Photo by @bethanyaugliere for @wilddolphinproject.
Our dolphin introductions continue! Meet Frolic and his mom, Foxy.
Frolic was born in 2015. Since then, we've seen him 10 times always with his mom. Calves stay with their moms for a few years while they nurse and learn to hunt. Frolic will start to gain his independence in the coming year and start hanging out with other little juvenile males, especially if Foxy gets pregnant.
The Waved Albatross (Phoebastria irrorate) also known as the Galápagos albatross, breeding primarily on Española Island in the Galápagos Islands and spending their time off the coast of Peru and Ecuador during non-breeding seasons. The only species of albatross that breeds at the equator. They are the largest bird in the archipelago, with a wingspan of almost 8 ft (2.4m)! Extremely loyal birds, when they find a mate they will stay together and raise their chicks until one of them dies. •
Unfortunately, 19 out of the world's 22 species of Albatross are endangered or vulnerable to extinction largely due to fishing. The primary food sources of the Waved Albatross are fish, squid, and crustaceans. Due to this, these birds often get into trouble with fishing gear and get caught in lines, which usually has a fatal ending. There are alternative bird-friendly fishing techniques that have been proven to significantly reduce the amount of seabird bycatch, we just need more fishermen to adopt these methods, in hopes of saving these creatures. •
This slug is actually solar powered! ☀️☀️☀️☀️Members of the Elysia chlorotica species live along the Atlantic seaboard of the US, and a diet of algae allows these slugs to "steal" chloroplasts for their own use. This sea slug stores the chloroplasts in the cells that line its gut, and researchers have found that Young E. chlorotica, when fed with algae for two weeks, could survive for the rest of their year-long lives without eating.
Let’s go back to legend and myths regarding these beautiful animals!
They are really friendly animals, and this dude seemed to appreciate being taken in a picture by @samlawrencephoto
Because of their fusiform body, dugongs have inspired the most incredible mermaid tales! Nowadays, they still play a strong role in some part of the globe’s societies.. In Kenya, for instance, they are called the “Queen of the Sea”, as they used to be the main character of local legends. In Philippines they are thought to bring back luck, so that parts of them are used to ward against evil spirits. Dugong’s tears are also powerful ingredients in the preparation of love potions in some area of Thailand and in Indonesia they are considered as the reincarnation of womans.
Incredible how marine creatures can inspire human belief, bringing significance just with their presence, isn’t it? But these are only tales and we have to try to defend them from current hunting!
Do you want to know more about living Sirenians 🧜♀️? Stay tuned, more interesting posts are coming tomorrow!
I was so happy to find this little guy while diving yesterday. Diadema antillarum or long spined sea urchin are endangered. The sea urchin die off in 1983 is thought to have been caused by an unknown type of disease, and has been linked to a major growth in many types of algae. Because of the negative effects of this on the coral reefs, other species like fish were also affected as they lost a major source of food and protection. I spent this summer researching theses creatures and will share more with you soon.
Pyromaia tuberculata or Tuberculate pear crab
Native to the Pacific coast of North America, this species has been introduced to Japan, New Zealand, southern Australia, Brazil and Argentina. Its introduction probably took place in ballast water.
In some regions where it was introduced, it was found to be an important food source for native fishes, indirectly altering the structure of the fish community.
Photo credits: Damon Tighe @damontighe
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Devil rays are the only vertebrates that have three pairs of working limbs: pectoral fins, pelvic fins and cephalic fins. The latter is where they get their name from; when not feeding, their cephalic fins are curled and point forward and down, giving the appearance of devil horns.
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Corals are changing with the climate
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Once a common sight in the Caribbean and Florida, elkhorn and staghorn corals are now listed as threatened on the U.S. Endangered Species list. But while these corals have declined in recent years, their hybrid appears to be increasing in parts of the region. Learn more via the Changing Seas episode “Coral Hybrids” available to stream for free via link in profile. Episode features Dean Richard Dodge, Ph.D. And assistant professor Nicole Fogarty, Ph.D. of @nsuhalmos and head scientist Valerie Paul, Ph.D. of the @smithsoniansms #marinebiology#florida#marinescience#coral#coralreef#belize#floridakeys#ocean#saltlife#conservation#saveourseas
This is the catamaran Regina Australe. It came to Puerto Madryn on 2012 and since then has sailed inside the Nuevo Gulf with a fixed way on day-trips touring. On April 4th of 2015 it was intentionally beached for hull-cleaning.
The Regina Australe works as a study model and is part of the doctoral research of GEAC's PHD candidate Karen Castro who studies how little and medium ships contribute to the regional dispersion of marine exotic species.
Wanna know more about her research? Then you must come to the 10th edition of the International Conference of Marine Bioinvasions that will be held from 16th to 18th of October 2018.
We will be waiting for you!
Photo credits: Nico Battini
Let’s go back diving with these beauties!
Thanks to @savethedugong for the implication and to @bernd_neeser for the beautiful shot!
Oceanfact: Dugongs have been hunted for thousands of years, and some of their closest species (such as the Steller’s sea cow) were hunted until their extinction.
The reason why they keep being hunted lies in the use of parts of their body for food, medicine and decoration.
Humans seem to never learn, and some population are nowadays threatened of extinction. Such are considered for the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), and the trade of derived products are limited or ban by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Another big anthropogenic threat is the habitat degradation. Living for more than 70 years and having a slow reproduction rate, these animals really need a special care!
Do you like as well these fatty animals? Spread the word and help scientists to protect these incredible animals!
Spiny Devilfish. Their pectoral fins are usually folded away but can be unfolded in order to scare predators away or as swimming helpers. Usually it is not swimming but crawling through the sand using the 2 most caudal spines of the pectoral fins.