A whale shark approaches a small boat called a banca for a handful of krill in Oslob Philippines. Six days a week thousands of tourist show up here to see and swim with dozens of hand fed whale sharks. These giants arrive seeking a handout of krill as they swim below, past and around the visitors seeking an encounter with worlds largest fish, a plankton feeding shark. The feeding stops around noon and the whale sharks disappear to the depths. There is conservation debate and controversy about the effects of hand feeding these large migratory sharks. Many scientist condemn the feeding because of concerns that this activity congregates the sharks making them vulnerable and interrupts their natural foraging and migration patterns. Others that support the practice suggest that the sharks act as ocean. ambassadors teaching visitors about the sea, that the economy generated around these sharks makes them extremely valuable and protects them from harm and that the sharks are free to come and go at will.
Photographed on @natgeo
assignment for Philippines: Inside the Coral Triangle with @DavidDoubilet
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An American crocodile slowly passes overhead at sunset in the mangrove channels of Gardens of the Queen, National Park, Cuba. These crocodiles have been on Earth +\- 240 million years and large individuals can reach nearly 20 feet. These wonderful reptiles are called the engineers of the mangroves because their movements create and maintain channels that enhance water and nutrient circulation. This marine preserve located 50 miles of the southern cost of Cuba is a Caribbean eden where robust reefs and rich mangroves support healthy populations of apex predators. Photographed for @natgeo
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Happy Earth Day! Today is the last day to purchase a signed print of the image of a harp seal pup on the windswept sea ice of Gulf of St. Lawrence photographed on assignment for The Generous Gulf story published in National Geographic Magazine in May 2014. This pup and generations after it after struggling to survive as their ice nurseries collapse before they are able to fend for themselves. This magnificent creature has become the face of climate change for me and I return each year that conditions allow to document their life in thinning ice.
Click on the link in my profile to view this print and the entire collection available for $100.
Your purchase supports the Power of Science, Exploration and storytelling.
Photo by @jenniferhayesig
A pregnant polar bear extends her dark blue-black tongue sensing her environment. She was recently wounded by a walrus, a prey of last resort due to high risk of injury. The encounter left her with a large gash on her left rear flank and a debilitating limp. I was saddened as I watched her favor her hind leg walking slowly, carrying unborn cubs into an unknown future. We look forward to returning to the Arctic in July of this year.
Photographed on Elysium Artists for the Arctic Expedition. A collaboration of 65 photographers, filmmakers, poets, writers, scientists and sculptors from 19 countries with 1 mission: to create a body of work that makes people fall in love with and protect the polar regions.
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Have you heard about the special Flash Sale to celebrate Earth Day? Visit the link in my profile to purchase a signed print of these images by @BrianSkerry @DGuttenfelder @Pedromcbride @Coryrichards @cookjenshel
or to view the entire collection.
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Flash Sale in honor of Earth Day, running from April 19th to April 22nd. Your purchase will support the power of science, exploration and story telling.
Signed prints from @natgeocreative
photographers are on sale now. This amazing image was captured by @RandyOlson.
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A harp seal pup seeks shelter from the constant wind that blows across the sea ice in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence as it awaits the return of its mother. Harp seals are born on sea ice in late February. This image speaks to the necessity of taking climate change seriously as rising global temperatures cause the formation of very weak unstable ice that will not support the harp seal nurseries. Purchase signed prints of this image for $100 from April 17th - April 22nd in honor of Earth Day. Click on the link in my profile to see all the signed prints featured in @natgeocreative
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Day. You depend on Earth and Earth depends on you. 100% of our personal proceeds related to the sale of this harp seal print will be donated to environmental conservation, education and outreach at Save The River, The upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper.
Now Live. I am pleased to announce that my image of a harp seal pup is running with the @natgeocreative
Flash Sale collection from April 17th - April 22nd in honor of Earth Day. Visit the link in my profile to see all the signed prints on sale for $100.
A harp seal pup called a white coat enters the icy waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to follow its mother to a more stable piece of ice. Harp seal pups are born on the ice in late February and nursed for 12-15 days until their mother abandons them to mate and migrate. This year only a small amount of unstable ice formed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Many pregnant females searched in vain for ice and tried to exit the Gulf for Atlantic ice. A few thousand pups were born on a small unstable ice platform North of Prince Edward Island that began drifting with high winds and current. We will keep you updated with the status of survival of the Gulf of St Lawrence seals as the data comes in. With @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club #ocean #harpseal #baby #ice #polar #canada #seal #followme
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An aerial view of a harp seal nursery in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence near Northumberland Strait. This time of year (this week) thousands of female harp seals seek solid ice to birth their pups on. Many recent years have seen elevated temperatures and diminished ice formation. High wind and waves demolish the nursery and the pups drown or get crushed. This season is another record high for temperatures and extremely low ice cover. While you read this thousands of pregnant females are searching for a place to have their pup. We are on stand by to journey to the gulf this as conditions allow. Stay tuned for the story of the harp seal in the face of Climate Change. See more about harp seals in @natgeo
Generous Gulf story online. With @natgeo @natgeocreative #ocean #ice #baby #nursery #seal #canada #climatechange #extreme
join us March 14 at Kleinhans Music Hall for National Geographic Live Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice. For #moreocean