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Save Our Seas Foundation

Images from projects funded by @saveourseasfoundation. To help protect our #oceans, we fund & support #research, #conservation & #education projects.

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Photo: Matthew Bernake @matthew_bernanke via @sharktagging ・・・ ‘The small dot you see behind the eye of this nurse shark is called a spiracle, but not all sharks possess these! Because these benthic (bottom-dwelling) sharks are often lying on the sea floor, either searching for prey or remaining camouflaged from predators, they routinely rely on spiracles to aid in breathing. Acting almost like a straw or a snorkel, the spiracles (one behind each eye) will open and close to suction water over the gills to provide the shark with oxygenated water without having to swim.’ . . . . . #shark #sharks #fish #fishing #miami #florida #science #sharkresearch #research #ocean #saltlife #water #conservation #nature #wildlife #nofilter #ig #sharkweek #instalike #instalove #photooftheday #picoftheday #uwphoto #reef #nurseshark #benthic #sand

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Photos: Ryan Daly @pontasharkdiaries ・・・ Recently a humpback whale carcass provided us the opportunity to observe a communal tiger shark scavenging event at our study site in Mozambique. We estimate at least 30 tiger sharks and 10 bull sharks were present while we were with the carcass. Tiger sharks were observed actively feeding while bull sharks remained below 5m (15ft). These were large sharks. The tiger sharks ranged roughly from 2.5 to 4m (8.2-13ft) with average size closer to 3.5m (11.5ft), which is consistent with the size range of sharks we’ve tagged at the site. We’ll post more footage and observations in the coming days. Stay tuned. ● @thebiggerpicture_films @saveourseasfoundation #pontadoouropartialmarinereserve #humpbackwhale #scavenge #tigershark #sharkresearch #shark #smorgasbord #feastday

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Photo: Guy Stevens @mantaguy ・・・ ‘..... And the whale sharks love the stormy seas as well. This curious little guy came into the Bay to guzzle up the plankton and check me out.’ #whaleshark #baaatoll #hanifarubay #biospherereserve #Maldives #stormyseas

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Photo: David Nash via @sharksandraysau ・・・ ‘We caught a juvenile freshwater sawfish (Pristis pristis) in our gillnet in the Norman River! Next we have to carefully untangle his rostrum so that we don’t damage the rostral teeth. Then he is ready to be sampled, tagged and released! We need volunteers to be able to do all of this! To find out about field opportunities, check out saw.fish/expeditions’ #thisisqld #sawfish #research #flatsharkfriday #gulfofcarpentaria #phillipslab

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Video: Diogo Melo @diogomelo92 via @mantacatalogazores ・・・ Chilean Devil rays (Mobula tarapacana) at Formigas islets in the Azores archipelago. #loveminimantas #azores #mobula #mobulas #mantas #formigas #santamaria #atlanticocean #scubadiving

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Photo: Danny Copeland @dannyunderwater ・・・ ‘Spent a lot of time this week being caught on the edge of a manta cyclone. As amazing as it is (seriously, every time it happens I am crying and laughing underwater in awe), hot damn is it hard to take an awesome photo of the chaos! Always some rogue manta fin in the way, and not knowing where the hell to point your camera to squeeze it all in. 😅’

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Video: Clare Daly @daly.clare ・・・ ‘Move along. Yes, hermit crabs live alone generally in salvaged snail shell mobile homes. However, I occasionally I see them queued up on the beaches of D’Arros like they’re preparing for a conga line or something. Turns out they actually form ‘vacancy chains’ to exchange shells. That’s right. It’s a wonderful sight to see. Also and importantly, fights sometimes break out. There is what I’ve termed ‘Shenvy,’ or shell envy, that can lead to brawls involving multiple individuals. But nothing to see here with this guy, move along, move along.’ ————————————————— #hermitcrab #congalinerentals #beachhouse #novacancy #housingmarket #neighborhoodbrawl #hellorealitytvshow #keepingupwiththekrabs #therealhermitcrabsofseychelles #soyouthinkyoucanconga #shellessandafraid

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Video: Pelayo Salinas @pelayosalinas ・・・ Meet Spotty, a spotted eagle ray resident to Wolf Island, the Galápagos. For the past five years, We have encountered on every @darwinfound #research trip a group of 3-4 eagle rays at the same location while #diving on this isolated island. Here, these sea #fairies glide effortlessly against Wolf ripping currents while we mortals can barely keep the camera steady! Hopefully see you again soon #spotty! #eagleray #galapagos #pov

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Photo: Steve Benjamin @animal_ocean via @pontasharkdiaries ・・・ ‘Free swimming sharks, tagged sharks, released sharks, there are may steps in capturing sharks for research, both physically and photographically. When a shark is caught, we bring it next to our small research boat and flip it over, belly up. Easier said than done but once accomplished the shark generally goes into a state of tonic immobility, that is a sort of hypnosis or temporary natural paralysis. You’re getting sleepy… When the shark is secure in this position, the work of tagging, measuring, sampling and, of course photography, begin.’ — @peaceparks #pontadoouropartialmarinereserve #tigershark #sharkresearch

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Photo: Ian McAllister @iantmcallister via @pacificwild ・・・ We will not hold our breath that the Trans Mountain Pipeline is officially dead in the water. Thank you to the Indigenous people of Canada for continuing to stand for the land and water. We will continue to follow your lead and support your efforts in this never-ending quest to protect what is most precious to us—the environment. Thank you to everyone who raised their voice, signed petitions, got arrested, marched in protests and rallies, and played a part in our conservation community, however small. We’d be naive to believe the people behind the Trans Mountain Pipeline are giving up. We won’t either.

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Video: Sarah Francis @srfrn23 via @biminisharklab ・・・ ‘Nurse sharks are bottom dwellers, usually found resting on the sea bed or hiding under ledges, but occasionally they’ll come and check out what’s going on up above! Volunteer @srfrn23 captured this great video of a curious Nurse shark hanging out with the group last week! 🦈’ . . #bimini #sharklab #bahamas #sharks #nurseshark #shark #ocean #conservation #sharkscience #science #nature #wildlife #saveourseas #research #volunteer #marineconservation #marinebiology

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Photo: Pelayo Salinas @pelayosalinas ・・・ A green sea turtle rests among mangrove roots to the west of the galápagos archipelago. Mangroves are key resting, feeding and nursery areas for a wide range of fish, #sharks, birds,reptiles and invertebrates of the galápagos. The also absorb great amounts of atmospheric CO2, protect shorelines from extreme weather events and are a tourist attraction to us humans. Yet we insist on destroying them, with over 50% of the world #mangroves lost over the past half century. Speak up for mangrove conservation and make sure you #explore this #enchantedforest. #seaturtle #galapagos #snorkeling

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