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Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) Instagram photos and videos
List of Instagram medias taken by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen)
Gentoo penguins race towards the shore as they prepare to leap from the sea and walk back to their awaiting partner and chicks. After a day feeding at sea, their bellies are full of red lobster krill. They feed both of their chicks and then swap places with their partner who then heads out to sea. With @sea_legacy and @cristinamittermeier
I have always loved this image that I took in 2014 in Norway. But it was too grainy, too dark, not quite there and it frustrates me to not do these animals and ecosystems justice. It was a miss but not by much. I finally did it in black and white and now I am in love with the moment and mood. In the heart of the dark winter in northern Norway, over 1000 orcas gather to feast on herring. Recently, due to pressure by you, our @sea_legacy followers, other NGO’s, policy makers and concerned citizens these orcas are free to roam and feed without the pressure of oil seismic exploration and oil drilling for another four years. We must make this a a permanent thing. I am excited that my new polar retrospective coffee-table book will be coming out this summer. Please stay tuned. For those who have helped me make some critical decisions on my instagram story feed, I thank you! #gratitude #orca #nature
Of all of the species I have spent time in the sea, pinnipeds have provided the most laughs. I have been diving with these sea lions for many years, and it is an experience that is tough to beat. All I know is that it is challenging to photograph when your mask is full of water from laughing so hard. Thank you @instagram for giving us a shout-out today! #Follow us on @sea_legacy as we use the power of visual storytelling to celebrate and protect this beautiful British Columbia coast.
A large male polar bear noshes on some bearded seal ribs. Judging by the size of the remaining carcass, this seal may have weighed up to 600 pounds. To thrive in the planet's harshest environments, polar bears need to eat as much as they can to support themselves with energy and fat reserves as kills like this come rarely. #TurningTheTide with @Sea_Legacy
Just returning to Vancouver after a wonderful two days in #Dubai where we attended the @hipaae Photography Awards. Very happy that my friend and Secretary General of the competition @ali_bin_thalith who is a great underwater photographer and an even finer human presented me with these two awards. My carry-on is a little heavy. Never got the grand prize but received a first place for my body of work on climate change and a second place for a decisive moment of a leaping penguin. I also had a wonderful day with the The Crown Prince of #Dubai @faz3. The photo contest is his and he lives a life with purpose. He cares about photography and our oceans and I am proud that one of my Narwhal fine art prints hangs on his wall. It was a nice break and a nice accolade but there is much work to do. #turningthetide with @sea_legacy #gratitude #nature
Antarctica feeds my soul, senses, and camera more than any other place on Earth. It is all about the wildlife, the encounters, and the experiences. In 2006, I had my first encounter with the supposedly fearsome leopard seal. On that expedition, a huge leopard seal took me under her care for four days and constantly tried to feed me penguins. I have been in the water with hundreds of leopard seals since and I have never known the leopard seal to be anything other than inquisitive, intelligent, playful, curious, gentle and an incredibly cool top predator of icy seas. They always make me laugh and smile just as this one did when it struck this pose. When you look at elephant seals, fur seals, and crab-eater seals, they are covered in scars and bite marks from their constant quarrels. When you look at leopard seals, it is rare to find a bite mark or scar on their bodies. They mostly communicate through gesture and display. They don’t want to bite, and they don’t want to be bitten. Just as @goranehlme showed me the way of the leopard seal in 2006, I felt honored to be able to show the leopard seal to @cristinamittermeier, @andy_mann and @ladzinski. Please follow @Sea_Legacy to see more photographs like these from our extremely talented collective and help us to continue #TurningTheTide.