#TurningtheTide

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Photo by @cristinamittermeier // Mesmerized by the underwater wonder of living corals and sponges, I lost myself in the artistry of nature, while diving in the Gardens of the Queen. Healthy reefs, an ecosystem that is barely surviving elsewhere, is alive and healthy here. With limited access to tourists, it’s vibrant and abundant life is as beautiful and it is soul-lifting. To see more photos and videos from an amazing expedition to this forgotten corner of the Caribbean, #follow my Instagram feed at @cristinamittermeier.
#TurningTheTide, with @sea_legacy and @paulnicklen | @andy_mann #gardensofthequeen | #Cuba | #coralreef | #JardinesdelaReina| #marineconservation |


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The locals call him Niño which in Spanish means boy. He is only eight or 9 feet long but that does not mean that he lacked confidence. If I ever got too close he would nicely remind me to back off by gently opening up his mouth. He is definitely not as scary as he looks. #nature #cuba #TurningTheTide with @sea_legacy with @aluciaproductions @andy_mann and @cristinamittermeier


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Sea Stars rest on a bed of eelgrass in Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina, Gardens of the Queen. This area, limited to tourism and development, is one of the most well preserved marine habitats in the world. It’s been said that what you see here today, is what you would have seen in the Florida Keys 150 years ago. It is proof that conservation efforts take collaboration from all the stakeholders; the Cuban government listens to the scientists and then works with business on sustainable practices. This is a formula that the rest of the world needs to work towards. With new business and tourism poised to impact the country in unprecedented ways, how will Gardens of the Queen be protected? Studies have shown that fish populations have increased by an average of 30% since this sanctuary was created.
Photo: @cristinamittermeier

#TurningTheTide, with @paulnicklen | #gardensofthequeen | #Cuba | #JardinesdelaReina | #TheOceanFoundation | #jardinesdelrey | #TheOceanFoundation | #marineconservation | #aluciaproducutions | @aluciaproductions | #daliooceansinitiative

Jardines de la Reina
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The locals call him Niño which in Spanish means boy. He is only eight or 9 feet long but that does not mean that he lacked confidence. If I ever got too close he would nicely remind me to back off by gently opening up his mouth. He is definitely not as scary as he looks. #nature #cuba #TurningTheTide with @sea_legacy with @aluciaproductions @andy_mann and @cristinamittermeier

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Video by @paulnicklen // The sharks and the big fish are the first animals to disappear when a reef ecosystem is under stress. We have just spent an incredibly uplifting week in Cuba’s Gardens Of The Queen National Marine Park, where sharks accompanied us on every dive. I was fascinated by how they followed us from the depth of the reef back to our boat. I never imagined that I would be so comfortable in the company of so many curious sharks. It was a carousel of grace and beauty and one I will never tire of witnessing. #followme on @paulnicklen to see my favorite moment with a shark from this dive. #turningthetide with @sea_legacy. With @cristinamittermeier, @samkretch, @andy_mann, @mdalio and @iankellett_story // #nature #naturelovers #explore #protect #oceans #love #beauty #angelsofthesea


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Repost from @natgeo using @RepostRegramApp - Video by @paulnicklen // The sharks and the big fish are the first animals to disappear when a reef ecosystem is under stress. We have just spent an incredibly uplifting week in Cuba’s Gardens Of The Queen National Marine Park, where sharks accompanied us on every dive. I was fascinated by how they followed us from the depth of the reef back to our boat. I never imagined that I would be so comfortable in the company of so many curious sharks. It was a carousel of grace and beauty and one I will never tire of witnessing. #followme on @paulnicklen to see my favorite moment with a shark from this dive. #turningthetide with @sea_legacy. With @cristinamittermeier, @samkretch, @andy_mann, @mdalio and @iankellett_story // #nature #naturelovers #explore #protect #oceans #love #beauty


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It was an amazing experience getting to travel to Cuba for the first time and witnessing the Gardens of the Queen with @paulnicklen and the whole @sea_legacy team! The amount of life that can prosper on a reef with the right protection is mind blowing. I have dived in some amazing places around the world and this is right up there with Reefs in Raja Ampat and Micronesia which is surprising considering its in the Caribbean. I look forward to many more expeditions and partnerships with @paulnicklen and the whole @sea_legacy team, until next time!! . .
Video by @paulnicklen // The sharks and the big fish are the first animals to disappear when a reef ecosystem is under stress. We have just spent an incredibly uplifting week in Cuba’s Gardens Of The Queen National Marine Park, where sharks accompanied us on every dive. I was fascinated by how they followed us from the depth of the reef back to our boat. I never imagined that I would be so comfortable in the company of so many curious sharks. It was a carousel of grace and beauty and one I will never tire of witnessing. #followme on @paulnicklen to see my favorite moment with a shark from this dive. #turningthetide with @sea_legacy. With @cristinamittermeier, @samkretch, @andy_mann, @mdalio and @iankellett_story // #nature #naturelovers #explore #protect #oceans #love #beauty


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#repost from @natgeo
Video by @paulnicklen // The sharks and the big fish are the first animals to disappear when a reef ecosystem is under stress. We have just spent an incredibly uplifting week in Cuba’s Gardens Of The Queen National Marine Park, where sharks accompanied us on every dive. I was fascinated by how they followed us from the depth of the reef back to our boat. I never imagined that I would be so comfortable in the company of so many curious sharks. It was a carousel of grace and beauty and one I will never tire of witnessing. #followme on @paulnicklen to see my favorite moment with a shark from this dive. #turningthetide with @sea_legacy. With @cristinamittermeier, @samkretch, @andy_mann, @mdalio and @iankellett_story // #nature #naturelovers #explore #protect #oceans #love #beauty
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Video by @paulnicklen // The sharks and the big fish are the first animals to disappear when a reef ecosystem is under stress. We have just spent an incredibly uplifting week in Cuba’s Gardens Of The Queen National Marine Park, where sharks accompanied us on every dive. I was fascinated by how they followed us from the depth of the reef back to our boat. I never imagined that I would be so comfortable in the company of so many curious sharks. Here 14 are circling below us. It was a carousel of grace and beauty and one I will never tire of witnessing. #followme on @paulnicklen to see my favorite moment with a shark from this dive. #turningthetide with @sea_legacy. With @cristinamittermeier, @samkretch, @andy_mann, @mdalio and @iankellett_story // #nature #naturelovers #explore #protect #oceans #love #beauty

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Spending time with fish is one of my favorite things to do while diving. In order not to scare them with my bubbles, I often hold my breath and try to approach them gently. These two hogfish were amused by my presence momentarily, only to then swim away.
#TurningTheTide, with @sea_legacy and @paulnicklen | @andy_mann #gardensofthequeen | #Cuba | #coralreef | #JardinesdelaReina | #TheOceanFoundation | #aluciaproductions | #marineconservation | #daliooceansinitiative

Jardines de la Reina
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