Paul Nicklen@paulnicklen

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

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Paul Nicklen

It is one thing to have a young female orca cruise past us underwater and it is quite another to have it bring us a piece of jellyfish, drop it off, watch it float and then come racing back only to pick it up again. What was she trying to communicate? The only thing that made it better was to be able share this moment with @cristinamittermeier who took this fun photo of me and the orca. Incredible. @goranehlme and I were shooting video and we cannot wait to share that with you on @sealegacy. Thank you to those who have joined @sealegacy ’s TIDE. You support our work and are directly involved in our conservation wins. With @hannestrager @goranehlme @larsoivindknutsen @idoaerials @wolfmanrye @andymaser @frederikwolffteglhus


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Orcas spy hop in the northern fjords of Norway, assessing their surroundings as they search for big schools of herring while trying to avoid shipping traffic. As they were for thousands of years before, these waters are no longer theirs and theirs alone. They must share these coastal seas with cargo ships, tankers, dozens of whale watching boats and a large fishing fleet. Here, a tanker approaches them in the distance. Out of this frame is another tanker approaching from the left. During these key feeding periods that are crucial to their survival, protective measures must be put in place that make these 1200 orcas a priority. Please follow our efforts with @sealegacy as we work towards protecting this population of orcas and their ecosystem. With @cristinamittermeier @idoaerials @wolfmanrye @hannestrager @goranehlme @andymaser @kyle.roepke @frederikwolffteglhus


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The true focus of our @sealegacy expedition is to film orcas and humpback whales feeding on herring below the surface. Our goal is protect these sensitive feeding areas from big industry. Watching humpback whales dive against a backdrop of mountains bathed in the perpetual glow of a sunset is not a bad thing either as we wait for things to come together. Such a privilege to be here with @cristinamittermeier @hannestrager @goranehlme @idoaerials @larsoivindknutsen @kyle.roepke @frederikwolffteglhus


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Right now, we are filming orcas in Norway with every possible device we have. Here I am field testing my new HYDROGEN Phone between dives. My goal as a story-teller is to connect a global audience to the most remote parts of our planet. Places that they will never visit for themselves. If I want people to care then the stories we tell must have impact. First, it was still cameras and then it was Red video cameras that allowed me to create that emotional connection. And now, in the palm of my hand is the HYDROGEN, a device that will actually make people feel like they are there. For the important work we do, this could be a game changer and will allow us to change how the story ends. On assignment for @sealegacy with @cristinamittermeier @kyle.roepke @goranehlme and @frederikwolffteglhus @reddigitalcinema


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The intelligence and social dynamics of orcas, working as a cohesive family unit, steering, corralling and directing a school of herring to feed, continues to amaze me every time I see it. #Gratitude #Norway #Orcas #BlackandWhite


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With the first hint of pink, morning light on the horizon, a large male orca breaks the calm surface tension by exploding out of the sea in search of herring. I know he is looking at us, seeing the world through his eyes and I feel inferior. I need a boat to keep up to him. I need a modern, state of the art camera to capture his presence and still, I only capture a tiny glimpse into his complex and complete world. I am in awe. For @sealegacy. I dedicate this picture to my good friend @goranehlme who has shown me so much. #orca #power #grace #sunrise #love #beauty #instagood #picoftheday


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Of all the orca pictures I have taken in the past few years, I am most proud that this one made it into my latest book #BorntoIce. It captures the delicate balance of prey and predator. The herring ball moves and sways like a single living organism and I was mesmerized by the poetry and beauty of it all. #Gratitude #Nature


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Sometimes the whole orca pod comes over to check you out. This was from one of my first encounters ever with orcas and it remains one of my favorite. Today was exceptional and I can’t wait to share the video footage that our team is getting in Norway. I love our team. For @sealegacy with @cristinamittermeier @goranehlme @hannestrager @larsoivindknutsen @frederikwolffteglhus, @idoaerials, @andymaser, @kyleroepke, @ Thank you @reddigitalcinema @mishajannard @jimjannard and @snapamap !


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“Orca Scout” from my new fine art book “Born to Ice”. A large male orca attempts to push and corral a large school of herring in the fjords of northern Norway in the heart of the winter. Orcas, like this huge male can weigh up to 12,000 pounds, reach 26 feet in length, and are capable of swimming at up to 30 mph. Rarely, if ever, have I been in such awe as I am when in the company of orcas. #fineart #bw


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It is such a gift to bear witness to the complex behaviors and family dynamics within orca pods. They chase the ball of herring, communicating extenisvely while they steer the herring towards the surface. They use their echolocation to reveal a world we will never see. An orca breaks from the pod and stuns a bunch of herring. They stop and feed on one herring at a time. But, first they gingerly decapitate each herring. Then, the hunt continues. What a priviliege it is to be able to witness these great predators doing what they do best. We are back in Norway shooting a conservation film for @sea_legacy. #gratitude. Shot on assignment for @natgeo in 2014 with @goranehlme and @cristinamittermeier


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All my American friends, please get out and #vote today if you haven't already. Vote as if the planet depends on you, because it's no exaggeration that it does. ⁣⁣⁣⁣Vote for people who factor in the health of the environment and not just the health of the economy. Vote for science. Vote for healthy oceans. Vote for climate action. #MidtermsMatter #Midterms2018


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I am excited to be back in Norway to see what has changed since we were last here and to continue our work at @SeaLegacy to protect these waters. It is such a privilege to witness the stealth, speed, grace and efficiency of the world's top predators on their terms. I'm looking forward to sharing the story of on-going work here to keep the waters of Lofoten petroleum-free - a safe refuge for the people and wildlife that depend on this healthy ecosystem for survival.


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