While in the Arctic with the @Sea_Legacy expedition crew a few months ago, @CristinaMittermeier and I documented a starving polar bear roaming through an abandoned Inuit camp along the shores of Baffin Island. A noted bear biologist could not pinpoint exactly what had caused this bear to starve to death. We do know that he didn’t have any visible wounds and that he was not old. At one time, this bear would have been a big healthy male, like the beautiful bear pictured here. Many of you asked if we could have saved the starving bear or euthanized him to ease his pain. Thank you for all your engagement and for caring about these bears as much as I do. The truth—which is hard to hear—is that he was on his last legs. His muscles had atrophied beyond repair. Plus, it would have been highly illegal to feed him or approach him. Obviously, we could not euthanize him, for legal, cultural and personal reasons. Instead of becoming angry or hopeless, we must work harder for solutions. There is hope for the remaining population of 25,000 polar bears. It’s up to all of us to change our habits if we want to see results. Click the link in my bio to learn more about these solutions and how they will work towards drawdown, where the warming of the planet finally stops, and reverses.
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At @sea_legacy, we are announcing new poster designs in collaboration with our talented members of The Collective: @andy_mann, @daisygilardini and @jodymacdonaldphoto. Swipe left to see a few fine art poster options by myself, and a beautiful photo by my friend Andy Mann. There is now only 48 hours left for guaranteed international shipping in time for Christmas. Be sure to order by midnight December 5th PST. Click the link in my bio for all the options, prices and sizes. #turningthetide
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Hello friends, we have been tackling a lot of heavy issues as of late across all of our social media channels. So, for a brief moment, let’s have a palette cleanser and focus on some beautiful pure white huskies photographed in Qaanaaq, Greenland. With that said, we are incredibly appreciative of the support that has been pouring in for @sea_legacy since #GivingTuesday. We have an ocean to save and you are helping make that happen. With so much #gratitude
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This photograph is part of a series I'm releasing for a special event at the @PaulNicklenGallery on December 9th and 10th. It'll be available in an open edition in a beautifully framed, gift-ready presentation, at a Christmas-friendly price point. Contact @PaulNicklenGallery for more details. Leopard seals have, at times, been demonized because of their fierce-looking, toothy mouths and stealth hunting ability. The second largest species of seal in the Antarctic, these massive, intelligent pinnipeds are known for their distinctive calls, which vary based on the individual, as well as their unmatched curiosity. I was fortunate to spend one of the most memorable experiences of my life, when I spent three days interacting and playing with a female seal, a story which became iconic through my @TED talk at Long Beach, California.
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This week I posted a video of a starving bear. It was difficult to film, and even harder to watch, as evidenced by the reactions it elicited. The truth is hard, but photojournalism is more than pretty pictures. It can be a difficult job. Journalism exposes—raw and without bias—the world’s issues in the interest of transparency, honesty and, I believe, change for the better. At @Sea_Legacy, we want to break down the walls of apathy and move people to change. We went to the Canadian Arctic to document the effects of climate change. We found the good, the bad and the ugly, but mostly just beautiful animals and landscapes we want to protect. We will continue to share it all with you in the interest of creating positive and lasting change. Thank you for helping us in #TurningTheTide. @Sea_Legacy with @CristinaMittermeier.
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The dance we do when we speak about climate change is exhausting. Some people will simply never believe, despite irrefutable scientific evidence, bizarre weather events, and unprecedented natural disasters. So, as we head into holidays—where many of us will find ourselves debating with loved ones about important topics like climate change—do yourself a favour and search “global temperatures over the past 100 years.” Find one of the innumerable graphs and studies that show the consistent rise in temperature, download it to your phone, and share it with deniers. Most importantly, do not fight with these people. Kill them with kindness, intelligence, patience and empathy. The climate change crisis is urgent and important, but we must treat each other with respect.
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Much of my life has been spent exactly like this; frigid, quiet, patient, waiting for the right light to capture the beauty of a polar bear. These majestic apex predators hold a place close to my heart and—now more than ever—I am dedicated to protecting them. Next week, SeaLegacy will unveil footage of a polar bear that will shake some foundations. I hope you all will see it and help us spread the word about the dangers bears face in the Arctic. Please follow @Sea_Legacy, join The Tide (link in bio), and follow The Collective (listed below). We are #turningthetide for the oceans. Will you join us? Click the link in my bio for more information. The Collective: @CristinaMittermeier, @andy_mann @ladzinski @jodymacdonaldphoto @daisygilardini @simonagerphotography @justinhofman @shawnheinrichs #polarbear #conservation #oceanconservation