Jennifer Hayes@jenniferhayesig

National Geographic Contributor // Photographer // Speaker // Ocean Advocate

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An African elephant relaxes in the cool waters of Botswana's Okavango Delta. Elephants love to roll and scratch their dry skin using the sand bottom like a loofah pad. One my dearest memories in my life came from this @natgeo assignment. It was the dry season and wildlife was struggling, walking miles between water and their food source. Many died. We watched a group of elephants slowly approach and form a circle around a dead elephant. The matriarch picked up a bone and passed it to the next elephant until all had held it and the last one gently put it back where it came from. I had witnessed a "mourning circle". The experience touched my soul. Elephants are extremely intelligent, fiercely family dependent, experience joy and grief on our level and they are endangered, their numbers plunging uncontrollably throughout Africa from poaching. Humans do not need to kill and collect these magnificent and threatened creatures for their wall. // from @natgeo assignment The Miracle Delta. // with @the_explorers_club @thephotosociety @natgeocreative // #elephant #africa #beloved #endangeredspecies for #moreocean and storytelling follow @jenniferhayesig


American crocodiles patrol a labyrinth of mangrove channels throughout Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. Scientists call them the engineers of the mangroves because their movements open channels and enhance circulation of water and nutrients. This remote archipelago of islets, mangroves and coral reefs located fifty miles off the coat of Southern Cuba is Caribbean time capsule that has survived and thrived while other Caribbean systems have collapsed to over fishing, disease and development. Isolation and vigilant protection combine to make this marine protected area a success story and a global model of conservation. // For @natgeo Story Cuba's Underwater Jewels in tourism's path// with @natgeocreative @natgeolive @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club // #ocean #crocodile #cuba #gardensofthequeen #marineconservation #success #gratitude for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig


A spear fisherman uses an air hose in his mouth called a hookah line, a rock for weight and plywood flippers to search for his families meal near his small fishing village in Anilao, Philippines. We are currently working on a @natgeo story focusing on Philippines: a cornerstone of the coral triangle and one of the richest marine habitats in the world supporting 107 million people in an ocean archipelago of 7000 islands. // #ocean #fisherman #philippines #coraltriangle #gratitude for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig


Video With @jenniferhayesig A hungry 2-3 day old harp pup waits for its mother on the sea ice covering the Gulf of St Lawrence near Prince Edward Island. Harp seals are born in the ice in late February and nursed for 12 -15 days before their mothers abandon them to mate and migrate out of the Gulf. Higher than normal temperatures have caused the formation of weak ice platforms that collapse beneath the pups before they are able swim an survive. Some years have seen 90% plus mortality of pups in the Gulf. We look forward to returning to the Gulf of St Lawrence in 2018 to continue to document this struggle for life in the ice. //from on @natgeo assignment Generous Gulf with @DavidDoubilet and guide/videographer MarioCyr. // #Madison Wisconsin Invited to join us Nov 14 at Overture Center for Arts for Nat Geo Live Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice to share an evening of how I was bitten and saved by harp seals. // with @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club //
#ocean #harpseal #climatechange #baby #beauty #epic #Canada #gratitude #motherslove
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David Doubilet photographs an American crocodile in the shallow mangroves in Gardens of the Queen, Cuba. Jardines de la Reina is a National Park located fifty miles off the southern coast of Cuba. This protected and remote sanctuary is a living museum of what the Caribbean looked like decades ago. Going underwater here is like stepping back in time and model of successful conservation for global consideration. Photographed on @natgeo story Cuba's Underwater Jewels in the Path of Tourism. // with @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club // #crocodile #cuba #gardensofthequeen #extreme #marineprotectedarea #nationalpark for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig


An American crocodile on dusk patrol beneath a calm surface in a mangrove channel in Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. These large reptiles are called the engineers of the mangrove because their movements create and maintain channels through the dense mangroves that enhance circulation of water and nutrients. Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) is a time capsule in the Caribbean that has richly populated reefs that in turn support populations of apex predators such as sharks and crocodiles. // Photographed for @natgeo Cuba's Underwater Jewels in Tourisms Path // With @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club //
#ocean #crocodile #cuba #predator #nationalpark for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig


Caribou Kid, Greenland. It was opening day for Caribou hunting and a young Greenlander uses a twig as pretend antlers to mark the big hunting day. // Photographed with WWF Canada on an Arctic Journey to Greenland and Canadian Arctic with Adventure Canada to celebrate Canada's 150th and WWF Canada 50th birthday . //@thephotosociety @the_explorers_club @adventure.canada // #Arctic #Greenland #cariboukid


Paranoia pays. A pair of Caribbean Reef sharks glide undetected over photographer @daviddoubilet. The Bahamas is a spectacular place to photograph many species of sharks: Caribbean Reef, lemon, tiger and bull sharks are common encounters in this designated shark sanctuary. Sharks, harvested for shark fin soup have become ghosts in the sea around the world. It is now rare to encounter these magnificent creatures. The Bahamas has created a conservation model that promotes and protects the value of live sharks to their economy and their ecosystem. Thousands of people travel to the Bahamas a year to film, photograph, learn about and swim with sharks. With @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club // #ocean #shark #funny #hello #lookout #behindyou #bahamas for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig


Photo by @JenniferHayesig /A lobate comb jellie (ctenophore) looks like an alien being as it patrols near the surface at South Atoll In Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Philippines. Comb jellies are gelatinous animals found in the ocean's water column around the world. Comb jellies are named for their comb rows lined with thousand of cilia that move the creature through the water and refract light creating rainbow-like colors throughout their body. These wonderful creatures open and close their lobes to propel themselves through the water and move quite quickly when they want to. //
Photographed for current @natgeo story: Philippines, An Ocean Nation // With @thephotosociety @natgeocreative
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A titan triggerfish rises from its nest to tell our team to move along in Anilao Philippines. Titans aggressively defend their nests from raiding fish, eels and passing divers. Once we saw that this wonderful creature had eggs to protect we moved on to stop distracting her from the nest. If you watch closely this titan returns to the nest and lays flat across it to hide it from hoards of hungry wrasse. As this was happening the male, out of frame, swam wide circles several feet above us. From on location for @natgeo assignment Philippines: An Océan Nation with @daviddoubilet #LeandroBlanco // #ocean #Triggerfish #philippines #coraltriangle #bite #motherslove for #moreocean follow our assignment @jenniferhayesig


A great white shark rises from the depths to explore a companion shark cage at Guadalupe Island, Mexico. The white shark populations at Guadalupe are wonderful shark ambassadors located a moderate boat ride away from San Diego for those who wish to learn more about these majestic creatures in their natural environment. * With @the_explorers_club @thephotosociety @aboutsharks *
For #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet and @jenniferhayesig


A whale shark approaches a small boat called a banca for a handful of krill in Oslob Philippines. Six days a week thousands of tourist show up here to see and swim with dozens of hand fed whale sharks. These giants arrive seeking a handout of krill as they swim below, past and around the visitors seeking an encounter with worlds largest fish, a plankton feeding shark. The feeding stops around noon and the whale sharks disappear to the depths. There is conservation debate and controversy about the effects of hand feeding these large migratory sharks. Many scientist condemn the feeding because of concerns that this activity congregates the sharks making them vulnerable and interrupts their natural foraging and migration patterns. Others that support the practice suggest that the sharks act as ocean. ambassadors teaching visitors about the sea, that the economy generated around these sharks makes them extremely valuable and protects them from harm and that the sharks are free to come and go at will.
Photographed on @natgeo assignment for Philippines: Inside the Coral Triangle with @DavidDoubilet
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An American crocodile slowly passes overhead at sunset in the mangrove channels of Gardens of the Queen, National Park, Cuba. These crocodiles have been on Earth +\- 240 million years and large individuals can reach nearly 20 feet. These wonderful reptiles are called the engineers of the mangroves because their movements create and maintain channels that enhance water and nutrient circulation. This marine preserve located 50 miles of the southern cost of Cuba is a Caribbean eden where robust reefs and rich mangroves support healthy populations of apex predators. Photographed for @natgeo Caribbean Crown Jewels in the Path of Tourism. #ocean #crocodile #cuba #predator #sunset #extreme #followme for #moreocean @daviddoubilet and @jenniferhayesig


Happy Earth Day. Just an octopus resting on its shell that he / she uses as mobile shelter on a barren sand bottom in Anilao Philippines. When the octopus moves it picks up its shell and brings it along. It is always time well spent watching these intelligent creative creatures. From on @natgeo assignment in the Philippines: The Coral Nation with @daviddoubilet #LeoBlanco and @jenniferhayesig #Earthday #earthday2017 #ocean #octopus #philippines #coraltriangle #followme for #moreocean @jenniferhayesig


Happy Earth Day! Today is the last day to purchase a signed print of the image of a harp seal pup on the windswept sea ice of Gulf of St. Lawrence photographed on assignment for The Generous Gulf story published in National Geographic Magazine in May 2014. This pup and generations after it after struggling to survive as their ice nurseries collapse before they are able to fend for themselves. This magnificent creature has become the face of climate change for me and I return each year that conditions allow to document their life in thinning ice.
Click on the link in my profile to view this print and the entire collection available for $100.
Your purchase supports the Power of Science, Exploration and storytelling.


Signed prints from @natgeocreative photographers are on sale through midnight tonight. These amazing images of Earth were captured by @johnstanmeyer @joelsartore @ladzinski @melissafarlow and @cristinamittermeier Visit the link in my profile to see full collection of image in honor of Earth Day. Sale ends April 22nd. Your purchase will support the power of science, exploration and storytelling.


In honor of Earth Day, my colleagues and I are proud to be included in @natgeocreative Flash Sale. Visit the link in my profile to see the full collection of signed prints on sale for $100. Hurry, sale ends tomorrow.
Here are just a few of the available print by
@paulnicklen @daviddoubilet @anniegriffithsphotography @chamiltonjames and @jimrichardsonng
Only Two days left to support the power of science, exploration and story telling.


Photo by @jenniferhayesig A pregnant polar bear extends her dark blue-black tongue sensing her environment. She was recently wounded by a walrus, a prey of last resort due to high risk of injury. The encounter left her with a large gash on her left rear flank and a debilitating limp. I was saddened as I watched her favor her hind leg walking slowly, carrying unborn cubs into an unknown future. We look forward to returning to the Arctic in July of this year.
Photographed on Elysium Artists for the Arctic Expedition. A collaboration of 65 photographers, filmmakers, poets, writers, scientists and sculptors from 19 countries with 1 mission: to create a body of work that makes people fall in love with and protect the polar regions.
elysiumartistforarctic #PolarBear #Mother #Arctic #ClimateChange #ocean #Earthday #followme for #moreocean @jenniferhayesig


Have you heard about the special Flash Sale to celebrate Earth Day? Visit the link in my profile to purchase a signed print of these images by @BrianSkerry @DGuttenfelder @Pedromcbride @Coryrichards @cookjenshel or to view the entire collection.
I am excited to be a part of @natgeocreative Flash Sale in honor of Earth Day, running from April 19th to April 22nd. Your purchase will support the power of science, exploration and story telling.


Signed prints from @natgeocreative photographers are on sale now. Here are a few amazing images by @argonautphoto @AmiVitale @AmyToensing @stevewinterphoto @TimLaman

Visit the link in my profile to see the full collection of images in honor of Earth Day, running from April 19th to April 22nd.


Signed prints from @natgeocreative photographers are on sale now. This amazing image was captured by @RandyOlson. Visit the link in my profile to see full collection of image in honor of Earth Day. Sale ends April 22nd. Your purchase will empower the power of science, exploration and storytelling.


A harp seal pup seeks shelter from the constant wind that blows across the sea ice in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence as it awaits the return of its mother. Harp seals are born on sea ice in late February. This image speaks to the necessity of taking climate change seriously as rising global temperatures cause the formation of very weak unstable ice that will not support the harp seal nurseries. Purchase signed prints of this image for $100 from April 17th - April 22nd in honor of Earth Day. Click on the link in my profile to see all the signed prints featured in @natgeocreative Flash Sale. Make every day #Earth Day. You depend on Earth and Earth depends on you. 100% of our personal proceeds related to the sale of this harp seal print will be donated to environmental conservation, education and outreach at Save The River, The upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper.


Now Live. I am pleased to announce that my image of a harp seal pup is running with the @natgeocreative Flash Sale collection from April 17th - April 22nd in honor of Earth Day. Visit the link in my profile to see all the signed prints on sale for $100.


Someones's trash is some else's treasure. Two yellow Pygmy gobies peer from the safety of their glass bottle on the sandy barren seascape off Anilao Philippines. Any discarded object or debris becomes habitat for creatures seeking cover. 100+ million people live in this 7000 island nation struggling with ocean pollution and working hard to find long term solutions through education. Photographed on assignment for @natgeo upcoming story Philippines: Inside the Coral Triangle with @daviddoubilet @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #ocean #philippines #goby #bottle #marinedebris #followme for #moreocean @jenniferhayesig


A harp seal pup called a white coat enters the icy waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to follow its mother to a more stable piece of ice. Harp seal pups are born on the ice in late February and nursed for 12-15 days until their mother abandons them to mate and migrate. This year only a small amount of unstable ice formed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Many pregnant females searched in vain for ice and tried to exit the Gulf for Atlantic ice. A few thousand pups were born on a small unstable ice platform North of Prince Edward Island that began drifting with high winds and current. We will keep you updated with the status of survival of the Gulf of St Lawrence seals as the data comes in. With @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club #ocean #harpseal #baby #ice #polar #canada #seal #followme for #moreocean @jenniferhayesig


A gold trevalley (pilotfish) and a small wrasse were good company for this pufferfish as it swam along a coral ledge in Raja Ampat Indonesia. Pufferfish are my favorite fish to watch. They are clumsy slow swimmers but can inflate to scare away predators. They are poisonous to other fish and humans but some species are considered a delicacy when prepared by special chefs in Japan. I have seen a single puffer in the center of a large school school of another species on many occasion seemingly enjoying the social interaction. Photographed for @natgeo with @the_explorers_club @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #ocean #pufferfush #friendx #bff #coraltriangle #rajaampst #followme for #moreocean @jenniferhayesig


A father and son set anchor to fish a shallow reef near an islet in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea. Kimbe Bay is a deep productive bay punctuated by seamounts and surrounded by a ring of volcanoes. This remote reef system in this corner of the Coral Triangle, a geographical region known for extreme marine biodiversity, is a diverse Coral kingdom of shallow fringing reefs and deep reefs atop seamounts. photographed for @natgeo With @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club. join @daviddoubilet and I in #Buffalo MAY 1 for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE CORAL KINGDOMS and EMPIRES of ICE at Kleinhans Music Hall. #ocean #coral #coraltriangle #kimbebay #papuanewguinea for #moreocean #followme @jenniferhayesig


@jenniferhayesig and partner @DavidDoubilet on @natgeo assignment Working with American crocodiles in the mangrove channels in Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. The crocodiles are called the engineers of the mangroves because their movements create and maintain water channels that enhance circulation. The mangrove systems are nutrient production centers and critical nursery areas to the nearby coral reefs. From @natgeo story coverage Caribbean Crown Jewels in November 2016 issue. Thank you to colleague Leandro Blanco for video support. With @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club #crocodile #Cuba #predator #extreme #nationalpark #Internationalwomensday #ilovemyjob #ilovewhereiwork For #moreocean follow @JenniferHayesig


An aerial view of a harp seal nursery in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence near Northumberland Strait. This time of year (this week) thousands of female harp seals seek solid ice to birth their pups on. Many recent years have seen elevated temperatures and diminished ice formation. High wind and waves demolish the nursery and the pups drown or get crushed. This season is another record high for temperatures and extremely low ice cover. While you read this thousands of pregnant females are searching for a place to have their pup. We are on stand by to journey to the gulf this as conditions allow. Stay tuned for the story of the harp seal in the face of Climate Change. See more about harp seals in @natgeo Generous Gulf story online. With @natgeo @natgeocreative #ocean #ice #baby #nursery #seal #canada #climatechange #extreme HEY #BUFFALO join us March 14 at Kleinhans Music Hall for National Geographic Live Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice. For #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet and @jenniferhayesig


Honoring colleague Rob Stewart, filmmaker who produced highly acclaimed Shark Water, a documentary that moved the needle on the public perception of sharks. Rob died in the Florida Keys on the quest of footage of the elusive and shy sawfish while wearing a rebreather apparatus that recycles carbon dioxide. The ocean lost a tireless advocate this week and we honor his effort and his message about sharks and their valuable role on our planet. Caribbean reef sharks in the Bahamas by @jenniferhayesig. With @the_explorers_club @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #ocean #shark #robstewart #gratitude #hero #bahamas #sharkwater for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig