Thin Blue Line

Egg Yolk Jellyfish
Bridging the gap between above and below, this egg yolk jellyfish dances on the thin blue line; a symbol of how connected the two worlds are. (Salish Sea, British Columbia, Canada.)

“Ultimately, we must realize that Earth is an ocean planet and that we are all ocean creatures.
In the end, if we lose the oceans we lose ourselves.”

– Cristina Mittermeier
A flash of electric blue and all of a sudden this blue shark appears from the abyss. Inquisitive and bold, these pelagic sharks are a lot of fun to swim with. (British Columbia, Canada)
A young Steller sea lion off the coast of British Columbia glides over a garden of prickly sea urchins. 
Wherever starfish live, there is an abundance of life.  As Keystone species, their presence is critical to the ecological integrity of marine ecosystems. (British Columbia, Canada)
A group of chum salmon lies in a shallow stream, waiting for the tide tor rise so they can swim upstream in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest.

“The pungent smell of saltwater, the roaring sound of the waves, the harsh grit of the sand; they all came to me.

I simply love the sea.”

– Cristina Mittermeier
One of the many characters in the underwater garden of the BCThere is treasure worth protecting in the rich waters of British Columbia. Thirty feet below the surface an anemone reaches its tentacles into the current to feed on plankton.
A mother orca shields her calf under her flipper as she swims by me in the Northern Fjords of Norway

“Whether we know it or not, the sea is like a forgotten womb from which all life emerged. Maybe that is why our human soul yearns for the sea.”

– Cristina Mittermeier
Painted anemones sit secure on a rock, in front of a vibrant forest of kelp. (British Columbia, Canada)
A leopard seal patrols an iceberg in Antartica.
Like ghosts appearing from the deep, hundreds of Adelie penguins returning to land after spending the day feeding at sea. (Falkland Islands)

“There is an invisible line where the tide meets the shore.
It separates what is familiar and comforting to land animals from what is foreign and frightening in the endless abyss of water where creatures with gills, scales and fins are far better adapted to live.”

– Cristina Mittermeier