A member of the same wonderfully odd group that gives us sea stars and sea urchins, comes the decidedly elegant orange feather star (Cenolia trichoptera). This beauty was photographed by John Turnbull at Middle Head, Sydney Harbour. John writes: "Feather stars are crinoids, part of the Echinoderm phylum, so they're related to sea stars, urchins and sea cucumbers. Here you can see the feeding arms - the central body is always hidden in a crack.” #treehugger#photooftheday
El tiburón puntas blancas de arrecife (Triaenodon obesus) sobresale por su abundancia en el Archipiélago de revillagigedo. Esta especie suele permanecer en los sitios doonde fueron marcados por periodos largos de tiempo, estableciéndose en los alrededores de las islas durante todo su ciclo de vida (CONANP, 2017)
The White tip Reef shark (Triaenodon obesus) excels because of it's abundance in the Socorro Islands. This species usually stays where they were captured for the first time for long periods, establishing themselves nearby the Islands during their whole life cycle.
Clown fish have the scientific name Clown anemone fish. They are bright orange with three distinctive white bars and are among the most recognizable of all reef-dwellers.They reach about 4.3 inches in length, and are named for the multicolored sea anemone in which they live. There are 28 known species of anemonefish, most of which live in the shallow waters of the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, and the western Pacific. They are not found in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, or Atlantic Ocean.
Surprisingly, all clownfish are born male. They have the ability to switch their sex, but will do so only to become the dominant female of a group. The change is irreversible.
Male Clownfish are very devoted parents. They look after the eggs, fanning them to keep them oxygenated. They will chase away fish much bigger than them and even square up to inquisitive scuba divers to protect their young!
Most people tend to ignore coral reefs because it’s not visibly active like the fish around it. Coral provides habitats and shelters for many marine organisms. Besides from containing the most diverse ecosystems on the planet coral reefs protect coastlines from the damaging effects of wave action and tropical storms, they are the source of nitrogen and other essential nutrients for marine food chains, they assist in carbon and nitrogen fixing and help with nutrient recycling. Now that’s an awful lot of things for it not to get noticed We need to helps protect and help coral by volunteering in local beach or reef cleanups. If you don't live near the coast, get involved in choosing to eat sustainable sea food, conserving water, avoid using products like certain sunscreen that include ingredients like oxybenzone & octinozate which are toxic to corals, educate yourself and help protect this beautiful Animalia!
How CUTE are thornback rays though?? These species are closely related to sharks and are unfortunately classed as endangered- vulnerable to over fishing. Please avoid eating ‘ray wings’ and choose sustainable sea food instead. Visit www.cornwallgoodseafoodguide.org.uk for guidance. The Wildlife Trusts are working with sea users, scientists, politicians and local people towards a vision of 'Living Seas', where marine wildlife thrives. Do your bit for our Living Seas by supporting your local Wildlife Trust
ETZ Podcast #11 - Undercover and Underwater w/ @shawnheinrichs is available now! Link in bio!! ⠀⠀
Shawn Heinrichs is an Emmy Award winning cinematographer, photographer, scuba diver, and marine conservationist. You may recognize him from the documentary, Racing Extinction. As an investigative conservation journalist, Shawn has gone undercover to expose the most disturbing elements of the endangered species trade. His conservation focus areas include ending the global slaughter of sharks, protecting manta and mobula rays, and establishing marine protected areas.⠀
- going undercover to expose the endangered species trade⠀
- saving a manta ray⠀
- getting surrounded by a juvenile gang in Ecuador⠀
- finding HUNDREDS of whale sharks together in one place⠀
- his amazing work protecting endangered marine species by guiding and supporting communities towards sustainable industries
It's a dream to see underwater shots of you guys enjoying our swimwear and swimming alongside the beautiful marine life we are working hard to try and protect
. @saltybluegypsy went exploring Ningaloo last week and witnessed how easily plastic waste in the ocean can be ingested by innocent marine life: "Plastic waste was floating in the current lines where 10 reef manta’s were surface feeding today - a reminder to make sustainable choices as consumers " .