Photo by @lucianocandisani // Hyun Sun Jik, pictured first, is 91 years old and one of 4500 women divers known as Haenyeo on the island of Jeju, South Korea. Years ago, forced by socio-political circumstances, these pioneer sea women went to the sea in search of sustenance to feed their families and unknowingly founded a strong tradition. Today, Hyun and her colleagues, most between 65 and 90 years old, keep alive this 400-year-old cultural tradition of sustainable extractivism, freediving up to 15 meters below the surface to gather seafood. The universal values carried within this practice was awarded and recognized by the @UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage (ICH). These pictures are part of my new exhibition "Haenyeo: women of the sea" opening on August 31st, at 10 am, in the Sound and Image Museum, located in São Paulo, Brazil. This is a project with @vento.leste (editora Vento Leste), @mis_sp (MIS) and @ateliermarkobrajovic (Marko Brajovic).
Photos by @daisygilardini | After three months spent in a small maternity den, polar bear cubs really enjoy playing in the open. The cubs don’t seem to care about the cold, even with temperatures dropping as low as - 40 °C. They love chasing each other and play-fighting. Playing is important as it helps develop the various skills and agilities necessary to survive the extreme Arctic environment. This past March, I had the privilege of observing this family for after they emerged from their den. From the cubs’ behaviour we could guess that one was a male and the other a female. The female was much more shy, always following and cuddling with mama, while the male was always bugging the little sister and biting mama’s ears. A real trouble-maker! It just fills my heart with hope to see these healthy, newborns play so joyfully! Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories.
Photo by @PaulNicklen // What story do you think this photo tells? @PaulNicklen keeps a delicate balance of art, science, and conservation in mind when working to strengthen the world's attention and connection to the ferocious but fragile polar environments. Each photo can start a conversation or spark an interest to take action that makes lasting changes to our planet and our mindset - but only if you, the viewer, stops and asks why or what that photo means. Take a moment to bring life, understanding, and emotion to nature, and stay connected to our global movement to protect and restore our ocean by joining #TheTide , linked in our bio.
Earlier this year, an assessment from @IPBES_ and @UNenvironment detailed the stark reality of the environmental crisis: nearly 1 million plant and animal species face extinction within just a couple of decades. Strengthening proven protection like the #EndangeredSpeciesAct , which has seen the survival of 99% of its listed species, is badly needed if we want to prevent this from happening. We stand with those who denounce the Trump administration's changes to the Endangered Species Act. These changes allow economic factors to be taken into consideration when deciding the listing a new species and also weaken the protection of already listed threatened species. Join us and let administrations around the world know that #ExtinctionEndsHere . Take action right now, sign your name in support of #CITES4Sharks and fight for the protection of 18 shark and ray species in the lead up to #CoP18 . Link in bio. Photo by @shawnheinrichs
Photo by @chrislinderphoto // A male Adélie penguin points its beak skyward to perform the ‘ecstatic vocalization’, a loud, staccato call advertising to females that he has made a pebble nest and is seeking a mate. Penguins also use their unique calls to find their mate/young in the colony, pair-bonding, and defending their territories from predators.
Photo by @daisygilardini | Belugas are one of the smallest species of whales distributed widely throughout the Arctic regions.
They are social animals. They live in small pods and are very vocal. Their vocalizations consist of clicks, whistles, and clangs, which can resemble birds singing. Because of that, they’re sometimes called ‘canaries of the sea’ or ‘sea canaries.’ Photographing them from the surface is extremely challenging. When they emerge to breathe, you usually only see a small part of their back. To capture these beautiful creatures, it’s best to go with underwater or aerial photography.
Follow me @daisygilardini for more images and behind-the-scenes stories. Shot with drone permit n. RPAS 4503, issued by Civil Aviation Authority – Norway.
Photos by @PaulNicklen // When someone says the phrase 'climate crisis' to you, what do you picture? Do you see the loss of sea ice or glaciers? The extinction of over 1,000,000 species over the next hundred years? Ocean acidification and the complete loss of coral reefs? Over the next ten years, what we do to preserve the ocean's integrity and its ability to provide for us — 70% of our oxygen, drawing down carbon, and food for billions of people worldwide — may be the most important thing we do for ten thousand years. Come with us on our journey to protect our earth’s ocean. Start #TurningTheTide through the link in our bio and tap through to our stories to hear more from our co-founder @PaulNicklen on @NPR 's #FreshAir .
Photo by @ShawnHeinrichs // We had a big win for ocean conservation earlier this year when Canada became the first G20 country in the world to ban the import and export of shark fins. But now, Canada has announced that they will vote ‘NO’ to the proposed global trade protections of mako sharks, a critically endangered species, at #CoP18 this month. Help us ensure that the continued trade of mako sharks is both legal and sustainable — providing them the protection they so desperately need to survive. Sign the petition link in our bio asking Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to switch their votes from ‘NO’ to ‘YES,’ in favor of adding mako sharks to Appendix II of @CITES. Thank you for helping us reach over 30,000 signatures so far!
Photos by @PaulNicklen // Earlier this week, the Canadian government, working closely with the Qikiqtani Inuit Assocation (@qikiqtani_inuit ), established a new marine protected area (MPA) in the Arctic that supports Inuit livelihoods, while protecting Arctic wildlife. With this new MPA, Canada went from protecting 4% to protecting 14% of its coastline, helping the country fulfill its promise to protect at least 10% of its coastline by 2020. Success in conservation always takes longer than it should, but patience and collaboration is crucial - and always worth it. The highest rate of warming around the world is happening in the Arctic where ice, once thought stable, is melting at rates faster than scientists originally forecasted.
Photo by @ShawnHeinrichs // The mako's sleek and slender body is built for speed. Reaching up to 46mph, they can vanish like a ghost from your line of sight there one moment, gone the next. Decades of overfishing has caused this slow reproducing shark species to decline in population - so much so that the vast majority killed today have not reached maturity or reproduced yet. A proposed @CITES Appendix II listing would offer the management and protection that Makos need to come back from the brink of extinction. Please sign the petition at the link in our bio and urge Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to switch Canada's vote on the proposed listing from "NO" to "YES" at this month's #CoP18 conference. #CITES4Sharks