Photo by @simonagerphotography // At one point in time hardly anyone knew about Japan’s illegal slaughter in the Southern Ocean. They targeted 1,035 whales per year, including a quota of 50 endangered humpbacks and 50 endangered fin whales. In 2014, the International Court of Justice ruled the whalers actions were not scientific. The only paper ever released stated that ‘whales eat fish’. 2015 saw no whales taken, while the Japanese whalers amended their papers to return with a revised quota of 333 Minke whales in 2016/17. The whaling fleet will arrive sometime in December to the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary, and will begin its commercial whaling venture flying in the face of public opinion and morality. #turningthetide#icr#illegalwhaling#seashepherd
Holiday season is almost upon us. To celebrate and support @Sea_Legacy’s work, we’re offering some of our most iconic photos from expeditions around the world. Produced in partnership with storytelling platform @Maptia, these gifts for loved ones or yourself remind us that we’re all part of a global community working to protect our oceans. Printed on crisp, high-quality paper by a fine art printer in the USA, each poster will ship in 5-7 business days, in time to arrive for the holidays. All proceeds will support SeaLegacy’s mission to create healthy and abundant oceans for animals, like this breaching humpback. Link in bio. Photo: @PaulNicklen
Photo by @simonagerphotography // When a whale poops, it’s poops a lot. Up to three tons a day, and it’s rich in iron and nitrogen. As the keystone species on this planet that sustains life—phytoplankton is a microscopic organism that, through a combination of photo synthesis and feeding on whale poop, produce over 70% of the oxygen on earth. Right at this moment, the Japanese whaling fleet is heading to the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary in Antarctica under the guise of research. They will harpoon 333 beautiful Minke whales. What do you think of that? #turningthetide#japanesewhaling#marineconservation#minkewhale#southernocean#phytoplankton
Video by @paulnicklen // The sound of a whale is a beautiful thing. Be sure to turn your sound on to hear this big, beautiful bowhead whale in the Tallurutiup Imanga/Lancaster Sound marine protected area, in Canada’s north. It’s a step in the right direction, but we must remain vigilant. Threats from oil and gas exploration, seismic testing and heavy tanker traffic loom over the Arctic like a dark cloud, and we need to work with all communities to protect this fragile region. This week, we will share stories and imagery from our recent expedition to Tallurutiup Imanga and the Northwest Passage, where we witnessed both the uplifting beauty of the Arctic and the mounting challenges this region deals with as climate change, tanker traffic and mankind’s touch become more prevalent. #turningthetide
Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // A mosaic jellyfish floats serenely with its minions in the waters off the coast of Myanmar in the Mergui Archipelago, a diverse region is in the middle of the Andaman Sea. Jellyfish are ubiquitous in the Earth’s oceans and are the sentinels of the sea. Many think of them as a pesky problem but they are actually great indicators of the ocean’s health. As overfishing, pollution and warmer water temps continue to rise we need to heed the warnings that these fascinating and mysterious creatures provide. Every time I look at this photo it reminds me how truly magical and wonderous the ocean is. We need to do what we can to protect it. #turningthetide
Photo by @simonagerphotography // Juvenile salmon spend two to five years in the ocean maturing. They become rich in nitrogen ‘15’, a powerful fertilizer. When they return to the rivers to spawn, the wild salmon get eaten by the bears who then poop in the forest—in turn, the poop loaded with the nitrogen ‘15’ feeds the trees making them grow tall with huge canopies, which, in turn, provide shade keeping the water cool in the salmon spawning grounds for the temperature sensitive baby salmon before they head out to sea and repeat the cycle. The wild Pacific salmon are the life blood of this coast. No salmon = no bears = no tall trees that provide some of the air we breathe. #turningthetide#ndp#fishfarmsgetout
Working with First Nations allows us to work efficiently and capably, but most importantly, it points out the most important fact: we need to respect their sovereignty before any progress can be made. Over the next week we will be celebrating the successes SeaLegacy has enjoyed by following the lead of our First Nations friends. Photo: @cristinamittermeier#turningthetide
Beauty exists everywhere. Thankfully, our co-founder @cristinamittermeier manages to capture it regularly. Beautiful iceberg imagery from our recent expedition to the Lancaster Sound / Tallurutiup Immanga marine protected area. Starting Tuesday we will be shining a light on the good things that happen when we work with our First Nations. #turningthetide
When Vancouver Island resident Laurie Gourlay spoke about the Salish Sea he became animated. The passion for this beautiful body of water and it’s greater watershed flowed out of Laurie like freshwater to the sea. He was a tireless advocate for the waterways of coastal B.C. and through his organization—the Salish Sea Trust—he worked hard to protect them. He spearheaded a campaign to have the Salish Sea designated as a @unesco World Heritage Site, and @Sea_Legacy was proud to throw our support behind him.
Let’s further Laurie’s incredible legacy. Let’s do it together. Rest In Peace, Laurie Gourlay. Photo: @cristinamittermeier
Photo by @simonagerphotography // A single fish farm often holds up to one million Atlantic salmon in close confinement. In these conditions, disease can sweep through a farm with devastating effect, killing thousands of fish. To try and combat outbreaks, the fish are given feed pellets loaded with antibiotic’s. Those who don’t survive are vacuumed from the depths of the pens. The diseased corpses are moved to mortuary totes to decompose, then shipped off and mixed with tree bark from the logging industry. This is turned into compost for sale at your local garden centre. Would you want to consume vegetables grown in toxic soil? Maybe you already have. #turningthetide@bcndp@justinpjtrudeau@johnhorgan4bc
Photo by @simonagerphotography // Salmon farming has become a human rights issue in British Columbia, Canada. Indigenous people have asked the industry to leave their territories for the past 30 years. Some of them are now occupying the farms because they no longer have enough wild salmon in their rivers to provide food for the winter. Norwegian fish farming companies Marine Harvest and Cermaq have ignored them, and continue to ignore them.
The current occupation of Midsummer Island fish farm by members of the Musgamagw Dzawda’enuxw lasted almost 80 days, and was ordered to an end by the Supreme Court in Vancouver yesterday. Marine Harvest will be allowed to restock the farm with more diseased salmon smolts and continue decimating the marine eco-system of this coast. The occupation of Swanson Island by the Namgis Nation remains at this time. #turningthetide#getsalmonfarmsout@justinpjtrudeau@johnhorgan4bc@bcndp
Photo by @simonagerphotography // Bathing in an open-water soup of antibiotic drugs and diseased fish faeces, wild fish suffer the spill off from Atlantic salmon farms in B.C. waters. Antibiotic use is escalating in salmon farms, which means the drugs are entering the marine environment, infiltrating the food chain in wild herring and other species. They are attracted to the tons of oily feed in the open-net pens. #getsalmonfarmsout#turningthetide#justintrudeau#bcndp#johnhorgan4bc
Photo by @simonagerphotography // Sea lice occur naturally but, in the natural world, salmon cannot become attacked until they are mature enough to withstand infection through a protective coat of scales. Salmon farms force millions of salmon to swim in circles, giving the lice the opportunity to reproduce rapidly. Eventually the lice overwhelm young salmon, and eat them to death.
Photo by John and Jane Doe // Deformities, viruses and toxic algae blooms—these are some of the results of fish farming in open-net ocean pens. This salmon—which is legally labelled “organic”—ends up on the plates of people who want cheap salmon: customers at high-volume retailers like Costco and Walmart, all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants, etc. 40% of it ends up in Los Angeles, #California.
There is irrefutable evidence that open-net fish farming destroys wild fish stocks and pollutes coastal marine environments, affecting the entire food chain. It’s time to get open-net fish farms out of British Columbia waters. They are operating without permissionin the territories of the indigenous Musgmagw Dzawada’enuwx and Namgis First Nations peoples. Please click the link in my bio to add your voice. ⠀
This is an image taken in an Atlantic salmon open-net fish farm.
Canada’s Provincial and Federal Governments have a duty to protect the coastal ecosystems that sustain other industries like sports fishing, commercial salmon fishing, wilderness tourism and the livelihoods of First Nations communities. Open-net fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago are operating on indigenous First Nations territory against their wishes. Canada has an opportunity, and obligation, to become a global leader in aquaculture. Getting fish farms out of the water is a crucial first step.⠀
To learn more, sign the petition and send a tweet to government representatives, click the link in our bio. *
* #turningthetide | @getfishfarmsout | @cleansingourwaters | #reconciliationcanada | #fish | #indigenousrights |
It’s #PolarBearWeek. We obviously have a soft spot for these wild and free apex predators. We’ve seen both the beauty and the tragedy of polar bears, and are dedicated to showing both sides in order to provoke conversation about how we can best be stewards for these majestic animals. Photo: @paulnicklen#turningthetide
Photo: @andy_mann // This is the largest Oceanic Whitetip Shark I’ve seen in 3 years of working with scientists in Cat Island. Each visit here we are better understanding the movements of this magnificent shark. Here @cainedelacy freedives down as she hams it up for the camera. What an honor! Eastern Atlantic Oceanic Whitetips are critically endangered and seeing one of this size and full of pups is a beacon of hope.
Photo by @daisygilardini // Please welcome Daisy Gilardini as the newest member of 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. Like us, Daisy has a soft spot for bears. Follow along with us as we continue #TurningTheTide for polar bears and all the other animals that rely on a healthy ecosystem for survival. Welcome to The Collective, @daisygilardini.
Video: @andy_mann // When @paulnicklen has an idea he becomes completely consumed with it. So after he spotted a beautiful large sponge on a sunset dive, he came up to the surface, gathered the team and explained his idea, which was basically: "We come back after dark, before the storm hits and follow me down to 100 feet. We'll light the sponge from above, simulating the moon and wait for sharks and groupers to come in." Obviously we were all-in and didn't have to wait long as the sharks arrived upon entry. The 20 minutes that proceeded was a beautifully lit show of how a healthy Caribbean reef looks at night. The memory is still more like a dream and a reality. I can't wait to see his footage! Meanwhile, enjoy this short behind-the-scenes clip. #teamwork#turningthetide with @sea_legacy@cristinamittermeier@paulnicklen@iankellett_story@mdalio@samkretch / music @davisharwellmusic
All week we have been celebrating 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. However, none of this would be possible without our co-founders and fearless leaders, @cristinamittermeier and @paulnicklen. Together, we are #turningthetide for the world’s oceans. Will you join us? Click on the link in our bio to learn more.
Photo by @justinhofman // Once hunted mercilessly due to the fact that it was ‘the right whale’ to hunt, southern right whale populations have slowly began to rebound and are regularly spotted in South Africa, Australia, and Argentina. This beautiful, curious baby played with us in a protected Argentine bay while the mother quietly dozed below. Their counterparts to the north, both in the North Atlantic and the Pacific have not faired as well and their populations are critically endangered. Strong conservation initiatives and changes to shipping lanes are the only way to give right whales a chance to recover from human impact. Images taken under permit and supervision. #turningthetide | #rightwhale | #marineconservation
Photo by @andy_mann // We are announcing the final member of the five initial key players in 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. More will be announced each month. Boulder, Colorado’s Andy Mann has already been on two expeditions with @sea_legacy and has played an instrumental role on the team. He will be helping us in #TurningTheTide as we grow in strength, influence and reach. Welcome to The Collective, @andy_mann, even if you’ve already been part of it for a while. Let’s change the world.
Photo by @justinhofman // Justin Hofman is the fourth announced member of 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. Justin is an expedition leader and scientific illustrator in addition to being award-winning photographer. He will be helping us in #TurningTheTide. Welcome to The Collective, @justinhofman.
Photo by @simonagerphotography // Canadian photographer, activist and talented sailor, Simon Ager is the third member of 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. For the past decade, Ager has served with the @seashepherd, and is currently the Director of the Canadian arm. He will be helping us in #TurningTheTide for our oceans with his amazing imagery from locations that need attention most, whether it’s Antarctica (where this image was taken) or the fish farms of the B.C. Coast, where he just spent four months assisting First Nations on the occupation of several open net pen farms. We are honoured to have such a dedicated ocean advocate in The Collective. Welcome onboard, Simon. @simonagerphotography
Photo by @jodymacdonaldphoto // We are proud to announce the second member of 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. Canadian photographer @jodymacdonaldphoto will be helping us in #TurningTheTide for our oceans with her incredible imagery. She’s headed to Papua New Guinea on Monday for a @sea_legacy assignment, and she’ll be taking us along on the ride. Thank you, Jody.
Photo by @ladzinski // We are proud to announce the first member of 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. Keith Ladzinski (@ladzinski) is a photographer and filmmaker who has worked with the world’s most respected publications, like @natgeo and @nytimes. His images are stunning and we are happy to have him on our team. Thank you to Keith for helping us in #TurningTheTide for our oceans.