Video by @PaulNicklen // Did you know that mangroves play an important role in mitigating the climate crisis? Mangroves are powerful carbon sinks, drawing carbon out of the air and storing more than most other forests! These intricate coastal forests also provide homes for a variety of wildlife, like this American crocodile in Cuba's Gardens of the Queen. Unfortunately, according to the @UNEnvironment , mangrove forests are often dumping sites for plastics and other waste. The buildup of this waste, which does not biodegrade, impacts both the animals that live in the forests as well as the environment - from changing the chemical compounds of sediment to the salinity of the water. That's why we're joining @lonelywhale and asking you to #HydrateLike wildlife depends on it, without #singleuse plastic. Together, we can start #TurningTheTide for #CleanSeas Join us and pledge (link in bio ) to refuse single-use plastic water bottles.
Meet the giant guitarfish, a shark-like ray. Their flattened body is perfectly adapted for life on the seabed, either swimming close to the bottom or resting and lying concealed within the sediment. Like other shark and ray species, giant guitarfish are extremely susceptible to population decline from overexploitation. Guitarfish fins are highly valuable on the international market. @CITES #CoP18 , the world's biggest conference on wildlife trade happening right now, is our opportunity to ensure the protection and preservation of giant guitarfish for generations to come. Urge policymakers to support these beautiful animals as well as mako sharks, wedgefish, and more as they race against extinction. Sign the #CITES4Sharks petition linked in our bio. #TurningTheTide with @shawnheinrichs @BlueSphereFoundation @VulcanInc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz
Photo by @PaulNicklen | Have you ever looked into the mouth of a humpback whale? I had not either until I took this photograph in Monterey Bay, California. I knew that baleen lined the edges of the mouth, but I never realized that it lined the roof of the mouth also. Once a whale engulfs a school of fish and hundreds of gallons of water along with it, they use their massive tongue to expel the water while retaining these fatty little fish called anchovies. This is what I love the most about photography. It forces me to stay longer, wait for the right moment, watch, observe, learn, wait some more and then voila in a fraction of a second, there is a moment in time, recorded, never to be lost, to share, educate and make us care a little more for these leviathans of emerald seas.
Video by @ShawnHeinrichs [warning sensitive content] // #CoP18 starts today! A @UnitedNations body made up of 183 member nations is set to vote on new @CITES proposals that would offer threatened species the management and protection they need to recover if they receive a two-third majority vote. There is still time to add your voice for an Appendix II listing of the endangered mako shark and 18 other shark and ray species! Your signature will support a growing movement from across the globe asking Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to continue Canada's environmental leadership role by switching their vote from "NO" to "YES." Please click the link in our bio to sign. #CITES4Sharks #TurningTheTide with @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation @thelifeofrileynz @thewcs @sharkconservationfund
Photo by @shawnheinrichs // This weekend the protection of endangered mako sharks and 17 other shark and ray species is up for a vote at #CoP18 We have the potential to ensure that these species, critical to the health of our ocean, earn the management and protection they need to recover. You can start #TurningTheTide for mako sharks today by signing the #CITES4Sharks petition linked in our bio, asking Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to switch their vote from "NO" to "YES," ensuring the fastest shark in the world wins its race against extinction. We are SO CLOSE to reaching our goal! Sign now and support the mako shark's @CITES Appendix II listing. #TurningTheTide with @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation @thelifeofrileynz @thewcs @sharkconservationfund
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.
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! With @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz
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 With @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz
Photo story by Collective member @chrislinderphoto // Sapphire blue lakes form atop the Greenland ice sheet each spring and summer as the 24-hour sunlight melts ice and snow. As lakes fill, large cracks can open suddenly in the lakes’ basins, allowing water to drain in dramatic waterfalls more than one-half mile down to the bedrock beneath the ice sheet. The water lubricates the base of the ice sheet, like grease on a railroad track, allowing the ice to flow faster. As global temperatures rise, more lakes and cracks may form, accelerating the flow of ice to the sea. I fist photographed this glaciology lake research, led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientist Dr. Sarah Das, and University of Washington scientist Dr. Ian Joughin, in 2008. Rapid changes in the speed of Greenland's glaciers were already underway. Just a few years later, in 2012, an epic melt event occurred. For a few days, 97% of the entire ice sheet indicated surface melting. Overall, ice melt extent was the largest ever observed in the satellite record, which began in 1979. This summer has marked yet another extraordinary melt year for Greenland's ice. On July 31, 2019, researchers measured the biggest loss of ice in a single day (12.5 billion tons ) since measurements began. For the month of July, enough fresh water (197 billion tons ) was added to the ocean to raise global sea level by 0.02 inches, which may not seem like much, but is absolutely staggering when you consider how vast the oceans are, and how short a month is in a geologic sense. This level of daily melt was not forecasted to be routinely happening (under the 'pessimistic' emission scenarios ) until 2070.
Right now, we have an unprecedented opportunity to help achieve critically-needed protection for 18 shark and ray species, including the endangered mako shark, under a proposed @CITES Appendix II listing. But we need two-thirds of the world’s countries to vote ‘YES’ at this month's #CoP18 conference. That is why a collective of voices are asking Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to switch their vote from "NO" to "YES," expanding their global position as leaders in ocean conservation and standing up for the protection of these magnificent apex predators. Join us and sign your name now at the link in our bio. #CITES4Sharks 🎥 by @shawnheinrichs With @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // From the air we breathe, to the food we eat, to the climate we live in, we all depend on a healthy and abundant ocean. So help the ocean earn the stage at this year’s @SXSW conference, vote to have our co-founder @CristinaMittermeier ’s two panels, featuring global change-makers working to save our earth and ocean today, added to the lineup. Tap through to our stories to vote for both panels; “The World Is Not F’ED (Yet )” and “Powerful Influencers, Big Ocean Conservation Wins.” PS - you’ll have to make your profile before you can vote!
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // I'm enamored with the power of imagery and its ability to transcend language, to invite people into a dialog about the ocean. I get up every day knowing that my images have the ability to drive change and find solutions for our dying world. @PaulNicklen and I are both @Sony Artisans of Imagery and we are excited to share with you an opportunity to win a Sony RX0 II camera; an incredible little camera that is waterproof up to 33ft underwater without housing, and this print from my collection taken in Cuba. Enter by following both @SeaLegacy and @SonySquareNYC and by tagging a friend in the comments with the hashtags #oceandreams and #sweeps If you are in New York City, stop by #SonySquareNYC to see the new Ocean Dreams exhibit! See the link in our bio for official rules.
Photo by @cristinamittermeier // It's easy to forget that as individuals, we have the power to change the world and that collectively, we can go further faster. Thanks to the action and passion of over 200k people, and a coalition of organizations working together, whale hunting in Iceland has not taken place this summer - the first time in nearly 17 years. There is still much work left to ensure the protection we advocated for to #StopTheHunt is permanent, but this was a critical first step. Now, can we do it again, this time for sharks? Tag three friends in comments who you'd like to join you and sign the petition (link in our bio ) to protect endangered #mako sharks by adding them to @CITES Appendix II. Link in bio and our stories. #CITES4Sharks
Video by @ShawnHeinrichs // In just three generations, overfishing has caused a 50-79% decline of shortfin mako shark populations. Demand for their meat and fins in the international market has tens of thousands of makos sharks being caught at a rate much faster than they are able to reproduce. It’s a pattern repeated across all of our oceans and across many targeted shark species. This month at #CITESCoP18 , a record 18 species are up for new protections, including mako sharks. This is a pivotal point for the protection of #makosharks , one we can influence. Join us in #TurningTheTide and support #CITES4Sharks by signing your name asking Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to stand up for sharks and switch their vote to “YES” -- protecting the mako and fulfilling their commitment to Canada’s role in environmental leadership. Click the link in our bio to sign. With @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz
Shortfin makos are the fastest of all sharks and one of the fastest fish on the planet, but these beautiful animals can’t out-swim the threat of unsustainable fishing practices. The IUCN recently increased their threatened status to Endangered. The heightened extinction risk for one of the ocean’s most iconic sharks is a stark warning that requires focused and urgent conservation measures to prevent the species being lost. The good news is: we have the power to change the future for mako sharks today. @CITES , a @UnitedNations body of some 183 member nations whose mission is to offer threatened species the management and protection they need to survive and recover, will review next month the proposal to add mako sharks to CITES Appendix II at #CoP18 This would offer the management and protection that mako sharks need to survive and recover. But their proposed #CITES listing is at risk. Certain member countries, including Canada, have publicly pledged to vote "NO." It is our hope that with your support, Canada will think twice and stand up for sharks internationally by switching their vote to "YES" and continuing their leadership as shark protectors; just as they did nationally this past June by becoming the first #G20 country to ban the #sharkfin trade. Join us and sign your name through the link in our bio, asking Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to stand up for sharks and switch their CITES vote to “YES” -- protecting the mako and fulfilling their commitment to Canada’s role in environmental leadership. #TurningTheTide #CITES4Sharks 📹 : @ShawnHeinrichs With @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz
Photo by @NickHawkinsPhotography // The brilliant cobalt of a blue shark is reflected by the oceans surface off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. It is estimated that 10-20 million blue sharks are killed each year by global fisheries, much of this as a result of bycatch. We can greatly reduce this number by banning the wasteful and destructive practice of shark finning and implementing existing innovations in fishing methods that reduce the unintended catch of sharks. #TurningTheTide
Photo by @simonagerphotography // On a deep dive at Dirty Rock on Cocos Island, Costa Rica; laying patiently, barely breathing and camera lights off. The ever-skittish Hammerheads glide in from the haze, gracing us with their presence at the cleaning station. The classic image of hundreds of these highly endangered, intelligent, beautiful sharks before our eyes. A dive to remember! #TurningTheTide
Video by @ShawnHeinrichs // I have been a diver for almost three decades, and during that time I have been blessed to interact with and photograph many of the most charismatic shark species in the oceans. However, one shark always eluded me; the king of the pelagic realm, one of the most awesome of all the large predatory sharks – the Mako! I have spent countless hours in open water with some of the most feared sharks, but there was something about the fastest shark in all the oceans, with its jagged teeth protruding from its powerful jaw, a formidable predator that can rip a massive marlin to shreds in moments, that tugged at some deep and unresolved primal fear buried inside me. For a long time, my only interactions with #Mako sharks were with dead ones. From South and Central America, to the Pacific, to Southeast Asia and Indian Ocean, I documented the demise of these iconic predators at the hands of commercial fisheries. When it was announced that Mako sharks had been proposed for listing on @CITES , I jumped at the opportunity to tell their story and use imagery and storytelling as a powerful tool to help secure their protection. This was my opportunity to finally give a voice to these vulnerable animals that I had so often documented on the blood-soaked floors of commercial fishing ports. This was also my opportunity to finally come face-to-face with a shark that had eluded me for almost three decades, to interact on its terms in its habitat, and to learn in the most personal way, the true nature of this incredible species. #CITES4Sharks @bluespherefoundation @lonelywhale @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund
Photo by Andy Casagrande @abc4explore // If you have ever been lucky enough to watch a great white shark in full predatory mode while hunting seals, ironically, it might help you to see past the negative “JAWS” stereotype that has plagued these polite predators for decades. I know this might sound illogical to most people, and many of my good sharky friends are totally against these types of images, but when you actually witness first hand a creature doing absolutely everything it can to survive, you begin to see past that JAWS hype. You can start to see into the mind and soul of an animal that is simply trying its best to survive. My entire existence is based on great white sharks, and it all started when I was just a boy who fell in love with them because I was blown away by their predatory abilities and their biological tools of survival: their jaws and teeth. The next time you see a shark with its mouth open and the “avalanche of razor blades” in full pursuit, just remember, it’s simply a prehistoric predator doing everything it can to exist. Please reevaluate your perspective of these animals, regardless of whether or not you can see their teeth. 🦈
Photo by @Ladzinski // A #GreatWhiteShark powerfully cuts through the crystal clear waters outside Guadalupe Is, Mexico. Averaging 17 feet long and lined with over 3,000 teeth, seeing one of these beautiful animals tear through the water is an unforgettably bad ass experience. Photographed alongside @andy_mann @cainedelacy @calstrin @ianvaso last summer. 🦈
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // We all have an inherent connection to the ocean, yet some cultures embrace and celebrate it more than others. On Makaha Beach, local Hawai'ian surfers constantly feel the pull of the ocean, crave the caress of the swell and hear the waves whisper their names, as if salt water ran through their veins. Traditional Hawai'ian culture is one of protection and preservation, acting as stewards for both sea and land. We are discouraged by the events currently happening in Hawai'i around the sacred summit of Mauna Kea. Like our founders, @PaulNicklen and @CristinaMittermeier , we support the rights and voices of the Kānaki Ōiwi people, who do not want the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT ) built on their land. Mauna Kea is not a battleground for culture versus science, as it is often portrayed, but instead a moment to recognize the interconnectedness of the two. Join us in standing with the Kānaki Ōiwi people, tag a friend in the comments and ask them to start #TurningTheTide for #MuanaKea @protectmaunakea @puuhuluhulu @kakoo_haleakala @kanaeokana @tiare4maui @prideofgypsies @therock
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // With its massive pectoral fins, the oceanic whitetip shark is one of the most beautiful sharks in the world. A frequent victim of long-lines, this shark has gone from being THE most abundant predator on the planet, to critically-endangered, in less than 40 years. In a visionary move, The Bahamas protected all sharks in their waters, so small populations of whitetips persist here and it is one of the few places where you can swim with these elusive creatures. We're celebrating #SharkWeek this year with a lineup of shark photography and videos from our founders, friends and SeaLegacy Collective members. Stay tuned! 🦈
Photo by @PaulNicklen // For me, it is incredibly refreshing when a country like Ecuador realizes the true value and importance of its wild ecosystems. The rules are strict, the protections are deep and here, the wildlife comes first. To walk or dive around these islands is a chance to go back a thousand years in time. This newborn Galapagos sea lion with a face full of sand has been born into a bright future with clean beaches, waters abundant with fish and a park service that puts its rights first. Of course, like everywhere, it is not perfect and there is still work to be done but we are grateful for the opportunity to have a chance to turn our cameras towards these jewels of the sea. With @cristinamittermeier and @luksth Gracias @metropolitantouring
Photo by @chrislinderphoto // Adélie penguins pour down the 'penguin superhighway' on Ross Island, Antarctica. Adélies are all business during the brief four months of the year they spend on land: build nest, mate, lay eggs, feed chicks. Like little wind-up robots, they toddle mechanically to the sea to forage, unfazed by high winds or whiteout storms.
Photo by @justinhofman // Killer whales will occasionally hunt penguins. However, I doubt it makes up a large percentage of their diet. For all the times I've been fortunate enough to witness this behavior, it appears to be associated with play and social interactions more than a drive to eat. Regardless of the reason, it's an exciting and interesting behavior to witness.
Photo by @Andy_Mann // Either they’ve discovered a brilliant way to sit upright or it's a nasty disagreement. I’m not one to say. How would you caption this?
A young sea turtle drags a tangle of fishing nets and other debris through the open ocean off the coast of the Canary Islands. This is just one example of the danger that #plasticpollution poses to the health of marine wildlife. Seabirds and whales are found dead with their bellies full of #plastic Coastal communities the world over are suffocated by plastic waste that comes from far-off shores. And in America, the plastics industry intends to expand production at least 35% by 2025 - with no plan for preventing more #plasticpollution from entering our ocean, or protecting frontline communities from toxic pollutants. Current #US regulations are decades old and we think it's well past time for @EPAgov to update them. Will you join us and stand up for our ocean, our communities and help #StopPlasticPolluters ? Join us and start #TurningTheTide by signing the petition (link in our bio and in our stories ) to make sure the #EPA knows you want new standards for protecting our #ocean #BreakFreeFromPlastic and join the 275+ organizations standing in support including @SeaLegacy @BlueSphereFoundation @lonelywhale 🎥 : @francisperez000 UPDATE: Hi everyone! Several of you asked what happened to this little sea turtle, and we are happy to be able to tell you that she was cut free soon after this video was taken. Thank you for your concern for her safety and well-being. 🐢🌊🙏
Photo by @macstonephoto // A baby American crocodile catches some sun on the shell-lined coast of East Cape in @evergladesnps After hatching, crocodile hatchlings will stray from their mother and fend for themselves after only five weeks; braving vultures, crocs, and large fish - it’s a tough world out there, even for a baby dragon. #everglades #florida
Photo by @daisygilardini // People quite often ask me if I'm afraid of bears. I find that spending time among these powerful creatures simply gives me a sense of peace. Being with them, I feel the oneness of the universe coming together. I feel part of the greater picture. Humbled to be accepted, I feel an obligation to bring their peaceful voices to the public and make people aware of the issues that face them on a daily basis, including habitat loss, fragmentation of their territories, poaching, trophy hunting and other forms of human-wildlife conflict.
Photo by @francisperez000 // Today is the last day to #ActForHope sign the petition at the link in our bio to protect marine wildlife on the coast of the Canary Islands. We'd like to take this time to thank all of you for standing up for our oceans. The Tide is at the heart of everything we do at SeaLegacy, and we are so proud to be #TurningTheTide with all of you. 🌊 WAYS YOU CAN HELP: 1. Tag 3 friends in this post 2. Sign the petition (link in our bio 👆 ) 3. Share this post with the #ActForHope hashtag
Photo by @FrancisPerez000 // A whale without its tail is vulnerable and helpless in the open ocean. They become inert, unable to feed or protect themselves from predators, and cannot escape the inevitability of death. A right whale on the eastern coast of North America was discovered dead this July, killed by an encounter with a ship that left a six-foot laceration in her lower back. In the Canary Islands, a little pilot whale named Hope became a symbol for the protection of marine life in the area after her tail was severed by a boat propeller; it clung to her body by nothing but shredded tissue. Right now, there is a petition to stop construction of a macro-port that would increase both pollution and boat traffic off the coast of Tenerife, where Hope was injured and later euthanized. There are just a couple of days left to sign, but its not too late to #ActForHope ! The link is in our bio. #TurningTheTide
Photo by @FrancisPerez000 // Hope was a young pilot whale euthanized after a collision with a propeller almost completely severed her tail from the rest of her body off the coast of the Canary Islands. Local environmentalists and marine conservationists are concerned about plans to build a macro-port in Tenerife - a port that would increase both pollution and boat traffic in the sensitive wildlife corridor where Hope lived with her family, which also means increased potential for more dangerous ship-strikes with sea turtles and whales, like the Bryde's whale in this photo. There's still time to make sure your voice is heard before the petition to stop the port closes next Monday. #ActforHope by signing at the link in our bio. #TurningTheTide
Photo and words by @nickhawkinsphotography // [Sensitive content warning] "It was a surreal and sad experience to photograph the body of 9-year-old right whale “Wolverine” under the stars on Miscou Island. It was 1am and I was all alone with his gargantuan body which dwarfed my own as I worked in complete darkness to light the scene with a flashlight. As a calf, Wolverine had been struck by a ship’s propeller and left with three parallel scars on his back, which reminded researchers of the comic book character of the same name. In his short life, Wolverine had survived three known entanglements in fishing gear, but he managed to free himself each time. On June 4th, a survey plane spotted him floating in a pool of blood in the Gulf of St. Lawrence." Tap through to the link in our stories to read the recent @natgeo story, written by @tomcheney , on the current mortality crisis of North Atlantic right whales, and follow Collective member @nickhawkinsphotography in his commitment to improving this situation. Ready to start #TurningTheTide with us? Follow the link in our bio to join The Tide.
Photo by @iantmcallister // The fairly recent and successful reintroduction of sea otters after the fur trade extirpated them from the BC coast is seeing profound ecosystem benefits. Kelp forests are flourishing now that the otters are keeping the kelp-eating urchins in check. In turn, these marine forests increasingly provide a nursery for countless species of fish.
Photo by @chrislinderphoto // Tucked up against their parent's protective belly, Adélie penguin chicks beg for their next meal. The tiny potbellied chicks hatch in December and grow quickly on a diet of regurgitated Antarctic silverfish and krill. In about a month they are big enough to toddle around the colony in small groups of chicks called crèches. By the end of February, their gray down feathers have been replaced with the sleek black and white feathers of an adult penguin, and they are ready to strike off on their own into one of the last great wildernesses on Earth: the Southern Ocean.
Photo by @PaulNicklen // "There is magic in nature, and the nature of my work has taken me all over the world, but working in my own country is always a highlight for me. Mexico is where I was born and raised and where I feel most at home," says @CristinaMittermeier , SeaLegacy co-founder. "Paul took this photo of me while we were working on a @NatGeo assignment on the sacred rituals of the Maya. The tannins from the roots of trees dyed the water yellow, and the light shining down from above makes it look as though I am swimming through liquid gold." Nature's #magic is compromised everyday by the plastic that clogs our rivers and infests our oceans. For #PlasticFreeJuly we're joining our friends at @LonelyWhale to ask - how do you hydrate? Join us and @CristinaMittermeier take the pledge to #HydrateLike a diver and keep our oceans and waterways #PlasticFree Say no to single-use plastic water bottles and reach for more sustainable alternatives. Go to the link in our bio or visit hydratelike.org to learn more! 🌊