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Brian Skerry@brianskerry

Wildlife Photojournalist for National Geographic Magazine @natgeo. New book - SHARK - available wherever books are sold!

http://www.BrianSkerry.com/

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A large, male Harp Seal blows bubbles - in a display of territoriality - beneath the ice of Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence. Thinning ice due to climate change over the past decade has caused problems for this species, with ice no longer available as a means of escaping predators. Survival long term will require adapting to the future loss of sea ice.

Photographed on assignment for @NatGeo.

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A Caribbean reef shark feeds on a lionfish on a coral reef in Honduras. Lionfish, a species native to the Pacific Ocean, were introduced to the Atlantic some time ago and have become an invasive species, preying on many other species of fish and disrupting the ecosystem in many areas. Off the island of Roatan, Honduras, shark biologists have helped sharks acquire a taste for lionfish and natural predation may now be reducing lionfish populations in this region. 
Photographed on assignment for @NatGeo Magazine.
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'Synchronized Swimming’ - A group of spotted dolphins at play in The Bahamas. Dolphins have the largest brains in the animal kingdom relative to body size, after humans, but their brains function differently than humans. Dolphins keep one half of their brain awake while sleeping because they are voluntary breathers and must also remain vigilant for predators. They also see much of their world acoustically using echolocation. For researchers, dolphin lives remain largely a mystery and understanding the full extent of how these complex animals live may take a long time.
Photographed on assignment for @natgeo

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A young harbor seal plays in kelp forest near the surface at Cortes Banks, a range of underwater mountains located 100-miles off the coast of San Diego, CA. This location, well known for stormy weather and giant waves, is a hotspot of biodiversity with an abundance of marine life found there. Places like this are oases of life in the sea, where each animal plays a role. Yet such places could easily be destroyed by a single fishing trawl net being dragged through it or by undersea drilling and few would ever know it existed.
Naturalist John Muir once said, "“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world” and throughout my career of exploring our planet and especially the oceans I have found this to be true - everything is connected and every creature matters. I believe we must see ourselves not apart or above nature, but very much connected to it.
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A short-tailed stingray glides through an underwater canyon, illuminated from above by the warm tropical sun. Short-tailed stingrays are found primarily in deep waters off the coast of Southern Africa, as well as in shallow intertidal zones near the shores of Australia and New Zealand. These animals can grow to roughly 7 feet across and can reach weights of 770 pounds. Despite fears associated with stingrays, these animals typically feed on small fish and invertebrates, and are curious and unaggressive in their interactions with humans.

To learn more about these often-misunderstood creatures, follow me, @BrianSkerry on Instagram.
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My image of dusky dolphins is among the travel-inspired signed prints available as part of the @natgeocreative Flash Sale. These prints are on sale for $100, available this week only. Click on the link in my profile to see all of the signed prints featured, and be sure to pick one up while they're still available.


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A whale shark glides among a school of fish in the turquoise waters off the coast of Mexico. Whale sharks are currently listed as ‘vulnerable’ due to human pollution and hunting, and populations remain unstable due to the slow reproductive habits of these magnificent creatures. These creatures are the largest fish in the sea, weighing over 20 tons and reaching lengths of over 40 feet long.

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A Loggerhead Turtle hatchling feeds amongst Sargasso weeds off the coast of Florida. Loggerheads are currently listed as an endangered species, with their populations dwindling as a result of fishing, trawling, and oceanic pollution. Often times, Loggerhead turtles mistake floating plastics for jellyfish, ingesting the debris and endangering these adorable animals. These magnificent creatures can live to be over 65 years old.

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Close-up view of a Mako Shark in the waters off of New Zealand. Makos are one of the fastest fish in the sea, capable of speed bursts of up to 60mph. Of all shark species, they also have one of the largest brains, relative to body size.
Makos are an endothermic shark, meaning that they can generate heat within their bodies. This adaptation allows them to swim into cooler waters to feed on oily fish, giving them great strength and fueling their powerful muscles.
The numbers of Makos have declined worldwide due to overfishing and the increasing global demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.
Learn more about Mako Sharks from the feature story about these impressive animals in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, @NatGeo.

And if you like sharks, or simply find these creatures fascinatinh check, out the new book - SHARK - by @BrianSkerry and @NatGeo! Available at the link in my bio or wherever books are sold.

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A Shortfin Mako Shark attacks a mullet bait, towed by a fisherman in the waters of New Zealand. Makos are one of the fastest animals in the sea, capable of swimming at speeds of over 45 mph.
Sport fishermen frequently use a mullet bait - towed at speeds of nearly 10 knots - to try and catch marlin, but Mako Sharks often attack the bait instead.
Photographer Brian Skerry (@BrianSkerry) built a special tow camera and used a high-speed video system to capture this astounding behavior in slow motion.

Learn more about these amazing animals in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine (@NatGeo), with a story featuring my photographs.
Also be sure to check out the new book - SHARK - by @BrianSkerry and @NatGeo, available at the link in my bio or wherever books are sold!

#shark #mako #follow #onassignment #nationalgeographic #natgeo #photographer #photography #underwaterphoto #makoshark #newzealand #nz #pacific #fishing #travelphoto #travel #photooftheday #conservation #preservation


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A Mako Shark cruises through the blue waves of San Diego, CA; its dorsal fin not even breaking the surface.
Makos are one of the fastest fish in the sea, capable of speed bursts of up to 60 mph. Of all shark species, they also have one of the largest brains, relative to body size.
The numbers of Makos have declined worldwide due to overfishing and the increasing global demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.
Learn more about Mako Sharks from the feature story about these impressive animals in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, @NatGeo.

And if you like sharks, or simply find these creatures fascinating, check out the new book - SHARK - by @BrianSkerry and @NatGeo! Available at the link in my bio or wherever books are sold.
#shark #mako #makoshark #underwater #photography #conservation #preservation #underwaterphoto #natgeo #nationalgeographic #follow #onassignment #sharks #savesharks #newzealand #nz #photooftheday #oceanambassador #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador

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A Mako Shark dives, open-mouthed, at photographer Brian Skerry (@BrianSkerry) in the waters off of New Zealand. Makos are one of the fastest fish in the sea, capable of speed bursts up to 60mph. Of all shark species they also have one of the largest brains, relative to body size.
The numbers of Makos have declined worldwide due to overfishing and the demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable, but their population continues to spiral downwards.
Learn more about Makos in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, @NatGeo, which includes a feature story about these impressive animals.

And if you like sharks, check out the new book - SHARK - by @BrianSkerry and @NatGeo! Available wherever books are sold.
@thephotosociety
#natgeo #sharkawarenessday #photo #makoshark #mako #shark #savesharks #underwaterphotgraphy #underwaterphoto #onassignment #photooftheday #newzealand #nz #dive #photography #nationalgeographic #follow #followme #preservation #conservation #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador


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Silhouette of an Oceanic Whitetip Shark in The Bahamas. A pelagic predator living in the open sea, the oceanic whitetip is especially efficient at hunting in these regions of ocean where finding prey can be far and few between.
Listed as the ‘most abundant large animal on Earth' as recently as the 1970s this species numbers have been reduced by 99% and are on the verge of extinction today due to over fishing and the shark fin trade. My hope is that through photography, we can begin to see these animals in a new light and understand their vital role in the health of our planet.

To see my favorite collection of shark images and read the stories of my personal experiences with these animals, check out my new book - SHARK - available wherever books are sold.
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A Gray Seal folds its flippers and poses for his portrait underwater in the Gulf of Maine. Extending from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, the Gulf of Maine and its surrounding waters have been the economic bedrock of New England’s coastal communities, supporting a wide variety of commercial and recreational activities.
Unfortunately, many factors currently threaten the vitality of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Decades of pollution, coastal habitat destruction, overfishing and bottom trawling have yielded havoc in the form of extensive habitat loss and diminished biodiversity. We live at a pivotal moment in history, where we understand the problems and have solutions; We simply need the will to take action. Restoring health to these important resources as rapidly as possible should be a national imperative.

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