paulnicklen How many narwhals can fit into a seal hole? It is astounding to watch how they carefully wield their 8-foot ivory tusks so as not to harm one another. During the spring melt, they push deep into the inlets and coves, navigating very challenging ice conditions in pursuit of polar cod who live under the sea ice.
paulnicklen After a long day of filming spirit bears in the #GreatBearRainforest of BC and as the sun had almost slipped behind the horizon we were greeted with this spectacular show of a humpback whale smashing its tail on the surface. I have never seen the sun cast such a strong shadow through the water as it did here. I will never tire of studying light, shadows, mood, mystery and serendipity and countless other factors that make up the art of photography. #nature #naturelovers #gratitude #whale #thejourneyneverends @gitgaatspirit @mitty
paulnicklen Polar bears spar on the sea ice near Churchill, Manitoba. As fall turns to winter along the shores of Canada’s Hudson Bay, the energy of these great arctic nomads increases. They know that they will soon be out on the winter sea ice gorging on seals. Subordinate males like these two stand up and engage in mock battle or playfighting. It will be a few years before they truly do battle for the right to breed during the spring months. There are currently places in the arctic where there is sea ice for up to six fewer months each season. Bears need ice in order to hunt and survive.
paulnicklen LAST CHANCE TO WIN! It's one thing to be sponsored by Sony, Manfrotto, Gitzo, and Lowepro, but it's another thing altogether when they enable me to give back to you. We are under a week away from announcing the ultimate photography package. This excellent package includes the brand new Sony Alpha A7R IV, Sony 24-70 f/2.8, Sony 100-400 f/4.5-5.6, Manfrotto tripod, Gitzo ball head, and a Lowepro backpack to put all of your gear in. All you need to do is click the link in my bio and subscribe to my Field Notes newsletter to enter into the raffle. If you’re already a subscriber, you don't have to do a thing; you're automatically entered in the draw. The winner will be selected on November 23. I hope it's you!
paulnicklen We are currently filming in Palau after a very successful expedition in Timor-Leste last week. Spending so much time in the South Pacific and Micronesia over the past few months, it sure makes me miss a lot of our friends in Makaha, Hawaii. We could very easily spend the rest of our lives exploring these thousands of islands in the Pacific and not even begin to scratch the surface. Here, Cristina (@mitty) does her own version of the Shaka with a whole bunch of cool dudes from #Makaha. Miss you guys!! #Oahu
#gratitude # explore
paulnicklen Our entire @sealegacy team has been practically living underwater over the past two weeks in Timor Leste telling one of the most important stories of our lives. Between dives, we need to have surface intervals to allow our body tissues to off-gas nitrogen. What better way to spend an hour out of the water than swinging in a hammock with this adorable Timorese puppy. This has been one of the coolest and most productive conservation shoots I have ever been involved with and the @sealegacy community is going to be blown away by the results. #cantwait With @andymann @mitty @fizzyfarfaraway @timorfixer @samkretch @Kyle.roepke @ryantidman
paulnicklen We filmed this incredibly large female blue whale in the Azores over a year ago. I never thought that we would have an encounter that would exceed this. I was proven wrong this week working in a completely different part of the world. We jumped in the water 15 times in a row with blue whales and every time the smaller of the two whales came right up to us. It would roll on its side and circle around us before continuing on. I have never seen this out of such a large cetacean. We can’t wait to release these moments to the world. For @sealegacy with @cristinamittermeier @andy_mann @ryantidman @kyle.roepke @samkretch #fizzy
paulnicklen Sometimes the whole orca pod comes over to check you out. This was one of my first encounters ever with orcas and it remains one of my best. I am releasing a series of 8 of my favorite images of all time as fine art posters. Please stay tuned as they are being released on November 23 rd. This is one of them. Stay tuned to see the other 7. I am super excited to finally make my work affordable and available to the world. #nature #gratitude #orca
paulnicklen What do you see when you look into the eyes of a wild animal? I see wisdom, charisma, vulnerability, innocence and fragility. I see critical species with an inability to speak for themselves. We are lucky to be at a moment in time where we have the tools, technology and internet platforms to communicate to a global audience. #seawolf #nature #naturelovers
paulnicklen I knew that no matter what picture I managed to make of this beautiful mother humpback whale and her calf, it would never do them, their bond, their incomprehensible size, their mystical appearance or their blue world any semblance of justice. They, together, floating motionless in the water column, just above the sea floor, the baby tucked safely under her chin in perfect harmony and connectedness. I free dove down to 40 feet and slowly drifted back towards the surface, looking back at the mom's eye, assessing her level of comfort while taking in the scene before me in its entirety. I had a hard time bringing the camera to my own eye as the moment was not meant to be experienced through a camera viewfinder. And yet, all of the work we do at @sealegacy is supported by you and I could not be more excited to share the pictures, video and stories that we have been so fortunate to capture over the past three weeks in the Kingdom of Tonga. You have allowed us to protect ecosystems and the species that call them home. You form #TheTide at @sealegacy and I dedicate this moment to you. Now, the heavy lifting by our campaign team back in the office begins. Mom and her rapidly growing calf soon will begin their 7000 kilometre journey back to Antarctica where she will replenish her weight and strength. May the waters around Antarctica be protected in the near future. #MPA @sonyalpha
Photograph taken under Special Interaction Permit (Regulation 13) from The Ministry of Tourism, Tonga. Thank you for allowing me into your country and your waters to witness the true wealth of your country. With @Scott.portelli @whale_discoveries @Kyle.roepke and @diorsheen
paulnicklen Here are some of my favorite polar bear images from my book “Born to Ice”. I am so excited that the publisher has just done its second and third print runs consecutively. They vow to never run out of this book again.
paulnicklen I have either lived or worked in the Arctic for most of my life. There is no place that I love more. The Arctic is also warming twice as fast as anywhere else on Earth. On this day, four years ago, I photographed two young bears who were lying dead next to one another. Top polar bear scientists are saying that we will likely lose 30 percent of the polar bear population by 2050 due to starvation and we could lose polar bears all together within a hundred years. I want the world to realize that these are not just data points falling off a sheet of paper. These are individuals that are and will starve to death due to the lack of sea ice. What is it going to take for us to wake up? It was on this day that @sealegacy was born. I am proud of the work that @sealegacy is doing. We have come a long way but we are only just getting started. If we are going to create real and lasting change for our planet, then we need to quickly scale our organization and take on bigger campaigns. Please go to the link in my bio and please consider a donation of any size. Please join us in #turningthetide #becomepartofthesolution #gratitude
paulnicklen A baby harp seal, just days old, patiently waits for its mom to return from the sea to provide life sustaining milk. Milk that is comprised of up to 50% fat. The math is simple, on cold years, sea ice reaches its maximum extent and there is maximum recruitment into the population and on warmer years, which has been the norm as of late, there can be zero recruitment into the population. The incredible thing is that we can control the fate of this species by regulating the carbon we release into the atmosphere. #turningthetide with @sealegacy legacy #seal #bethechange #gratitude #love #beauty #cute #instagood #picoftheday
paulnicklen Photographs and caption by @juansharks // This week is a win for sharks like this big beautiful, great white shark in #Hawaii because the bill to ban the purposeful killing of sharks and rays passed its first House committee. Thank you to the thousands of people who wrote in! You truly helped. Stay tuned as there will be more chances to get involved in the passing of this new law. #ApexPredatorsNotMonster and replace the fear with respect and with the knowledge that we need sharks for healthy marine ecosystems. They may not be respected in every human culture in the world, but that doesn’t make them any less crucial to our oceans. With @oceanramsey.
paulnicklen Before I dedicated myself to a career as a photojournalist and wildlife photographer, I was a biologist. This is a photo of me from around 25 years ago, holding a Canadian lynx as it wakes up from its sedative. When I realized that I could be more effective as a photographer than I was as a scientist, I quit my job and then went out on a three-month solo expedition in the Canadian Barren Lands. I was 26. A plane dropped me off in the middle of nowhere. I was living on the tundra with wolves and bears, carrying an inflatable canoe and 600 pounds of gear. I paddled hundreds of kilometers on rivers and into the open ocean and hiked a thousand kilometers. When I went into the expedition, I was mad at the world, mad at the government where I worked - mad, even, at myself. I'd lost 50 pounds of weight, and at the same time my body was changing on the outside, a transformation was taking place inside of me. By the end of this expedition, I was absolutely on top of the world: euphoric, full of nothing but love, hope, passion and commitment to moving forward. It’s been both a hard and beautiful journey. Please sign up to my newsletter (link in bio) to learn about my challenging journey to becoming a National Geographic Photographer. #nature #life #thejourney
paulnicklen I post pictures of fat bears, average bears, well-fed bears, and when I photograph them, I make posts of starving bears also. So, here is a fun moment of a healthy mom sharing her seal kill with her young cub.
paulnicklen Photograph by @stevemccurryofficial // I have never been much for awards and recognitions but today was different. We are a group of 8 photographers in St Louis tonight, who are being inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame. It all hit home this morning when I was standing there next to some of the greatest photographers the world has ever known. I have been in awe of people like Steve McCurry from the time I first picked up a camera. His iconic image of the “Afghan Girl”, Sharbat Gula from Peshawar, Pakistan, taken in 1984 is one of the most iconic and powerful photographs ever taken by a photographer. As the youngest inductee ever, I was overcome with gratitude today as I stood next to the legendary Tony Vaccaro. What a gentleman he is who has seen so much. Elliot Erwitt is being represented by his family members. I had the privilege of once meeting the late Mary Ellen Mark. Ralph Gibson, Bruce Davidson and Olivia Parker are here also. All I can say is that this one means more than I can describe. But, please don’t think it means that I am going to slow down as we are only going to get busier and will keep telling important stories. #gratitude
paulnicklen I am launching a new poster series and this cute little Emperor Penguin has made the cut. To get a sneak peek on the design and selection of some the images, please join my newsletter which comes out soon. The link is in the bio. #posters #images #photography #nature #naturelovers #instagood #cute #love #beauty
paulnicklen Sit down and relax in Antarctica at your own risk and especially beware of the lonely and affectionate baby elephant seals. At a few weeks old they weigh up to 300 pounds. Here, this gigantic baby may have weighed close to a thousand pounds. Regardless of their weight or age, they occasionally seek human companionship during their first few months of life. It is unlawful to approach wildlife, but it is not unlawful for them to approach you. Sitting quietly has often produced my best encounters with wildlife. @DrPatrickAvery had no choice but to smile, laugh and enjoy. #nature #naturelovers #antarctica #explore #photography
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