These images may be difficult to look at but the message is so important. While we love to focus on the positive and natural beauty of sharing space with sharks, it’s also important to recognize the fact that around the world in practically in every country with a coastline sharks are being killed off at alarming rates to the point where many populations may face extinction within our lifetimes. This is the harsh reality, and until sharks are brought closer to the hearts of the general public and there is support in place for their protection they will continue to decline #ProtectWhatYouLove#SpeakUpForSharks before it is too late #MakeADifference#ExtinctionIsForever
If you come across a business selling shark products like this we have pre drafted letters available for download in German, Mandarin Chinese, traditional Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Norwegian (contact us if you speak another language and you’d be willing to help us translate 🙌🏻) at helpsavesharks.org to help persuade businesses to stop supporting the global shark trade! Read below to hear more about the story and context behind these photos:
REALITY// It’s not always pretty. It’s not always coexistence and aqua hues. I’m very lucky to often be on the side of the shark realm capturing them in their beauty and environment. And I have a lot of respect for my fellow shark researchers and conservationists that dedicate their lives to documenting the darker side of things. But every now and again I experience this side of things as well and it is always humbling. Hoping to find more balance in my efforts in this way. Next stop; Lombok. // As the stand worker watched me take photos he took out props he had ready for the sharks as I’m sure many tourists photograph them as well. It was obvious that he expected a laugh or a smile, as that was the typical reaction of tourists passing by. This is how sharks are viewed by a majority of the population. Demonized predators being punished for simply existing.
Coral reefs are declining worldwide due to the unique amount of modern day threats facing them. Peter Harrison at the Southern Cross University has now proposed an innovative method to try and help save coral reefs on the Great Barrier Reef. It aims to capture millions of coral larvae, breed them and then plant them on the degraded areas of the reef – known as ‘coral IVF’. It will be the largest larvae restoration project ever undertaken. Whilst these corals won’t be immune to the threats posed by climate change such as coral bleaching, it will significantly help the reef survive and not completely die. By keeping our coral reefs healthy, multiple marine ecosystems will flourish and benefits will be seen all the way up the food chain - even to sharks!
Post by @em.hanney
Photo by @oneoceanglobal ambassador @saltybluecharni taken on the Great Barrier Reef
Awesome post by the lovely @oceanic.grace 💙 Not only is it important to know and share how essential sharks are for a healthy ocean, but that knowledge needs to go hand in hand with educating the public on easy ways they can help aid in their protection. Keep reading 😌
Did you know sharks can sense the heart beat of their prey up to 100 meters away? The ampullae of Lorenzini is a specialized sensory organ that allows them to detect electrical potentials generated by muscle contractions. —
Sad statistic but about 100 MILLION sharks are killed each year! At this rate the populations cannot sustain themselves and are in danger of disappearing🦈 ✨ A few simple ways you can help RIGHT NOW as a consumer: •1) ladies look in your cosmetics, squalene comes from shark and is secretly hidden in many items. •2) read the ingredients of your dog’s food. Shark is NOT healthy for us or our fur friends, but big companies hide it is as flake, huss, rock salmon, and dogfish to name a few. • 3) support sustainable fisheries (sharks are often caught as bycatch) •4) don’t eat shark fin soup or support restaurants that serve it (it is a tasteless and frankly unhealthy dish that only shows status) —
To sum it up sharks are pretty important and are being exploited to the point of endangering their species. So let’s join together and change that ✨🦈💙
Whale sharks last week, FALSE KILLER WHALES the week before...Wow, the ocean has spoiled us lately 😍And were so insanely grateful. North winds are rockin’ us a bit this coming week but we are doing our best to get everyone out there! If your looking to come out this week just give our lovely office staff a quick text and they will direct you to the best times, remember — the earlier the better! 🤙🏽 😉
Saturday a pod of false killer whales (Pseduorca crassidens) passed by the shark aggregate. We heard clicks and whistles in the water and could tell it most likely wasn’t dolphins by their noises. Then this guy showed his face and well...enjoy 😂😂 (don’t turn it up too much, I still scream loudly underwater). #falsekillerwhale@oneoceandiving you never know what you’ll see out there! #marineconservation
Winter in Hawaii brings quite a few beautiful spectacles, one of them being whale season! We get a multitude of questions from incoming tourists wondering if they will be able to dive with whales while out on our pelagic tours, and while it’s an absolute blessing when they come through our dive sites, it’s not something we purposely seek out. These whales are highly protected here in Hawaii, and for good reasons; as much as we adore them, we must respect them moreover. Read more below for an amazing caption on whales and the effect of human impact: 🐋
Photograph by @CristinaMittermeier // A new study has proved that humpback, fin, and blue whales experience a physical stress response to human activity. This was determined by the whales' earwax; when examined, it showed higher levels of cortisol - a hormone that mammals produce at a time of stress - while the global whaling industry was at its peak. Humpback, fin, and blue whales were among the most hunted species in the 20th century when the whaling industry bloomed. The 1930s alone saw approximately 50,000 whales from those three species slaughtered. But even though commercial whaling is now illegal, it's still a threat and a sad reality for these whales. This year, Iceland slaughtered 142 endangered fin whales, plus two rare blue-fin whale hybrids. These majestic cetaceans are incredibly intelligent creatures, and we're constantly discovering new things about how their brains work. In 2019, we'll continue our work to #StopTheHunt and support marine protected areas to protect them in future. If you'd like to join us in #TurningTheTide for our oceans, visit the link in our bio.