Paul Nicklen, a Canadian photographer who has spent a major part of his career capturing the raw essence of wild life in his camera nearly froze to death in the frigid waters of the Arctic this time.A glass of cold water sends chills down our spine and a teasing pain between our teeth, but Paul stood to shiver in ice-cold water for hours to get the perfect click. He only stopped when the cold began causing early stages of hypothermia.Nicklen wants to educate his viewers. Through his art, he wants to draw everyone’s attention towards the ecosystem, climate change, and other pressing issues that our world needs to consider right now.
“I went off to university to become a biologist,” he said,
“but I became frustrated that we weren’t affecting change with that science.” “I thought if I can become a photographer and if I can get a job with say, National Geographic, now I have the chance to reach a hundred million people to bridge the gap between the important science and the public,” he adds.
Within mere days, the fragile, abundant and beautiful fjords of Northern Norway are in danger of a policy change that will open them up to oil drilling. I believe it is my obligation to make others aware of the risks and the species that will be affected. Species like this majestic humpback whale and the herring it feeds on, but also orcas, sperm whales, and Atlantic cod, plus the world's largest cold water reef. All of this stands to be severely impacted by man's quest to add to the current global oversupply of oil. So many people left powerful comments earlier in the week; THANK YOU!!!! For those who still want to lend your voice, please leave a comment below and mention both Norwegian Prime Minister candidates @jonasgahrs and @erna_solberg, asking them to leave the oil in the ground. For more information, join our efforts to halt this proposal (link in bio). Join @Sea_Legacy and lend your voice. #Turningthetide #LofotenForever #oilfree #fossilfree #LoVeSe #Lofoten #oilintheground
Bowhead whales are one of my favorite animals. They live to over 200 years old and they are curious on occasion like this whale that approached me at the ice edge along the North coast of Baffin Island. I will never forget how it tried to push me with its chin. Humbling, peacefully intense, powerful, and beautiful are words that come to mind. I cannot wait to share our latest bowhead whale images and video that we just captured while on assignment for @sea_legacy in the Canadian Arctic. Thank you for all of your hard work. I love our team. #gratitude With @cristinamittermeier @eyosexpeditions @justinhofman @derekrushton_ @kyle.roepke @steinretzlaff. A huge thank you to our new family on board the #Archimedes. You are all part of the @Sea_legacy movement! So much work ahead. @Victorialeedennis @Sasahenkel @Cari.childers @Ccasson3 @Max__haynes @Super.yacht.chef. @Puravida89 @Lets_go_barefoot @Fistfulofsanddollars @Shem_mitchell @Mj_coleman88 @Barbarossavich @Sieshells @Big_v_mosh
We did not want to get too close to him. I did not want him using his last ounce of energy in trying to avoid us. It took him a long time and a lot of effort to be able to stand up only to collapse again. We let him be. It was one of the hardest decisions I have faced in a long time. I want the images to be able to tell his story. I want to be able to tell the story of his species. He was once a huge male polar bear and now he is a bag of bones, reduced to skin hanging loosely off of his once massive frame. He will be dead soon and I want him to go in peace after living a life as a great polar nomad. We cannot prove that he is in this condition because of a lack of sea ice but is it a glimpse into the future as ice reaches its lowest extent in recorded history? I hear a lot of suggestions from people like “let’s take polar bears to Antarctica so they can eat penguins” or “let’s put out styrofoam platforms so they can be on the ocean”. These suggestions are irrational but it does mean that people do care. The only way polar bears can be saved is by reducing our global carbon footprint and finding renewable energy. It breaks my heart to see this but our team at @sea_legacy is shifting into high gear to continue connecting the world to our ailing marine ecosystems. #MPA #keepoilexplorationoutofthearctic #climatechangeisreal #bethechange #riseup #hedoesnotspeakforme #love #beauty #hungry
That incredibly humbling moment when the ocean currents brought a sleeping leopard seal and I into close proximity. The seal lifted its head for a second and then immediately went back to sleep. I love being in the company of wildlife that have this level of confidence where they know that I am not a threat and not worth a second look. Leopard seals have been the villain portrayed in almost any film that has to do with #antarctica. It is my life’s work to dispel these myths and portray these charismatic, intelligent and vulnerable species in their true light.