• September 25, 2014

Instants: Wolves, Sunfish and Orcas

In our new series “Instants,” the Proof staff brings you a snapshot of recent dispatches from the @natgeo Instagram feed. Follow us to experience more from National Geographic on Instagram.

What do wolves, a giant sunfish and orcas have to do with each other?

They are all subjects that photographer Paul Nicklen has been shooting with his partner Cristina Mittermeier on recent National Geographic assignments in British Columbia.

Nicklen, a regular contributor to National Geographic, has been posting images from his trip to the @natgeo Instagram feed. Here we bring you a selection of his close-up encounters with the area’s marine and terrestrial wildlife.

Look for more images from these stories in future issues of National Geographic magazine. For more of Paul Nicklen on Proof, see his incredible pictures of surfers underneath waves and learn more about his photographic inspirations in this video interview.

A lone wolf rests in the intertidal zone along the British Columbia coast, where it patiently waits for low tide in order to feed on the bounty of this productive emerald sea.

April Bencze locks into a blue water ballet of movement, light and color with a huge Mola mola sunfish, 80 miles off the West coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Here, warm water currents allow a plethora of exotic marine life to exist on the periphery of BC’s nutrient rich cold water.

A message in a bottle that Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier found while on assignment in British Columbia.

An orca off the coast British Columbia, shot while on assignment with Cristina Mittermeier. When the water is so glassy calm that it holds the colors of the morning sky on its surface, the reflection of these orcas creates mesmerizing visuals and energy.


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There are 15 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. PWK
    October 7, 2014

    British Columbia does indeed have spectacular landscapes and amazing wildlife…but it is all imperiled by reckless provincial and federal governments pushing pipelines (i.e. Enbridge’s ‘Northern Gateway’; Kinder-Morgan’s ‘Trans-Mountain’) and liquid natural gas developments.

  2. jamyle
    September 30, 2014


  3. Carole Destre
    September 29, 2014

    How beautiful. So powerful and yet fragile. They all depend on us, human beings, being aware of how important they are to us! i hope we will manage to keep our ecosystem and therefore them, alive. Life would be a less beautiful thing.

  4. Anna
    September 29, 2014

    Free and in the place where they belong to be.

  5. Nuria
    September 29, 2014

    Wonderful! Good WORK!

  6. Julie Powell
    September 28, 2014

    Even though they have taken it off their license plates,”Beautiful British Columbia” hardly describes it!Such a fantastic place!Thanks for the proof!

  7. Shannon Curtis
    September 28, 2014

    What a great experience to have been in the water with a huge Mola mola. Good for you April and nice photo Paul. I realize you were 80 miles out but at what longitude in relationship to Vancouver Island. I did not realize this fish could be found off of B.C. coast. Sincerely, Shannon

  8. Mohamed Eshmawey
    September 28, 2014

    Photos are phantastic, specialy the Wolf one

  9. Lucy
    September 26, 2014

    I read that killer whales had evolved from a specific breed of wolf , is that true? Could they be species related by a common ancestor ? Is it possible?

  10. Lucy
    September 26, 2014

    Leí que las orcas habían evolucionado a partir de una raza específica de lobo, ¿es eso cierto? ¿Podrían ser especies emparentadas por un ancestro común? ¿Es posible algo así?

  11. Jaime
    September 26, 2014


  12. domie
    September 26, 2014

    vos photos d’animaux sont très belles

  13. Betty James
    September 26, 2014

    Fantastic photos, well done, but what did they have incommen, was it just the area?

  14. Marie-Martine Bouche
    September 26, 2014

    Les merveilles que la nature nous offre ne nous appartiennent pas.

  15. dongszkie
    September 25, 2014

    photos like that brings awareness to people who has no access to this natural treasures that are are under constant threat by human acitivites. we must learn how to live with them in their natural habitat, not memory picutures only.

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