Up close and personal with a lion’s mane jellyfish along the coast of British Columbia. The largest lion’s mane jellyfish ever recorded was over seven feet across the bell and had tentacles over 120 feet long. I have come out of dives in B.C. and been stung as I pulled off my drysuit. I must have swam through their tentacles without seeing them as I ascended. They are truly one of the most beautiful animals I’ve seen.
As @cristinamittermeier and I pack up and get ready to leave the incredible marine life and seascapes of the Azores, I am excited to see some of you at our next stop in NY, on May 21st, in support of our friends at the Wolf Conservation Center. Check out the link in my bio to learn more about this fun and important fundraiser. With @sea_legacy and @wolfconservationcenter
My backyard looks out over the beautiful Salish Sea, home to the Pacific white-sided dolphin and over 3,000 species of other marine animals. As exceedingly social mammals, these dolphins are typically viewed in schools of 50-100 or more to a pod. I love how curious and playful these animals can be. On assignment for @Sea_Legacy.
The unmistakable heart-shaped face of a grizzly bear. Photographed along the Fishing Branch in Canada’s Yukon Territory.
Nature never ceases to amaze me. Brooding anemones are more than just simple organisms along the coast of British Columbia. The young all start life as females but when the pedal disc is about two centimeters in diameter, they develop testes and spend the rest of their lives as hermaphrodites. This means that the population consists of a large number of young females and a small number of older hermaphrodites.
This herd of caribou uses Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a calving ground because of its abundant vegetation, perfect for foraging, as well as its distance from mountain predators. The Arctic is under imminent threat from industrial development and climate change, and we need to take action to save incredible landscapes and ecosystems such as this.
A mother brown bear drops a pink salmon off for her cubs next to a river in Alaska and then surveys her surroundings to ensure the safety of her cubs. I have so much #respect for these denizens of the coastal rainforest as they consume maximum calories before sleeping through the winter months.
We sat quietly in our small boat while a young female polar bear contemplated our presence with curiosity and nervousness. She must have started to walk away over thirty times before immediately turning around to come and inspect us. Eventually, she wandered off down the beach, leaving us behind. She was an incredibly healthy looking little bear and it was great to see a bit of animal fat still stuck to her nose, evidence of a recent feast. With @cristinamittermeier and @sea_legacy.
Iceland boasts the cleanest and healthiest salmon rivers in the world. Here a fisherman changes his fly on the Hvita River. Although Iceland does not have the largest trophy fish, they do have extremely healthy returns. Many scientists attribute this to the lack of fish farms in key areas where wild adult and smolt salmon leave and return to the rivers. In Canada, open-net fish farms, located along migratory paths of wild salmon, are destroying ecosystems and poisoning wild salmon stocks. They have no place in Canada’s oceans.
A female coastal rain wolf skillfully navigates a stream along the BC coast. Her sense of smell, eyesight, hearing, and knowledge of the area are unparalleled. I am proud that the work we do at @sea_legacy generates a voice to species like this whom most of the world does not even know exists.
Today, I got to live a dream. My good friend and @sea_legacy advisor @_tomconlin grabbed this image as the largest species to ever exist on Earth swam past me. I have only seen a handful of blue whales throughout my career and to finally see one up close and personal underwater was a dream come true. You have to realize, that there is another 25 feet of the head underwater and another 25 feet of the tail underwater. This whale had to be over 70 feet long. With @cristinamittermeier and _susan_bird for @sealegacy. Stay tuned for the RED footage of this situation. With strict laws, whale watching permits, controlled ship traffic, limits on ocean noise pollution and respect, these great leviathans will continue to roam free. #gratitude#nature#MPA