Sharks need your help ‼️ legislation is currently being filed in florida to ensure the state will no longer support and participate in the global trade of shark fins, a trade that is devastating shark populations around the world at a rate that is leading to the extinction of many shark species.
the trade continues to thrive despite regulations that prohibit the act of “finning” or requirements to “land sharks whole/fins attached”. both provisions leave the door wide open to the continued targeting of sharks for their fins, whether they are finned at sea, illegally, or finned after they are landed. enforcement is complicated and beyond the capacity of most agencies. as long as fins can be freely sold and transported, it is nearly impossible to curb finning and the illegal fin trade.
there is little public outrage because the wholesale slaughter of sharks takes place our of sight. most citizens are shocked to find out that their own home state enables the trade of fins. and most of them vehemently oppose this and want it stopped. florida is surrounded by the sea and it’s tourism and fishing economy depends on the ocean. if this bill passes, the state will be a shining example for conservation and protection of sharks, rather than a passive participant in the fin trade.
in an ideal world we would follow sustainable management plans of all fisheries, around the globe. but that is unfortunately an unrealistic dream at this point. sharks are being taken at a highly unsustainable rate and we must act with measures that are practical and enforceable, such as a prohibition on the sale and trade of shark fins.
since texas and all the west coast states have banned the sale and import/export of fins, florida has become the hub for the trade of fins in the us. by allowing this to continue, florida is supporting the global trade of shark fins.
to show the legislature how important this issue is, we need your help! please add your name - link in bio. the point of this is to show that people from all walks of life support sharks; that this is not a fringe cause, but an issue the majority feels strongly about. photo: @shawnheinrichs #nofinfl#stopthefintrade@sharkallies
‼️assault on small cetaceans - dolphins, porpoises, orcas, beaked whales, belugas, narwhals, pilot whales, etc. are all under extreme threats from illegal and unregulated hunting across the oceans. over 100,000 per year are hunted for bait to be used on long lines to catch sharks, for low-grade meat, and even for their teeth and bones to be turned into the tourist souvenirs.
these are some of the most intelligent, curious, and gentle ocean beings, yet we are senselessly and barbarically wiping them out. we must put a stop to this insanity. in the words of gandhi, "the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” @bluespherefoundation@lonelywhale and @sealegacy will be working hard this year to tackle this urgent issue. 🙏🐬🔥🐋
photo: @shawnheinrichs #savethewhales#worthmorealive#turningthetide
There are a few spots left on our annual whale shark donor expedition to isla mujeres, mexico from july 13-17.
please email ailsa@bluespherefoundation if you’re interested in joining us this summer.
Real life nemo 💙🐠
・・・ #repost @shawnheinrichs: did you know that fish have their own unique personalities and that we can actually form super cool relationships with them?
ten years ago, a local dive master in new caledonia named marino met a baby anemone fish and they formed a unique and special bond. even today, a decade later, the two unlikely friends have a very special connection.
we tend to look at fish as commodities in our food chain or emotionless beings without personality. i hope this story of marino and nemo can flip this misconception upside-down, revealing that so many creatures in nature have distinct personalities and behaviors. fish have feelings, feel pain, and can be highly curious and social beings. who would have guessed that a clownfish could form a personal relationship with a single person and recognize that individual and come out to greet them and play with them everyday?
remember: when we recklessly extract marine resources, there are billions of little beings that are being affected.
new caledonia is an oasis of marine stewardship in the pacific ocean, where national laws and traditional wisdom bring together communities, industries, organizations and governments to safeguard their marine treasures. by showing people what the successful conservation of reef systems looks like, hopefully we can engage wider and more diverse audiences to support conservation initiatives. thank you to the dedicated team at @conservationorg for their relentless work to conserve the coral sea and its diversity — before it becomes endangered.
learn more at conservation.org/coralsea
Where do we draw the line? photo and text by our founder @shawnheinrichs:
“in the early morning hours in a remote fishing port in southeast asia, we witnessed in dismay as the sharks piled up on the cold concrete slabs of the market floor, the value of their fins fueling the destruction of the last of their kind in these waters. sadness turned to heart- break as a truck pulled up in the bustling street of the market, and dumped the lifeless body of this beautiful baby manta ray onto the dirt, it's blood seeping into the putrid soil. from the folds in its wings from being being rolled up like a little sausage in its mother's womb, we knew this little bubba could not have been more than a few weeks old. peacefully swimming through the archipelago as it began its new journey, it's life was violently and abruptly ended by a harpoon driven into the back of its head, the last moments of its existence spent struggling in desperation at the end of a taught rope - a line that traced back to desperate fisherman exploited in their poverty, to opportunistic buyers filling orders without consideration of consequence, to greedy traders who treat all beings as commodities, and to apathetic buyers seeking to fill an emptiness in their lives through the acquisition of expensive and exotic "remedies”
manta rays are highly sentient, curious, gentle, and magnificent beings, yet they too have fallen victim to the insidious and barbaric wildlife trade that turns wild animals into commodities, wiping out species after species, as greedy traders grow rich by exploiting the ignorance of consumers living unintentional lives. though much progress has been made to protect these vulnerable animals through international treaties, national laws and sanctuaries, and consumer demand reduction campaigns, the illegal trade continues in some regions and consumers remain unaware or apathetic about their plight. it is unconscionable to not protect these beautiful and highly vulnerable beings, and we must be ever more diligent in our quest to extinguish the demand, shut down the illicit trade, and put a final end to the slaughter.” #turningthetide
Photo by @shawnheinrichs // when we go to the ocean and fully immerse ourselves in all its majesty and wonder, it is there that we form the deepest and most profound bonds with all that is special in this sacred realm. for it is the human connection that is central to conservation, without it our efforts will ultimately falter, but by harnessing it we can change the world! 🌎🐳🌈 #turningthetide@lonelywhale@sealegacy
Besides being crucial to the preservation of our oceans, land, and human life, a healthy coral reef is a haven of biodiversity that is constantly shaking hands with the new life that comes with each ocean current — and this makes it a critical pathway to safeguarding the promise for continued discovery in this world.
watch season 3 of @talesbylight on netflix and join @shawnheinrichs on a quest to conserve marine life by capturing its beauty in powerful images. 📷🐠🌊 #email@example.com@untitledfilmworks
The assault on the international moratorium on commercial whaling, perhaps the most sacred and important conservation win of our time, is very real and very concerning. in 1986 the global community came together and voted to put a stop to commercial whaling, at a time when many of the great whale species we're racing toward the brink of extinction. even today, more than three decades later, these species are only now just beginning to show signs of recovery, despite the propaganda that countries like japan and other pro-whaling nations would have you believe, claiming these species are fully recovered. our oceans once teamed with whales, so much so that during certain periods ships had difficulty navigating through them. today their numbers are still only a shadow of their former glory, and it is our duty to do all we can to protect these incredible, sentient, and critically important species. japan's decision to leave the iwc and resume commercial whaking is only the tip of the iceberg, and we face a very real risk that other pro-whaling nations such as iceland, norway, and others will follow suit, leave the iwc, and set in motion the beginnings of the resumption of global commercial whaling.
we as a community cannot stand by and let this happen. it is time to say enough is enough, and we will not let this unconscionable practice resume on our watch! 🙏🌎🐳 photo: @shawnheinrichs@sealegacy@oceanicpreservationsociety #savethewhales#worthmorealive#turningthetide#stopthehunt
This breathtaking image by @shawnheinrichs beautifully illustrates our wish for 2019 - oceans that teem with life, colour and abundance. we dream of healthy seas that provide sustenance for all creatures, habitat for the full range of marine life, economic opportunity for generations to come and recreation, and tranquillity for a global community.
though this wish is possible, it can only happen if governing bodies and individuals not only participate actively, but also become leaders in their areas of influence.
as we look at putting 2018 behind us, we are more committed than ever to our mission to harnesses the power of visual storytelling to catalyze solutions that protect marine species and habitat, and promote sustainable fisheries.
thank you for being on this journey with us. 💙@sealegacy#turningthetide
On wednesday, japan quietly announced that it is leaving the international whaling commission and will resume commercial whaling in 2019. this act openly violates the global ban on commercial whaling that's been in place since 1986. japan will now freely hunt species currently protected by the international whaling commission within its territorial seas and economic zone. though it will no longer k**l whales from the antarctic ocean and southern hemisphere, where it has been hunting ostensibly for "scientific research," and selling the meat, this move encourages other pro-whaling nations to follow its lead. many whale species are still vulnerable to extinction and the whale meat market has all but disappeared. with no good reason to k**l whales, it's time for all of us to stand up and stop cetacean hunting for good.