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SeaLegacy #TurningTheTide (@sea_legacy) Instagram photos and videos
List of Instagram medias taken by SeaLegacy #TurningTheTide (@sea_legacy)
Photo by @shawnheinrichs // To spend time in the company of a manta ray is both a humbling and incredibly moving experience. They are massive, powerful creatures, yet are incredibly gentle and curious. If approached correctly, they will interact and dance with you for hours on end. Unfortunately, those same friendly tendencies make the rays easy targets for hunters, whose chief challenge lies not in spearing them but in wrestling the massive creatures aboard fishing boats. Slow to both mature and reproduce, manta rays don’t replenish their populations as quickly as some other species; in terms of life history strategy, the rays are more like humans than sharks and fishes – it takes them a decade to mature, and they produce one pup every 2-5 years. Because of that, it doesn't take long to hunt a population to depletion. #turningthetide with @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation @sea_legacy #worthmorealive #provinsikonservasi
Photo by Tide Member @sandysharkeyphotography // Over 550 wild horses roam free on Sable Island on Canada’s East Coast, where the law has protected them from human interference since 1960. The effects of Hurricane Florence were just beginning to hit the Atlantic Ocean in early September of this year, thus the large swells. These wild horses often roll in the damp sea sand to rid themselves of flies, and were taking advantage of the low tide when @sandysharkeyphotography shot this photo. // #JoinTheTide for a chance to have your work featured! Visit sealegacy.org/tide
Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // If we don't protect nature, we can't protect ourselves. Educate and elect leaders who believe in science, stop giving power to people who don't believe in science or worse than that, pretend they don't believe in science for their own self-interest." Wise words from Harrison Ford at the recent Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. Citizens of the United States will head to the polls on Tuesday, November 6. 2018. There are 500,000 local elected officials in the US who make decisions that affect our lives every day. Elections matter - and not just for presidential candidates. @BallotReady is a digital, non-partisan voter guide with a mission to make it easy to vote informed in every election. Simply type in your address to see a customized voter guide with information on every race and referendum that will be on your ballot. You can compare candidates based on their stances on issues, biography, or endorsements, with all information linked back to its source. Make a plan to vote. www.BallotReady.org #voteinformed Photo: @CristinaMittermeier, Alaska, USA. The natural world knows nothing of politics, agendas or positions of power. All this planet knows is the impact that humans have. We need and can do better. #GCAS2018, #TurningTheTide, #voteinformed
Photo by @simonagerphotography // On campaign with #seashepherdsscs // Marine iguanas have evolved to combat the cold, salty waters where they feed. Being cold-blooded creatures, the Galapagos marine iguanas are not able to thermoregulate their body temperature, and are therefore restricted by how long they can stay in the cold ocean waters. Before feeding, the lizards must raise their body temperature to about 36°C, as they can lose up to 10°C when in the ocean, and they must also warm their bodies again following the dive. Consequently, the dark coloring of the iguanas is critical to allowing them to absorb sunlight. Additionally, as this is the only species of lizard that feeds in the ocean, it intakes significantly higher levels of salt than its body is used to, so its ancestors developed quite a unique way of getting rid of it. The Galapagos marine iguana has special glands connected to its nostrils that are able to clean the salt from their blood, which they then sneeze out. #seashepherdsscs #sealegacy #galapagos #iguanas
Photo by @DaisyGilardini // Fur seals have an attitude from a young age. Of all the Antarctic and Subantarctic seals, the fur seal is the one that shows the most aggressive behaviour. Probably rightly so, as they were hunted almost to extinction by the early 20th century. The population has recovered today. During mating season, when the males are particularly aggressive, some areas are closed to tourism, to give the seals added protection and to avoid confrontations. Affected areas include some of the South Georgia Islands, such as Prion Island. #turningthetide #seal #SouthGeorgia #furseal #climatechange #climatechangeisreal
Photograph by @PaulNicklen // Soon, bears will be thinking about heading off to sleep for the winter. It was a tough year for them on the North Coast of BC. We saw it firsthand out on our recent expedition. Creek walkers, First Nations, scientists and fish counters reported some of the worst returns in recorded history. What are ways that we can help mitigate the effects of these disastrous returns? Fishing closures and getting Atlantic Salmon Fish Farms out of BC waters are the biggest things we can do to help save our disappearing wild salmon stocks. What can you do specifically? Learn to make sustainable choices when you eat fish. Visit the link in our bio for more information.
Photo by @nickhawkinsphotography // Life on top of life grows off Bonaventure Island in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. This entire scene is only about 6 inches across but contains dozens - probably hundreds - of species. I get lost in miniature seascapes likes this, watching tiny amphipods crawl between the arms of sea stars and navigate the maze of encrusting sponges. It’s often the big marine animals that we talk of protecting, but the health of our oceans depends most on the small and inconspicuous. The government of Canada recently announced the 1,000 square km #AmericanBank marine protected area, which aims to protect these delicate ecosystems and the megafauna that depend on it. Shot #onassignment for @seabluecanada; @ecologyaction @wwfcanada @davidsuzukifdn @cpaws_national // @sea_legacy #TurningTheTide #MPA #OceanProtection
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // I, along with my team at @sea_legacy, are working with @raincoastconservation to permanently end commercial trophy hunting of all large carnivores on the coast of British Columbia. The Raincoast Conservation Foundation is raising $500,000 to acquire a fourth commercial hunting licence covering 2,300 square kilometers in the heart of the British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. Securing the Nadeea tenure will permanently end commercial trophy hunting of grizzlies, black bears (some of which carry the Spirit bear producing gene), wolves, cougars and wolverines in some of the region’s most spectacular watersheds. The donated prints, of which this is one, will be exhibited at the Audain Art Museum (dates TBA), the Karen Cooper Gallery, October 23 - 30, and The Robert Bateman Centre, November 22 - 30. Photo: A lone rain wolf patiently awaits the dawn’s low tide. British Columbia’s coastal wolves are distinct, special, unlike any other wolf on this planet. Wolves have a strong emotional connection to their pack-mates and it has been shown that when a members of a pack dies, the other wolves mourn. The relationship between wolves and human has often been a tenuous one, with wolves bearing the brunt. These wolves are a critical link in the ecosystem that surrounds them. #TurningTheTide @aprilbencze, @tavishcampbell, @karencooperphoto, @colleengaraphoto, @bertiegregory, @melissagroo, @johnemarriott, @neileverosborne, @eric_sambol_photography
Video by @shawnheinrichs // #ProvinsiKonservasi is unquestionably the most important film and campaign we’ve ever done for conservation in Indonesia. This effort MUST succeed - this is perhaps the last best chance on our planet to “get it right” when development comes to a high biodiversity wilderness area like West Papua. Please make sure you’re following @shawnheinrichs for updates from the field! #protectwestpapua #turningthetide with @bluespherefoundation @sea_legacy @conservationid @conservationorg
Photograph by @Jim_Abernethy // The West Indian manatees, also known as sea cows, are peaceful and adorable creatures that are usually found in shallow tropical waters, feeding on aquatic plants. Manatees can grow to be 10 feet long and can weigh as much as 1,200 pounds. Despite their large size, they are very agile in the water and communicate with touch and vocalizations. Manatees are listed as "vulnerable" on the #IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Since its beginnings in October of 2017, Florida's red tide is showing no signs of lifting and has expanded its range all the way up to the panhandle of Florida. The number of manatee deaths in Florida this year has already surpassed the total number of manatee deaths for all of 2017 and while not all of these deaths can be blamed on the red tide, the level of carnage is astounding and concerning. Please help me address red tide issues by signing and sharing the petition in the link in my bio at @Jim_Abernethy and remember to vote for the environment!
Photograph by @paulnicklen // "Antarctica feeds my soul, senses, and camera more than any other place on Earth. It is all about the wildlife, the encounters, and the experiences. In 2006, while on assignment for @NatGeo, I had my first encounter with the supposedly fearsome leopard seal. On that expedition, a huge female took me under her care for four days and constantly tried to feed me penguins. I have been in the water with hundreds of leopard seals since and I have never known them to be anything other than inquisitive, intelligent, playful, curious, gentle and an incredibly cool top predator of icy seas. They always make me laugh and smile just as this one did when it struck this pose. When you look at elephant seals, fur seals and crab-eater seals, they are covered in scars and bite marks from their constant squabbles. When you look at leopard seals, it is rare to find a bite mark or scar on their bodies. They mostly communicate through gesture and display. They don’t want to bite and they don’t want to be bitten. Just as @goranehlme showed me the way of the leopard seal in 2006, I felt honored to be able to show the leopard seal to @cristinamittermeier, @andy_mann, @craigwelch and @ladzinski. To learn more of my encounters with this beautiful animal, #followme @paulnicklen
Our co-founder and Vision Lead, @cristinamittermeier has declined an invitation to Iceland to accept the 2018 Leif Erikson Exploration History Award from The Exploration Museum in Húsavík. "I cannot in good conscience visit Iceland given the lack of action by the Icelandic government to end the barbaric hunting of endangered whales," she says. "I made the commitment along with more than 200,000 other people. If we are going to make an impact, we need to do more than talk or put our names on lists. I will not be contributing to Iceland's tourism economy as long as the country continues this practice." It's unfortunate that the @explorationmuseum becomes caught in the cross-hairs. Her decision to boycott Iceland is in no way a reflection on the value of museum's work or their position on the issue, nor is it reflective of our feelings towards the Icelandic people. // Photograph by @cristinamittermeier