brianskerry Brian Skerry

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Photo by  A rare view of a fissure within pack ice in the Canadian arctic. The crack in the ice was about two feet wide, several meters thick and extended for a perhaps a kilometer. This photograph was produced with a camera inside an underwater housing positioned just beneath the surface, so that the sky, the thick ice and the dark water below can be seen. Coverage from a story in the January issue of National Geographic Magazine ( ) story about declining sea ice in the arctic due to climate change and its effects on people and wildlife in this region.                 ure  me graphy

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Photo by A beluga whale poses perfectly for this portrait in the chilly waters off of Nova Scotia, Canada. Belugas are a highly social pelagic species, often called the ‘canaries of the sea’ for their diverse repertoire of whistles, clicks and other sounds. They are also know to mimic sounds that they hear, including boat engines and other human sounds. Though these gorgeous creatures live in the Arctic, they frequently move into Sub-Arctic waters as well. They are one of the only whale species capable of turning their necks in all directions. Currently, populations of beluga whales are classified as ‘Near Threatened’ by the IUCN. graphy

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Photo by A two-day old humpback whale calf rests near its mother in the waters off of the Cook Islands, in the South Pacific. This population of humpbacks spends its summer feeding in Antarctica, migrating to warmer waters where calves are born in the winter. The bond between moms and their calves is strong, with calves spending their first year with their mothers. During this time, mother humpback whales feed and provide protection for their young. Although much has been learned about this species throughout the past several decades of research, many mysteries remain with regards to the many complex societies in the sea. whale me graphy

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Photo by Harp Seal Pups Kissing!  Two harp seal pups meet each other on the pack ice of Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence, touching noses as they sniff one another. Pups are generally born in this region during February, spending about two weeks nursing from their mothers before heading off into the frigid arctic waters on their own. The decline of sea ice over the continues to warm and sea ice disappears, the future is uncertain for this species. This photo was also one of the most ‘liked’ images from the Instagram account this year. Thank you for all of your support and I wish you all the best for the new year. seal me grapher

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Photo by Sea Angel in a Winter Ocean: A tiny pteropod - about the size of a Tic-Tac candy - swims beneath pack ice in the winter seas of Japan’s Hokkaido Island. Called Sea Angels locally, these creatures are found in icy waters and ‘fly’ through the sea on tiny wings. Though difficult, photographing such gorgeous creatures is a truly incredible experience. photography photo

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A Blacktip Reef Shark swims through the surf zone on uninhabited Millennium Atoll near the Southern Line Islands in the Central South Pacific. The pristine waters surrounding the Southern Line Islands harbor some of the most ecologically diverse marine life in the world. Thanks to the efforts of National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Project, the area is now protected by the Government of Kiribati. The project works to protect ocean ecosystems from marine pollution, overfishing, sea temperature rise, acidification, and invasive species. 
Coverage from a story in Magazine about the Southern Line Islands. 


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Photo by An Oceanic Whitetip Shark and Marine Biologist swim in the clear, open waters of the Bahamas. This species of shark was once the ‘most abundant large animal on Earth,’ but today is on the verge of extinction. In the years between 1995 and 2010 alone, their numbers declined 93% due to anthropogenic hunting of their fins. These fins are often eaten by humans in the form of shark fin soup. The Bahamas remain one of the few places on earth where these animals can still be found. Check out the August 2016 issue of National Geographic Magazine ( ) to learn more about these incredible pelagic ocean animals.   whitetip photo photography

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Photo by  Orca Tails: A female orca and her calf wave their tails playfully, a short distance off the coast of Punta Norte, Argentina. Orcas spend the first few years of their lives with their mothers, learning a variety of behaviors and feeding techniques. The family of the orcas pictured here, living off the coast of Patagonia, has developed a feeding strategy that includes beaching as a means of grabbing sea lion pups from the surf. The orca’s timing must be perfect, and these creatures must carefully select the location in which they attack. Photographed on assignment for  Magazine.         lion                      whale 

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Photo by    A manatee calf hitches a ride - piggy-back style - on it’s mom in the waters off the coast of Belize. While working on an   story about the Mesoamerican Reef, I frequently went out early in the morning - using only a mask, snorkel and fins - to quietly search for wildlife. Manatees in this region are far less acclimated to humans than those in Florida, and can difficult to approach. They typically spend their nights within thick, protective mangroves, feeding on nearby seagrass beds during the day. All of these ecosystems are connected and conservation of the whole is vital since animals depend on each other for survival. This mom and calf were very tolerant of me, and allowed me into their world that morning.       graphy     s   me    photo  

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Photo by An iceberg frozen within pack ice, near the floe edge off of Navy Board Inlet in the Canadian high arctic. The decline of sea ice in this region during recent years has been substantial, threatening the existence of many species in the region. As a result of anthropogenic climate change, it is predicted that - within the next several years - the North Pole will be free of ice in the summer, meaning that ships will be able to pass over the pole for the first time in recorded history. While such a trend may prove beneficial for shipping costs, such climate change threatens all of us. With each square mile of ice lost, more and more of the sun's energy becomes trapped in the atmosphere, expediting further climate change in the future. change me graphy oftheday

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Photo by A close-up view of the soulful eye of a Southern Right Whale, photographed in the sub-antarctic waters of New Zealand's Auckland Islands. Barnacles and cyamids (small crustaceans) live in rough patches of skin around the whale’s eye, giving shape and color to the frame. Southern Right Whales are endangered, but have recovered fairly well since the early whaling days. Their cousins - the North Atlantic Right Whales - however, have not recovered and remain the most endangered species of whale on Earth, with only about 500 remaining. The North Atlantic Right Whale lives much closer to human industrialization and are hit by ships, entangled in fishing gear and are effected by pollution. Southern Right Whales tend to live further away from industrialization and, as such, have fared better. This whale was very curious about me, following me underwater. I'm so lucky to have been allowed into his world. photo graphy me

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Photo by . A Shortfin Mako Shark off the coast of New Zealand swims towards the surface in the late afternoon light. Makos are one of the fastest fish in the sea, capable of speed bursts up to 60mph. Of all shark species they also have one of the largest brains, relative to body size. The numbers of Makos have declined worldwide due to overfishing and the increasing global demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable by the IUCN. Learn more about Mako Sharks from the feature story about these impressive animals in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, . And if you like sharks, or simply find these creatures fascinatinh check, out the new book - SHARK - by and ! Available at the link in my bio or wherever books are sold. shark photo s

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