Brian Skerry

National Geographic Photographer // Speaker // Author // Explorer

http://www.BrianSkerry.com/

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A rare view of a fissure within pack ice in the Canadian arctic. The crack in the ice was about two feet wide, several meters thick and extended for a perhaps a kilometer. This photograph was produced with a camera inside an underwater housing positioned just beneath the surface, so that the sky, the thick ice and the dark water below can be seen.
Coverage from a story in the January issue of National Geographic Magazine (@NatGeo) story about declining sea ice in the arctic due to climate change and its effects on people and wildlife in this region.
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A beluga whale poses perfectly for this portrait in the chilly waters off of Nova Scotia, Canada. Belugas are a highly social pelagic species, often called the ‘canaries of the sea’ for their diverse repertoire of whistles, clicks and other sounds. They are also know to mimic sounds that they hear, including boat engines and other human sounds.
Though these gorgeous creatures live in the Arctic, they frequently move into Sub-Arctic waters as well. They are one of the only whale species capable of turning their necks in all directions.
Currently, populations of beluga whales are classified as ‘Near Threatened’ by the IUCN.
#beluga #whale #underwaterphoto #underwaterphotography #instagood #conservation #research #marinebiology #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador

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A two-day old humpback whale calf rests near its mother in the waters off of the Cook Islands, in the South Pacific. This population of humpbacks spends its summer feeding in Antarctica, migrating to warmer waters where calves are born in the winter.
The bond between moms and their calves is strong, with calves spending their first year with their mothers. During this time, mother humpback whales feed and provide protection for their young.
Although much has been learned about this species throughout the past several decades of research, many mysteries remain with regards to the many complex societies in the sea.

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Harp Seal Pups Kissing!  Two harp seal pups meet each other on the pack ice of Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence, touching noses as they sniff one another. Pups are generally born in this region during February, spending about two weeks nursing from their mothers before heading off into the frigid arctic waters on their own. The decline of sea ice over the continues to warm and sea ice disappears, the future is uncertain for this species.

This photo was also one of the most ‘liked’ images from the @NatGeo Instagram account this year. Thank you for all of your support and I wish you all the best for the new year.
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Sea Angel in a Winter Ocean: A tiny pteropod - about the size of a Tic-Tac candy - swims beneath pack ice in the winter seas of Japan’s Hokkaido Island. Called Sea Angels locally, these creatures are found in icy waters and ‘fly’ through the sea on tiny wings.
Though difficult, photographing such gorgeous creatures is a truly incredible experience.
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A Blacktip Reef Shark swims through the surf zone on uninhabited Millennium Atoll near the Southern Line Islands in the Central South Pacific.

The pristine waters surrounding the Southern Line Islands harbor some of the most ecologically diverse marine life in the world. Thanks to the efforts of National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Project, the area is now protected by the Government of Kiribati. The project works to protect ocean ecosystems from marine pollution, overfishing, sea temperature rise, acidification, and invasive species. 
Coverage from a story in @NatGeo Magazine about the Southern Line Islands. 
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An Oceanic Whitetip Shark and Marine Biologist swim in the clear, open waters of the Bahamas. This species of shark was once the ‘most abundant large animal on Earth,’ but today is on the verge of extinction. In the years between 1995 and 2010 alone, their numbers declined 93% due to anthropogenic hunting of their fins. These fins are often eaten by humans in the form of shark fin soup. The Bahamas remain one of the few places on earth where these animals can still be found.

Check out the August 2016 issue of National Geographic Magazine (@NatGeo) to learn more about these incredible pelagic ocean animals.

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Orca Tails: A female orca and her calf wave their tails playfully, a short distance off the coast of Punta Norte, Argentina. Orcas spend the first few years of their lives with their mothers, learning a variety of behaviors and feeding techniques.

The family of the orcas pictured here, living off the coast of Patagonia, has developed a feeding strategy that includes beaching as a means of grabbing sea lion pups from the surf. The orca’s timing must be perfect, and these creatures must carefully select the location in which they attack.
Photographed on assignment for @NatGeo Magazine.
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A manatee calf hitches a ride - piggy-back style - on it’s mom in the waters off the coast of Belize. While working on an @NatGeo story about the Mesoamerican Reef, I frequently went out early in the morning - using only a mask, snorkel and fins - to quietly search for wildlife. Manatees in this region are far less acclimated to humans than those in Florida, and can difficult to approach. They typically spend their nights within thick, protective mangroves, feeding on nearby seagrass beds during the day. All of these ecosystems are connected and conservation of the whole is vital since animals depend on each other for survival.
This mom and calf were very tolerant of me, and allowed me into their world that morning.
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An iceberg frozen within pack ice, near the floe edge off of Navy Board Inlet in the Canadian high arctic. The decline of sea ice in this region during recent years has been substantial, threatening the existence of many species in the region.

As a result of anthropogenic climate change, it is predicted that - within the next several years - the North Pole will be free of ice in the summer, meaning that ships will be able to pass over the pole for the first time in recorded history.
While such a trend may prove beneficial for shipping costs, such climate change threatens all of us. With each square mile of ice lost, more and more of the sun's energy becomes trapped in the atmosphere, expediting further climate change in the future.

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A close-up view of the soulful eye of a Southern Right Whale, photographed in the sub-antarctic waters of New Zealand's Auckland Islands. Barnacles and cyamids (small crustaceans) live in rough patches of skin around the whale’s eye, giving shape and color to the frame. Southern Right Whales are endangered, but have recovered fairly well since the early whaling days. Their cousins - the North Atlantic Right Whales - however, have not recovered and remain the most endangered species of whale on Earth, with only about 500 remaining. The North Atlantic Right Whale lives much closer to human industrialization and are hit by ships, entangled in fishing gear and are effected by pollution. Southern Right Whales tend to live further away from industrialization and, as such, have fared better.

This whale was very curious about me, following me underwater. I'm so lucky to have been allowed into his world.

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A Shortfin Mako Shark off the coast of New Zealand swims towards the surface in the late afternoon light. Makos are one of the fastest fish in the sea, capable of speed bursts up to 60mph. Of all shark species they also have one of the largest brains, relative to body size.
The numbers of Makos have declined worldwide due to overfishing and the increasing global demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.
Learn more about Mako Sharks from the feature story about these impressive animals in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, @NatGeo.

And if you like sharks, or simply find these creatures fascinatinh check, out the new book - SHARK - by @BrianSkerry and @NatGeo! Available at the link in my bio or wherever books are sold.
#shark #mako #makoshark #underwater #photography #conservation #preservation #underwaterphoto #natgeo #nationalgeographic #follow #onassignment #sharks #savesharks #newzealand #nz #photooftheday #oceanambassador

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A leatherback sea turtle crawls back to the sea after laying her eggs on the beach at Sandy Point, located on the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. Listed as vulnerable, this species of sea turtle has an ancestry that dates back more than 100 million years. Today they face a number of anthropogenic stresses - including entanglement in fishing gear, poaching and climate change - which affects the sex of turtle hatchlings. Sandy Point is a National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service who are responsible for protecting these nesting beaches. The combination of conservation efforts here and in the nearby Buck Island Reef National Monument have benefitted sea turtle species in this region.

I made this photo under moonlight at 2am, after weeks of working at night on these beaches. Being in this place with these ancient animals was like traveling back in time to a primordial Earth.

This picture won first place in the Reptiles and Amphibians Category of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition on October 17th in London.

Photographed for the February 2017 cover story in @natgeo about saving our oceans.

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A red pigfish swims through a school of blue maomao in New Zealand’s Poor Knights Islands. This region was protected as a no-take marine reserve in the 1980s and because of this protection, marine life has rebounded in the region. Marine reserves are replenishment zones for fish and other wildlife, serving as barriers to dangerous weather and helping to fight the adverse effects of climate change and ocean acidification.
Approximately 98% of Earth’s biosphere - the areas where life can exist on the planet - is ocean, yet only about 3% is protected. When we consider that every other breath that a human takes comes from the sea - more than 50% of the oxygen we need to live - it becomes clear that protecting more of the ocean is in our species' best interest. The ocean has the ability to heal and restore itself, but it needs our help.

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Orca Moon : An orca swims beneath a rising full moon near the beach in Punta Norte, Argentina. Orcas are the largest species of dolphin and are highly intelligent. Many dolphins have developed special feeding strategies to catch prey, techniques that are unique to the location in which they live. This one family of orca living in Patagonia have developed a feeding strategy that has them beaching themselves in order to grab a sea lion pup. Their timing must be perfect and they must select a precise location where the geography is ideal.
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A large, male Harp Seal blows bubbles - in a display of territoriality - beneath the ice of Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence. Thinning ice due to climate change over the past decade has caused problems for this species, with ice no longer available as a means of escaping predators. Survival long term will require adapting to the future loss of sea ice.

Photographed on assignment for @NatGeo.

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A Caribbean reef shark feeds on a lionfish on a coral reef in Honduras. Lionfish, a species native to the Pacific Ocean, were introduced to the Atlantic some time ago and have become an invasive species, preying on many other species of fish and disrupting the ecosystem in many areas. Off the island of Roatan, Honduras, shark biologists have helped sharks acquire a taste for lionfish and natural predation may now be reducing lionfish populations in this region. 
Photographed on assignment for @NatGeo Magazine.
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'Synchronized Swimming’ - A group of spotted dolphins at play in The Bahamas. Dolphins have the largest brains in the animal kingdom relative to body size, after humans, but their brains function differently than humans. Dolphins keep one half of their brain awake while sleeping because they are voluntary breathers and must also remain vigilant for predators. They also see much of their world acoustically using echolocation. For researchers, dolphin lives remain largely a mystery and understanding the full extent of how these complex animals live may take a long time.
Photographed on assignment for @natgeo

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A young harbor seal plays in kelp forest near the surface at Cortes Banks, a range of underwater mountains located 100-miles off the coast of San Diego, CA. This location, well known for stormy weather and giant waves, is a hotspot of biodiversity with an abundance of marine life found there. Places like this are oases of life in the sea, where each animal plays a role. Yet such places could easily be destroyed by a single fishing trawl net being dragged through it or by undersea drilling and few would ever know it existed.
Naturalist John Muir once said, "“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world” and throughout my career of exploring our planet and especially the oceans I have found this to be true - everything is connected and every creature matters. I believe we must see ourselves not apart or above nature, but very much connected to it.
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A short-tailed stingray glides through an underwater canyon, illuminated from above by the warm tropical sun. Short-tailed stingrays are found primarily in deep waters off the coast of Southern Africa, as well as in shallow intertidal zones near the shores of Australia and New Zealand. These animals can grow to roughly 7 feet across and can reach weights of 770 pounds. Despite fears associated with stingrays, these animals typically feed on small fish and invertebrates, and are curious and unaggressive in their interactions with humans.

To learn more about these often-misunderstood creatures, follow me, @BrianSkerry on Instagram.
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My image of dusky dolphins is among the travel-inspired signed prints available as part of the @natgeocreative Flash Sale. These prints are on sale for $100, available this week only. Click on the link in my profile to see all of the signed prints featured, and be sure to pick one up while they're still available.

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A whale shark glides among a school of fish in the turquoise waters off the coast of Mexico. Whale sharks are currently listed as ‘vulnerable’ due to human pollution and hunting, and populations remain unstable due to the slow reproductive habits of these magnificent creatures. These creatures are the largest fish in the sea, weighing over 20 tons and reaching lengths of over 40 feet long.

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#whale #shark #vulnerable #conservation #fish #surprise #prey #food #mexico #photooftheday #conservation #cute #animals #preservation #natgeo #photography #underwaterphotography #underwaterphoto #follow #wanderlust

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A Loggerhead Turtle hatchling feeds amongst Sargasso weeds off the coast of Florida. Loggerheads are currently listed as an endangered species, with their populations dwindling as a result of fishing, trawling, and oceanic pollution. Often times, Loggerhead turtles mistake floating plastics for jellyfish, ingesting the debris and endangering these adorable animals. These magnificent creatures can live to be over 65 years old.

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Close-up view of a Mako Shark in the waters off of New Zealand. Makos are one of the fastest fish in the sea, capable of speed bursts of up to 60mph. Of all shark species, they also have one of the largest brains, relative to body size.
Makos are an endothermic shark, meaning that they can generate heat within their bodies. This adaptation allows them to swim into cooler waters to feed on oily fish, giving them great strength and fueling their powerful muscles.
The numbers of Makos have declined worldwide due to overfishing and the increasing global demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.
Learn more about Mako Sharks from the feature story about these impressive animals in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, @NatGeo.

And if you like sharks, or simply find these creatures fascinatinh check, out the new book - SHARK - by @BrianSkerry and @NatGeo! Available at the link in my bio or wherever books are sold.

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A Shortfin Mako Shark attacks a mullet bait, towed by a fisherman in the waters of New Zealand. Makos are one of the fastest animals in the sea, capable of swimming at speeds of over 45 mph.
Sport fishermen frequently use a mullet bait - towed at speeds of nearly 10 knots - to try and catch marlin, but Mako Sharks often attack the bait instead.
Photographer Brian Skerry (@BrianSkerry) built a special tow camera and used a high-speed video system to capture this astounding behavior in slow motion.

Learn more about these amazing animals in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine (@NatGeo), with a story featuring my photographs.
Also be sure to check out the new book - SHARK - by @BrianSkerry and @NatGeo, available at the link in my bio or wherever books are sold!

#shark #mako #follow #onassignment #nationalgeographic #natgeo #photographer #photography #underwaterphoto #makoshark #newzealand #nz #pacific #fishing #travelphoto #travel #photooftheday #conservation #preservation

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A Mako Shark cruises through the blue waves of San Diego, CA; its dorsal fin not even breaking the surface.
Makos are one of the fastest fish in the sea, capable of speed bursts of up to 60 mph. Of all shark species, they also have one of the largest brains, relative to body size.
The numbers of Makos have declined worldwide due to overfishing and the increasing global demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.
Learn more about Mako Sharks from the feature story about these impressive animals in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, @NatGeo.

And if you like sharks, or simply find these creatures fascinating, check out the new book - SHARK - by @BrianSkerry and @NatGeo! Available at the link in my bio or wherever books are sold.
#shark #mako #makoshark #underwater #photography #conservation #preservation #underwaterphoto #natgeo #nationalgeographic #follow #onassignment #sharks #savesharks #newzealand #nz #photooftheday #oceanambassador #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador

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A Mako Shark dives, open-mouthed, at photographer Brian Skerry (@BrianSkerry) in the waters off of New Zealand. Makos are one of the fastest fish in the sea, capable of speed bursts up to 60mph. Of all shark species they also have one of the largest brains, relative to body size.
The numbers of Makos have declined worldwide due to overfishing and the demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable, but their population continues to spiral downwards.
Learn more about Makos in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, @NatGeo, which includes a feature story about these impressive animals.

And if you like sharks, check out the new book - SHARK - by @BrianSkerry and @NatGeo! Available wherever books are sold.
@thephotosociety
#natgeo #sharkawarenessday #photo #makoshark #mako #shark #savesharks #underwaterphotgraphy #underwaterphoto #onassignment #photooftheday #newzealand #nz #dive #photography #nationalgeographic #follow #followme #preservation #conservation #nikonlove #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador

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Silhouette of an Oceanic Whitetip Shark in The Bahamas. A pelagic predator living in the open sea, the oceanic whitetip is especially efficient at hunting in these regions of ocean where finding prey can be far and few between.
Listed as the ‘most abundant large animal on Earth' as recently as the 1970s this species numbers have been reduced by 99% and are on the verge of extinction today due to over fishing and the shark fin trade. My hope is that through photography, we can begin to see these animals in a new light and understand their vital role in the health of our planet.

To see my favorite collection of shark images and read the stories of my personal experiences with these animals, check out my new book - SHARK - available wherever books are sold.
#SharkAwarenessDay #mako #makoshark #sharks #savesharks #summerofsharks #SHARKTheBook #photooftheday

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A Gray Seal folds its flippers and poses for his portrait underwater in the Gulf of Maine. Extending from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, the Gulf of Maine and its surrounding waters have been the economic bedrock of New England’s coastal communities, supporting a wide variety of commercial and recreational activities.
Unfortunately, many factors currently threaten the vitality of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Decades of pollution, coastal habitat destruction, overfishing and bottom trawling have yielded havoc in the form of extensive habitat loss and diminished biodiversity. We live at a pivotal moment in history, where we understand the problems and have solutions; We simply need the will to take action. Restoring health to these important resources as rapidly as possible should be a national imperative.

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A massive Tiger Shark goes nose to nose with a diver on the sand flats of the northern Bahamas. Though these sharks have often been portrayed as monsters, in reality, they are complex and valuable predators that operate to maintain a stable ecosystem.
This region of the Bahamas has been identified as a place where many pregnant female tiger sharks spend time, and it is believed that the shallow, warm water helps with gestation.
Sharks play a vital role in the health of oceanic habitats, and the removal of these predators would contribute to the collapse - like a house of cards - of the whole ecosystem. Despite this fact, more than 100 million sharks are killed each year, primarily for their fins (which are used in shark fin soup). In the last sixty years, we have lost a majority of shark populations thereby decreasing the health of our oceans.
My new book - ‘SHARK’ by @BrianSkerry - is currently on sale! Filled with photos and stories of my personal experiences from nearly 4 decades of photographing sharks, the book aims to give creatures such as the Tiger Shark a new reputation. We must see sharks as magnificent animals that are vital to the health of the ocean and, as a result, to the health of our planet.

SHARK is available wherever books are sold

@thephotosociety @natgeocreative

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