Oceanic Preservation Society
Expose environmental issues & promote advocacy through film, photography, story-telling, & social media collaboration. #TheCove @racingextinction
Join whale sanctuary project president dr. lori marino for an evening of presentation and discussion on creating a permanent whale sanctuary in british columbia! tickets here: www.universe.com/whalesanctuaryproject
Dyk that today is #worldgiraffeday? the celebration of the long-necked animal falls on the longest day or night of the year, depending where you are on the planet.
there’s more to these bizarrely elegant animals than height, spots and a long neck – here are some things you may not know about giraffes:
the bumps on the head of a giraffe are called ossicones. they’re horns covered in hair and both male and female animals have them, although only the males use them for fighting.
the tongue of a giraffe can be as long as half a metre (20 inches), and the dark blue colour is thought to protect it from the harsh sun.
female giraffes give birth while standing up, meaning their calves have a fair way to fall, entering the world with a bump.
giraffes can go for days without drinking, as they get most of the water they need from eating leaves and don’t sweat.
as well as not drinking much, giraffes don’t waste much time on sleep. they take very short naps of a few seconds or minutes (as sleeping makes them vulnerable), and total about two hours a day. most sleep is done standing up, but if they do lie down they use their own r**p as a pillow.
a giraffe’s blood has a long way to travel from the heart up to the head. high blood pressure and one-way valves along the blood vessels in the neck prevent blood from flowing back down in between heartbeats. a compact network of veins and arteries at the base of the skull (called the rete mirabile) regulate the flow of blood into the brain when a giraffe bends down to drink.
as well as being the tallest animal, the giraffe takes home the prize for the longest tail of all the land mammals – it can grow to 2.4 metres (eight feet) in length.
video by @candace.crespi
This shark has a message for you on #nationalselfieday: be careful where you selfie! cliffs, rooftops ledges and tops of trees are just a few places where the selfie isn't worth it. from our friends at @azuladotcom#shark#selfie#selfieday#ocean#azula
Heroes! 🙌 @thedodo
two young boys and their family saved this baby beluga's life. 👏 the boys immediately dug a hole around the whale and brought her buckets of water every 5 minutes until rescuers arrived and got her back into the water. 🐳❤️ #rescuesnotselfies#rescue#whale#marinelife (📷: group for research and education on marine mammals)
photo and caption by @brianskerry:
"approximately 98% of earth’s biosphere - where life can exist on the planet - is ocean, and yet only about 3% is protected. science tells us that, for a healthy planet, at least 30% of the oceans must be protected. we have a lot more work to do.
every other breath we takes comes from the sea, with more than 50% of the oxygen needed to survive generated by the ocean. if for no other reason than our own survival, ocean ecosystems must be conserved. the oceans give us so many riches, and taking care of the sea means a healthy future for all." #repost@ocean#racingextinction#saveourseas
Dolphins don't belong in the desert! call the mirage @themiragelv and express your concerns: 702-791-7111
animal welfare act regulations state under 9cfr section 3.103(b) facilities, outdoor, shelter: natural or artificial shelter which is appropriate for the species concerned, when local climatic conditions are taken into consideration, shall be provided for all marine mammals kept outdoors to afford them protection from the weather or from direct sunlight.
record breaking heat over the next few days & we will even challenge the hottest temperature on record in #vegas on tuesday! #excessiveheatwarning continues through friday. #vegasheat#weather
Urgent! help save bill s-203 to end whale and dolphin captivity in canada. email senators before the vote tomorrow (tuesday) at s203.advokit.ca (or head to our facebook page for a direct link) #emptythetanks#blackfish
Photo by @brianskerry
a pod of dusky dolphins swim through the chilly, algae-thick waters of golfo nuevo in argentina. a strikingly-colored species, dusky’s can be found in pods numbering in the hundreds.
these acrobatic creatures often leap high out of the water, and - while in the sea - use communication to corral schools of anchovies as a means of feeding.
after humans, dolphins have the largest brains in the animal kingdom, relative to body size. despite this fact, their world is very different than our own and the ways in which they use their brain is fascinating. dolphins see much of their world acoustically, using echolocation (i.e. sonar) to determine the location of objects and distances. dolphins also sleep with one half of their brains awake, as they need to be constantly alert for predators and because they are voluntary breathers. #dusky#dolphins#dolphin#underwater#photography#nature#natgeo#nationalgeographic#argentina#golfonuevo#onassignment#photooftheday#preservation#conservation#nikonlove#nikonnofilter#nikonambassador
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high five! #worldseaturtleday 🐢
sea turtles are protected at the highest level and commercial international trade is prohibited. unfortunately, a significant illegal trade continues due to the demand for their meat, eggs, and shells. other threats include loss or degradation of nesting habitat, disorientation of hatchlings by beachfront lighting, marine pollution and debris, watercraft strikes, and incidental take from commercial fishing operations.
so how can you help ensure their survival? (1) do not buy tortoise or turtle shell jewelry, sunglasses, and decorations. if we can cut off the demand for these products then we can reduce the supply. (2) say no to plastic bags. if you are not using plastic bags then you can’t be responsible for your bag ending up in the ocean, being mistaken for a jellyfish, and eaten by a turtle. (3) stop using plastic straws! in the u.s. alone we use 500 million every single day. small actions, big impact.
thanks to my extremely talented friend @taro.smith for snapping this turtley awesome shot on our recent trip to @misoolecoresort. 💚🙏🐢 #turtle#saltlife
🐢happy world sea turtle day! 🐢 a #hawksbill hatchling paddles swiftly for the open sea at dusk in gardens of the queen national park, cuba. hawksbill sea #turtles are endangered. encountering a hatchling in the wild is extremely rare because predation is high and survivors are few. i have only met a handful in my lifetime. these remarkable creatures are ancient mariners in the sea that battle over harvest, habitat loss, marine debris entrapment and now they face rising sea levels that threaten nesting beaches. photo by @daviddoubilet#racingextinction