Description: “The Sentient Sea” is a visual story that presents Brian Skerry’s photographs from decades of exploring Earth’s oceans.
This exhibition showcases a selection of photographs to tell stories of the ocean and portray it as a place of beauty and mystery, a place in trouble, and ultimately, a place of hope.

“Over the course of my 40-year career, I have learned that everything is connected in nature and that animals and ecosystems are more complex than we have ever known.”

Brian spends eight months per year working in the field, at dive locations, ranging from tropical coral reefs to beneath the polar ice.
The innumerable animals exhibited range from giant whales to the tiniest fish, each with a wonderful story to tell.

“I am certain that animals at every level have ‘personality’ and that all creatures perceive and feel. And that all creatures need others.”



Location: Museum of Natural History | Piazzetta Silvio Gigli 2, Siena

Period: September 30th – November 19th
Opening Time:
Friday: 03:00 pm-07:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 am-07:00 pm
Holidays: 10:00 am-07:00 pm


Photographer Biography: Brian Skerry is a photojournalist and film producer specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998 he has been a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine covering stories on every continent and in nearly every ocean habitat. For NGM, Brian has covered a wide range of stories, from the harp seal’s struggle to survive in frozen waters to the alarming decrease in the world’s fisheries, to dolphin intelligence. During his coverage of a story entitled Saving Our Oceans, Brian produced the first images of a sitting US President underwater. Brian’s work has also been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and Paris Match. He is the author of 12 books including the acclaimed monographs Ocean Soul and Shark. His latest book, Secrets of the Whales was released in April, 2021 by National Geographic as part of a multi-platform project he created that includes a cover story in National Geographic magazine and a 4-part documentary film series, streaming on Disney+, which won the 2021 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary. Brian frequently lectures on ocean exploration, storytelling and conservation, having presented at venues such as The United Nations General Assembly, The World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland), and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.