Puka beach, boracay island | three hawksbill sea turtles were rescued from poachers and confiscated from illegal pet owners on boracay island during their massive campaign against illegal wildlife trade. under the supervision of dr. rizza salinas, the sea turtles were rehabilitated, tagged and released just in time for the philippines’ celebration of the month of the ocean last may together with @denr_agos and @planetcora.
did you know that the critically endangered 🐢 #hawksbillturtle protects coral reefs by grazing on sponges that would otherwise outgrow the corals? if sponges were left to grow unchecked, they would cover the corals and k**l the reef. this is just one of the many amazing reasons why sea turtles are crucial to our ocean’s biodiversity.
sea turtles have roamed the ocean for over 150 million years, but today, their very existence is threatened by illegal wildlife trade, habitat loss and #plasticpollution. 100,000 marine animals and over 1,000,000 sea birds die each year due to entanglement or ingestion - this includes every single endangered species of sea turtle on the planet.
the leatherback turtle is the largest sea turtle species on earth ranging from 4-8 feet in length and can weigh up to 900kg. they propel through the water using their powerful front flippers that can span up to 3m, while their rear flippers are used to aid with direction (lasala, 2018). leatherbacks have delicate jaws meaning they can only eat soft bodied animals such as jellyfish which are composed of mainly water with poor nutrients. similarly to other species of turtle, leatherbacks migrate extreme distances for breeding and feeding purposes, travelling as far as 10,000 miles across the pacific (eckert, 2002). despite this species persisting for over 100 million years, the pacific population of leatherback sea turtles (dermochelys coriacea) has dramatically declined in the last 25 years which has been linked to fisheries, meat harvesting and in more recent years climate variability (jones, 2012). recent studies of climate change projections show that with increased ocean temperatures many sea turtle behaviours have been altered such as nesting times which may lead to altered incubation conditions, breeding success, hatchling dispersal and even s*x ratio (tomillo, 2015). wastern pacific leatherback populations have plummeted more than 80% along with eastern pacific leatherback declining by more than 97% (noaa, 2016). many organisations are working h*****n solutions to #climate#change and effects it may have on species including the leatherback turtle. conservation actions are needed for the survival of this species and many others so get involved and do your part to #reduceclimatechange. #conservation#protect#helpsavesharks#saveourspecies#savetheocean#marineresearch#worldoceansday#worldoceanday#oceanday#turtle#turtles#iloveturtles#turtlelover
words by @sarwren
video: by @surftobago
Tropical mood today. which one (1-5?) your mood?
Тропическое настроение сегодня. Какое у вас?
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18 hours ago
Hai #sahabatbahari! baru ini kita melaksanakan beberapa kegiatan dalam rangka memperingati #worldoceansday & #coraltriangleday lho. kkp melalui @lkkpn_pekanbaru wilker taman wisata perairan (twp) kepulauan anambas melakukan transplantasi terumbu karang, serta gerakan bersih pantai dan laut, rabu (12/6) kemarin. jumlah sampah yang berhasil dipungut terdiri dari sampah pantai seberat 70 kg dan sampah laut seberat 40 kg.💪
pada hari yang sama dengan lokasi berbeda, tepatnya di pantai mapak, ntb, dilakukan pelepasan tukik, lomba mewarnai biota dilindungi, dan melakukan pembersihan sampah di bawah air (underwater clean-up), kemudian diadakan sosialisasi pengetahuan tentang jenis-jenis ikan yang dilindungi, mulai dari penyu, cetasea, hiu, ikan napoleon, dan kerang-kerangan.🌊🐟🐢
ngga hanya menarik, tapi kegiatan-kegiatan ini juga bermanfaat bagi terumbu karang dan #lautkita.☺️
nah, buat yang pengen berpartisipasi, masih ada kegiatan seru lainnya yang bisa kamu ikuti. rabu, 19 juni 2019 nanti di twp pulau pieh, dan tanggal 18-21 juni 2019 di beberapa lokasi lainnya. geser kiri buat liat info lengkapnya yaa.