Oceanic Preservation Society
Team of artists/activists expose environmental issues & promote advocacy via film/media. Watch documentaries #TheCove @racingextinction SUPPORT US 👇🐬
On saturday our partners at @wildaidhk crashed @shakeshack ’s soft opening in hong kong. we're also calling on them to stand for something good® by ditching their #shark killer partner, @maximshk. read the ignored letter to them by swiping left or watching our story. tell their ceo @dhmeyer you won’t support @shakeshack until they stand up for sharks! if you’re in nyc this saturday and want to join us in a nonviolent peaceful protest, head to our facebook page or check our story for details! #sharkshack#standforsomethingbad#csrfail#savesharks
🎉🐬 breaking news via @dolphin_freedom_uk: the dominican republic just passed ground-breaking legislation which now prohibits the commercialisation of any new dolphins on the island for 5 years.
the new law allows the current dolphinariums to carry on existing but imports of dolphins are now illegal. this also means that new dolphinarium facilities can not be opened plus capture and export of dolphins has also been made illegal for 5 years. there is a clause in the law which will allow export of dolphins if a dolphinarium closes.
this great piece of legislation comes just at the right time as global dolphin exploiter dolphin discovery hoped to open their 2nd dolphinarium on the island (22nd in total). fortunately the passing of this new law has blocked the opening of another dolphin discovery dolphinarium and any others for 5 years.
the push to end dolphin captivity on the island comes from the marine conservation organisation fundemar who have been campaigning against marine captivity for many years. it is thanks to the hard work of fundemar that this new law has been passed: www.fundemardr.org
green sea turtles are classified as an endangered species by the iucn. these turtles face a multitude of threats from the time they are in eggs through adulthood. turtle nesting beaches are imperiled by human activity such as construction, littering, egg harvesting (in some countries) and even light pollution. when turtles hatch, they instinctively move toward light, which would be the ocean if bright city lights didn’t exist. those of you that have seen blue planet ii probably saw a graphic example of what happens in that case. 💔
plastic pollution is a huge threat for turtles at sea. they often fall victim to being caught as bycatch in fishing gear and ingesting trash that is floating around in the ocean. younger turtles often mistake plastic bags and mylar balloons for their prey, as they resemble sea jellies and hydrozoans. sadly, those can end up being their last meal. •
how can you help?
ditch plastics! of the 3 r’s (reduce,reuse, recycle), reduce makes the biggest difference. refuse single use plastics like straws, bags, disposable utensils, drink cups/lids and bottled water/drinks- use reusable alternatives and instead! 🌎
balloons blow- often landing where they can harm wildlife on land and sea. avoid balloons and choose eco-friendly decorations for your celebrations. 🚫🎈🚫 check sea food labels and ask questions, avoid commercially caught seafood. or do what i do and avoid seafood altogether!🌊
help speak up for turtles- start conversations in your classrooms, families and communities.
currently, marine animals are facing more human-caused threats than ever. with this project, my goal is to raise awareness for 100 threatened marine species. everything has beauty but not everyone sees it- i hope to help people discover the beauty of the ocean and inspire them to protect it. 100 reasons to care!
do you know more ways to help green sea turtles? share your thoughts below!
hope you will follow along with this project- there are 98 species to go!
This is a concept image of the seaside sanctuary @whalesanctuaryproject will be creating. please note that the final site has not yet been selected.
“the goal is to offer captive orcas and beluga whales a natural environment that maximizes their opportunities for autonomy, exploration, play, rest, and socializing.
here are some of the elements we have been taking into consideration as we review our finalist sites in nova scotia, washington state and british columbia:
space and depth: the sanctuary will be a netted off area like a bay or cove. our finalist sites all have a minimum average depth of 50 feet and approximately 100 acres of water space (i.e. 484,000 square yards, compared to the 1,100 square yards of the large display tank at a typical high-end marine entertainment park). sanctuary environment: instead of being surrounded by sterile concrete tank walls, the whales will live in a dynamic, complex physical world that has a natural sandy shore and is home to many kinds of plants and animals with whom they can interact.
beyond the sanctuary: we are conducting rigorous environmental impact assessments at our finalist locations to ensure that there will be no negative effects on wildlife in and around the sanctuary or in the ocean beyond.
finalist sites must demonstrate:
water temperature range of approximately 10–20° c and salinity in the range of 25-35 ppm;
protection from extreme weather;
no ice cover;
avoidance of sewage or pollutants (chemical or acoustic);
good flushing rate;
utilities and infrastructure.
sanctuary facilities will include:
the main enclosure;
an isolation area for new residents;
rehabilitation and veterinary care areas.
the first phase of building will include necessary infrastructure needed to care for residents. this includes the enclosure barriers, infrastructure, lab, medical and sanitation services, food prep services, security, and animal care staff facilities.
future phases will provide for internship programs, visitors as appropriate to the location, and the kind of equipment (including land and water-based webcams) that will enhance broad and interactive educational outreach.”