Photo: @andy_mann // Famed oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau, was once asked what species of shark he found to be most dangerous. He responded by saying that the oceanic whitetip is the “most dangerous of all sharks” noting the occurrence of attacks on shipwreck survivors. Yet, in the five years I’ve spent with this species with hundreds of hours in the water with them, I’ve only experienced beautiful and calm interactions. If we could only show them as much respect and grace in return. Between environmental pressures, shark finning and a slow reproductive rate, oceanic whitetip sharks are in serious threat of becoming extinct. They are highly valued for their meat and skin hides as well and are very susceptible to long line fleets. It is important that we learn as much as we can about these amazing predators and help change the way the world thinks about and views sharks. Follow me @andy_mann @sea_legacy as we journey around the world to capture and interact with the oceans greatest predators.
A caribou races across the tundra in the high Arctic. With climate change, one of the biggest threats to caribou is the explosion of mosquito populations. The swarms of mosquitoes get into their eyes, ears, and nose and are such a nuisance that they have a hard time eating. I have been able to walk right up to caribou that have gone crazy due to mosquitoes.
The Endangered Species Act is a success story, as it has prevented 99% of the species under its care from going extinct! But right now this landmark law faces grave attacks from anti-environment interests in Congress. Congress will soon vote on a number of bills that would weaken and undermine the ESA, leaving imperiled ocean animals in even greater danger. They need you to speak up on their behalf, before it’s too late. Don’t let Congress rewrite this success story, follow the link in our bio to help #StopExtinction .
📸: Menno Schaefer #ocean#marinelife#otter#takeaction
Who’s participating in Earth Hour 2018? 🙋♀️ Saturday, March 24, 2018 8:30-9:30 pm local time!! Show your commitment to conservation and share this moment with the rest of the world. Share this with your friends!!