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Save Our Seas Foundation

Images from projects funded by Save Our Seas Foundation. To help protect our oceans, we fund & support research, conservation & education projects.

Photo: Guy Stevens for Manta Trust @mantatrust • 'A chain of reef mantas gliding gracefully overhead during a dive at Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll, Maldives. Just like us, manta rays love a good feed, so when plankton blooms are thick they have some impressive strategies for making the most of conditions. Sometimes they will form a feeding chain; swimming in line, head to tail, each ray positioned slightly higher than the one in front. It is believed that by doing this they can each catch the plankton that has tried to escape the path of the manta in front. A beautiful and mesmerising sight for us... a never-ending conveyor-belt of nightmares for tiny plankton!' #planktonnightmares #mantaray #manta #feedingchain #maldives #hanifaru #mantatrust #ocean #oceangiants #filterfeeders
Photo: Thomas Peschak @thomaspeschak via National Geographic @natgeo • 'Marine scientist @pelayosalinas uses a diver underwater stereo video (DUV) system to survey shark populations in the waters off Darwin's Arch. This northern corner of the Galápagos Islands is home to the greatest abundance of sharks anywhere on the planet. Dr. Salinas most recent research for the @saveourseasfoundation is focused on the impact of climate change on the sharks of the Galápagos. Check out the June 2017 issue of @natgeo magazine for my story on Galápagos and climate change. In collaboration with #galapagosnationalpark #paulmangellfoundation #darwinfound To see photographs of Galápagos's incredible shark populations follow @natgeo photographer @thomaspeschak '
Photo: BC Whales @bcwhales • Our partners from Cetacea Lab in British Columbia have started an Instagram account! Be sure to follow them for stunning images and beautiful stories about the whales in the region, as well as to find out more about their research work. 'This happy humpback is known to us as Jazz. On the day this photo was taken, Jazz was feeling particularly energetic and breached over 20 times!' #bcwhales #breach #humpback # bc #britishcolumbia #whales #marinebiology #marineconservation #research #science #eduction #saveourseasfoundation #wildlife #nature #ocean #saveourseas
Photo: Eugene Kitsios @eugenekitsios via Dr. Tristan Guttridge @tristanguttridge • 'A lot of love out there for sharks but often the nurse shark gets sidelined....This is a wonderful close-up of the sensory apparatus of this species - note the large nostrils (nares) each capable of detecting chemical cues independent of each other and of course the dangling barbels that likely serve a tactile function, sensing changes in surface textures! Nurse sharks use Bimini's waters year-round but the next couple of months are particularly important for reproduction --- lots of mating pairs in the shallows ! Great time to be a nurse shark.' • #bimini #sharklab #bahamas #shark #science #research #nose #nurseshark #closeup #elasmobranch #barbel
Photo: Justin Gilligan @justingilligan • 'Dr Kim Bassos-Hull of the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium investigates the life history, reproduction and population status of the spotted eagle ray. This species is protected in Florida, but vulnerable in the rest of its range - unpublished image from my coverage "Urban Pioneers: Florida's Marine Wildlife" featured in Issue 6 of the Save Our Seas Magazine - www.saveourseasmagazine.com' • #saveourseas #saveourseasfoundation #photogrant #florida #eagleray #mote #sarasota #sarasotaflorida #research #conservation #marineconservationphotographygrant #uwphotography #underwaterphotography #nature #wildlife #ocean
Photo: Andrew Chin @spinnershark7 Not all sharks are the size of the great white shark! We’ve seen plenty of lesser known but just as interesting sharks during this week’s rvsolander expedition to Exmouth Gulf, species like this Australian sharpnose shark. These critters only grow to 70-80 cm, so this one is fully grown. These cool little sharks are endemic to Australia, though most Australians have never seen or heard of them. #marinebiology #sharkresearch #discovery #whitepointer #sharkscience #Australia #shark #research #conservation #nature #wildlife #education
Video: Matt Smukall @mattsmukall for Bimini SharkLab @biminisharklab • As it's Mother's Day on Sunday we have some exciting posts to share with you! In recent weeks the sharklab has caught and tagged several pregnant sharks!! In this video you can see several pups on the ultrasound. What is even more incredible is this shark was caught first in 2003 as a juvenile and is now returning to Bimini with her own pups! Stay tuned for our tiger shark video 😱 Also a massive thank you to #EImedical for the donation of their ibex pro ultrasound machine!' • #bimini #bahamas #shark #conservation #lemonshark #ultrasound #mothersday #science #measurements #research #tagging #video
Photo: Pippa Ehrlich @the_rewilding • Happy #flatsharkfriday 'Finally! The fabled one-fin electric ray. After many months of freezing water and washy ocean we found this little guy creeping along the forest floor. He may look cute, but watch out for the kidney-shaped lumps behind his eyes which deliver a powerful electric shock.' • #saveourseasfoundation #Sharkeducationcenter #flatsharksneedlove2 #electricity #underwaterafrica #underwaterphotography #myfalsebay
Photo: Mac Stone @macstonephoto A dark shyshark photographed in Simonstown’s Windmill beach in False Bay. Our Shark Education Centre is based in False Bay and works to raise awareness about the sharks found in these waters. These sharks are often confused with puff adder shysharks, but can be identified by their broader, more bluntly rounded snouts and depressed heads, and their large, light spots on a dark body. They occur along the coast of Namibia and the west coast of South Africa, in the cool Atlantic Ocean. Dark shysharks are commonly found in shallow, sandy areas. They feed on small, bottom-dwelling fish, crustaceans, and molluscs like octopuses and squid. Like puff adder shysharks, dark shyskarks curl up when threatened or caught. #shark #shyshark #darkshyshark #falsebay #simonstown #capetown #southafrica #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #lovefalsebay #rockyreef #diving #freedive #scuba #scubadiving #photography #nature #wildlife #ocean #marineeducation #marineconservation #eduction #awareness #conservation #saveourseas #saveourseasfoundation
Video: Pelayo Salinas @pelayosalinas • 'The island of Malpelo in Colombia is home to the largest mix of whale shark genders and sizes that I have seen! Both sub-adult male and females,huge pregnant females and beautiful mature males like this handsome 🦈! This was my first mature #whaleshark encounter, since Darwin Arch in the Galapagos is exclusively dominated by large, pregnant females. Maybe Malpelo is the mating ground, and then females travel south to #Galapagos ?!?#fundacionmalpelo is trying to solve this puzzle! Video taken on a @darwinfound trip with @sandrabessudo to start the #Malpelo whale shark project and conduct #bruvs to quantify shark abundance and diversity. With the support of @natgeo and @saveourseasfoundation. ' • #conservation #research #exploration #nature #naturelovers #wildlife #whale #shark #sharks #underwater #underwaterphotography #scubadiving #travel #ecoturism #mpa #southamerica #colombia #malpelo #dinosaurs
Photo: Tom Burd @tomburd via Manta Trust @mantatrust • Check out this little guy! It's a Sargassum Frogfish which had been on researcher @tomburd 's wish list for a while. However it wasn't a completely natural encounter as Tom and the team came across this beauty when pulling up a large pile of tangled fishing nets during their manta trip. Unfortunately this frogfish (and a group of little shrimps) were using the mass of ghost fishing gear as their home. A constant reminder of how much marine debris is floating around and how animals adapt to this unnatural material, often to their peril as the @oliveridleyproject often find out. • #bucketlist #frogfish #research #conservation #Maldives #marinelitter #ghostnets #marinecleanup
Photo: Eugene Kitsios @eugenekitsios for Bimini Biological Field Station - SharkLab @biminisharklab • 'The last seven days marked the first week of this years’ research season on the great hammerhead sharks in Bimini during which we did not see a single hammerhead. This allowed us to prepare the upcoming data analysis. Crucial in being able to investigate possible impacts of the daily provisioning on the movement and behavioural ecology of the great hammerheads in Bimini will be the movement data we receive from individuals that have been tagged with an internal 10-year acoustic transmitter. Acoustic telemetry tools have been used in the study of marine animal behaviour for more than 60 years. Our great hammerhead sharks are passively tracked by using internal acoustic transmitters that emit coded sound pulses at a known frequency. If a tagged individual swims within proximity of a submersible receiver of our acoustic receiver array around Bimini, the signals emitted by the transmitter are being processed and recorded. The deployment of receivers at specific locations allow us to passively monitor individual movement patterns. To retrieve the data from the receivers, the receivers have to be recovered and the data has to be downloaded. We started the data download of our 62 receivers last week and we will continue to do so during the next 7 days until we have the complete data set ready for the analysis. • #bimini #sharklab #bahamas #shark #science #research #marine #biology #hammerhead #ocean #sea #conservation
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