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We're on a mission to create healthy and abundant oceans. Founded by @PaulNicklen & @CristinaMittermeier.

Photo by @shawnheinrichs // The ocean sunfish or common mola (Mola mola) is a huge fish with a bizarre appearance. They’re the heaviest bony fish in the world, weighing on average over 2,000 pounds. They can grow over 10 feet long and more than 8 feet from fin to fin. In a remote part of Alor, Indonesia, we spent time documenting fishermen who catch Mola mola and Thresher sharks with Handlines. We are working to help convert this community to sustainable tourism...but that process takes time. This Mola was released - but given the injuries it incurred - it is doubtful it survived the trauma. #turningthetide with @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation @sea_legacy #underwater #fish #ocean #sunfish #indonesia #conservation #bluespherefoundation


Photo by @simonagerphotography // Watching a baby turtle (known as a "hatchling") struggle out of the nest and make its way to the water is an amazing experience. Everything from footprints to driftwood and crabs are obstacles, though this gauntlet is important for its survival. Birds, raccoons, and fish are just a few of the predators these vulnerable creatures face; some experts say only one out of a thousand will survive to adulthood under natural conditions. After an adult female sea turtle nests, she returns to the sea, leaving her nest and the eggs within it to develop on their own. The amount of time the egg takes to hatch varies among the different species and is influenced by environmental conditions such as the temperature of the sand. The hatchlings do not have sex chromosomes so their gender is determined by the temperature within the nest. Whether hatchlings are male or female depends on the temperature where they are in the nest, known as the “pivotal temperature." The temperature varies slightly among species, ranging between roughly 83-85 degrees Fahrenheit (28-29 degrees Celsius), at which embryos within a nest develop into a mix of males and females. Temperatures above this range produce females and colder temperatures produce males. After 45 to 70 days (depending on the species), the hatchlings begin to pip, or break out of their eggs, using a small temporary tooth located on their snout called a caruncle. Once out of their eggs, they will remain in the nest for a number of days. During this time they will absorb their yolk, which is attached by an umbilical to their abdomen. This yolk will provide them the much-needed energy for their first few days while they make their way from the nest to offshore waters. #leatherback #turtle #caboverde #santaluzia #seashepherd #sealegacy #turningthetide


Photo by @shawnheinrichs // A baby blacktip shark swims safely in the @misool.resort lagoon today. 💙🦈 A decade ago, the finned bodies of these poor little sharks littered this beach, the site of a former shark finning camp. This is definitive proof that we can make a REAL difference if we roll up our sleeves and do the hard often thankless work that is required to drive real change. 🙌 Today we celebrate all those who are taking a stand for what they believe in. #turningthetide with @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation @sea_legacy #savesharks #indonesianoceanpride #lovesharks #bluespherefoundation #racingextinction


Photo by @simonagerphotography // The whale shark is the biggest fish and shark in the world. These gentle marine giants roam the oceans around the globe, generally alone. However, large numbers of whale sharks often gather in areas with abundant plankton food making them prime tourist attractions.The distribution of whale sharks indicates the presence of plankton and the overall health of our oceans. #whaleshark #ocean #plankton #endangeredspecies #seashepherd #sealegacy #turningthetide


Photo by @shawnheinrichs // The most beautiful manta ray nursery in the world! 🏝🌊 A few years ago alongside @indonesianmantaproject and @conservationorg we discovered that Wayag Lagoon in Raja Ampat, Indonesia is an important and sensitive nursery ground for baby reef manta rays. Our satellite tagging and photo-ID research over the years has helped create new regulations, such as restricting the use of speedboats in the lagoon, to prevent injury and distress to the baby manta rays that call this their home. #turningthetide with @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation @sea_legacy #bluespherefoundation #indonesianoceanpride #manta #rajaampat #conservation #racingextinction @birdsheadseascape @conservationid


Photo by @simonagerphotography // The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), commonly known as the great white or the white shark, is a species of large mackerel shark which can be found in the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans. The great white shark is notable for its size, with larger female individuals growing to 6.1 m (20 ft) in length and 1,905 kg (4,200 lb) in weight at maturity. However most are smaller, males measuring 3.4 to 4.0 m (11 to 13 ft) and females 4.6 to 4.9 m (15 to 16 ft) on average. According to a 2014 study the lifespan of great white sharks is estimated to be as long as 70 years or more, well above previous estimates, making it one of the longest lived cartilaginous fish currently known. According to the same study, male great white sharks take 26 years to reach sexual maturity, while the females take 33 years to be ready to produce offspring. Great white sharks can swim at speeds of over 56 km/h (35 mph) #greatwhiteshark #cagediving #guadeloupe #shark #seashepherd #sharkfinning #sealegacy #turningthetide


Photo by @simonagerphotography // The Royal Tern nests on island beaches or isolated beaches with limited predators. It lays one or two eggs, usually in a scrape, an area on the ground where a tern has made a small hole to lay its eggs. In some cases, tern eggs are laid directly on the ground, not in a scrape. The eggs incubate from 25 to 30 days; after the eggs hatch the chicks remain in the scrape for about a week. About two weeks after hatching the chicks gather into groups called a crèche. When the chicks are in the crèche, they are primarily fed by their parents who recognize their offspring by their voice and looks. When the chicks are a month old they fledge or start to fly. Royal terns mature around the age of 4 years, after which they build their own nests and reproduce. #royaltern #chick #gabon #beach #birds #seashelherd #sealegacy #turningthetide #mayumba


Photo by @simonagerphotography // Today is World Whale Day which aims to raise awareness of these magnificent creatures. The annual holiday was founded in Maui, Hawaii, in 1980, to honour humpback whales, which swim off its coast. Whales need support from wildlife lovers everywhere to meet conservation threats such as loss of habitat and pollution! #seashepherd #seashepherdglobal #humpbackwhale #whales #sealegacy #turningthetide


Photo: @andy_mann // A curious nurse shark (and her animated remora) swim into a mangrove channel as the nutrient rich waters flow out with the tide. Exploring the shallow creeks of the Bahamas is a always a fun way to end the day. In 1993 the Bahamas banned long-line fishing and helped protect the 40 species of sharks inhabiting it’s waters. Today these waters are a thriving sanctuary for our finned friends. 🦈🙏🏼


Photo by @simonagerphotography // Sea lions are sea mammals characterized by external ear flaps, long foreflippers, the ability to walk on all fours, and short, thick hair, big chest and belly. Together with the fur seals, they comprise the family Otariidae, eared seals, which contains six extant and one extinct species (the Japanese sea lion) in five genera. Their range extends from the subarctic to tropical waters of the global ocean in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, with the notable exception of the northern Atlantic Ocean. They have an average lifespan of 20–30 years. A male California sea lion weighs on average about 300 kg (660 lb) and is about 8 ft (2.4 m) long, while the female sea lion weighs 100 kg (220 lb) and is 6 ft (1.8 m) long. The largest sea lion is Steller's sea lion, which can weigh 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) and grow to a length of 10 ft (3.0 m). #sealions #mammals #seashepherd #seashepherdglobal #seashepherdaustralia #sealegacy #turningthetide


Photo by @DaisyGilardini // I am on my way North to Wapusk National Park. Current temperatures -45C/-49F with wind chill. Keep your finger crossed the bears are going to be out and around. I will keep you posted satellite connection permitting! #turningthetide #polarbear #climatechange


Photo by @simonagerphotography // Reaching widths of nearly 11 feet (over 3 m), the spotted eagle ray is one of the largest eagle rays, with only the mantas growing bigger. spotted eagle rays, like all eagle rays, are active swimmers and do not lie motionless on the seafloor, like the closely related whiptail stingrays (e.g., southern stingray). They are foraging predators and are known to eat a variety of invertebrate and fish prey. Just like the name implies, the spotted eagle ray is covered in spots and other markings. It is unmistakable with any other species throughout its range. #spottedeagleray #rays #seashepherd #seashepherdglobal #seashepherdaustralia #sealegacy #turningthetide