While on Oahu we had Truly one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had the privilege of having. Although I was nervous to get in the water, being is that I'm not all that comfortable snorkeling yet, I'm so glad I did. Im still dreaming of that open water deep blue. Swimming with these magjestic powerful #apexpredators. Yes, Makena swimming with to many sharks to count. Thank you to these beautiful creatures for deepening my understanding and love of this one gaia we co-inhabit and thank you @oneoceandiving , deep thank you to all the beautiful humans who spread the truth of these anicent beings and all the work you do to educate and advocate for the preservation of these ecostsytems. So magical. #oneoceandiving#savethesharks#plasticistherealkiller#stopsharkfinning 📷:@sharkysophie
It’s ridiculous that thousands of sharks die daily just for the use of their fins. This world needs to wake up. If this were happening to any other species, would people still not care? This breaks my heart 💔💔 #stopsharkfinning#savethesharks#sharkfinatic
One of my favorite things about diving is that we get to interact with wild animals. They choose if they want to interact with us on their own terms. Sometimes we have over 20 sharks at once; sometimes we have less than 5. Call me crazy, but I love when new shark divers are on the boat and it takes a while to get a lot of sharks to come in. Of course I love the chaos of the sharknado, but it is so worth noting how sharks really are in nature. The vast majority of the human population believe that if there is a drop of blood in the water, the sharks will smell it and come swarming from miles away and eat everything in sight. This is simply not the case. They have not evolved over hundreds of millions of years to be that impulsive. They are calculating animals who are extremely intelligent. Although baiting sharks is very controversial, I have changed my views on it and think it is an amazing outlet to promote conservation for the health of our ocean and the lives of her sharks. What I find most interesting about my previously mentioned intelligence, is that when there is bait in the water, when we fin slap on the surface, when we bang the metal piece from a clip onto our housings to attract the sharks, sometimes they are just not interested in what we have. It's somewhat a free meal, and they decide when and if they are interested. When it takes a while for the sharks to show up, or if they stay low and cautious... it demonstrates their intelligence and is such a great thing for new divers to witness: they are NOT mindless creatures out for destruction! They are wary, calculating creatures who need more respect from the human population.
Image taken with @ryanwaltonofficial.@hecsaquatic@hecsstealthscreen with @tonycrumrine@johnnyvicari13#shark#sharks#savesharks#stopfinning#stopsharkfinning#scubadiver#scubadive#scubadiving#scuba#nikon#nikon_photography_#nikonphotography#nauticam#tokina#uwphotography#underwaterphotography#sharkweek#wideangle#wideanglelens#photooftheday#photography#photographer#beauty#ocean#connect#connection#earth
Over 70% of our planet is ocean🌊 over 97% of all water on our 🌎 is found in the oceans. The oceans contribute between 50-70% of this planets oxygen! More than 80% of life on Earth is found in the oceans. Sharks control our amazing oceans🦈 can anyone see the problem with shark finning and taking out 70-100 million sharks annually now?🤔🤔🤔 #saveourseas#sharksarenotmonsters#theoceanguardian#stopsharkfinning
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” - Charles R. Swindoll
As I try to get a great over under image 90% of my reaction is excitement and trying to remain calm as this Great White Shark heads towards me. Older image and new rules won’t allow me to do this anymore so I guess I lost my 10%. ———————————————.
Interesting Fact: Great Whites sleep by slowing down and going into a trance state. They are one species of shark that cannot stop moving or oxygen will not pass through their gills.
Quick share from my adventures over on @traciemegumiphoto -
Took a day trip up to LA yesterday and made a stop in Venice to check out the mural paying tribute to Rob Stewart @teamsharkwater - an individual who has had a profound effect on changing the way we see sharks and the politics that surround shark fisheries. Seeing the portrayal of his smiling face left a powerful impact on me, both emotional for his untimely death and inspiring to continue in helping the work he left behind.
This mural was created by @tristaneaton for the @dakuwaqa_project which is creating murals around the world this year in memory of Rob Stewart. #inspire#savesharks#dakuwaqaproject
The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.” - Hubert H. Humphrey
An amazing gift from a diving friend @79akd who took one of my images and put it on the back of this inverted aquarium over my pond. She designed and engineered it after we first talked about doing this a while ago. My koi’s are pretty big now so I may have to enlarge one day. How cool that on the second day, my koi appropriately named “Brave Heart”, was the first to enter it multiple times.
Took a day trip up to LA today and made a stop in Venice to check out the mural paying tribute to Rob Stewart @teamsharkwater - an individual who has had a profound effect on changing the way we see sharks and the politics that surround shark fisheries. Seeing the portrayal of his smiling face left a powerful impact on me, both emotional for his untimely death and inspiring to continue in helping the work he left behind.
This mural was created by @tristaneaton for the @dakuwaqa_project which is creating murals around the world this year in memory of Rob Stewart.
All around Asia people are currently celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year, often with a bowl of shark fin soup, which makes it the perfect time to discuss the devastating toll this popular dish is having on our marine ecosystems. •
About 100 million sharks are slaughtered every year, many to fulfill the demand for shark fins. To give that number some context, check out this gut wrenching infographic at Huffington Post: •
As apex predators, sharks can be viewed as “shepherds of the sea”. By preying on the weak and sick and maintaining healthy competition among other predators, they are critical to the health of marine ecosystems. We need the ocean and oceans need sharks. For some spotting a shark while swimming at the beach might be scary, but an ocean without sharks is terrifying for all of us. •
So for this Chinese New Year and every one moving forward, #saynotosharkfinsoup. Even if you don’t eat shark fin soup, you can still make a BIG difference by refusing to give your business to restaurants that have shark fin soup on the menu, contacting your legislators to let them know you support stronger protections for sharks, call for a ban on the sale and transport of shark fins and support organizations dedicated to shark conservation around the world. ❤️🦈❤️🦈❤️🦈❤️
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Happy Chinese New Year 新年快乐
Thanks for slowly reducing Shark Fin Soup consumption but more needs to be done to #StopSharkFinning all over Asia and now sadly in other parts of the world beyond Asia.
Image by: Alex Suh