Paul Nicklen@paulnicklen

Co-founder of @SeaLegacy.

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Paul Nicklen

Apex predators are the kings and queens of their respective food chains. Nothing compares to the majesty of orcas. In Northern Norway, orcas thrive by the hundreds alongside a sustainable fishery. It is both a privilege and an honour to get to explore the world as expedition lead for @SeaLegacy, and to bring these stories back to you. Watch the full-length video and more through the link in my bio. #OilFreeLofoten #TurningTheTide. Thank you @nathangarofalos @wolfmanrye @andymaser @cristinamittermeier @goranehlme @hannestrager @frederik.wolff @chelsie_x_b @sealegacy @kyle.roepke @larsoivindknutsen and so many more.


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Young huskies in Qaanaaq, Greenland. Full of curiosity, power, energy and grit. #husky #dog #workingdogs


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Happy #NationalPuppyDay! I should probably celebrate our own little rescue dogs from Mexico but this post is dedicated to the incredible and hard working huskies of the North. #dog #husky #dedication #selfless


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Young wolf pups, new to the world, peek out of their den and glance around their surroundings with uncertainty. And yet, there is a calmness and quiet confidence in them as well because not only do they have parents to ensure their survival but rather a whole pack working as a single family unit. There are uncles and aunties, subordinates, alphas, omegas and betas. Their breeding parents are the alpha male and female leaders. There is structure, excellent communication, respect, and accountability to one another. I wonder if there is anything that humans as a species could learn from this wise species? What do you think? #life #family #love #protect #respect #nature


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The thing I love the most about wildlife is that their senses are hundreds of times more sensitive than our own. Their incredible sense of smell, hearing and eyesight make them true masters of their domain. A world where we as humans pale in comparison. When in nature, I often feel like I am being watched. I will sit down quietly and slowly glance around and more often than not, I get a glimpse of a wild animal studying my presence like this wolf in the Yukon. #gratitude #nature #giftsfromtheforest #ghosts #love #beauty


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I have a really fun photography lesson and a big announcement coming up in my next newsletter. Part of it involves the aurora borealis and how I missed a great shot of a grizzly bear because of the aurora. And I will help you avoid the same mistake. Please sign up in the link in my bio and I think you will love this one. #gratitude #nature #aurora


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This is my last shark post for now as we get back on a boat tonight and keep filming for @sealegacy in the Bahamas. The dream team has reassembled and can’t wait to share what we come back with. Of all the sharks at Tiger Beach last week, Queen, the massive Great Hammerhead was my favourite. She approached with such a quiet and gentle confidence. She was a delight to film and I hope we did her justice. With @cristinamittermeier @andy_mann @samkretch @ryantidman @moorecharitable #queen #explore #sharksforever


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Photograph by @cristinamittermeier // Every time I submerged into the clear waters of the Bahamas’s Tiger Beach, I was greeted by many majestic sharks. However, it was always these Big beautiful female tiger sharks that took my breath away. They would swim so gracefully and calmly past us. Never once did I feel anything but contentment when they swam past. As I said, quite often I would put my camera down and just watch. Shot on expedition for @sealegacy.


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She is a big and beautiful tiger shark. Last week we peacefully experienced six species of Bahamian sharks however I stared in awe and appreciation every time this 14-foot tiger came around. Thanks @cristinamittermeier for lending me your #Sony camera for this one. Thanks for the amazing trip @jonmccormackphoto and @bradleyphotographic. For @sealegacy with @ryantidman and @sharkmanconnor and @sharkl0ve @sonyalpha


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Photograph by @bradleyphotographic. She is a massive Great Hammerhead shark and our @sealegacy team was with her just 24 hours ago. Every time I saw her break the visibility barrier and approach me, I was in complete awe of her. She is tall, long, wide, thick, gorgeous, powerful and she moves with such confidence and grace that I had a hard time concentrating on filming as I could not take my eyes off of her. The locals call her Queen and I can’t think of a better name. This shark and her habitat need enforced protection. #bahamas #gratitude #love #beauty #nature Thank you @jonmccormackphoto


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I love being surrounded by big sharks. It is a sign of a healthy ecosystem. As many shark populations around the world have all but collapsed due to overfishing, this was a refreshing sight. My friend, Jason Bradley (@bradleyphotographic) grabbed this shot of me photographing and filming Bahamian sharks this week. I can’t wait to share the images, footage and stories with you, however, we are getting on another boat tomorrow morning to keep shooting in the Bahamas. In this picture you see me filming a tiger shark while lemon sharks, a great hammerhead and a Caribbean reef shark pass by. Shot #onassignment for @sealegacy with @cristinamittermeier and @ryantidman #Queenthehammerhead


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Photo by @FransLanting The Asiatic cheetah is facing a death sentence. Fewer than 50 survive—and only in Iran. But some of the best people dedicated to saving these unique cats from extinction are now in jail for their work and may even face the death penalty. They’ve been accused of using camera traps for espionage. But camera traps are only good for one thing—to capture images of animals at close range just like you see here. This rare image of a cheetah in Iran was captured by one of my camera traps while on assignment for @NatGeo. I worked there with permission and support of Iran’s Department of Environment, and with several of the excellent Iranian scientists who have been arrested. They belong to the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, but they worked closely with the government, and yet they are now on trial—for charges that are politically motivated. This is horrible for the individuals involved, but it is also a tragedy for the animal which faces extinction. And that is a great loss for everyone in Iran because the Asiatic cheetah is a powerful symbol for Iran’s unique natural heritage.
If you care about cheetahs in Asia and the plight of the people whose mission is to protect them, please go to the link in my Instagram profile to read the story NatGeo just published and spread the word about it. You can also sign a petition to express your concern at Care2. Search for “conservationists face death penalty in Iran." @hassanrouhani @jzarif @hediyehtehrany @Reza_Kianian_Official @mitra.hajjar @raisi_org @FedericaMog @leonardodicaprio @hope4nature #ConservationIsNotaCrime #FreeIranianConservationists #anyhopefornature #hope4nature ⁩⁩#wildlife #conservation #cheetahs #bigcats اميد_براى_طبيعت#


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