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Photo by @DaisyGilardini // NASA recently released new satellite imaging of eastern Antarctica glaciers — thought to be stable until now — which show ice vanishing and retreating at an alarming rate. The most worrying data concerns the Totten Glacier, which contains enough ice that, if it melted, would cause the world's oceans to rise by at least 3 metres (10 feet). Since 2008, the glacial ice in this area has thinned by roughly 9 feet. We have to act quickly — and soon — if we want to stop this process that will affect millions of people who live along the world's coastlines.

Photo by @DaisyGilardini // NASA recently released new satellite imaging ...

Photograph by @paulnicklen // “We are at a crossroads. What we're seeing in the news is that we're losing about 20 species to extinction per day. People are not immune to this types of news. You can get a sense of how people are feeling defeated and depressed,” says SeaLegacy co-founder Cristina Mittermeier. 
Deep underwater off the coast of Norway’s Lofoten Islands, inside the earth’s continental shelf, there is a substantial amount of oil - about 1.3 billion barrels of it, according to Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Waters here teem with life. Hundreds of orcas and humpback whales come here to breed and feed, which in turn fuels a booming tourism industry. There is also a healthy, thriving fishing industry. The oil industry wants access to these waters, but they have met resistance from local communities, municipality governments and sustainable fisheries in the area for twenty years. “When you show them pictures of a place like this where there's an abundance of life and where animals are doing what they're supposed to be doing,” says Mittermeier, “I’m hoping that our images can galvanize a desire to protect it, to say, "Oh my God, it's not all lost. We still have an opportunity to do something here." SeaLegacy is partnering with @Folkeaksjonen, the People’s Action in Norway, to encourage Norway’s Labour Party to support permanent protection from petroleum development in Lofoten. Together, we are #TurningTheTide for an #OilFreeLofoten. Click the link in our bio to join us! Sign the petition here:!

Photograph by @paulnicklen // “We are at a crossroads. What ...

Photograph by @shawnheinrichs // 🦈⚡️ This is the world’s fastest shark, but the shortfin mako can’t outswim the impact of unsustainable fishing practices. The IUCN shark specialist group just increased its threat status to Endangered. The heightened extinction risk for one of the ocean’s most iconic sharks is a stark warning that urgently requires a suite of conservation measures to prevent the species being lost. In May, world governments will consider listing a record number of seriously at-risk shark and ray species, including makos, on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (@CITES). @bluespherefoundation and @sealegacy are supporting an unprecedented push with key countries to gain the two-thirds majority needed for their inclusion. Stay tuned for how you can continue #TurningTheTide for sharks. 🌊🦈 #cites4sharks #worthmorealive @vulcaninc

Photograph by @shawnheinrichs // 🦈⚡️ This is the world’s fastest ...

play_circle_filled Meet #OilFreeLofoten champion, Hanne Strager (@hannestrager). “Sometimes when you're working on something that is a natural wonder, you want to keep it to yourself because it's pristine - plus that you're there all on your own also makes it valuable. But my hope for this place is actually the opposite. It is to share it with more people because the sharing is also generating a much bigger love for it, and I think there's enough that we can share.” says Strager, marine mammal biologist.

The islands of Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja in northern Norway are unique in the world. The geography - a narrow continental shelf, and hundreds of shallow island fjords right next to the deep Atlantic - makes it that way. Water rich with nutrients rises from the deep and flows outwards into the fjords, where life below water is a wonderland of whales and fish and coral reefs. 
On April 7, Norway’s Labour Party @arbeiderpartiet will decide if it supports permanent protection for this region from oil exploration. Tell them that protecting Lofoten is absolutely the right thing to do - for Norway, for the oceans, and for our future. Sign the petition (link in bio) & light a beacon of solidarity with us for an #OilFreeLofoten 🔥

#norway #ocean #orcas #conservation #lofoten #fjords

Meet #OilFreeLofoten champion, Hanne Strager ( @hannestrager). “Sometimes when you're working ...

play_circle_filled Apex predators are the kings and queens of their respective food chains.

In the ocean, nothing compares to the majesty of the orca.

There is no place in the world quite like the islands of Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja in northern Norway - where orcas thrive by the hundreds, alongside a sustainable herring fishery, and the local people have come to regard them with the same sort of wonder and awe as we do. SeaLegacy considers it both a privilege and an honour to be able to do the work that we do, bringing stories from all around the world to you right where you live.

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Photo by @daisygilardini // It's International Day of the Seal! To celebrate, Collective member Daisy Gilardini shares one of her favourite experiences. "I’ve landed on Half Moon Island in Antarctica dozens of times during my career documenting the polar regions. Quite often, we find Weddell seals resting on the pebble beaches that dot the Island. The seals give birth to their pups in early spring (September/October), but it’s not easy to actually see them. In the last 20 years, I’ve seen a few, but hardly ever in approachable situations. You can imagine  the smile on my face, then, that day we stepped on the beach in early November, 2014. Just a few metres from crashing waves on a bank of pure white snow, a mother Weddell seal rested with her young pup. I spent the next three hours observing this cute little baby. The pup was shy at first. I let him get used to my presence by just standing there, without moving. After a while, he grew more comfortable and started playing with his flippers, biting them, scratching and making the most silly grimaces. It was one of the most precious afternoons I’ve ever spent in Antarctica. While editing the images, I could not stop giggling."

Photo by @daisygilardini // It's International Day of the Seal! ...

Photo by @justinhofman // The brutality of the Southern Ocean is matched only by its beauty. This is the domain of the albatross, the ruler of this Cold Country, the bird that made the breeze to blow, the wandering albatross. Amidst the chaos of crashing waves resides the most astounding display of grace on Earth. It’s as if the air is cut away before, and closes from behind. We marvelled at their effortless flight for hours as we rolled and bounced our way across this lonesome road, accompanied by our winged guide. With @eyosexpeditions. 
#albatross #antarctica #wildocean

Photo by @justinhofman // The brutality of the Southern Ocean ...

Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // Our team had just enough time between parts one and two of our Bahamas expedition to share a few early photos from the field. One of the realities of expedition work in remote ocean locations - no matter how warm or cold - is that our team sometimes ends up without WiFI signal. They are isolated for days, disconnected from the rest of the world, surrounded on all sides by some of the bluest seas, but it looks like the company underwater was pretty good. 🌊🦈

Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // Our team had just enough time ...

Photo by @daisygilardini // Technology today allows us to view things differently with minimal impact. When confronted with the word “drone,” most people react negatively. They connect this technology to disturbance and violation of privacy. However, if one were to stop and actually look at and study this microtechnology, one will soon realize that its potential is unprecedented. Drones are widely used these days in many scientific fields, for: land mapping to agricultural industry; measuring the height of crops; detecting presence of life (human or animal) using heat sensors; search and rescue, especially when trying to access otherwise inaccessible areas; monitoring wildfires; overhead inspection of infrastructure like pipelines; delivering  medical supplies to remote communities and disaster zones in an emergency —  the list goes on. When it comes to photography, people tend to connect drones to unwise, thoughtless recreational use — which, yes, unfortunately occasionally is a reality. When used respectfully and in accordance with strict safety rules — including proper training and the proper flight authorizations, coupled with respect for wildlife ethics — these little machines allow one to produce documentary and educational material that, in the past, would have been possible only by leaving a huge environmental footprint, mostly through the use of costly and polluting helicopters and planes.

#turningthetide #drone #dronephotography #penguin #kingpenguin #falklandIslands

Photo by @daisygilardini // Technology today allows us to view ...

photo_library Photography by @shawnheinrichs and John Weller // We are thrilled to share news of a historical achievement in conservation! Thanks to many players - including your signatures - the long awaited local legislation on West Papua Conservation Province was approved and signed by the West Papua parliament a few hours ago! The next step? West Papua Government awaits the registration number for the local regulation from the Ministry of Home Affairs. #TurningTheTide with @cristinamittermeier, @bluespherefoundation, @shawnheinrichs, @candace.crespi, @hamishdw, @conservationorg, @indonesianoceanpride @conservationid

#provinsikonservasi #protectwestpapua

Photography by @shawnheinrichs and John Weller // We are thrilled ...

Photograph by @cristinamittermeier // Last month, we had a massive win for wild salmon on British Columbia's coast. The Federal Court of Canada struck down the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (@fisheriesoceanscan) policy that allowed farmed fish smolts to be released into open net pens without being screened for diseases like piscine orthoreovirus (PRV). On Monday, progress was made once more: @fisheriesoceanscan will not challenge the Federal Court's ruling for the review of its policies on PRV. 
This disease is highly contagious and prevalent in Atlantic salmon fish farms off the B.C. coast, causing fatal heart and skeletal muscle inflammation. Many of these infected farms are in dangerous proximity to wild salmon spawning runs and can transfer the disease to our wild salmon populations, whose numbers have been in steady decline. 
We will continue to keep you updated in the battle for the health of wild salmon and this coast led by the courageous 'Namgis and Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw First Nations and @alexmorton4salmon.

Photograph by @cristinamittermeier // Last month, we had a massive ...

Photograph by @paulnicklen // “A lot of people talk about how our country was built by the oil, but that's not true, because our country was actually built on the fish,” says Silje Ask Lundberg (@siljelundberg), president of Friends of the Earth Norway. “One of the first goods that we started to export was dried fish to Spain. So the fish has always been important for our country and if we just manage it right and protect it also, so that we can still harvest from it in the future, it will always be able to play such an important role as it does today.” Every four years at election time, a recurring threat looms on the horizon of the Lofoten islands. The oil industry wants to drill in the waters off the coast, but they have met resistance from local communities, municipality governments and sustainable fisheries in the area at every turn for twenty years. The Lofoten coast has remained protected under temporary bans on petroleum activity since 2001; both the ocean, and the people who live in the Lofoten region, have flourished because of that.

If you, like Silje, agree that Lofoten deserves permanent protection from oil exploration, click on the link in our bio to sign the petition here: Thank you for #TurningTheTide with SeaLegacy as we urge Norway’s Labour Party @arbeiderpartiet to prioritize permanent protection of this special part of the world on April 7!

Photograph by @paulnicklen // “A lot of people talk about ...

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