@NatGeo Photographer and speaker. Images have power to celebrate, educate, honor and humiliate.
700 sharks at night look for a meal. Large schools of hungry grey reef sharks aggressively scour the reef and compete for a fish meal in the South Pass of Fakarava Atoll in French Polynesia. By day grey reef sharks passively ride the heavy tidal currents that feed the lagoon, at night they disperse to hunt the reef looking for a meal. Dozens of sharks competing for the same fish. It is a predator rich environment sustained by a healthy coral and lagoon productivity. Fakarava is part of a UNESCO Biosphere located in the Tuamotu Island Group of French Polynesia, it is remote and wild. / on assignment with @natgeo natgeo Coral Kingdoms / @thephotosociety@the_explorers_club / #Ocean#Shark#Sharkfest#Fakarava#sharkiestplaceonearth#wild#OceanWild for #moreocean follow on assignment with @jenniferhayesig and @daviddoubilet
A harp seal pup called white coat waits for its mother to return to the sea ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The pups are born in late February and nursed for 12-15 days before their mother abandons them to mate and migrate out of the Gulf. The abandoned pups rely on their fat reserves to survive until they learn to swim and catch prey. Life on the ice is harsh and natural mortality is high. Recent years of higher than normal temperatures have resulted in thin and reduced area ice coverage. March storms break apart the weak ice before the pups are able to survive in the sea causing severe mortality for that year class. 2018 saw a slight increase in sea ice and better survival after multiple years of 90%+ mortality. We continue document life in the ice in this changing sea. // photographed on assignment for @natgeo The Generous Gulf // @thephotosociety@the_explorers_club // #ocean#harpseal#baby#beauty#instagood#climatechange#polar for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet
Art meets conservation. In honor of Earth Day @natgeocreative has selected photographic gallery of wildlife and wild places for a special flash print sale.
The set of images captured by @natgeo photographers captures the essence of Earth above and below the surface. Signed prints are available for $100 for a limited time only, April 20 - April 28th. Visit the link in my profile to see all of the prints available for the Earth Day 2018 special sale. Your purchase will support storytelling, science and education. #Earthday2018#Ocean#Photography#Flashsale#NationalGeographic#Art#Storytelling#photooftheday#Earth
As I board a plane heading to the Southern Line Islands of Kiribati late tonight I am pleased to share that my personal favorite photo of the Circle of Barracuda is a part of the Earth Day @natgeocreative Flash Sale of collectible prints from a number of my colleagues that spend their lives documenting wildlife and wild places. A percentage of the proceeds from the Flash Sale will support conservation, science and storytelling. The sale starts today at 9 am April 20th-28th. Visit the link in my profile to see all of the signed prints from my colleagues available for $100.
A small trevally uses a jellyfish as protective cover in an unforgiving night sea in the depths of the Verde Island Passage Philippines. At night we take a boat out to the deep channels and suspend small lights on a weighted down line into the sea and then we descend with our cameras to see what creatures rise from the depths to greet us. Many small and vulnerable creatures work hard to find cover to survive the night in a predator filled sea. // photographed on assignment for @natgeo Philippines Coral Triangle. // #ocean#philippines#nightsea#jellyfish#survive#beauty#life#earthday2018 for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet
A dugong rolls to remove the remoras that cling to him as it feeds in a shallow bay in Busuanga Philippines. Dugongs, also called sea cows are large marine herbivores that rely on sea grass communities to survive. These gentle giant were hunted to near extinction and they have become a rare encounter in the sea. It was humbling to document the small but well protected population in Busuanga with the help of the Dugong Dive Center. Fun fact: dugongs are more closely related to elephants than to other marine mammals. // on assignment with @natgeo Philippines // #ocean#dugong#seacow#endangered#philippines#beauty#gratitude#instagood#dream#rare#ilovethis for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet and @jenniferhayesig
A harp seal pup, called a white coat, waits on a small piece of sea ice in the Gulf of St Lawrence waiting patiently for its mother to return. Harp seals are born on the sea ice in late February and nursed for 12-15 days before the mothers abandons her pup to mate and migrate northward out of the Gulf. The pups rely on fat reserves as they wait for a mother that will not return. Hunger, storms or poor ice will force them into the sea to learn how to swim and how to feed. Natural mortality is high in these harsh conditions but has become extreme, approaching 90%+ in recent years of poor ice or literally no ice formation in the Gulf. In 2017 little ice formed in the Gulf forcing pregnant females to search and search in the open waters. Many held their young and swam out of the Gulf out to the Atlantic Front looking for ice. The population of Harp seals in the Gulf of St. Lawrence may disappear with vanishing ice. // From @natgeo Story: Generous Gulf with @natgeocreative@thephotosociety // #ocean#baby#climatechange#polar#harpseal#gulfofstlawrence#canada // #PORTLAND OR join us for the story of the harp seal in Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice with at National Geographic Live at the Portland'5 Newmark Theatre NOV 20 at 7:30 pm. // for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet