The epitome of humanity's footprint. post by @coreyray__ : the other day i was diving and noticed an oddly shaped figure swimming in my direction, only to realize it was a sea turtle with a freaking trash can lid stuck around its body. this is a hawksbill turtle (eretmochelys imbricata), a critically endangered species. being unable to swim very fast because of it, i could easily catch up to it and with the help of another set of turtle-rescuing hands we were able to get the lid off of the poor guy and he could swim away freely. it was a bittersweet moment and definitely a solid reminder about our impact on this planet. please reduce, reuse, recycle. help clean up our mess, and always lend a helping hand when you are able to. it is important to keep the positive mindset that there is always something we can do, because every drop creates a ripple 🌊 good luck little buddy! 🐢💙
The giant pacific octopus is considered the largest octopus species in the world and inhabits the northern pacific ocean off the united states up to alaska and around japan. the largest individual on record weighed an impressive 600 pounds and measured 30 feet across in length. on average, though, these octopuses weigh closer to 110 pounds and measure 16 feet across once fully grown. like other octopuses, the giant pacific octopus is extremely intelligent and has been observed opening jars and mimicking other species.
photo: @andrey_shpatak #seacreature #natgeowild#diving#video#nautilus#animals#ocean#giantpacificoctopus#rg@fathomlesslife
Join us @the_living_gallery_bk in celebration of ocean optimism, and finding intersections between art and activism! the marine conservation-themed music & art show hosted by @postcryptartgallery will include ngos, artists and musicians coming together to communicate and will be implementing the oceanic standard! there will be zines and wine and many wonderful performances including a speech from our very own head of communications @nattyiceberg proceeds will be donated to @coralvitareefs 💙 #ourchoicesmatter#theoceanicstandard
this little buddy is shown with a standard spaghetti tag, a low-tech tracking device that contains a small scroll with an id number on it. if this shark is found, the location will be reported and the data will inform us as to movements.
saving the oceans isn't just for the scientists - their research is vital to informing solutions to the problems we face and guiding our actions, but we each have the power to assist in their research and, moreover, to implement the changes that need to be made to save this amazing planet.
our coverage of @btwaves shark research expedition continues today on the south side of new providence.
We are blessed to share in our mission to save the seas with many incredible individuals who's hearts have lead them to work for the ocean.
oceanic's own @jksternlicht is currently on expedition with @btwaves working on a shark research project in the bahamas, which has been a protected shark habitat since 2011. sharks are a vital part of the ocean ecosystems, and the health of the oceans relies on robust shark populations - however, the effectiveness of marine protected areas for these apex predators has not been studied. this expedition, lead by our scientific advisor @draustingallagher , will change that, tracking the movements and behaviors of sharks in the bahamas and western atlantic over the next few years.