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The wonderpus octopus is a very unique-looking species, with it's long, slender arms. This species normally lives in the shallow waters around Indonesia and Malaysia.
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📸: Ethan Daniels #octopus #facts #science

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Right now, oil special interests in Congress are trying to gut vital protections for whales, dolphins and other marine mammals – leaving these ocean animals more exposed to the dangers of offshore oil and gas exploration. SPEAK UP: Tell your member of Congress to #DefendMarineMammals and vote NO on HR 3133 by following the link in our bio.
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📸: Yann Hubert #ocean #whale #marinelife #takeaction

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Also known as the blue dragon, sea swallow or blue angel, the blue glaucus is a species of brightly colored sea slug (nudibranch), and can be found throughout the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans in temperate and tropical waters. Like most nudibranchs, this species incorporates toxic chemicals or stinging cells from its prey into its own skin. This ability provides the blue glaucus with a defense mechanism against predation. Despite its impressive arsenal of defense tactics, the blue glaucus rarely reaches more than 3 centimeters long.
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📸: Shutterstock #ocean #marinelife

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Meet the tufted puffin. Heavy bones contribute to this puffin’s ability to dive extremely deep in search of food. While scientists aren’t quite sure how deep they can go, based on similar diving birds, it may be as deep as 300 feet!
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📸: Ron York Photography #ocean #birds #seabirds #puffins #bird #marinelife

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In case your #Friday needed brightening... 😊☀️
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📸: Doug Meek #ocean #marinelife #seal #cute #cuteanimals

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President Trump’s proposed budget looks to eliminate the Marine Mammal Commission, an independent federal agency that supports the protection of marine mammals and their ocean environments. Don’t let the future of these beloved marine mammals slip away. Tell your members of Congress to oppose President Trump’s proposed budget and fund critical ocean-saving programs by following the link in our bio. #TrumpBudget
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📸: Shutterstock

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Aloha! @CreationScape here one last time as I end this takeover of Oceana's account. It's been a real joy for me to be able to share some of my work with you today and hope that it has inspired you to explore more, appreciate the beauty of marine life and to love and protect our amazingly beautiful ocean and all that lives in it. I'll leave you with one last image of Hawaiian spinner dolphins. These dolphins are always a tight-knit community, sticking very close to one another, especially while sleeping and resting. I was given the gift of being able to capture this sleeping pod early one morning, just as the sun was coming up. These spinners are nocturnal feeders and stay up all night hunting in deeper waters. After a full night of hunting and feeding, the pod will return to more shallow waters with sandy floors to socialize, play, mate and eventually sleep. When sleeping, the pod will form a very tight group and become very in sync with one another. They stay close to the sandy floor, as it is the place they are most protected from predators while sleeping, but they are conscious breathers and have to rise to the surface every 5-7 minutes to breathe. This was the moment I snapped this shot. In perfect synchronicity, the sleeping pod rose to the surface together with such elegance and beauty and then descended once again to the ocean floor to continue their rest. I absolutely love how calm the water was during this early morning encounter and the beautiful reflections of the dolphins near the surface of the water. Signing off, this is Michael B. Hardie. Thank you for following along with me today. Mahalo Nui Loa and Aloha - @creationscape ...📸: @creationscape #ocean #marinelife #dolphins

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Hi, it's Michael (@CreationScape) back again for the third installment in my Oceana Instagram takeover. Next up is one of my favorite marine creatures, the sea turtle! This is a Hawaiian green sea turtle that I captured one afternoon as I was relaxing at the beach. It decided to exit the water and crawl right up next to me. I surely didn't mind and it gave me a chance to capture this common behavior using only my phone's built-in camera as I exited the area and gave it space to rest. Hawaiian green sea turtles love to sunbathe. They crawl up to the beach and take naps lasting hours while soaking up the warm rays. They do this to recharge their battery, if you will, as the sun provides them with plenty of vitamins and energy to help them get back to life in the ocean.
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📸: @creationscape #ocean #marinelife #turtle #seaturtles

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It's Michael (@CreationScape) here again with some very special footage to share with you. All around the world, there are people wishing to encounter whales or dolphins in their natural habitat, swimming and socializing in the wild. It is a known fact that these two species are very curious and playful when humans are near them, but did you know that they also enjoy each other's company? I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to witness and film this interaction between a large male humpback whale and a pod of spinner dolphins off the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Although there are still many mysteries regarding whales and dolphins, there’s one thing we know for sure – these incredibly intelligent and sentient beings exhibit all signs of altruistic behavior accompanied by emotional responses such as empathy, curiosity, sadness and an extreme desire for fun and play.
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🎥: @creationscape #ocean #whale #whales #dolphins #marinelife

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Aloha everyone! My name is Michael B. Hardie (@CreationScape) and it is my honor and privilege to be taking over Oceana’s Instagram today! I'll be posting throughout the day and sharing some of my favorite content captured from the waters surrounding my home in Hawaii. This first image is one of my all-time favorites. There are certain moments in life where I just stop and think to myself, "is this real"? This was one of those moments. I captured this photo of a pod of local Hawaiian spinner dolphins, which I have done a hundred times before, but this was special. With the clarity of the water, the shallow depth and the natural lighting that pierced the surface at that exact time of the morning, it was pure magic!
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📸: @creationscape #dolphins #ocean #marinelife

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The flamingo tongue is a small marine snail that lives on coral reefs in the western Atlantic Ocean. Like some sea slugs and other reef organisms, flamingo tongues incorporate chemicals from their prey into their soft tissue to provide a chemical defense against predation. The flamingo tongue’s bright colors serve as a warning of its poison to potential predators – a process known as aposometism.
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📸: Shutterstock #ocean #marinelife #flamingo

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African penguins enjoy a sunset near Cape Town, South Africa. Also called jackass penguins, these are the only species of penguins to nest in Africa. The jackass penguin gets its more comical name from the sound it makes, which is similar to a donkey’s call, Learn more about penguins and other seabirds on our marine encyclopedia - OCEANA.ORG/MARINE-LIFE
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📸: Sergey Uryadnikov #ocean #marinelife #penguins #seabirds #bird #birds #penguins

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The Endangered Species Act is one of our nation's most important, successful and popular laws – It has prevented 99 percent of the species under its care from going extinct! This Presidents’ Day week, honor the conservation successes of former Presidents by urging your members of Congress to oppose policy “riders” to weaken the Endangered Species Act. (Link in bio) #StopExtinction .
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📸: Mark Sullivan

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Jump for joy! It's #WhaleWednesday and you're halfway through the week! Did you know that, despite their common name of "killer whales", orcas are not actually whales? They are very large dolphins, reaching lengths of 33 feet and weights of at least 22,000 pounds.
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📸: Tatiana Ivkovich #orca #killerwhale #ocean #marinelife

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The blue-footed booby is a seabird named for - you guessed it - its very distinctive bright blue feet. The name “booby” comes from the Spanish word bobo – meaning foolish – and describes these species’ clumsiness on land and willingness to approach people.
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📸: BlueOrange Studio #ocean #marinelife #bird #birds #seabirds

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Take a look at the peacock mantis shrimp. Peacock mantis shrimp are powerful hunters, feeding on hard-shelled invertebrates of all kinds and even some fishes. They are well known for the extremely fast punching motion that they do with their front appendages to kill and break apart their prey. This punch is one of the fastest movements in the animal kingdom and is used to break open snails and other mollusks and to completely dismember crabs, shrimps, and other crustaceans.
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📸: Suwat Sirivutcharungchit #ocean #marinelife #shrimp

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The bearded seal is one of four Arctic seal species that resides in and around the Arctic Ocean, as well as the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas in Alaska. As members of the “true seal” family, the bearded seal is closely related to the gray seal and harp seal. Thick, white whiskers along the snout resemble a “beard,” giving this pinniped its common name.
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📸: Ondrej Prosicky #ocean #seal #marinelife

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It's #TurtleTuesday! Green sea turtles and many other beloved ocean animals would be extinct – gone forever – if not for the Endangered Species Act. But now this landmark law faces grave attacks from anti-environment interests in Congress. Imperiled ocean animals need you to speak up on their behalf, before it’s too late. Tell your members of Congress: Protect imperiled ocean life by opposing any legislation that would weaken the Endangered Species Act by following the link in our bio #StopExtinction
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📸: Oceana | Eduardo Sorensen #ocean

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Reaching heights of nearly three feet, the King Penguin is one of the largest penguins in the world, second only to the closely related emperor penguin. King penguins are foraging predators that feed primarily on fishes (but occasionally take squids) in shallow water near their nesting sites.
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📸: Ondrej Prosicky #ocean #penguins #penguin #marinelife #birds

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Southern Resident orcas are on the razor’s edge of extinction. Weak, starving and undernourished, these orcas need your help. Oceana is poised to tackle these threats and many more for Southern Resident orcas and healthier, more abundant oceans — but we’re only as strong as our members. Become a member with a donation today to protect these endangered whales and our oceans by supporting our proven, science-based campaigns. Become a member with a donation of $25 or more, and we’ll send you a member-only Oceana travel mug. Join by following the link in our bio. #StandForOceans
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📸: Monika Wieland Shields #Ocean #TakeAction

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Happy #ManateeMonday! Did you know that manatees can hold their breath for up to 20 minutes at a time? Typically, manatees go to the surface to breathe every 3-5 minutes, but they can remain underwater much longer. When they do take a breath, 90% of the air in their lungs is replaced (humans only replace 10%!)
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📸: Liquid Productions, LLC #ocean #manatee #marinelife

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"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came." - John F. Kennedy #PresidentsDay
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📸: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen #ocean #quotes #quote #JFK

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Right now, President #Trump plans to expand dangerous offshore drilling in the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic oceans, as well as the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. The President’s radical offshore drilling plan seems to put oil industry priorities ahead of people, ignoring widespread local and state opposition – while also putting vibrant ocean ecosystems and critical marine life at risk. Follow the link in our bio to tell your members of Congress to stand with us against this grave attack, before it’s too late. #ProtectOurCoast
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📸: Claude Huot #ocean #whale #takeaction

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This is a snowy plover. These birds have an interesting feeding behavior, as they run a few steps, pause, and then run a few more. This is so they can look for something edible to grab out of the sand. The snowy plover looks for insects and marine worms, their normal diet.
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📸: Neil Burton #ocean #birds #bird #marinelife

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Have you ever heard of the bluespotted ray? These rays just seem too beautiful to be real! Covered in blue spots, these guys can be found throughout the tropical Indian and western Pacific Oceans in coral reef-associated habitats.
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📸: Shutterstock #ocean #marinelife #stingray

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Here’s a happy seal to start off your #Sunday.
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📸: Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH #ocean #seal #cute #marinelife

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Thank you for following along with us on #WorldWhaleDay. Right now, oil special interests in Congress are trying to gut vital protections for whales, dolphins and other marine mammals – leaving these ocean animals more exposed to the dangers of offshore oil and gas exploration. YOU CAN HELP: Tell your member of Congress to #DefendMarineMammals and vote NO on HR 3133 by following the link in our bio.
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📸: Tomas Kotouc #ocean #whale #takeaction

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The long-finned pilot whale is one of two species of pilot whales that form relatively large pods in the open ocean. These species get their common name from their behavior of following a leader or “pilot” when transiting long distances. Long-finned pilot whales are not actually whales, however, they are a large species of dolphin, with only the killer whale growing larger. #WorldWhaleDay
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📸: ©️ OCEANA / Juan Carlos Calvin #ocean #whale #dolphin #marinelife

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What better way to celebrate #WorldWhaleDay than by grabbing your own pair of Oceana's limited-edition whale shoes in collaboration with @TOMS? This WHALE of a collection is inspired by recovering populations of gray and humpback whales and their migration routes. Get yours today by visiting TOMS.COM. #WorldWhaleDay
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🐋📸: Joe Morris 917
👟📸: via TOMs
#whale #whales #ocean #shoes #TOMs

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It’s #WorldWhaleDay! All day today we will be sharing some amazing facts about these lovable marine mammals, as well as letting you know ways you can help. First up is the sperm whale, the world’s largest toothed whale. These whales have the largest brain of any animal on the planet. They also have the most powerful sonar of any animal, which they use to find their prey in the dark deep sea. Finally, they have an ability to dive to incredible depths (up to 1000 meters) and stay down for incredible lengths of time (up to two hours), both abilities increasing their likelihood of finding prey.
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📸: Shutterstock #ocean whale #whales

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