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Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) Instagram photos and videos
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The wandering spirit! A female Kermode Bear walks along the edges of a creek in search of salmon. Soon, this gorgeous animal will settle in for a long winters sleep and the more fat she carries into the den with her the better. Bears have something called delayed implantation. One type of delayed implantation is obligate diapause, which is a mechanism to allow mammals for timing the birth of their youngsters with favorable environmental conditions. The embryo does not immediately implant in the uterus, but it is maintained in a state of dormancy. No development takes place during this period and as a result, the normal gestation period is extended, sometimes by as much a one year. I am glad my biology degree came in handy for something. Taken on assignment for @Sea_Legacy in the #GreatBearRainforest.
Polar bears love a good lookout. Their smell is their most powerful sense, but they also love an elevated position from which to search for seals drifting by on ice. I have photographed hundreds of bears, but when the beauty of ice and the elegance a polar bear come together in one image, I stare in awe and hit the shutter while giving thanks. Taken while on a @Sea_Legacy expedition.
What lies beneath California’s thin blue line? Blue sharks are one of the most graceful and beautiful animals I have had the pleasure to engage with underwater. Even though they may be a top predator in their domain, they are no match for California’s swordfish driftnet fishery. These mile-long, 100-foot deep nets entangle and kill countless sharks annually. Is it worth having swordfish on our menus and risking the survival of Californian coastal species #TurningTheTide with @Sea_Legacy
Brock Cahill from @teamsharkwater filming a dead swordfish off the coast from Los Angeles while carrying on the legacy of his partner and best friend, Rob Stewart. It was an honor to dive with you, brother. #bandeathnets Please sign the petition in my profile as we only need 9500 more signatures to get to 100,000. Incredible!! I have never been more proud and grateful for all of you as we fight for real and lasting change. #bethechange #gratitude. What an awesome collaboration with @mercyforanimals @turtleislandrestorationnetwork @theseachangeagency and @justinhofman
The @sea_legacy team and our partners are humbled by the amount of support and number of signatures received in pursuit of shutting down the California driftnet fishery. Because of your commitment in helping us with #TurningTheTide, we should hit our goal of 100,000 signatures by the end of this weekend! Pictured here is a Mola mola, one of California’s charismatic megafauna species that is impacted by these #deathnets. Although these creatures can be perceived as a “big stupid fish,” as mentioned by a few of you in the comments, these animals are essential to both the ecosystem and ecotourism industry. Mola molas provide a great service by gorging on jellyfish and they are a huge tourist attraction as they are inquisitive, gentle and seem to enjoy contact with humans. Every animal, no matter how they are perceived, plays an important role in our ecosystem. #TurningTheTide with @sea_legacy @mercyforanimals @turtleislandrestorationnetwork @teamsharkwater @theseachangeagency #BanDeathNets #deathnets #sealegacy #california #change #oneworld #saveouroceans #ocean #bycatch #swordfish #blueshark #shark #BanDeathNets
There is no telling how long this Mola mola struggled to escape this drift net. It amazes me that such inefficient and cruel fishing practices are used so close to the shores of California. This fishery has an incredibly high by-catch rate. For every swordfish pulled on board up to seven other marine animals come with it. Is having swordfish on our menu worth killing these charismatic species? Click the link in my bio to help our petition reach 100,000 signatures. We must end this destructive practice immediately. #keepingrobstewartslegacyalive #BanDeathNets #TurningTheTide with @Sea_Legacy @MercyForAnimals @TurtleIslandRestorationNetwork @TeamSharkwater Brock Cahill is the @TheSeaChangeAgency @justinhofman @reddigitalcinema #ShotOnRED
Warning: Graphic content. Documenting the California drift net fishery was an emotional journey. This fishery has a staggering 65% bycatch rate which includes sharks, turtles, dolphins, and whales. Urge California state legislators to enact SB 1017 to transition California away from the use of harmful large-scale driftnets into environmentally conscious practices. Rob Stewart dedicated his life to championing safe and healthy oceans and we’re proud to carry on his legacy. Click the link in my bio to stand up with @sea_legacy to end this practice and continue helping us in #TurningTheTide. Video and project collaboration with @teamsharkwater @turtleislandrestorationnetwork @mercyforanimals @theseachangeagency @sea_legacy #TurningTheTide #bandeathnets #conservation #California
In the nutrient-rich waters of Antarctica, a humpback whale decided to give me a close inspection. Usually, whales like this do a quick flyby, but this one kept coming back for more. After it carefully studied me with its large eye, it then began to lift me up on its pectoral fin gently. #Follow our efforts at @Sea_Legacy and @NatGeoPristineseas to create a Marine Protected Area in this area to give this whole ecosystem the protection it deserves. #grateful With @CristinaMittermeier #ShaneMoore @Keith Ladzinski @craigwelch @pattersonimages @pattersonimages @Andy_Mann @ianvaso
While swimming with young fur seals, this dominant, breeding elephant seal came shooting over to me, attacking me like a rival male. These large bulls reach up to 18 feet in length and weigh up to 8000 pounds. That is more than a full-sized pickup truck. They attack each other all of the time producing deep gouges and wounds. For myself, the attack easily could have been fatal. Fortunately, I was able to use my underwater housing to push off of the seal’s mouth until I could crawl out of the water. Photograph by Göran Ehlme. Luckily, Goran was there to help me out of the water. We are incredibly fortunate when we get to learn from our mistakes.
I am often asked whether I get involved when I see a wild animal suffering or dying. As much as possible, I try and be a “fly on the wall” and not get involved in the natural process of life and death in the wild. But, to be fully transparent, of course I rescue wild animals from time to time. I have put eagles back in a tree after a big blow, pulled drowning baby elephant seals out of the surf zone and in this case, pulled this dying baby King Penguin chick out of this hole in the ice. At this stage of life, “Oakum Boys” cannot allow their downy feathers to get wet as it will prove fatal. It shook off the water and waddled back to the colony. As we move forward with @sea_legacy we will not be looking to rescue one animal at a time but to protect entire ecosystems through Marine Protected Areas. #MPA #nature #gratitude #wildlife #follow
Fantastic to be back in #NYC. I'm excited to be exhibiting at #AIPAD2018 located at Pier 94 from April 5-8. Stop by booth 706. Follow @paulnicklengallery and @AIPAD photo to stay updated! Beluga whales in the cold dark sea off of Baffin Island. I will be signing books today from 4-6pm and 2-4pm on Saturday. Come and say hello!