“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.”
― Jacques-Yves Cousteau
The Jellyfish Lake in Kakaban, East Kalimantan
O meio da ilha de Kakaban na Indonésia, é um lago ligeiramente acima do nível do mar, onde milhares de água-viva, que são inofensivas para os humanos, vivem. Uma experiencia incrível.
This majestic humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) gave us a show that I will never forget. During my expedition in the Russian Far east, just out of Atlasova island, this gigantic beauty breached out of the water several times, just like a playful kid! What a sight, what a memory, what a photo!
The day wasn't particularly beautiful but this humpback did give us a show. On the west coast of Greenland, just out of Ilulissat. Gratitude!
Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) in the Kuril Islands. Impressive size.
And now, a very curious spotted seal in Tylueny Island, Russia.
A saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) at the Hunter River.
Another very lucky wildlife encounter. One of the most endangered species on the planet. A blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) under the midnight sun.
Hunted for nearly 350 years, walruses (Odobenus rosmarus), in the Norwegian Arctic, were on the brink of extinction. The walruses on Svalbard were protected by law in 1952. Although the population is increasing, the future of walruses on Svalbard is as uncertain as in other places around the circumpolar Arctic. Climate changes reduce the most needed sea ice.
Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometers each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. The worldwide population is at least 80,000 humpback whales, with 18,000–20,000 in the North Pacific, about 12,000 in the North Atlantic, and over 50,000 in the Southern Hemisphere, down from a pre-whaling population of 125,000.
A Humpback Whale salutes us with its beautiful tail.
A close up shot from this beauty that belongs at the top of the Antarctic food chain. Leopard Seal in Port Lackroy, Antarctica.
A very lucky encounter with the almighty Leopard Seal. Leopard seals (Hydrurga leptonyx) are found around the pack ice edges of the Antarctic continent. Considered to be the most aggressive of all the species out there, they only live in small groups which is also quite different from other species of seals. In fact, it isn’t uncommon to see them alone or only with one or two companions.
My first encounter (and rare in the Antarctica Peninsula) with an southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina), a juvenile one in this case.
A sleepy weddel seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) waking up in Antarctica. I was lucky to hear the singing that this beautiful seal does while at sleep.
Another Leopard Seal on my Antarctic Expedition!
"Well, my journey here in the white continent has come to an end. After 2 incredible months of finding incredible sights, breathtaking views, countless wildlife encounters and absolute silence in the last wild continent in our planet, is time for me to go home. Gratitude is my leading feeling. Living the Drake, the peninsula, Falklands and South Georgia is a privilege in my eyes. Thank you Antarctica, can't wait to come back! Thank you for all of you that came along and liked, shared, supported and saw what I saw!" - Bruno Cazarini
A few layers of Elephant Seals in Hannah Point, Antarctic Peninsula. The strongest smell I've ever felt in my life.
A humpback whale leading the way in Antarctica.
Salt Water Crocodile, Darwin, Australia.
Salt water crocodile breaching out of the water at the Adelaide River, in the outskirts of Darwin, Australia.
Counted from aircraft, 3,886 walruses were on Svalbard in 2012, up more than 1,200 animals from last counting in 2006, reports the Norwegian Polar Institute.
A day with a humpback is always a good day.
My first Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) encounter!!!! It wasn't a close one, but still....Great wildlife checked out of my wildlife bucket list!!!!