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Cristina Mittermeier  Photographer / Speaker / Adventurer at National Geographic / Founder of ILCP/ SonyArtisan / Founder of @Sea_Legacy /

When @PaulNicklen and I have a day off, you’ll often find us underwater, diving in the rich waters of the Pacific. We are so lucky to call this place - a region with incredible diversity of life that thrives above and below the water - home. We and @Sea_Legacy are dedicated to protecting the Salish Sea - not only for our families, but also for our neighbours, like this sea anemone.

Blue whales are the largest animals to have ever existed, reaching mind-boggling dimensions of 100 feet long and upwards of 200 tons on a diet composed almost exclusively of krill, tiny-shrimp like crustaceans. It was a joy to be in the water with this gentle giant off the coast of the Azores. I had never had an encounter with a blue whale before. While the hunting of blue whales was banned by the International Whaling Commission in 1966, endangered fin whales are still being hunted in Iceland in defiance of a world wide ban of commercial whaling in 1986. Follow the link in my bio to learn more.
This work was performed under the authorization n.0 XX-ORAC-2018 issued by the Government, on February 22, 2018.

The first fin whale has been killed in Iceland.

A 65-foot endangered fin whale, defenceless and sentient, was brutally harpooned, dragged ashore and flensed late last night. A photo of the carcass, posted by a Hvalur worker, is circulating the internet. We want to remind you how magnificent these creatures are. There is an unparalleled beauty in seeing these stunning and massive giants in the wild. It is hard for us to understand why a nation, often seen as progressive, and known for its nature tourism, is letting the senseless actions of one man, Kristján Loftsson, dictate the direction of Iceland. Speak out to #StopIcelandWhaling and join @Sea_Legacy in putting pressure on the Icelandic government through the link in my bio. #TurningTheTide with @bluespherefoundation and @oceanicpreservationsociety

This work was performed under the authorization n.0 XX-ORAC-2018 issued by the Government, on February 22, 2018

There is knowledge held by Indigenous communities all over the world; knowledge that here in British Columbia, as in other places around the world, was almost lost. I was honoured, along with @PaulNicklen and @Sea_Legacy, to be invited to a potlatch at the big house in Alert Bay late last year.

The potlatch was banned in Canada between 1885 and 1951 and the Kwakwaka’wakw people fought for decades for the return of their sacred regalia that had ended up in museum and private collections around the world. We were told, that with ceremony comes respect. The two are intertwined. The ’Umista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay is filled with history and masks that have been reappropriated thanks to the hard work and dedication of a resilient community.

On this National Indigenous Peoples Day, I have nothing but gratitude and respect for traditional cultures all over the world.

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) instituted a global moratorium, or pause, on commercial whaling in 1986. Yet, Kristján Loftsson, CEO of Iceland’s only fin whale-hunting business, Hvalur hf (Whale Inc.), continues to operate, ignoring international outrage and the shrinking demand for whale meat. This year, after a two-year hiatus in hunting, the Icelandic government sanctioned the slaughter of 238 endangered fin whales. Those whales are dying right now, each one harpooned and dragged to a slow, cruel end. Economically, the hunt doesn’t make any sense. Iceland’s whale watching industry generates $20 million USD annually – far more than the disappearing whale meat market. It’s time for Iceland to choose tourism over whaling. Speak out to #StopIcelandWhaling and join @Sea_Legacy in #TurningTheTide through the link in my bio.

This work was performed under the authorization n.0 XX-ORAC-2018 issued by the Government, on February 22, 2018

Today, the British Columbia Provincial Government renewed tenures for 20 open-net Atlantic salmon fish farms in the province’s largest marine park, the Broughton Archipelago, on a month-to-month basis. In doing so, they broke their campaign promise to implement the Cohen Commission’s recommendations to protect wild salmon. They also introduced a new requirement for these farms to secure First Nations’ consent, but this doesn’t come into effect until after the next provincial election. Governments have a duty to protect our wild salmon. These announcements do nothing to address the environmental impact of open-net Atlantic salmon fish farms, nor do they promote evidence-based decision-making. Despite the political bluster, nothing has changed. @Sea_Legacy will continue efforts to #GetFishFarmsOut. Photograph by @sea_legacy Collective member @simonagerphotography

Two short days ago, I left a @Sea_Legacy expedition in Alaska for the @cannes_lions International Festival of Creativity to represent @NatGeo as a #WomenofImpact in collaboration with @Facebook and @Instagram.
I love spending time with women who are making a difference in this world. It inspires me to work harder in meaningful collaborations. As an ethnographic photographer, I get to visit some of the most remote areas on Earth. I live on the edge of danger and discomfort, away from family and security, all in the hope that my pursuits may gift others with a broader, more compassionate view of our planet. On my travels, I have experienced the kindness, the sisterhood and the generosity of women from all cultures and all walks of life. The day I took this photograph, I was ill. So, I sought shelter from the relentless sun of the Madagascar Spiny Desert in a hut. In this tight space, I was cared for in the company of this beautiful woman, who was wearing a traditional mask made of powdered bark, which acts as a natural sunblock and mosquito repellent. We sat quietly in the smoldering heat, and I felt incredibly grateful for her humble hospitality. With fellow @natgeo female photographers and #WomenofImpact @jodymacdonaldphoto and @renaeffendiphoto
#seeher #facebookcannes @instagram @natgeo

Having the opportunity to photograph, represent, mentor and empower women has been one of the greatest gifts of my career. I am very honoured to represent @NatGeo today at their #WomenofImpact event with @Facebook at the @cannes_lions International Festival of Creativity

I photographed this Enga woman from the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Her headdress, a precious heirloom made with the wings of an Astrapia Bird of Paradise, is a proud and cherished possession that will be passed on to her family. Images like this are collected in my new book “Amaze”, which can be pre-purchased on the link in my bio.

#canneslions #women #creativity

A panther chameleon, one of the most intriguing creatures I have ever photographed. Don’ t be deceived by its bright colors. It is a common misconception that chameleons of any kind can change color to match their surroundings. All chameleons have a natural color range with which they are born, and is dictated by their species. It is affected by temperature, mood, and light. Touching a chameleon is taboo among the tribes of southern Madagascar, an interesting bit of superstition that has probably spared these beautiful reptiles from extinction.

Video by @Sea_Legacy // When it’s gone, it’s gone forever. The biodiversity in this pristine ecosystem is unlike any other in the world and worth protecting. Yet, the Provincial and Federal Governments of Canada continue to put it at risk by allowing open-net Atlantic salmon fish farms to operate across critical marine habitat. Diseases from these open-net containment pens spread to the local wild salmon, and their populations are declining. Salmon are a bio-rich nutrient delivery mechanism that feeds the entire ecosystem – from orcas and seals – to eagles and spirit bears. After these predators feast, the leftover fish carcasses, packed with nitrogen, act as a fertilizer for the rainforest, allowing the trees to grow to an impressive size. Without wild Pacific salmon, this entire ecosystem will suffer. Check the link in my bio to join us in the campaign to #GetFishFarmsOut.

Happy Father’s Day! A massive male Southern Sea Lion takes a nap next to his week-old pup on a remote island in the subantarctic. While the female goes out to sea to feed for a few hours, dad is reluctantly, in charge. Wishing all my friends who are wonderful fathers, an awesome father’s day! #TagADad #babysitting #cute #baby #fathersday

Jah is da word, da word is the music, music is da key to children.....For me, our complex and layered relationship with nature will never be fully comprehensible. It can become clear for small beautiful moments, but they are mere glimpses of an ever-evolving connection that is inextricably intertwined. I felt a moment of clarity when I photographed baby Ezequiel and his father, musician and surfer, Molonai, on an assignment in Hawaii a few years back. Among his ohana, his family’s friends, his parents, surrounded by music and on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, I understood that water has the power to give life or a sense of place in this world, and even strengthen the bond between father and son.
#fathersday #ocean #relationship #family #ohana #hawaii #photooftheday #instagood #bw #father #beach #beachlife #awesomeearth #enoughness

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