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Jody MacDonald  Photographer / Adventurer / Explorer. Represented by @natgeocreative. Member of the @sea_legacy Collective.

Video by @PaulNicklen, with @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 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. Nitrogen from these leftovers can be traced to the top of Sitka trees. Without wild Pacific salmon, this entire ecosystem will suffer.
My friends at @Sea-Legacy are working on a campaign to #GetFishFarmsOut, a call to the Provincial and Federal Governments of Canada to do the right thing. They campaigned on a promise to ensure the salmon farming industry does not endanger wild Pacific salmon. Yet, this is exactly what is happening. Check the link in at @Sea_Legacy to join us in the campaign to #GetFishFarmsOut.

#TurningTheTide, @wildfirstcanada

Elephants are one of the most intelligent creatures on the planet and they are disappearing faster than they are reproducing. Globally, their population has declined by approximately 62% over the last decade. The loss of elephants gravely affects many species that depend on elephant-maintained ecosystems and weakens the diversity of nature itself. They are running out of space and time.
On behalf of my friend @AmiVitale: The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, in northern Kenya is the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in Africa. The sanctuary provides a safe place for injured elephants to heal and later, be returned back to the wild. You can support this incredible place and the people who protect wildlife. Make a $10 contribution in support of Reteti for a chance to win a trip to Kenya, see Dave Matthews (@davemattewsband) in concert and take home a @rockbridgeguitar that features a custom inlay of an elephant hand-drawn by Dave @prizeo (Link in profile). Not only will you be helping care for orphaned baby elephants and strengthening community ties, you’ll also have a chance to win a life-changing trip to see the sanctuary in person. The first $10,000 in funds raised will be generously matched by Elephant Gems (@elephantgems). Reteti operates in partnership with Conservation International (@conservationorg) who provide critical operational support and work to scale the Reteti community-centered model to create lasting impacts worldwide. #protectelephants #saveelephants @sea_legacy

It’s good to be posting after being in the jungle for the last few weeks working on a project in West Bengal. Spending time with these giants always leaves me speechless. As overwhelming as it might be to want to photograph them as much as possible, I often have to force myself to put down my camera, slow down, be captivated by their grandeur and try to learn as much as I can from their infinite wisdom. They have much teach and I have much to learn. @gitzoinspires @leica_camera @leicacamerausa @natgeocreative #leicaxu #westbengal #india

It doesn’t matter if I’m in my neighborhood park or on a remote island in Tonga there is one constant, the world is an amazing place. Today and everyday I hope you fall in love with the beauty that surrounds you, inspired to protect it. Happy Earth Day!!! @natgeocreative @gitzoinspires @sea_legacy @everydayclimatechange #earthday #protectwhatyoulove

Video (Graphic): @sea_legacy @mercyforanimals @teamsharkwater // Marine mammals are being mercilessly killed off the coast of California by a fishing practice intended to catch swordfish, which is so high in mercury that it’s deemed unfit for human consumption. Instead it indiscriminately captures and kills other species, such as dolphins, sharks, titles and whales. It’s time to ban California’s driftnet fishery. Here’s how we help do it. (LINK IN BIO) I need your help by adding your signature and voice to a petition aimed to phase out the use of large scale drift nets by California commercial fishing industry. Please join us in this campaign to end this useless slaughter. 🙏🏼. #Turningthetide with @sea_legacy #BanDeathNets

India. So much beauty around every corner. #india @natgeocreative @gitzoinspires

Lost in the jungle today during a 3500km Tuk Tuk race in India. Check out my Instagram stories to see some behind the scenes mayhem of this crazy adventure. @theadventurists #India

Some of my favorite times while traveling is seeing the reactions the local people have when they witness something they have not seen before. There is nothing quite like watching someone take flight for the first time and seeing the amazement on their faces as they witness something that seems impossible is indescribable. The excitement of exploration and wonder is universal and being able to instill that feeling in others is priceless. @natgeocreative @niviukparagliders #africa #paragliding

The simple beauty of this landscape is mesmerizing. Crop fields during a snow storm while road tripping in northern Idaho today. @toyotausa #idaho

Things often appear completely different when seen from a new perspective. A view of the Bazaruto archipelago that only revealed itself when I was able to paraglide above it. Revisiting this magical wondering in the archive this Monday morning while dreaming of distant lands. @natgeocreative #mozambique #africa #bazarutoarchipelago

Days like this are forever seared into my mind. You never know how much time you have to spend with them but your grateful for every second you get. @sea_legacy #whales #humpbacks

We can survive long periods of deprivation when fueled by the memory of our last adventure and encouraged by the promise of the next. @leica_camera @leicacamerausa

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