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Photo: Clare Daly @daly.clare
We often share images from our D'Arros Research Centre in the Seychelles. For those of you who were curious about what D'Arros Island and St Joseph atoll look like, the below image will give you some idea. 'Wonderland. An aerial view of Shark Alley draining into the deep lagoon of St Joseph Atoll, rimmed by vegetated islands, spanning further to the atoll edge, deep channel and then home, D'Arros Island. As beautiful as each part may be, the diversity of species and habitats crammed into such a small and isolated area makes this place truly remarkable. There's no place like home.' _________________ #darrosresearchcentre#seychelles#atoll#islandlife#wonderful
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Photo: Chelle Blais @chelleblaisphoto via @biminisharklab
'Peek-a-boo little lemon! Hurricanes really show us the value of mangroves, and we’re glad that the juvenile lemon sharks around Bimini were sheltered during the storm.
Video: Julius Nielsen @juniel85
Greenland sharks are notorious for getting themselves entangled in the long-lines and gill nets that fishermen depend upon to make a living from catching halibut. Julius and other researchers accompany these fishermen as part of their field work where the shark by-catch that can't be released back into the oceans is used for research and furthering our knowledge and understanding of this illusive shark. 'Learning more about heart physiology of Greenland shark can help us understanding the cardiovascular system essential for function in life like swimming and feeding and to understand how these animals are able to live for centuries because heart failure is a disease of the aged 🦈' #sharkscience#greenlandsharkproject#greenlandshark#marinescience#marinebiology
Photo: Beth Taylor @beths_gone_diving via our partners @mantatrust
'The lucky explorers aboard the MV Theia, for this August's Manta Expedition with Dune Maldives, were treated to a spectacular dance performance by Susi on their last dive.⠀
During manta expeditions, guests get the opportunity to experience and participate in cutting-edge conservation research to protect one of the ocean’s most majestic animals. Manta Trust scientists collect photographic identification images of all mantas encountered throughout the expedition - a task that guests are welcome and encouraged to participate in. All new manta rays are added to the Maldivian Manta Ray Project database and guests are invited to name these new mantas. Every manta sighting is crucial information in developing effective management and conservation strategies for these increasingly vulnerable animals.'⠀
Visit the @manatusmexico website to find out about future expeditions and how to book.⠀
One of the most incredible behaviours to witness and an overall amazing spectacle in the natural world: Humpback Whales’ bubble net feeding. This is a complex and coordinated tactic which humpback whales use to capture fish by creating a net of bubbles.
Photo: Ryan Daly @pontasharkdiaries via @daly.clare
'Biting the mouth that feeds you. A marine leech works its way along the roof of a lemon shark's mouth leaving sucker marks behind. I imagine the shark is aware of the leech, however, as far as we know this is the first known record of this parasitic relationship. Sicklefin lemon sharks were not known hosts to this species until, well, this photo.' ___________________ #darrosresearchcentre#seychelles#lemonshark#leech#dentistry
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Photo: Thomas P. Peschak @thomaspeschak
'A school of Clarion angelfish remove parasites, dead skin and mucous from a oceanic manta ray. This species of "Cleaner fish" is endemic to the #Revillagigedo archipelago marine protected area, 240 miles south of Baja California. A critical initiative to expand this marine reserve, to further benefit large marine species like manta rays that roam vast distances is currently underway. Shot on assignment for @NatGeo magazine for the September 2017 story Ocean Stewards focused on marine conservation successes. Please #follow@mantatrust and @maresmexicanos to learn more about manta rays in Mexico's western seas, where conservation initiatives are bearing fruit.' #mexico#baja#manta#diving#conservation
Photo: BC Whales @bcwhales
'Happy Monday everybody! This season we have documented an incredible amount of robust behaviour (breaching, pectoral slapping and tail lobbing) in Squally Channel, indicating that there is much more going on here than we previously knew. Learning about how humpbacks and other whales use this area is essential if we want to protect these waters from the threat of tanker traffic.! #saynototankers#breach#conservation#bcwhales#whale#humpback#bc#pnw
Photo: Ryan Daly @pontasharkdiaries via Clare Daly @daly.clare
Update from our D'Arros Research Centre: 'Pomp and circumstance. Snubnose pompano, known locally as permit, school on the shallow reefs bordering St Joseph Atoll. The taunting continues as they tail in the shallow flats, refusing even the most perfect fly presentation. Tagging these elusive fish remains a challenge but we're not giving up just yet.' _____________ #darrosresearchcentre#seychelles#permit#pompano#flyfishing#nevergiveup
Photo: Thomas P. Peschak @thomaspeschak
Happy International Whale Shark Day !!! A whale shark travels through the seas off La Paz #Mexico. Whale shark numbers normally peak in this part of the Sea of Cortez when the ocean is green, murky and rough. In 2015 however unusual climatic and oceanographic conditions resulted in calm and clear water, making this unusual picture possible.
Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for the September 2017 story Ocean Stewards written by @erikvance In collaboration with the Mexican conservation NGOs @maresmexicanos and @whalesharkmexico
Part of the photographic coverage of this story was supported by the @saveourseasfoundation
Please let @thomaspeschak know in the comments how many of you have seen whale sharks and where?
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Photo: John Robert Fraser of Dumaguet Divers via our partners Manta Trust @mantatrust
Happy International #WhaleSharkDay
The Manta Trust team has gone into meltdown after seeing pictures of this adorable baby whale shark. Cuteness OVERLOAD! <3
'These lucky divers in the Philippines were treated to a dive experience that few others have had. Sightings of whale sharks this size extremely rare and still so little is known about whale shark reproduction, including where females give birth.
Astonishingly, only one pregnant whale shark has ever been examined by scientists. She was caught by Taiwanese fishermen in 1995 and found to contain 304 tiny pups! With nothing to compare this with, it is not know if this is normal or not? The discovery indicates that whale sharks are ovoviviparous; hatching their eggs inside them and then giving birth to live young. Scientists speculate that whale sharks probably don't give birth all at once, but that a female may retain sperm after mating to produce a steady stream of pups over a prolonged period.'
Photo: Thomas P. Peschak @thomaspeschak
'A white shark cruises the clear blue waters off Mexico's Guadalupe island while a Western gull hovers above. The extensive scarring on the flank is the result of either mating (the male shark hangs onto the female with his teeth) or fighting over prey. Unpublished photograph from my Sep 2017 @natgeo magazine story Oceans Stewards about #oceanoptimism in #mexico Written by @erikvance Please #follow@maresmexicanos and @octavioaburto to dive deeper into the marine conservation successes of Mexico.'
Photo coverage for this @natgeo story was supported by @saveourseasfoundation
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Photo: Thomas P. Peschak @thomaspeschak
Photo coverage for this @natgeo story was supported by @saveourseasfoundation 'A gray whale curiously approaches our boat as my partner Sunnye (@swimcyclerundog) dangles her hands in the water. San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California is one of the few places in the world where whales actually seek out contact with people. A cultural trait passed down from mother to calf for more than 40 years. Shot on assignment for @natgeo magazine for the September 2017 story Ocean Stewards @erikvance' #mexico. #Baja#love#nature#ocean#whale
Photo: Ian McAllister @iantmcallister via @pacificwild
If these Steller sea lions in the Great Bear Sea could know about the important milestone announced last week, they would seek for similar protection in their waters.
Canada's largest marine protected area was announced last Tuesday by the federal government along with the government of Nunavut, and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, for Lancaster Sound/Tallaruptiup Imanga on the eastern gate of the Northwest Passage. Congratulations to Inuit groups, communities, organizations and more who have been working tirelessly to make this a reality and fought to preserve it for decades, pushing hard for expanded boundaries. Nearly 75% of the world's narwhals spend their summer in the sound and 20% of the world's belugas migrate through this area rich in biodiversity. The area is also home to polar bears, seals and walruses.
The Lancaster Sound expansion brings the portion of Canada’s marine waters under some form of protection to 3.5 per cent from 1.5 per cent, but Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has acknowledged that’s still below the government’s promised 10 per cent by 2020. It also still falls short of the Liberals' campaign promise to protect five per cent of Canada's oceans by 2017.
Please help me share my crowdsourcing appeal to combat illegal shark fishing in the Galapagos. -------LINK IN BIO--------- Last Friday I was free-diving among schools of hundreds of hammerhead sharks in the Galapagos. This protected marine reserve is home to the largest concentrations of sharks on the planet. Two days later, while returning to port after 10 days of pure happiness among sharks, I was on a national park boat chasing an illegal Chinese fishing vessel that later was captured by the Ecuadorian Navy. Inside it was carrying over 300 tonnes of fish and sharks. We are talking about thousands of sharks, the biggest seizure in the history of the Galapagos. Less than 2% of the global ocean is protected from fishing, yet The bad guys are every day trying to fish illegally inside the Galapagos Marine Reserve and other marine parks. Patrolling and enforcing this areas is challenging and expensive, very expensive. Please help me share my crowdfunding appeal to get to kick-ass boats to combat illegal #shark fishing in the Galapagos so you and the generations to come can also enjoy and celebrate free-diving with hundreds of sharks. Photo by @danivilema during a @darwinfound and #galápagosnationalpark research trip to Darwin and Wolf Islands. #conservation#nature#wildlife#exploration#naturelovers#sharks#freediving#underwater#underwaterphotography#helpme#followme#share#love#instagood
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Photo: Guy Stevens via @mantatrust
'A reef manta feeds over the lush, green seagrass beds of St Joseph Atoll, it's pectoral fin showing signs of injury from a predatory attack or boat propeller. Amirantes, Seychelles.⠀
The manta ray’s speed, coupled with their flattened shape, helps to protect against predators which find it hard to bite hold of the mantas in an area of the body which contains vital organs. However they aren't without predators as there are some marine species large enough to tackle them such as tiger sharks, bull sharks and orca. ⠀
Manta rays lucky enough to survive encounters with these formidable hunters are sometimes sustain nasty injuries, but they have incredible healing ability. Many individuals which have been observed with fresh wounds are sighted again months, or years, later having completely healed from their injuries. Flesh wounds which remove portions of the posterior section of the pectoral fins can also recover remarkably quickly, with large sections of missing flesh able to regenerate with scar tissue to fill back in the missing portion of wing over the years. However, severe bites which cut deep into the manta’s body, removing whole sections or ends of the pectoral fins, will never allow regeneration of cartilaginous tissue in these areas, leaving the mantas with major disfigurements.'⠀
Video: Ryan Daly @pontasharkdiaries via Clare Daly @daly.clare
We love receiving these videos from our D'Arros Research Centre! 'Every beat counts. This lemon shark carries an activity tag on its dorsal fin that measures its tail beats and other movement, which may ultimately translate to behavior patterns. As part of Jenna Hounslow's research, the tag data is ground truthed by observing actual behavior of the shark. Glamorous for the shark receiving the bling (tag) but countless hours watching sharks swim laps for our dedicated researcher.' _______________