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Bio Co-founder of @SeaLegacy. @NatGeo contributor. @SonyAlpha Artisan of Imagery.

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Pebble Mine threatens Alaska’s pristine Bristol Bay—home to the world’s greatest wild salmon fishery. If fully developed, the massive proposed gold and copper mine could produce up to 10 billion tons of toxic waste. Even worse: That waste would then be held behind earthen dams in a region prone to big earthquakes. A big enough quake could send toxic sludge into the interconnected rivers and streams—contaminating the region’s prolific salmon runs. Speak up to save Bristol Bay via the link in our profile! - @nrdc_org

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Exciting news to share! @cristinamittermeier and I have teamed up with @omazeworld again to give you the chance to join us on Isla Mujeres and go swimming with whale sharks. Every donation supports our work at @sealegacy. Please enter through my bio link or at omaze.com/oceans.

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We need your votes! In March of 2017, I led a National Geographic expedition team in Antarctica. Our team was there to document the imperative to protect the Antarctic Peninsula. We were lucky to work with a VR team and the results are amazing. Our virtual reality film, aptly named "Polar Obsession" takes you on an epic adventure to Antarctica, across raging seas and into a dreamlike land where you come face to face with one of Antarctica's most charismatic creatures: a 1,000-pound leopard seal. This apex predator, bigger than a grizzly bear, and intensely curious – begins to play with me, my camera, and you. The images from the expedition were published as a story by @craigwelch in the November 2018 Issue of National Geographic Magazine. A fully immersive VR event was hosted last fall by National Geographic in Washington, DC, and now, Polar Obsession has been nominated for Best 360 Video and Best Cinematic VR. While the Academy selects a Webby Winner in each category, every Webby Nominee also contends for a Webby People's Voice Award. This is where you come in. Voting is open until 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, April 18th. See the link in my bio to vote!

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Dear friends and followers. I have long loved sharing the underwater world with vast audiences. The best way to do that is through 360 VR. We recently produced a piece where I take people to Antarctica, and they get to experience what it is like to dive with leopard seals. We need your vote. Please go to the link in my bio to nominate Polar Obsession for the best 360 VR cinematic or pre-rendered video!

 image by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) with caption : "Sit down and relax in Antarctica at your own risk and especially beware of the lonely and affectionate baby elephant sea" - 2022195143100577641
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Sit down and relax in Antarctica at your own risk and especially beware of the lonely and affectionate baby elephant seals. At a few weeks old they weigh up to 300 pounds. Here, this gigantic baby may have weighed close to a thousand pounds. Regardless of their weight or age, they occasionally seek human companionship during their first few months of life. It is unlawful to approach wildlife, but it is not unlawful for them to approach you. Sitting quietly has often produced my best encounters with wildlife. @DrPatrickAvery had no choice but to smile, laugh and enjoy.

 image by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) with caption : "I have been showing you images of individual elephant seals, but this is what perhaps the most crowded beach in the worl" - 2022055395299966744
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I have been showing you images of individual elephant seals, but this is what perhaps the most crowded beach in the world looks like. Can you identify the old beach master elephant seals? Here, thousands of elephant seals, fur seals, hundreds of thousands of king penguins, skuas and giant petrels all complete one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever seen. And not another human in sight. This photograph does not even come close to doing it justice.

 image by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) with caption : "Here is the same beach master, two weeks after the previous image was taken. He is hundreds or even thousands of pounds " - 2021562253572355678
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Here is the same beach master, two weeks after the previous image was taken. He is hundreds or even thousands of pounds lighter, has a rip in his nose from all of the battles and is no longer the dominant male with this harem. He lost so much weight and was weakened from fighting and breeding that he was ultimately defeated. All he can do now is throw sand on his back to try and stay cool on a rare hot summer day in South Georgia. At least he can take comfort in the fact that many future pups will carry his genetics.

 image by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) with caption : "A beach master elephant seal defends his harem of female elephant seals against a new challenger on South Georgia, Antar" - 2021293056615465062
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A beach master elephant seal defends his harem of female elephant seals against a new challenger on South Georgia, Antarctica. The winner of this battle will look over up to 300 female elephant seals. The beach master was massive but between a constant cycle of breeding and defending his right to breed, he was soon haggard, worn out and it was amazing to see how he lost hundreds and if not thousands of pounds of weight. A big male like this can weigh up to 9,000 pounds when he first arrives battle ready on these beaches in October. Southern elephant seals were all but wiped out by the greedy hand of man. It is one of the good news stories as their populations recover now that hunting has been banned.

 image by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) with caption : "Unlike the gigantic male elephant seal male in the previous post, elephant seal pups are quite adorable. They are also s" - 2020532048331853523
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Unlike the gigantic male elephant seal male in the previous post, elephant seal pups are quite adorable. They are also super curious. When these pups are born, they weigh approximately 80 a year , they are weaned by their mom which is why they are referred to as weaners and not weiners! This pup kept trying to crawl over my underwater housing and touch my face. Through the laughter, I had to keep backing up to get the picture.

 image by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) with caption : "Weighing up to 9,000 pounds and growing up to 19 feet in length, Southern Elephant Seals are the largest pinnipeds in th" - 2020030305571585200
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Weighing up to 9,000 pounds and growing up to 19 feet in length, Southern Elephant Seals are the largest pinnipeds in the world. With the ability to dive over a mile deep in search of squid, there is hardly a species out there more fascinating than the elephant seal. The Southern Seas are truly one of my favorite places on this great planet.

 Instagram Carousel by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) with caption : "One of the best things about doing a large fine art coffee table book is that they make for great gifts in foreign count" at Saint Petersburg, Russia - 2019814909027520873

One of the best things about doing a large fine art coffee table book is that they make for great gifts in foreign countries. I here at the International Arctic Forum in St Petersburg, Russia representing SeaLegacy on our conservation efforts in the Arctic and Antarctica. In the first picture, you have Slava Fetisov who is a Russian hero, hockey superstar (2 Stanley Cups, 2 Olympic gold medals and countless other achievements) and the UN-Patron for the polar regions. The next gentleman is President José Maria Figueres (@figuerescr), former President of Costa Rica. Not only is he a true gentleman but he is a passionate conservationist and a key player in creating a series of MPA’s in Antarctica. There is much work to be done, but I glad we are all on the se te. Photo by John Weller

 Instagram Carousel by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) with caption : "My encounters with leopard seals have been some of the most memorable experiences with wildlife in my career. I  always " at Planet Earth - 2019134619275200937
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My encounters with leopard seals have been some of the most memorable experiences with wildlife in my career. I always azed by the personality and charisma exhibited by the animals I photograph, and I can’t wait to share these images and experiences with you in my newest book, . I that it is officially back in stock through Amazon and my publisher, with only a few limited edition copies still available on my website. This 344 page, 8.8-pound coffee table book is a collection of all of my favourite images from my lifetime of photographing in our planet’s polar regions. Swipe right for more photos from the book, and see the link in my bio for more details.