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We have a few more hours to influence the global delegates who are voting tomorrow at #CoP18 on the protection of mako sharks under @CITES Appendix II. If the proposal goes through, mako sharks will earn strict global trade regulations - a critical step in protecting this vulnerable species whose populations have plummeted from unregulated fishing. While a large number of countries are supporting the proposal, Canada is ignoring the mako’s #IUCN endangered status and does not support this proposed global protection of mako sharks. Let's send a loud and clear message leading up to the vote: Comment, tag, and tweet at Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen and urge them to vote "YES" on protecting the fastest shark in the ocean. Follow the link in our bio to sign in support of #CITES4Sharks.
#TurningTheTide with @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz
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Photos by @CristinaMittermeier // I have been lucky enough to experience the Amazon first hand and to spend time with some of the Indigenous people who call it home. People like the Kayapó have been stewards of the rainforest for centuries. Since Jair Bolsonaro was elected as President of Brazil last year, the Kayapó have been fighting to protect it from a president who has compared Indigenous communities to animals living in zoos and who has let industry cut down more of the rainforest this summer alone than in the last three years combined. Trees are cleared to plant soy or to make room for cattle pastures. Setting fires is one of the fastest ways to make space. Fires have raged in the rainforest for longer than two weeks, and the international media is only just waking up. This could be just the beginning of an even bigger tragedy if we don't come together today and start #turningthetide. The Amazonian rainforest is the source of 20% of all oxygen on earth and a priceless carbon sink that helps draw carbon dioxide out of the air to help us in our fight against the climate crisis. If you want to make an impact, donate to front-line initiatives working to defend the Amazon like the @kayapoproject and @junglekeepers.
Photo by @ShawnHeinrichs // Over 50,000 people have signed in support of our #CITES4Sharks petition, urging the Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to switch their vote from "NO" to "YES" and protect the endangered mako shark! Today, your voice is more important than ever. The United States just announced that they are joining Canada, pledging to vote "NO" on these proposed protections. Join us in urging our global leaders to stand up for sharks and ensure a healthy ocean for future generations. Swipe to hear @ellasavestheocean's message to the Delegates at #CoP18 and help spread her message before Sunday's vote! Add this post to your stories and share the petition linked in our bio. #CITES4Sharks #OceanHeroes
#TurningTheTide with @shawnheinrichs @BlueSphereFoundation @VulcanInc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz
Photo by Danny Copeland // We need to take action now to help protect dwindling shark and ray populations, like the unique wedgefish. Their fins fetch the highest price of all shark fins on the international market, which has reduced their populations by over 80% in some areas. A @CITES Appendix II listing would ensure that governments finally begin to manage the catch and trade of this highly vulnerable species. This level of protection for wedgefish and 17 other shark and ray species is up for vote this Sunday, with #CITES member nations gathered for #CoP18. Follow the link in our bio to urge the Canadian and American governments to switch their votes from "NO" to "YES" and protect these species before they are gone forever.
#TurningTheTide with @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // “Hope is empowerment, hope is a solution, hope is a game-changer.” Cofounder @cristinamittermeier's two panels, “The World Is Not F’ED (Yet)” and “Powerful Influencers, Big Ocean Conservation Wins,” are nominated for this year's @SXSW conference, but we need your support if we want them added to the lineup! Tap through our stories to vote today to help the #ocean earn time on stage at #SXSW. Voting ends this Friday, the 23rd. PS - you’ll have to make a profile before you can vote.
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier // Four humpback whales break the surface with great force while feeding on a recent @sealegacy expedition in Monterey Bay. Their mouths are open and their throat pleats are distended to accommodate the large volume of water they must displace in order to filter fish and krill through their baleen. The Trump Administration's intended changes to the Endangered Species Act ( #ESA), a piece of legislation that has protected animals for nearly half a century, will deliver a devastating blow to wildlife everywhere, including these humpback whales. Animals today need more protection, not less. After being almost completely wiped out by whaling, humpback whales made an incredible comeback because of protections like the #EndangeredSpeciesAct. Join the global movement to protect the ocean and the animals that call it home. Click the link in our bio to join the #TheTide.
Photos and video by @shawnheinrichs and @indonesianoceanpride // Indonesia is home to the richest marine biodiversity in the world. This past weekend, our friends at @indonesianoceanpride honored the country's life and history based around the sea through a national celebration timed with their Independence Day. Together, the country succeeded in breaking 3 @guinnessworldrecords: longest underwater human chain, most people scuba diving simultaneously, and the largest flag unfurled underwater. Join us in celebrating @indonesianoceanpride as they work to inspire the country to protect their ocean. Swipe through to see highlights of the event. #IndonesianOceanPride was cofounded by @hamishdw, Mark Erdmann, @shawnheinrichs and Sarah Lewis.
Video by @PaulNicklen // Did you know that mangroves play an important role in mitigating the climate crisis? Mangroves are powerful carbon sinks, drawing carbon out of the air and storing more than most other forests! These intricate coastal forests also provide homes for a variety of wildlife, like this American crocodile in Cuba's Gardens of the Queen. Unfortunately, according to the @UNEnvironment, mangrove forests are often dumping sites for plastics and other waste. The buildup of this waste, which does not biodegrade, impacts both the animals that live in the forests as well as the environment - from changing the chemical compounds of sediment to the salinity of the water. That's why we're joining @lonelywhale and asking you to #HydrateLike wildlife depends on it, without #singleuse plastic. Together, we can start #TurningTheTide for #CleanSeas. Join us and pledge (link in bio) to refuse single-use plastic water bottles.
Meet the giant guitarfish, a shark-like ray. Their flattened body is perfectly adapted for life on the seabed, either swimming close to the bottom or resting and lying concealed within the sediment. Like other shark and ray species, giant guitarfish are extremely susceptible to population decline from overexploitation. Guitarfish fins are highly valuable on the international market. @CITES #CoP18, the world's biggest conference on wildlife trade happening right now, is our opportunity to ensure the protection and preservation of giant guitarfish for generations to come. Urge policymakers to support these beautiful animals as well as mako sharks, wedgefish, and more as they race against extinction. Sign the #CITES4Sharks petition linked in our bio. #TurningTheTide with @shawnheinrichs @BlueSphereFoundation @VulcanInc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz
Photo by @PaulNicklen | Have you ever looked into the mouth of a humpback whale? I had not either until I took this photograph in Monterey Bay, California. I knew that baleen lined the edges of the mouth, but I never realized that it lined the roof of the mouth also. Once a whale engulfs a school of fish and hundreds of gallons of water along with it, they use their massive tongue to expel the water while retaining these fatty little fish called anchovies. This is what I love the most about photography. It forces me to stay longer, wait for the right moment, watch, observe, learn, wait some more and then voila in a fraction of a second, there is a moment in time, recorded, never to be lost, to share, educate and make us care a little more for these leviathans of emerald seas.
Video by @ShawnHeinrichs [warning sensitive content] // #CoP18 starts today! A @UnitedNations body made up of 183 member nations is set to vote on new @CITES proposals that would offer threatened species the management and protection they need to recover if they receive a two-third majority vote. There is still time to add your voice for an Appendix II listing of the endangered mako shark and 18 other shark and ray species! Your signature will support a growing movement from across the globe asking Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to continue Canada's environmental leadership role by switching their vote from "NO" to "YES." Please click the link in our bio to sign. #CITES4Sharks
#TurningTheTide with @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation @thelifeofrileynz @thewcs @sharkconservationfund
Photo by @lucianocandisani // Hyun Sun Jik, pictured first, is 91 years old and one of 4500 women divers known as Haenyeo on the island of Jeju, South Korea. Years ago, forced by socio-political circumstances, these pioneer sea women went to the sea in search of sustenance to feed their families and unknowingly founded a strong tradition. Today, Hyun and her colleagues, most between 65 and 90 years old, keep alive this 400-year-old cultural tradition of sustainable extractivism, freediving up to 15 meters below the surface to gather seafood. The universal values carried within this practice was awarded and recognized by the @UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage (ICH). These pictures are part of my new exhibition "Haenyeo: women of the sea" opening on August 31st, at 10 am, in the Sound and Image Museum, located in São Paulo, Brazil. This is a project with @vento.leste (editora Vento Leste), @mis_sp (MIS) and @ateliermarkobrajovic (Marko Brajovic).