SeaLegacy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the ocean. Founded by @PaulNicklen & @CristinaMittermeier.

This project took our team to the northernmost human settlement in Greenland, the village of Qaanaak. The purpose of the expedition was to document the places in the Arctic where ice will disappear last, like the Thule region of Greenland, where I photographed this husky. In 20 years or less, much of the Arctic will be completely devoid of ice and the vast sea ice highways that the Inuit use to travel with their dogs will be gone forever. When that day comes, the last hunters of the north will no longer be able to access the edge of the sea, where today, with the help of their huskies, they are still able to hunt for wild food. With @paulNicklen and @enricsala. On assignment for @natgeo and @natgeopristineseas photo by: @CristinaMittermeier * * * #SavetheArctic | #stopclimatechange | #pristineseas | #MoreOcean | #INeedNature | #EarthtoParis | #nationalphotomonth
#Repost Photo: @cristinamittermeier ・・・ 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 #nationalphotomonth
A silver stream flows through the belly of this massive iceberg. As a faint opalescent moon heralds twilight, we marvel on the intricate designs that the tides, the wind, and the sea have carved on this piece of ice. We could tell you a thousand reasons why healthy ice in Antarctica is important but sometimes, you just have to marvel at the beauty of nature and be grateful that it still exists on our planet. ⠀ ⠀ Photo: @CristinaMittermeier , on expedition for @NatGeo , @NatGeoPristineSeas , with @Sea_Legacy , @PaulNicklen , @Ladzinski , @Andy_mann , @pattersonimages. ⠀ *⠀ *⠀ * ⠀ #CCAMLR2018 . #MPA #PhotographersforAntarctica #ocean #ice #gratitude #expeditionscouncil @natgeocreative @sonyalpha #nationalphotomonth
These wolves, on the coast of British Columbia, are also known as "rainwolves". Their diet is predominantly marine, feeding on mussels, salmon, and even seals and sea lions. These wolves are unlike any other on the planet. It's easy to think that animals associated more with the land than the sea, aren't impacted by what happens to our world's oceans, but they are. These unique and magical creatures exemplify just how connected we all are. ⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ @cristinamittermeier , @paulnicklen @yourbcparks , @raincoasted , #awesomeearth , #wolves , #weareone
Happy Mother's Day, in whatever form, or species, that might be!⠀ ⠀ Studies of Orcas show that having an older female around improves the survival of her descendants, including the grandchildren. ⠀ ⠀ According to an article in Smithsonian Magazine, Scientists studied 35 years’ worth of observational data from an endangered population of southern resident killer whales in the Pacific Northwest. After reviewing decades' worth of photographs showing whales on the move, they noticed a pattern: Post-menopausal females, the oldest in the group, typically swam at the front and directed their pods’ movements in a variety of scenarios.⠀ ⠀ "One way post-reproductive females may boost the survival of their kin is through the transfer of ecological knowledge. The value gained from the wisdom of elders can help explain why female killer whales and humans continue to live long after they have stopped reproducing." - says Lauren Brent of the University of Exeter in an article by Ben Mirin. ⠀ ⠀ Photo: @cristinamittermeier , Orcas in Norway⠀ ⠀ #smithsonian , #orcas , #mothersday , #motherknowsbest @smithsonian
Our President and Co-Founder, @cristinamittermeier , often speaks about “Enoughness” - the practice of taking what you need and using what you take and knowing that doing so will allow others to also have enough; a sense of fulfillment that comes from within and through our natural environment, rather than through material things; a sense of connectedness that comes from relationship with self, others and cultural integrity.⠀ ⠀ One way to practice "Enoughness" is to pay close attention to the cost of convenience. Is that plastic bag…straw…spoon…cup…plate …wrapper… bump in the thermostat … really worth it? That fleeting moment of convenience will inconvenience the planet, and more often than not, our oceans, for generations to come. Having enough doesn’t include leaving a mess that can’t be cleaned up.⠀ ⠀ Photo: @cristinamittermeier , Kayapo children playing in the Xingu River in Brazil.⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀⠀ #enoughness , #artofvisuals , #discoverearth , #folkmagazine , #ourplanetdaily , #theglobewanderer , #minimalist @natgeo , @national_geographic_live
It takes incredible mental stamina to sit and watch a small dent of imperfection in the snow for twelve straight days. While the rare images in a new story on The Thin Blue Line on @maptia (link to full article in their bio) are most certainly beautiful, a mother polar bear emerging from her den with her pups for the first time, they are also a chilling illustration of what can be lost if climate change issues are not addressed. ⠀ With images and words by @daisygilardini , "Voices from a Melting World" takes us through heart-warming moments of tenderness, into the roots of our obsession with bears and then looks at why the great white bear is at risk of becoming extinct.⠀ ⠀ Thank you, Daisy, for enduring those long cold hours so that we can all experience these moments with you.⠀
#Repost @cristinamittermeier ・・・ 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 go 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
In 2014, on a SeaLegacy expedition, @PaulNicklen photographed two dead polar bears along the shores of Svalbard, Norway. After the images were examined by a top polar bear scientist, it was determined that these bears died from starvation due to a lack of sea ice. Tears were shed as a feeling of being overwhelmed by the work that needs to be done settled into the core of Paul's being. ⠀ This year is shaping up to be another bad ice year in Svalbard and SeaLegacy needs to be there to document the urgency. The world needs to know what the effects of climate change are. ⠀ Please go to to support this expedition. Together we can protect one of the world's most charismatic species. ⠀ ⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ ⠀ #kickstarter , #gofundme , #crowdfund , #polarbears , #svalbard , #polarbears , #norway , #seaice , #climatechange , @cristinamittermeier
There are an estimated 300 different types of octopus in the world. Did you know that octopuses have three hearts, nine brains, and blue blood? A 50lb octopus can squeeze through a 2-inch hole and the average female Giant Pacific Octopus, living in Alaska, can lay 90,000 eggs.⠀ ⠀ Photo: Giant Pacific Octopus in the Salish Sea, @paulnicklen ⠀ ⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ ⠀ #salishsea , #GiantPacificOcotpus , #enjoycanada , #awesomeearth , #earthfocus , #earthofficial
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!⠀ ⠀ The deadline to submit expressed public support and outreach efforts in the campaign to nominate The Salish Sea as a World Heritage Site has come and gone. ⠀ When we started asking for written support three months ago, we didn't know what kind of reaction we would get. We are totally blown away by the 15,000 signatures, nearly 100 personal letters and also, written support from several First Nations and representatives from all levels of the Canadian government. ⠀ There are hundreds of people who contributed to the success of this phase of the campaign, and we are grateful for every one of them. ⠀ We won't know until later this year if the Salish Sea is on the shortlist of 10 potential sites for Canada, but we do know, without a doubt, that the desire is there. ⠀ We will continue our commitment to protect the integrity of the Salish Sea and to move people away from apathy, into a new understanding of how inextricably linked we are to the sea.⠀ ⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ ⠀ #salishsea , #worldheritagesites , #whs , @unesco , @parkscanada , @cristinamittermeier , ⠀ ⠀ Photo: @paulnicklen
This summer, there is an opportunity to join our founders, @paulnicklen and @cristinamittermeier , on the North Pole Summit with @quarkexpeditions. ⠀ ⠀ Not only will you have a chance to see walruses, seals, whales and polar bears with your own eyes, and lens, but you will also experience this with some of the world’s leading experts in the areas of conservation, culture, science, public service, historical reference and more. The conversation over dinner alone is sure to be life-changing! ⠀ ⠀ What is extra special about this particular trip, is that it is actually Paul’s first time to the North Pole, even though he’s been working in the Polar regions for more than 25 years. ⠀ ⠀ There is room for only 130 passengers aboard the vessel, 50 Years of Victory. $5,000 from every booking that comes through SeaLegacy will come back directly to us so that we can continue communicating with the world about just how important our oceans are and that they need our help. ⠀ ⠀ This is your invitation to not only join us on this once in a lifetime trip to the North Pole, July 20th - August 2nd, 2017, but to experience it with some of the world's leading experts and leaders. There is more information on the link in our bio. ⠀ ⠀ *⠀ *⠀ *⠀ ⠀ #NorthPoleSummit , #TravelwithQuark , #togetherforchange , #50yearsofvictory
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