Shaylyn@save.our.plankton

🔹Photography education inspiring marine conservation
🔹Informal educator & Science communicator
🔹Lindblad Exp. National Geographic
📍New Zealand

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Shaylyn

Longfin squid, also known as Loligo, spawn year-round. Eggs are enclosed in gelatinous capsules as seen in the photograph. Females lay 20-30 capsules, each capsule containing around 200 eggs. The eggs will hatch after 11-26 days and the tiny squid will rapidly grow into their adult form. Having only a one year life span, the squid will mature and reproduce at 6-8 months old. They then die shortly after reproduction. #tinybabysquid 📸Photo taken in Ainsworth Bay, Chile. .
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What is scarier than ghosts, goblins, and ghouls? Knowing that our single-use plastic consumption is still on the rise. If we don’t change our habits, we may soon see more plastic in our oceans than fish. Yikes! #worththesuitcasespace
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Off the west coast of Greenland and roughly 250km north of the Arctic Circle you will find the Ilulissat icefjord. Here, one of the most active glaciers in the World calves ice into the sea. This active fjord is a proposed birthplace of the iceberg that sank the Titanic. After a long journey out of the fjord into Disko Bay, the berg was caught in the powerful west Greenland current and dragged down the eastern coast of Canada. The west bound Titanic and south bound iceberg did their fateful dance roughly 650km south of Newfoundland. Quite the journey for a berg. 💥 I recently took this photo while visiting the Ilulissat Icefjord. It offered sights of the largest icebergs I have ever seen. The beauty and serenity of ice almost makes you forget about their power. #therewasroomfortworose
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Plant or animal?

Animal!

Stalked jellyfish are Cnidarians, making them closely related to corals, anemones, and other jellyfish. The pom pom looking things are their tentacles and are used to sting and capture small planktonic prey from the water column. Since these animals stay attached to the substrate, they prefer shallow areas with adequate water movement (conditions that keep the passive influx of food plentiful). 📸These beauties were filmed in the waters off of West Greenland. ✨Stalked jellies are one of my favorite dive finds. They are cold water animals, so I will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for them on my upcoming Antarctica trip! #areyoujellin .
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It was a lovely day at a latitude of 78 degrees North in the Greenland High Arctic. I put on my swimsuit and jumped into the near-freezing polar water. It was refreshing, to say the least. There was no time to waste as I had my mind set on a goal of reaching the 850ft ocean bottom. So I quickly changed into my onesie, put a hat over my wet & freezing hair, and loaded the ROV gear into the boat.

We only had 900ft of cable to reach the 850ft bottom; I knew we would be cutting it close, but I was hopeful. We quickly set the system up and deployed our trusty @videoray. The ROV hit a density change around 125ft. It was full of planktonic life, but was nearly impossible to pass through, even going full throttle.

After an hour of descent time, we still weren't close to the bottom. It was suggested that we pull the ROV up, but I wasn't ready to abort. The surrounding ice started to close in on us, so everyone was called to return to our main ship. Equally committed to the goal, the expedition leader and captain gave us the OK to stay. Hooray!

We finally passed 850ft of depth. Just as I was getting nervous about running out of cable, we smashed (a little too hard) into the bottom. You can see the camera glitch upon our landing at 869ft. The current was ripping and quickly pulling the ROV backwards. The video footage has been reversed to make it a little easier to watch.

Brittle stars, crinoids, urchins, and soft corals covered the silty bottom while other invertebrate life darted around the water column. It's so incredible to see what organisms live beneath the dark, icy waters. And exciting to think that we could be seeing things that no human ever has before!

Captain called asking if we saw the ice coming to attack us. One of my favorite radio calls ever. But yes, indeed, time to leave. @jamesfchyde slowly maneuvered our boat between the ice sheets as I pulled up 900ft of cable as quickly as possible.

Thankful for a team so dedicated to exploring new areas.

#thanksforbringingmecookies

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The depths of our oceans are the least explored ecosystems on Earth. As technology progresses, our ability to view these uncharted areas becomes possible. ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) are excellent tools of exploration when trying to reach depths greater than the physical limit of SCUBA. This small underwater robot transmits real-time footage hundreds of meters back to the boat and gives us a chance to navigate through the deep, dark, unknown. 📸 Photo taken near Ilulissat, Greenland. ROVs footage to come! #babyrover
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Like fellow members of phylum Echinodermata, sea urchins have tube feet. The long, thin tube feet in the video appear to be doing a slow dance amongst the spines. The distal end of these tubes have a concave surface and act as photosensory organs, allowing the animal to detect changes in light conditions. Detecting changes in light is especially important for feeding and seasonal spawning. Tube feet can also be used for locomotion, respiration, and food transport. #groovy
📸Video shot off West Greenland
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Shorthorn sculpin-Myoxocephalus scorpius-are cold water fish that are found throughout the Northern Atlantic, along subarctic coasts, and in the Arctic. They use Antifreeze proteins (AFPs) to survive the extreme conditions of polar seas. A long story made short, AFPs lower the freezing point of the fish's blood below the freezing point of seawater. So, even if the water temperature is below freezing, the blood remains liquid and allows the fish to survive. ❄️🐟#stillteaminvert
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Lion’s mane jellyfish-Cyanea capillata-are cold water pelagic animals that depend on ocean currents for extensive travel. The bell of this species has 8 lobes (Lappets) that each contain up to 150 tentacles. They use the stinging cells on their tentacles to capture prey like fish, zooplankton, and moon jellies (watch out, @bywebbie !). This animal only has a one year lifespan, which seems crazy knowing their size. The largest recorded specimen had a bell diameter of 2.3m (7ft 6in) and a tentacle length of 37m (120 ft). Go ahead and calculate that growth rate! So, arguably, lion’s mane jellyfish are the longest animal in the World, not the blue whale. Sorry, @ashadevos !#teaminvert
📸filmed in West Greenland
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I spent six weeks with an incredible team exploring West Greenland and the Canadian High Arctic. Days were long and wild. Of course, my highlight was getting to dive in such remote and often uncharted waters. True exploration seems like a thing of the past, but expedition diving feels pretty close. I recognize how privileged I am to get to spend time in some of the World’s most remote (and incredible!) places. I am humbled. And forever thankful. My colleagues and I often discuss how we can help mitigate our visits to these places. An ongoing, circular conversation. I hope that sharing knowledge and passion about our wild spaces will empower those around me to become stronger wildlife advocates. Now, more than ever, these wild spaces need our attention. Wherever you live, I hope you take some extra time today to appreciate the great outdoors. #optoutside 📸 Thanks @jamesfchyde for being my personal photographer. And thanks @divedui for keeping me dry while diving in the polar water!
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The common sunstar-Crossaster papposus-seen on a dive in West Greenland. This animal can be found at a wide range of depths from the intertidal zone down to over 300 m. Bristles known as paxillae cover the aboral surface (top) and form an external false skin, protecting the animal from sediment /debris.
This vibrant seastar ranges from 8" to 14" in diameter and can have up to 14 arms. Being a dominant predator with frequent predatory activity, C. papposus plays an important role in determining community structure in its ecosystem. It has been observed feeding on: tunicates, nudibranchs, bivalves, urchins, various candidans, and more. It's even been known to swallow some small prey items whole! #voracious
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Atlantic wolffish-Anarhichas lupus-have strong jaws and normally eat invertebrates with hard shells like whelks, urchins, and crabs. However, on a recent dive near Kangamiut, Greenland, we watched this fish feed on the remains of a minke whale. A good reminder that survival in the wild requires taking advantage of opportunities that arise. Wolffish are incredibly important predators that help keep urchin and green crab populations balanced. When wolffish numbers are down, urchin and green crab populations overgrow and quickly eat/destroy the kelp forests. This negatively impacts the health of the entire marine ecosystem. Data show that this species is in decline due to overfishing and bycatch. It's time to rethink our actions. 💥 I love when we get to view an unexpected behavior! #nomnom
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