A sea lion, peppered with white sand, naps in the summer sun on a beach in the Galapagos. From a recent @SeaLegacy expedition. Climate change myth # 2 is a favorite among climate change deniers and revolves around the idea that climate change is just a part of the Earth's natural cycle. While it is true that the Earth has experienced periods of extreme and changing weather in the past, the warming occurring on earth right now defies current understanding of earth's natural climate cycles. For the past few decades the Earth has been absorbing less energy from the sun, not more - Earth should be getting colder, not warmer. Today there are 7.7 billion people on earth. Think about that number for a second. That's more people than there are different species of plants and animals. 7.7 billion people eating and driving cars and otherwise consuming, and all around us the world is burning up. @PaulNicklen and I have dedicated our life's work to saving our oceans, and sharing our experiences every chance we can because we believe that the best thing for our Earth is, simply, to take care of it.
A polar bear peeks into a crack on the sea ice, sniffing for seals, his favorite prey. What will the climate crisis mean for him? The world is warming faster than at any other point in human history, and we are the cause of it. The evidence is all around us - in the air we breathe, and the fish we eat, and the rain that comes too often or too little in different parts of the world. Still, many people deny that climate change is real. This week, I am going to address some of the misleading myths that continue to harm and hold back the environmental movement. Myth number 1: climate scientists are in it for the money. The truth is that there is a lot more money to be made in other fields. Climate scientists aren't working for multi-billion dollar oil companies. Research grant money is poured into -guess what?- research. We aren't trying to sell anything. We are just trying to understand the earth, and the ways that we can make it better. Follow @SeaLegacy to learn more about ocean conservation and how you can start #TurningTheTide with us.
Photos by @francisperez000 // [sensitive content warning: swipe right] A green sea turtle, so thoroughly entangled in a net that it seems to be a part of her. The earth is in the middle of a climate crisis; marine wildlife all over the world is threatened by the plastic that infests our oceans, pollution and boat traffic. A right whale on the eastern coast of North America was discovered dead this July, killed by an encounter with a ship that left a six-foot laceration in her lower back. In the Canary Islands, a little pilot whale named Hope became a symbol for the protection of marine life in the area after her tail was severed by a boat propeller; it clung to her body by nothing but shredded tissue. Right now, there is a petition to stop construction of a macro-port that would increase pollution and boat traffic off the coast of Tenerife, where Hope was injured and later euthanized. The petition closes tomorrow, but its not too late to #ActForHope! Stand with me and @SeaLegacy as we raises our voices with Collective member, Francis Perez. Please, sign and tag your friends in the comments below. The link is in my bio. #TurningTheTide
Happy birthday to one of the finest human beings I know. Here @paulnicklen celebrates the end of another hard-working day with a rare opportunity to have a dip in the pool and a margarita. Paul and I have dedicated our lives to the task of saving our oceans and the fact that we get to do it together, and with all of you as our team, is a real gift. Please help me wish him the happiest of birthdays! With @sealegacy @lonelywhale @bluespherefoundation. Photo by our dear friend @taro.smith in #hotelmedialuna
Photos by @PaulNicklen // I was lucky to receive my initial diving instruction while still in University and I have been a PADI certified scuba diver since 1987. It has been my great fortune to have travelled the world as a photographer, diver and conservationist, exploring the world’s oceans on assignments that challenged, changed me and propelled me to take on every new experience head on. In Antarctica I photographed an underwater graveyard, where the bones and bodies of blue whales are still disintegrating a hundred years after being slaughtered for their oil, the process slowed by the temperature of the water. I’ve looked sharks in the eye, come face to face with an orca, swam next to crocodile in Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen. I am proud to be a diver every day, but on #PadiWomensDiveDay I am honoured to celebrate passion for the ocean and the spirit of adventure with all of my fellow women divers, as well as all the little girls out there who dream of trying on a scuba suit one day. A great way to start is to take the pledge to #HydrateLike a Diver, and to skip #singleuse plastics. #padiwomen @padiTV @lonelywhale
A southern stingray travels, almost as if flying, over a sandy bottom in the Bahamas. There is something about a photo in black and white that resonates with me. I love a good color photograph too, of course, but there's a simplicity in achromatic images that calls attention to the form and the frame of the image; you focus on the light and the shadow and shapes, the pieces that are left when you take the color out. To me they feel quiet, if quiet can be a feeling. If you could describe this image in one word, what would it be? #blackandwhite #artistsoninstagram
Photo by @FrancisPerez000 // A family of pilot whales glide through the ocean waters off the coast of the Canary Islands. Humans have long hoarded the idea of family and emotion. We assumed that we were the only animals who possessed the capacity to feel grief or love, but we've since learned there are a multitude of other species capable of feeling deep and painful emotion. Whales are one of those - we know now that they communicate with one another, and that whales who live in pods tend to form deep family bonds. After Hope, a young pilot whale, was struck by the boat propeller that left her tail hanging on by just a few thin thread of muscle tissue, her family stayed with her, swimming slowly at her side as she floundered in the water, unable to use her tail. The southwest coast of Tenerife, where Hope was injured, is mostly protected under law as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC Teno-Rasca) - but it doesn't go far enough, and there are plans to construct a macro-port that would increase both pollution and boat traffic in the sensitive wildlife corridor where Hope lived with her family. There's still time to make sure your voice is heard before the petition to stop the port closes this weekend. #ActforHope by signing at the link in my bio. #TurningTheTide
Una ballena piloto de aleta corta llamada Hope fue asesinada por una hélice de barco que casi le arranca la cola del resto de su cuerpo en las Islas Canarias, en marzo de 2019. Compartí la imagen de @FrancisPerez0000 con su historia hace un par de semanas. Hoy, levanto mi voz con @SeaLegacy y Francis Pérez, miembro del colectivo de SeaLegacy, en apoyo de un movimiento para prevenir más tragedias en las aguas de Tenerife, donde fue golpeada esta ballena. La costa suroeste de Tenerife está protegida por ley como Área Especial de Conservación (SAC Teno-Rasca), excepto por un lugar: Fonsalía, donde hay planes para construir un nuevo puerto macro. Fonsalía es parte del mismo corredor de vida silvestre sensible donde vivía Hope con su familia, y que alberga una abundancia natural de otras especies marinas, desde delfines hasta tortugas verdes y aves marinas que anidan. Un puerto en estas aguas destruiría los hábitats y aumentaría la contaminación: química, acústica y luminosa. También aumentaría el tráfico de personas en el agua, lo que significa el potencial de más incidentes trágicos con la vida silvestre. ¿Quieres saber cómo puedes marcar la diferencia? Firma la petición en el enlace en mi biografía. #TurningTheTide . . . I am calling on all of you to make good on the promise to help me tip issues with the power of the people! This one is one we can win so read and sign please. A shortfin pilot whale named Hope was killed by a boat propeller that almost severed her tail from the rest of her body in the Canary Islands, March 2019. I shared the image from @FrancisPerez0000 with her story a couple of weeks ago. Today, I raise my voice with @SeaLegacy and Francis Pérez, SeaLegacy collective member, in support of a movement to prevent more tragedies in the waters off Tenerife where she was struck. Petition link in bio!
As a photographer and an artist I strive always to capture the beauty of the places I visit with my camera lens. As a conservationist I am concerned first and foremost with the health of our oceans. How many feelings in the world can compare to the rush of the tide and sea-foam past your ankles when you're standing on a beach? How do you even begin to describe what it feels like to freedive in Hawaii and watch waves roll overhead like storm clouds? Images succeed sometimes where words fail, but nothing compares to actually being there in the moment. For #PlasticFreeJuly I'm joining my friends at @LonelyWhale to encourage you to #HydrateLike a diver. Wherever you go, don't leave your reusable water bottle behind! Take the pledge to ditch single-use plastics at the link in my bio. #TurningTheTide 📸: @PaulNicklen
I am calling on all of you to make good on the promise to help me tip issues with the power of the people! This one is one we can win so read and sign please. A shortfin pilot whale named Hope was killed by a boat propeller that almost severed her tail from the rest of her body in the Canary Islands, March 2019. I shared the image from @FrancisPerez0000 with her story a couple of weeks ago. Today, I raise my voice with @SeaLegacy and Francis Pérez, SeaLegacy collective member, in support of a movement to prevent more tragedies in the waters off Tenerife where she was struck. Tenerife's southwest coast is protected under law as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC Teno-Rasca), except for one place: Fonsalía, where there are plans to construct a new macro-harbour. Fonsalía is a part of the same sensitive wildlife corridor where Hope lived with her family, and which hosts a natural abundance of other marine species from dolphins to green turtles to nesting seabirds. A harbour in these waters would destroy habitats and increase pollution: chemical, acoustic and light. It would also increase human traffic on the water, which means the potential for more dangerous ship-strikes with wildlife. Want to know how you can make a difference? Sign the petition at the link in my bio to #ActForHope! #TurningTheTide #Tenerife
Photos by @nickhawkinsphotography // "There are only about 400 North Atlantic right whales left, and they’re being killed faster than they can reproduce.... In just four weeks, 1.5 percent of the population has been lost. Most concerning is that four of the dead whales are reproductive females, of which there are now fewer than 100. To make things worse, three more right whales have been spotted entangled in the first weeks of July." - @tomcheney On North America’s eastern coast right whales are dying. @SeaLegacy Collective member @nickhawkinsphotography recently worked on the story for @NatGeo. His images are striking and tragic, and capture the sort of moments that wildlife and conservation photographers dread most; the day that you stand next to an animal killed before its time, outside the natural circle of life. Go to the link in my bio to learn more about Wolverine and Punctuation, the dead right whales pictured here, and the research team performing the necropsy to better understand why Wolverine died. Punctuation was killed by an encounter with a ship that left a six-foot laceration in her lower back. We're confident that with all of the technology available to us today, a safer future is around the corner for these vulnerable animals. But in the meantime, there are actions that we can take to make a difference; one of them is to slow down on the water.
It is really hard to resist the temptation to recite a few of the more interesting facts about this beautiful bird, like the fact that their nostrils are permanently closed to prevent water from rushing up into their brains when they dive-bomb a school of fish. They breathe out of the corners of their mouths. Instead, I’d much rather just let us marvel at the color of those feet! The aptly named blue-footed booby is one of the most beloved characters in the every day nature drama that is the Galapagos Islands. The bright blue is caused by pigments in their skin, and is tied directly to the quality of the bird's diet; bright blue is a sign of a healthy bird. #TurningTheTide #blue #seabirds #birdsofinstagram #funfacts