Brian Skerry@brianskerry

National Geographic Photographer // Speaker // Author // Rolex Explorer of the Year

Photo by @BrianSkerry
A free diver swims above a large whale shark near the surface in the waters off Western Australia. The largest fish in the sea, whale sharks were recently reclassified as an endangered species, with their numbers having being reduced by half according to recent studies. Whale sharks are plankton feeders, often moving slowly near surface waters as they feed. Their populations are being most impacted in regions such as Asia, where there is a demand for their fins.
Swimming with whale sharks has long been one of my favorite experiences. They can be massive in size, yet so gentle, moving gracefully and purposefully through the sea. I feel that they are always quite aware of my presence, but rarely give me much thought. It’s as if they are on an long and ancient journey and I am simply a momentary distraction.
#whaleshark #australia #freedive


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‘Presidential Swim’ - My photograph of former US President Barack Obama snorkeling over a coral reef in the waters off Midway Atoll in September 2016. This photo is now available as a Fine Art Print only from @focus_gallery in Chatham, Massachusetts. Click the link in my profile to see the full frame photo and to learn more about my exclusive collection of large format, limited edition, signed and numbered prints available through the Focus Gallery.

Days before this photograph was made, President Obama created the world’s largest marine protected area in the waters surrounding Midway Atoll by expanding the boundaries of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. He traveled here to see firsthand this spectacular underwater ecosystem. I was honored to be invited to join him on this snorkeling adventure. I was on assignment for National Geographic magazine and knew that I needed to get the photo, so I was very focused on the job at hand. But I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of spending time at sea with the president and loved our conversation about the value of protecting the environment and especially the ocean. A few weeks after this, I was invited to the White House and gave President Obama the first copy of this print. Now, it is available to everyone!

Scientists tell us that to have a healthy planet, we must protect at least 40% of Earth’s oceans. Today, only about 3% is protected, so we have a long way to go. But actions such as this, by world leaders, is a positive step in the right direction helping to ensure a vibrant future for all.
#presidentobama #potus #midway #marinereserves #healthyoceans


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My portrait of a Gray Seal in the Gulf of Maine, entitled ‘Ain’t Misbehaving,’ is now available in beautiful large format as a limited edition, signed and numbered fine art print! Available only from the @focus_gallery in Chatham, Massachusetts.
To see the full collection of my prints at the Focus Gallery, follow the link in my profile.

This has always been one of my favorite images. I spent 5 hours in the chilly water the day I made this picture, loving every minute of being with these seals. In the beginning they were shy, but eventually built up their courage to come closer and eventually were biting on my fins! This guy stoped just long enough for me to make one picture, then swam off.
#seals #gulfofmaine #maine #portrait #fineartprint


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My photograph of a North Atlantic Right Whale, entitled ‘Right Whale Sunset,’ is now available in beautifully large format as a limited edition, signed and numbered fine art print! Only from the @focus_gallery in Chatham, Massachusetts. To see the full collection, follow the link in my Instagram profile.

I will be at the Focus Gallery in Chatham (on Cape Cod) on July 1st signing copies of my books and talking about my work.
#rightwhales #northatlanticrightwhales #capecod #fineart


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A school of bluefin tuna photographed in the Mediterranean Sea off of Spain. I am excited to announce that I have partnered with the @focus_gallery in Chatham, Massachusetts to offer 10 of my favorite photographs as limited edition, fine art prints. This photo of bluefin tuna is one of the images available as a print through the Focus Gallery. If you can’t make it to Chatham to see the full frame, large format prints, matted and beautifully framed in the gallery, check out their website by following the link in my Instagram profile. Only 50 prints of each photograph in select sizes are available!


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A Bottlenose Dolphin swims with Spotted Dolphins in The Bahamas. After humans, dolphins have the largest brains in the animal kingdom, relative to body size. Despite this fact, their world is very different than our own and the ways in which they use their brain is fascinating. Dolphins see much of their world acoustically, using echolocation (i.e. sonar) to determine the location of objects and distances. Dolphins also sleep with one half of their brains awake, as they need to be constantly alert for predators and because they are voluntary breathers.
@thephotosociety @natgeocreative
#bahamas #thebahamas #bottlenosedolphin #bottlenose #dolphin #spotted #tropical #tropics #ocean #caribbean #underwater #photography #national #geographic #natgeo #photooftheday #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikonlove


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A spinner dolphin calf (in the foreground) with a plastic bag encircling its head swims with her mother in the waters off Oahu, Hawaii. While working on a dolphin story on assignment for @natgeo I saw this mother dolphin playing with a plastic bag. Dolphins often pick up objects floating in the sea, such as seaweed or leaves and play games, passing the object to another dolphin swimming behind them. In this case the adult dolphin passed the bag to her calf. The calf picked up the plastic bag and in the process the bag slipped over her head and formed a ring behind her eyes. I was swimming as hard as possible alongside and was trying to reach the calf to pull off the bag, but she stayed just beyond my reach. It was frustrating and horrifying to see this happening so closely and yet be unable to help. Eventually, the young dolphin leap into the air, twirling around, as spinner dolphins do to dislodge parasites (hence the name spinner dolphins). On her second attempt, the bag flew off of her head and she was free! I picked up the bag, brought it to the boat and disposed of it once back on land. Plastic is a serious problem for every creature on the planet.

#spinner #dolphin #dolphins #ocean #underwater #photography #nationalgeographic #natgeo #travel #hawaii #oahu #water #tropical #animals #photooftheday #onassignment #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter #nikonlover


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Happy World Oceans Day! June 8, 2018
On this day, when the world celebrates the magnificence of Earth’s oceans, I urge you to think about the need for conservation of our water planet.
The majority of where life can exist on Earth is water - 98% of our biosphere - yet only about 3% os the oceans are protected. Science tells us that for a healthy planet, at least 30% of the oceans must be protected.
Every other breath we takes comes from the sea, more than 50% of the oxygen needed to live is generated by the ocean. So if for no other reason than our own survival, ocean ecosystems must be conserved.
The oceans give us so many riches and taking care of the sea means a healthy future for all.


Photo by @BrianSkerry.

A male Shortfin Pilot Whale (center) carries a dead calf in its mouth, while swimming with two female Pilot Whales off Kona, Hawaii. The calf, whose skin is beginning to slough off, is likely the offspring of this social group. Throughout history, there have been occasional reports of cetaceans (dolphins and whales) caring for their dead, though direct evidence and photos such as this one are quite rare.

Photographed on Assignment for @NatGeoMagazine.
#shortfin #pilot #whale #calf #hawaii#nature #nurture #care #family#conservation #underwater #photography#kona #national #geographic#photooftheday #nikonlove #nikonambassador #nikonnofilter


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A large tiger shark swims through the open, blue waters of the Indian Ocean off the coast of South Africa. Tiger sharks are one of the more adaptable shark species, able to move easily from open ocean to denser, urban oceanic environments.
Despite our knowledge of these creatures, much of their lives remains a mystery and researchers are only just beginning to fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle.
Shot on assignment for @natgeo.
@thephotosociety #underwater #southafrica #predator #sharks #sharklove #nature #love #photography #photooftheday #followme #follow #instagood #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador


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A Humboldt Squid expels a cloud of ink at night in the waters of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. These animals can grow to be thirteen feet long and they feature a parrot-like beak that can remove quarter-sized chunks of flesh from their prey. The arms and tentacles of Humboldt Squid are lined with as many as 24,000 tiny ‘teeth,’ which they use to attack and hold their prey. Historically found in southern waters, Humboldt Squid have been forced northward by climate change and warming sea temperatures, with reports of Humboldt Squid sightings off of the Pacific Northwest of North America and in Alaska.

@thephotosociety @natgeocreative

#humboldt #squid #cloud #ink #mexico #sea #of #cotez #tentacles #climate #change #global #warming #conservation #protection #nat #geo #underwater #photography #photooftheday #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikonlove


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A polar bear wanders across pack ice along the floe edge in the Arctic near Navy Board Inlet, Canada. The decline of sea ice is having an incredibly adverse impact on these animals.

As a result of anthropogenic climate change, it is predicted that - within the next several years - the North Pole will be free of ice in the summer, meaning that ships will be able to pass over the pole for the first time in recorded history.
While such a trend may prove beneficial for shipping costs, such climate change threatens all of us. With each square mile of ice lost, more and more of the sun's energy becomes trapped in the atmosphere, expediting further climate change in the future.

#climatechange #climate #climate #follow #followme #instagood #photography #photo #like #natgeo #wonderlust #canada #ice #globalwarming #saveourseas #photooftheday #polarbear #polar #bear #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikonlove