David Doubilet

@NatGeo Photographer and speaker. Images have power to celebrate, educate, honor and humiliate.

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A brilliant red clownfish peers from its bright white anemone in Papua New Guinea. The anemone had lost its color due to heat stress when surrounding water temperatures rose causing a coral bleaching event where several species of coral also lost their symbiotic algae and turned white. This event ended and the anemone regained its health and robust color, but repeated or prolonged heating could result in mass die off similar to the the high mortalities on the Great Barrier Reef. From @natgeo story Coral Eden, available through @natgeocreative // see @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club // #clownfish #ocean #nemo #papuanewguinea #coraltriangle #climatechange #coralbleaching #oceansinhotwater for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet


A dugong rolls to remove the remoras that cling to him as it feeds in a shallow bay in Busuanga Philippines. Dugongs, also called sea cows are large marine herbivores that rely on sea grass communities to survive. These gentle giant were hunted to near extinction and they have become a rare encounter in the sea. It was humbling to document the small but well protected population in Busuanga with the help of the Dugong Dive Center. Fun fact: dugongs are more closely related to elephants than to other marine mammals. // on assignment with @natgeo Philippines // #ocean #dugong #seacow #endangered #philippines #beauty #gratitude #instagood #dream #rare #ilovethis for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet and @jenniferhayesig


Juvenile Galápagos sea lions search the sands for mysid shrimp to feed on near SouthPlaza Island in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. The waters had warmed during an El Niño event and fish, the sea lions prey of choice had been driven deep and out of reach. The sea lions desperate for food scavenged everything and anything, including small shrimps to survive. // with @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club // #ocean #sealion #galapagos #ecuador #elnino



A harp seal pup, called a white coat, waits on a small piece of sea ice in the Gulf of St Lawrence waiting patiently for its mother to return. Harp seals are born on the sea ice in late February and nursed for 12-15 days before the mothers abandons her pup to mate and migrate northward out of the Gulf. The pups rely on fat reserves as they wait for a mother that will not return. Hunger, storms or poor ice will force them into the sea to learn how to swim and how to feed. Natural mortality is high in these harsh conditions but has become extreme, approaching 90%+ in recent years of poor ice or literally no ice formation in the Gulf. In 2017 little ice formed in the Gulf forcing pregnant females to search and search in the open waters. Many held their young and swam out of the Gulf out to the Atlantic Front looking for ice. The population of Harp seals in the Gulf of St. Lawrence may disappear with vanishing ice. // From @natgeo Story: Generous Gulf with @natgeocreative @thephotosociety // #ocean #baby #climatechange #polar #harpseal #gulfofstlawrence #canada // #PORTLAND OR join us for the story of the harp seal in Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice with at National Geographic Live at the Portland'5 Newmark Theatre NOV 20 at 7:30 pm. // for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet


Healthy corals compete for space and light providing habitat for abundant fish life at Opal Reef on the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef, the largest and most iconic reef on our planet has since experienced back to back coral bleaching events caused by thermal stress. Repeated coral bleaching leads to lower recovery and high reef mortality. Marine scientists are working hard to identify and develop stress resistant corals called super corals that can survive in a fluctuating sea. // photographed for @natgeo story Great Barrier Reef, A fragile empire. // with @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club // #ocean #coral #climatechange #GreatBarrierReef #worldheritagesite


Massive schools of Redtooth triggerfish surround the island of Run in the Banda Islands part of the Moluccas, Indonesia. Tiny Run island, rich in nutmeg was more valuable than Manhattan Island in its time. It was a surprise to roll off our boat into a rain of triggerfish. With @natgeotravel @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club //
#ocean #indonesia #coraltriangle #triggerfish #hope #beauty for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet



Schools of silversides flow like a silver river through the mangroves in Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. Known as Isla de la Reina, this remote archipelago of islets, mangroves and coral reefs located fifty miles off the southern coast of Cuba is a glimpse of what the Caribbean was decades ago. Isolation and vigilant protection have created a model marine protected area that flourishes while other Caribbean reef systems are in decline. We look forward to returning to this Caribbean coral eden in December to document the global state of coral, the crisis, science and solutions . // photographed for @natgeo story Cuba's Underwater Jewels in Tourisms Path // with @natgeocreative @thephotosociety // #cuba #gardensofthequeen #marineprotectedarea #mangroves #dream #caribbean for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet


A Goliath grouper peers from a halo of baitfish on the Zion Train artificial reef wreck off Jupiter, Florida. Goliath grouper form large aggregations on shipwrecks and other structures along the East coast of Florida from Jupiter to Boynton Beach from late August into October. These IUCN critically endangered magnificent creatures can reach 800 pounds and 8 feet long. Diving with Goliath is one of the best dives in the USA: Imagine approaching a shipwreck literally draped with dozens of resting five hundred pound fish. Goliath is currently protected in Florida but efforts are underway to reopen the fishery that nearly wiped them out. // Photographed for @natgeo GOLIATH! With @natgeocreative @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club // #goliathgrouper #grouper #florida #jupiter #save #endangeredspecies #bestdive #protectgoliath for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet


A Japanese WWII Mitsubishi Zero fighter, a near perfect wreck lies on the sands of Kimbe Bay in Papua New Guinea. Exploring an intact WWII plane wreck is a rare gift because most planes break up on impact, flip over or are lost to great unreachable depths. Kimbe Bay, is full of surprises from war relics, robust Reefs and seamounts reaching for the surface like skyscrapers in the sea. // photographed for @natgeo story: Kimbe Bay, Paradise Revisited with @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club // #ocean #WWII #JapaneseZero #planewreck #history #kimbebay #papuanewguinea #CoralTriangle for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet



Last Day to purchase a signed print of the green sea turtle during @natgeocreative Flash Print Sale. % Proceeds from the sale of the @daviddoubilet sea turtle will support Florida marine life rehabilitation including @motemarinelab and @loggerheadmarinelifecenter Click on the link in my profile to purchase this print for $100.00


LAST DAY to purchase a signed print from the @natgeocreative Flash Sale. Here are incredible images from @stevewinterphoto @thomaspeschak @timlaman @williamalbertallard. Clink on my profile link to see the full collection of globetrotting prints available for $100.00
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My colleagues and I are proud to be included in @natgeocreative Flash Print Sale of collectible signed prints. Here are incredible images by @paulnicklen @ngmjohns @argonautphoto @cookjenshel. Visit the link in my profile to see the full collection of images on sale for $100.00 Sale ends tomorrow on Sept 16. Act soon to own a signed print and support the power of research, science and story telling.



Happening now: an opportunity to own iconic imagery from @natgeocreative Photographers. Visit the link in my profile to purchase a signed print of these images by @brianskerry @johnstanmeyer @yamashitaphoto and @salvarezphoto and many more. I am excited to be a part of @natgeocreative Flash Print Sale featuring travel-inspired images, running until Sept. 16th. Your purchase will support the Power of research, science, conservation and storytelling.


Have you heard about the special flash sale? Visit the link in my profile to purchase a signed print of bucket list travel destinations by @ladzinski @amivitale @gerdludwig @jodicobbphoto and to view the entire collection. This sale ends on September 16th. Your purchase will support the power of research, science, exploration and story telling.


My image of a green sea turtle hatchling is among the travel-inspired signed prints available for $100 from Sept 9 - Sept 16. Click on the link in my profile to see all of the signed prints featured in the @natgeocreative Flash Sale. Your purchase will help support the power of research, science, conservation, exploration and storytelling.



The School Portrait. Lined catfish are incredibly social creatures that move across the sea bottom in tight schools that form crazy shapes and patterns. I found this gang seeking momentary cover in a sunken boat near Dumaguete, Philippines. Sometimes they form perfect round spheres, pyramids or vertical stacks that reach several feet high. These cool catfish are also called poisonous catfish because, like many in the catfish group, they have a poisonous spine. The behavior and formations of this species never ceases to amaze me. // From @natgeo assignment Philippines: OceanNation. // #ocean #Philippines #CoralTriangle #funnyfaces #Catfish for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet


Live today! I'm pleased to announce that my photo of a baby green sea turtle is part of the @natgeocreative Flash Sale of collectible prints that capture unique travel locations from Sept. 9th - Sept 16th. Visit the link in my profile to see all of the incredible signed prints from legendary @natgeo photographers such as @johnstanmeyer , @timlaman, @amivitale on sale for $100. Your purchase will support the Power of Research, Science, Conservation, Exploration and Storytelling.


A circle of barracuda surround diver Dinah Halstead in Papua New Guinea. The barracuda form schools during the day as a defense against predators. As dusk approached the school broke up and the barracuda began to patrol for their meal. This image is symbolic to me and how we are literally surrounded by and are one with the ocean. The oceans can survive without us but we can not survive without the oceans.// With @natgeo with @natgeocreative @thephotosociety //
#ocean #papuanewguinea #coraltriangle #barracuda #dream #beauty for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet



An American crocodile shows me its remarkable set of teeth as it passes by on patrol in a mangrove channel in Gardens of the Queen National Park Cuba. This National Park is a time capsule where the reefs teem with life and top predator populations like sharks and crocodiles are intact unlike other ecosystems throughout the Caribbean. These magnificent creatures feed on fish and the occasional unlucky houtia, a small rodent that lives in the mangrove branches just above the water. // Photographed for @natgeo Cuba's Underwater Jewels with @natgeocreative @thephotosociety //. #ocean #cuba #conservation #crocodile #predator #teeth #adventure for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet


Sharks and sky. A grey reef shark rises to the surface to investigate our arrival at a seamount in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea. The sharks in Kimbe Bay are robust and healthy due to protective oversight while sharks populations throughout the world are in severe decline due to their harvest for shark fin soup. Encountering sharks on reefs throughout the world has sadly become a rare event, sharks have become ghosts in the sea. The good news: they are successful models of sharks conservation in the world that are working to protect these magnificent creatures. //
Photographed for @natgeo //
With @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club @walindiresort //
#Ocean #Shark #KimbeBay #gratitude for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet


Recognizing shark awareness day, July 14th. Lemon sharks patrol beneath a calm surface at dusk in the Bahamas. The Bahamas were declared a shark sanctuary in 2014. Live sharks are a steady contributors to Bahamian environment and economy. Sharks have been systematically removed from our oceans around the world becoming ghosts in the sea. Conservation and education are key in their survival. // Photographed for @natgeo with @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @the_explorers_club // #ocean #shark #sunset #Bahamas #SharkAwarenessDay for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet


Garden eels sway and feed in the swift current off Dumaguete, Philippines. These social creatures live in large colonies that extend great distances across the sand bottom. They creatures may look menacing but they are very shy and delicate and disappear the moment they detect your presence. This image was made with a remote camera set just at the edge of the colony. It took hours for the eels to feel safe enough to rise and feed near the new object in their midst. // photographed on my current @natgeo assignment with @jenniferhayesig Philippines, An Ocean Nation. // #Ocean #GardenEel #CoralTriangle #Philippines #Zen for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet


Salute to fathers in the sea. A male cardinal fish carries a clutch of eggs in his mouth to protect them from predators in Dumaguete Philippines. This behavior is called "mouth brooding". The male will occasional exhale all of the eggs to aerate them and quickly inhale them back into the safety of his mouth. // Photographed on current assignment for @natgeo story Philippines, An Ocean Nation with @jenniferhayesig @thephotosociety // #ocean #fathersday #fathers #Philippines #CoralTriangle for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig and @daviddoubilet


Two tiger sharks circle a sperm whale carcass on the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia. Many shark encounters around the world involve attracting the sharks with bait. It is a rare and welcome encounter to meet these apex predators on their terms. We counted eight different tiger sharks feeding on this drifting carcass. Lesson quickly learned: never get between tiger sharks and their meal. They were gracious company until the current shifted pushing the whale toward our team. The tigers let us know they preferred us at the perimeter of the scene. Photographed for @natgeo story Great Barrier Reef, A Fragile Empire. * #Ocean #GreatBarrierReef #Shark #Predation #WorldOceansDay * For #MoreOcean follow @daviddoubilet with @blueoceanfilmfest


A rainbow colored school of anthias feed in the pulsing currents that gust like underwater winds through Verde Island Passage, Philippines. I am working on @natgeo assignment in this country I like to call the Ocean Nation that consists of + 7,000 islands. It is a place of extraordinary coral reefs, some under extraordinary pressure of trying to support +100 million people. Diving at Verde Island is like swimming through clouds of fish in a channel that is also one of the main shipping routes into Manila. The Philippines is a cornerstone of the coral triangle, a region of the Pacific known for its extreme marine biodiversity. // #ocean #coralreef #coraltriangle #rainbow #philippines for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig and @daviddoubilet


Hidden Doom. A small fish unknowingly drifts over a stargazer buried in the soft sediment bottom in Anilao Philippines. Stargazers are ambush predators that bury themselves in the sand and wait for unsuspecting prey to pass overhead. This image was taken at night with underwater lights that exposed the prey so I moved on not wanting to "cause" the predation. From @natgeo assignment: Ocean Nation Philippines #ocean #Philippines #CoralTriangle #OceanNationPhilippines #predation #stargazer for #moreocean follow our assignment @jenniferhayesig and @daviddoubilet


Hello! A very curious and playful juvenile beluga whale investigates my camera in the Saguenay-St.Lawrence Marine Park near Tadoussac Quebec. These magnificent gentle creatures called the canaries in the sea burble, chirp and squeak creating a symphony of sound that makes you just stop and listen. If you are lucky they will swim up to you to share their story. Beluga whales are one of 13 species that call the St. Lawrence home and they are in trouble. Their numbers have plunged to below 1000 whales due to high infant mortality. Scientists are working feverishly to determine the cause. Photographed on assignment for @natgeo story the Generous Gulf. With @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #ocean #stlawrence #beluga #belugawhale #baby #kiss #extreme #followme for #moreocean @jenniferhayesig and @daviddoubilet


A gallery of life on the Great Barrier Reef. The late largest most iconic coral reef system may be located in Queensland Australia but it really belongs to the world. When I was a kid the Great Barrier was the first reef on my radar of imagination. Today the worlds largest coral reef is literally in hot water. Sequential coral bleaching events in 2016 & 2017 have affected 900+ miles of the 1400 mile long structure. Thermal stress causes the coral polyp to lose its symbiotic algae that provide color and supplemental nutrients. Unprecedented back to back bleaching have left this great reef with little time to recover and struggling to survive. These images were photographed on assignment with @natgeo available at @natgeocreative natgeocreative #ocean #coralreef #greatbarrierreef #climatechange #followme for #moreocean @jenniferhayesig and @daviddoubilet


An American crocodile patrols the mangrove channels of Gardens of the Queen National Park Cuba. The crocodile rested on the seagrass covered bottom of the channel for minutes at a time and then rose slowly to take a breath of air and returned to the bottom to sleep again. Crocodiles are called the engineers of the mangroves because their movements create and maintain channels that enhance circulation of water and nutrients through the dense roots systems. Photographed on assignment for @natgeo Cubas Underwater Jewels in the Path of Tourism. To view a video of working with this crocodile see @natgeo With @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #ocean #cuba #crocodile #predator #extreme #followme for #moreocean @jenniferhayesig and @daviddoubilet


Happy Earth Day! Today is the last day to purchase a signed print of a father and son fishing over a shallow coral reef in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinea is a corner of the Coral Triangle, a region known for its extreme marine biodiversity. I like this image published in National Geographic Magazine in November 2013 because it speaks to the delicate balance humans and a fragile sea.
Click on the link in my profile to view this print and the entire collection available for $100.
Your purchase supports the Power of Science, Exploration and storytelling.