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Widely regarded as the premier whale photographer of the world, Flip Nicklin, a National Geographic photographer, has more than 5,500 dives under his belt. His ability to free dive to depths of up to 70 feet allows him to swim near enough to record whale behavior without interrupting it.

Flip Nicklin was born with both diving and photography in his blood. His father, Chuck, is a diver and underwater cinematographer, who taught his sons to become scuba divers. At the age of fourteen, he was helping his father teach people to dive off of the coast of Southern California, in La Jolla.

His first contact with National Geographic Society came in 1976 when he was signed on as a deck hank and diving assistant for a three-month shoot with photographers Bates Littlehales and Jonathan Blair. Everyday he shot with the photographers, a life-long dream for him. With the help of his mentors, two of his images were published, along with theirs in the Geographic.

The publication of these two shots, began his career as an underwater photographer. He went on to shoot sharks and whales for the Geographic centennial issue. Eight years after his first publication, he had become the main underwater photographer for the Geographic.
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) with researcher Bruce Mate on boat attempting to attach satellite tag, Santa Barbara, California  -  Flip Nicklin
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00045068 Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) with researcher Bruce Mate on boat attempting to attach satellite tag, Santa Barbara, California© Flip Nicklin
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) in shallows, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
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00080402 Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) in shallows, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada© Flip Nicklin
Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) detail of air bladders, California  -  Flip Nicklin
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00085247 Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) detail of air bladders, California© Flip Nicklin
Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) trio, Hawaii
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00087618 Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) trio, Hawaii© Flip Nicklin
Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) whale, hundreds swim and molt in freshwater shallows, Northwest Territories, Canada  -  Flip Nicklin
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00100968 Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) whale, hundreds swim and molt in freshwater shallows, Northwest Territories, Canada© Flip Nicklin
Pompano (Trachinotus sp) juvenile off of Manualita Island on the west side of Cocos Island, Costa Rica  -  Flip Nicklin
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00106463 Pompano (Trachinotus sp) juvenile off of Manualita Island on the west side of Cocos Island, Costa Rica© Flip Nicklin
Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas), Vancouver Aquarium, Canada  -  Flip Nicklin
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00109383 Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas), Vancouver Aquarium, Canada© Flip Nicklin
Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) whale portrait in aquarium  -  Flip Nicklin
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00109394 Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) whale portrait in aquarium© Flip Nicklin
Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) portrait, largest shark in the world, Cocos Island, Costa Rica  -  Flip Nicklin
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00109777 Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) portrait, largest shark in the world, Cocos Island, Costa Rica© Flip Nicklin
Dusky Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) jumping, New Zealand  -  Flip Nicklin
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00114209 Dusky Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) jumping, New Zealand© Flip Nicklin
Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) tail, New Zealand  -  Flip Nicklin
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00114218 Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) tail, New Zealand© Flip Nicklin
Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) surfacing, New Zealand  -  Flip Nicklin
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00114212 Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) surfacing, New Zealand© Flip Nicklin
Manta Ray (Manta birostris) Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico
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00124015 Manta Ray (Manta birostris) Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico© Flip Nicklin
Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) trio underwater, Waikoloa Hyatt, Hawaii  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00127181 Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) trio underwater, Waikoloa Hyatt, Hawaii© Flip Nicklin
Corals in shallow water, Great Barrier Reef, Australia  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00129668 Corals in shallow water, Great Barrier Reef, Australia© Flip Nicklin
Dwarf Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) spyhopping, Western Australia, Australia
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00129712 Dwarf Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) spyhopping, Western Australia, Australia© Flip Nicklin
Dwarf Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) near Lizard Island and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00129754 Dwarf Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) near Lizard Island and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia© Flip Nicklin
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) surfacing, Santa Barbara Channel, California  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00429389 Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) surfacing, Santa Barbara Channel, California© Flip Nicklin
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) fatally injured in collision with ship and subsequently found by research vessel, Santa Barbara Channel, California  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00429395 Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) fatally injured in collision with ship and subsequently found by research vessel, Santa Barbara Channel, California© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Maui, Hawaii - notice must accompany publication; photo obtained under NMFS permit 0753-1599  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00999125 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Maui, Hawaii - notice must accompany publication; photo obtained under NMFS permit 0753-1599© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) males interacting, Maui, Hawaii - notice must accompany publication; photo obtained under NMFS permit 13846  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00517987 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) males interacting, Maui, Hawaii - notice must accompany publication; photo obtained under NMFS permit 13846© Flip Nicklin
Orca (Orcinus orca) pair surfacing, Brothers Island, Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00521751 Orca (Orcinus orca) pair surfacing, Brothers Island, Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) bull calling, South Georgia Island  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00482721 Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) bull calling, South Georgia Island© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) tail slap, Baja California, Mexico  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00482734 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) tail slap, Baja California, Mexico© Flip Nicklin
King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) group, Gold Harbor, South Georgia Island  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00449759 King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) group, Gold Harbor, South Georgia Island© Flip Nicklin
Tourists in zodiacs looking at icebergs, Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00482732 Tourists in zodiacs looking at icebergs, Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), two males spyhopping, Maui, Hawaii - notice must accompany publication; photo obtained under NMFS permit 13846  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00513191 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), two males spyhopping, Maui, Hawaii - notice must accompany publication; photo obtained under NMFS permit 13846© Flip Nicklin
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) with researcher Bruce Mate on boat attempting to attach satellite tag, Santa Barbara, California  -  Flip Nicklin
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00045067 Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) with researcher Bruce Mate on boat attempting to attach satellite tag, Santa Barbara, California© Flip Nicklin
Orca (Orcinus orca) group surfacing, Johnstone Strait, British Columbia, Canada
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00079561 Orca (Orcinus orca) group surfacing, Johnstone Strait, British Columbia, Canada© Flip Nicklin
Orca (Orcinus orca) male breaching, Johnstone Strait, British Columbia, Canada
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00079639 Orca (Orcinus orca) male breaching, Johnstone Strait, British Columbia, Canada© Flip Nicklin
Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) pod, Hawaii  -  Flip Nicklin
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00082400 Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) pod, Hawaii© Flip Nicklin
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) swimming, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada
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00084617 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) swimming, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada© Flip Nicklin
Dusky Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) jumping, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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00087248 Dusky Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) jumping, Kaikoura, New Zealand© Flip Nicklin
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis) group of adults and juveniles, Bahamas  -  Flip Nicklin
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00088988 Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis) group of adults and juveniles, Bahamas© Flip Nicklin
Grunt (Haemulidae) school along coral reef, Cocos Island, Costa Rica  -  Flip Nicklin
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00106488 Grunt (Haemulidae) school along coral reef, Cocos Island, Costa Rica© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Maui, Hawaii - notice must accompany publication; photo obtained under NMFS permit 0753-1599  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00999174 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) breaching, Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Maui, Hawaii - notice must accompany publication; photo obtained under NMFS permit 0753-1599© Flip Nicklin
Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) mother and white morph calf, Portugal  -  Flip Nicklin
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00114551 Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) mother and white morph calf, Portugal© Flip Nicklin
Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus) with head stained red from iron-rich soil sediments in which it forages for food, Svalbard, Norway
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00123496 Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus) with head stained red from iron-rich soil sediments in which it forages for food, Svalbard, Norway© Flip Nicklin
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) swimming, Wager Bay, Canada  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00125839 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) swimming, Wager Bay, Canada© Flip Nicklin
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) hauling out on ice floe, Wager Bay, Canada  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00125840 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) hauling out on ice floe, Wager Bay, Canada© Flip Nicklin
Sponge with schooling Barracuda in the background, Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Georgia  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00126198 Sponge with schooling Barracuda in the background, Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Georgia© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) at the surface, Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Maui, Hawaii - notice must accompany publication; photo obtained under NMFS permit 0753-1599  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00429039 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) at the surface, Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, Maui, Hawaii - notice must accompany publication; photo obtained under NMFS permit 0753-1599© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) pod cooperative feeding, vulnerable, southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00999118 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) pod cooperative feeding, vulnerable, southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) spyhopping, Magdalena Bay, Baja California, Mexico  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00517974 Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) spyhopping, Magdalena Bay, Baja California, Mexico© Flip Nicklin
Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) coming up to whale watchers, Magdalena Bay, Baja California, Mexico  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00517996 Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) coming up to whale watchers, Magdalena Bay, Baja California, Mexico© Flip Nicklin
Orca (Orcinus orca) breathing as it breaks the water surface, southeast Alaska  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00999108 Orca (Orcinus orca) breathing as it breaks the water surface, southeast Alaska© Flip Nicklin
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) friendly singer, Maui, Hawaii - notice must accompany publication; photo obtained under NMFS permit 987  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00129865 Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) friendly singer, Maui, Hawaii - notice must accompany publication; photo obtained under NMFS permit 987© Flip Nicklin
Underside of Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) with filtered sunlight, Hawaii  -  Flip Nicklin
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00079892 Underside of Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) with filtered sunlight, Hawaii© Flip Nicklin
Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba) group, a small shrimp-like crustacean is the most important zooplankton in the Antarctic food web, Antarctica  -  Flip Nicklin
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00082793 Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba) group, a small shrimp-like crustacean is the most important zooplankton in the Antarctic food web, Antarctica© Flip Nicklin
Flip Nicklin with his underwater camera, Maui, Hawaii  -  Flip  Nicklin
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00482738 Flip Nicklin with his underwater camera, Maui, Hawaii© Flip Nicklin
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