg near Svalbard, Norway. We were in a small zodiac boat cruising through the ice and accidentally surprised this big male who was out hunting for bearded seals. In one motion, he effortlessly pulled his approximately 800-pound mass out of the water leaving a small waterfall running down the ice. I am proud that this piece will soon be hanging in the Paul Nicklen Gallery" - @PaulNicklen⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀@PaulNicklenGallery | @chrisburkard | #VanishingWorlds | #NYC | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Like ghosts emerging from the fog and hail, a herd of walruses spies our co-founder Cristina Mittermeier… read more
Svalbard
Like ghosts emerging from the fog and hail, a herd of walruses spies our co-founder Cristina Mittermeier from the choppy waters of the Barents Sea.  Walruses were once very abundant in the Svalbard Archipelago. However, they were hunted virtually to extinction during three and a half centuries of heavy commercial exploitation for their ivory tusks.  Walruses became protected 1952 in Svalbard, when it is likely that only a few hundred remained. Despite 50 years of protection, their numbers are still low and they remain on the Norwegian National Red List.⠀⠀Photo: @CristinaMittermeier ⠀⠀With @PaulNicklen | @NatGeoPristineSeas |  @SeaLegacy | @NatGeoCreative | #natyre | @wildlife | #polar | #conserve | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Some people see them as just fish. However, after spending hundreds of hours floating in creeks and… read more
British Columbia
Some people see them as just fish.  However, after spending hundreds of hours floating in creeks and rivers with salmon, our co-founder, @PaulNicklen sees them as gifted athletes with an incomparable determination and perseverance to reach their natal streams to release their eggs into the gravel for future generations of salmon. ⠀⠀We are continually humbled by their ability to return to the exact stream in which they were hatched after several years at sea.  Once they spawn, they die soon after and continue to nourish the environment around them.  2016 saw the lowest returns of salmon in over 40 years and in many areas, they have been managed to near collapse. We will be watching this year's return, starting in only a couple of short months from now, closely as we continue to bring attention to the importance of properly managing these essential populations of wild salmon. ⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀ With @cristinamittermeier and @pacificwild ⠀⠀#fish| #thefuture | #mpa | #20by2020 | #oceans20 | #nature | #althletes | #love | #beauty |  #greatbearsea | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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A black-browed albatross takes off from a colony perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the wild… read more
Steeple Jason Island
A  black-browed albatross takes off from a colony perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean. Preserved by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Steeple Jason Island has lots of nests, which are often found on the many perilous cliffs that fringe the island. ⠀⠀Over 70% of the global population of black-browed albatross breed in the Falkland Islands. Much of the wildlife here is under threat because of overfishing in the South Atlantic Ocean over the last century.⠀⠀Photo: @CristinaMittermeier, on assignment with @natgeo and @PaulNicklen⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀@thewcs | @natgeocreative | @natgeotravel | #MPA | | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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If you are in the New York area, we invite you to stop by the @paulnicklengallery to experience "The… read more
Antarctic Peninsula
If you are in the New York area, we invite you to stop by the @paulnicklengallery to experience "The Water's Edge", now in its final week.⠀⠀"The Water’s Edge" Fine Art Exhibition showcases stunning photographs that document the sublime but fragile coastlines and endangered ecosystems from the icy waters of the Arctic to the shores of Papua New Guinea.⠀⠀The exhibit runs until July 12th. After that, @paulnicklen welcomes @ChrisBurkard for "Vanishing Worlds: An Exploration of Fine Art and Environmental Conservation"⠀⠀Photo: "Galactic Ice", Antarctic Peninsula, by @cristinamittermeier. Like an ephemeral spaceship drifting out to sea, this iceberg was equal parts "outer-space" and "inner-space". This is one of many images featured in the exhibit. | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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We need you. The U.S. Department of the Interior is conducting a review of 27 National Monuments. Iconic… read more
Grand Canyon National Park
We need you. The U.S. Department of the Interior is conducting a review of 27 National Monuments. Iconic natural treasures like Arizona’s Grand Canyon and Idaho’s Craters of the Moon are under threat from an administration that wants to use these Monuments for resource extraction. It’s terrifying to think that a long legacy of protection of special places may be undone with the stroke of a pen. Speak up, speak loudly and Then, spread the word with your friends and engage your politicians. We can’t let this happen.Photo: @paulnicklen - The Grand Canyon #monumentsforall | #earth | #protectnature | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Spring ice breaks up along the coast of Svalbard, Norway. Many people simply see the ice, while others… read more
Svalbard
Spring ice breaks up along the coast of Svalbard, Norway. Many people simply see the ice, while others see the foundation of the entire Arctic food chain. Ice is a platform for ringed and bearded seals. It is the super highway for polar bears and Arctic foxes and it is an upside down garden for phytoplankton, amphipods, copepods and polar cod. When scientists talk about the Arctic being completely void of sea ice during the summer months in the near future, it should be an alarm bell that rings very loud in all of our ears. ⠀⠀Photograph by @paulnicklen. "A Fractured Seascape"⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀#ice | #nature | #photooftheday | #climatechangeisreal | #earthpix | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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On the Fourth of July, Americans celebrate Independence Day, acknowledging a day that represents the… read more
On the Fourth of July, Americans celebrate Independence Day, acknowledging a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States. The USA became an independent nation on July 4th, 1776. ⠀⠀In today's world, the reality is that no one country can operate independently or in isolation of another, especially when it comes to environmental issues and addressing the climate change crisis. ⠀⠀While President Trump is making decisions that are moving the US farther away from what needs to be done to protect life on this planet, there are others who are using his government's  backward thinking to propel forward with more purpose and determination than ever. ⠀⠀On this Fourth of July, we applaud all those who are using what could seem like overwhelming setbacks as proof that our work is more important now than it has ever been. ⠀⠀Photo by @PaulNicklen, taken on a SeaLegacy #expedition, with @CristinaMittermeier.⠀⠀Life is not easy for an eagle.  These two got caught up in air-to-air combat and one crashed into the sea. While it was being swept out to sea in a 3 knot current other eagles started to dive bomb it.  We watched for a long time and it got more and more tired. It became clear the eagle would die soon. It was a challenge but after many attempts, @bctough and Paul Nicklen were able to get it in the boat, drop it off on shore where it dried off and flew away soon after. ⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀#fourthofjuly | #ClimateChangeisReal | #baldeagle | #dogooders | #rescue | #eaglehaslanded #nature | #naturelovers | #20by2020 | #fight | #HeDoesntSpeakforMe | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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?? As Canada prepares to officially acknowledge it's 150th birthday, we turn our attention to the future,… read more
British Columbia
?? As Canada prepares to officially acknowledge it's 150th birthday, we turn our attention to the future, and what responsibility we have to protect not only our oceans but to set an example for other countries to follow when it comes to ocean conservation. ⠀⠀Canada has more coastline than any other country in the world, bordering the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic oceans. Despite this, however, just over 1% of Canada's marine territory is currently protected; a country once seen as a leader in ocean conservation is now acknowledged for its lack of action in tangible conservation, resulting in this country not even meeting minimal international conservation guidelines. ⠀⠀Last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama reaffirmed their commitment to meet the global target of increasing the proportion of marine and coastal areas protected to 10 percent by 2020.⠀⠀We are encouraged by initiatives being discussed by the current Trudeau government and hopeful that is a turning point in our history. ⠀⠀?? Happy Birthday Canada! Whether you're celebrating 150 years, or 15,000, here's to once again becoming a global leader in ocean conservation. ⠀⠀Photo: @CristinaMittermeier, on the Coast of British Columbia, Canada. ⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀@justinpjtredeau | #Canada150 | #canadaday| #ClimateChangeisReal | #Canada15000 | #Canada | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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While Sea Otter populations once thrived in the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean, with estimates… read more
British Columbia
While Sea Otter populations once thrived in the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean, with estimates between 150,000–300,000, they are now classified as an endangered species, mainly because they were hunted extensively for their fur between 1741 and 1911. There is now an international ban on hunting these playful marine mammals but the remaining few thousand continue to be threatened by oil spills, habitat degradation and conflict with humans. Otters and humans enjoy some of the same foods, which makes them unpopular with fisheries. ⠀⠀Sea Otters spend most of their time in the water, foraging for clams, mussels, sea urchins, crabs, squid, octopuses, and fish. ⠀⠀Photo: @CristinaMittermeier. An otter makes eye contact with the camera off the coast of British Columbia. ⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀@natgeo | #pacificnorthwest | #endangeredspecies | #otters | #speakfornature | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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"Without realizing what was happening, all the penguins, who had clearly never seen a human in the water,… read more
"Without realizing what was happening, all the penguins, who had clearly never seen a human in the water, had darted into the depths of the ocean, leaving me floating alone in the midst of a sea of bubbles; a “smoke screen” so effective, I could barely see my own hands. Being naturally curious and very intelligent, however, it took them only seconds to realize that I posed no danger. I smiled around my snorkel as the penguins soon relaxed and allowed me to remain in the ice hole with them while they went about their never-ending behaviors at the ice edge." - Paul Nicklen, from Life and Stress at the Ice Edge, on Maptia.⠀⠀You can read the full story on @Maptia.⠀⠀Photo: @PaulNicklen - Emperor Penguins from the Mario Zuchelli Base, Ross Sea, Antarctica⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀#ClimateChangeisReal | #StopClimateChange | #TheThinBlueLine | #ourplanetdaily | @natgeo | @natgeopristineseas | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Our work is global. Oceans and seas all over the world are crying out for help, for change and for each… read more
Salish Sea
Our work is global. Oceans and seas all over the world are crying out for help, for change and for each of us to be the voice that water itself does not have.⠀ ⠀No matter where we are in the world and no matter how long we are gone, we always come home to the Salish Sea and we are reminded again and again, just how necessary our work is. The Salish Sea is like no other in the world but like all others, it needs us to advocate on its behalf. ⠀⠀Under the surface of the water, the Salish Sea is akin to the Great Bear Rainforest or the Amazon. There are over 3000 species in the waters here, many of which exist only here. ⠀⠀If the Canadian government is going to fulfill it's commitment to protecting 5%of our oceans by the end of this year, and 20% by 2020, then we'd better get busy. The Salish Sea is a perfect place to implement some of the conservation measures that will help us reach this goal and once again, become a global leader in environmental protections. ⠀⠀Photo: @PaulNicklen, A Giant Pacific Octopus, the world's largest Octopus, lives in the Salish Sea. ⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀@natgeo | @CristinaMittermeier | @hellobc | @beautifuldestinations⠀⠀#SalishSea |  #Canada150 | #Oceans20 | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Every year since 1996, in connection with the Summer Solstice on June 21st, Canada has celebrated National… read more
British Columbia
Every year since 1996, in connection with the Summer Solstice on June 21st, Canada has celebrated National Aboriginal Day. It is a day for the country to collectively acknowledge and honour the unique and diverse culture, heritage and accomplishments of First Nations, Metis, Inuit and urban Indigenous people. There are more than 1.5 million people in Canada who identify as Indigenous, representing the youngest Canadian demographic.⠀⠀The history of Indigenous people is Canada's history and while we acknowledge many wrongs that have been done over the course of that history, we are committed to working towards a new history, one that will be based on healing, understanding, respect, and collaboration.⠀⠀The culture of many Indigenous communities in Canada is intrinsically tied to the sea, relying on the ocean not only for food but for spiritual and traditional connection. ⠀⠀Photo: @CristinaMittermeier - an elder and hereditary chief of the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw First Nation, Northern Vancouver Island in a protest against the fish farm industry.⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀#NADCanada #nationalaboriginalday #sacredecology #diversity | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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"Weighing 60 to 80 pounds, and standing almost four feet tall, Emperor penguins are the largest and most… read more
Ross Sea
"Weighing 60 to 80 pounds, and standing almost four feet tall, Emperor penguins are the largest and most magnificent of all penguins. ⠀Even though they are striking, it is their behaviour that interests me most, and the reason that I wanted to dive with them in the 28°F (–2°C) water of the Ross Sea. Most of what we know about these birds revolves around their extreme parenting behaviour; the harsh isolation of their nesting colonies; the arduous trek to-and-from the sea to get food as they take turns caring, first for their egg and then for their chick." - Paul Nicklen, excerpt from "Life and Stress at the Ice Edge", on Maptia. ⠀⠀A female emperor penguin transfers a single egg to the top of her mate's feet. The female goes to sea to feed while the male incubates the egg. She returns several weeks later, usually just before the egg is ready to hatch, to relieve her mate so that he may feed. ⠀⠀Photo: @paulnicklen, in Antarctica's Ross Sea. ⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀@maptia | @natgeo | @natgeocreative ⠀⠀#fathersday, #emperorpenguins, #love, #family | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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While World Oceans Week has come and gone, we continue to be carried by the momentum of collaborative… read more
Svalbard
While World Oceans Week has come and gone, we continue to be carried by the momentum of collaborative conservation efforts. There are many days left in June, which is acknowledged as National Oceans Month and today, we are celebrating @World_Wildlife. ⠀ ⠀Since the day WWF was conceived, back in 1961, the organization has led the way as one of the world’s leading conservation groups. Without the organization’s expertise, dedication and collaboration, many of the world’s conservation successes would not have happened.⠀ ⠀Photo: @CristinaMittermeier. A male juvenile Walrus rests on the sea ice in Svalbard, Norway. They use the sea ice as a place regain strength between feeding excursions. Clams are the mainstay of their diet.⠀ ⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀@world_wildlife, @unitednations⠀⠀⠀⠀#WorldOceansMonth | #WorldOceansDay | #OceanConference | #ClimateChangeisReal| #TheWatersEdge | #SaveourOcean | #SpeakforNature | #StopClimateChange | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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"In 2015, Canada’s federal government made a public commitment to reach Aichi Target 11 of the Convention… read more
Salish Sea
"In 2015, Canada’s federal government made a public commitment to reach Aichi Target 11 of the Convention on Biological Diversity, by protecting 5% of Canada’s marine and coastal areas by 2017, and 10% by 2020. Achieving these conservation targets will require a significant increase in the rate of designation of marine protected areas in Canada." - an excerpt from An Evolution of Marine Protected Areas Globally and in Canada, from West Coast Environmental Law. “What is your vision for Canada’s oceans and coasts in 2020?” ?: @cristinamittermeier in the waters off the coast of British Columbia. ***@wcelaw | #oceans20 | #worldoceansmonth | #orcaawarenessmonth | #speakfornature | #climatechangeisreal | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Our oceans sustain life on this planet and they are in peril. Many still don’t see or feel the effects… read more
Our oceans sustain life on this planet and they are in peril. Many still don’t see or feel the effects of overfishing, pollution, and habitat loss and that is where we, and other like-minded organizations come in. ⠀⠀We are thrilled to work alongside Pristine Seas at National Geographic in an effort to the global community what is at stake. ⠀⠀National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence @enricsala launched the Pristine Seas project in 2008 and since then, with up to five expeditions each year, @natgeopristineseas has protected more than 4.5 million square kilometers of the ocean's wild places. They have created 13 marine reserves and completed 22 expeditions. ⠀⠀Learn more about Pristine Seas at National Geographic through the link in our bio, and join us in acknowledging our partners in conservation. ⠀⠀Photo: @cristinamittermeier. A leopard seal comes by to say "hello!" #onassignment for @nationalgeographic, @NatGeoPristineSea and SeaLegacy in Antarctica. ⠀⠀⠀*⠀⠀*⠀⠀*⠀⠀⠀⠀@wwf, @mission_blue, @savingoceans, @unitednations, @lonelywhale, @oceana, @Conservationorg⠀⠀⠀#WorldOceansWeek | #WorldOceansDay | #OceanConference | #ClimateChangeisReal | #TheWatersEdge | #SaveourOcean | #SpeakforNature | #HeDoesntSpeakforMe |#StopClimateChange | #teamwork | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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World Oceans Day events are celebrated not just on June 8th every year, but also during the week surrounding… read more
Norway
World Oceans Day events are celebrated not just on June 8th every year, but also during the week surrounding it and for the entire month of June. ⠀These events bring individuals, organizations, and governments together to discuss ideas, create and share visions and implement change that will benefit the oceans. ⠀⠀In order for us to be successful in our collaborative vision, we need to work together, coordinating our efforts wherever possible. Perhaps Andrew Carnegie said it best when he said, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” ⠀⠀There is nothing common about the crisis we are facing in climate change. ⠀⠀Conservation International, @conservationorg, was formed nearly 30 years ago and is one of our many partners doing a brilliant job "protecting the nature we all rely on for food, fresh water, and livelihoods." Today, we are celebrating their work. ⠀⠀Photo: @PaulNicklen. An Orca is carousel feeding on Herring in Andfjorden, Norway.⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀@natgeopristineseas, @wwf, @mission_blue, @savingoceans, @unitednations, @lonelywhale, @oceana⠀⠀#WorldOceansWeek | #WorldOceansDay | #OceanConference | #ClimateChangeisReal | #TheWatersEdge | #SaveourOcean | #SpeakforNature | #HeDoesntSpeakforMe |#StopClimateChange | #teamwork | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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When the United States announced its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, we, as a collective conservation… read more
New York, New York
When the United States announced its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, we, as a collective conservation community, had a choice. We could let the heavy burden that comes with ignorance weigh us down, or, we could use it as inspiration to work with more determination and focus than ever before. We are more motivated now, than ever before to save our oceans. ⠀⠀Here at SeaLegacy, during World Oceans Week and especially today, World Oceans Day, we are shining a light on some inspiring organizations doing some great work. @Oceana seeks to make our oceans as rich, healthy, and abundant as they once were. ⠀⠀This is from their website: "The Problem - The oceans are vast, but they are not immune to human influence. We have already altered or destroyed marine ecosystems and driven million-year-old species to the brink of extinction. According to a study published in Science, less than 4 percent of the oceans remain unaffected by human activity."⠀⠀We have the time, knowledge and desire to change this and we are more determined than ever to do so. Photo: ​@PaulNicklen, Norway⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀@conservationorg, @natgeopristineseas, @wwf, @mission_blue, @savingoceans, @unitednations, @lonelywhale⠀⠀#WorldOceansWeek | #WorldOceansDay | #OceanConference | #ClimateChangeisReal | #TheWatersEdge | #SaveourOcean | #SpeakforNature | #HeDoesntSpeakforMe |#StopClimateChange | #oceancorps | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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It is estimated by some that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than there are fish. ⠀ ⠀ We… read more
Paul Nicklen Gallery
It is estimated by some that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than there are fish. ⠀⠀We cannot let this happen. The little things like straws, plastic bags, bottles and packaging that are causing big problems. By making small changes in our daily habits, we can make big changes in the world.⠀⠀We are thrilled to be partnering with @lonelywhale during World Oceans Week to bring attention and awareness to what we can do. ⠀⠀Congratulations to @adriangrenier for his recent appointment as UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador! ⠀⠀Tune into the @huffpost LIVE FB Interview on Wednesday, June 7th, at 1pm ET (10am PT) as Adrian chats with @paulnicklen and @cristinamittermeier from the @paulnicklengallery about why single use plastics suck. (There's a link in our bio.)⠀Photo: Adrian swimming under a blanket of plastic, by @ShawnHeinrichs⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀@oceana, @conservationorg, @natgeopristineseas, @wwf, @mission_blue, @savingoceans, @unitednations ⠀#Stopsucking | #WorldOceansWeek | #WorldOceansDay | #OceanConference | #ClimateChangeisReal | #TheWatersEdge | #SaveourOcean | #SpeakforNature | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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This is World Oceans Week and we are taking this opportunity to collaborate with some of our partners… read more
Seattle, Washington
This is World Oceans Week and we are taking this opportunity to collaborate with some of our partners in ocean conservation to show that we, as champions for the sea, also, do not exist in complete isolation from each other. Today, we acknowledge @oceansinitiative, a team of scientists on a mission to protect marine life, including whales, dolphins, sharks, salmon & seabirds, that operates primarily in the Pacific Northwest & beyond. ⠀⠀One of their current projects focusses ocean noise. "Sound is as important to many marine species as vision is to humans. Sound travels farther and faster in water than in air, whereas vision is only useful to whales at ranges of a few body lengths at most. Our acoustic ecology work addresses two aspects: the role of sound in the ecology and predator-prey interactions of marine wildlife; and the extent to which human-made noise disrupts those processes." - from The Ocean Initiative website. ⠀⠀Photo: @PaulNicklen, Orcas offshore, near Tofino, British Columbia⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀@lonelywhale, @oceana, @conservationorg, @natgeopristineseas, @wwf, @mission_blue, @savingoceans, ⠀⠀⠀⠀#WorldOceansDay l #WorldOceansWeek l #ClimateChangeisReal l #OceanConferernce l #SalishSea l #SeaLegacyGivesBack l #TheWatersEdge l #SaveOurOcean l #speakfornature l #follow @oceansinitiative | #orcaawarenessmonth | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Just as the ocean connects us all, we are all connected in our conservation initiatives. We are celebrating… read more
Paul Nicklen Gallery
Just as the ocean connects us all, we are all connected in our conservation initiatives. We are celebrating World Oceans Week by acknowledging some of our partners that we are proud to call our allies and friends. ⠀⠀The Marine Conservation Institute, @savingoceans , has many important projects underway, with a current focus on 1) The Global Ocean Refuge System, GLORES, that is designed to catalyze strong protection for 30% of the ecosystems in each marine biogeographic region of the world’s oceans by 2030 and 2) MPAtlas.org, an online resource and webapp that lets users discover the world's marine protected areas and see amounts and types of protections within regions around the global ocean.⠀⠀Thank you to The Marine Conservation Institute for this, and other important work. ⠀⠀Photo: @CristinaMittermeier "Walk this Way", East Antarctic Peninsula. Like many polar animals, Adelie penguins’ life cycles are closely tied to the health of sea ice, and that makes them one of the most vulnerable and threatened species of penguin due to climate change. This image is featured in "The Water's Edge", a fine art exhibition at the @paulnicklengallery, opening on June 10th. ⠀ ***⠀@oceansinitiative, @lonelywhale, @oceana, @conservationorg, @natgeopristineseas, @wwf, @mission_blue⠀⠀#WorldOceansDay l #WorldOceansWeek l #ClimateChangeisReal l #OceanConferernce l #TheWatersEdge l #SaveOurOcean l #speakfornature, l #follow @savingoceans | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Our team at SeaLegacy is kicking off a week-long celebration and acknowledgment of the ocean. World Oceans… read more
Salish Sea
Our team at SeaLegacy is kicking off a week-long celebration and acknowledgment of the ocean. World Oceans Week starts tomorrow and each day, starting today, we are collaborating with several organizations that are making a significant impact in ocean conservation.⠀⠀The theme for World Oceans Day 2017 is "Our Oceans, Our Future". It is a theme that speaks directly to the work we and our partners have dedicated our lives to. As @paulnicklen said, in a recent interview with @sylviaearle, "We have a perfectly intact ecosystem that is here, designed and able to support us. Why would we mess with that?"⠀⠀By working collaboratively, we can embrace this magical and perfect ecosystem for our own and future generations. ⠀⠀Our week starts with @mission_blue, an organization we admire and deeply respect. Mission Bue is dedicated to promoting ocean exploration and research, igniting, educating and expanding public interest in the ocean, building effective partnerships, inspiring action to increase ocean protection and management and generating, managing and distributing sustainable funding for ocean awareness and protection. ⠀⠀We look forward to more partnerships as this week progresses. ⠀⠀Photo: A mother humpback teaches her calf how to catch fish with a technique known as bubble-netting, which is rarely seen in British Columbia. @CristinaMittermeier, SeaLegacy Expedition, 2016⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀@sylviaearle, @savingoceans, @oceansinitiative, @lonelywhale, @oceana, @conservationorg, @natgeopristineseas, @wwf ⠀⠀#WorldOceansDay l #WorldOceansWeek l #ClimateChangeisReal l #OceanConference l #TheWatersEdge l #Conserve l #HonorParis l #speakfornature l #missionblue l #SeaLegacyGivesBack l #SeaLegacy l #SaveOurOcean l #MoreOcean l #follow @mission_blue | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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At 2pm, EST, The @paulnicklengallery will welcome Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, from the @unfoundation and @mission_blue… read more
Paul Nicklen Gallery
At 2pm, EST, The @paulnicklengallery will welcome Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, from the @unfoundation and @mission_blue for a LIVE Facebook discussion with @paulnicklen. ⠀⠀Please join us as two of the world's leading conservationists and witnesses to how climate change is impacting our seas, discuss the evolution in how society views our environment and what role art and photography has in conservation issues. They will share some tangible things we can do in our daily lives to make a difference in the world as they explore the potential outcomes of the @unitednations, the largest UN convening ever held dedicated entirely to the ocean. The conference starts tomorrow in New York City. (See the FB link in our bio)⠀Photo: Paul Nicklen & Dr. Sylvia A. Earle in the Antarctic Peninsula, by @Cristinamittermeier⠀⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀#WorldOceansDay l #WorldOceansWeek l #ClimateChangeisReal l #OceanConference l  #TheWatersEdge l #Conserve l #HonorParis l #speakfornature. @sylviaearle | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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The SeaLegacy team is looking forward to a very big week in New York, June 4th - 10th.⠀ ⠀ We are thrilled… read more
New York, New York
The SeaLegacy team is looking forward to a very big week in New York, June 4th - 10th.⠀⠀We are thrilled to open "The Water's Edge", at the @paulnicklengallery with a public event next Saturday, June 10th. This fine art exhibition is designed as a visual conversation between @cristinamittermeier and @paulnicklen, showcasing stunning photographs that document the sublime but fragile coastlines and ecosystems from the icy waters of the Arctic the shores of Papua New Guinea.⠀⠀On Sunday afternoon, June 4th, Paul Nicklen will be doing a live interview with @sylviaearle of Mission Blue, which we will share with you as it happens. Paul is also attending a very special event in Times Square for the @nasdaq opening with an announcement from @natgeo on the morning of Monday, June 5th. Later that day, Cristina Mittermeier is presenting at Optic2017, a @bhphoto event.  We will also be sharing as much of that with you as we can.⠀⠀Another one of the many highlights next week is an opportunity for Paul and Cristina to present at @the_explorers_club as part of the World Oceans Week events.⠀⠀We are also collaborating with some of our partners - organizations we admire and applaud. By working together, we can prove that one man's ignorance will not determine the future of our planet and that his voice is not our voice. Be sure to check out not only this feed for posts and stories but also the feeds of our partners and collaborators for World Oceans Week @mission_blue, @oceana, @savingoceans, @oceansinitiative, @conservationorg, @wwf and many others.⠀ ⠀ *⠀*⠀*⠀#worldoceansday | #worldoceansweek | #SeaLegacy | #climatechangeisreal | #climatechange | #OceanConference | #TheWatersEdge | #HisVoiceIsNotOurVoice | #timessquare | #together | #optic2017 | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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A flurry of snow rapidly covers the seascape as a mother polar bear frolics with her young, four month… read more
Svalbard
A flurry of snow rapidly covers the seascape as a mother polar bear frolics with her young, four month old cubs.  In order to feed herself and her two growing offspring, she must be an infallible hunter.  After a successful hunt, the playful cubs nuzzle and play with their mother, and she, ever patient and tender, endures their affections. (@paulnicklen )"As a former biologist who helped work on polar bears, I struggle with satellite radio collars that are put on so many bears. During the spring feeding season, a bear might double or even triple its body weight.  An excess of fat is needed to nurture growing cubs, as bears wait for the long Arctic summer to end and for the sea ice to form again.  As a bear gains weight, the satellite collar might become so tight around its neck as to choke  the bear. Science is important, but when have we gone too far to collect data?" Video by @PaulNicklen for @Sea_Legacy, with @CristinaMittermeier, @samkretch, @steinretzlaff and @erichroepke . Music by @adamnriddle #sealegacy | #arctic | #bear | #svalbard | #gratitude | #play | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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This project took our team to the northernmost human settlement in Greenland, the village of Qaanaak.… read more
Greenland
This project took our team to the northernmost human settlement in Greenland, the village of Qaanaak. The purpose of the expedition was to document the places in the Arctic where ice will disappear last, like the Thule region of Greenland, where I photographed this husky. In 20 years or less, much of the Arctic will be completely devoid of ice and the vast sea ice highways that the Inuit use to travel with their dogs will be gone forever. When that day comes, the last hunters of the north will no longer be able to access the edge of the sea, where today, with the help of their huskies, they are still able to hunt for wild food. With @paulNicklen and @enricsala. On assignment for @natgeo and @natgeopristineseas  photo by: @CristinaMittermeier ***#SavetheArctic | #stopclimatechange | #pristineseas | #MoreOcean | #INeedNature | #EarthtoParis | #nationalphotomonth | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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#Repost Photo: @cristinamittermeier ・・・ How does such a large animal manage to propel itself so completely… read more
Silver Bank
#Repost Photo: @cristinamittermeier ・・・How does such a large animal manage to propel itself so completely out of the water?  We watched in awe as this massive mother humpback launched herself out of the water, over and over and over again.  Whether she was just happy or trying to shed some of the barnacles that covered her massive fluke and fins, we will never know.  All I can tell you is the acrobatic spectacle that only a humpback whale can create, is nothing short of unforgettable. With @PaulNicklen and @_AquaticAdventures.#moreocean #joy #baleia #ballena #whale #ocean #mar  #instagood #SonyAlpha #nationalphotomonth | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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A silver stream flows through the belly of this massive iceberg. As a faint opalescent moon heralds twilight,… read more
A silver stream flows through the belly of this massive iceberg. As a faint opalescent moon heralds twilight, we marvel on the intricate designs that the tides, the wind, and the sea have carved on this piece of ice. We could tell you a thousand reasons why healthy ice in Antarctica is important but sometimes, you just have to marvel at the beauty of nature and be grateful that it still exists on our planet. ⠀⠀Photo: @CristinaMittermeier, on expedition for @NatGeo, @NatGeoPristineSeas, with @Sea_Legacy, @PaulNicklen, @Ladzinski, @Andy_mann, @pattersonimages.⠀*⠀*⠀* ⠀#CCAMLR2018. #MPA #PhotographersforAntarctica #ocean #ice #gratitude #expeditionscouncil @natgeocreative @sonyalpha #nationalphotomonth | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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These wolves, on the coast of British Columbia, are also known as "rainwolves". Their diet is predominantly… read more
Vargas Island British Columbia
These wolves, on the coast of British Columbia, are also known as "rainwolves". Their diet is predominantly marine, feeding on mussels, salmon, and even seals and sea lions. These wolves are unlike any other on the planet. It's easy to think that animals associated more with the land than the sea, aren't impacted by what happens to our world's oceans, but they are. These unique and magical creatures exemplify just how connected we all are. ⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀@cristinamittermeier, @paulnicklen @yourbcparks, @raincoasted, #awesomeearth, #wolves, #weareone | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Happy Mother's Day, in whatever form, or species, that might be!⠀ ⠀ Studies of Orcas show that having… read more
Happy Mother's Day, in whatever form, or species, that might be!⠀⠀Studies of Orcas show that having an older female around improves the survival of her descendants, including the grandchildren. ⠀⠀According to an article in Smithsonian Magazine, Scientists studied 35 years’ worth of observational data from an endangered population of southern resident killer whales in the Pacific Northwest. After reviewing decades' worth of photographs showing whales on the move, they noticed a pattern: Post-menopausal females, the oldest in the group, typically swam at the front and directed their pods’ movements in a variety of scenarios.⠀⠀"One way post-reproductive females may boost the survival of their kin is through the transfer of ecological knowledge. The value gained from the wisdom of elders can help explain why female killer whales and humans continue to live long after they have stopped reproducing." - says Lauren Brent of the University of Exeter in an article by Ben Mirin. ⠀⠀Photo: @cristinamittermeier, Orcas in Norway⠀⠀#smithsonian, #orcas, #mothersday, #motherknowsbest @smithsonian | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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Our President and Co-Founder, @cristinamittermeier, often speaks about “Enoughness” - the practice of… read more
Xingu River
Our President and Co-Founder, @cristinamittermeier, often speaks about “Enoughness” - the practice of taking what you need and using what you take and knowing that doing so will allow others to also have enough; a sense of fulfillment that comes from within and through our natural environment, rather than through material things; a sense of connectedness that comes from relationship with self, others and cultural integrity.⠀⠀One way to practice "Enoughness" is to pay close attention to the cost of convenience. Is that plastic bag…straw…spoon…cup…plate …wrapper… bump in the thermostat … really worth it? That fleeting moment of convenience will inconvenience the planet, and more often than not, our oceans, for generations to come. Having enough doesn’t include leaving a mess that can’t be cleaned up.⠀⠀Photo: @cristinamittermeier, Kayapo children playing in the Xingu River in Brazil.⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀⠀#enoughness, #artofvisuals, #discoverearth, #folkmagazine, #ourplanetdaily, #theglobewanderer, #minimalist @natgeo, @national_geographic_live | © instagram.com/sea_legacy
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It takes incredible mental stamina to sit and watch a small dent of imperfection in the snow for twelve… read more
Wapusk National Park
It takes incredible mental stamina to sit and watch a small dent of imperfection in the snow for twelve straight days. While the rare images in a new story on The Thin Blue Line on @maptia (link to full article in their bio) are most certainly beautiful, a mother polar bear emerging from her den with her pups for the first time, they are also a chilling illustration of what can be lost if climate change issues are not addressed. ⠀With images and words by @daisygilardini, "Voices from a Melting World" takes us through heart-warming moments of tenderness, into the roots of our obsession with bears and then looks at why the great white bear is at risk of becoming extinct.⠀⠀Thank you, Daisy, for enduring those long cold hours so that we can all experience these moments with you.⠀ | © instagram.com/sea_legacy