Paul Nicklen@paulnicklen

Co-founder of the non-profit @sea_legacy and photojournalist for National Geographic

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Today, just off the coast of Little Cayman, @CristinaMittermeier and I traveled to a depth of 1100 feet in @AluciaProductions' submersible, the Nadir. The deeper and darker it got, the more eye-opening the experience became. Few humans have seen the world this way, and it’s astonishing that we know more about the cosmos than we do the oceans. Thank you to @buck_taylor_ for masterfully piloting the sub.
Follow @sea_legacy for more videos of us exploring the depths with @samkretch and @iankellett_story.
#TurningTheTide #nature #oceans

Little Cayman

The locals call him Niño, which in Spanish means “boy.” He is only eight or nine feet long but that does not mean he lacked confidence. If I got too close he would gently remind me to back off by slowly opening up his mouth. He is definitely not as scary as he looks. #nature #cuba #TurningTheTide with @sea_legacy with @aluciaproductions @andy_mann and @cristinamittermeier


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.

It is refreshing and uplifting to dive in a Marine Protected Area where sharks follow us on every dive. Visit the URL on my profile to see how we are #turningthetide at @Sea_Legacy.
With @cristinamittermeier, @andy_mann, @captik_iank and @samkretch #gratitude #nature #naturelovers #shark #love #beauty dance #ocean #shotonred @reddigitialcinema with @aluciaproductions


It feels better to have a friend with you in the water when a large croc becomes a curious croc. He was an awesome and impressive animal, and it was humbling to enter his lair. With that said, the biggest risk to us was the lightning storm that moved overhead during this moment. We are just returning from an awesome, important and beautiful expedition in the Gardens of the Queen, Cuba. Please join @sea_legacy to #follow our efforts. Click on the URL in my bio to join us in our efforts to protect our oceans. #turningthetide with @sea_legacy with @cristinamittermeier @andy_mann @samkretch @captik_iank @mdalio @aluciaproductions #croc #nature #love #beauty #video #shotonred #explore #adventure


A silky shark cuts through the surface of the water in the Jardines de la Reina, Cuba. @Sea_Legacy is here with our partners at @AluciaProductions to shine a light on what a pristine, healthy ocean looks like, and why it should be protected. Please follow @AluciaProductions, @Andy_Mann and @CristinaMittermeier to follow along on this beautiful, important expedition. #TurningTheTide

Jardines de la Reina

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.