There is no danger in swimming with orcas, except for the danger of falling in love with these intelligent, charismatic and mysterious creatures. The more time I spend with them above and below the water, the more empathy I feel for the challenges they face. Toxic accumulation of substances like PCBs that cause high mortality, captivity for entertainment, starvation due to overfishing, and even the fact that in some countries they are still hunted for food, not to mention a rapidly changing ocean chemistry! The Great Orca Fjords of Norway are a sanctuary for these animals; let's keep oil exploitation out of these beautiful fjords! #Lofoten#Solberg#NorwayOceanPride#Norway
It has been a bonanza for humpbacks this season in the great orca fjords of Norway and we have seen groups of as many as 20 animals herding fish and lunge-feeding together. Where there is an abundance of food, wildlife thrives! After experiencing a painful collapse of their herring fishery in the 1970s, Norway has become a leader in fisheries management. Today, there is a beautiful balance between fish, whales, tourism and fishermen. A true example for the rest of the world. #Norway
Under the pink glow of morning light, we head out in search of orca pods in the Great Orca Fjords of Norway and the one thing I can tell you with complete certainty is that these animals are not just beautiful and fascintating; they are also funny, intelligent and playful. I shot this rambonctious male that took a crack at racing our boat, while standing #shoulder-to-shoulder with @PaulNicklen. Head to his profile to see how the two images compare! On expedition with @SeaLegacy to build support for the permanent moratorium of oil drilling in these fjords. #Magiclight@blackfish#LofotenDeclaration#Norway
I have the best followers in the world. I cannot believe how quickly we have gotten our positive petition to protect West Papua to nearly 13, 000 signatures! Let’s continue to congratulate and encourage West Papua’s leaders to take this initiative through the ballot and into law. Imagine if this entire province, covered by the world’s second largest rainforest and housing some of the richest reefs in the globe, was protected? It wouldn’t just be a win for Indonesia, it would be a win for the world. Won’t you help us get this to 30,000 signatures? Click the link in my bio!! Photo: A boy from the Arfak Mountains plays his flute to the foggy valley below.
Cold creeps into my core as I enter the dark water. Out of the edge of visibility I see the unmistakable black-and-white silhouette of an orca coming towards us. She is approaching fast and I must confess mixed feelings of excitement and fear as I fight to hold position. The small female swims quickly in between us….and drops a jellyfish between @paulnicklen and I. A jellyfish?? I have to wipe my mask to understand what I am looking at. The orca then disappears and comes back two minutes later to take back its jellyfish. Then she vanishes again into the dark water. Was this a gift, or perhaps a gesture of accomplishment, or maybe an invitation to play? What was this incredibly smart and beautiful animal trying to show us? I feel genuinely lucky to be alive and doing what I do and I hope that stories like this can ignite your imagination and spark in you the desire to fight with me to protect places like this. Join me and @SeaLegacy by going to the link on my bio. I would love to have you be a part of the large global community of engaged ocean advocates that is helping us in #TurningtheTide.
We are here to photograph orcas as they feed on the vast schools of herring that overwinter here. For me, however, the mythical humpback whale holds a special fascination. Maybe it is the comeback story from the edge of extinction; the symbol of hope and resilience personified by a charismatic creature? I am not sure but they too are here, feeding in great, rambonctious numbers and they are beautiful. I hope to see many more humpbacks on this expedition. On the great orca fjords of Norway @SeaLegacy Expedition. #turningthetide#light
There are very few places on this planet where the adjective “pristine” can still be used. But both above and below the surface, that rings true for the Province of West Papua in Indonesia. Not for much longer, though. I photographed this young Papuan girl as she played in a forest stream while machines worked in the background to open new logging and mining roads. Even as we whisper with the hope of preserving it, bulldozers and trawlers are working to exploit the rich resources of this remote and beautiful corner of our planet. We can change how the story ends, though. This December we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make sure its protected. Visit the link in my bio to learn how. 🇮🇩 #provinsikonservasi#protectwestpapua#TurningTheTide with @shawnheinrichs@indonesianoceanpride@conservationid@bluespherefoundation@sealegacy
Smudging is a practice that many indigenous people carry out to cleanse a space. I felt lucky and honored to witness the smudging of the Tsleil Waututh watchhouse; a space they built to resist the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Today we woke up to the great news of a temporary block to the KeyStone pipeline. This certainly changes the dynamics for the Alberta tar sands and all the pipelines for Canada’s dirty oil that people from all corners of the world are opposing. Resisting matters, and it takes courage, time and resources. It is more important today than ever before, so please don’t give up! As young Kayah George took in the smoke from the smudge, I felt part of something bigger and more profound than myself. With @sealegacy#canada#britishcolumbia#firstnations#tsleilwaututh
The tropical rainforest in the mountains of Afark, West Papua, wakes up to a thick fog that travels through the canopy collecting moisture that will eventually rain elsewhere in the world. Rainforests are key to maintaining the conditions that make life on earth possible and play a key role in mitigating the effects of climate change. Please help me make sure it is protected by signing the petition in my bio. #ProvinsiKonservasi#protectwestpapua#turningthetide#indonesianoceanpride#papuabarat
Around the world, as fish stocks are depleted, large predators like orcas, suffer. In British Columbia we are seeing them starve as herring stocks and therefore salmon stocks, dwindle. But sometimes it is just nature's course. This female orca I photographed in Norway is probably an old matriarch. Who knows how many oceans she has traveled and how many members of her pod she has birthed and mentored in the mysterious ways of the orca. #Follow@SeaLegacy as we explore ways to protect these northern fjords and turn them into a whale sanctuary where old whales can live and die in peace.
Creating change takes teamwork, collaboration, and creativity. That is all happening in the campaign to #SafeguardCoastalCarnivores. I'm working with @raincoastconservation and @coastalfirstnations to permanently end commercial trophy hunting of all large carnivores on the coast of British Columbia, like this beautiful and inquisitive coastal wolf.