Photo by @DaisyGilardini // I just came back from a two-weeks assignment in polar bear country. This year was characterized by the unusual presence of hundreds of caribou in the denning area. The disturbance in the snow due to the caribou made it really difficult for the trackers to find the bears. I was still blessed with four beautiful encounters, though, one of which was quite unexpected. An unwise vole decided to have a close look to the family! She escaped from the cub's mouth, miraculously - only to be cough a few minutes later by mama's unforgiving jaws. #turningthetide#polarbear#explorecanada#wapusknationalpark
Photo: @andy_mann // A Caribbean reef shark cruises past a baited, remote, underwater video system (BRUV). I’ve been working closely with @globalfinprint on this ambitious project which involves surveying more than 400 reef locations around the world, capturing images of sharks and other animals in hopes of getting a relative abundance of populations across the globe. #sharkcensus#marinebiology // #Followme@andy_mann to learn more about where this project heads and some of the fascinating footage retrieved from the cameras.
Photo by @iantmcallister// Within minutes the ocean transforms color as thousands of tons of male herring move inshore to spawn. They are quickly followed by female herring who move into the milt to lay their fertilized eggs. One of nature’s greatest events that is so important, so vital, and
culturally revered by the Heiltsuk First Nation that it marks the beginning of their traditional new year. Decades of overfishing have left central coast herring stocks in a state of collapse but with the recent suspension of the kill fishery there is hope for recovery.
Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // A beautiful string of islands on Ari Atoll in the Maldives. The lowest lying country in the world is not built on sand, but on the planet's most endangered ecosystem, coral reefs. The 1,000 km long archipelago is an extreme test case to the global environmental crisis. Not only is the sea level lapping at the shallow islands but sea temperatures are rising as is the acidity of the ocean: both kill the corals. Add to all these challenges the vast and growing rubbish mountains and the growing freshwater crisis and it's clear the Maldives is on the environmental front line. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists mid-level scenarios for global warming emissions show that the Maldives can expect a sea level rise of around half a metre by 2100 and could thus lose 77% of its total land area. The government has identified many potential strategies for adapting to rising seas the main one requiring relocating its people to a new homeland. #climatechange#maldives
Photo by @DaisyGilardini // Icebergs form when ice calves from glaciers. Over time, wind, rain and sea erosion sculpts and reshapes the ice into unique and dramatic forms. Icebergs will roll over several times during their lifetime. What was once underwater is exposed on the surface.
This iceberg probably flipped upside-down not long before I took this picture.
You can still see the stripes caused by the air bubbles released from the ice while underwater. #TurningTheTide#iceberg#Antactica#climatechange
Video by @shawnheinrichs // If we aspire to address the critical threats and restore the health of world’s reefs, reversing the precipitous decline in sharks and other predator species, and rebuilding fish populations, we cannot look to the current condition of most of our reefs as a reasonable baseline for a healthy system. Instead we must consider what these reef systems looked like before they were so degraded, choked in algae, and stripped of all large predators and most commercially-valuable fish species. We must remind our communities of what thriving reef systems actually look like, with a rich diversity of corals and a healthy balance in predator-prey species, and inspire them through imagery and storytelling, that such reef systems exist even today within our oceans. #turningthetide with @shawnheinrichs@vulcaninc@bluespherefoundation@racingextinction@oceanicpreservationsociety@sea_legacy
Photo by @DaisyGilardini // Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.
This mother found a bit of refreshment on a warm, summer day by lying in a pool in the pasture. Her cub, however, preferred to climb on mother’s cozy back for a nap.The coastal bear population in this park is very healthy, due to the wide variety of available food. The bears’ food varies from fresh sedges to berries on land, and clams to salmon in the ocean. A healthy ocean means healthy bears. #Turningthetide#Alaska#grizzlybear#bear#brownbear
Photo by @simonagerphotography // Bluefin are the largest tuna and can live up to 40 years. They migrate across oceans and can dive more than 4,000 feet. Bluefin tuna are made for speed: built like torpedoes, have retractable fins and their eyes are set flush to their body. They are tremendous predators from the moment they hatch, seeking out schools of fish like herring, mackerel and even eels. They hunt by sight and have the sharpest vision of any bony fish. There are three species of bluefin: Atlantic (the largest and most endangered), Pacific, and Southern. Most catches of the Atlantic bluefin tuna are taken from the Mediterranean Sea, which is the most important bluefin tuna fishery in the world. In 2010 Sea Shepherd released over 800 Bluefin back to the wild from an illegal catch off the coast of Libya. #seashepherd#sealegacy#bluefin#tuna#endangeredspecies#turningthetide
Photo by @simonagerphotography // Now protected, Humpback populations have grown to nearly 54,000 worldwide. With its black back and white belly, deeply grooved throat, long pectoral flippers, and huge fluke, the Humpback Whale is easy to identify. Small bumps are found on the whale’s head and neck, and the front edge of their flippers. Adults are typically 13 meters and 14 meters long for males and females respectively, and can weigh between 34,000 and 45,000 kilograms. The fluke of a male Humpback can measure up to 80 centimeters across. The underside of each whale’s fluke is colored black and white in a pattern that is as unique as a fingerprint. #britishcolumbia#humpbackwhale#whale#seashepherd#sealegacy#turningthetide
Photo by @DaisyGilardini // Bears simply love salmon roe. In the fall during the salmon run they often dive the all head into the river to lick up from under the rocks the salmon eggs. When re-emerging they always shake off the water trapped in the fur. Timing and shutter speed are crucial but if you succeed to freeze the action the results is really cool.
The Kermode bear also called by First Nations Spirit bear is one of the rarest bears in the world. Due to a unique recessive gene, this subspecies of the American black bear has white or cream-coloured fur. #Turningthetide#spiritbear#greatbearrainforest#BritishColumbia
Photos by @AprilBencze // We are proud to announce @AprilBencze as another member to The Collective — a trusted group of @Sea_Legacy’s esteemed friends who have pledged to use their talents and voices to amplify the message of ocean conservation.
Fully immersed in wildlife conservation and environmental justice initiatives on the coast of British Columbia, April uses photography, filmmaking, writing and poetry as a story-telling tool set for advocacy work. Her work focuses on reframing perspectives around our individual and collective relationships with wilderness and wildlife. Some initiatives she is currently involved in include bringing an end to the recreational killing (trophy hunting) of coastal carnivores such as bears and wolves, protecting wild salmon from the fish farming industry, documenting industrial pollution impacts above and below the surface, exposing the impacts of the fossil fuel culture, and highlighting the importance of connection to place. She is grateful for the mentoring she has received over the years from @Sea_Legacy's @CristinaMittermeier, @PaulNicklen, and @iantmcallister, and is excited to be #TurningTheTide