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
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
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
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.