Check out the new story on our website - "A light in the darkness: how collaborative science is helping save the critically endangered angelshark in the Canary Islands - to read about the exciting work of SCF grantee @angelsharkproject! #angelshark #CanaryIslands #SharksAndRays http://bit.ly/angelsharks Your donation to the Shark Conservation Fund will help advance this vital work. Click the link in bio to support today! · · · 📸: Michael Sealey
Congrats to @OceanX and team! Excited to learn more about these incredible sharks! Repost · · · #wedidthat. Last night, #oceanx and partners @ceibahamas and @fsumarinelab became the first group to tag a shark from a submersible. It was our last chance on our last night after one dive where the tag bounced off, one night where no sharks showed up, and one night where a large grouper tagged itself instead (😂). Dr. Dean Grubbs, the lead scientist on this mission, is the first scientist to ever tag a bluntnose sixgill with a satellite tag, but up until last night had only been able to do so by bringing them up to the surface. Because bluntnose sixgills are a deep-sea species, it's hard on them physiologically to be tagged in this way. Now that we've proven this method can work for deep sea species like the sixgill, we can unlock the world of leviathan deep-sea dwellers and gain important insights into their movement and behavior. The successful shot was fired by geneticist Gavin Naylor, with expert piloting from sub team mission leader Lee Frey and filming by Janssen Powers. The tag will pop to the surface and transmit all that precious data in about three months. Needless to say the mood on #alucia is ecstatic right now. Thanks for wishing us all those sharks last night! Achieved through our partnership @bloombergdotorg and their Vibrant Oceans Initiative. . . . #sharks #marinebiology #sharklovers #sharklove #sharkweek #bluntnosesixgill #sixgill #sixgillshark #deepseacreatures #oceanexploration #ship #vessel #lifeatsea #marinebiologistlife #science #research #bahamas #submarine
To follow along live, check out @OceanX tonight. And if you'd like to learn more about this exciting expedition, and see how you can help SCF support conservation projects like this one, click the link! http://bit.ly/sharkconservdata Repost · · · Retrieving the sub after last night’s dive, our second attempt of four to make history by tagging a deep-sea #shark at depth. After a very sharky first night, including a close call, last night under the #ocean was eerily quiet for the big bluntnose sixgills. Attempt number three, our second last, tonight. Wish us luck (actually, wish us sharks!) and follow on our Story for live updates. #oceanx in partnership with @ceibahamas and @bloombergdotorg Vibrant Oceans Initiative. . . . #submersible #submarine #oceanexploration #adventure #travel #nature #nightdive #underwater #uw #uwphoto #boat #ship #sea #sharklove #marinebiology #science #wildlife #marinewildlife #sharkdive #caribbean #bahamas
Repost @mantatrust · · · Reposting @shawnheinrichs: "Did you know that the name ‘manta’ is derived from the Spanish word for blanket or shawl in reference to their peculiar shape? Recent research has given us much knowledge about mantas and their behaviour, however many unanswered questions remain! In collaboration with @indonesianmantaproject and @mantatrust, the Misool Manta Project uses data collected by divers to support research and policy designed to protect mantas in Indonesia and beyond.⠀ In 2018, we recorded 177 sightings of reef mantas (Mobula alfredi). One hundred of these were new mantas that we had never seen before. Another exciting result was that 19 of these mantas were pregnant. Both species of manta are listed as “Vulnerable” on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)(@redlist_of_ecosystems).⠀ What can you do? Dive with mantas (responsibly), adopt a manta (PM @misool.foundation for details), submit ID photos for research, share your love of mantas with everyone you meet. 💙🦋🌊⠀ Special thanks to ocean warriors @edysetyawan and @sarah_lewis28 for their hours spent matching ID shots from Misool! #mantamonday #worthmorealive"
Repost @thewcs · · · For #WorldOceansDay, let’s talk about an endangered species crisis at sea: the rapid and precipitous removal of the ocean’s ancient predators, sharks and rays. . Said the recent UN IPBES report: 31% of sharks and rays are threatened with extinction. . That makes the upcoming #CITES meeting to gain additional protections for a record 18 species of sharks and rays, including mako sharks like this one, very important. Writes WCS’s Luke Warwick, we can turn political momentum from this into real change on the water. Full piece via our bio. . . #WorldOceansWeek #COP18 #shark #oceanconservation #rays #wildlifeconservation
#Repost @angelsharkproject · · · Amazing day for #Angelsharks!! We are proud to announce that after months of work with the Angel Shark Conservation #Network (ASCN), the Spanish Ministry of Ecological Transition has published the inclusion of three species of #angel #sharks in the Spanish #Endangered Species List. These three species have been included under the “In danger of extinction” category, the #highest level of #protection. So from now on Angel sharks acquire full protection in their #unique #stronghold of the Canary Islands! www.angelsharknetwork.com/#progress - Gran día para los #Angelotes!! Desde el Angel Shark Project estamos orgullosos de poder anunciar que finalmente, tras meses de trabajo junto con el Ángel Shark Conservation #Network, el Ministerio para la transición Ecológica ha publicado la inclusión de 3 especies de #angelotes en las Islas Canarias en el Catálogo de Especies #Amenazadas. Estas especies se incluyen bajo la categoría de “En peligro de #extinción”, la más alta. De esta forma los angelotes adquieren protección total en su #último #bastión! www.angelsharknetwork.com/#progress - Photo: @mike_j_sea *ASCN partners: @submon_ @sharktrustcommunity @shark_specialist_group @ulpgc_para_ti #ZFMK @officialzsl *Thanks to @sharkconservationfund , @disneyconservation & @saveourseasfoundation for funding this work
#Repost @enricsala Young blacktip reef sharks congregate in the lagoon of Millennium Atoll in the Southern Line Islands, one of the last marine wildernesses on the planet. In the past century, we have lost 90% of the large fish in our ocean. This Earth Day, we face a tremendous challenge, and a new opportunity. We know that our survival depends on the natural world, and it has never been more imperiled by human exploitation. But we also know that when protected, natural ecosystems can restore themselves. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Wyss Campaign for Nature to raise awareness about the urgent need to protect nature, and enable people and wildlife to thrive together. Check out @InsideNatGeo to learn more about how the National Geographic Society is working to support the protection of 30 percent of the planet by 2030, a key milestone towards protecting half of our Earth. #EarthDay #CampaignforNature
The Critically Endangered #Angelshark (Squatina squatina) is part of the second most threatened family of #sharksandrays in the world, but a unique Angelshark stronghold has been discovered in the Canary Islands. @angelsharkproject Canary Islands works across the archipelago combining scientific research, working with fishers and divers, and delivering conservation initiatives to build understanding and reduce threats to this species. All gathered information is then used in close partnership with government to inform best management practice. Check out the new, re-launched The Angel Shark Project: Canary Islands website today: https://angelsharknetwork.com/canaryislands/ . Photo credit: @mike_j_sea
#Repost @hsiaustralia BREAKING: Sharks are victorious in today's judgement against culling in the Great Barrier Reef! Following a landmark HSI court case, a QLD tribunal has ordered the lethal component of the shark control program in the Reef must end. Since the 1960s, #sharks have been shot dead in the #GreatBarrierReef. Today this has ended. This is a massive victory for sharks and #marine wildlife. #HSI is extremely grateful to have been represented in court by the EDO NSW (Environmental Defenders Office NSW) and barristers Saul Holt QC and Natasha Hammond, and generously supported by the Shark Conservation Fund. HSI thanks our supporters and the 100,000 people who took action calling for an end to the shark culling program within the Great Barrier Reef, and the #Australian public who have increasingly gone on the record as Shark Champions and advocates for personal responsibility when enjoying our oceans. HSI also sincerely thanks the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for hearing this important case and giving the issue of lethal shark control the scientific and legal scrutiny it warrants. Images: HSI / @marineconservation.au / @nicolemclachlanphoto
New IUCNShark Red List shows many shark species facing increased extinction threat – including the Mako, the ocean’s fastest fish. The Shark Conservation Fund is funding urgent actions this year to halt the decline. Follow the link in bio to read more.
#Repost @thelife_aquatic Caribbean reef sharks might not get as much love as Tiger sharks or Great Whites but they are excellent ambassadors for their species. Calm and predictable, they are great animals for first time shark divers to interact with. They can however be a bit overwhelming for some at first because they show up in such great numbers. In the Bahamas where they are acclimated to the presence of divers, reef sharks generally mind there own business but still swim closely all around you in a dazzling spectacle that I believe is unrivaled in the natural world. Imagine doing that on the African savanna with any other species! When put in that context, sharks truly are misunderstood animals. Their calm and sentient nature never ceases to amaze me especially when swimming with dozens of different individuals at once. In these cases we are clearly very low on the food chain but what is also clear is that we are not on the menu. . . . #sharks #reefsharks #caribbeanreefsharks #bahamas #tigerbeach #bahamiantrust #marineprotectedareas #friendsnotfood #kyliejenner #conservation #nofinning #savewildsharks #sharkconservationfund #leonardodicapriofdn #bwphotography #canonusa #nimarsrl #cressi #aqualung
SawSearch is a global initiative to find, photograph, measure, and collect tissue samples from old #sawfish saws. With support from the Shark Conservation Fund, researchers recently traveled to the UK to collect tissue samples from over 500 historic sawfish specimens for DNA analyses. This DNA will provide important baseline information of what sawfish populations were like before they were heavily exploited, which can then be compared to DNA from sawfish populations today to give a prognosis for their long term survival. Follow the link in bio to read more.
#Repost @juansharks @oceanramsey gently guides one of the largest documented #GreatWhiteSharks away from our @oneoceandiving shark research boat in #HAWAII #Oahu The first great white shark I ever swam with was in 2005 off my home #Haleiwa with a similarly large great #whiteshark who also rocked the boat I was on at the time working with sharks. I guess I am lucky that history repeats and not much has changed which made me confident but not complacent during this encounter but what has changed is shark populations are severely declining but for the first time ever I’ve seen this huge shift in perception in the last 5 years mostly due to imagery and the work that @oceanramsey and the team at #oneoceandiving and @oneoceandiving program and conservation and research division does (with people like @mermaid_kayleigh and @forrest.in.focus ). I hope my conservation images like this help people to question their perceptions and realize the beauty, and importance of sharks and I hope that they inspire the kind of compassion and connection we need to have with nature and sharks, to help protect them and #coexist along side them. You don’t have to love them but they do need to exist, they are absolutely critical for the health of marine ecosystems which all life relies on. Yesterday I filled up 500gb with just photos so many more videos and photos to share from this incredible encounter that lasted al day. #grateful #helpsavesharks #savesharks #sharks #shark #discoversharks #greatwhiteshark #sealegacy #oneoceanconservation #greatwhiteshakhawaii #whitesharkhawaii
SCF is proud to support the efforts of @pewenvironment to protect the world’s most threatened shark and ray species. Countries from around the world submitted proposals to protect a record 18 species at the upcoming @CITES meeting in May. Follow the link in bio to read more. #sharksandrays #conservation
#Repost @world_wildlife Sharks are in all the world’s oceans. There are more than 400 different species of sharks and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. But did you know that shark attacks are extremely rare? In fact, there were only six shark-related human deaths in 2018 compared to tens of millions of sharks killed annually by people.
#Repost @mantatrust Despite growing protective measures, manta and devil rays remain extremely vulnerable to exploitation. Our new Global Strategy & Action Plan for Conserving Mobulid Rays, funded by @SharkConservationFund and @SaveOurSeasFoundation, will guide future actions to ensure these incredible species have the best chance of surviving in our oceans for future generations. ⠀ ⠀ We hope to see this Strategy & Action Plan used as a resource by governments, NGOs, scientists and managers. Have a look through it and identify what actions you can do! You can access it at:⠀ ⠀ www.mantatrust.org/our-strategy⠀ ⠀ #mantatrust #manta #conservation #devilrays #strategy #collaboration
Such an amazing photographer! #Repost @thelife_aquatic Just a reef shark, doing reef shark stuff. . . #sharks #reefsharks #Caribbean #diving #scuba #reefs #coral #apnea #freediving #uwphotography #naturephotography #tigerbeach #fishing #nature #conservation #animals #bahamas #nofinning #protectwildsharks
#Repost @mattysmithphoto Beautiful conditions at "The Looking Glass" Nelson Bay a little while ago. On its day this is one of my favourite dive spots in Australia. Pure magic! @nikonaustralia @aquaticadigital #mynikonlife @oceangeographic @letsgoadventures #mattysmithphoto #nature #lovesharks #natgeo
#Repost @natgeowild Photo by @filipe_deandrade // While diving with @underseahunter in Cocos Island, Costa Rica, I was able to witness the largest aggregation of sharks I have ever seen in my life. The scalloped hammerhead sharks school in Cocos in huge numbers and can be found frequenting cleaning stations. While diving at 130ft below the surface of the water, I looked up and saw so many sharks they seemed to black out the sun...what a beautiful sight it was. Stay tuned for "Untamed Costa Rica" coming out soon for more from Cocos Island. Follow @filipe_deandrade for more wildlife adventures.
#Repost @mantatrust #Indonesia is the largest manta ray sanctuary in the world – they have been fully protected for over 4 years! Despite heartbreaking setbacks, successful conservation wins are being achieved by @IndonesianMantaProject resulting in positive and lasting change for manta rays. ⠀ Thank you to everyone working with our partner @IndonesianMantaProject to ensure this designation is a true sanctuary. ⠀ ⠀ 📸 @shawnheinrichs #IndonesianOceanPride⠀ ⠀ @hamishdw @sarah_lewis28 @neshaichida @rafid.shidqi @edysetyawan @mantawatch @misool.foundation @misool.resort @abysseofficial @tpw_foundation @bluespherefoundation @conservationid @paulhiltonphoto @shawnheinrichs @seasanctuaries @saveourseasfoundation @birdsheadseascape
#Repost @thelife_aquatic Large and in charge. . . . . #sharks #tigerbeach #bahamas #westend #tigers #tigersharks #requiemsharks #diving #freediving #fishing #liveaboards #uwphotography #navy #military #veteransday #underwaterphotography #scuba #ocean #saltlife #nofins #pelagic
#Repost @ocean_advocates ・・・ #Didyouknow It’s not uncommon for devil rays to perform incredible surface acrobatics. High jumps, twists, turns and belly flops are all part of their show ! There’s plenty of debate over why they do this, but communication, courtship rituals, escaping from predators and removing parasites are all cited as reasons for this behaviour. • #oceanlove #ocean #oceanconservancy #oceans #saveourseas #saveourocean #saveourearth #oceanlover #oceanaddict #oceanviews #oceanvibes #discoverocean #oceanskeepers #saveocean #snorkeling #diving #plongee #mobularay #ray 📸 by unknown
#Repost @protectingoceans Curious fact: Relative to their body size, bull sharks bite harder than any other, larger predatory sharks. Adult bull sharks can bite with a maximum force equivalent to 6,000N, a study of their jaws and jaw muscles has shown 🦈 - 📷 @juan_medina_jcm
#Repost @defendersofwildlife Happy International Sawfish Day! The rostrum resembles a saw because it has 22–29 unpaired saw teeth on each side. The saw is used to slash through schools of fish, stunning or lacerating them before they are consumed. Sawfish can also use their saw to defend themselves from larger predators like sharks. Sawfish became the first marine fish species to make it onto the list of the federal Endangered Species Act in 2003. Several species of sawfish exist around the world's waters in the tropics. In nearly all locations, the sawfish is considered at risk of extinction, and is still one of the least understood coastal marine fish. (Photo Courtesy of @fwcresearch & @myfwc ) #sawfish #oceans #InternationalSawfishDay #sawfishday #StopExtinction #florida #DefendersofWildlife #naturephotography #naturelovers#natureonly #natureshots #naturegram #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildlifeconservation #conservation #wildlifeaddicts #animals #animallovers #animallover #animalsofinstagram #instaanimal #animalsofig
#Repost #Didyouknow ? A Great White Shark has a bite force of 4,000 psi, that is 10 times the bite force of a lion ! 🦁 - 📸 @euanart Via @shark_advocates 🤙🏽
#Repost @simonjpierce Size matters. Based on the fossil record available to date, whale sharks are not only the largest fish alive now - they're the largest fish that has ever lived. There was a 20 m (34 t) shark caught off Taiwan, and an 18.8 m shark landed in India. After 13 years of whale shark research over much of the world, the biggest I've ever seen is about 14 m (in Galapagos). Here's @jonathangalapagos mermanning next to one that was probably close to that size. Note the little fin-mounted tag on the dorsal fin, it's still transmitting nicely 🙂 . 📷: @sonyalphanz A7rIII in a @nauticamhousings / @reefphotovideo NA-A7RIII housing.
#Repost @peterwandmakerphoto “on show" this beautiful Manta Ray flipped and swam upside down showing off her unique belly markings which are used to identify her.
#Repost @thelife_aquatic The dance. Three reef sharks are engaged in a fluid, rhythmic ballet over the shallow sands of Tiger Beach. . . . #uwphotography #goodlight #light #sharks #reefshark #countershading #leonardodicapriofdn #scuba #freediving #apnea #islands #sharkconservationfund #ecotourism #canonusa #sharkdiving #waterporn #belowthesurface #natgeo #coral #yourshotphotographer #gopro #fish #fishing #animals #dance #dancing #ballet
#Repost @sea_legacy Photo by @shawnheinrichs // Every year tourists spend an estimated $140 million to see manta rays in the wild. As a result, tourism can form part of the solution to combating the issue of global manta fisheries, providing many countries and governments with a strong economic incentive to protect these animals. By going out to swim with a manta, you are helping conserve one of the ocean's greatest treasures. Dive on in! #turningthetide with @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation @sea_legacy @reddigitalcinema
#Repost @blueoceanclub The Bahamas may be home to the Caribbean's only remaining population of the critically endangered Smalltooth Sawfish, and while some conservation progress has been made in recent years, the necessary habitat for this extraordinary fish continues to dwindle away due to poorly planned development. Photo by @60poundbullet
#Repost @thelife_aquatic Did you know that bull sharks have been sighted nearly 2000 miles from the ocean in fresh water lakes and rivers like the Amazon? They are able to survive due to their unique ability to self regulate the amount of salt stored in their body. Check out the information below for a more detailed description of this process! In sharks, the normal mechanism of osmoregulation in a marine (salt) environment is the high concentration of urea and other biological solvents in their blood and the removal of excess salt from their bloodstream through urine. The former allows them to absorb water from their marine surroundings, while the latter rids them of the salt they continually absorb. These tasks are primarily controlled by the kidneys. In most sharks, these adaptations cannot be changed. If they are put into a freshwater environment, they will absorb too much water relative to their concentration of bodily solvents and lose too much salt to stay alive. In other words, most sharks cannot survive in fresh water because they are not capable of adapting to it. Bull sharks are unusual because they can adapt readily to fresh water because they can adapt their process of osmogregulation. The kidneys of bull sharks, (and to a lesser extent several other types of sharks) can be gradually adjusted to suit the salinity of the water they are in. When moved gradually into freshwater (perhaps by migrating from the ocean, to an estuary, and then upriver), bull sharks' kidney's remove less salt and more urea from the bloodstream through urination, essentially reversing the normal marine shark method of osmoregulation. This adaptation allows bull sharks to live entirely in estuaries or freshwater. Information courtesy of #sharksavers and @wildaid . . . #sharks #whales #jupiter #bullshark #navy #tiburon #ballena #Florida #lovefl #palmbeach #ocean #water #beach #conservation #natgeo #dolphins #fish #vegan #finning #diving #nature #sharkconservation #sharkdiving #helpsavesharks #nimarsrl #canonusa #5dmark4
#Repost @thelife_aquatic A Black-tipped Caribbean Reef cruises the shallows of Tiger Beach with her two companions . . . . #sharks #whales #reefshark #Caribbean #tiburon #Bahamas #Tigerbeach #ocean #water #conservation #natgeo #dolphins #fish #sea #pilotfish #diving #nature #sharkconservation #sharkdiving #helpsavesharks #canon #canonusa #5dmarkiv #nimarsrl #freediving #stopfinning #coral #reefs #fishing
#Repost @oceana Fins from up to 73 million sharks end up in the global fin trade every year. We must act now to protect sharks and our oceans. Can you add your voice to this important effort to protect sharks today? Tell your representative to support a nationwide ban on the trade of shark fins by following the link in our bio. #FinBanNow . . . 📸: Janos Rautonen #ocean #oceans #shark #sharks #takeaction #finban
#Repost @natgeo Photo by @BrianSkerry A large tiger shark with two hooks in its mouth swims over a shallow water sand flats in the northern Bahamas. Tiger sharks are an apex predator species in tropical waters though much of their lives have remained a mystery until recently. Researchers are now learning about behaviors and migratory patterns that are beginning to fill in the puzzle of their life cycle. Despite being large predators, life in the ocean is difficult and they face many challenges to survive. And as with all species, the tiger shark faces declining populations worldwide as the demand for shark fins continues. Having photographed sharks in locations worldwide, it is quite common these days to see sharks with hooks. #sharks #tigersharks #bahamas #predators #nature To see more wildlife photos and read the stories behind them follow @BrianSkerry #sharks #tigershark #bahamas #predator
#Repost @oceana Take a look at the uniquely beautiful spotted eagle ray. Spotted eagle rays live along the open coast in warm waters throughout the world, though they are often associated with coral reefs and sometimes enter protected bays to feed or mate. They are generally considered a coastal species, but the worldwide geographic distribution implies that some individuals must migrate far distances over deep water. . . 📸: Amanda Nicholls #ocean #oceans #stingray #eagle #ray #rays #beautiful #nature
The Shark Conservation Fund is supporting @theWCS to develop and implement priority site and species-based shark conservation programs in Indonesia’s richly biodiverse Aceh province. Important catch and monitoring data have helped identify critical habitat used as a hammerhead shark nursery and will inform official protection designations in Rigaih, Aceh Jaya. WCS is also conducting local surveys to involve community members in the development of management decisions that both protect hammerhead sharks and ensure sustainable livelihoods into the future. Photos courtesy of @thelife_aquatic #sharkweek #hammerhead #sharkconservation — The Shark Conservation Fund is a philanthropic collaboration focused on halting the overexploitation of the world’s sharks and rays, preventing extinctions, reversing declines and restoring populations. To read more about our projects visit sharkconservationfund.org (link in bio).
The Shark Conservation Fund is supporting work by @thewcs to protect threatened endemic shark and skate species found in Argentine waters. Through the development and adoption of a Patagonian Coastal Corridor, WCS Argentina aims to conserve a critical nursery area for many critically endangered, endangered, and vulnerable sharks and skates in the Southwest Atlantic Ocean. The project will also develop a conservation action plan to help improve the management of the regionally critically endangered tope shark in northern Patagonia. __ The Shark Conservation Fund is a philanthropic collaboration focused on halting the overexploitation of the world’s sharks and rays, preventing extinctions, reversing declines and restoring populations. To read more about our projects visit sharkconservationfund.org (link in bio). — Photo credit: Creative Commons, Eric Aidan #SharkConservation #SharkConservationFund
#Repost @oceana Fins from up to 73 million sharks end up in the global fin trade every year. We must act now to protect sharks and our oceans. Tell your representative to support a nationwide ban on the trade of shark fins by following the link in our bio. #FinBanNow . . . 📸: Shutterstock #ocean #oceans #shark #sharks #takeaction
This SCF project will support the first year of Environmental Justice Foundation's efforts to establish a National Plan of Action (NPOA) for sharks in Liberia. This includes building grassroots support for shark protection, developing a draft NPOA, and increasing the ability of communities to engage in shark conservation and management. — The Shark Conservation Fund is a philanthropic collaboration focused on halting the overexploitation of the world’s sharks and rays, preventing extinctions, reversing declines and restoring populations. To read more about our projects visit sharkconservationfund.org (link in bio). — Photo credit: Creative Commons, Malkusch Markus
SCF is currently funding the Sabah Shark Protection Association (SSPA) to strengthen the conservation of shark and ray species in Sabah, Malaysia. Through policy-relevant research, media and educational programs, and close collaboration with government agencies, SSPA is improving legal and regulatory frameworks to fully protect endangered sharks and rays under Malaysian laws and engaging local communities and stakeholders through targeted, fact-based research outreach. — The Shark Conservation Fund is a philanthropic collaboration focused on halting the overexploitation of the world’s sharks and rays, preventing extinctions, reversing declines and restoring populations. To read more about our projects visit sharkconservationfund.org (link in bio). — Photo credit: Creative Commons, Bernard Dupont
Environmental DNA, or eDNA, is a novel approach to aid researchers in determining animal populations. To help investigate this new method for the rapid assessment of shark abundance and biodiversity, the Shark Conservation Fund is supporting Florida International University to test two emerging eDNA analytical methods. The results will be compared with @globalfinprint survey data to determine their validity, potentially unlocking an easier and cheaper way to survey sharks at unprecedented spatial and temporal scales. — The Shark Conservation Fund is a philanthropic collaboration focused on halting the overexploitation of the world’s sharks and rays, preventing extinctions, reversing declines and restoring populations. To read more about our projects visit sharkconservationfund.org (link in bio).
#Repost @natgeo Photo by @LaurentBallesta | At night gray reef sharks hunt as a pack in the south channel of Fakarava Atoll, in the Tuamotu Archipelago. Diving without cages or weapons, my team and I counted 700 sharks. The sharks’ main prey, at least around the June solstice, are the 17,000 camouflage groupers that gather in the channel to spawn. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ See more pictures from this story in the May 2018 issue of @NatGeo Magazine and on NatGeo.com. ⠀ #sharks #feedingfrenzy #LaurentBallesta #underwater #grouper #wildlife #nature #photography
#Repost @natgeo Photo: @andy_mann // Almost no where else in the world can you reliably see schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks like this other than within the “Cocos Range”, an underwater mountain chain connecting Galápagos Islands (Ecuador) and Cocos Island (Costa Rica). It’s a sight to behold. I’m currently on expedition with a team of talented scientists and policy makers to unite Central American countries and agree to protect this open water passage, supported and conducted by @waittfoundation. // #followme @andy_mann as we sail the length of the Cocos Range in hopes of documenting large aggregations of marine life traveling between the islands.
#Repost @natgeo Photo by @BrianSkerry A Great Hammerhead Shark glides through the warm, sunlit waters of The Bahamas. Typically, these sharks prefer warm coastal waters due to a higher availability of food, yet they can venture into open waters at certain times during the year. Great Hammerheads are listed as endangered, due to the high commercial value associated with these sharks in illegal global markets, yet, because of their migratory nature, international protection for these animals is scarce. To learn more about Great Hammerhead Sharks and conservation of big fish in the ocean, follow @BrianSkerry on Instagram. #hammerhead #shark #bahamas #tropics #tropical #clear #warm #waters #oceans #fish #big #food #conservation #preservation #nationalgeographic #photooftheday #underwater #follow #instagood #followme
#Repost @oceana This #FishyFriday is a big one. Did you know that the giant manta ray is the largest ray and one of the largest fishes in the world? They constantly swim along with their large mouths open, filtering plankton and other small food from the water. To aid in this strategy, giant mantas have specialized flaps, known as cephalic lobes, which help direct more water and food into their mouths. . . . 📸: Shutterstock #ocean #fish #friday #marinelife
#Repost @oceana The demand for fins is one of the greatest threats facing #shark populations around the world, and fins from as many as 73 million #sharks end up in the global shark fin trade every year. While shark finning is illegal in U.S. waters, shark fins continue to be bought and sold throughout the U.S. Tell your representative to support a nationwide ban on the trade of shark fins by following the link in our bio. #FinBanNow=w . . 📸: Ethan Daniels #ocean #marinelife #takeaction