Today we have reason to celebrate. the canadian government just announced more than $12 million in new funding for research aimed at protecting b.c.'s endangered southern resident killer whales. their numbers have been declining, from 89 whales in 2000 to a mere 76 today. their future is uncertain as the lower coast of bc continues to industrialize. projects like the proposed expansion of the kinder morgan pipeline will increase noise and ship traffic and the overfishing of foundation fish, like herring, has had an impact on salmon populations on which marine life, including orcas depend.
#turningthetide with sea_legacy @coextinctionfilm
What does a healthy ocean look like to you?
there is a common misconception that protecting our oceans, keeping them healthy and vibrant, means destroying our economy; that it's either, or. in reality, what we are working towards is showing the world that acknowledging the vitality and of our seas isn't about sacrificing economy, but rather, it's about creating a new paradigm for what drives our economy. ⠀
my partner, @paulnicklen and i are at the globe series in vancouver. this year’s theme is "disrupting business as usual, with a sub-theme of "the state of our oceans.”
i am honored to be here and speaking on my vision on behalf of @sea_legacy and how we can protect it for both our planet’s health and a sustainable future.
An american crocodile says “hello” to me in the garden of the queens, cuba. this crocodile is one of the many predators that inhabit cuba’s mangrove forests. his nonaggressive behavior and seeing many of these predators in this area is an indication of a healthy and abundant ecosystem. today, i am talking at the loggerhead marine life centre in west palm beach, florida to help share my experiences in the field and conservation so that we can continue to protect all our tropical waters for generations to come. #turningthetide with @sea_legacy#crocodile#tropics#nature#lecturetour
This past new year’s day i was able to visit a maasai village outside of masai mara national reserve and met these two beautiful girls peering out the door of their home. maasai women are tasked with building the inkajijik, the maasai word for home, for their family. their houses are usually loaf-shaped and made from mud, sticks, grass, and cow dung and have to be rebuilt every eight months. one day, these girls will learn how to build their own homes from their mothers and take their rightful place in the community. leadership comes from knowing where and who you belong with and girls who are raised in the certainty of their culture, like these maasai girls, often go on to become great matriarchs. it is worth investing in making sure girls have the tools to become leaders.
#turningthetide with @sea_legacy
I am getting ready to speak to my friends and neighbours in nanoose bay about the magical spot we live in. the salish sea is a jewel of marine resources where life thrives in the rich waters of the pacific. we are lucky to call this place “home”. a pink anemone holds on to a rock while kelp fronds sway in the currents of the salish sea.
#turningthetide with @sea_legacy and @pacificwild
The silhouettes of baobabs stand like skeletal ghosts in the valley of the baobabs. of the nine species of baobabs, six are native to madagascar, where i made this photograph, while two are native to mainland africa and the arabian peninsula, and one is native to australia. these are truly extraordinary trees that have evolved adaptations over thousands of years to survive in some of the harshest environments on the planet.
Like so many young indigenous people around the world, @takaiya_blaney has struggled with identity, frustration and anger at the atrocities committed against her people and against the land and the water. she, however, has made her own contract with earth and she uses her voice and her talent to speak for her people, the tla’amin first nation. in fact, she is the youngest person ever to speak at the united nations forum for indigenous people, where she inspired the world with her passion and determination. we each have an opportunity to have that conversation with ourselves many times throughout the day. so, when the moment comes for each of us to ask ourselves: is this a good choice? is this good for the planet? am i thinking about others, the future generations, or am i just thinking about myself? let the answer be informed by your values, let it be born out of a lifelong conversation with your own heart that knows what’s good for the earth is also good for us.
Happy international women’s day!! i loved how sassy and confident these three little vezo fisherwomen were when i met them on the beaches of madagascar. they told me that in the morning they go to school and in the afternoon, they help their mother catch fish for their family. they were smart and entrepreneurial and not afraid to have a full conversation with me. girls, if given the opportunity can grow up to become compassionate leaders, businesswomen, innovators, and mothers. i believe that in order to change the world, every person in the room needs to be empowered to participate in business, technology, and non profit solutions and a tidal wave is coming to make sure this is true in every corner of earth. support girls (and boys) and they will become the secret sauce to improve the lives of everyone on this planet.
#turningthetide with @sea_legacy#internationalwomensday#girlpower#love#iwd2018#timesup@natgeocreative#motherhood@natgeo @thephotosociety
When i set out to be a photographer, i didn’t know that the real reward would be the endless hours i have spent sitting quietly in the company of animals. in 2015, i spent new year's on the island of steeple jason where hundreds of thousands of black-browed albatross raise their chicks every year. as i sat quietly watching these dedicated parents take turns to feed and keep their baby warm, i could completely relate as i too would do anything to keep my children happy and safe. nature is amazing and there is so much to learn from it.
with @johnmittermeier@mickmitty and @jittermeier#turningthetide with @sea_legacy and @paulnicklen
#onassignment for @natgeo
A first nations warrior from the namgis people, crouches during a dance to protect himself from the spirits of the forest native people have survived 500 years of atrocity on this continent with the help of prayers, ceremony, and community. the coastal first nations of british columbia remain steady in their promise to never give up on their cultural and spiritual relationship with the land and water. it is perhaps for this reason that despite the continuing war against their way of life, there is love, happiness and a deep spirituality in their communities.
#turningthetide with @sea_legacy.@natgeocreative@thephotosociety#tradition#culture#dance#beauty#pride#blackandwhite
On this #worldwildlifeday, i want to celebrate the beauty of a lioness’s love. she tends to her two young cubs and patiently endures their affections. like this lioness cares for her cubs, we must tenderly care for our wildlife and ecosystems. we all share this beautiful planet, and without love and care, we will lose the most spectacular parts of our earth. we may lose our importantly innate connection with nature. please follow me and @sea_legacy as we are #turningthetide to break down the walls of apathy and be the voice for our incredible wildlife. #nature#lion#beautiful
Video by @liannanixon, my new assistant and photo mentee and an intern at @sea_legacy . when we were hiking rwanda’s mountainous landscape to see gorillas, a group of kids welcomed us to their family farms and sang a song about locals being guardians of the gorillas. the locals have taken the responsibility to protect the gorillas and teach their children the importance of preserving these wonderful animals and ecosystem. it is incredible to witness a cultural narrative that emphasizes conservation and harmony with their neighboring wildlife. i hope that one day we live in a world where all people will take the initiative to protect their local wildlife and sing and dance about conservation prosperity! #turningthetide#women#mentor#kids#singing#dancing
We do our work because we believe we can make this beautiful planet of ours a better place. being recognized as one of national geographic's adventurers of the year, along with my amazing partner, @paulnicklen in the company of people i really admire like @alexhonnold and @themirnavator is a huge honor. thanks to national geographic adventure for the recognition but more than anything, immense gratitude to our @sea_legacy team for sharing the adventure and the journey into making a difference! together, we are #turningthetide
Working #onassignment with @natgeo takes more time and work than you could ever imagine. no matter where i go, my cameras have to come with me. this photograph was taken after a long day of sitting in the rain waiting for rain wolves to come out of the forest. as we started packing, the sun came out and we were graced with a beautiful british columbia sunset. wading off into the setting sun is my partner, photographer and outdoorsman @paulnicklen, hauling an inflatable kayak that we managed to fill to the brim with all of our gear after a hard day’s work. #sunset#nature#grateful
On this international polar bear day, we stand by the scientific fact that polar bears are at risk because of climate change. while the #1 threat to polar bears is the rapid decline of sea-ice due to a fast-warming arctic, they face another equally serious threat: missinformation and politicizing. the truth isn’t always easy to accept, and it’s not always pretty, but denying the reality is not only short-sighted, it is selfishly motivated and potentially deadly for one of our planet’s most iconic marine mammals and ultimately, for ourselves.
it is estimated that less than 25,000 polar bears remain in the world and they are listed as a vulnerable species by the iucn. despite this, polar bears are still hunted in canada. in fact, canada is the only country that allows the international commercial trade of polar bear and the only country that allows polar bear trophy hunting by non-indigenous foreigners. i have committed my life’s work to fighting for nature and wildlife and for the rights of indigenous people and i do believe the inuit people have every right to hunt polar bears in a sustainable manner. what i find unacceptable is how the politics of trophy hunting, indigenous rights, researchers, media, and climate deniers are creating confusion and division at a time when we should be coming together to find solutions for a global crisis. we must find and implement solutions that will not only ensure the continued existence of polar bears, but all other species, and humanity, as well.
#turningthetide |#internationalpolarbearday | #mpa | #polarbears | #climatechangeisreal | @paulnicklen | @sea_legacy
Breaking: approximately 30,000 litres of fuel spilled into the strait of georgia, located off the coast of british columbia by hmcs calgary. the hcms calgary, a vessel of the royal navy, was conducting a fuel transfer when fuel was dumped into the #salishsea between nanoose harbour and the boundary pass. currently, an environmental response team is in the process of locating the spill. this steller sea lion is one of the many animals who depend on the herring season and with peak herring season rapidly approaching, this spill is another one of the many stressors the salish sea is facing. the salish sea is not only home to paul, myself and several members of the sealegacy collective, but is also home to one of the most abundant ecosystems we have ever experienced. to prevent further degradation of this ecosystem, it is our responsibility at @sea_legacy to rally against the continued use of large vessels and @liberalca's push for the #kindermorgan pipeline.