Amazing view on Bawah's corals. These transparent kayaks allow you to see under water and see details under your nose... Despite global warming and human impacts around the world, corals of Bawah remains incredibly flourishing thanks to preservation actions taken by the resorts and its owners (staring with the intending of a Marine Park statute)
The vast majority of the world’s coral reefs are now reaching the point of no return — the point at which it wouldn’t even theoretically be possible to save them from disappearing completely (some argue that this point has long since been passed, it should be noted). Coral reefs are important for many different reasons aside from supposedly containing the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Do you know why? - they protect coastlines from the damaging effects of wave action and tropical storms
- they provide habitats and shelter for many marine organisms
- they are the source of nitrogen and other essential nutrients for marine food chains
- they assist in carbon and nitrogen fixing
- they help with nutrient recycling.
This is why large numbers of marine species live in reefs.
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WHAT A STRIKE!
Actually it was more like what a yawn. I was photographing this small Narrow-banded Shovel-nosed snake (Brachyurophis f. fasciolatus) when it must have gotten past its bedtime. As it yawned I was able to capture all the detail of the inside of the mouth. These snakes almost never bite or strike so a yawn is the only way you’ll get a shot like this. What a cool little snake!
Throwback Thursday. "Back in the 70's while I was in the Drug Squad in the South African Police I received a call from folks in 45th Cutting to remove a large snake. As is usually the case they said that is was well over 2 m long but was nowhere to be found. We searched the house as well as the lush garden but soon gave up. They called again at 07:00 the next morning as the snake had been spotted. I arrived there with my 13 year old brother Nico and the search was on. Two aging gents folowed a few paces behind me with a double-barrel shotgun and I insisted that the gun was unloaded but to no avail. I was crawling through thich vegetation in the garden when I spotted quite a thick log - it had scales and .out to be a large Black Mamba. We were ill prepared for a Black Mamba with a small hook stick and a little material bank bag. While Nico watched the snake from a relatively safe distance I ran into their workshop and made a noose from a curtain rod and some twin flex electrical cable. It was a battle but I eventually managed to noose the snake and grab it behind the neck. We then drove down to FitzSimons Snake Park on the beachfront with both my hands full of mamba and Nico hanging onto the rest on the back seat. The owner, Ray Parker, was not in and I was told to put the mamba in a sack - a tricky operation as mambas come flying out of sacks a lot quicker than you can get them in. Mr. Parker kindly rewarded me with a snake book on my next visit to the park." ~ Johan Marais
This is still one of my favourite moments in my humpback whale swimming days...! This mum and calf swam with us for the full 90minutes! This is about an hour into our swim and they up & breached right in front of us, Mum breached over 7 times before coming back around to see us again! LOVE THEM!!! Thanks to @my_whales_world_ my seastar, for the happy snap!!
Fishing gear lost at sea (better known as ghost nets) are among the greatest killers in our oceans.
Hundreds of kilometres of nets get lost at sea every year and due to the durable materials used to make these nets it is possible that fish, turtles, rays, marine mammals, birds and corals will continue to get entangled in them for several centuries, wiping out complete ecosystems while swaying in the current... Why not help to protect our oceans by getting involved with beach clean ups and dives against debris?! They are free, fun and an easy way to make a difference.. #diveagainstdebris#pickitup#beachcleanup#goodkarma#ecotravel#ecotourism#oceanprotection#saveourseas#waste#wildlife#conservation
Before and after our restoration of the Pineapple - our #eccentric 18th-century summer house at Dunmore in Scotland.
The building probably began as a pavilion of one storey, dated 1761, and only grew its fruity dome after 1777, when Lord Dunmore was brought back, forcibly, from serving as Governor of Virginia. There, sailors would put a pineapple on the gatepost to announce their return home. Lord Dunmore, who was fond of a joke, announced his return more prominently.
When we came to restore the building, we found that the stonework of the Pineapple dome itself, considering its neglect, was in remarkably good condition - a testimony to its good design and drainage system. All the joints were raked out and repointed, and the whole fruit was cleaned by hand with just water and a churn brush!
To read more about the building, and to book a stay there from as little as £16 per person per night, see our website.
A super grouper 👀
#Groupers belong to the diverse ray-finned group of fish - known as #teleostei. They often appear threatening and fearsome because of their size, but they are actually very #timid!
A grouper has a big mouth, filled with few teeth. Their teeth and jaw are used to crush their #prey rather than bite it.
Groupers usually even swallow the prey as a whole. They like to eat other smaller #fish, #octopuses and #crustaceans! 🍴
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