On the last day, in the last hour of our recent expedition to Monterey Bay, California, our expedition team, led by @PaulNicklen and @Mitty , found a distressed young whale entangled in derelict fishing gear. This moment led us on journey to discover where we are failing in the fight against entanglements and what we can do to start #TurningTheTide . Follow along in the 5 part series "Entangled,” premiering December 10th. Click the link in our bio to watch the full trailer.
Photo by @chrislinderphoto // A Weddell seal takes a breath through a hole in the sea ice near Ross Island, Antarctica. These seals are the most southerly occurring mammals in the world. One of their primary foods is the toothfish, sold in some markets under the more appetizing name 'Chilean sea bass'. The seals require the large, energy dense toothfish to recover the 40% of mass that the seals lose during pupping/pup nurturing. They have to recover that mass to then fast during molt. This critical food web connection is one of the reasons why protected areas are so important for healthy marine ecosystems. You can help seals, and the entire Antarctic ecosystem, by not buying Antarctic toothfish. Please join me @chrislinderphoto for photos and stories from the field.⠀
Video by @tavishcampbell // Two years ago, British Columbia's salmon farming industry was caught dumping virus-infected blood into Discovery Passage, a critical area for returning wild salmon. Recent dives in November 2019 by Collective member @tavishcampbell have shown the blood is still flowing and is still infected with piscine orthoreovirus (PRV ). This virus, which came from the Atlantic ocean, infects 80% of the farmed fish in British Columbia. Harbingers of disease and parasites, they threaten wild salmon who share the same waters. Wild sockeye salmon runs this year have plunged, hitting record lows for British Columba. ⠀ ⠀ The Liberal Party of Canada has promised to solve this problem by transitioning fish farms out of the ocean and onto land by 2025. Help ensure they keep their promise by sending a message to @justinpjtrudeau , @fisheriesoceanscan , and @bernadettejordanmp to #GetFishFarmsOut . ⠀ ⠀ Learn more about the plight of salmon on British Columbia’s coast at @tavishcampbell and @mitty . ⠀
Photo by @ShawnHeinrichs // Against an influx of seemingly insurmountable odds, the government, community of West Papua, and #TheTide came together to stand in defence of the natural treasures that make West Papua one of the most pristine and biodiverse hotspots on earth. And, in 2019, legislation was adopted by the West Papua parliament that made West Papua the first-ever conservation province. A historical achievement in conservation that demonstrated the power of collaboration. Together, we can protect critical ecosystems and keep #TurningTheTide for a future with healthy and abundant oceans. Click the link in our bio to join our monthly giving community that empowers our team at SeaLegacy to do the work we do. For you, for us, for the ocean.⠀ ⠀ #TurningTheTide with @bluespherefoundation , @shawnheinrichs , @johnbweller , @hamishdw , @conservationorg , @indonesianoceanpride , @conservationid , @paulnicklen , @mitty ⠀
Photo by @mitty // There is no place like the Lofoten islands in northern Norway. Its geography - a narrow continental shelf, and hundreds of shallow island fjords right next to the deep Atlantic - make this place unique and rich with life. Nutrients rise from the deep and flow outwards into the fjords, where life below water is a wonderland of whales and fish and coral reefs. The oil industry has vied for a stake in these waters for twenty years but they have met resistance at every turn. In 2019, 53,000 members of #TheTide petitioned in support of local allies, asking the Norwegian Parliament to vote for the protection of the Lofoten region from oil development. And they listened. This was a critical win to protect marine life from oil drilling, and a powerful demonstration of how #TheTide can support the health of the ocean. Click the link in our bio to join us in #TurningTheTide today. ⠀ ⠀ #TurningTheTide with @Folkeaksjonen , Friends of the Earth Norway, @aufnorge , @mitty , @paulnicklen
Photo by @ShawnHeinrichs // When you give to SeaLegacy, you become part of something bigger. You become part of our story and part of a movement for healthy and abundant oceans. It was with your passion and support that we were able to shine a spotlight on the endangered mako shark, helping them earn critical @CITES Appendix II protection at #CoP18 this year. This is the power of 57,000+ voices from around the world speaking in unity. We are incredibly grateful for what we have accomplished together this year. On behalf of our team, we want to thank you, from the bottom on our ocean-loving hearts. Click the link in our bio to learn more about our growing community and the chance to #DoubleYourImpact this December. #TurningTheTide with @shawnheinrichs , @bluespherefoundation , @vulcaninc , @thelifeofrileynz , @thewcs , @sharkconservationfund , @mitty , @paulnicklen
As we leave #GivingTuesday behind us, we’d like to extend our gratitude once more to every member of #TheTide - new and old. In 48 hours, we gained over 650 new members! Thank you for believing in what we do; that the power of storytelling is a driving force in conservation and often the tipping point for legislative change. Since we set out on this journey in 2014, #TheTide has amplified our stories, signed critical petitions, and supported behavior change around single-use plastics. And this is just the beginning! As only one, we can do so much more. So please, if you can, join #TheTide today at the link in our bio. A generous donor will match each and every dollar donated throughout the month of December, so there is still time to #DoubleYourImpact . Click the link in our bio. Photo by @Mitty .
Yesterday, we welcomed over 550 new members to #TheTide , with #TeamNicklen inching ahead of #TeamMitty at the last minute to #RaiseTheTide just that little bit more. #TheTide , a passionate individuals investing in the ocean, is what helps us accomplish big wins for our ocean. We are honored to have you, new and old members of #TheTide , working with us each and every day for healthy and abundant oceans! If you haven’t already, please check out the link in our bio to help make a difference to the future of the ocean today. A generous donor has pledged to match every contribution made in December, so when you join #TheTide right now your impact is automatically doubled. Thank you for #TurningTheTide with us! Video by @PaulNicklen . Footage taken under Special Interaction Permit (Regulation 13 ) from The Ministry of Tourism, Tonga.
In just 24 hours we raised #TheTide by over 350 members with #TeamMitty narrowly leading the charge - and the numbers are still climbing! What is extra exciting about this year's #GivingTuesday is that every single dollar raised will be matched by a generous donor. Double the donation means double the impact! We are extremely grateful for your support! If you haven't donated yet, you can still #DoubleYourImpact , so please, click the link in our bio to donate today and join #TheTide . Check back in tomorrow for the final tally! Photo by @PaulNicklen .
This year, we dove to whole new depths. From Antarctica to Tonga, Monterey Bay to The Bahamas, new and old members of #TheTide had the chance to go on expedition with @PaulNicklen and @Mitty through images and videos as a way to thank you for giving what you can, when you can. And we are so excited to welcome the new members of this incredible giving community. So far, we have grown #TheTide by over 200 new members!! #TeamMitty has just taken the lead but #TeamNicklen isn't far behind... who will #RaiseTheTide higher today? Cast your vote in the comments and join #TheTide at the link in our bio! Be sure to keep an eye on our stories for new competitors... Photo by @Mitty . This work was performed under the authorization n.0 XX-ORAC-2018 issued by the Government, on February 22, 2018.
"Thank you for staying resilient. Thank you for being a spring of hope. Thank you for standing guard.” - @PaulNicklen Today is #GivingTuesday , a global day of giving to support causes critical to the health and wellbeing of our planet. Thanks to the strength of #TheTide , our reach has expanded across the globe at a rate that we never could have predicted - and it's about to get even bigger. All December your donations will be matched dollar for dollar. To express our gratitude for your support time and time again, founders @PaulNicklen and @Mitty have hopped on our stories to host an #AskMeAnything . Join in LIVE on our story now!! Photo by @PaulNicklen .
The ocean gives us life, but life in the ocean is disappearing. Our climate and ocean are in need of more help than ever, so we've set out to grow #TheTide by 1,000 new members today. We thought the best way to reach our goal was through a friendly competition… #TeamNicklen vs #TeamMitty ! Which of our founders can recruit more people to join #TheTide , an incredible, passionate community invested in the health and sustainability of our oceans? Pick your team through our IG Stories! For every dollar you give, a generous donor will match it, bringing twice the ocean impact to your #GivingTuesday actions! Photo by @PaulNicklen .
Photo by @ShawnHeinrichs // The work we do at @SeaLegacy would be impossible without our incredible members, #TheTide . As a united voice for our oceans and planet, #TheTide has helped us tackle some of the ocean's most critical issues. In 2019, we helped create the world’s first conservation province in West Papua, protected Lofoten’s extraordinary marine ecosystem from oil drilling, and granted critical protection for endangered mako sharks. From sharing our stories to signing petitions and voting for ocean-friendly politicians, #TheTide has been with us every step of the way. Tomorrow, along with our founders @Mitty and @PaulNicklen , we will work to reach our goal and #RaiseTheTide by 1,000 new members. Click the link in our bio to learn about #TheTide today. We are so much stronger together. Will you join us?
Video by @PaulNicklen // Please turn up the volume nice and loud and enjoy. I hovered inches above this male humpback as he hung head down in the water column and belted out this haunting song for all the ocean to hear. The vibrations produced from this approximately 70,000 pound animal reverberated through my entire body. It was an experience that I have dreamt of my whole life and yet, I never knew it was going to be this intense, this special and this awe-inspiring. His song was so powerful that I wasn’t even sure if I had remembered to press record once I got back to the surface. Luckily, I did. Watch our story on @SeaLegacy today and learn how you could earn the chance to ask @Mitty and me your burning questions. We'll be answering live tomorrow as we work to #RaiseTheTide by 1,000 new members. #GivingTuesday #AskMeAnything ⠀ ⠀ Filmed under regulation 13-Special Interaction Permit-Ministry of Tonga with @scott .Portelli @kyle .roepke @vilitakau and @jaytuma ⠀
Photo by @Mitty // One world. One planet. One goal. This #GivingTuesday , we’re raising the stakes and channelling our collective passion for the ocean with a goal to #RaiseTheTide by 1,000 new members once more - but with an added twist. Every single donation that comes in will be matched by a generous donor — doubling your impact. But why stop there? For tomorrow's day of giving, our founders @PaulNicklen and @Mitty are upping the stakes with a #GivingTuesday contest to see who can #RaiseTheTide higher. Are you on #TeamMitty or #TeamNicklen ? Let us know in the comments! Learn more about #TheTide at the link in our bio.
Photo by @DaisyGilardini // Digging out some unpublished images shot a few years ago in the Great Bear Rainforest. Great memories spent in one of the most amazing forest in the world in company of a very special animal. The Kermode Bear (Ursus americanus kermodei ) is one of the rarest bears in the world. It is a black bear that has a white/creamy fur, which is produced by a recessive gene. He lives principally in the central and north coast of British Columbia in Canada.⠀
The realities of the #climatecrisis hit home for Alaska this past summer. Historical heat records saw rapid glacial melt, increased wildfires and flooding. This beautiful, wild landscape is changing. And amongst the mounting pile of evidence, meaningful #ClimateAction remains amiss. Alaska's Tongass National Forest - an old-growth forest that absorbs vast amounts of carbon, more than any other national forest - has been protected by the federal "roadless rule" over the past two decades. The Trump Administration plans to strip protections for more than 9 million acres of the forest, against the protests of local Alaskans, Americans and sovereign indigenous governments. Take #ClimateAction today; go to the link in our bio to send a comment letter to U.S. Forest Service Secretary, Sonny Perdue. At this point in time, the US Forest Service only accepts comments from America. For those of you living outside of the states, please share and tag anyone you know in America to comment! The deadline to submit comments is December 17th. Photo by @PioneerStudios . ⠀ ⠀ #TurningTheTide with @SalmonStateAK , @wecan_intl , @PioneerStudios , Kashudoha Wanda Culp and Rebekah Sawers.⠀
Photo by @chrislinderphoto // All across the rapidly warming Arctic, permafrost--frozen, carbon-rich soil that can be nearly a mile deep in places--is thawing. As the once-solid ground transforms into a pudding-like goo, trees start to lean, and buildings built on permafrost begin to sag. Climate change impacts like this are more easily seen in the Arctic, but solutions to stabilizing the climate are closer to home: plant trees, protect existing forests and wilderness areas, and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels. A new hardcover book from @chrislinderphoto , titled The Big Thaw, explores the science behind thawing permafrost and its impacts on the climate crisis, illuminating the people, places, and processes at work.
Photo by @PaulNicklen // On an island off British Columbia’s coast, a female coastal wolf relaxes in the intertidal zone. She waits patiently as the waves move further and further out to sea, exposing ocean delicacies. These wolves feed primarily on seafood such as mussels, clams, barnacles, fish, and sometimes even seals and whales. ⠀
Photo by @mitty // Despite being highly adaptable, black bears like this one in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia prefer green, forested areas, as these provide an abundant source of food. But that's not their only preference. Black bears also target female salmon full of eggs, eating them slower than the male salmon to savour the egg delicacy. ⠀
Many of the oldest trees in the Tongass National Forest were seedlings hundreds of years before the first settlers even stepped foot on the land that would one day become the United States of America. For thousands of years, the Tongass, America's largest national forest, has filtered carbon out of the air and replaced it with oxygen, and it is vital to the longterm health of the rest of the planet. Yet, the Trump Administration plans to strip protections for more than 9 million acres of the forest, against the protests of local Alaskans, Americans and sovereign indigenous governments. Take #ClimateAction today; send a comment letter to U.S. Forest Service Secretary, Sonny Perdue, at the link in our bio. The deadline to submit comments is December 17th. Make sure your voice is heard! For those of you living outside of the states, please share and tag anyone you know in America to comment! Together, we are #TurningTheTide . Photos by @justinhofman . ⠀ With @SalmonStateAK , @wecan_intl , @PioneerStudios , Kashudoha Wanda Culp and Rebekah Sawers.
Photo by @Mitty // A few weeks old, this baby sea lion waited patiently for his mother to come back to the beach from her feeding forages. He slept for a while and then went for a swim in the tide pools. @PaulNicklen and I sat on the white sandy beach of La Mosquera and giggled watching him struggle with his fins while attempting to engage an older sea lion in play. When he came out of the water, all wet and clean, he stumbled face first on the beach and ended up all peppered in sand. To all those in America, have a joyous Thanksgiving! Take today to be thankful, empathetic and engaged in the world you live in. ⠀
Photos by @aprilbencze // Creekwalking wrapped up the other day. I'm now punching numbers into spreadsheets. The salmon count is done for the year. At the beginning of the season each zero I entered stung like a wasp, but now I enter the 0's with a sedated ease, as if they didn't represent the absence of life. It seems to be a lot to ask of a body to stay present to the weight of scarcity day in and day out.⠀ ⠀ I shared the river with fauna, flora, and fungi waiting for the fish who largely never came. River valleys have been the places I go to seek peace, grounding, presence. There was little peace found this season. There was unsettling absence. There were scars, visible and invisible, of multi-faceted systematic extraction plaguing every watershed I walked up. Scarcity stained the streams. A tangible tension in the woods was present each day. There were times I felt like prey.⠀ ⠀ I delivered numbers in the zeros, tens, and barely hundreds that used to be in the tens of thousands. I'm afraid to speak about it and I want to say I don't know why, but I do. Silence can feel like it shields us from the truth. It's easy ’til it's deadly. ⠀
Happy birthday to our founder, @mitty ! Your fierce leadership has inspired countless individuals and communities around the world to take action for the health of our planet. Thank you for being a guiding light when it comes to falling in love with, and caring for, the ocean. We look forward to celebrating more conversation wins alongside you! Tap over to @Mitty 's page to help us celebrate her leadership. Photo by @PaulNicklen , on assignment for @natgeo . #TurningTheTide ⠀