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#ArtSea2018 is about ocean awareness and conservation! ⠀
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📷 by @underwaterhub
Plastics break up not down. Slowly the sun, waves, and oxygen break up plastics into small ➡smaller ➡ microscopic pieces called microplastics.
In the ocean microplastics are especially harmful to filter feeding animals (manta rays, whale sharks, etc) and even the smallest organisms as zooplankton ingest these 😩😳 🐳🦈🐟🐬🐠🐋 Save all fishies! 🚫 No excuse for single use plastics. ⬇ Shop reusable bottles now, link in bio.
The beginning of a life full of challenges and dangers. The #turtles at birth seek clarity in this way to head for the sea, but they may mislead if land lights shine within. When some smart ones can find their way to the sea, they should avoid raccoons, crabs, birds and other animals, on many occasions human beings. Once you get to your initial destination the ocean, they must face seabirds, sharks and some fish. During the first weeks of life, they can not stay too long under the surface of the water and also are not able to swim fast enough and strong enough to save themselves from these predators. So seeing a medium-sized tortoise is already a miracle of life and an example of courage! 💙🐢💚
Regram from my girl Brooke @travelous.nomad @wakeupand.dive
A PLASTIC OCEAN - 🌏🌍🌎 Footage from today in Indonesia. Plastic is a problem that is out of plain sight for most people. It is something that really strikes home for me as I spend several hours a day in the ocean and see first hand the damage our 'plastic addiction' is doing. Sights like these are getting more and more common world wide. And yes this is a global issue which everyone has contributed to. Waiting for governments to step in and solve this before its too late is simply not going to happen.
An estimated 80 MILLION tons of plastic goes into our oceans each year. In 2050 it is predicted that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. I also read that about 25% of fish caught contain plastic contaminants. The toxins which attach to plastics (heavy metals etc) and are absorbed by marine life which will later be passed down the food chain until eventually we are poisoning ourselves.
SAY NO TO PLASTIC!
With no consumers to support these products by purchasing them, then there will be no need to produce them.
#saveourocean#environmentalist#clean#nature#plastic#environment#trashhero#scubadiver#blueplanet#ocean#underwaterphotography#scuba @paditv #paditv @natgeochannel #gogreen#sea#marinebiology#olympus#coralreef#mantaray#saynotoplastic
Today’s find & beach tip: a Portuguese Man-of-War! These cool-lookin’ creatures are actually a colony of many individual animals working together! They’re like jellyfish in that they have stinging cells that work like touch-sensors: when touched or stimulated, they shoot out a tiny spiny barb filled with venom (ouch!). The tentacles are covered with these stinging contraptions- can be thousands of ‘em on one tentacle. How to treat if you get stung? Latest research says rinse with vinegar to avoid activating more stingers, then soak in hot water. Don’t touch these blue wonders, even when they’re washed up on beach since they can still sting even when dead! https://gizmodo.com/science-reveals-the-right-way-to-treat-a-man-o-war-jel-1794880485 #ocean#marine#sealife#beach#animals#education#kids#vacation#science#marinebiology#underthesea#blueplanet
Words and photo by our volunteer Yang @ko.away - “I’m from Singapore and sadly the first time I saw a shark up close as a child was in a bowl of soup. It's amazing how our perceptions of these beautiful creatures can change so drastically once we take time to understand them and I'm honoured to be part of the Shark Lab now, taking part in the fantastic work that they do for research and conservation. Encounters with sharks are magical and I hope to be able to continue sharing these moments with others through photography and guiding dives.” Photo by #SharkLabVolunteer @ko.away 📸 —————————————————————————
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Large colony of peritrichs (Carchesium sp). 40x magnification. Darkfield. 🔈
Music by @lanadelrey 🎶
Peritrichs are unicellular ciliated protists found in marine and freshwater environments. They can anchor themselves to a substrate individually or form colonies that attach to a surface with a stalk that may branch off to multiple degrees. Living in a colony and working together to survive, feed, and ultimately reproduce like these little protists can help give insights into the origin of multicellularity because early eukaryotic life (organisms with a nucleus and membrane-bound organelles in their cells) i.e. what we now know as animals, plants, fungi, and a few protists depended on the development of multicellularity of many of their member organisms to survive. Humans wouldn't have been able to evolve without specialization of cell types and complex cellular networks that make up our tissues and organs, etc. The starting point for all of this was when individual cells of unicellular organisms began to work together and eventually through genetic changes, were able to divide together and carry on as single organisms made up of multiple cells that could carry out more complicated functions. For further reading on the evolution of multicellularity, look up choanoflageates and sponge evolution. If you want to go back even further in evolutionary time to learn about where eukaryotes came from, look up symbiogenesis/endosymbiosis. These topics are some of my favorites because they explain how life went from tiny simple cells to animals (us!) in the short span of 3.8 billion years.