@FelixWeiPhoto: I’m a creative photographer who currently resides in Jakarta, Indonesia. I grew up and spent half of my life in Sungailiat on Bangka Island before moving to Jakarta. I take pictures of people, places, buildings, nature and food. It’s an exciting challenge to explore them through photography that allows me to capture and show an emotional and inspired moment, enthusiasm and the beauty of people and nature. I am committed to producing great images by combining creativity, moment, convergence of light and composition. This image was shot in 2017 at Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida Island, Bali. You can go there using a fast boat from Sanur, Bali, to cross the sea in around 30 minutes.
A incrível engenharia da natureza, essas coisas lindas são as incríveis sementes aéreas, elas só precisam de um pequena corrente de ar para alcançar grandes distâncias simplesmente planando. Quem disse que os céu é só dos pássaros? #biodiversity#plant#airflyer
Whale watching tour operators may target a variety of different species, depending on the local diversity. This depends on migratory pathways of baleen whales or the residency of dolphin populations in an area. Sea canyons for example attract sperm whales that use these trenches as foraging grounds. They love the giant squid!🦑 What kind of species are encountered is also highly season-dependent. So often times no trip will be the same! And that's only one cool thing about wildlife encounters. You never know what you'll get 😉
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We have been seeing a pretty diverse amount of wildlife lately! We had Blue whales, Humpback whales, Risso’s dolphins and pacific white sided dolphins this week.
Climate change is real and it is not the only problem. What we know is that carbon-dioxide and other greenhouse gases are “bad”. Glaciers and polar ice caps are melting, the sea level rises, land is lost. What most people don’t know is that there are so called biodiversity hotspots that cover only a few percent of the earth’s surface but host up to 70 percent of living beings on earth. We don’t know yet how these hotspots will develop when our climate changes. Moreover, greenhouse gases and climate change are not our only problem. Biodiversity is also endangered through the change of land use, poaching, invasive species and so on. These factors are direct consequences of our consumption, our handling with resources, our industry, our policies. As individuals and as society we have the responsibility to protect our nature as we would protect our child. Not only because we are dependent on it, but also because of its intrinsic value. Endemic species (species, that only occur in one special place on earth) that are lost once will never come back. Biodiversity cannot be taken for granted. If we want to protect it, we should now focus on every single cause for biodiversity loss, not only on climate change. Still, climate change is one big problem that we are facing and it is not unsolvable.
It’s time for #SEAPSunday - our Sunday series detailing the exciting changes happening in our South East Asia precinct and Future Zoo. 👍
Did you know we’re building a new home for our orangutans and Siamang gibbons? These changes will see them swinging through the tree tops while you and your whānau enjoy lunch at our restaurant/function venue overlooking the lake!
Our friends at NZ Strong will soon be preparing the foundations for our new primate building – a place for our visitors and our primates to shelter from the elements.
Stay tuned for our Sunday updates! Find our previous posts by searching for #SEAPSunday and learn more about our exciting #FutureZoo at aucklandzoo.co.nz
1. Małe żółwie po wykluciu z jaj w gnieździe zabezpieczonym przez wolontariuszy.
2. Żółwie Karetta wędrujące do oceanu (na filmiku ostatni-najwolniejszy, reszta już popłynęła 🌊). 3. Samica wracająca do oceanu po złożeniu jaj.
Przy pomocy fundacji project biodiversity na Sal.
Noc była na tyle jasna, że wszystko było super widać jak w dzień. Ekstra przeżycie 😍
#BIODIVERSITY is SO important! Did you know that less than 3 species of corn is grown in the USA? Did you know that there used to be hundreds more? We’ve lost many of them because of the mass production of only GMO corn. Instead of going for the classic sweet corn at the grocery store, head to a farmers market and look for local corn of heirloom varieties and try something new while also supporting local sustainable production! #slowfood#slowcorn#love#apples#italy#italianapples#mele#hookdonabite#imhookd
Commercial fishing operations typically aim to catch marine species most often consumed by humans, such as cod, tuna, or swordfish. However, the sad fact of the matter is that an incredible 40 percent of their catches are composed of untargeted animals such as sharks, rays, dolphins, and whales … and for many of these animals (who are categorized as “bycatch”), the result of becoming entangled in a fishing net is death.
Large-scale commercial trawlers, using extremely advanced technology designed to capture as many fish as possible, often catch and kill large numbers of untargeted – and often endangered – marine animals. The oceanic protection group Sea Shepherd has estimated that as many as “50,000,000 sharks are caught unintentionally as bycatch by commercial tuna and swordfish fisheries using long lines, nets, purse seine, and gillnets.” And the impact of all of this bycatch extends far beyond just the impact on these individual species. Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd founder, has said, “One of the solutions to climate change that very few want to hear is that we need to shut down industrialized fishing operations to revitalize biodiversity in the sea. We need to allow nature to restore the balance that we have damaged. … When the fish are no more, the sea will die and when the Ocean dies – we die!” Credit: Onegreenplanet.org
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The Bleeding Tooth Fungus is often associated with conifer forests. It is one of many species of fungi that form intimate mycorrhizal (fungus-root) associations with tree roots. The fungi use their gigantic network of fugal threads (i.e., mycelium) to help the plants (in this case conifers) collect water and nutrients while the trees share some of the sugars created during photosynthesis. Forests would be far less productive without these partnerships.
The Bleeding Tooth is not toxic, but still inedible because of its terribly bitter taste. However, does produce chemicals that have antibacterial and anticoagulant properties and some that can be used as dyes.
The "blood" is exuded when the soil is particularly moist. Its function, if any, has yet to be identified. A young specimen is pictures here. Older ones are brown, irregular funnels that are easily overlooked.
This little lovely is Comparettia falcata, an epiphytic orchid native to the warmer parts of the Western Hemisphere, including Mexico, Central America, the West Indies and South America. It has long been assumed that the Comparettia were largely hummingbird pollinated, but this is based on mere speculation, a single bird, and one embarrassing case of mistaken identity. In reality, Comparettia are more likely to rely on butterflies for their reproductive needs. This is just one of the amazing orchid stories you are going to hear on tomorrow's episode of the In Defense of Plants Podcast. Subscribe and check it out!
At #worldrhinoday I want to look back at a great memory from 2015. It is still the only rhino that I have seen in the wild.
The Black Rhinoceros or Hook-lipped Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) was a species I really wanted to see in the wild. When I was in Liwonde National Park in Malawi I wanted to pay something extra to make it happen. The money is a contribution to their conservation. If their conservation fails it might be my last chance to see this animal in the wild. It still amazes me that some cultures believe that a horn, that is basically a big fingernail, has medical benefits. What a waste killing them.
During this adventure we had to follow the instructions of our rangers and guide very closely. We had to walk the last part and were sitting in thick bushes watching the rhino. It was really an unforgettable experience. We got so close to the rhino!
I hoped that I was able to make a very beautiful photo of the rhino. At the moment I was dissapointed with the result. The bushes can not be thicker than this. But that is what this species of rhinoceros prefer and feel safe in. So this is their real habitat. Now I really like this photograph because of it.
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