Loving this story and post from miss @oceanramsey 💙!
turn the volume up!!! 😍🐋💙🐋💙 i just want to say that this was instant good karma. i swam down to get a piece of debris, a plastic bag (one of two that unfortunately drifted through this mornings @oneoceandiving@oneoceanresearch dive) & a whale swam right towards us and down and stayed in place just singing his heart out! it was bone rattling, my heart was racing with joy, it was so beautiful to be surrounded by his symphony reverberating through everything. i cannot express how grateful i am for moments like this. i’m not a fan of the necessity of paperwork in life but moments like this really put life and work in perspective 💙🐋💙🌊 i freaking love the #ocean#nature#whales#sharks#dolphins#work#fieldwork#respecttheocean#savewhales#savetheocean
check out @juansharks other vid for more 🎼🐋🎼🐋💙🌊💙🌊
it’s whale season in #hawaii and while we don’t put people in the water with whales we are very fortunate that several times each season they swim up to us when we are already in the water with the sharks. the sharks don’t care about the whales or pay them any attention unless they are injured or dead. 😊💙🌊
What an incredibly intricate creature this is! thanks @mattysmithphoto for such a brilliant photo! 💙
- there's been a large number of these guys washing up around sydney and the southern beaches recently. it's the glaucus atlanticus, a blue bottle eating nudibranch. beautiful little creatures, they hardly look real, more like something you might find inside a kinder surprise egg! i took this picture a couple of years ago and it won me a category in the australian geographic nature photographer of the year awards. happy days! hope you had a great weekend! @nikonaustralia#mynikonlife@aquaticadigital@oceangeographic#madeofocean#nature#mattysmithphoto
A beautiful and inspiring post from one of our favourite women - @chelseakauai - “this is for all the strong women out there. with big, wild hearts and bigger dreams. i am endlessly inspired by the example so many of you have set for me, by the grace and ferocity with which you walk through the world. i saved this photo for months because it was so special to me, this felt like the right day to celebrate the thing that makes me feel the most beautiful and capable. also, hi mom. i love you, you make me want to try to better every day.💗
swimming with smart women and underwater mavens @aliciaunderwater and @jillyfish831. photo by one of the most supportive humans i know @travisburkephotography”
What a marvellous little creature!! photo via @oceana - also known as the blue dragon, sea swallow or blue angel, the blue glaucus is a species of brightly colored sea slug (nudibranch), and can be found throughout the atlantic, pacific and indian oceans in temperate and tropical waters. like most nudibranchs, this species incorporates toxic chemicals or stinging cells from its prey into its own skin. this ability provides the blue glaucus with a defense mechanism against predation. despite its impressive arsenal of defense tactics, the blue glaucus rarely reaches more than 3 centimeters long.
There’s a whole lot that goes into underwater photography, props to the men and women that capture the mysterious world down there for the world to see! just like our good friend @colbaker who captured these beautiful shots on a recent dive off the east coast of @australia 💙🌏
Enjoy this beautiful clip from @creationscape 💙 - in many parts of the world, animal lovers and nature admirers dream of the chance to swim with whales and dolphins in the open ocean. it has been shown that these two species are very curious and playful with humans in the water but did you know that they also enjoy being around each other? only within the last decade have we begun to see visual record of this interspecies play.
i was extremely fortunate to witness and film this interaction between a large male humpback whale and a pod of spinner dolphins off the north shore of oahu, hawaii. although there are still many mysteries in regards to whales and dolphins, there’s one thing we do know - these incredibly intelligent and sentient beings exhibit all signs of altruistic behavior accompanied by emotional behaviors such as empathy, curiosity, sadness and an extreme desire for fun and play. mahalo!
A raw but very real and relevant msg from our friend @thelifeofrileynz / 📷 by @amberandfriends_photography - a message for those on social platforms. please bear with me.
recently i have noticed &felt the impact of keyboard warriors. you know those petty, below the belt comments that make you feel sh*t after you read them. you are supposed to just ignore it we say, it's part of social media....... well i'm saying f#ck that.
ive been brought up with morals, as most of us have, not to be rude, to ensure opinions are kept to yourself if mean or not justified by fact.
i have spent a life time working hard in my occupational domain in order to pass objective & credible comment. i have spent a decade at university, travelled the world to get perspective on life & my study subjects, i have published academic papers, filmed factual documentaries, contributed to conservation &have always promoted the communication of knowledge to better our world.
so when trigger happy keyboard warriors comment or start a group rant criticizing the work i share, i'm not going to block you, i'm not going to delete the comment, i'm not going to fuel your seemingly bully mentality. i'm going to call you out, like i would if we were face to face. because i know you wouldn't have the balls to say it to my face. why? (1) because previously such people had been begging to join me on trips and learn from them (2) because i will debate the s**t out of you.
here's the question. do you study sharks? are you researching them? are you swimming with them? have you written academic publishments specifically on visual size estimation methods of sharks? no you haven't, so don't pass comment where you are not educated to.
this all brings me back to this amazing image by @amberandfriends_photography
this is a 10.4ft mako shark. it is. i am the one in the water with it and i'm the one who later measured it with laser photogrammetry. it was an amazing animal that after i gained its trust it fed from my hand and started swimming between myself and amber. an ultimate trust signal.
i want questions about it, likes of course, but not needless slander that ruins ones morning coffee lol.
Words & image by @alexstrohl - when land sticks out of the ocean i’m always wondering why this part and not another? then i can’t help but try to imagine the submerged valleys and mountain ranges that will never see the surface.
🐬 or 🦈 !?
“i love an image that tells a good story! what do you make of this..?” words & image by @thurstonphoto ”..when i was growing up in the ocean, and still today, when we saw this it was always an intense kinda moment. over time us ocean goers develop a very quick ability to determine the answer within a split second.. but it always gets the heart going for a little bit 😅 you can actually tell what it is just by this photo if you have a good think about it... 🧐”.
if this image evokes emotion in you then check out our story where @thurstonphoto shares on how to identify fins and have more peace of mind in the ocean..
Underwater worlds of wisdom and wonder from @jaymgreiner 💙 - when seasons change and stories end it opens up space for brand new ones. it’s apart of life. just look at nature: the trees and the changing of their leaves, the patterns of the rising sun, and the infamous rhythms of the ancient tides, seen by these ridges sculpted on the ocean floor off the beloved island of oahu. a good reminder to embrace whatever season that may come, may go, or remain. that is a life well lived. #lifewellived#seasons#creationteachesus#changeinseason#oceanfloor#hawaii#oahu