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@natgeo creative @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 f*t 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 @natgeo creative @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 @natgeo creative @thephotosociety@the_explorers_club // #ocean#coral#climatechange#greatbarrierreef#worldheritagesite
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 @natgeo creative @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 @natgeo creative @natgeo creative @thephotosociety@the_explorers_club // #goliathgrouper#grouper#florida#jupiter#save#endangeredspecies#bestdive#protectgoliath for #moreocean follow @daviddoubilet
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 @natgeo creative 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 @natgeo creative @thephotosociety //
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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 @natgeo creative @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. //
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