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The Last Ocean-Swimming Elephant

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Adventure photographer Jody MacDonald lived at sea for 10 years and sailed around the world on a 60-foot catamaran while she co-owned a global kiteboarding expedition business.

When she saw a Hollywood movie that included an elephant swimming in tropical blue water and learned it was real, she decided she had to photograph it. She located the elephant, and one of the photos she took of the pachyderm is now her most famous image.

She shares the story of the last ocean-swimming elephant known to man in this interview in The Guardian to help raise money for Vital Impacts, a non-profit created by photographer Ami Vitale and visual journalist Eileen Mignoni to provide financial assistance to organizations that work to preserve human and wildlife habitats, including the ocean.

You can purchase prints of the doggy-paddling pachyderm here.

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