Pelayo Salinas@pelayosalinas

Happy marine biologist.
Helping protect the last wild places in the Ocean with @natgeopristineseas.
Marine Scientist with @Darwinfound, Galapagos Is

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Back to base," after an amazing expedition aboard @kai_chile to Salas y Gomez Island. We spent the past week sailing and diving with dozens of Galapagos #sharks. The seabed was covered of healthy coral reefs and the tiny island teaming with thousands of nesting seabirds. Isolated oceanic islands as far as possible from us humans, are the best reminder of how healthy #oceans look like. Now, another week of field work around #RapaNui to find the not so lost sharks of Easter island thanks to the support of @saveourseasfoundation to Chilean PhD candidate @naiti.morales #exploration #conservation #wildlife #nature #naturelovers #travel #easterisland #moai #oceanoptimism #happytimes

Rapa Nui National Park
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This will be home for the next week. Today we set sail aboard the @kai_chile 45 foot sailboat to Salas y Gomez islands, where we will be checking out how the #sharkies are doing, how and where #sharks move and also figure out how different #shark populations are genetically connected n the Eastern Pacific Ocean. This is part @naiti.morales PhD thesis and #Esmoi research program. Salas y Gomez are protected from fishing by the 150,000 km2 Motu Motiro Hiva Marine Park. This park was established by visionary #Chile, a world leading country in marine protection, and with the scientific support of @natgeopristineseas, that conducted a scientific #expedition here in 2010 together with #oceana chile and Universidad Cat├│lica del Norte. Thanks to @saveourseasfoundation for the support to make this expedition possible. Updates from what we #explore in a week: fair winds and following seas ­čŚ┐! #exploration #conservation #science #research #rapanui #easterisland #islapascua #sailing #oceanoptimism #nature #wildlife #beneteau @darwinfound

Rapa Nui Isla de Pascua
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5am, Travelling light again... ­čśČ On this occasion to help PhD student Naiti Morales with the 'not-so-lost' #sharks of Easter Island. During the next two weeks we will be conducting Baited Remote Underwater Video Surveys (#bruvs) to document #shark abundance and diversity around Rapa Nui and Salas y Gomez islands. We will also be deploying satellite tags and collecting tissue biopsies on #Galapagos #sharks to study their connectivity and movement patterns. Plus some reef fish surveys and the unexpected! Thanks @saveourseasfoundation for making this possible! #exploration #conservation #research #underwater #rapanui #easterisland #explore #travel #southamerica #oceanoptimism #savesharks

Aeropuerto A. Benitez
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Most shark species are very shy and the moment you jump in the water, they have been long gone scared by the boat engine. This is why @darwinfound use baited remote underwater video stations (#bruvs) to quantify #shark abundance and species composition. Thanks to the support of @saveourseasfoundation we have been bruving the past three years in #galapagos to establish a baseline and also evaluate the effect of El Ni├▒o, that could be a proxy for #climatechange in galapagos. Today I am heading to Easter island to help Chilean PhD candidate Naiti Morales do some bruving around this isolated archipelago, exciting!! Stay tuned for update from the field! #exploration #conservation #nature #wildlife #naturelovers #science #research #sharks #travel #easterisland #underwaterphotography #gopro #climatechangegalapagos

Galápagos National Park
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Trying to keep up with juvenile Galápagos sea lions is quite hard... these are the most agile and playful ocean inhabitants I have ever met. What's you favourite marine animal??? #nature #galapagos #sealion #fun

Galápagos
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A hawksbill sea turtle glides effortlessly on an Indonesian coral reef. Globally threatened due targeted fisheries for their hard shells that is used to manufacture jewellery. Please make sure to check where your jewellery comes from and support #conservation initiatives to stop the illegal trade of #endangered species such as @cites. #nature #wildlife #seaturtle #hawksbillseaturtle #coralreef #indonesia #indopacific #exploration #travel #ecoturism #scubadiving #underwaterphotography

Indonesia
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Did you know that the Galápagos Islands are home to the only marine #dragons on earth?! they even throw seawater through their nose!! However, marine iguanas are very vulnerable to the effects of #climatechange, since warmer waters reduce their favourite meal: marine algae that live in cold water. Please Help conserve the #galapagos islands by supporting the mission of @darwinfound this #givingtuesday. #conservation #nature #godzilla #marineiguana #ecuador

Floreana, Galapagos, Ecuador
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Gal├ípagos sea lions and Spanish people have mastered the art of #siesta after a tasty lunch for centuries. Separated by two oceans and thousands of kilometres, this is one of the best examples of convergent evolution right ­čśť­čśť?!? What are you waiting for to visit the #galapagos in a responsible way and support local #conservation efforts to preserve this Jewell for the generations to come? Visit @darwinfound for more information on how you can help protect Darwin's living laboratory. #nature #naturelovers #wildlife #sealion #spanishyoga #happytimes #ecoturism #ecuador #travel #southamerica #relax

Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz - Galápagos
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Our latest paper on the reproductive biology of the #endangered Camotillo is out today. This #Galapagos endemic fish is listed as endangered on the #IUCN, at the same level of threat that iconic species like the Galápagos penguin or the whale shark. Yet this species is commercially exploited without any management action in place, like minimum landing sizes or a fishing ban during the reproductive season. There is an urgent need to manage artisanal fin fisheries in the Galapagos before it is too late... #conservation #science #reseatch #mpa #oceanoptimism #ecuador #fisheries

Isla Santa Cruz
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Wobbegong sharks, a perfect blend of camouflage and weirdness that results in total amazingness! Raja ampat, a large marine protected area in #Indonesia where #sharks are protected, is one of the best places to encounter them. Go and #dive some of the most diverse reefs in our #blueplanet and do support the creation of more marine reserves so the oceans can thrive once again. #exploration #conservation #wildlife #nature #naturelovers #shark #wobbegongshark #scubadiving #indonesia #indopacific #travel #ecoturism #oceanoptimism

RajaAmpat
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Smile, it is Monday ­čśŐ! What is your favourite marine creature?!? Mine are definitely wild orcas. A perfect #nature design to be a top predator, combined with an incre├şble intelligence. One of my most exciting underwater encounters was with a group of orcas in the #galapagos last year. Have you ever been #underwater with #orcas???! Amazing video by @silversharkadventures. #exploration #conservation #wildlife #naturelovers #orca #smile #travel #ecoturism


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#regram @thomaspeschak
Galapagos Marine Iguanas live on the edge and the difference between life and death is a few degrees of temperature. The world's only ocean going lizards graze on cold water seaweeds. Increases in sea temperature due to climate change have detrimental effects on marine iguana populations. No seaweed=No iguanas. If temperatures continue to warm these Galapagos icons could become the first to disappear. The world's leading scientists have just met at @darwinfound in the Galapagos to discuss how to safeguard and protect the island's unique fauna and flora from climate change. To find out more follow @darwinfound #climatechangegalapagos #climatechange #nature #naturelovers #wildlife #marineiguana #godzilla #galapagos #oceanoptimism #ecuador #travel #southamerica #allyouneedisecuador

Fernandina Island
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Floreana Island in the Galapagos is home to red #dragons ­čÉë. What are you waiting for to visit the most relaxing of the enchanted islands?! The local population of 150 has chosen to develop a sustainable, community based #ecotourism model. Here you can feel how the #galapagos were many years ago in the company of these #minigodzillas. Next shoot location for #gameofthrones?!? #conservation #wildlife #nature #naturelovers #marineiguana #godzilla #travel #southamerica #ecuador #floreana #allyouneedisecuador

Floreana, Galapagos, Ecuador
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­čôĚ by @thomaspeschak. Galapagos Marine Iguanas live on the edge and the difference between life and death is a few degrees of temperature. The world's only ocean going lizards graze on cold water seaweeds. Increases in sea temperature due to climate change have detrimental effects on marine iguana populations. No seaweed=No iguanas. In this photograph a marine iguana scratches its nose on the claws of a dead and desiccated compatriot. If temperatures continue to warm these Galapagos icons could become the first to disappear. The world's leading scientists are currently meeting at @darwinfound in the Galapagos to discuss how to safeguard and protect the island's unique fauna and flora from climate change. To find out more follow @darwinfound. #regram #natgeo #nature #wildlife #conservation #exploration #marineiguana #godzilla #galapagos #ecuador #southamerica #science #climatechange #climatechangegalapagos #oceanoptimism @saveourseasfoundation @natgeopristineseas @natgeo.la

Fernandina Island
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Galápagos Lava lizards live life on the edge. This extreme agile reptile species feeds on flies and other insects that aggregate around Galápagos sea lions. While most of the time they provide a valuable service getting rid of those annoying flies, some other times their enthusiasm makes them even more annoying than flies! This one has to run for his life from this unhappy #puppy! #naturelovers #nature #wildlife #sealion #lavalizard #faceslap #galapagos #travel #ecoturism @streetartglobe

Galápagos
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Mangroves are oasis of life among lava fields. Galapagos mangroves are one of the few globally (if not the only one) that grow directly on barren lava. Mangroves provide many ecosystem services such a shore protection, food production, nesting sites for #penguins and flightless cormorants and recreation value for tourism. Mangroves exist in a delicate balance between the ocean and the coastline. Sea level rise and more frequent storm patterns due to #climatechange threat these unique galapagos ecosystems. Time to act and support @darwinfound in their fight against #climatechangegalapagos. #naturelovers #nature #wildlife #conservation #oceanoptimism #ecuador #galapagos #southamerica #mangrove #lavafield

Isabela Island
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Galápagos sea lions are the most playful creatures I have ever encountered underwater. This charismatic species is listed as endangered by the IUCN and #climatechange will likely result in further population decline. @darwinfound and national and international partners are working hard to ensure that we have the best knowledge to combat this huge threat. Please support our mission to #save Galapagos #climatechangegalapagos #nature #wildlife #science #galapagos #ecuador #southamerica #nature #naturelovers

Galápagos
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Did you know that when excited with a blue light, corals and other reef creatures (including #sharks!), shine #psychodelic green?!?! Truly, one of the most fascinating #underwater experiences I've had! #nature is just amazing!! What' has been your most bizarre experience while #diving?! #exploration #naturelovers #psychodeliccorals #coralreef #indonesia #scubadiving #underwaterphotography

RajaAmpat
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Mesmerising footage of schooling glass fish being chased by trevallies in Raja Ampat. This large marine protected area in Indonesia is a great example of how protected areas are a great tool not only to conserve biodiversity but also to promote lucrative eco-tourism industries. We need more marine reserves and we need them ASAP to combat the continued destruction of the world's oceans.#exploration #conservation #nature #naturelovers #wildlife #underwater #coralreef #glassfish #baitball #scubadiving #dive #underwaterphotography #indonesia #indopacific #ecoturism #oceanoptimism #rajaampat

RajaAmpat
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Reef fish cleaning stations will never cease to amaze me! This spade fish is definitely enjoying it and the cleaner wrasses are getting a feed at the same time. Speak up for coral reefs that under risk of disappearing due to climate change and other human stressors such as pollution and overfishing. Marine reserves are one of the best tool to protect this jewel of nature, support their creation! #naturelovers #nature #wildlife #spadefish #cleanerwrasse #coralreef #indonesia #indopacific #spa #oceanoptimism #conservation #exploration #underwater #scubadiving #dive #rajaampat

RajaAmpat
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Some manta love while diving the gorgeous Raja Amparo archipelago in Indonesia. This marine protected area is a great success of how well managed ecotourism can bring more benefits to coastal communities than unregulated fishing. We definitely need more no take marine reserves to save the world oceans from us! #exploration #conservation #nature #wildlife #naturelovers #underwater #manta #mantaray #indonesia #coralreef #spaceship #travel #scubadiving #ecoturism #oceanoptimism #rajaampat

RajaAmpat
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An awesome video by @erick.higuera of the most playful dolphins of all time. The Revillagigedo islands in Mexico harbour a population of bottlenose dolphins that love to interact with divers. It also seems that these playful dolphins also request the cleaning services of clarion fish in a rather funny way. What are you waiting for?! Go and #dive the Revillagigedo, they are #awesome! #exploration #conservation #naturelovers #nature #wildlife #dolphins #bottlenosedolphin #spa #travel #ecoturism #scubadiving #dive #mexico #oceanoptimism #underwaterlove

Revillagigedo Islands
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Fishes also need to go to the dentist, and Cleaner shrimp provide this essential service, getting a meal of parasites and dead cells in the process! Have you ever visited a #reef cleaning station?!? #nature is just fascinating! #naturelovers #fish #spa #underwaterphotography #indonesia

Indonesia
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Baby marine iguanas have a difficult beginning at Cape Douglas, Fernandina Island. Galápagos racer snakes have learned to predict the season where marine iguanas hatch and patrol this nesting beach for an easy snack. Many baby iguanas make it from the sandy beach to the lava rocks, where they can better camouflage. Some other #babyGodzilla are not that lucky... if you haven't watch the snakes chasing baby iguanas sequence on the islands episode on #BBC earth 2, do it now! It is one of the best #nature action sequences of all time! Photo taken during an #expedition with @darwinfound and @thomaspeschak for the recent #natgeo magazine story about Galapagos and climate change. #exploration #conservation #naturelovers #marineiguana #godzilla #snake #galapagos #ecuador #southamerica #travel #tbt #throwbackthursday

Fernandina Island
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#regram @thomaspeschak: "In this short video I freedive off Fernandina Island in the western Galápagos to photograph marine iguanas for @natgeo It was one of the most surreal moments of my life coming face to face underwater with these mini Godzillas. Video shot by the best assistant team a photographer could ever hope for. Thank you @ottowhitehead and @animal_ocean". #exploration #conservation #wildlife #nature #underwater #naturelovers #marineiguana #godzilla #galapagos #travel #ecuador #allyouneedisecuador #ecoturism #oceanoptimism

Fernandina Island
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And here starts the mating season for Galapagos marine iguanas ­čŽÄ! Who will become the alpha male this year at the @darwinfound Biomar colony?! Stay tuned for updates of our endemic reality show ­čśë! #naturelovers #galapagos #marineiguana #godzilla #galapagos #wildlife #ecuador #travel #conservation

Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz - Galápagos
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Today is the premiere of the @natgeopristineseas Revillagigedo documentary on #natgeo channel. Last year we conducted a scientific expedition to study this amazing archipelago and work together with @maresmexicanos and @pelagioskakunja to inspire the Mexican government to expand marine protection. Last week at #ourocean conference #Mexico announced the creation of a 148000km2 fully no take marine reserve around the archipelago, #happytimes ­čśŐ! #exploration #conservation #naturelovers #nature #wildlife #dolphins #scubadiving #dive #revillagigedo #underwaterphotography #travel #ecoturism #oceanoptimisms #explore

Revillagigedo Islands
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Photo by @nhm_wpy. Nature is just amazing, isn't it?! We keep insisting in exploring outer space when we have an alien world just in our back door. The world's oceans are our life support system, but everyday we keep destroying them. Speak up for the ocean and join the fight to protect them. #follow @natgeopristineseas and pleas #help spreading the word! #naturelovers #nature #wildlife #exploration #conservation #deepsea #alien #octopus #kraken #underwater #underwaterphotography


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Morey eels have developed a fearsome reputation based on their looks. These are efficient and fascinating reef predators, keeping marine ecosystems healthy. On their good angle and under the right light their unjustified reputation just vanishes.... #naturelovers #nature #wildlife #conservation #morayeel #underwaterphotography #travel #scubadiving #indonesia #indopacific

Indonesia
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This was the firs day (and I hope not last!) that I cried of happiness underwater...The connection with these two while diving the Revillagigedo Islands in Mexico with @natgeopristineseas was just indescriptible. So glad the Mexican government has expanded protection to this treasure! #exploration #conservation #nature #bottlenosedolphin #love

Revillagigedo Islands
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