Cristina Mittermeier

Photographer // Speaker // Latina // Contributor to National Geographic // Co-founder of SeaLegacy// SonyArtisan // NatGeoCreative // Founder of iLCP

In order to feed herself and her two growing offspring, a mother polar bear must be an infallible hunter. If there is enough sea ice and the hunting is good, a bear might double or even triple its body weight. An excess of fat is needed to nurture growing cubs, as bears wait for the long Arctic summer to end and for the sea ice to form again. As a bear gains weight, the satellite collar, like the one you can see on this mother, might become so tight around her neck as to choke her. Science is important, but when have we gone too far to collect data? To see a beautiful video of this mother bear playing with her cubs head to @PaulNicklen. Shot for @sea_legacy Legacy. @natgeocreative | #love | #mother | #snow | #HonorParis | #Arctic | #ClimateChangeisReal @SonyAlpha
The top of unnamed mountains peeks through the lifting fog as the Arctic day begins. The continuous dance between forming ice and breaking ice, creates these whimsical patterns on the sea ice. With @PaulNicklen @johanna.c.dominguez @_tomconlin and @SamKretch in Svalbard, Norway. @natgeocreative @sonyalpha #beauty #nature #honorparis #love #gratitude
How do you cool yourself in a hot Arctic day? If you are a polar bear, the next best thing to going for a swim, is sliding down a snowy hill on your belly. This large male did a “caterpillar” slide that had us all in stitches. #Suchamazinganimals We are working to make sure the world is on board to #honorParis . Are you? In #Svalbard on #Assignment for @Sea_Legacy with @paulnicklen @jens_wikstrom_photography @erichroepke @samkretch #downwarddog
What to us might seem a featureless snow-covered landscape, is to polar bears a complex realm. An invisible map filled with smells and geographical cues that lead to prey, mates and interesting visitors, like ourselves. We watched this big male travel across a frozen scene for over a mile until he finally came all the way down to the edge of the fjord,where we were quietly floating on our zodiac, and he calmly laid down for a nap. Animals never cease to amaze me! #honorParis #stopclimatechange #sea_legacy @sea_legacy @_tomconlin @paulnicklen @lnixpix
The first time I went on a dog sled; the musher didn’t speak English and all he said was “sit."⠀ I didn’t know if he was talking to me or to the dogs, but the minute I put my butt on the sled we took off. Interestingly, there are no handles and no seat belts so I just held on for dear life and I am not entirely sure that if I fell off, he would have come back for me. ⠀ ⠀ On a more serious note, the fate of the last tribes of the north and perhaps of all humanity is tied to the disappearing sea ice in the Arctic, Antarctica, and Greenland, where this video was taken. ⠀ ⠀ The ice caps of Greenland is melting at an alarming rate and it is not only having an immediate and significant impact in the lives of these hunters, but because Greenland’s ice cover holds 10% of all the water in the world, stored as ice, its melting is already having an effect on the input of freshwater to the north Atlantic and to the global sea level. What we do, or fail to do in the next few years will determine what our planet will look like for the next thousands or millions of years.⠀ ⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ ⠀ @natgeocreative , @natgeo , @enricsala @paulnicklen , @sea_legacy , #husky , #dogs , #dogsled , #nature , #animals #love , #culture , #tradition , #enoughness , #gratitude , #ice , #climatechange
I am super excited to be heading back into the field in search of polar bears. We are hoping to find some healthy bears to film and photograph. The stakes have never been higher and these animals need a voice. I want to remind the world of what we stand to lose in the Arctic. Wish us luck! With @paulnicklen , @sea_legacy , @_tomconlin , @samkretch @erichroepke @steinretzlaff @derekrushton_ @fredgranath @lnixpix @johanna.c.dominguez
Happy Mother’s Day! When baby humpbacks are little, they have very poor buoyancy control. They are not able to stay submersed on their own and they get tired when they have to be on the surface. On this day, we found this mom with her calf resting on the surface. The baby was asleep on top of its mother’s back and barely even blinked when we approached. I especially enjoyed the small school of fish that had formed between them. I guess a big whale can provide a lot of shade and a safe haven from predators! #baby #whale #MothersDay #ocean #bebe #ballena #PuertoPlata #RepublicaDominicana #MoreOcean . With @paulnicklen and @_aquaticadventures and @_tomconlin for @sea_legacy @natgeocreative @sonyalpha @nauticamhousings #bomdia #diadelasmadres #diadasmaes
Photo by @DaisyGilardini for @SeaLegacy // Few women personify the idea of wildlife and conservation photography better than Daisy. As a polar-obsessed photographer, she has made it her mission to give a face and a voice to polar wildlife and this week she graces the pages of SeaLegacy’s Thin Blue Line with her story of adventure, love and hope in the Arctic. In the spirit of #MothersDay , her series of images of a mother polar bear with her cubs is not just beautiful and uplifting, it is a testimony to endurance, perseverance and love. I am grateful to count Daisy as a friend and colleague in arms. Click on the link in my bio to read the whole story. #love #gratitude #polar #osopolar #polarbear #mother @maptia #follow #instagood #madre
Going home to pack for my next Arctic adventure. I am so excited to head back to northern latitudes in hopes of finding some Arctic wildlife. Maybe harp seals or polar bears?
How does such a large animal manage to propel itself so completely out of the water? We watched in awe as this massive mother humpback launched herself out of the water, over and over and over again. Whether she was just happy or trying to shed some of the barnacles that covered her massive fluke and fins, we will never know. All I can tell you is the acrobatic spectacle that only a humpback whale can create, is nothing short of unforgettable. With @PaulNicklen and @_AquaticAdventures. #moreocean #joy #baleia #ballena #whale #ocean #mar #instagood #SonyAlpha
I want my pictures to show that the people who live in the areas that are at risk of being destroyed are just like us. They are mothers, children, elders and they are scared. They are naive and they don’t really understand the enormity of what is about to happen to them but you and I do and we know that the future for them is uncertain and very frightening.⠀ ⠀ Please join me for "Water's Edge" at the National Geographic Auditorium in Washington, DC, May 9th, 2017. ⠀ "Water's Edge" will take you on a visual journey through my experience of learning about the concept of responsible earth stewardship as a child growing up in Mexico, and then explore that calling through the ways of life of four communities and their individual relationships with water—the Kayapó in the Amazon, the Inuit of Greenland, the First Nations people of British Columbia, and native Hawaiians.⠀ ⠀ Photo: Young Kayapo girl bathing in the Xingu River, before the dam.⠀ ⠀ @natgeo , @sea_legacy , #watersedge , #awesomeearth , #awesome_earthpix , #discoverearth , #earthofficial , #earthpix
My work is about building a greater awareness of the responsibility of what it means to be a human. It is about understanding that the history of every living thing that has ever existed on this planet also lives within us. It is about the ethical imperative—the urgent reminder that we are inextricably linked to all other species on this planet and that we have a duty to act as the keepers of our fellow life forms.⠀ ⠀ My presentation, "Water's Edge", features first-hand experiences with the Kayapó people in the Amazon, a society reliant on their local waterway to survive who found their way of life being threatened by a massive new dam; the First Nations in British Columbia protecting their sacred headwaters; an expedition in Greenland where I witnessed how warming global temperatures are impacting the Inuit people and finally, some time in Hawaii where I got to know, admire and respect a new community of indigenous peoples seeking to reclaim their connection to the sea. Through all of this, I have discovered one concept, other than water, that binds these four disparate communities together. That concept is "Enoughness".⠀ ⠀ "Water's Edge" blends informed compassion, personal insight, and expertise with what I hope is a little bit of humor. Please join me in Washington, DC, at The National Geographic Auditorium on Tuesday, May 9th, at 7:30. You can get tickets through the link in my bio. I hope to see you there. ⠀ ⠀ @natgeo , @sea_legacy #watersedge , #awesomeearth , #enoughness , #earthfocus
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