Lancaster Sound

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Photograph by @paulnicklen // Meet the mysterious, elusive, shy, rarely seen, intelligent and vulnerable narwhal. A male narwhal rises from the icy seas of Lancaster sound. The most noticeable characteristic of the narwhal is the long tusk, which is a canine tooth that projects from the left side of the upper jaw, through the lip, and forms a left-handed helix spiral. Narwhals actually do not have any teeth inside of their mouths. A tusk grows throughout life, reaching a length of 5 to 10 feet. The one thing you need to remember about narwhal is that they primarily feed on polar cod and the polar cod life cycle is tied to sea ice. Without ice there will be catastrophic effects on all species. Some scientists say that the narwhal are just as vulnerable as the polar bear to climate change. #followme on @paulnicklen to learn and see more about the unicorn of the sea. #bethechange #nature #naturelovers #instagood #arctic #climatechangeisreal


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Photograph by @paulnicklen // Meet the mysterious, elusive, shy, rarely seen, intelligent and vulnerable narwhal. A male narwhal rises from the icy seas of Lancaster sound. The most noticeable characteristic of the narwhal is the long tusk, which is a canine tooth that projects from the left side of the upper jaw, through the lip, and forms a left-handed helix spiral. Narwhals actually do not have any teeth inside of their mouths. A tusk grows throughout life, reaching a length of 5 to 10 feet. The one thing you need to remember about narwhal is that they primarily feed on polar cod and the polar cod life cycle is tied to sea ice. Without ice there will be catastrophic effects on all species. Some scientists say that the narwhal are just as vulnerable as the polar bear to climate change. #followme on @paulnicklen to learn and see more about the unicorn of the sea. #bethechange #nature #naturelovers #instagood #arctic #climatechangeisreal


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‼️« The ghostly winter silence had given way to the great spring murmur of awakening life. This murmur arose from all the land, fraught with the joy of living. » wrote Jack London in the Call of the Wild. Can you hear it? ❄️🌬️



Lancaster Sound, an important passage through the Arctic Archipelago located in Northern Canada's territory, is one of the most biologically active marine areas. Most often uncovered by ice, it is also one of the most important migration sites for large cetaceans, such as narwhals, belugas, bowhead whales, walruses, as well as ringed, bearded and harp seals. Confronted with the consequences of global warming and the melting ice, the aim of the "Ocean North Campaign", is to designate the Lancaster Sound as a National Marine Conservation Area, therefore prohibiting undersea mining which has heavy consequences on the ecosystems. 🌎

#fpa2 #ocean #lancastersound #polar #protectedarea #canada #arctic #marinearea #oceannorthcampaign #oceannorth #environment #monacofortheplanet #princealbert2ofmonaco


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Shooting stars and charged particles from solar wind and the magnetospheric plasma conspire to create one of nature's most wondrous light displays over the cold arctic sea water of Lancaster Sound, Nunavut. @museumofnature @nikoncanada @natgeo @nunavuttourism @natgallerycan @_mpio.co @adventure.canada #lancastersound #aurora #auroraborealis


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#TBT to those mornings spent gazing out over the frozen Arctic Ocean during my 2am polar bear watch shifts. Most of the mornings definitely did not look this nice, most were foggy, grey and snowy...picture the best, bury the rest!#arctic#nunavut#arctic#weberarctic#wildlife#ocean#frozen#sea#life#earth#wildlifephotography#Cangeo#office#work#explorecanada#polarbears#whales


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The conservation work we do could never happen without support in many different forms. This past summer, Jim Simons and @EyosExpeditions supported @sea_legacy with use of the MV Archimedes, a beautiful 222-foot expedition vessel. Tomorrow, we will announce an amazing offer for SeaLegacy supporters who want to help in smaller—but no less important—ways. We can all give back to the oceans in different ways. Share your stories, donations or volunteer hours, and know that, whatever you can give, the oceans thank you. #TurningTheTide


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Video by @PaulNicklen // Despite the recently-established Lancaster Sound marine protected area in Canada’s North, dangers to the fragile Arctic ecosystem remain plentiful. Mining, shipping, and petroleum interests have set their sights on the resource-rich area, especially as climate change frees areas from ice. Increased ship traffic and the accompanying submarine noise bring a negative impact for whales and, of course, represent the threat of spills. #Followme at @PaulNicklen to see both the beauty and the tragedy of Canada’s remote region.
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Never heard anything as beautiful as this . Latest find ❤️
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Video by @CristinaMittermeier // Witnessing this “rainbow river” of beluga whales in the Canadian Arctic was a highlight of my career. We traveled with @Sea_Legacy on expedition to the newly-blessed Tallurutiup Imanga marine protected area—an exciting new step by the Canadian government in attempting to protect the longest coastline of any country in the world. Mining and petroleum interests have their eyes on this region though, and it's up to the Inuit and every Canadian who cares about the environment to protect these lands from careless resource extraction. Follow me at @CristinaMittermeier to see more stunning whales, bears and landscapes from this region.
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A polar bear and her cubs rest on an ice flow in Canada’s new Lancaster Sound / Tallurutiup Imanga marine protected area. On assignment for @Sea_Legacy. #keepitwild #20by2020 #mpa #nature #naturelovers #instagood #photooftheday #fun #play #bear #polarbear


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Video by @PaulNicklen // Despite the recently-established Lancaster Sound marine protected area in Canada’s North, dangers to the fragile Arctic ecosystem remain plentiful. Mining, shipping, and petroleum interests have set their sights on the resource-rich area, especially as climate change frees areas from ice. Increased ship traffic and the accompanying submarine noise bring a negative impact for whales and, of course, represent the threat of spills. #Followme at @PaulNicklen to see both the beauty and the tragedy of Canada’s remote region.


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Video by @CristinaMittermeier // Witnessing this “rainbow river” of beluga whales in the Canadian Arctic was a highlight of my career. We traveled with @Sea_Legacy on expedition to the newly-blessed Tallurutiup Imanga marine protected area—an exciting new step by the Canadian government in attempting to protect the longest coastline of any country in the world. Mining and petroleum interests have their eyes on this region though, and it's up to the Inuit and every Canadian who cares about the environment to protect these lands from careless resource extraction. Follow me at @CristinaMittermeier to see more stunning whales, bears and landscapes from this region.


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Be thankful. Be empathetic. Be engaged in the world you live in. Happy thanksgiving, America.


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Happy #WorldAnimalDay
This beautiful girl brought me to happy tears as i photographed her pushing herself across the top of this iceberg.. with the stunning Devon Island Glacier as a backdrop. What a wonderful encounter this was. One I’ll never forget. Thank you to everyone who left such heartfelt amazingly beautiful comments on my post yesterday. So many inspirational words from you I will cherish. I may not always have time to respond. . But trust me, I read every comment & they mean so much to me, true fuel for my fire! Keep inspiring! 🙏🏻 Shot on assignment with @oneoceanexp


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Невероятно 😍 Сотни (или даже тысячи) белух с новорожденными малышами в проливе Ланкастер в Канаде. Завораживает!

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#waybackfriday When I was in the Canadian Arctic doing some air and water sampling. Right here I am posing next to high volume active air sampler to detect and measure any contaminants that travel up here from the south. The sampler actively suctions air through like a vacuum onto media and then goes to a lab for processing.
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I was just reminded on Facebook on a memory of me getting prepared to go on the ship. It's crazy that 6 years has passed since this photo was taken and yet it only feels like yesterday...
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I was partially funded to do my Masters thesis by going for one month to the Arctic on board the CCGS Amundsen Icebreaker to do some field sampling. Canadians would recognize the name as its on our 50$ bill. It wasn't an easy trip but the views, the people, and the food were all amazing. I am grateful for the opportunity and have many people to thank for helping me. Maybe some day I'll share you more stories on my work (mostly air quality) and my trip to the Arctic.
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"Our health relies entirely on the vitality of our fellow species on Earth." -Harrison Ford 🌎 PC: @paulnicklen 🌍 Beluga whales with their newborn calves at the Lancaster Sound/Tallurutiup Imanga Marine Conservation Area.
#TurningTheTide #mpa #whale #ocean #nature #conserve #protect #aerial #underwater #photography #naturephotography #ocean #polar #baby #beluga #whale #conservation #earth #nature #animals


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An iceberg drifts by in the land of the midnight sun.
Why are icebergs blue or green in colour? Icebergs that have been formed from older glaciers have little internal air or reflective surfaces. When long wavelength light (i.e. red) from the sun hits the iceberg, it is absorbed, rather than reflected. The light transmitted or refracted through the ice returns as blue or blue-green. Shot on assignment for @oneoceanexp


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I'm slowly heading home from a wonderful month in the Canadian Arctic. Whilst the progress home has been incredibly slow, memories of rascaly bears help me power through the doldrums of airport layovers and repeated hotel stays. These two big polar bear cubs were exuding such different personalities that it was impossible to not fall in love with these ambling alabaster siblings. These bears and their huge mom were found in the newly-created Lancaster Sound Marine Conservation Area and I hope this protection gives them an advantage in challenging times.
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These animals do not have a voice so our travels and the stories we accrue are important to the general knowledge and awareness of remote wildlife and distant conservation issues. Although I will be back home in California soon I will continue to post about the things we encountered on the ice.
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With @eyosexpeditions @paulnicklen @cristinamittermeier @sea_legacy in Lancaster Sound #turningthetide #polarbear #conservation #science @Victorialeedennis @Sasahenkel @Cari.childers @Ccasson3 @Max__haynes @Super.yacht.chef. @Puravida89 @Lets_go_barefoot @Fistfulofsanddollars @Shem_mitchell @Mj_coleman88 @Barbarossavich @Sieshells @Big_v_mosh


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Hundreds of belugas in the shallow estuaries of Canada's Lancaster Sound. It is no wonder these whales are nicknamed sea canaries—just listen to their vocalizations! How adorable is the little grey calf nuzzling against its mother? Baby belugas are born grey and will turn bright white as they mature. Happy Freedom Friday!
Video: @paulnicklen and @cristinamittermeier


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Photo by @cristinamittermeier // Like a rainbow river, a large pod of belugas streamed across the shallow estuaries of the Canadian Arctic. I watched as their alabaster skin picked up the pastel hues of the cold water. In shades of purple, pink green and blue, they painted the frigid sea.

To see more images from the newly protected Lancaster Sound Marine Conservation Area, in the Canadian Arctic, visit my #instagram feed at @CristinaMittermeier

#TurningtheTide with @PaulNicklen, @NatGeo, @NatGeoPristineSeas and @Sea_Legacy. Editing by @Kyle.Roepke

@NatGeoCreative | #MarineProtectedArea | #babybeluga | #aerialphotography | #beauty |#arctic


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