UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL ~
This Hawaiian Monk Seal lives at Ni’ihau, Hawaii. Diving access to this private island is a three hour boat ride from the south shore of Kauai, Hawaii. Monk Seals have their own distinct personalities This dude actually followed me around ... he definitely loved my camera equipment! He couldn’t stop looking at his reflection on my dome port. Vanity at its best! ...but he was so cute I just couldn’t resist him!
What image of yourself do you choose to show to world? 🧜🏻♀️💙🧘🏻♀️
Shot at Ni’ihau, Hawaii with with my Canon 5Dsr Canon EF 16 - 35 mm f/4L IS USM Lens and Aquatica Digital Underwater Housing.
World Whale Week 💙 #protectwhatyoulove
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Beautiful aerial footage filmed off the Coast of La Jolla, California courtesy of Aerial, Landscape and Underwater Photographer, Domenic Biagini @dolphinsafaridom
🔵Pectoral slapping, informally known as pec-slapping, is when a cetacean turns on its side, exposes one or both pectoral fins into the air, and then slaps them against the surface of the water. It is a form of non-vocal communication commonly observed in a variety of whale and dolphin species as well as seals. The motion is slow and controlled, and the behaviour can occur repeatedly by one individual over a few minutes. The humpback whale's pectoral fin is the largest appendage of any mammal and humpbacks are known for their extremely acrobatic behaviour. Pec-slapping varies between groups of different social structure, such as not occurring in lone males but being common in mother calf pairs and also when they are accompanied by an escort. The reasons for pec-slapping therefore can vary depending on age and sex of individual humpback whales. During the breeding season adult males pec-slap before they disassociate with a group of males that are vying for a female, whereas adult females pec-slap to attract potential mates and indicate that she is sexually receptive. Its function between mother calf pairs is less well known but is likely to be a form of play and communication that is taught to the calf by the mother for use when it is sexually mature. Pectoral slapping has also been observed in the right whale, but due to its smaller size, the sound produced will be quieter and therefore used for communication over smaller distances unlike the humpback. Exposure of the pectoral fin and consequent slapping has also been infrequently observed in blue whales, where it is most often a by-product of lunge feeding followed by rolling on to its side.
// Stimulating The Mind // Keeping our education animals in fine fettle is a top priority.
Last week the enrichment team created activity devices and toys to enhance their natural instincts and curiosity. Stimulating their minds and providing them with a challenge keeps them active and energised.
Noba (Wyolie) instantly enjoyed jumping into his off the ground container in search of food and the echidnas excitedly pushed around their new toy. Munch (the kanagroo), on the other hand, was melting hearts to win help getting into his new food bag. Just look at those eyes! Cheeky devil.
#thisiswa#perthhills#kanyanawildlife#ani#ani#animalsstagram #cuteanimals#kangaroo#perthisok#nature #animal #animals #conservation
Spent the long weekend with my cousin, photographer @barryklee, hiking for hours to capture shots of the legendary California condors 🦅
There were once only 22 condors left in the entire world. Thanks to passionate people and the likes of Jane Goodall, their numbers have risen to nearly 400 but they still face many risks. They're such incredible creatures and I'm so glad to have seen a juvenile condor soar above us. 🙏🏻
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
~ Roald Dahl
We are looking forward to a huge weekend for the oceans and we’d love to see you at one of our events!
• Mornington & Melbourne Frankston Pieter, 11am
• Goode Beach, Albany, WA
•Beach & Pier Dive clean, Mordialloc Pier, Melbourne, 9am
• Jetty Beach, Coffs Harbour, 9am
• Bondi Beach, Sydney, 3:30pm
Our clean ups are family-friendly events so bring the kids, a hat, reusable water bottle, enclosed shoes and gloves if you have them! You can find these events in our events tab. See you this weekend!
Dear anti hunters: you don’t scare nor make me feel bad when you send me hate regarding my passion and need for hunting. It honestly makes me laugh and feel a bit prouder of what I do. I come from a long lineage of hunters, and I intend to continue hunting for a lifetime and make my family proud even when they are long gone. My Cystic Fibrosis requires that I eat around 10,000 daily calories to stay healthy and fit, so instead of filling my face with Twinkies or relying on insulin and a G-tube, I’d rather hunt for the food that has kept me well for 6.5 years. Whether or not you like it, hunters are needed these days especially with the expansion of human activity and the dwindling of wilderness. Every anti-hunter I’ve known of are city dwellers who enjoy their life on the high horse even if they’re wrong. 100% of the funds going into the preservation and protection of wildlife comes from hunters. Those cute videos of wildlife rescues we’ve all come to love are made possible by hunters. We care deeply and are connected to the wildlife so much more than any city-living anti hunter, as we get to actually see and experience what true nature is. Bambi is a fiction, the Lion King is also a fiction, but Mufasa hits the nail on the head when he explains to Simba how they’re all connected. Even though I hunt, the animals I hunt will eventually graze on the grass above my casket. God created humans to be part of nature, not to remove ourselves from it or play God with it and expect it to go well. That’s when we see overpopulation epidemics like the horses in Nevada, the hogs in the South, or basically every creature roaming New Zealand. Hunting is the reason why many animals haven’t gone extinct; just look at how it helped save America’s pronghorn and bison from extinction and create a massive national park in Wyoming. Teddy Roosevelt started modern hunting, and he’d be very proud if he got to see what it’s doing today. So before you call another hunter a heartless murderer or say hunting is bad, think of this post and remember who the true conservationist animal lovers are. #hunting#antihunting#conservation#animals#animallover
Last Friday 23 #volunteers from Suncorp got stuck at Congwong Beach in Kamay Botany Bay National Park in NSW. They made a fantastic effort pulling out hundreds of bitou bush weeds and promoting growth of native #vegetation. Thanks Suncorp volunteers! #Conservation#Landcare#Australia
A young royal on his way to becoming a king in Botswana's Chobe. Did you know that only about 1 in 2 lion cubs make it to adulthood, depending on their pride and ecosystem? There are only an estimated 20,000 lions left across Africa but with increasing human-lion conflict, loss of habitat, trophy hunting and poaching, this number is becoming worse. They have vanished from 90% of their historical range and are now extinct in 26 countries. This is not okay and we will not let this magnificent animal be lost on this earth on our watch! Head to africancatproject.org to help us protect and conserve the most iconic animal on the planet! 🦁
Happy Frog Friday.....
One of the many benefits of a chemical free property/habitat backyard. Meet volunteer pest controller, the Stripped Marsh Frog (Lymnodynastes peronii). Several large hungry Stripped Marsh Frogs have become permanent residents and almost make it impossible to find invasive exotic Cockroaches around the habitat backyard. Where these frogs are not present the cockroaches are. .
Interestingly with their large size they have become confident enough to venture well away from the habitat pond vegetation visiting the boundaries of the house almost in the same locations every night. Perhaps the only disadvantage is this species has become the Noisy Miner of the frog world, with their appetite they have outcompeted and eaten many smaller frog species that were once seen around the pond. For sometime the frog species's have dropped from 5 to 2 since the creation of the habitat backyard. For now their presence is welcome (saves time and money in dealing with the pest insect species) but long term plans being considered to bring the species count back up to 5 and beyond.
Build it and they will come....best thing about the habitat property is these frogs all came on there own, and are free to leave. No need to see them behind glass 👍
The awesome learning continues! After a long day at work writing revisions about fish cannibalism, I rushed over to the @ocean_institute to learn about whale entanglements in California 🐋 In this region, most entanglements have involved humpback and grey whales with identified Dungeness crab pots 🦀 Sometimes whales are so badly wrapped in heavy long gear they completely lose their fluke or pectoral fin 😖 It takes a lot of power, speed, organization, and patience to rescue these gigantic wild animals. Thanks to @noaa and all the organizations for their volunteered hard work! 🙌 Maybe one day I'll be on that zodiac! 🚤 #dreamjob#savethewhales#fishing#whalewatching#marinebiology#conservation#staycurious
One of our many aims as @wildlifeworkscarbon is to promote community engagement when delivering various projects. This time, we teamed up with @savetheelephants to hold a discussion about sustainable farming and human wildlife conflict resolution 🐘 to Kupojo organization. Community Relations Manager Laurian Lenjo and Greenhouse Manager George Maina were more than happy to give valuabe insights about conservation and sustainable farming 🌱. The organization consists of local farmers who deal with research on different plants so as to advise farmers on the best farming practices. Kudos to our team!