David Doubilet@daviddoubilet

@NatGeo Photographer and speaker. Images have power to celebrate, educate, honor and humiliate.

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A brilliant red clownfish peers from its bright white anemone in Papua New Guinea. The anemone had lost its color due to heat stress when surrounding water temperatures rose causing a coral bleaching event where several species of coral also lost their symbiotic algae and turned white. This event ended and the anemone regained its health and robust color, but repeated or prolonged heating could result in mass die off similar to the the high mortalities on the Great Barrier Reef. From @natgeo story Coral Eden, available through @natgeocreative // see @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club // #clownfish #ocean #nemo #papuanewguinea #coraltriangle #climatechange #coralbleaching #oceansinhotwater for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet


A dugong rolls to remove the remoras that cling to him as it feeds in a shallow bay in Busuanga Philippines. Dugongs, also called sea cows are large marine herbivores that rely on sea grass communities to survive. These gentle giant were hunted to near extinction and they have become a rare encounter in the sea. It was humbling to document the small but well protected population in Busuanga with the help of the Dugong Dive Center. Fun fact: dugongs are more closely related to elephants than to other marine mammals. // on assignment with @natgeo Philippines // #ocean #dugong #seacow #endangered #philippines #beauty #gratitude #instagood #dream #rare #ilovethis for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet and @jenniferhayesig


Juvenile Galápagos sea lions search the sands for mysid shrimp to feed on near SouthPlaza Island in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. The waters had warmed during an El Niño event and fish, the sea lions prey of choice had been driven deep and out of reach. The sea lions desperate for food scavenged everything and anything, including small shrimps to survive. // with @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club // #ocean #sealion #galapagos #ecuador #elnino


A harp seal pup, called a white coat, waits on a small piece of sea ice in the Gulf of St Lawrence waiting patiently for its mother to return. Harp seals are born on the sea ice in late February and nursed for 12-15 days before the mothers abandons her pup to mate and migrate northward out of the Gulf. The pups rely on fat reserves as they wait for a mother that will not return. Hunger, storms or poor ice will force them into the sea to learn how to swim and how to feed. Natural mortality is high in these harsh conditions but has become extreme, approaching 90%+ in recent years of poor ice or literally no ice formation in the Gulf. In 2017 little ice formed in the Gulf forcing pregnant females to search and search in the open waters. Many held their young and swam out of the Gulf out to the Atlantic Front looking for ice. The population of Harp seals in the Gulf of St. Lawrence may disappear with vanishing ice. // From @natgeo Story: Generous Gulf with @natgeocreative @thephotosociety // #ocean #baby #climatechange #polar #harpseal #gulfofstlawrence #canada // #PORTLAND OR join us for the story of the harp seal in Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice with at National Geographic Live at the Portland'5 Newmark Theatre NOV 20 at 7:30 pm. // for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet


Healthy corals compete for space and light providing habitat for abundant fish life at Opal Reef on the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef, the largest and most iconic reef on our planet has since experienced back to back coral bleaching events caused by thermal stress. Repeated coral bleaching leads to lower recovery and high reef mortality. Marine scientists are working hard to identify and develop stress resistant corals called super corals that can survive in a fluctuating sea. // photographed for @natgeo story Great Barrier Reef, A fragile empire. // with @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club // #ocean #coral #climatechange #GreatBarrierReef #worldheritagesite


Massive schools of Redtooth triggerfish surround the island of Run in the Banda Islands part of the Moluccas, Indonesia. Tiny Run island, rich in nutmeg was more valuable than Manhattan Island in its time. It was a surprise to roll off our boat into a rain of triggerfish. With @natgeotravel @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club //
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Schools of silversides flow like a silver river through the mangroves in Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. Known as Isla de la Reina, this remote archipelago of islets, mangroves and coral reefs located fifty miles off the southern coast of Cuba is a glimpse of what the Caribbean was decades ago. Isolation and vigilant protection have created a model marine protected area that flourishes while other Caribbean reef systems are in decline. We look forward to returning to this Caribbean coral eden in December to document the global state of coral, the crisis, science and solutions . // photographed for @natgeo story Cuba's Underwater Jewels in Tourisms Path // with @natgeocreative @thephotosociety // #cuba #gardensofthequeen #marineprotectedarea #mangroves #dream #caribbean for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet


A Goliath grouper peers from a halo of baitfish on the Zion Train artificial reef wreck off Jupiter, Florida. Goliath grouper form large aggregations on shipwrecks and other structures along the East coast of Florida from Jupiter to Boynton Beach from late August into October. These IUCN critically endangered magnificent creatures can reach 800 pounds and 8 feet long. Diving with Goliath is one of the best dives in the USA: Imagine approaching a shipwreck literally draped with dozens of resting five hundred pound fish. Goliath is currently protected in Florida but efforts are underway to reopen the fishery that nearly wiped them out. // Photographed for @natgeo GOLIATH! With @natgeocreative @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club // #goliathgrouper #grouper #florida #jupiter #save #endangeredspecies #bestdive #protectgoliath for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet


A Japanese WWII Mitsubishi Zero fighter, a near perfect wreck lies on the sands of Kimbe Bay in Papua New Guinea. Exploring an intact WWII plane wreck is a rare gift because most planes break up on impact, flip over or are lost to great unreachable depths. Kimbe Bay, is full of surprises from war relics, robust Reefs and seamounts reaching for the surface like skyscrapers in the sea. // photographed for @natgeo story: Kimbe Bay, Paradise Revisited with @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club // #ocean #WWII #JapaneseZero #planewreck #history #kimbebay #papuanewguinea #CoralTriangle for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet


Last Day to purchase a signed print of the green sea turtle during @natgeocreative Flash Print Sale. % Proceeds from the sale of the @daviddoubilet sea turtle will support Florida marine life rehabilitation including @motemarinelab and @loggerheadmarinelifecenter Click on the link in my profile to purchase this print for $100.00


LAST DAY to purchase a signed print from the @natgeocreative Flash Sale. Here are incredible images from @stevewinterphoto @thomaspeschak @timlaman @williamalbertallard. Clink on my profile link to see the full collection of globetrotting prints available for $100.00
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My colleagues and I are proud to be included in @natgeocreative Flash Print Sale of collectible signed prints. Here are incredible images by @paulnicklen @ngmjohns @argonautphoto @cookjenshel. Visit the link in my profile to see the full collection of images on sale for $100.00 Sale ends tomorrow on Sept 16. Act soon to own a signed print and support the power of research, science and story telling.