Last minutes of life for this salmon, it will not escape the claws and teeth of this experienced bear... But it´s the beginning of a new cycle: the bear will feed on it and the remains will be consumed by many other species of the forest. For example, the decomposing salmon bodies will release a lot of nitrogen to the forest, it will boost many vegetal species.
The Kermode bear is a black bear carrying a recessive gene producing this creamy-fur. There are probably a few dozen of this "white bears" and they are essentially living on few remote islands of British Columbia. Protecting the Pacific salmon means also to protect a whole region: from the First Nations communities to the hundred years old trees including one of the rarest bear of this planet!
For few hours, the water in the normano-breton gulf is perfectly flat and is offering good conditions to capture this kind of memories.
Here a bottlenose dolphun (Tursiops truncatus) is breaking the perfectly flat water surface.
This adult belongs to the large coastal population living in the normano-breton gulf. About 600 dolphins are known to live in this area.
Sitting on a rock along the northern coast of British Columbia (#Canada), one of the most amazing show from wildlife is happening right in front of us. For few hours, my colleague and me will be the unique witnesses of a playfull group of orca. These animals were rolling on each other, breaching, chasing birds, ... . Trust me, you never want this kind of moment to end!
This picture was taken on the proposed route for oil tankers in the Great Bear sea in Northern British Columbia. This population of killer whale is of course dependent of the good environmental status of its habitat. We cannot accept that oil tankers will use this sea as corridor to export oil abroad.
Humpback whale along the Canadian mainland, Northern British Columbia.
The perfect and typical scenery from Northern British Columbia: calm waters, good light conditions and of course some whales in the area.
A special place in the North Pacific waters, that does not need oil tankers and pipelines. First nation communities and wildlife need a healthy environment, they don't need tankers.
Even with the absence of light, the wild coast of Northern Norway is impressive. Strong winds from the North #Sea and the #Arctic Sea had been digging this landscape for thousands of years. Between two winter #storms, the calmness is back in the fjord.
Early morning - a small animal is running between the trees. After taking some pictures, this little one was looking straight at me. Maybe because of the excitement I moved too much and I produced some noise, or maybe the camera shutter sound was too loud.
Small animal but still: a good encounter and a great feeling in the Finnish wilderness.
The light is going down but life appears from the forest. A bear is taking its "nightly walk" along a lake to inspect the place. This scene happens almost every night here in Finland when bears are awake from hibernation, but showing it in a picture is an other story.
Capturing these moments to share it with others is the best way to understand how magnificent and unique some places are.
Typical view of the Great Whale Sea: humpback blow and the Great Bear Rainforest as background.
This picture was taken right on the proposed route for oil tankers. How can we think bringing tankers in these pristine waters?
Magic happens. Sitting next to the river for hours to wait for large mammals such as bears and wolves, two bald eagles finally came right on top of me. They were literally looking at me and checking what I was for quite a long time.
The year of 2015 has been mixed with good and bad news for cetaceans. The positive thing is that thanks to movies and photography, people are more and more aware of the fragility of these species and their habitat.
Hopefully the new year 2016 will bring good news, let´s stay confident!
Alone on the water with 80+ orca is something very special. I could spend hours with different groups watching each hunts they managed on the schools on herring. Such a special moment to watch orcas, humpback and also fin whales interacting in the Norwegian fjords.
January 2016, one more win for the Great Bear Rainforest Of Canada.
After decades of fight, first nations and NGOs are celebrating a major win to protect the Great Bear Rainforest of large scale human activities. The Government of British Columbia announced that 85% of the region is now under a special management plan. The Heiltsuk Council (one of the first nation community) declared:
"We are grateful for a step down the right path. It is the first of many miles yet to walk.".
Exactly: one step at a time and we will see one day the Great Bear Rainforest fully protected from logging, tankers and trophee hunting. This coast, its people and its biodiversity deserve it.
There is actually not so much words available to describe this shot. It was a very special moment: the wind was so cold that each drop of water coming into the boat (or on the camera...) became ice in few minutes. This is the North Atlantic and you have to manage to get the best of it, you can not give up when facing this situation.
A group of orcas just ended a hunt of a large school of herrings. For almost an hour, the group of 50+ killer whales was playing around the boat. These social moments are important for the structure and so for the well-being of the group.
It is still hard to believe that some people admit that keeping these animals in captivity is a good thing. Killer whales and other marine mammals should not be kept in a tank. The good thing is that more and more people are aware of this: things will change!
I never thought that one day, I would be able to take this kind of shot. This male killer whale was literally playing with the boat: popping up on its side, swimming under the bow looking at it...
The picture was in my mind but to get it was another story... When I checked the pictures of this day at sea, I could not believe I finally had the frame that shows exactly where Orca and other marine mammals should be... They have to be free.
Being alone with several dozen of orcas, few humpback whales and also fin whales is something very unique, especially when the orcas are actually looking at you when you are watching them hunting their preys...
It was freezing cold but whatever, the whales were here. Engines are off, and it seems that the whales don´t care anymore about the tiny boat.