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
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: 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
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