Paul Nicklen@paulnicklen

Co-founder of @Sea_Legacy and contributing photographer to National Geographic.

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Paul Nicklen

Of all of the species I have spent time in the sea with, pinnipeds have provided the most laughs. On this dive in the #GreatBearSea, dozens of very curious sea lions turned us all into giant chew toys. We had so much fun that it became a challenge to photograph them, because my mask kept filling with water from laughing so hard.


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On this #WorldOzoneDay, remember that at one point, scientists predicted that the ozone layer would collapse by 2050 with catastrophic consequence. But we, as a collective, stepped up to the plate and took on the responsibility of saving the depleting ozone by reducing our use of ozone-destroying substances. Today, the ozone hole is the smallest it has been in 30 years. But a full recovery will take decades. Let's continue to work hard and make changes so that the generations after us can live a healthy life in such beautiful places.


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Every small voice. Every petition signature. Every tweet. Every photo or video posted with a heartfelt call for the betterment of humanity - they all add up. Thank you for standing with me in our efforts to #StopIcelandWhaling. I am filled with so much #Gratitude.

Your voices were heard at the important and timely meeting of delegates from Iceland, Norway, Japan, and 76 other countries all around the world in the 67th International Whaling Commission meetings. Not only did we present the 205, 000 + signatures pledging to not travel to Iceland until the country permanently ends its government-sanctioned hunt of endangered fin whales, but we also supported efforts to reject Japan’s proposal to return to commercial whaling. And the results were clear with a 41 to 27 NO vote.

Progress was made, but stay tuned; there’s much work to be done for whales. We need to keep the pressure on Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir to follow through on her promised investigation of the Icelandic whaling industry this fall.

#TurningTheTide with @cristinamittermeier @sea_legacy @bluespherefoundation @oceanicpreservationsociety and legaSeas


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I love watching the dedication, passion and commitment of emperor penguins. It is incredible to observe how nurturing and fascinated they are by their chicks. They seem to marvel at everything that they do.


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The scariest part about my new book, Born to Ice, from @TeneuesPublishing, is that it could very easily become a record of things that we stand to lose. Narwhals are as vulnerable as polar bears, and as we lose sea ice – which is like soil in a garden – we are losing these animals’ habitats. The same thing goes for Antarctica.
It’s really a message of art, science and conservation. This book leads with the art. It has to be powerful, beautiful, emotional, and from there, if people are open to it, they will ask themselves some questions about science, learn a little bit and then understand that we are all connected – and that's the conservation part of this book.

Born to Ice, with foreword by @leonardodicaprio, is now available worldwide through TeNeues and Amazon. Link in bio.


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A harbour seal seeks refuge in a forest of nereocystis kelp along the coast of British Columbia. We are working up and down this great coastal province gathering images necessary to help Justin Trudeau fulfill his promise of creating marine protected areas in a country that has the least protection among the G20 countries. We must help this country live up to its reputation of putting species and their habitats first. #nature #naturelovers #seal #instagood #love #beauty #smile #202020 #greatbear


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Once we made the group decision to rescue the drowning bald eagle,we quietly but quickly moved towards it as it struggled in the strong ocean currents. Kelly Aspinall got a towel ready and grabbed it. We got it in the boat and firmly but gently restrained it from flapping around. Luckily, it wrapped its talons around the metal boat and just hung on. We quickly got it to shore and dropped it off. From a distance, we watched it fly off soon after. #eaglerescue


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Home sweet home!! This view never gets old. #nature #gratitude


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The rains have finally returned to the coast of British Columbia after a long summer’s drought. The creeks are filling up with water and the salmon who have been patiently waiting at the river mouth have headed upstream to spawn. Where there are salmon, there are bears, wolves and in this case, an eagle who will wait for a full bear to leave some remains. I love this time of year on this coast. On assignment for @sea_legacy #nature #baldeagle #bw #blackandwhite


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This week, the @sea_legacy team is heading back up the coast of British Columbia to the Great Bear Rainforest. As visual journalists, we spend so much time tackling the heavy issues such as #deathnets, #fishfarms, #finwhaling #climatechange #overfishing, #kindermorgan and many more, that once in a while we need to celebrate past victories and use those “blueprints of success” to drive change. This coastline is so full of life like these orcas and we can’t wait to remind the world of what is at stake if we continue to put industry and economy before healthy and abundant ecosystems. #nature #naturelovers #naturebeforeindustry #oneplanet #oneearth #onechance


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THANK YOU for signing the petition, emailing and tweeting the Icelandic government, and leaving powerful comments to #StopTheHunt. We've already collected over 140,000 signatures; can we make it to 200,000?
There is an unparalleled beauty in seeing stunning and massive giants in the wild. Whether it is a humpback in Antarctica or fin whale mother and her calf in the Azores, nature continually fascinates me and our oceans are filled with incredible creatures. Thank you for taking action to protect our world's oceans. Next week, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) will be held in Brazil and it's paramount that we let the few remaining whalers of the world know, that we, as a global community, will continue to stand up to protect our dolphins and whales. #TurningTheTide


Paul Nicklen

Concealed by rye grass covered with hoar frost, an arctic fox listens for mice under the snow. As the seasons change, so too does the fox's coat, adopting a brown or grey colour to blend in with the summer tundra's rocks and plants. Much of its diet comes from following polar bears around on the sea ice and feeding on their discards.