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Far Eastern brown bears are a subspecies of brown bear. 
Even though they’re closely related to the Alaska brown bear and are thought to be an ancestor of the Kodiak bear, their appearance is very distinctive with a wider and longer skull.

Males can reach up to 700 kg. Their large size is due to access to rich food sources like salmon, pine nuts and berries.

#bear #grizzlybear #conservation #kamchatka #kurillake #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
Photo by @daisygilardini Far Eastern brown bears are a subspecies of brown bear. Even though they’re closely related to the Alaska brown bear and are thought to be an ancestor of the Kodiak bear, their appearance is very distinctive with a wider and longer skull. Males can reach up to 700 kg. Their large size is due to access to rich food sources like salmon, pine nuts and berries. #bear #grizzlybear #conservation #kamchatka #kurillake #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
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Penguins eat a lot of seafood, as you might have guessed. That means they ingest a lot of salt without realizing it. 
Saltwater is no better for penguins than it is for humans, but penguins have developed a unique way of dealing with it. 
A gland just above their eye — the supraorbital gland — filters salt from their blood. The salt is then expelled through their bill, often by sneezing.

That’s why penguins sometimes appear to be suffering from a cold. They’re not sneezing really. They’re getting rid of excess salt.

They still need fresh water to survive, though, just as other birds do. They drink water from pools and streams, and eat snow.

#penguin #kingpenguin #falklandislands #conservation #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
Photo by @daisygilardini Penguins eat a lot of seafood, as you might have guessed. That means they ingest a lot of salt without realizing it. Saltwater is no better for penguins than it is for humans, but penguins have developed a unique way of dealing with it. A gland just above their eye — the supraorbital gland — filters salt from their blood. The salt is then expelled through their bill, often by sneezing. That’s why penguins sometimes appear to be suffering from a cold. They’re not sneezing really. They’re getting rid of excess salt. They still need fresh water to survive, though, just as other birds do. They drink water from pools and streams, and eat snow. #penguin #kingpenguin #falklandislands #conservation #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
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Harp seals, also known as Greenlandic seals, are widespread throughout the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean.

The population is still recovering from the early 1970s, when over-harvesting reduced their numbers drastically.

Despite high pup mortality, the trend has been positive in recent years. The IUCN Red List rates the species as being of “Least concern.” Even though many people believe Canada's harvest quota is unsustainable, the hunt is declining and not even half the quota is actually harvested in any given year. The biggest threat facing seals today is habitat loss due to climate change. Harp seals depend on good sea ice for moulting, resting and having pups. 
#climatechange #conservation #seal #harpseal #whitecoat #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
Photo by @daisygilardini Harp seals, also known as Greenlandic seals, are widespread throughout the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean. The population is still recovering from the early 1970s, when over-harvesting reduced their numbers drastically. Despite high pup mortality, the trend has been positive in recent years. The IUCN Red List rates the species as being of “Least concern.” Even though many people believe Canada's harvest quota is unsustainable, the hunt is declining and not even half the quota is actually harvested in any given year. The biggest threat facing seals today is habitat loss due to climate change. Harp seals depend on good sea ice for moulting, resting and having pups. #climatechange #conservation #seal #harpseal #whitecoat #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
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Female polar bear reach sexual maturity between 4- and 5-years-old. Males reach maturity later, and begin mating when 8- to 10-years-old.

Mating season is generally in April and May, but delayed implantation — embryonic diapause — means that fetal development will not begin until September or October.

The delay assures that the cub is born during the best time of year for survival. It allows the female time to reach peak physical condition for giving birth, which in turn allows her to devote all her energy to nurse her newborn cubs.

If the mother is not in good health or doesn’t have sufficient fat reserves, embryonic implantation will fail. 
#turningthetide #bear #polarbear #wapusknationalPark #minitoba #canada #wildlifephotography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
post no. 462 - Wapusk National Park Photo by @daisygilardini Female polar bear reach sexual maturity between 4- and 5-years-old. Males reach maturity later, and begin mating when 8- to 10-years-old. Mating season is generally in April and May, but delayed implantation — embryonic diapause — means that fetal development will not begin until September or October. The delay assures that the cub is born during the best time of year for survival. It allows the female time to reach peak physical condition for giving birth, which in turn allows her to devote all her energy to nurse her newborn cubs. If the mother is not in good health or doesn’t have sufficient fat reserves, embryonic implantation will fail. #turningthetide #bear #polarbear #wapusknationalPark #minitoba #canada #wildlifephotography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
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Last year, I had a great encounter with a couple of curious crabeater seals while trying my brand new AquaTech Elite housing, attached to a pole and shooting from the Zodiac. Great fun!

#Antarctica #climatechange #seal #crabeaterseal #underwaterphotography #Antarctica #conservation #climatechangeisreal #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
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I simply love to be in the forest early in the morning and hear it waking up . . . the ravens announcing the arrival of the bears, the mist rising from the river as the sun's first rays appear. It's a mystical experience which takes you back to the origin of creation.

The Great Bear Rainforest is the largest coastal temperate rainforest in the world, and one of the most pristine places I have ever visited. Its territory extends from the central coast of British Columbia to BC's north coast and covers an area roughly 32,000 km² in size.

The forest is home to grizzly bears, black bears and Kermode/spirit bears, among other animals. 
#greatbearrainforest #britishcolumbia #bear #blackbear #conservation #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
Photo by @daisygilardini I simply love to be in the forest early in the morning and hear it waking up . . . the ravens announcing the arrival of the bears, the mist rising from the river as the sun's first rays appear. It's a mystical experience which takes you back to the origin of creation. The Great Bear Rainforest is the largest coastal temperate rainforest in the world, and one of the most pristine places I have ever visited. Its territory extends from the central coast of British Columbia to BC's north coast and covers an area roughly 32,000 km² in size. The forest is home to grizzly bears, black bears and Kermode/spirit bears, among other animals. #greatbearrainforest #britishcolumbia #bear #blackbear #conservation #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
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I’ve landed on Half Moon Island in Antarctica dozens of times during my career documenting the polar regions. Quite often we find Weddell seals resting on the pebble beaches that dot the Island.

The seals give birth to their pups in early spring (Sept./Oct.), but it’s not easy to actually see them. In the last 20 years, I’ve seen a few, but hardly ever in approachable situations.

You can imagine  the smile on my face, then, that day we stepped on the beach in early November, 2014. Just a few metres from crashing waves on a bank of pure white snow, a mother Weddell seal rested with her young pup. I spent the next three hours observing this cute little baby.

The pup was shy at first. I let him get used to my presence by just standing there, without moving. After a while he grew more comfortable and started playing with his flippers, biting them, scratching and making the most silly grimaces.

It was one of the most precious afternoons I’ve ever spent in Antarctica. While editing the images, I could not stop giggling. 
#weddellseals #antarctica #simplicity #wildlifephotography #climatechange #conservation #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
Photo by @daisygilardini I’ve landed on Half Moon Island in Antarctica dozens of times during my career documenting the polar regions. Quite often we find Weddell seals resting on the pebble beaches that dot the Island. The seals give birth to their pups in early spring (Sept./Oct.), but it’s not easy to actually see them. In the last 20 years, I’ve seen a few, but hardly ever in approachable situations. You can imagine the smile on my face, then, that day we stepped on the beach in early November, 2014. Just a few metres from crashing waves on a bank of pure white snow, a mother Weddell seal rested with her young pup. I spent the next three hours observing this cute little baby. The pup was shy at first. I let him get used to my presence by just standing there, without moving. After a while he grew more comfortable and started playing with his flippers, biting them, scratching and making the most silly grimaces. It was one of the most precious afternoons I’ve ever spent in Antarctica. While editing the images, I could not stop giggling. #weddellseals #antarctica #simplicity #wildlifephotography #climatechange #conservation #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
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Emperor penguins parents take equal turns caring for their offspring. After courtship ritual and mating, the female lays a single egg. It's an energy-consuming process, and the female can lose 30% or more of her body weight. 
After the female gives birth, the male will incubate the eggs for the next couple of months while the female forages at sea. She will return in the spring, after which both parents alternate time with their chick.

With so many penguins crowded together in the colony, there’s a lot of confusion and possibility of mistaken identity. Parents use vocalization to find their partner and chick. Their calls are distinct and unique, which makes them easier to pick out in the crowd.

#penguin #emperorpenguin #antarctica #conservation #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
Photo by @daisygilardini Emperor penguins parents take equal turns caring for their offspring. After courtship ritual and mating, the female lays a single egg. It's an energy-consuming process, and the female can lose 30% or more of her body weight. After the female gives birth, the male will incubate the eggs for the next couple of months while the female forages at sea. She will return in the spring, after which both parents alternate time with their chick. With so many penguins crowded together in the colony, there’s a lot of confusion and possibility of mistaken identity. Parents use vocalization to find their partner and chick. Their calls are distinct and unique, which makes them easier to pick out in the crowd. #penguin #emperorpenguin #antarctica #conservation #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
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Polar bears’ reproductive rate is among the lowest of all mammals. Females reach maturity at the age of 4- to 5-years-old and usually give birth to 2 cubs.

Mortality is high during the cubs’ first year of life, and depends largely on the mother’s health. Cubs will stay with their mother for 2½ to 3 three years. The bears themselves can live anywhere from 20 to 30 years.

That means a typical female will have 5 or 6 litters during her lifetime. Two in 3 cubs will die within their first two years. With such a slow-to-reproduce animal, bad polar bear management could have dramatic consequences on their numbers.

Mother bears and their cubs generally emerge from their dens in March or April, when the cubs are strong enough to survive outdoors and are ready to make the trek to the ice.

This period also coincides with the seals’ birthing season on the pack ice — easy meals for the mother bears who have been fasting for as long as 8 months at this point. 
#polarbear #bear #wapusknationalpark #manitoba #conservation #climatechange #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
Photo by @daisygilardini Polar bears’ reproductive rate is among the lowest of all mammals. Females reach maturity at the age of 4- to 5-years-old and usually give birth to 2 cubs. Mortality is high during the cubs’ first year of life, and depends largely on the mother’s health. Cubs will stay with their mother for 2½ to 3 three years. The bears themselves can live anywhere from 20 to 30 years. That means a typical female will have 5 or 6 litters during her lifetime. Two in 3 cubs will die within their first two years. With such a slow-to-reproduce animal, bad polar bear management could have dramatic consequences on their numbers. Mother bears and their cubs generally emerge from their dens in March or April, when the cubs are strong enough to survive outdoors and are ready to make the trek to the ice. This period also coincides with the seals’ birthing season on the pack ice — easy meals for the mother bears who have been fasting for as long as 8 months at this point. #polarbear #bear #wapusknationalpark #manitoba #conservation #climatechange #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
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In October, rockhopper penguins return to their colonies to breed. They usually raise two chicks.

After the eggs hatch, the parents alternate time at the nest. During the day, one of the parents is at sea fishing. That parent returns to the nest by late afternoon, to feed the chicks and relieve their partner. 
Over time, the chicks fledge — develop feathers large enough to fly —  and are ready to leave the colony by the end of February. This is a very busy time on the beach, with groups of penguins coming and going.

Due to their rapid population decline, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists this species as “Vulnerable.” Scientists believe climate change is the major factor in their decline.

#climatechange #penguin #rockhopperpenguin #birdphotography #climatechangeisreal #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
Photo by @daisygilardini In October, rockhopper penguins return to their colonies to breed. They usually raise two chicks. After the eggs hatch, the parents alternate time at the nest. During the day, one of the parents is at sea fishing. That parent returns to the nest by late afternoon, to feed the chicks and relieve their partner. Over time, the chicks fledge — develop feathers large enough to fly — and are ready to leave the colony by the end of February. This is a very busy time on the beach, with groups of penguins coming and going. Due to their rapid population decline, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists this species as “Vulnerable.” Scientists believe climate change is the major factor in their decline. #climatechange #penguin #rockhopperpenguin #birdphotography #climatechangeisreal #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
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The Great Bear Rainforest is the largest coastal temperate rainforest in the world, and one of the most pristine places I have ever visited.

Its territory extends from the central coast of British Columbia in Canada to BC's north coast, and covers an area of roughly 32,000 km². 
The forest is home to grizzly bears, black bears and Kermode/spirit bears, among many other species.

Though it has always been illegal to hunt a Kermode bear, it is not illegal to hunt a black bear that may or may not be carrying the Kermode gene.

Coastal First Nations communities have banned trophy hunting from their territory since 2012, in order to promote bear-watching instead.

#greatbearrainforest #britishcolumbia #bear #blackbear #conservation #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
Photo by @daisygilardini The Great Bear Rainforest is the largest coastal temperate rainforest in the world, and one of the most pristine places I have ever visited. Its territory extends from the central coast of British Columbia in Canada to BC's north coast, and covers an area of roughly 32,000 km². The forest is home to grizzly bears, black bears and Kermode/spirit bears, among many other species. Though it has always been illegal to hunt a Kermode bear, it is not illegal to hunt a black bear that may or may not be carrying the Kermode gene. Coastal First Nations communities have banned trophy hunting from their territory since 2012, in order to promote bear-watching instead. #greatbearrainforest #britishcolumbia #bear #blackbear #conservation #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
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Access to Hallo Bay in southern Alaska's Katmai National Park is strictly by boat or bush plane. This area of the famous park is still very wild, with no infrastructure. No restrooms, roads, pathways or building of any kind await visitors. One has to be totally self-sufficient.

A few years ago I had the privilege to camp in this remote area, alone among the bears, for two weeks. 
Once we set up camp, along with the electric fence around it (portable and solar powered — for bear safety), we were mesmerized by the beauty of the landscape and the variety and abundance of wildlife.

#bear #grizzlybear #hallobay #katmainationalpark #alaska #conservation #wildlifephotography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital
Photo by @daisygilardini Access to Hallo Bay in southern Alaska's Katmai National Park is strictly by boat or bush plane. This area of the famous park is still very wild, with no infrastructure. No restrooms, roads, pathways or building of any kind await visitors. One has to be totally self-sufficient. A few years ago I had the privilege to camp in this remote area, alone among the bears, for two weeks. Once we set up camp, along with the electric fence around it (portable and solar powered — for bear safety), we were mesmerized by the beauty of the landscape and the variety and abundance of wildlife. #bear #grizzlybear #hallobay #katmainationalpark #alaska #conservation #wildlifephotography #nikon #lowepro #loweprobags #gitzoinspires #frametheextraordinary #Framedongitzo @gitzoinspires #eizousa #visualizeoneizo #sandisk #westerndigital