Mahalo nui loa teal for coming out with us and these inspiring words! we are so glad we could facilitate this interaction with your family’s ‘aumakua and hope to have you out again sometime! 🤙🏽🦈 #repost@teal_bot ・・・
grateful for conservationists like the team @oneoceandiving in haleiwa, who enabled my family's first experience of _purposefully_ swimming with sharks in their own territory. i'd encountered tigers while sailing off the big island before, but once spotted, the advice was always to get out of the water, not jump in--which we were now encouraged to do!
this experience was personal for me, and i hope it will be one of many more. being native hawaiian, growing up my family would tell my cousins and i stories of nā ʻaumākua, ancestor spirits that take animal form to protect their descendants. ours were said to be the manō (sharks), and more specifically the whitetip sharks that live in the waters off kaua'i and o'ahu. "if you are in the ocean and find yourself in trouble, pray to great grandma," they'd say. "she will send a shark to help you."
but these days, sharks need our help so much more than we need theirs. every year ~80 shark attacks are reported worldwide, hardly any of them fatal. yet every year humans _intentionally_ k**l 100 million sharks through cruel trophy fishing, trawling, and finning. most shark species are now near extinction, and sharks are on the path to being completely wiped out within a few short decades.
sharks are "keystone" species in the ocean's foodwebs, meaning their removal will cause the entire system to collapse--including commercially important fish stocks, like tuna, and other species that maintain coral reefs.
let's advocate for their protection, and the protection and health of the oceans we and generations after us will depend on.
photo credit to the wonderful @blakethompsonphoto, and big mahalos & aloha to @oceanramsey@juansharks for leading the movement to update outdated perceptions about sharks, and #saveouroceans
sailors/colonizers/whalers in the ancient past have gone here to try and exploit the resources. they nearly brought these tortoises to extinction. but they say there is a curse on these enchanted islands. if you come to take advantage of them rather than admire them... you will perish shortly after. perhaps the world can learn something from this legend.
"it is said that if you look into the eyes of these creatures, you will see a gaze that is both mysterious & piercing. tortoises can remain staring for long periods of time as if wishing to examine life & its purpose."
as my #galapagos trip comes to an end, it allows me to reflect on my own.
the last night there i had a caipiriña drink overlooking the ocean and took a long barefoot walk down the beach back to my hotel. yes, i was a bit buzzed and the sand felt even more silky soft as it slowly swallowed each of my steps. gentle waters brushed my feet when they came to shore while the sound of roaring waves crashed on the lava rocks behind. best buzz i have ever had ok.
the past 10 days i became an amateur biologist and saw so many cool animals while my guides and i nerd out about them. made a lot of new friends that helped me discovered my confidence as well as my limits. and i also experienced kindness & pure patience even though there were huge walls of language barriers.
Hi on friday! there are many fields in marine biology and i almost could never decide what to do. these days climate change is subject of many fields so now i @isalovestheocean just introduce you to what i have done during my masters in villefranche-sur-mer: a mix of marine ecology and development biology
harmful alal blooms are a problem worldwide, here captured by @fwcresearch
global warming is on the run and many algal species are causing problems as they bloom. but how do marine organisms react to those harmful algal bloom? in my study i had a look how sea urchin embryos react to the presence of a specific algae - ostreopsis ovata. the embryos and the larvae will meet in the plankton and to make it short: embryos or larvae wont survive high concentrations and this is and will cause more problems for key species like the sea urchin.
there are so many different research projects out there and whatever you want to do, just believe in yourself and be passionate.
🇬🇧️ the cardinal fish apogon imberbis (linnaeus, 1758), apogonidae family, in its environment. it's a nocturnal species that spends the day in cavities or caves either individually or in groups. - pencil, indian ink, copic markers, ecoline, pscs5 🇮🇹️ il re di triglie apogon imberbis (linnaeus, 1758), della famiglia apogonidae nel suo ambiente. questa è una specie con comportamenti notturni, infatti passa la maggior parte del giorno riparato all'interno di cavità o grotte, sia in singoli individui o in gruppi. - matita, china, copic, ecoline, pscs5