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The thing I love the most about wildlife is that their senses are hundreds of times more sensitive than own. Their incredible sense of smell, hearing and eyesight make them true masters of their domain. A world where we as humans pale in comparison. When in nature, I often feel like I am being watched. I will sit down quietly and slowly glance around and more often than not, I get a glimpse of a wild animal studying my presence like this wolf in the Yukon. #gratitude #nature #giftsfromtheforest #ghosts #love #beauty

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I have a really fun photography lesson and a big announcement coming up in my next newsletter. Part of it involves the aurora borealis and how I missed a great shot of a grizzly bear because of the aurora. And I will help you avoid the same mistake. Please sign up in the link in my bio and I think you will love this one. #gratitude #nature #aurora

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This is my last shark post for now as we get back on a boat tonight and keep filming for @sealegacy in the Bahamas. The dream team has reassembled and can’t wait to share what we come back with. Of all the sharks at Tiger Beach last week, Queen, the massive Great Hammerhead was my favourite. She approached with such a quiet and gentle confidence. She was a delight to film and I hope we did her justice. With @cristinamittermeier @andy_mann @samkretch @ryantidman @moorecharitable #queen #explore #sharksforever

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Photograph by @cristinamittermeier // Every time I submerged into the clear waters of the Bahamas’s Tiger Beach, I was greeted by many majestic sharks. However, it was always these Big beautiful female tiger sharks that took my breath away. They would swim so gracefully and calmly past us. Never once did I feel anything but contentment when they swam past. As I said, quite often I would put my camera down and just watch. Shot on expedition for @sealegacy.

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She is a big and beautiful tiger shark. Last week we peacefully experienced six species of Bahamian sharks however I stared in awe and appreciation every time this 14-foot tiger came around. Thanks @cristinamittermeier for lending me your #Sony camera for this one. Thanks for the amazing trip @jonmccormackphoto and @bradleyphotographic. For @sealegacy with @ryantidman and @sharkmanconnor and @sharkl0ve @sonyalpha

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Photograph by @bradleyphotographic. She is a massive Great Hammerhead shark and our @sealegacy team was with her just 24 hours ago. Every time I saw her break the visibility barrier and approach me, I was in complete awe of her. She is tall, long, wide, thick, gorgeous, powerful and she moves with such confidence and grace that I had a hard time concentrating on filming as I could not take my eyes off of her. The locals call her Queen and I can’t think of a better name. This shark and her habitat need enforced protection. #bahamas #gratitude #love #beauty #nature Thank you @jonmccormackphoto

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paulnicklen. I love being surrounded by big sharks. It is a sign of a healthy ecosy

I love being surrounded by big sharks. It is a sign of a healthy ecosystem. As many shark populations around the world have all but collapsed due to overfishing, this was a refreshing sight. My friend, Jason Bradley (@bradleyphotographic) grabbed this shot of me photographing and filming Bahamian sharks this week. I can’t wait to share the images, footage and stories with you, however, we are getting on another boat tomorrow morning to keep shooting in the Bahamas. In this picture you see me filming a tiger shark while lemon sharks, a great hammerhead and a Caribbean reef shark pass by. Shot #onassignment for @sealegacy with @cristinamittermeier and @ryantidman #Queenthehammerhead

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paulnicklen. Photo by @FransLanting The Asiatic cheetah is facing a death sentence.

Photo by @FransLanting The Asiatic cheetah is facing a death sentence. Fewer than 50 survive—and only in Iran. But some of the best people dedicated to saving these unique cats from extinction are now in jail for their work and may even face the death penalty. They’ve been accused of using camera traps for espionage. But camera traps are only good for one thing—to capture images of animals at close range just like you see here. This rare image of a cheetah in Iran was captured by one of my camera traps while on assignment for @NatGeo. I worked there with permission and support of Iran’s Department of Environment, and with several of the excellent Iranian scientists who have been arrested. They belong to the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, but they worked closely with the government, and yet they are now on trial—for charges that are politically motivated. This is horrible for the individuals involved, but it is also a tragedy for the animal which faces extinction. And that is a great loss for everyone in Iran because the Asiatic cheetah is a powerful symbol for Iran’s unique natural heritage. If you care about cheetahs in Asia and the plight of the people whose mission is to protect them, please go to the link in my Instagram profile to read the story NatGeo just published and spread the word about it. You can also sign a petition to express your concern at Care2. Search for “conservationists face death penalty in Iran." @hassanrouhani @jzarif @hediyehtehrany @Reza_Kianian_Official @mitra.hajjar @raisi_org @FedericaMog @leonardodicaprio @hope4nature #ConservationIsNotaCrime #FreeIranianConservationists #anyhopefornature #hope4nature #wildlife #conservation #cheetahs #bigcats اميد_براى_طبيعت#

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paulnicklen. Entering the territory of elephant seal bulls requires deep respect an

Entering the territory of elephant seal bulls requires deep respect and calm movements. These are the largest of all seals, with males weighing up to 8,800 pounds. During breeding season, they can be very aggressive. However, my encounter with this sleepy male was quite relaxed, as he lay motionless for hours under cloudy skies in Fortuna Bay. Luckily, this gave me the opportunity to get creative and craft this unusual shot.

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paulnicklen. Airguns used in seismic surveys blast the ocean floor with acoustic vi

Airguns used in seismic surveys blast the ocean floor with acoustic vibrations - shockwaves of sound that feed back information about the ocean floor, showing oil companies where to drill. An oil rig in the ocean is dangerous enough to marine life on its own. Research has shown that the intense and constant noise created by seismic testing can also cause significant damage to marine life, including mammals like these orca. Since 2001, the pristine Lofoten region in northern Norway has been protected by a temporary ban on oil activity, which has been successfully renewed six times with support from local communities, municipal governments and sustainable fisheries. 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, for our future. Sign the petition (link in bio) & light a beacon of solidarity with us. #OilFreeLofoten

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paulnicklen. While photographing a different polar bear, I turned around and found

While photographing a different polar bear, I turned around and found this bear walking off with my tripod. Two things are wrong with this picture: she is eating my very expensive tripod at the beginning of an assignment, and I never want a predator to associate my presence with food. This is paramount. Luckily, the bear realized that it was of no nutritional value and she left me with a slobber-covered piece of equipment. #FlashbackFriday #BornToIce

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paulnicklen. A group of gentoo penguins prepares to dive into frigid waters to feed

A group of gentoo penguins prepares to dive into frigid waters to feed. The intertidal zone is a shared space, between both predator and prey, and both are always on high alert, doing their best to eat and survive. Life above and below the water is very different, and yet it is so connected. I love split-shot photographs because they emulate this idea. #penguins #wildlife #nature #photography

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