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With so many options behind the grocery seafood case, it’s hard to know what fish to pick. Tuna steaks look appealing, and salmon is a perennial hit. But if you want to max out on health and sustainably, think smaller… and oilier. They’re low on the food chain, so they take less resources than predators, to make the same amount of protein. And you’re in good company: Whales, dolphins, seals and seabirds all love little fish too. Learn more at OCEANA.org/blog. 📷: John Cuyos
Mangroves create an intricate network of habitat for numerous amphibious and marine animals, like this lemon shark. These structures are some of the only coastal plants that can live in saltwater, and when conditions are favorable, they cover the coastline in dense patches known as mangrove forests or swamps. Importantly, networks of these sediment-trapping forests buffer the coastline against wave-induced erosion and provide coastal ecosystems and coastal communities a vital line of defense against strong, tropical storms. 📷: @sharksneedlove / Annie Guttridge
A Galapagos penguin basks in the sun. Galapagos penguins are the only penguin that lives north of the equator. These little guys are restricted to the Galapagos Islands, which straddle the equator, if only by a few degrees of latitude. This species is able to survive at the equator because of the unique biogeography of the Galapagos Islands. Cold, productive water travels from Antarctica via the Humboldt Current, which flows to this island group. Like other species of penguins, Galapagos penguins form strong pair bonds and remain with the same partner for their entire lives. 📷: Ben Queenborough
Right now, the federal government allows about half of the shrimp trawls in the U.S. to operate without Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs), which allow captured sea turtles to escape from nets before they drown. These boats kill thousands of sea turtles each year. A proposed rule would require the use of TEDs in more trawl nets, saving more sea turtles, but the Trump administration is stalling this
life-saving effort. Tell Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross that he must finalize this rule to require #TEDsForAllTrawls. Click the link in our bio to add your name NOW.
A polar bear sniffs at the edge of an ice floe as it seeks out seals under the ice. Although they're good swimmers, thanks to their paddle-like feet, polar bears are not quick enough to reliably catch prey in open water. Instead, they use their position on the sea ice to hunt. Often they'll wait near seals breathing holes or at the edge of the ice, just waiting for the seal to pop up. They can then quickly snatch the seal from the sea. 📷: Vladsilver
INSTA STORY: Who doesn't love sinking their toes in the silky white sand of tropical beaches? But these beautiful beach landscapes actually start in unexpected places. That's right. It's poop. Not only do parrotfish poop gorgeous beaches. They also beautify the tropics by keeping reefs clean, and just by existing in such splashy colors. Check out our Instagram Story today to learn more about these brightly colored sand-poopers. 📷: Laura Dinraths
The chambered nautilus is both an active predator and a scavenger. They can have as many as 90 appendages, unlike the octopuses and squids, which have eight or ten. Furthermore, the chambered nautilus does not have suckers on its tentacles, and obtains food by wrapping several tentacles around its prey and pulling the prey toward its mouth. 📷: Sergey Teryaev
A walrus pulls itself from the frigid Arctic waters onto an ice floe. Hauling their bodies out of the water can be a difficult task, that's why walruses use their long tusks to make it easier. Found on both males and females, these iconic tusks can grow up to three feet long and will grow through their lives. 📷: Karen Ford Photo
Humpback whales might be one the largest animals that calls our oceans home, but they feed on something often unseen by the human eye, zooplankton. These microscopic organisms feed everything from fish to whales. It's scary to think about these essential prey disappearing – but that's exactly what could happen with oil and gas exploration. A recent study found that seismic airgun blasts can kill zooplankton for at least a kilometer (0.6 miles) around test sites. What that means for fish and whales is still unclear, but it could have crippling consequences higher up the food chain. 📷: Adam Stockland
Two manatees play together in the shallow coastal waters. Sea cows communicate with one another through touch, as well as through patterns of squeaks and squeals. Such signals allow a mother to recognize her calf, and to teach the calf necessary survival skills early in life. 📷: Gary Powell #manatees #oceana #oceans #oceanphotography #oceanlife #manatee
#Didyouknow that great white sharks are endothermic, meaning they can generate heat within their bodies allowing them to pursue prey in colder seas? Research reveals that Great Whites are far more complex than we once thought, characterized by annual migrations of thousands of miles, life spans of over 70 years and adaptive feeding strategies. 📷: mbolina
Well, hello there! The amazon river dolphin is famous for its pink color, but #Didyouknow that they comes in number of shades? The dolphins start off gray when they’re young and slowly turn pink as they get older. Their final color can be influenced by their behavior, capillary placement, diet, and exposure to sunlight. And when the dolphins get excited, they can flush bright pink, similar to humans blushing. 📷: guentermanaus #dolphin #oceans #oceanlife #oceana #oceanphotography #amazonriverdolphin
'School' is always in session for manta rays. These massive fish are dynamic filter feeders, barrel rolling when they hit a rich patch and following each other in a train of open maws. Scientists have observed large groups of up to 50 manta rays feeding side by side while swimming vigorously, capturing microscopic plankton. 📷: EUO OCEANA / Houssine Kaddachi
You might assume that the nurse shark got its name because it helps other animals in some way, shape or form, but you’d be wrong! While it’s unclear exactly how they got name, it could have come from an old word “nusse,” which was used to refer to large fish like sharks as early as the 1400s in an early English/Latin dictionary. One thing is certain though, the nurse shark’s Latin name — Ginglymostoma cirratum — is a reference to its unique mouth. Learn more about 'mouthy' nurse sharks at USA.OCEANA.org/blog. 📷: Brian Lasenby
We're not 'clowning' around! Today, we're wrapping up our mini series on symbiotic relationships. Clownfish are more than the inspiration for a children's movie. Together, anemones and clownfish depend on one another for survival. Click the link in our bio to get the full series recap now.
Sea turtles have a hard time walking on land because their arms and legs are designed for swimming. So when they do venture onto the beach, they are slower than... well, turtles. But in the water, sea turtles are world travelers swimming 12,000 miles from Asia to North America like it's nothing! #repost @azuladotcom
INSTAGRAM STORY: Baby albatrosses are suffering from a junk diet – literally. Adults unwittingly bring an estimated 10,000 pounds of marine debris to Midway every year. This means that most chicks spend their first few months downing indigestible trash along with their food. Tap into today's Insta Story to learn more about how living on an increasingly plastic planet is jeopardizing the future of these adorable seabirds. 📷: kris krüg