🐋 humpbacks can grow to 60 feet (18 meters) long, and they can weigh a whopping 40 tons (about half the size of a blue whale). their flippers can grow up to 16 feet (5 m) long, which is the largest appendage in the world. their tails are also massive and grow up to 18 feet (5.5 m) wide. like most whales, females are larger than males. #humpbacks#humpday#savethewhales#ops
Sad update: the ultra-rare #megamouth#shark caught off the coast was confirmed dead on may 23, having been unable to survive away from its habitat.
the deep-water fish, which measured between 5 and 6 meters, had been observed vigorously swimming only a day earlier when it was captured.
at around 9 a.m. on may 23, the female shark was lying on the bottom of the sea, faintly breathing, according to tv personality sakana-kun (mr. fish), who is also a professor emeritus of the tokyo university of marine science and technology.
later on the fish, whose scientific name is megachasma pelagios, stopped moving.
“it is regrettable,” said a downcast sakana-kun. “having seen her on the previous day i thought she was going to become energetic.”
the shark was trapped in a fishing net early may 22. later that day, it was transferred to a cage in the ocean.
“if a specimen of her skeleton is created that will be valuable,” said sho tanaka, a professor at tokai university’s department of marine biology. “we should utilize her body for the research.”
the species was discovered off hawaii in 1976. since then, there have been around 110 sightings worldwide, about 20 of which were in japan. in most cases the sharks were already dead when they were caught in nets.
💙🐢 today is #worldturtleday, and what a better way to celebrate this glorious and ancient species than with one of @daviddoubilet's images. this endangered baby green sea turtle comes from a line of one of the oldest creatures on earth.
“by celebrating and talking about these species, we encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. pictures are a universal language that can win hearts, change minds and ultimately behavior.” - david doubilet #racingextinction#wildlife#turtle#seaturtle#endangered
Being an ocean activist isn't as 'glorious' as people may think. conservation can be lonely, extremely frustrating and often just plain depressing. we don't talk about this side of our work much - it's much easier to focus on the positive and inspirational stuff. in honor of #worldturtleday, here's a personal story from #ops campaign director @candace.crespi:
as we made our way towards the village of rutum, we came across something on the surface of the water – a dead, delaminated hawksbill turtle. the top layer of its shell was sliced off and removed, the most recent victim of the endangered species trade. while filming in hainan, our team observed countless numbers of endangered hawksbill turtles lining the walls and shelves of shops. we jumped in the water to gather footage in hopes of help people understand how consumerism is linked to species extinction.
as we got face to face with the animal, tears quickly filled my mask. poachers had cut into and peeled the external laminate of its shell; its eyes were open but void of life. there is no rational explanation for this – the only word that comes to mind is exploitation. this is the reality of the endangered species trade. turtles are completely helpless; they have no defensive mechanisms other than their shells, which can be effective against toothed predators, but not against man. a sharp instrument was used to peel the outer layer, bit by bit, until the entire outer coating was gone. the harvested elements would be shipped off somewhere else in the world to create ornamental combs and glasses. but why did they take the external laminate and discard the rest like garbage? years ago someone died after eating a hawksbill.
in each of our own ways we are exploiting. for remote communities that have very little, if someone is going to be an exploiter, their natural resources are all that’s available – that’s their way to make money. it's vital to create livelihood alternatives, making it more valuable to keep that turtle alive than to extract it. instead of being angry and heartbroken, instead of judging, we must go deeper to understand why this exists, what drives it, and what help these communities need.
Turtle power! 🐢 #repost from our friends at @misool.foundation
leatherback turtle rescued in east flores today on world turtle day!
this unlucky turtle was trapped in a trawl net and the fisherman, mr. paul fernandez, wasted no time in getting it into a safe place to release from the net.
they immediately got in touch with our partners at the dkp/fisheries department and the wildlife conservation society who responded to assist at the scene.
the turtle was successfully released and the team then conducted briefings and awareness raising talks about turtle conservation and their protection status in indonesia.
we continue to see great successes from our ongoing socialisation programs which give communities information and tools to protect the iconic marine species in this unique ecosystem.
go team and salam konservasi
Double tap to join us in sending a huge congrats to our jawsome intern @jackiebatrus who just graduated from @bostoncollege with a b.a. in communications and a minor in environmental studies. check out the shark fin she repped all the way across the stage! 🦈👩🎓🎉 #ops#savesharks#racingextinction
Watch the mini-documentary marineland doesn't want you to see! former animal trainer @walrus_whisperer tells the story of his unique bond with a walrus named smooshi and his ongoing fight against marineland. watch the full film here: bit.ly/2q3fnc7 (or head over to #thecove facebook page for a direct link) #captivitykills#emptythetanks
Good news from activist and wildlife veterinarian @hdrally on this year's #endangeredspeciesday!! 20 wildlife traffickers in #china are facing charges today after authorities in the yunnan province busted a ring selling rare and protected species, including slow lorises, green iguanas, chameleons, and pythons as pets. more than 90 animals were seized, including 52 exotics, and sent to refuge. this is the largest wildlife trafficking case in this province in over a decade and the first major case under newly revised animal protection laws. stricter laws and penalties coupled with kick-ass law enforcement deters potential criminals, sets new precedents, and saves lives. be empowered. #animalprotection#animalwelfare#conservation#lawenforcement#animalrescue#animalsheltering#wildlife#protection#preservation#compassion#racingextinction
🐬 are you interested in becoming a #dolphinproject cove monitor? in just over 3 months their team will be heading to taiji, japan for the entire 2017/18 hunting season.⠀
watch the @dolphin_project page for updates on application process – click the link in their bio ⇢ then click “campaigns, the cove, taiji, japan.”
Hope for sharks: today the senate committee on commerce, science, and transportation voted to pass the shark fin trade elimination act (s. 793), which would ban the buying and selling of processed shark fins in the united states.
the bipartisan legislation was introduced earlier this year by sens. cory booker (d-n.j.) and shelley moore capito (r- w. va.). while shark finning is illegal in u.s. waters, shark fins – including imports from countries that allow finning - continue to be bought and sold throughout the u.s. the demand for shark fins is one of the greatest threats facing shark populations around the world.
worldwide, sharks are under attack – from humans. much like rhino and elephant populations have been decimated due to the global market for their horns and tusks, sharks are targeted for their fins, and it is equally as devastating. in fact, some shark populations have declined more than 90 percent in recent decades due to the demand for their fins.
we urge congress to pass the shark fin trade elimination act before it’s too late. #finbannow#savesharks#racingextinction@oceana