While in the Arctic with the @Sea_Legacy expedition crew a few months ago, @CristinaMittermeier and I documented a starving polar bear roaming through an abandoned Inuit camp along the shores of Baffin Island. A noted bear biologist could not pinpoint exactly what had caused this bear to starve to death. We do know that he didn’t have any visible wounds and that he was not old. At one time, this bear would have been a big healthy male, like the beautiful bear pictured here. Many of you asked if we could have saved the starving bear or euthanized him to ease his pain. Thank you for all your engagement and for caring about these bears as much as I do. The truth—which is hard to hear—is that he was on his last legs. His muscles had atrophied beyond repair. Plus, it would have been highly illegal to feed him or approach him. Obviously, we could not euthanize him, for legal, cultural and personal reasons. Instead of becoming angry or hopeless, we must work harder for solutions. There is hope for the remaining population of 25,000 polar bears. It’s up to all of us to change our habits if we want to see results. Click the link in my bio to learn more about these solutions and how they will work towards drawdown, where the warming of the planet finally stops, and reverses.
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Do you ever wonder what lies beneath that "thin blue line" of the oceans surface? With @sea_legacy we realize that not everyone will get to explore the worlds oceans so it is our mission to bring the oceans to everyone through the power of visual communication. Here, @aprilbencze gets close and personal with a large Mola mola sunfish off the coast of #BritishColumbia. The waters off of #BC are some of the richest in the world and yet they have next to no protection. @justinptrudeau must realize the fragility of these underwater worlds when approving potentially catastrophic projects like the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Together we must stand up and speak for these species, cultures and their complex homes. With @cristinamitteremeier #oceans #sea #beneaththethinblueline #naturelovers #photooftheday #picoftheday #beauty
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I have a new fine art coffee table book coming out this summer and I can’t decide if this picture should be in it or not? Hundreds of thousands of King Penguins fill every square metre of beach and valley floor of St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia, Antarctica. To stand on this hillside looking down on this density of penguins is nearly impossible to process. It is truly one of the most overwhelming and humbling moments I have ever experienced. With that said, sometimes emotions affect our judgement as to whether it is a good photograph or not. You can’t hurt my feelings. Yes or no and feel free to say why. #gratitude #nature #penguin
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There is no place I would rather be in this world. I have shared this before but we are getting ready to do some serious diving with Steller sea lions off the coast of BC with @sea_legacy. These are the moments we live for but conservation impact is our ultimate goal. Join the tide with @sea_legacy and follow along. Video by: Sean Ruggeri @snapamap @reddigitalcinema
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While on a @sea_legacy expedition last summer, we were fortunate enough to witness these belugas swim, some with their calves, into a shallow water estuary. It is important that when arctic sea ice melts we do not see this as an opportunity for new industrial opportunities but rather, see it for what it is; as a loss of habitat for the species that rely on the ice to exist there. We are #turningthetide at @sea_legacy. Come join us!
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If you get the chance to visit @paulnicklengallery, in #Soho, #NYC make sure to take a moment with this image, "Home Ice Advantage", which shows two Chinstrap penguins taking a break before continuing their swim offshore to begin their lives at sea. This piece shows a dynamic relationship that is under constant and increasing threat from climate change. Ice is critically important for penguins: it is their perch, their safe haven from predators, their launch pad. But ice—especially sea ice formed by frozen ocean water—is also essential for krill, the staple of the penguin diet and the entire Antarctic ecosystem. Warming temperatures and rapidly melting ice have seen some penguin populations drop by more than half in the past 30 years. We cannot let images like this become relics of the past. This piece is available in limited edition from the @paulnicklengallery in the sizes 20" x 30" and 40" x 60". Check out their page for more updates on fine art by myself and other fantastic conservationist artists! #TurningTheTide