SeaLegacy #TurningTheTide@sea_legacy

We're on a mission to create healthy and abundant oceans. Founded by @PaulNicklen & @CristinaMittermeier.

Video by @PaulNicklen // The first fin whale has been killed in Iceland.

A 65-foot endangered fin whale, defenceless and sentient, was brutally harpooned, dragged ashore and flensed late last night. A photo of the carcass, posted by a Hvalur worker, is circulating the internet. We want to remind you how magnificent these creatures are. There is an unparalleled beauty in seeing these stunning and massive giants in the wild. It is hard for us to understand why a nation, often seen as progressive, and known for its nature tourism, is letting the senseless actions of one man, Kristján Loftsson, dictate the direction of Iceland. Speak out to #StopIcelandWhaling and join @Sea_Legacy in putting pressure on the Icelandic government through the link in our bio. #TurningTheTide with @bluespherefoundation and @oceanicpreservationsociety

This work was performed under the authorization n.0 XX-ORAC-2018 issued by the Government, on February 22, 2018


Photo by @nickhawkinsphotography // The moment before the head of a massive 70 foot fin whale breaks through the surface after feeding on herring in the depths of the Bay of Fundy. I spent hundreds of hours watching fin whales when I worked as a naturalist aboard whale watching boats. Few whales left such an impression of grace, power and agility as the spectacular fin whale, second only to the blue whale as the largest animal to have ever lived on our planet. It is both incredible disheartening - and confusing - to learn that Iceland has sanctioned the killing of 238 of these IUCN endangered animals this year.

Iceland’s whale watching industry generates $20 million USD annually – far more than the disappearing whale meat market. It’s time for Iceland to choose tourism over whaling. Speak out to #StopIcelandWhaling and join @Sea_Legacy @bluespherefoundation @oceanicpreservationsociety in #TurningTheTide through the link in our bio.


Video by @PaulNicklen // The International Whaling Commission (IWC) instituted a global moratorium, or pause, on commercial whaling in 1986. Yet, Kristján Loftsson, CEO of Iceland’s only fin whale-hunting business, Hvalur hf (Whale Inc.), continues to operate, ignoring international outrage and the shrinking demand for whale meat. This year, after a two-year hiatus in hunting, the Icelandic government sanctioned the slaughter of 238 endangered fin whales. Those whales are dying right now, each one harpooned and dragged to a slow, cruel end. Economically, the hunt doesn’t make any sense. Iceland’s whale watching industry generates $20 million USD annually – far more than the disappearing whale meat market. It’s time for Iceland to choose tourism over whaling. Speak out to #StopIcelandWhaling and join @Sea_Legacy @bluespherefoundation @oceanicpreservationsociety in #TurningTheTide through the link in our bio.

This work was performed under the authorization n.0 XX-ORAC-2018 issued by the Government, on February 22, 2018


Today, the British Columbia Provincial Government renewed tenures for 20 open-net Atlantic salmon fish farms in the province’s largest marine park, the Broughton Archipelago, on a month-to-month basis. In doing so, they broke their campaign promise to implement the Cohen Commission’s recommendations to protect wild salmon. They also introduced a new requirement for these farms to secure First Nations’ consent, but this doesn’t come into effect until after the next provincial election. Governments have a duty to protect our wild salmon. These announcements do nothing to address the environmental impact of open-net Atlantic salmon fish farms, nor do they promote evidence-based decision-making. Despite the political bluster, nothing has changed. We will continue our efforts to #GetFishFarmsOut. Photograph by @simonagerphotography.


Photo by @IantMcallister // The lush, dense #GreatBearRainforest is one of the last intact temperate rainforests in the world. Home to the rare and revered #SpiritBear, this ancient place is one of the greatest natural treasures on Earth. Today, the Great Bear Rainforest and the surrounding #GreatBearSea are under threat from articulated tug barge (ATB) traffic, LNG proposals, and old growth logging.

Please #followme and @PacificWild as we elevate efforts to protect this precious region and all the animals who call it home.


Video by @PaulNicklen // Wild salmon are the lifeblood of British Columbia’s coastal ecosystem. They travel great distances to return to spawning grounds in a fascinating and beautiful natural process. It is also a terribly exhausting struggle. During this migration, wild salmon must navigate past open-net Atlantic salmon fish farms that are notorious for spreading both disease and filth into the waters around them. From sea lice to piscine reovirus to algae blooms, these highly-concentrated open-net pens create lethal obstacles for wild salmon, all in the name of profit.

20 open-net Atlantic salmon farm tenures are set to expire tomorrow. Visit the link in our bio to join a growing community of scientists, tourism operators, conservationists, chefs and First Nation communities that are urging @justinpjtrudeau and @JohnHorgan4BC to do the right thing and #GetFishFarmsOut.


Photograph by @PaulNicklen // You can’t get much more love and attention than this. It takes two parents to raise one emperor penguin chick. When one parent goes out to sea to bring food back for the baby, the other parent stays to keep it warm. Here, an adult emperor penguin shelters her chick from the cold while the father makes the long ten mile walk back to the colony with fish and krill to feed their single chick. Happy Father's Day to all the hard working dads out there!
#fathersday #father #penguin #ice #family #instagood #photooftheday #cute #wildlife #bw #instawildlife #natgeo #ocean


Photo by @DaisyGilardini // Just two months after my latest expedition to Svalbard I am on my way back. Satellite records from NASA revealed that May 2018 was the second lowest Arctic sea ice extent in 39 years. It is going to be interesting to see the changes.
#turningthetide #climatechange


The Gardens of the Queen, an 830-square-mile marine reserve, created by the Castro government in 1996, shows us what a healthy coral reef ecosystem saturated with life can be. A collaboration with @Sea_Legacy, @oceanx, and @fusiontv takes you onboard the first non-Cuban research vessel that has ever visited the area and under the thin blue line to witness what a truly healthy and thriving underwater eden looks like. Check the link in our bio to watch this short documentary.
@andy_mann @iankellett_story
#ocean #conservation #sustainable #sustainableliving #cuba #oceanlovers #instagood #photooftheday #blue #learn #sealegacy #turningthetide #cuba


Cuba's Gardens of the Queen, (Jardines De La Reina), is often called the crown jewel of the Caribbean. This is one of the healthiest and most vibrant marine ecosystems in the world. Strictly protected since 1996, the Gardens show us what's possible when we commit to creating healthy and abundant oceans. Nearly all commercial fishing is prohibited within the reserve, except for the sustainable harvest of spiny lobster. Tourism is also tightly restricted, with just a few thousand divers allowed to visit the reef every year. SeaLegacy, along with OceanX and Fusion TV, was lucky enough to be among them. Tomorrow, we're sharing the stories of that expedition in a full-length documentary. Dive beneath the thin blue line with us to experience the riches of the islands, reefs and mangroves that make up this Caribbean archipelago. Explore the inner depths of one of the world's last intact coral ecosystems, and discover the hidden lives of the sharks, crocodiles, grouper, lobster, sardines and other species that make the Gardens unique.
@andy_mann @iankellett_story
#ocean #conservation #sustainable #sustainableliving #cuba #oceanlovers #instavideo #videooftheday #blue #learn #sealegacy #turningthetide


Even in the world's most beautiful and protected marine environments, there is plastic. @CristinaMittermeier was looking for a beautiful dawn shot; instead, she found an ugly reminder of the toxic impact humans have on this earth. Check the link in our bio to watch Cuba: Garden's of the Queen Episode 7 on plastic.


On June 20, tenures for 20 open-net Atlantic salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago, British Columbia, are set to expire. Premier John Horgan, @johnhorgan4bc, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, @justinpjtrudeau, have the opportunity to make real change happen by not renewing these tenures. We too have the ability to make real change happen. The choices you make, every day, are an important part of that change. One of the easiest ways to help create healthy and abundant oceans is by being an informed and conscious consumer. #KnowYourSalmon is our challenge to you, ocean lovers, to learn the difference between wild salmon and open-net farmed Atlantic salmon. Check the link in our bio to learn more. Together, we are #TurningTheTide.