Blue-line jacks dance and shimmer in the morning light as they cruise along with a Caribbean reef shark in Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen. Notice how they take turns bouncing off the shark. Many believe they rub themselves on the shark’s sandpaper-like skin to remove parasites.
With ice crystals in the air on a cold evening, a Greenlandic hunter from Qaanaaq travels across the sea ice towards the floe edge. I traveled here with @sea_legacy co-founder @cristinamittermeier in the hopes of #turningthetide for climate change.
Wolf pups howl in the evening, calling to their mother as she hunts along the coast of British Columbia. Follow me at @sea_legacy to learn how we are #TurningTheTide for the Salish Sea and all the animals (like wolves) that live on it.
A lone hunter travels along the coast of Northwest Greenland in front of a glacier at -30c. The hunters told us about their changing environment where the sea ice is getting thinner and glaciers like this one are retreating. You can see the physical scars on the mountainside behind the glacier showing how thick it used to be. They have no control over this changing environment and you can see the concern in their eyes as they talk about an uncertain future. #turningthetide@sea_legacy
A young Pacific white sided dolphin cruises above its mother 150 kilometres off the west coast of British Columbia. I love how curious these dolphins can be. This mother kept bringing her young calf over to investigate the intruder in her ocean. The team at @oceansinitiative has done some amazing work on these dolphins and other species, on the effects of ship noise and how it effects their fishing effectiveness. It’s encouraging to know small, dedicated organizations are out there trying to find real life solutions to our oceans’ problems. A big thank you from my team at @sea_legacy to @oceansinitiative for #turningthetide.
“Charismatic megafauna” is a term often used in conservation circles. It essentially means giant, majestic animals that make people emotional. Think humpback whales, polar bears and tigers—the all-stars. Obviously, I love working with these big, beautiful animals as much as the next guy—if not more—but I’m still attracted to the little ones. Like this sunflower starfish in the Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas). When the canopy of macrocystis kelp is pierced by afternoon light and lights up the seafloor, the small creatures have the same power to make us emotional. That’s why I believe it’s important to ask people to get outside more often. Conservation is about a connection to the land and water, and it’s hard to connect with something you’re unfamiliar with. Go outside, get under the water, climb a mountain, or just walk in the park. Any time outside is good for us, and for the earth. #TurningTheTide for @sea_legacy
It’s Canadian thanksgiving today. I want to say thank you to everyone who keeps pushing towards the light. Life can be challenging, so it’s important to stay positive, be empathetic, love each other, and be patient. When you watch the news, this world seems to be falling apart. I would urge you to turn off your TV—especially today—and instead look to your neighbours, your family, friends, co-workers. These are the real people and the real world, and they are all trying their best to be better. Let’s move towards the light together, and let’s be the best version of ourselves that we can be. Happy thanksgiving, everyone. Spread some love today.