Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen

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Antarctica is a special place.  It seems that very few species are afraid of humans which is remarkable considering that most species were nearly decimated from hunting in the early to mid-1900’s.  It is forbidden to approach wildlife too closely, however, if you are sitting down minding your own business and a 500 pound weaner elephant seal decides to lay on you and blow snot in your face, there is not much you can do but smile.  And hopefully, close your mouth.  #nature #naturelovers #antarctica

Antarctica is a special place. It seems that very few ...

A female harp seal prepares to exit the frozen Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada to nurse her newborn seal pup. She gave birth to her pup on the ice in the late February or early March. Tomorrow I will post a picture of her furball, white coat pup that was patiently waiting for her return. They don’t come any cuter. With @CristinaMittermeier for @SeaLegacy

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Dr. Mitch Taylor removes a tranquilizer dart from a massive male polar bear that we found sleeping in a summer den high up in the mountains on Baffin Island, Nunavut. This was the moment in my journey through life and nature where I realized that I could be much more effective as a photojournalist than a scientist. Now, I spend much of my time translating what the scientists are saying into visual stories and have a chance to reach over 7 million people every day through my feed and @SeaLegacy's. There is so much work to be done and thank you for being part of this movement.

Dr. Mitch Taylor removes a tranquilizer dart from a massive ...

Thanks to all of you for following along for the last 19 days as we shared our tips for how to help our oceans this year! I hope these ideas have inspired you to adopt some lasting and important changes into your life. One last request - please visit the link in my bio and share these tips with your friends and family. While your actions may sometimes seem minor, if we all make small changes together, big changes become possible. Thank you for being part of our passionate, caring community of conservationists, and helping us keep #TurningTheTide in 2019!

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Science has always been a big part of my life. As a biologist and conservation photographer, I'm driven by a constant curiosity about animal behaviour and the way the natural world works. But, @sealegacy, we often find it difficult to access the scientific information and advice we need to do our work. Tip #19 for 2019 is to open-source your work if you are a scientist. Not only will you increase your impact, but you'll also help inform a growing movement of ocean citizens who want to learn about the challenges and solutions we all face. Please, help give science and education a broader platform in our world.  #19for2019

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A coastal wolf stands on a rocky perch, overlooking the Pacific ocean. These wolves depend on both the land and the sea to provide them with a stable source of food, which means that their health is tied to that of the environment. When we enter their territory as visitors, we have a responsibility to protect it from harm. Tip #18 for 2019 is to respect wildlife and wildlife habitat. Pack all your trash out; stay on marked trails to prevent damaging plant life and compacting soil; and don’t scare or approach wildlife. Even better, clean up garbage others have left behind. We're not the only ones who need healthy ecosystems to survive. Let's work together to ensure that future generations of these wolves and other wild species have the habitat they need to thrive.

A coastal wolf stands on a rocky perch, overlooking the ...

photo_library When it comes to the Arctic ecosystem, it's incredibly simple math. As temperatures warm, sea ice will melt. And when you have hundreds of species of microorganisms living in a piece of sea ice, countless amphipods and copepods growing under that ice, and polar bears, beluga whales, or narwhals at the top of the food chain, all relying on the presence of ice, we stand to lose an entire polar ecosystem if it continues to melt. Yet, to see and hear how many people are looking inwards and discovering their level of commitment, gives me great hope for both the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Tip #17 in @sealegacy’s guide to making 2019 the most successful year for our oceans yet is to take the Global Survey on Sustainability, linked in my bio. You can help influence and accelerate a global transition towards sustainability by sharing your thoughts and urgency for action. #GlobalSurveySDG #sustainability #SDGS #ClimateAction

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I took this photograph in 1995.  It was shot on Provia 100 film.  It was the first photograph in my career that I was actually excited about once I saw the results.  However, I never knew if I got the shot or not until the film came back from the lab, a full month after the expedition had ended. It was -40C and I could only take 4 or 5 shots before my camera stopped advancing the film due to frozen batteries.  Constantly changing batteries at -40c with bare fingers is not fun so I had to be very calculated with how many shots I was taking.  As I saw the beautiful, orange breath shooting out in front of the backlit bear, the only exposure I needed to get right was the brightest part of the scene.  I shot the image on manual and used my spot meter to measure the exposure of just the breath. I knew that everything else would be acceptably exposed.  If you want to hear more stories from the field and if you want to learn more about photography, please join my mailing list on my website.  Link is in my profile.  #photography #exposure #adventure #explore

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play_circle_filled As a filmmaker, 
I am having more fun now than ever before.  I have found video and it has awoken a creative process and feeling that I have been dreaming about for years.  While on #assignment for @sealegacy this fall, @canonusaprovideo lent me their Cineservo 50-1000mm lens.  I am excited to share some of the results with you.  There will be a ton of other footage coming out on the @sealegacy channels but here is as sneak peek.  More importantly, can you imagine that these bears are downstream of the #PebbleMine in #Alaska.  Is it worth putting the rivers, the salmon, the birds, the bears and this entire ecosystem at risk for more copper and gold?  When will nature come first?  Please enjoy.  With @samkretch @kyle.roepke #Canon #CinemaEOS #CanonLenses #CINESERVO 50-1000mm  #slowmotion #love #gratitude

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Whether it’s following belly tracks of penguins, polar bear footprints, caribou or wolves, I’ve spent my life walking the path of great animals. It has often led me to be at the front lines of conservation. But never am I standing there alone. Tip #16 in @sealegacy’s #19for2019 is to remember the power of a global community working as one. There is so much we can achieve through collaboration. Search out conservation efforts happening right now and get involved. What kinds of conservation work are you proud to be a part of? #TurningTheTide #Community #Gratitude #Conservation #BornToIce

Whether it’s following belly tracks of penguins, polar bear footprints, ...

Thick forests roamed by charismatic megafauna, like this Yukon grizzly, can help mitigate the effects of climate change in our oceans. When carbon dioxide levels rise in the atmosphere, oceans absorb more CO2, which makes them more acidic. This creates dire consequences for marine ecosystems and marine life. Tip #15 in making 2019 the best year yet for our oceans: take part in tree planting initiatives to protect our oceans. If we conserve and actively manage forests to be healthy, we can slow the rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide and help sustain balance in our oceans. #community #TurningtheTide #conservation #bear #trees

Thick forests roamed by charismatic megafauna, like this Yukon grizzly, ...

All together our five oceans make up 71% of the earth’s surface area. When @cristinamittermeier and I founded @SeaLegacy, we knew we were trying to do something huge, and that we couldn’t do it without your help. As members of #TheTide, there are more of you standing up for our oceans than ever before. Successful conservation is always a community effort. It takes working together on a global scale to change the future of our planet. It also takes time. Tip #14 is to be patient. Know that the choices you make at home everyday have lasting impacts. #19for2019 #TurningtheTide #conservation #community

All together our five oceans make up 71% of the ...

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