Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier

Co-Founder @SeaLegacy / Photographer / Adventurer at National Geographic / Ambassador for UN SDG 14: "Life Below Water" / SonyArtisan

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23 hours ago

I cannot begin to tell you what a thrill it was to spend time in the water with a family of sperm whales. They played, they socialized and as they traveled, they maintained close physical and sound contact with each other. Truly a beautiful thing to watch and learn from. In a devastating blow to wildlife everywhere, the Trump Administration has decided to change the Endangered Species Act ( #ESA ), a piece of legislation that has protected animals for nearly half a century. These changes weaken protections for threatened species, like these whales, and makes it easier to remove endangered species from the list. The worse part is it "measures" the cost of protecting any new species against the profit of industries. I feel an incredible sense of urgency to share all of the images that I have taken of Endangered animals in my career, in the hope that people will understand how important the ESA is in protecting the biodiversity our earth and ocean need.  Sperm whales, like other whales, have historically been hunted both for meat and for bone, but also for a white oil found in their heads - spermaceti. Humans have used spermaceti in cosmetics, in lubricants, in candle-making, in soaps, paint, crayons... These whales are currently protected under the ESA. I don't want to think about what might happen to them without it. Follow along this week for more. #TurningTheTide #ExtinctionEndsHere


FOUND THEM!!!!! We found them hiding under a shed In an industrial site. They came bouncing out when they heard my voice. They are tired, hungry and dirty but otherwise ok!!Thanks everyone for the love and wishes. Much gratitude to the Nanoose dog network and search party @paulnicklen @phylliskane @chelsie_x_b @nat groulx @davidduchemin @scharieg Anette and Dave #dogs #wanderingspirits #littlebrats

2 days ago

Don't you agree that Manta rays move with such grace through the water, somersaulting as they feed, that there is something almost celestial about them? The Endangered Species Act ( #ESA ) is an essential piece of legislation that protects 1,600 plants and animals, and that has brought animals like the bald eagle back from the edge of extinction in the mainland United States. The Trump Administration recently announced changes to the ESA that will make it easier to remove endangered species from the list and also weakens protections for species listed as #threatened The Giant Manta Ray is one of the fish affected by these changes. They are slow to reproduce, giving birth to just one pup every two to three years, which makes these rays extremely vulnerable to commercial fishing and international trade. Follow @SeaLegacy and join us as we start #TurningTheTide together. Click the link in my bio to sign our current petition to support #CITES4Sharks #ExtinctionEndsHere

2 days ago

I met @CraigWelch while on assignment for @natgeo He is the smartest journalistic writer I know! This is his new story. "For every one degree Celsius rise in Earth’s average temperature, permafrost may release the equivalent of four to six years’ worth of coal, oil, and natural gas emissions," in a new @NatGeo article, Craig reveals startling news from the Arctic: ancient permafrost, a layer of frozen ground hundreds of feet deep, is thawing fast, and the Arctic is being transformed. In some places the ground no longer freezes at all. You can pull mammoth bones from before the Ice Age out of the mud. And as the ground warms, gases like carbon dioxide and methane are released into the atmosphere, accelerating climate change at a rate that no one has anticipated or written about - until now. Please, read the full article at the link in my bio and share it with your friends and family. More people need to know about this. #ClimateChangeIsReal #TurningTheTide #Arctic

4 days ago

I am always curious as to how governments reconcile two types of industries that seem to be such at odds with each other. In Monterey Bay, hundreds, if not thousands of whales arrive every year to gorge on the schools of anchovies that congregate in the waters close to shore. Monterey Bay has been called the 'Serengeti of the sea,' because the enormous productivity of bait fish, like anchovies, make this a bountiful haven for marine wildlife to feed. Commercial fishing in California has historically been a lucrative multi-million dollar industry, but tourism today is a multi-BILLION dollar industry, and eco-tourism activities like whale watching and scuba diving are sustainable. Right now, the anchovy fishing fleet operates on a catch limit that violates the nation’s fisheries law by using catch levels that ignore the best available science and fail to prevent overfishing. Does that make any sense to you?? People ask me if it is ethical for them to participate in whale watching and the answer is YES. As long as operators observe the rules this is a FOREVER industry that will maintain both the whales and the economy. Join me and @SeaLegacy as we strive to bring awareness to ocean news around the world. #TurningTheTide #MontereyBay #California #Whale @oceana

4 days ago

A friend was just telling me she cannot understand which part of the animal she is looking at when she sees pictures like this. Humpback whales were almost completely wiped out by whaling and since they have received protection by mechanisms such as the Endangered Species Act, which tragically was severely weakened by the Trump administration this week, they have made a fabulous comeback. I think sometimes I take for granted things I know and fail to better explain them. What we are looking at here are four humpback whales feeding together. Their mouths are open and their throat pleats distended to accommodate the large volume of water they must displace in order to filter fish and krill through their baleen. It is an incredible spectacle to watch these large animals emerge from the water with such force. I can only imagine what goes on underwater, but it must be amazing. If you want to make a difference in the life of another endangered species, you can sign the #CITES4Sharks petition at the link in my bio to help get mako sharks listed on CITES Appendix II. #TurningTheTide #ExtinctionEndsHere

5 days ago

Imagine: it's early morning on Monterey Bay. You head out in the dark at 4:30 AM so you can be on the water early enough to catch the first rays of morning light. You travel into the fog and can barely see what’s in front of you but you are hoping there will be anchovies and that you'll find humpbacks feeding on them. Every once in a while, if you work hard enough, and if you're willing to make the sacrifices necessary to capture nature's most fleeting moments, you may just find the right conditions to tell their story. Because of whaling, humpbacks disappeared from these waters for decades but in the past 20 years they have made an astonishing come back. As they returned they encountered a new threat: a crab fishery that utilizes traps tied to buoys with ropes. In 2016 alone 22 whales died entangled in that gear. This year, the crab fisheries were closed in April - three months early - to try and protect the whales when they come to feed. On expedition with @PaulNicklen @idoaerials and @Kyle Roepke for @SeaLegacy Follow @SeaLegacy for more #ocean conservation news. #TurningTheTide #Conservation #Whales #Expedition

6 days ago

If you are willing to endure the discomfort of traveling on an open vehicle in the Arctic, I have to tell you, going by dog sled is the way to go! The sled dog has played an invaluable role in the survival of the Inuit peoples who live in the Arctic since well before the dawn of the written word. These dogs changed the way that humans moved across the snow and the ice, and the way that they hunted. In Greenland, a declining sled dog population is another, perhaps surprising, example of the impact of climate change in the Arctic. As sea-ice melts, it becomes harder to hunt, harder to find food for dogs and humans alike. This year, the melt season in Greenland has seen the loss of 250 billion tons of ice, and more disappears every day in the wake of unprecedented heatwaves. You can make a difference to the future of our sea-ice and our ocean by #TurningTheTide with me and @SeaLegacy #ForTheLoveofDogs #dogsofinstagram

1 weeks ago

The Arctic is so vast it could take a lifetime of travel to fully explore and understand it - but even a brief visit makes its importance to the entire planet so evident! That is why I am so happy the Canadian government has recently announced the creation of a new MPA, Tuvaijuittuq, developed in partnership with the Qikiqtani Inuit Assocation ( @qikiqtani_inuit ), established in a part of the Arctic where the ice is so old and so thick that the Inuktut word for this place means "the place where the ice never melts." It is located not far from the Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area. Together, these protected places represent hope for the wildlife in the Arctic that depend on the sea ice for their survival - in a north that is melting faster than ever before. #MPA #conservation #climatechange 🇨🇦 ❤️ @cathmckennaottcen

2 weeks ago

Nothing prepares you for the first time you see the frozen landscape that is Greenland. The Inuit people who call this place home love it when it gets cold and the ocean becomes a frozen highway they can use to travel on their dogsleds, their “kamotik”, to get to the edge of the sea ice where they can hunt. In the past few months Greenland has lost 250 billion tons of ice, and the melt season isn't even close to finished! Imagine this: an estimated 12.5 billion tons flowed into the Atlantic in just one day during a heat wave last week!! Temperatures all over the northern hemisphere are at record highs, and sea levels are rising on a global scale. I wish I had all the answers for how we will come back from the climate crisis - I don't, but what I do know is that there are things we CAN do to change the future of our Earth. We are not helpless. The most important is to vote; elect people and parties in your country committed to initiatives for a healthier world, and for healthier oceans. #TurningTheTide #Greenland

2 weeks ago

In the past year, I have had the good fortune of spending time in the water with many different sharks. Having seen for myself how inquisitive they are; and knowing how crucial they are to our shared ocean, I want do everything I can to ensure sharks always have a safe place to call home. My friend @ShawnHeinrichs and I are on a mission to see that the mako shark is granted protection under @CITES Appendix II at their upcoming meeting later this month. The strength of #TheTide is in your hands, sign the petition at the link in my bio and use your power to help change the future for mako sharks by urging Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to switch Canada’s vote from "NO" to “YES” on #CITES4Sharks #TurningTheTide with @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz 📸 : @ShawnHeinrichs

2 weeks ago

I am so excited to be nominated for the first time ever to speak at @SXSW alongside some amazing innovators! But I need your help to be selected for the 2020 conference. If either of our two panels are chosen, we’ll be sharing stories from the front-lines of our fight to save the planet and about how artists and innovators can take leadership on climate change to create social action. Please vote for our two panels: “The World Is Not F’ED (Yet )” and “Powerful Influencers, Big Ocean Conservation Wins.” Tap through to the link in my stories and help our #ocean earn time on stage at #SXSW Panel one with Frank Pope, @francothepapa of @SaveTheElephants , Roy Steiner, Director of the Food Program at @rockefellerfdn , and Paul Luu, Executive Secretariat at #4per1000. Panel two with my dear friend and a fearless leader for our ocean, @DuneIves of @LonelyWhale #HydrateLike (PS - you’ll have to make your profile before you can vote! )

2 weeks ago

The clouds above the ocean here will never look exactly like this again; the flow of the water over these corals and the light against my camera lens both changed the second I captured this image. As a #SonyAlphaFemale , I am honored to know that I am a part of a unique team breaking down boundaries for female photographers in an extremely competitive industry. Right now, there is an opportunity to win a Sony RX0 II camera; an incredible little camera that is waterproof up to 33ft underwater without housing, and this print from my collection taken in Cuba. Enter by following both @SeaLegacy and @SonySquareNYC and by tagging a friend in the comments with the hashtags #oceandreams and #sweeps If you are in New York City, stop by #SonySquareNYC to see the new Ocean Dreams exhibit! To see the official rules please visit the link in my bio.

2 weeks ago

There are many relationships in nature, and perhaps one of the most bizarre at first glance is the relationship between sharks and remora. You may be wondering, why don’t the sharks eat the little flat-headed fish that swim around them like flies? Surely, having a posse of fish following you around would make for an easy meal. Well, remoras have a special organ on the tops of their heads that allow them to suction themselves onto larger fish and other marine wildlife like sea turtles. They eat the leftovers of their hosts, clean them of parasites and help keep their skin healthy. This is an example of a symbiotic relationship, meaning that both species benefit. The remoras get a free meal, protection and a ride around the ocean; sharks get to stay clean and happy. Part of "The Sea Around Us" series which will be released this fall. Do you have a remote?

2 weeks ago

I often get all the credit for the images I create, but the effort is never individual; it takes a committed team to make things happen in the field and in the office. Today I want to thank @Candace Crespi for her extraordinary abilities as a field assistant and producer during my recent trip to the Yucatan Peninsula. Never looking for recognition or gratitude, she is as dependable and kind as she is capable. With immense gratitude to my whole team, in the field and in the office. You guys make my work possible and for that, I am grateful. @chelsie_x_b @kyle roepke @stringky @nat groulx @burgankait @katiechlin @madam_kara @mjp graphy

2 weeks ago

Photo by my friend and colleague @ShawnHeinrichs // The fastest shark in the ocean needs your protection. @SeaLegacy and I are partnering with our friends @BlueSphereFoundation and @ShawnHeinrichs to bring you the story of the mako shark: the king of the pelagic realm. The mako's sleek and slender body mean they’re built for speed, capable of reaching speeds of up to 46 mph. In the water they can vanish like a ghost from your line of sight; there one moment, gone the next. These sharks are hunted for their fins and for their meat, which are highly valuable on international markets - and they're not alone. 100 million sharks are killed by humans every year. How do we continue to let this happen? These animals regulate the systems that ensure our oceans stay healthy and abundant. We cannot afford to lose them. Today, we have an unprecedented opportunity to stand up for 18 shark and ray species, including the mako shark, proposed as additions to @CITES Appendix II. CITES is a @UnitedNations body of some 183 member nations, whose mission it is to offer threatened species the management and protection they need to recover. If these nations vote to protect makos, it could mean the difference between this incredible shark's survival - or their extinction. The choice seems clear to me. Start #TurningTheTidewith me, @SeaLegacy , @PaulNicklen and @ShawnHeinrichs and support #CITES4Sharks by signing your name and asking Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to stand up for sharks and switch Canada's vote to “YES” -- protecting the mako and fulfilling their commitment to Canada’s role in environmental leadership. The link is in my bio. With @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz 🦈🌊

3 weeks ago

Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with the largest fish in the ocean? In places like Isla Mujeres, Mexico, where whale sharks come to feed every year on the spawn of other fish, like bonito, they form the largest aggregation of these big fish in the world. The best news is that shark fishermen have been making the transition to shark tourism, a growing industry that both helps to protect these magnificent animals and educate tourists on the importance of protecting them. Better regulations will also ensure that large aggregations of whale sharks continue to come to feed in Mexican waters for a very long time. Stay tuned for more #SharkWeek @Sealegacy

3 weeks ago

In the inky darkness of dusk, a lone Caribbean reef shark swims through the water column in a place so remote there is no human influence in sight. Like all divers, I have spent my fair share of time hanging out at 10 feet during my safety stops. It is during these compulsory stops that I often find myself in a meditative state; when I often find artistry in the subtle details around me. In places like the Gardens of the Queen in Cuba, which have been protected from long-lining and industrial fishing, there are abundant sharks and a healthy ecosystem. For the past 23 years, life in the Gardens has thrived, blissfully unaware of the many problems surrounding the oceans of our world. Rachel Carson, who inspired my fine art series, “The Sea Around Us” said it best: "the more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction." To learn more about how to protect our world's oceans and for more shark week follow @Sealegacy

3 weeks ago

It drives me crazy when I hear people say that the only good kind of shark is a dead one. This shark week I am going to share with you the reasons why sharks are more valuable to us alive than dead. At Tiger Beach in the Bahamas where I had the opportunity to dive with hundreds of sharks, like this beautiful Lemon shark, the shark diving industry is making $120 million dollars a year (up from $80m last year ) and as more people realize that sharks are not the monsters the media has made them out to be, this number is only going up. For these animals, which are listed as near threatened by extinction by the IUCN Red List, tourism success is proving everyday that these apex predators are not only worth protecting, but good for business too. To learn more about what we are doing and what you can do to #TurnTheTide , follow us at @Sealegacy

3 weeks ago

Did you know in Hawaiian culture, when a baby is born, the umbilical cord is buried in the sand along with a tree seedling? This practice serves as a reminder of the connection that new person has not only to his or her parents, but also to their ancestors and to the land. When a Hawaiian person dies, the entire community, their Ohana, paddles out and returns their ashes to the sea. This cultural connection to the land and sea runs deep in the veins of native Hawaiians. The concept of Aloha ʻĀina, “love of the land,” is central in Hawaiian lifestyle, and key to understanding their stewardship of the Earth. If you look at a mountain and all you see is a pile of rocks, you may have a hard time understanding why anyone would fight to protect a mountain. For the Kānaki Ōiwi people, Mauna Kea is not just a mountain; it represents their ancestral ties to creation, a sacred site revered through their history and very much worthy of respect and protection. If you want to stand with native Hawiians in their protest of the Thirty Metre Telescope,follow @protectmaunakea to learn how to take action. Photo shot on assignment for @natgeo with @PaulNicklen in Oahu, Hawai’i. #wearemaunakea #protectmaunakea #turningthetide @puuhuluhulu @kakoo_haleakala @kanaeokana @tiare4maui #molonai

4 weeks ago

A whale of a thank you! Thanks to the action and passion of over 200k people, and a coalition of organizations working together, commercial whale hunting in Iceland will not take place for the first time this summer in nearly 17 years. Sometimes, signing a petition may feel insignificant, but this victory for our oceans could not have been achieved without your help. It is easy to forget that as individuals, we have the power to change the world. Let this serve as a reminder that when enough people are inspired and empowered to lend their voices to a cause, it cannot be ignored. Thank you to everyone who took the time to sign and spread the word. May we share many more victories in the future as we come together to protect our oceans. There is still a lot of work to be done to make this protection permanent in Iceland, and all over the world, but the things we’ve been able to achieve at @SeaLegacy through the power of #TheTide continue to humble and inspire me. Learn more about how you can start #TurningTheTide at the link in my bio!

4 weeks ago

Out of all the myths that hold back the environmental and conservation movement the worst might be the myth that 'climate change won't affect me.' If you aren't a polar bear or a coral polyp, and if you don't live near the coast or on a tiny island in the South Pacific, it may be hard to recognize climate change when you see it, and even harder to recognize when it is affecting you. For the last decade international media has been overwhelmed by an influx of news stories about record-breaking heat waves and land ravaged by forest fires; storms are more frequent, hurricanes more intense, floods more dangerous. Apathy and indifference are killers in cloaks. In French Polynesia, a group of young people saw what climate change was doing to the coral around their island. They started a non-profit to try and replenish the reef, and called themselves @CoralGardeners This spring, I got to meet this incredible team on expedition with @SeaLegacy and @Candace Crespi and plant some corals with them. It was an experience that inspired me, and that filled me with hope for our ocean. The @CoralGardeners are proof of what can be accomplished with initiative and nerve. Go to the link in my bio to find out how you can adopt a coral. #TurningTheTide #WeTheReef

4 weeks ago

Every once in a while I come across a photo album I forgot about and I am always surprised by how a photo of myself, staring back at me from three decades ago, can take me back in time. In this photo, a much younger version of myself poses next to an ultralight airplane on a beach in Bahia, Brazil. This was taken before digital cameras and smart phones allowed us to walk around documenting our lives every minute of every day. 1996, when this was taken, wasn't that long ago, but our world has changed so much. The internet, which didn’t exist back then the way it does now, has made it as easy to talk to people on the other side of the world as it is to talk to your neighbor. I love having the power to have global conversations with so many of you every day on things that matter to all of us. The world has changed but one thing has stayed the same: nature still needs our help. #ThrowbackThursday #TBT

4 weeks ago

A sea lion, peppered with white sand, naps in the summer sun on a beach in the Galapagos. From a recent @SeaLegacy expedition. Climate change myth # 2 is a favorite among climate change deniers and revolves around the idea that climate change is just a part of the Earth's natural cycle. While it is true that the Earth has experienced periods of extreme and changing weather in the past, the warming occurring on earth right now defies current understanding of earth's natural climate cycles. For the past few decades the Earth has been absorbing less energy from the sun, not more - Earth should be getting colder, not warmer. Today there are 7.7 billion people on earth. Think about that number for a second. That's more people than there are different species of plants and animals. 7.7 billion people eating and driving cars and otherwise consuming, and all around us the world is burning up. @PaulNicklen and I have dedicated our life's work to saving our oceans, and sharing our experiences every chance we can because we believe that the best thing for our Earth is, simply, to take care of it.

4 weeks ago

A polar bear peeks into a crack on the sea ice, sniffing for seals, his favorite prey. What will the climate crisis mean for him? The world is warming faster than at any other point in human history, and we are the cause of it. The evidence is all around us - in the air we breathe, and the fish we eat, and the rain that comes too often or too little in different parts of the world. Still, many people deny that climate change is real. This week, I am going to address some of the misleading myths that continue to harm and hold back the environmental movement. Myth number 1: climate scientists are in it for the money. The truth is that there is a lot more money to be made in other fields. Climate scientists aren't working for multi-billion dollar oil companies. Research grant money is poured into -guess what?- research. We aren't trying to sell anything. We are just trying to understand the earth, and the ways that we can make it better. Follow @SeaLegacy to learn more about ocean conservation and how you can start #TurningTheTide with us.

5 weeks ago

Happy birthday to one of the finest human beings I know. Here @paulnicklen celebrates the end of another hard-working day with a rare opportunity to have a dip in the pool and a margarita. Paul and I have dedicated our lives to the task of saving our oceans and the fact that we get to do it together, and with all of you as our team, is a real gift. Please help me wish him the happiest of birthdays! With @sealegacy @lonelywhale @bluespherefoundation Photo by our dear friend @taro smith in #hotelmedialuna

5 weeks ago

A southern stingray travels, almost as if flying, over a sandy bottom in the Bahamas. There is something about a photo in black and white that resonates with me. I love a good color photograph too, of course, but there's a simplicity in achromatic images that calls attention to the form and the frame of the image; you focus on the light and the shadow and shapes, the pieces that are left when you take the color out. To me they feel quiet, if quiet can be a feeling. If you could describe this image in one word, what would it be? #blackandwhite #artistsoninstagram

5 weeks ago

Photo by @FrancisPerez000 // A family of pilot whales glide through the ocean waters off the coast of the Canary Islands. Humans have long hoarded the idea of family and emotion. We assumed that we were the only animals who possessed the capacity to feel grief or love, but we've since learned there are a multitude of other species capable of feeling deep and painful emotion. Whales are one of those - we know now that they communicate with one another, and that whales who live in pods tend to form deep family bonds. After Hope, a young pilot whale, was struck by the boat propeller that left her tail hanging on by just a few thin thread of muscle tissue, her family stayed with her, swimming slowly at her side as she floundered in the water, unable to use her tail. The southwest coast of Tenerife, where Hope was injured, is mostly protected under law as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC Teno-Rasca ) - but it doesn't go far enough, and there are plans to construct a macro-port that would increase both pollution and boat traffic in the sensitive wildlife corridor where Hope lived with her family. There's still time to make sure your voice is heard before the petition to stop the port closes this weekend. #ActforHope by signing at the link in my bio. #TurningTheTide

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Una ballena piloto de aleta corta llamada Hope fue asesinada por una hélice de barco que casi le arranca la cola del resto de su cuerpo en las Islas Canarias, en marzo de 2019. Compartí la imagen de @FrancisPerez0000 con su historia hace un par de semanas. Hoy, levanto mi voz con @SeaLegacy y Francis Pérez, miembro del colectivo de SeaLegacy, en apoyo de un movimiento para prevenir más tragedias en las aguas de Tenerife, donde fue golpeada esta ballena. La costa suroeste de Tenerife está protegida por ley como Área Especial de Conservación (SAC Teno-Rasca ), excepto por un lugar: Fonsalía, donde hay planes para construir un nuevo puerto macro. Fonsalía es parte del mismo corredor de vida silvestre sensible donde vivía Hope con su familia, y que alberga una abundancia natural de otras especies marinas, desde delfines hasta tortugas verdes y aves marinas que anidan. Un puerto en estas aguas destruiría los hábitats y aumentaría la contaminación: química, acústica y luminosa. También aumentaría el tráfico de personas en el agua, lo que significa el potencial de más incidentes trágicos con la vida silvestre. ¿Quieres saber cómo puedes marcar la diferencia? Firma la petición en el enlace en mi biografía. #TurningTheTide I am calling on all of you to make good on the promise to help me tip issues with the power of the people! This one is one we can win so read and sign please. A shortfin pilot whale named Hope was killed by a boat propeller that almost severed her tail from the rest of her body in the Canary Islands, March 2019. I shared the image from @FrancisPerez0000 with her story a couple of weeks ago. Today, I raise my voice with @SeaLegacy and Francis Pérez, SeaLegacy collective member, in support of a movement to prevent more tragedies in the waters off Tenerife where she was struck. Petition link in bio!

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As a photographer and an artist I strive always to capture the beauty of the places I visit with my camera lens. As a conservationist I am concerned first and foremost with the health of our oceans. How many feelings in the world can compare to the rush of the tide and sea-foam past your ankles when you're standing on a beach? How do you even begin to describe what it feels like to freedive in Hawaii and watch waves roll overhead like storm clouds? Images succeed sometimes where words fail, but nothing compares to actually being there in the moment. For #PlasticFreeJuly I'm joining my friends at @LonelyWhale to encourage you to #HydrateLike a diver. Wherever you go, don't leave your reusable water bottle behind! Take the pledge to ditch single-use plastics at the link in my bio. #TurningTheTide 📸: @PaulNicklen

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I am calling on all of you to make good on the promise to help me tip issues with the power of the people! This one is one we can win so read and sign please. A shortfin pilot whale named Hope was killed by a boat propeller that almost severed her tail from the rest of her body in the Canary Islands, March 2019. I shared the image from @FrancisPerez0000 with her story a couple of weeks ago. Today, I raise my voice with @SeaLegacy and Francis Pérez, SeaLegacy collective member, in support of a movement to prevent more tragedies in the waters off Tenerife where she was struck. Tenerife's southwest coast is protected under law as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC Teno-Rasca ), except for one place: Fonsalía, where there are plans to construct a new macro-harbour. Fonsalía is a part of the same sensitive wildlife corridor where Hope lived with her family, and which hosts a natural abundance of other marine species from dolphins to green turtles to nesting seabirds. A harbour in these waters would destroy habitats and increase pollution: chemical, acoustic and light. It would also increase human traffic on the water, which means the potential for more dangerous ship-strikes with wildlife. Want to know how you can make a difference? Sign the petition at the link in my bio to #ActForHope ! #TurningTheTide #Tenerife

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Before humans could fly, we set sail. For thousands of years, before the advent of the motor, men crossed waters by the power of the oar and the wind. It is how the first Polynesians came to Hawaii, and how America became what it is today. The history of America is bound to the story of the immigrant and the settler and Indigenous peoples- and the awe of new discovery. The traditional sailing canoe in this photo is named 'Ho'kulea,' which means the Star of Hawaii. It belongs to the Polynesian Navigation Society, and was absolutely breathtaking to see out on the open water. I am honored to have one of my favorite photographs included in a National Geographic ( @NatGeo ) series that showcases the beauty and diversity of America, where some of my fellow photographers have shared images of their favorite places. Check out the link in my bio to see them all! #makahabeach

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“A minnow of its own kind” is what my friend @andy_mann would call this baby whale shark. I am very used to encounters with the massive adult versions of this fish, but I was completely surprised when the animal whose shape materialized out of the visibility range off of Darwin’s Arch, turned out to be, not a large Galapagos shark, like I had thought, but instead a very tiny whale shark. When I swam up to it, I realized that even though this is still a very large fish, especially when compared to the other fish tailing it, it was no bigger than myself and that it couldn’t have been born more than a few days or weeks ago. This is so uncommon and unreal, I feel really lucky to have shared a few fin strokes with this newborn marvel as it explored its watery home. With @sealegacy @paulnicklen @shawnheinrichs @mishajannard @luksth #babysharkdududu #shark #whaleshark #baby #babyanimals #lookatthatface

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