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Paul Nicklen

Co-founder of @Sea_Legacy and contributing photographer to National Geographic. Please join The Tide and support SeaLegacy

Due to pressure applied by @Sea_Legacy and the collective concern of the Norwegian people, the current government of Norway has agreed to continue to not allow oil and gas exploration in the Arctic Lofoten region. I’m proud of @sea_legacy’s role in this victory. We ran a massive campaign rallying Norwegian citizens and citizens of the world to speak up and let the political candidates know how they feel. 8.5 million views and over 8000 tweets later, the international and Norwegian news media picked up the story. Norwegian prime minister @erna_solberg listened. We will continue to apply pressure, build constituencies, raise awareness and fundraise for those who do not have means—all in the name of conservation. Join us in #turningthetide for our beautiful oceans through the power of storytelling and progressive social media campaigns. We will change the world.


People sometimes ask how conservation works. What do we do? How do we make a difference? Today, a clear example is available in the form of a landmark decision by the Norwegian government to not allow oil and gas exploration in the Arctic Lofoten region for another three years at least. @sea_legacy ran a massive campaign rallying Norwegian citizens and citizens of the world to speak up and let the political candidates know how they feel. International news media picked up the story. Norwegian prime minister @erna_solberg heard the call to action and acted. This is what conservation looks like. Every small voice. Every petition signature. Every tweet. Every photo or video posted with a heartfelt call for the betterment of humanity. They all add up to real, tangible results. THANK YOU to @sea_legacy’s supporters. We cannot do it without you. For more information on how we work, click on the link in my bio.


Nothing but deep respect and admiration for your caring and nurturing ways, mama lion. It was an amazing four days on the Mara and I can’t wait to go back one of these days. With @epixnix @lnixpix @cristinamittermeier #nature #mom #motherhood #lion #love #family


A large male lion peacefully surveys his surroundings on the Maasai Mara of Kenya. When lions roar you can barely see their teeth. The picture that I just posted on @natgeotravel is definitely a yawn. The roar of a lion is very guttural and they just slightly open their mouths to allow the sound to travel. With @lnixpix @cristinamittermeier and @epixnix #lion #nature #beauty #predator #africa


A newborn Antarctic fur seal pup perches itself on top of a mound of tussock grass. The majority of Antarctic fur seals are born brown but approximately one in several thousand are born with white fur. #seals #nature #beauty #animals #cute #instagood


In the nutrient rich waters of British Columbia, species grow larger than most. The giant Pacific octopus grows bigger and lives longer than any other species of octopus. The largest specimen on record was reportedly 30 feet (9.1 meters) across and weighed more than 600 pounds (272 kilograms). I find this hard to believe. Averages are more like 10 to 12 feet (5 meters) and 110 lbs (50 kilograms). The octopus in this photo was just slightly below average in size but was incredibly impressive to spend time with. It stole my underwater housing and camera right out of my hands and dove into the depths to stash it in his den. It took me a while, but I coaxed it away. Photographed at @Gods_Pocket_Resort, B.C., with @CristinaMittermeier for @Sea_Legacy. #naturelovers #octopus #nature #love #beauty @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


"Gathering of Unicorns" exhibits one of the most unique—almost fantastical—animals from the oceans: the narwhal. Their most identifiable feature, often misnomered as a horn, is actually an elongated upper left canine, a helical tusk filled with millions of nerve endings that transmit information from surrounding seawater, giving the narwhal knowledge of both where they are, and where other narwhals have been. They have also been seen using these tusks as a leading mechanism, as a stunning tool for cod, one of their main prey. This piece is available from the @paulnicklengallery as a limited edition print, as well as many other images by myself and other active, informed, and committed artists.


Attention, #Chicago. I’m coming your way. On February 8th, @Sea_Legacy is hosting a fundraiser at @MarshallsLanding. Find tickets at or @lookbelowthesurface. Come meet @CristinaMittermeier and myself for a night of inspiring art and conversation about conservation. Hope to see you there.


My friend, writer @CraigWelch, is doing incredible work with @NatGeo. Most recently, he’s reporting on sea turtle populations which are almost entirely female due to rising global temperatures AKA climate change: “…the sex of a sea turtle is determined by the heat of sand incubating their eggs, scientists suspected they might see slightly more females. Climate change, after all, has driven air and sea temperatures higher, which, in these creatures, favors female offspring. But instead, they found female sea turtles from the Pacific Ocean's largest and most important green sea turtle rookery now outnumber males by at least 116 to 1.” Please click the link in my bio to read more. It’s important.


The power, grace, and majesty of a male lion on the Mara. There was only one animal who I watched him bow his head to, and rightfully so: the lioness. #respect #lion #africa #bw #nature #naturelovers #gratitude. With @lnixpix @epixnix and @cristinamittermeier


My dream of one day visiting Africa became a reality last week when @cristinamittermeier and I were kindly invited by @sea_legacy supporter @epixnix on safari. I have always resisted going to Africa, as there are already so many great photographers who work there. We went to turn our brains off for a week, as doing conservation work 24/7 can be very stressful and emotionally taxing. It seemed logical to go and take a break by photographing wildlife. However, rather than sitting idle, we began asking questions—what are the issues and how can we help? One of the the biggest threats to a place like the Maasai Mara is encroachment from people and the explosion of cattle grazing within the park. On the day we arrived, we saw over a thousand cattle being confiscated for grazing in the park. The cattle herders herd their cattle into the Maasai Mara National Reserve at night to feed where they come into conflict with the park's predators and share diseases. Wildlife must come first, and at @sea_legacy we are going to continue to push in all habitats around the world to fight for the rights of wildlife and their life sustaining ecosystems. Please stay tuned as we have many exciting ocean conservation initiatives in 2018. We are humbled by the support from thousands of people pouring in from around the world. #drivechange #turningthetide with @sea_legacy


I love photographing over/under water photos. The link between land and water goes deeper than the surface where they meet. The shared space of the intertidal zone is a lively, shifting area where predator and prey look for food, both on high alert. Taken while on assignment with @natgeo and @sea_legacy. #turningthetide