*Restoring Our Oceans to Full Productivity* @WaittFdn
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Sometimes to truly dig the ocean you just want to see the bottom drop out and then then gape, open mouthed, as that big ass wave coalesces for gravity defying moment into a wall of doom before stupendously crashing onto itself in liquid cacophony. If someone dares to ride it, all the better. This #Repost from @tim_bonython features the iconic #Tahitian break at Teahupo'o, which it just so happens our expedition ship @planb_yacht is headed that direction. From the original poster: Great news for us is the Big Wave Project edit process is now complete. Four months of intense editing. Now we have a sound mix & colour grading to do. Behind the scenes we are booking our Australian Surf Movie Festival tour to start mid May till mid June. I want thank Luke McNee, Jason Muir & Sandrine my partner for there passionate dedication to helping make this project my biggest & hopefully my best. #asmf#musicbyb87#thiswaveisnotinthebigwaveproject#pagbatteries#cinesaddle#teahupoo#asmf
A banded guitarfish cruises over the grass beds off San Diego. Happy days.
Shot by @enricsala | A Palau nautilus, Nautilus belauensis, glides by the camera during our team's 2014 expedition to the island nation of Palau. The nautilus resembles a squid within a hard, multi-chambered shell. These mollusks live in the twilight zone, below 200 meters deep, and they are magnificently structured to move themselves through the water: Nautiluses swim by drawing water into the chamber they occupy and expelling it through jet propulsion. They also adjust their buoyancy by using a tubular organ inside the shell (the siphuncle) to control the volumes of gas and fluid in the various shell chambers!
#Repost@natgeo. Photo: @andy_mann // The critically endangered Atlantic Oceanic Whitetip Shark is one of our most elusive and misunderstood pelagic shark species. Famed oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau, once described the Whitetip as the "most dangerous of all sharks", a misconception that along with overfishing and the fin trade and have plummeted their numbers by over 99% in some areas. // Follow me @andy_mann as I head down to the Bahamas for a 10 day expedition with the world's best shark experts to find out where these pregnant females go to give birth. If we can find and protect their nurseries we have a better chance at protecting this amazing species.
Calling all ocean lovers: you can join our Pristine Seas founder marine ecologist @enricsala and other inspiring thought leaders at the Sustainable Oceans Summit here in Washington, DC, on April 22. The conversation will focus on the critical threats affecting our ocean, and how today's youth can use business, technology, and advocacy to drive a sustainable future that restores our ocean. Check out SOAlliance.org for more details on attending or tuning into the summit's live stream!
Shot by @manusanfelix_official | Following our last expedition to the Juan Fernández Islands we returned to southern Chile for a mini-expedition with @WCS_Chile in the magnificent Almirantazgo Fjord. Navigating the fjord, our team was blown away by the landscape of Cordillera Darwin, a mountain range mantled by an ice field larger than 2,000 square kilometers.
Shot by @jonbetzfilms | A bird's eye view from Chile's Diego Ramirez Islands: You can see the Chilean Navy's meteorological station on Gonzalo Island, the southernmost inhabited outpost in the Americas! You can also see the sky dotted with albatrosses. Thousands of albatrosses - grey-headed, black-browed, and shy - nest on these unique islands.
Massive Mola-Found this gentle giant a dozen of so miles off the coast of San Diego where I was able to swim with her for a half hour or so while she warmed up from her last deep dive. Mola's can reach 5,000 pounds and the majority of their diets are jellyfish. Many will tell you that mola appear to be quite lazy since most folks encounter them at the surface but research has shown that that they spend the majority of their time at 200 meters hunting and are capable of diving to 600 meters. After these long periods of time at depth they come to the surface to heat up.
Shot by @EnricSala | Grey-headed albatross chicks and adults are bathed in sunlight at dusk. Chile's Diego Ramirez Islands are the southernmost albatross breeding site in the world, lying nearly 100 km south of Cape Horn. The fate of these seabirds is intertwined with the health of the ocean, as they feed on an array of marine species from squid and crustaceans to fish. They typically feed in the open ocean and while they prefer to capture food from just under the surface of the water, they are able to dive as deep as 7 meters for their meals.
From our recent @natgeopristineseas expedition leader @EnricSala | On the sea floor and kelp forests at Chile's Cape Horn, our team encountered a variety of unique invertebrates, including this Labidiaster radiosus - a sea star that can have up to fifty arms.
Shot by @EnricSala | Welcome to the aquatic forest: like terrestrial ones, kelp forests have different canopy levels and form the foundation for a high diversity of fauna and flora. Here in the kelp forests at Cape Horn, our team found an abundance of marine creatures from various sea slugs and seaweeds to sea stars (can you spot one here?) and southern king crabs.
Happy #ManateeAppreciationDay! Florida Manatees (Trichechus manatus) constitute the largest known group of West Indian Manatees anywhere in the world.
These giant herbivores live in tidal rivers, mangrove swamps, salt marshes, and freshwater springs. Manatees rely on warm water to thrive, and so in the Winter their range becomes restricted because they seek refuge near warm springs and even near power plant outfalls.
Florida Manatees are listed as an Endangered species, with a population size of only 2,500 mature individuals. Their numbers are predicted to decline further in the near future, mostly due to collisions with boats, and loss of Winter habitat. .
Learn more about Florida Manatees, and symbolically "friend" this species by visiting us at: www.theterramarproject.org
Photo: Ramos Keith/USFWS
ICYMI, this fab #Repost from our colleagues at @natgeo-Photo: @andy_mann // A resting Cory's Shearwater huddles down for the evening on Selvagem Grande Island, home to the largest aggregation of this pelagic bird. The Shearwater spends most of its life at sea before returning right back here to nest. In 1971 the Portuguese government realized that the birds numbers were so low that they bought and protected these islands in a great act a leadership. By drawing this protective line around the islands, in turn, the inshore fish became protected. Since, the Portuguese have put in place full-time, marine law enforcement to hold that line. Much work is needed now to extend the protection into the sea but it's leadership like this that is making a difference on our world's fragile oceans. Shot on assignment for @natgeopristineseas with the support of @waittfoundation@oceanoazulfoundation
A fabulous shot of the glistening Juan Fernandez Fur seals from @natgeo photographer @manusanfelix_official during our recent expedition with @natgeopristineseas. These marine mammals are actually more akin to sea lions and are also known as "eared seals" for the same reason. They were thought extinct but in the last 50 years the population has recovered significantly. Our teams loved diving with these guys, they're very curious and once they realized we were not a threat they were zooming around and playing with our team. Many have commented on how like dogs they are, apropos for this #nationalpuppyday#seadogs#seal#furseal#earedseal#marinemammal#sealion
Dozens of pups from the endemic species Juan Fernandez fur seal swims in the shallow waters of this sheltered bay. This species was considered to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1965. Nowadays the population is increasing due to the protection of the species and the abundance of food in this waters. Film and post by @manusanfelix_official on expedition with the Waitt Foundation and @natgeopristineseas.#waittexpedition@planb_yacht
The sea bottom dominated by hundred thousands of long-spine sea urchins is what we've found after four days diving at Alexander Selkirk island. It's difficult to know why this species is dominating the sea bottom. Un fondo marino dominado por cientos de miles de erizos es lo que nos hemos encontrado después de cuatro días buceando en la isla Alexander Selkirk. Resulta difícil saber cómo esta especie ha llegado a dominar de esta forma el paisaje submarino. @natgeopristineseas@waittfoundation@canon#chile
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