For another of my amazing friends, brooke. you can tell she is gonna go so far in life
never doubt yourself brooke you are such a talented human being and i believe in you❤️❤️❤️
When people think of the plastic problem in our oceans, images of turtles caught in six-pack rings or with straws up their noses often come to mind. while there is no doubt that large pieces of plastic in the oceans is a huge problem, there is a plastic silent killer that is doing just as much damage: microplastics. these are tiny pieces of plastic less than 5 mm in diameter (noaa). they are either broken up pieces of what was once larger pieces of plastic or plastic particles from cosmetic or cleaning products. these tiny pieces of plastic pose a major threat to large filter feeders such as whale sharks, basking sharks, manta rays, and baleen whales. when filter feeders feed, they filter large amounts of water to get to all the yummy little foods like plankton or krill. when they filter large amounts of water, they often consume the microplastics that are in the water. studies show that manta rays can be ingesting 40-90 pieces of microplastic per hour of surface feeding (mmf). research analyzing the exact effects of microplastic consumption on megafauna is still ongoing. while microplastics have been polluting our oceans for over 50 years, they have gone under the radar due to their tiny size (noaa). research does show, however, that the consumption of microplastics does release harmful toxins in the bodies of these animals (germanov, 2018).
post by @_s_bec
photo by @keiko_conservation
Sharks are the most polite apex predator. what other animal top of the food chain will let you cruise around with them in their space? they get such a bad rap, mainly due to mainstream media and the language used to reflect their behaviour. they’re always “lurking,” “stalking” or “targeting.” no wonder we grow up with such a twisted perception of these beauties. what’s scarier than an ocean with sharks? an ocean without them. 🦈💙 if you’re ever in oahu, check out @oneoceandiving and #saveouroceans
Two of our apex harmony volunteers from brisbane are currently on another campaign in the sea of cortez for #opmilagro . fighting to save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise from extinction.
we are so proud of all of our dedicated volunteers fighting for our oceans around the globe.
South korea has banned the importation of dolphins from taiji, japan! this means that dolphins caught in japan's infamous dolphin drive hunts will no longer be accepted into south korea. this is a huge step in cutting off the demand for wild caught dolphins from taiji, and possibly causing japan to capture fewer dolphins. the ministry of environment in south korea announced a revised bill on the protection and management of wildlife, banning all imports of dolphins captured in such a brutal manner. imports will also be restricted if the dolphins were captured in areas where wild populations are either unclear or are in decline.
while this does not mean south korea is phasing out dolphin captivity altogether, this is still a step in the right direction. south korea up until this point was a huge buyer of taiji caught dolphins— with approximately 70% of their dolphins nationwide having come from the dolphin drives. taiji will unfortunately still get big business from russia, china, and various other countries, but cutting off the trade from one country will at least drop the demand for wild caught dolphins and perhaps also influence other countries to do the same.
photo: @brianskerry two indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins swimming through the temperate waters off of jeju island, south korea
Little kaizer (weird nickname ik ik) is the only thing keeping me going right now. it’s getting tough at school. so much love for this little bean
i’ve literally lost all motivation right now, why does he have to be so far away?
none of the clips are my own