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Photos by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | A quarter of all shark species are at risk of extinction. Around the world, we are fishing many shark species faster than they can reproduce, and once over-fished, sharks will take a long time to recover—if they can recover. We can be angry and heartbroken, but we also can go deeper to understand why this problem exists and rectify it. We need stronger management and legislation in place to protect them. Thankfully, the world is starting to wake up to the crisis sharks face, but we need more voices to join us. Please help me in preserving their beauty and start #TurningTheTide for sharks at @cristinamittermeier. #ocean #conservation #CITES4Sharks

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Photo by @PaulNicklen | Marching together along the South Georgia shoreline, king penguins head out to sea to find food for their hungry chicks. Just as human communities offer benefits to members, like support and social interaction, penguin colonies can be good for individual birds. There can be safety in numbers, along with shelter from harsh conditions, both of which can help the birds survive. #followme at @PaulNicklen and explore my feed for more photos of penguins. #penguin #ocean #BornToIce #wildlife

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Photo by Paul Nicklen @PaulNicklen | This photo took weeks to capture. Waiting patiently in my blind, camera ready, I was finally rewarded with the opportunity to photograph the elusive coastal wolves of British Columbia. The den mother brought her pups out in front of me and proceeded to nap peacefully. Meanwhile, these playful, young wolves respected their mother’s sleep and explored the intertidal zone, finding an eagle feather to play with. #followme at @PaulNicklen for more photos and stories from #BeautifulBC. #coastalwolf #britishcolumbia #ocean

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Photo by @ronan_donovan | On the Antarctic Peninsula, two Adélie penguins crane their necks to inspect this strange two-legged visitor. I've come with all sorts of ridiculousness draped over my body: a wool hat my mother knit; five layers that are a mix of plastic fibers with the same feathery down that keeps penguins warm; plastic fiber gloves; and finally, rubber boots. And this is the warm season! Penguins have one incredible suit made out of materials fertilized by the landscape in which they live. A. Mazing. I'm always so curious how this works (and hugely jealous they can adjust to any weather in seconds). Take their feet, for example. They'll force blood into their feet when they're on land in order to cool off, and they'll constrict the blood flow to their feet when they're in water to keep warm: countercurrent heat exchange. Nice one, nature. So you'll see pink to red to white colored toes in this series. Hot colored feet means it's a hot penguin! Follow @ronan_donovan for more stories and images from the wild. #antarctica @natgeoexpeditions #penguin #ocean #wildlife

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Photo by @PaulNicklen | Among a sea of penguin families, emperor penguin parents watch over their rapidly growing chicks. It takes a lot of responsibility and dedication from both parents to raise a single baby penguin. Parents will take turns venturing out to sea to feed on fish and krill for days or weeks at a time, only to return to a 10-mile walk back to the colony to feed their hungry chick. #followme at @PaulNicklen and explore my feed for more photos of #penguins. #antarctica #ocean #nature #wildlife #love

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Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | Scattered like a string of pearls across 2,000 km of the South Pacific lies beautiful French Polynesia, a series of tropical archipelagos and remote islands in the South Pacific Ocean. A total of 118 islands encompass the area, all of them stunning and all of them with coral reefs as unique as your thumbprint. The structure of the reef varies widely between locations, but overall provides a thriving habitat for more than 800 species of fish. #followme at @CristinaMittermeier for more photos and stories of a beautiful youth-lead coral restoration project happening in French Polynesia. #coralreef #ocean #Biodiversity #conservation @coralgardeners

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Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier | Threatened by climate change, pollution, and destructive fishing practices, coral reefs are not only fascinating, they are also the first line of defense against coastal flooding. All over the world, coral reefs are in decline. However, an incredible group of young people have found an innovative way to help restore their home island's reef. Here, 20-year-old Titouan Bernicot tends one of the coral gardens off the coast of Moorea, French Polynesia, where he and his team are planting a new coral reef. #followme at @CristinaMittermeier to learn more about @coralgardeners and how to can help to support this new coral reef in Moorea. #frenchpolynesia #ocean #coralreef #WeTheReef

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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier | A humpback whale raises its flukes before diving down into the icy depths of the Antarctic waters. This beautiful region and the life within it are being hit hard by the effects of climate change, but because few people travel here, the problem is out of sight and out of mind. Melting sea ice, a steady decrease in krill, and a decline in some penguin species are all reasons to protect the waters around the Antarctic Peninsula. #followme at @CristinaMittermeier and explore my feed for more photos from this icy, yet vulnerable region. #antarctica #whale #ocean #climatechange #photography

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Photo by Paul Nicklen @PaulNicklen | An Antarctic fur seal relaxes atop a cliff overlooking the Subantarctic landscape of South Georgia. Having reached shore after a winter spent at sea, this seal arrived with the intention to breed among the thousands of seals that inhabit the island’s beaches. Although the species was once in severe danger from overhunting, their population has rebounded significantly in recent years, with their numbers now likely in the millions. #followme at @PaulNicklen for more photos of wildlife from around the world. #furseal #southgeorgia #conservation #ocean

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Photo by Michaela Skovranova @mishkusk | Researchers in Australia have found that corals commonly found on the Great Barrier Reef consume microplastic pollution. These beautiful creatures, which first appeared in this planet over 500 million years ago, are now unfortunately supplementing their diet with indigestible plastic. Our environments are deeply interconnected. Land and ocean are connected through waterways, and our ability to have a positive impact on our ecosystem cannot be underestimated. As humans we have a wonderful opportunity to help. We can now choose plastic-free alternatives, join and support clean-up initiatives, and push for change in our local area with city and business councils. We can collect a few pieces of debris on our walks and encourage positive conversations about conscious use of plastic. No matter how big or small, every little bit of marine debris removed from the ecosystem helps. #nature #planetorplastic #ocean #wildlife #coral #thegreatbarrierreef #australia #microplastic

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Photo by @paulnicklen | Off the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, a pair of northern right whale dolphins gracefully breaks the water’s surface. These dolphins are unique in that they lack dorsal fins, allowing the glassy ocean waves to flow seamlessly around their slick bodies. #followme at @PaulNicklen for more photos of marine mammals from around the world. #dolphin #ocean #wildlife #photography

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Photo by @paulnicklen | Two curious fur seals play hide and seek with me among a thriving kelp forest. This dive off the coast of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) was one of the most stunning of my career. I really had no idea what to expect, but as soon as I broke the water’s surface I was in awe of the biodiversity and health of this temperate emerald sea. #followme at @PaulNicklen for more photos of underwater wildlife. #ocean #diving #underwaterphotography #conservation

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Photo by @paulnicklen | Along the shores of Prins Karl Forland, in Svalbard, a bull walrus scours the ocean floor in search of clams. Walruses can dive for up to six to eight minutes and consume up to 4,000 clams a day. These massive pinnipeds are one of my favorite species to photograph in the Arctic and are also one of the most difficult. When feeding, walruses fan their flippers, which blasts water at the seafloor to expose clams. While it is fascinating to watch, visibility through my lens is seriously compromised by the dark and murky water. However, challenging shoots sometimes lead to the most rewarding results, and I was thrilled to share this moment with such an incredible animal. #followme at @PaulNicklen for more #wildlife photography. #walrus #ocean #norway #diving #wildlife

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Photo by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | Beneath the crashing waves of Makaha beach, Ha'a Keaulana and Maili Makana dive below the surface to avoid being swept to shore as they await the perfect wave to ride. In this small Hawaiian town, it’s not about the surfboards, bathing suits, brands, or money. Instead, it’s all about the sport and being a part of the ocean and community. While this tropical environment was the opposite of my usual polar expeditions, I only felt gratitude for this experience and for being welcomed so graciously into Hawaiian culture. #followme at @PaulNicklen for more #underwaterphotography! #Hawaii #surfing #ocean #community

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Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @CristinaMittermeier | In the darkness of the ocean's depths, sperm whales use echolocation to communicate with one another and to find their way. I took this photo off the coast of the island of Dominica, and I'd like to draw your attention to the scars on this sperm whale's head. This is what happens when whales become curious of boats. This friendly sperm whale probably stuck its nose (or its melon, as it's actually called) too close to the propeller of a boat and got hit. Although they are incredibly smart and sensitive to sound, they are not savvy when it comes to boat traffic. The mechanical roar of motors in the water wreaks havoc on their echolocation, disrupting the whale's sense of space and distance. #followme at @CristinaMittermeier and explore my feed for more photos of whales. #dominica #ocean #conservation #CampaignforNature

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Photo by Michaela Skovranova @mishkusk l Humpback whales are known for their beautiful songs whose sounds travel kilometers through the oceans. However, a recent study highlights a different kind of conversation—gentle whispers between mother and calf. The babies share intimate grunts and little squeaks that can only be heard by their mums. According to the study, they whisper to each other so they won't be overheard by something dangerous; the humpback whale is a gentle and aware creature that can be incredibly accepting of our presence in their own vulnerable environment. On World Oceans Day, I wish to highlight these wonderful, complex conversations that all creatures share. Our curiosity toward these majestic animals has aided conservation efforts, and have helped humpback whale conversations to continue. #worldoceansday #humpbackwhale #naturelovestories #wildlife #ocean

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Photo by @PaulNicklen | Entering the territory of elephant seal bulls requires deep respect and calm movements. These are the largest of all seals, with males weighing up to 8,800 pounds. During breeding season, they can be very aggressive. However, my encounter with this sleepy male was quite relaxed, as he lay motionless for hours under cloudy skies in Fortuna Bay. Luckily, this gave me the opportunity to get creative and craft this unusual shot. For more photos of amazing marine animals #followme at @PaulNicklen. #elephantseal #ocean #pinniped #wildlife #photography

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Photo by @PaulNicklen | As waves roll in against the rocky shores of the Antarctic Peninsula, all looks safe and peaceful from above the surface. However, this split-shot photo exposes the imminent danger to prey looming in the icy waters. This leopard seal awaits the arrival of its next meal, whether it be a penguin or another seal. These fierce hunters are one of the most feared predators by their fellow Antarctic inhabitants. #followme at @PaulNicklen and explore my feed for more photos of leopard seals. #antarctica #leopardseal #ocean #wildlife #photography

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Photo by Jennifer Hayes @JenniferHayesIG | A group of young girls followed me into the sea to watch me photograph the coral off Lababia Island, Papua New Guinea. The girls were remarkable swimmers, able to breath-hold far longer than I could, leading to great laughter among the three of them. After we left the water, we sat on the beach and looked at images in the back of the camera. They chose this picture as their favorite. In my travels to remote corners of the ocean, I often watch young boys leading the the way into the sea. It was wonderful to see the girls enter the sea with the full confidence and capability of their brothers. With @natgeo inside the #coraltriangle #EqualInTheOcean #ocean #WomenInTheSea for #MoreOcean follow @JenniferHayesIG

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Photo by Paul Nicklen @PaulNicklen | This curious bowhead whale came to greet me while I was diving in the Canadian Arctic. As I hovered in the frigid water along the north coast of Baffin Island, this whale came so close that it actually pushed me with its chin. Able to live over 200 years, bowhead whales have the longest life span of any mammal on Earth. Their populations were once almost wiped out by whaling, and they now face the new threat of a warming Arctic. Higher temperatures are rapidly melting sea ice, on which they rely for copepods, their main food source. #followme at @PaulNicklen and explore my feed for more photos of whales. #bowhead #arctic #ocean #underwaterphotography

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Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @CristinaMittermeier | A small fish swims circles around elkhorn coral as bouncing sun rays illuminate this dreamy scene. Elkhorn coral are a keystone species, but are one of too many endangered species whose loss has been detrimental to Caribbean ecosystems. Coral reefs are rapidly disappearing, and human impact has already claimed the existence of countless marine species. However, vulnerable species can still recover, and precious ecosystems can be protected if we demand urgent action. The oceans make up more than 70% of the Earth and support the largest abundance of life. It’s time we prioritize the future of our planet. #followme at @CristinaMittermeier for more photos of #marine life. #nature #ocean #coral

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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier | A caring gentoo penguin mother feeds its rapidly growing chick on the shore of the Antarctic Peninsula. These penguins are very nurturing toward their young, and parents take turns hunting at sea. Upon returning to their colony, they regurgitate whatever they caught, be it krill, fish, or squid, into their offspring’s mouth. While this gentoo penguin chick is almost the same size as its mother, it will continue to rely on her for the next few weeks until it is fully grown and ready to fend for itself. #followme at @CristinaMittermeier and explore my feed for more photos of penguins. #Gentoo #antarctica #ocean #family #wildlife

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Photo by @pedromcbride | A fishing boat is purposefully sunk off the coast of Vis, Croatia, to swell its wood and seal its joints. After a week below the surface, it is brought ashore by a community of fishermen and a celebration unfolds to toast their newly restored Adriatic vessel. To see more, follow @pedromcbride. #underwater #Croatia #nature #ocean #boats #sunk #petemcbride

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Unleashed energies of high performance. The BMW i8 Coupé. #bmwi8 #bmwi #coupe #sea #ocean #beach #⚡️ #electricmobility __ BMW i8 Coupé LCI: Energy consumption in kWh/100 km (combined): 14.0. Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 1.8. CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 42. The values of fuel consumptions, CO2 emissions and energy consumptions shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the selected model. The values of the vehicles are already based on the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure the comparison between the vehicles. [With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2 values may differ to the values stated here.] The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the European Regulation in its current version applicable. The values shown are based on the fuel consumption, CO2 values and energy consumptions according to the NEDC cycle for the classification. For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and at https://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html.

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Photo by @PaulNicklen | In the Dominican Republic, a humpback whale mother and her calf swim gracefully through the clear blue waters of the Silver Bank reef ecosystem. In 1986 this area was declared a whale sanctuary; thousands make their way through this area every year to breed and care for their calves. It's a safe haven where they can raise vulnerable offspring, with the surrounding reefs acting as a shelter from predators. The health and vibrancy of undersea life here clearly demonstrates the benefits of marine protection, a terrific sign of the resilience of our most precious ecosystems. #followme at @PaulNicklen and explore my feed for more photos of humpback whales. #humpbackwhale #marineprotection #ocean #wildlife #nature