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Bio Co-founder of @SeaLegacy and contributing photographer to National Geographic.
Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) Instagram photos and videos
List of Instagram medias taken by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen)
From the darkness below, a large male orca locates and eats a herring that he had stunned just minutes before. There were stunned herring everywhere and I gambled by parking myself next to one of them. The orca slowly and calmly approached the herring and gingerly grasped it, decapitated it and ate the body. We are just on our way home from #Norway and one of the great joys is to review images and footage from the past three expeditions. Two things are abundantly clear from this latest expedition. Oil drilling in a place where orcas come to feed must not happen. Secondly, as the world falls in love with these orcas, there needs to be much tighter controls on whale watching tourism. We had a scientist on board monitoring our own interactions and she was horrified by the number of boats and operators who showed an absolute lack of respect for these animals. Some companies do it right and others do not. This should not be a free-for-all. Video by @goranehlme for @sealegacy with @hannestrager @cristinamittermeier @frederik.wolff and the #naturalhistorymuseumofdenmark
A female orca spy-hops in the northern fjords of Norway. Why is the majority of spy-hopping done by female orcas? Is it because they are they are the leaders their pods? I can only assume that these matriarchs are the wisest, most experienced and oldest members of their pods and therefore make some of the most difficult navigational decisions. All orcas have echolocation beneath the waves but must use their eyes to assess their surroundings above water. There is so much we don’t understand about these complex apex predators of the sea. For @sealegacy #nature #naturelovers #gratitude
Behind the scenes video by @frederik.wolff. This is what it looks like when orcas suddenly show up all around your boat and catch you off guard. Can’t wait to share the footage that we have taken over the last two weeks. It shows how truly special these orcas, herring and fjords are and why we must protect them from oil drilling and seismic exploration. #Norway needs to be very proud of this phenomenon. #Follow us on @sealegacy and learn more. With @cristinamittermeier @goranehlme @hannestrager
"I stop, camera in hand, and look up - for as far as the eye can see, the black-sand beach is completely covered with inquisitive penguins and lounging elephants seals who begin to clamor around. As they fully surround me, their curious glances and calls feel like a warm welcome to their distant land. With such intimate proximity to thousands of wild animals, I am, in this moment, fully living my dream" - from my book Born To Ice, link in bio. #BornToIce #Antarctica #dream #gratitude
It is always a powerful moment when orcas break away from their pod and come over for a visit. I realize that orcas are just the largest species of the dolphin family but after thousands of encounters, I still have a childlike reaction of pure and utter joy when they come close. It is one thing to observe their behavior from afar and it is something completely different when they choose to observe you. I often wonder what these intelligent, complex and communicative animals are thinking. For @sealegacy #gratitude
Photograph by @cristinamittermeier while on assignment for @sealegacy. I am so proud of our team. It is one thing to experience these situations alone in nature and it is another to be able to share these moments with those you care about and know that all of these visuals will fuel a conservation movement. I didn’t even know that Cristina took this picture of me filming a male orca as he headed back into the herring ball. We are excited to share all of our footage with our @sealegacy.community over the coming weeks. #turningthetide #gratitude #orca
When I flip through my book Born To Ice, I get lost in so many beautiful memories. Every moment is special to me, but the photographs I am really proud of are the ones that tie the world not just to the animal, but also to an entire ecosystem. 30 years ago, we almost wiped out the herring and orca populations in Norway. Both are now thriving and among the biggest populations in the world. A lesson in the value of investing in sustainable fisheries. Visit the link in my bio to buy my book and view my stories to see more of orcas, humpbacks and herring in Norway. #borntoice #orca #nature #naturelovers #blackandwhite
Through the feeding frenzy of orcas, humpbacks, tourist boats and so many other uncertainties and variables, she has the responsibility of protecting and teaching her baby orca how to survive. This baby is curious and wants to check us out and once in a while, a mother will let her calf come over and meet the aliens in her sea. Thank you for following along and thank you for all of your supportive and kind comments. I am just sharing what I love and I am glad that you can be a part of the journey. Most importantly, we need to protect these orca and herring populations from oil drilling and seismic exploration in these fjords in perpetuity. For @sealegacy . #gratitude. Join the tide and thank you for your continued support.
Photo by @goranehlme with his phone. We had a pretty crazy day. Our GSS gyro stabilized boat is getting dwarfed by lunge-feeding humpback whales. The most beautiful part is that our team shot the scene on 8K video. @nathangarofalos @idoaerials @wolfmanrye and @larsoivindknutsen are getting it done for @sealegacy. We always try and give whales their space but sometimes you just cannot predict where they are going to come up. #gratitude
It is not easy for the orcas to drive the herring towards the surface. It is definitely a family or pod effort requiring strategy, athleticism, bubbles, persistence and intelligence to make it all happen. Then, one orca goes into the middle of the ball, swipes its tail, and stuns a bunch of herring. They then stop and eat them one by one. They carefully decapitate each fish so as to not consume the head, ensuring only the finest herring fillets. #humbledandinawe #orca @sealegacy
It is one thing to have a young female orca cruise past us underwater and it is quite another to have it bring us a piece of jellyfish, drop it off, watch it float and then come racing back only to pick it up again. What was she trying to communicate? The only thing that made it better was to be able share this moment with @cristinamittermeier who took this fun photo of me and the orca. Incredible. @goranehlme and I were shooting video and we cannot wait to share that with you on @sealegacy. Thank you to those who have joined @sealegacy.’s TIDE. You support our work and are directly involved in our conservation wins. With @hannestrager @goranehlme @larsoivindknutsen @idoaerials @wolfmanrye @andymaser @frederikwolffteglhus