Happy birthday to the one and only @paulnicklen ! Join me in wishing him a great one! I’m grateful for all the time we’ve spend together over the years and all your inspiration that has led me from the mountains to the sea in hopes of using my camera for the good of the planet. Missing those cold ones shared at the end of a long and successful expedition about now. Here’s to ya buddy! Another trip around the 🌞! @sealegacy
▶️🔊: Last night, on our final of four dives, we successfully tagged a bluntnose sixgill shark at depth (~520 meters ). I have no words to describe want it feels like to have an encounter like this. It is like traveling back 200 million years, into a place as wild and unknown as the outer limits of space. The effects are profound and humbling. This shark is estimated to be around 18 feet long, larger than the average Great White, and along with giant squid and sperm whales, is THE dominate predator of almost all of the world’s oceans between 200 - 1000 meters deep. This is the first time anyone has tagged a shark from a submersible, EVER. FSU’s Dr. Dean Grubbs, the lead scientist on this mission, is the first to ever tag a bluntnose sixgill with a satellite tag, but up until last night had only been able to do so by bringing them up to the surface. Because bluntnose sixgills are a deepsea species, it's hard on them physiologically to be tagged in this way. Now that we've proven this method can work for deep sea species like the sixgill, we can unlock the world of leviathan deep-sea dwellers and gain important insights into their movement and behavior. The successful shot was fired by geneticist Gavin Naylor (seen here ), Director of the Florida Program for Shark Research. On the policy side, so little is known about this species that it's nearly impossible to make science-based decisions on management. If this shark keeps getting caught as bycatch, for example, we don't know where and why they overlap with longline fisheries or what the population impacts will be—or even if they can survive capture and release. Now that we can track and observe the bluntnose in its natural environment, we can start answering some of those questions with data from the satellite tag. // Thanks to @oceanx and the best media team @janssenpowers @julienajarry @mdalio @swervy_swerverson for the honor of collaborating and visiting this special place. The work continues... 📷: @janssenpowers
Live update from the @oceanx deep sea shark expedition // Dive 1: We settle the small, 3-man submersible on the silty ocean floor at -1800 feet & wait by the red light of a single headlamp focused on the baitpole attached to the sub. I’m filming with the super lowlight Canon ME20-F at 1,000,000 ISO. The anticipation is indescribable. 3 hours in, a monster sixgill shark startles us in the dark. Go time. We activate the green laser pointers, allowing us to line-up an accurate shot from the tagging gun, hoping she crosses its path during her visit 🤞🏼 and turn on the lights to illuminate the scene. We watch in awe as this elusive shark makes our sub feel like a toy and has her way with the bait. She never gave us a clean shot (the satellite tag / tracking device would only penetrate her thick skin a few centimeters ) but we did end up with some good footage of the event. Kudos to @oceanx and the scientists for going beyond what we thought was possible in the effort to understand and protect these amazing sharks. Resting up now for tonight’s deep dive. FYI - Dark Side of the Moon plays exceptionally well down here. 👍🏼 Stay tuned.
Live from @oceanx here in Bahamas. Follow along as we take a small submersible to the bottom of the ocean (-2000 feet ) and attempt to film & tag a giant of the deep, the elusive bluntnose sixgill shark. Live updates on My Story and @oceanx as the expedition continues. 🤞🏼🦈 @sealegacy
Prepare for takeoff. ✈️ Arriving in #Bahamas today with @oceanx for an exciting week of sharks. We’ll be spending our days in a three-man submersible at the ocean floor (-1500 feet ) looking for the elusive blunt-nose sixgill shark with some of the best biologists and engineers on the planet. Follow the link in my bio to learn more about our sub-surface vehicles and state of the art mothership that is #Alucia2 See ya down there! @sealegacy @ceibahamas #oceanicwhitetip
Happy #worldturtleday to all my shelled friends out there. Whether on land crunching up forest veggies or kicking around the high-seas, I’ve always appreciated your pace and wisdom. Someone once told me “you gotta stick your neck out in order to get places in this world”. Touché Turtles. @sealegacy
Well...that was a night. @dirtmonkeymusic bringing @redrocksco into a frenzy at sunset this evening. He and I used to do a lot of rock climbing and late-night jamming together and then we took different paths over 10 years ago. He to music and me to photography. Tonight we said...”Hey you know what?”... Thanks for the fun brother 🙏🏼
The mosquitoes are mellow in Greenland. ☠️🤦🏻♂️. @mikelibecki and I bushwhacking through the marshes on the daily approach to the unclimbed granite peaks in the far background. You learn to love them or you choose to be tortured.
After being completely stuck in pack-ice for a week, we were finally rewarded with a path back out to sea, the first sunset of the trip and a piercing reminder of what makes the arctic so damn magical. Lock eyes with a polar bear in the wild, just once, and your wild inner-animal will awaken. Shot during a remote climbing expedition with @ladzinski @mikelibecki @ethan_pringle @sealegacy
An extra special kinda Mother’s Day this year. Grateful beyond words. Love you @orienstar 🙏🏼
Happy Earth Day! Let the collective positive impact we have as a single voice for change ring loud! It's a long uphill battle to righting our wrongs but I believe every step up that hill is a step in the right direction. There is no plan(et ) B. @sealegacy #earthday #antarctica #weddellseal
When we were commissioned by @apple to film an entire campaign shot on only iPhones to help celebrate Earth Day, we immediately gathered secretly in the underground @camp4collective lab and started planning. The shots needed to celebrate and show the beauty of our amazing planet and also show the more “metal” and unpredictable sides of Mother Earth... all shot on the iPhone. Challenge accepted. Nine countries and zero broken phones later, I’m over the moon to share this collaboration and utterly humbled to work alongside the absolute best in the business. Happy Earth Day. Don’t mess with mother! #shotoniphonexs
A polar bear cruises on the sea ice below the edge of Svalbard’s great hanging glaciers. Walking bears expend 13 times more energy than resting bears. This partly explains their preference for still-hunting, which usually involves a long, patient wait for a seal to surface at a breathing hole in the ice. But the sea-ice can be vast and ever-changing and meals can run scarce, forcing bears to cover great distances. Because of this a polar bear’s home range can be enormous, far greater than any other species of bear. @sealegacy
Spending time in the mangroves swimming alongside a wild #crocodile is both a powerful and humbling experience. I’m eternally grateful for refuges like Gardens of the Queen, #Cuba where the American crocodile can live without fear of hunting or habitat loss which has left the species endangered within many parts of its range. Shot on assignment with @sealegacy alongside dive-buddies @cristinamittermeier @paulnicklen during a month-long trip through the region. Filmed on @reddigitalcinema #8K
Just wrapped up another stellar and eye-opening trip to southern Bahamas with the @sealegacy & @moorecharitable team blending art, science & conservation to help the Bahamian government enforce and protect their most remote and vulnerable islands while also discovering and documenting new areas for future protection. It’s such an honor to work alongside such talent and inspiration towards a common goal. 🦈🙏🏼 #TigerShark @cristinamittermeier @paulnicklen @trevor_bacon1 @samkretch @ryantidman @nickdhiggs @ceibahamas @saltykiwi1
These little moments are what keep me going back to the ocean, time and time again. It’s the days aimlessly following an animal and laughing in my mask at the ridiculousness of it all, bouncing around a world that most people will sadly never see. I just film until I’m out of air, simple as that. Filmed on @reddigitalcinema #8K on assignment for @sealegacy in #Cuba @paulnicklen @cristinamittermeier @samkretch @iankellett_story
Roughly translated as ‘Bird Mountain’, Alkefjellet is one of the most spectacular bird cliffs in Svalbard. Home to approximately 60,000 Brunnich’s guillemots that nest right on the towering cliff face, Alkefjellet is a magnificent sight. The cliff face itself is made up of basaltic pillars which rise vertically from the waters of the Hinlopen Strait, between Spitsbergen and Nordauslandet, in places over 100 metres high. These sheer rock faces are home to thousands of nesting birds, often circled by Glaucous gulls looking for a meal, and Arctic foxes hunting nearby. Shot on expedition with @naturalworldsafaris last Summer. It was an honor to lead this trip deep into Svalbard’s magical fjords.
I’ve missed you too my finned friend...Making my way down to Bahamas to join up with the talented @paulnicklen @cristinamittermeier and the rest of the @sealegacy team for a two week expedition through some of the more remote Bahamas islands. Much work to do. @trevor_bacon1 @moorecharitable @samkretch @ceibahamas @nickdhiggs
Did you know an estimated 8 million tons of plastic enter our oceans every year? That’s a staggering number and it can be an overwhelming thought if you love the oceans as much as me. So in addition to reducing single use plastics, it's super cool when I find conscious-minded products and can support companies who share the same “blue values" as me. Each pair of @sperry BIONIC shoes is woven from plastic bottles recycled from marine and coastal environments. My job as a conservation photographer to is to inspire, educate and bring the beauty of the oceans to people around the world who aren’t able to experience it first-hand. I might as well wear shoes spun from marine-recycled plastic along the way. #SperryForGood #sponsored // Link in Bio.