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 Instagram Image by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) with caption : "The sun skims across the horizon at 1am on the frozen Ross Sea, Antarctica. It took years of political negotiation, appl" at Antarctica - 1916343965626219516
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The sun skims across the horizon at 1am on the frozen Ross Sea, Antarctica. It took years of political negotiation, applications, and approvals to arrive at this beautiful moment in time: this white seascape, painted with the shadows of resilient and powerful emperor penguins, was finally a marine protected area. That was back in 2016. Much more of the Antarctic needs the same protection. But the 2018 Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources () saw politics overrule science and resulted in no further protection of this beautiful place. I hope you will support us as we increase our efforts to safeguard .

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I never realized how obnoxiously loud my still camera is underwater until I reviewed this clip from my action camera that was attached to my underwater housing. Now, I mostly shoot video which is a much more peaceful experience for all of us. Perhaps they thought that this was my attempt at echolocation. This encounter was completely on their terms and they left the scene as calmly as they entered it. For so many photograhers, once they get a sharp, well exposed image their job is done. As conservation photographers our job is just beginning and now it is time for these visuals to go to work and give these orcas and their habitat a voice.

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Here was my view of the same situation in my previous post. See how gently he took the herring into his mouth.

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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 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

 image by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) with caption : "A female orca spy-hops in the northern fjords of Norway.  Why is the majority of spy-hopping done by female orcas?  Is i" - 1915218682735207688
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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

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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. needs to be very proud of this phenomenon. us on @sealegacy and learn more. With @cristinamittermeier @goranehlme @hannestrager

 Instagram Image by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) with caption : ""I stop, camera in hand, and look up - for as far as the eye can see, the black-sand beach is completely covered with in" at Antarctica - 1914160672269033588
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"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.

 image by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) with caption : "It is always a powerful moment when orcas break away from their pod and come over for a visit.  I realize that orcas are" - 1913723041240386818
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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

 image by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) with caption : "Photograph by @cristinamittermeier while on assignment for @sealegacy.  I am so proud of our team.  It is one thing to e" - 1913303675214612091
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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.

 image by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) with caption : "When I flip through my book Born To Ice, I get lost in so many beautiful memories. Every moment is special to me, but th" - 1912705475558517317
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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.

 image by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) with caption : "Through the feeding frenzy of orcas, humpbacks, tourist boats and so many other uncertainties and variables, she has the" - 1911982734408756977
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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 . . Join the tide and thank you for your continued support.

 Instagram Image by Paul Nicklen (@paulnicklen) with caption : "Photo by @goranehlme with his phone.  We had a pretty crazy day.  Our GSS gyro stabilized boat is getting dwarfed by lun" at Great Orca Fjords - 1911809774498792176
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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.