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Orcas chase a huge ball of herring under the everlasting #sunset of #Norway. I know that I promised bears all week but thought it would be fun to throw in another image of the most amazing animals I have ever gone swimming with. Please follow @cristinamittermeier and I on @sea_legacy as we turn our cameras towards the most important marine issues we face today. #gratitude #nature #wildlife #climatechange @natgeo @seacam @waterproofinternational

Photo by @BrianSkerry A tiny hermit crab, about the size of a grain of rice, emerges from his home inside coral growing on top of a shipwreck in Japan’s Ogasawara Islands. His stalked eyes seem to have the pattern of stars & stripes. Happy 4th of July Holiday! #underwater #NikonNoFilter #NikonAmbassador #macrophotography @thephotosociety @natgeocreative

Photograph by @paulnicklen for @natgeo

Photograph by @paulnicklen for @natgeo // A polar bear has a good scratch on the floe edge near Baffin Island while a Narwhal descends for a deep dive to feed on polar cod under the ice. I love using photography to show how ice is essential to the survival of many polar species. To see Narwhals waving their 10 foot long ivory unicorn-like tusks in the air, please follow me on @paulnicklen

Photograph by @thomaspeschak With a weight of up to 9lbs and a leg span of 3 feet Coconut crabs are the largest terrestrial crabs in the world. They are also called robber crabs after their habit of stealing and dragging novel items into their lairs. All items in this image were found in the vicinity of this crab's burrow including a shower head, flip flops and a goat skull. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for a upcoming story about Seychelles biodiversity @natgeocreative For more images from this Indian Ocean archipelago please follow me @thomaspeschak

@extremetravel floats above the International Balloon Festival in Leon, Mexico. #VentureOut

Photograph by @paulnicklen for @natgeo. What does it look like when a surfer duck dives under a large breaking wave? To me, it appears if they are flying through menacing storm clouds right before the lightning hits. Photograph taken deep under the waves at Makaha, Oahu, Hawaii. Please follow me on @paulnicklen to see a lot more from this story. With @cristinamittermeier. #nature @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #surf #surfing #beauty #keepexploring #letsexplore #love #follow #instagood #photooftheday #picoftheday #instagramhub @seacam

Photo by @mattiasklumofficial A female polar bear greeting one of her cubs near the gorgeous Nordenskiöld glacier, Svalbard. Polar bear cubs drink their mother's milk and depend on her for survival for at least 20 months. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see her beautiful morning stretch! Her hunting skill and success is critical for her own survival and for feeding and teaching her cubs to find food for themselves. According to scientists like Alison Ames, Polar bears may be just as smart as some apes. Their success at hunting seals in a dynamic arctic environment is one sign of their brain power. "This is learned behavior and reveals that polar bears are very intelligent animals. They are highly cognitive creatures that top the food chain in polar regions. You have to be very clever to do that. Hunting and trapping a seal is no easy matter." - Alison Ames #svalbard #polar #polarbears #arctic #savingthearctic #stopclimatechange #bwsp #expedition #mattiasklum #cubs #UN #mom #IQ #SDGS #predator @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @bigworldsmallplanet @natgeo

Photograph by @thomaspeschak More sharks to celebrate JAWS 40th birthday. A juvenile Galapagos sharks swims just below the surface in Bassas da India's lagoon. Unpublished photograph from my April 2014 @natgeo magazine article on Mozambique Channel Atolls. For more "jawesome" sharks follow me on @thomaspeschak

Photograph by @thomaspeschak Happy 40th birthday JAWS. Steven Spielberg's Iconic film was first released in 1975. In this photograph a dusky shark charges through a baitball of sardines. The fear of sharks that JAWS instilled 40 years ago is slowly being replaced by a fascination with these marine predators. #jaws #sharks @natgeo @natgeocreative @saveourseasfoundation

Photograph by @paulnicklen. Once the huge female leopard seal established her dominance, she relaxed and started to bring me live penguins. To see and hear the whole story of this once in a lifetime encounter, please follow me on @paulnicklen. #nature #wildlife @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #beauty #keepexploring #letsexplore #love #follow #instagood #photooftheday #picoftheday #instagramhub #keepitwild #leopardseal #antarctica

Photo by @michaelmelford Harbour seal pup and mother on the ice in Endicott Arm of Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness area. 653,000 acres of wilderness in southeast Alaska. Includes 3 Tidewater glaciers. #solitude #alaska #natgeoexpeditions #seals #travel #wilderness #conservation #lindbladexpeditions

When I refused her constant offerings, she would get frustrated and blow bubbles in my face. #nature #leopard seal #wildlife @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #beauty #keepexploring #letsexplore #love #follow #instagood #photooftheday #picoftheday #instagramhub #keepitwild

Today's drawing brought to you by whoever wrote this. #lambfish #greaterthan #tacos #art #cartoon #drawing

Photo by @thomaspeschak This pod of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphins regularly crosses the border between South Africa and Mozambique. Because of Africa's first trans-frontier marine park between the two countries the dolphins habitat is now protected on both sides of the border. Shot on assignment for @natgeo for the Dec 2014 story on Southern African Marine Reserves. #Africa #dolphins #ponta #mozambique #surf #conservation #southafrica @thephotosociety @natgeocreative

Once she realized that I would not even accept dead penguins, she became frustrated and started putting the penguins on top of my head. I honestly believe that she hoped that my head would open up and I would consume the penguins. Through the tears of laughter and excitement, I just kept shooting. There is still a lot more to come. Stay tuned! #nature #leopardseal #wildlife @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #beauty #keepexploring #letsexplore #love #follow #instagood #photooftheday #picoftheday #instagramhub #keepitwild

Once she realized that I could not catch or accept one of her live penguin offerings, she started to bring me dead penguins. Of course, I felt terrible for the penguins but leopard seals usually play with their food before eating them and the she ate every penguin that I did not accept. #nature #wildlife @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #beauty #keepexploring #letsexplore #love #follow #instagood #photooftheday #picoftheday #instagramhub #keepitwild #leopard seal

Once the Leopard Seal started showing me so much attention, my friend and diving partner, Goran Ehlme could not stand it any longer and had to get in the water as well. It provided me a good opportunity to use Goran for a sense of scale and show the true size of this seal. @sea_legacy #leopardseal #letsexplore #keepexploring #adventure #nature #wildlife #gratitude @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @waterproofinternational @natgeo @seacam

Photograph by @paulnicklen for @natgeo. I am very excited that our feature story is coming out this week in National Geographic Magazine on the orcas of Norway and their unique carousel feeding behavior. It is stories like this where I have to pinch myself and give incredible thanks for being able to witness such moments in nature. What an experience and what a gift to spend time with these magnificent creatures. Please follow me on @paulnicklen to see my favorite images from this coverage. With @cristinamittermeier, Göran Ehlmé and Tiu Simila and @sea_legacy. #nature #orcas #wildlife @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #beauty #keepexploring #letsexplore #love #follow #instagood #photooftheday #picoftheday #instagramhub #keepitwild #blackfish

Photo by @thomaspeschak A curious gray whale exhales almost directly into my camera. It took almost 20 minutes to wipe the salty, oily whale "breath" off my lens. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for an upcoming story on Baja California Marine Reserves. In partnership with #maresmexicanos and #conanp , #graywhale #sanignaciolagoon #mexico #baja #bajacalifornia #vizcainobiosphere @thephotosociety @natgeocreative

Photograph by @paulnicklen

photo by @joelsartore | A Japanese rat snake. #joelsartore #photoark #beautiful #photooftheday #snake

Photo by @thomaspeschak Mercury Island is the jewel in Namibia's first Marine Protected Area proclaimed in 2009. This remote island is home to an important population of African penguins. Unpublished photo from the Dec 2014 @natgeo magazine story Cross Currents, about southern Africa's marine reserves. #namibia #conservation #seabirds #luederitz #southernafrica @thephotosociety @natgeocreative

A Manatee nurses her twin calves in Blue Spring State Park, Florida. Twins are very rare for Manatees. Mothers nurse their young from one to two years. #manatee #baby #beauty #nature #keepexploring #letsexplore #love #instagood #photooftheday #picoftheday

A rare encounter with a Kermode Bear (aka Spirit Bear) in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, BC. Please stay tuned for more. It was great to be a part of @ToyotaUSA’s #4Runner project. #KeepItWild, because keeping it wild is something I try and do every day.

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Photo by @daviddoubilet Southern #Stingrays glide across #NorthSound #GrandCayman, the perfect stage created by sun, sand and clouds. The rays have become ocean ambassadors greeting thousands of tourists each day in this waist deep water. This unique close encounter introduces people to the sea, it is a living ocean classroom. With @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #NikonNoFilter #RolexAmbassador #Seacam #Explore #GoToEdgeKeepGoing #RespectNature #Oceans

Celebrates World Oceans Day - photo by @daviddoubilet The #GreatBarrierReef is the worlds largest and most recognized coral reef in the world. It was designated a #UNESCO #WorldHeritageSite in 1981. The Great Barrier Reef along with most coral reefs are struggling in the face of climate change and physical degradation. My underwater colleagues at @natgeo are passionate talented people determined to make a difference through the power of the photograph. Every day is World Ocean Day in their lives. I am honored to be part of such an esteemed energetic team focused on ocean awareness and conservation. Thank you to @natgeo for recognizing the importance of celebrating oceans through #WorldOceansDay with National Geographic's #PristineSeas Program. #RolexAmbassador

Celebrates World Oceans Day - Photo by @DavidDoubilet A harp seal pup called a #whitecoat nervously waits and watches for its mother to return. Harp seals are born on the sea ice covering the #GulfofStLawrence in late February and nursed for 12 to 15 days before the mother abandons them to mate and migrate. Life on the ice is difficult and early mortality is high. Pup mortality has been extremely high during recent years that saw weak sea ice and early break up. 2015 saw solid ice formation throughout the gulf. Honoring #WorldOceansDay and saluting National Geographic's #PristineSeas project that strives to protect ocean wilderness. With @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #NikonNoFilter @seacam #RolexAmbassador #harpseals