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SeaLegacy #TurningTheTide

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

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Photo by @DaisyGilardini // After the winter spent at sea, in early November Gentoo penguins migrate back to the nesting sites in the Antarctic Peninsula. What a privilege to witness such a great Nature event. #penguin #gentoo #Antarctica #turningthetide #climatechange

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Photo by @iantmcallister // Today, the @CityofVancouver showed incredible leadership by announcing they’re banning single-use plastic straws and styrofoam containers. Our oceans deserve this. Wildlife deserves this. We as Canadians deserve this. Thank you to Vancouver for taking the lead and #turningthetide on plastics pollution in our oceans. @pacificwild and @sea_legacy salute you. #plastic #singleuseplastic @lonelywhale @adriangrenier

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Photo by @iantmcallister //Humans protect most fiercely what is closest to our hearts. What do you wish to protect? The Great Bear Rainforest and Canada’s Pacific coastline are what motivate me and my team at @pacificwild. I urge all of you to find some place that inspires you enough to protect it. It can be on the other side of the world. It can be a city park. It can be—and often is—in your own backyard. Wherever you find that somewhere special, protect it with your time, your heart and your voice. Every place deserves protectors. #turningthetide #spiritbear #blackbear #greatbearrainforest #kermodebear @pacificwild

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Photo by @nickhawkinsphotography // BREAKING: Northern Harvest Sea Farms has been given a measly $12,000 fine for illegal pesticide use in the Bay of Fundy. The chemical in question, Salmosan, is fatal to lobsters and other crustaceans essential to marine food webs. Why did they do it? They were desperate to gain control of a sea lice outbreak on their open-pen salmon farm. We need to ask why we keep letting open-pen aquaculture pollute sensitive and unique marine environments. It’s been decades, and the industry still hasn’t found a responsible way to control sea lice. Even when used legally, pesticides barely keep lice at bay, and always cause ecological damage. Wild salmon, like the one pictured here, are easily infected, often fatally. Thankfully, there's a viable alternative: land-based aquaculture. Companies like Northern Harvest don’t need stiffer fines. They need to move to solid ground. We have everything to gain: cleaner oceans, vibrant wild salmon, healthier protein, and better jobs. Follow @savingsalmon for more information about these recent charges. Text by @tomcheney // #TurningTheTide #FishFarmsOut @justinpjtrudeau

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Video by @TeamSharkwater // A first look at Sharkwater: Extinction. In honor of our dear friend Rob Stewart, please stay tuned for Sharkwater: Extinction, in theaters this fall. With @TheSeaChangeAgency.

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Photo by @shawnheinrichs // “Turtle Roundup” - where many Southeast Asia endangered sea turtles take their last breath. 🐢☠️😢 On Hainan Island, a province of China in the South China Sea, is a floating city controlled by illegal wildlife traffickers and triads, that by all accounts is GROUND ZERO for illegal trafficking and trade in sea turtles. This floating city is made up of hundreds, if not thousands of netted water pens, many of which are packed to the rim with hawksbill and green sea turtles. The pens are so densely packed that the turtles have to fight their way to the surface to get a brief moment to breath. The turtles in these pens come from hatchlings and eggs poached from across Southeast Asia, including among others Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia and the Philippines. The young turtles are then “raised” in these horrific pens and many succumb to diseases. The ones that survive to sub-adulthood become commodities in the illegal wildlife trade. Green turtles are typically sold for their meat and the hawksbills for their highly valuable shells, which are carved into combs, sunglass frames, hand fans, and certain luxury trinkets. When I looked upon this massive operation systematically eradicating the wild sea turtle populations, my heart sinking and soul darkened, the only words that could come to mind were ‘turtle apocalypse’. This unconscionably violation of nature must be stopped. 🙏🏻👊 See more at the launch of @shawnheinrichs#lightonshadow exhibit by clicking the link in @bluespherefoundation bio. #turningthetide with @shawnheinrichs @sea_legacy

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Photo by @shawnheinrichs // Happy Mother’s Day! 🐳 🐋 There is nothing more powerful than the deep bond between a mother humpback whale and her calf. When you experience it in person, it fills your heart and imprints on you soul. 🙏🏻 This print titled “Mother’s Love” for me captures that connection that is undeniable love. 💕 To see more of my works from the “Light on Shadow” collection, please join us Memorial weekend in the Hamptons for the opening reception - click on the link in @shawnheinrichs’ bio for details. #turningthetide with @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation @sea_legacy #lightonshadow #bluespherefoundation

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Photo by @iantmcallister / @PacificWild // Happy Mother’s Day. Here’s to the strength and wisdom of mothers, and their dedication to protecting the people and places they love. We can all learn from the mothers of the world, and from Mother Nature herself. Have a beautiful Mother’s Day, friends. Protect what you love. #mothersday #motherslove

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Photo by @DaisyGilardini // In celebration of Mother’s day! Polar bears mothers area extremely patient and affectionate with their newborns. Polar bears’ reproductive rate is among the lowest of all mammals. Females reach maturity at the age of four- to five-years-old and usually give birth to two cubs. Mortality is high during the cubs’ first year of life, and depends largely on the mother’s health. Cubs will stay with their mother for two and a half to three years. Bears can live anywhere from 20 to 30 years. That means a typical female will have five or six litters during her lifetime, of which two in three cubs will die within their first two years. With such a slow-to-reproduce animal, bad polar bear management could have dramatic consequences on their numbers. #polarbear #bear #svalbard #turningthetide

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Photo by @DaisyGilardini // Walruses reside year-round in Svalbard. Even though their current population trend is unknown, scientists have serious concerns about the loss of habitat due to climate change. For this reason the IUCN Red List of threatened species lists walruses as “Vulnerable.” Walruses live in shallow coastal areas. #Walrus #Svalbard #Norway #turningthetide

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Photo by @justinhofman // Landing with an incredible “SMACK”, this humpback whale slapped the surface with its long pectoral flipper over and over while we looked on with awe. This long flipper has all the same bones as the ones I’m using to type this post: humerus, radius, ulna, wrist bones, and dactyls, albeit mine are much more dextrous and his are much, much larger. If you get a chance to view a whale skeleton you will see joints have been simplified and bones flattened to allow for efficient use in water, but there is a familiarity to it all. Although our bodies are different, we share a common ancestor and are built on the same basic body plan. Our skeletons and bodies have been modified over thousands of generations by countless environmental and genetic factors into distinctly different forms. For those of us lucky enough to spend a lifetime sharing the water with these beautiful creatures, it’s clear that we share many more traits beyond our skeletal system like long lives, complex social systems, and self-awareness. We may inhabit vastly different worlds, but our connection is strong and elemental.

 #humpbackwhale #alaska #connected #breach #tongass

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