Photo by @simonagerphotography // The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), commonly known as the great white or the white shark, is a species of large mackerel shark which can be found in the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans. The great white shark is notable for its size, with larger female individuals growing to 6.1 m (20 ft) in length and 1,905 kg (4,200 lb) in weight at maturity. However most are smaller, males measuring 3.4 to 4.0 m (11 to 13 ft) and females 4.6 to 4.9 m (15 to 16 ft) on average. According to a 2014 study the lifespan of great white sharks is estimated to be as long as 70 years or more, well above previous estimates, making it one of the longest lived cartilaginous fish currently known. According to the same study, male great white sharks take 26 years to reach sexual maturity, while the females take 33 years to be ready to produce offspring. Great white sharks can swim at speeds of over 56 km/h (35 mph) #greatwhiteshark#cagediving#guadeloupe#shark#seashepherd#sharkfinning#sealegacy#turningthetide
Photo by @simonagerphotography // The Royal Tern nests on island beaches or isolated beaches with limited predators. It lays one or two eggs, usually in a scrape, an area on the ground where a tern has made a small hole to lay its eggs. In some cases, tern eggs are laid directly on the ground, not in a scrape. The eggs incubate from 25 to 30 days; after the eggs hatch the chicks remain in the scrape for about a week. About two weeks after hatching the chicks gather into groups called a crèche. When the chicks are in the crèche, they are primarily fed by their parents who recognize their offspring by their voice and looks. When the chicks are a month old they fledge or start to fly. Royal terns mature around the age of 4 years, after which they build their own nests and reproduce. #royaltern#chick#gabon#beach#birds#seashelherd#sealegacy#turningthetide#mayumba
Photo: @andy_mann // A curious nurse shark (and her animated remora) swim into a mangrove channel as the nutrient rich waters flow out with the tide. Exploring the shallow creeks of the Bahamas is a always a fun way to end the day. In 1993 the Bahamas banned long-line fishing and helped protect the 40 species of sharks inhabiting it’s waters. Today these waters are a thriving sanctuary for our finned friends.
Photo by @simonagerphotography // Sea lions are sea mammals characterized by external ear flaps, long foreflippers, the ability to walk on all fours, and short, thick hair, big chest and belly. Together with the fur seals, they comprise the family Otariidae, eared seals, which contains six extant and one extinct species (the Japanese sea lion) in five genera. Their range extends from the subarctic to tropical waters of the global ocean in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, with the notable exception of the northern Atlantic Ocean. They have an average lifespan of 20–30 years. A male California sea lion weighs on average about 300 kg (660 lb) and is about 8 ft (2.4 m) long, while the female sea lion weighs 100 kg (220 lb) and is 6 ft (1.8 m) long. The largest sea lion is Steller's sea lion, which can weigh 1,000 kg (2,200 lb) and grow to a length of 10 ft (3.0 m). #sealions#mammals#seashepherd#seashepherdglobal#seashepherdaustralia#sealegacy#turningthetide
Photo by @DaisyGilardini // I am on my way North to Wapusk National Park. Current temperatures -45C/-49F with wind chill. Keep your finger crossed the bears are going to be out and around. I will keep you posted satellite connection permitting! #turningthetide#polarbear#climatechange
Photo by @simonagerphotography // Reaching widths of nearly 11 feet (over 3 m), the spotted eagle ray is one of the largest eagle rays, with only the mantas growing bigger. spotted eagle rays, like all eagle rays, are active swimmers and do not lie motionless on the seafloor, like the closely related whiptail stingrays (e.g., southern stingray). They are foraging predators and are known to eat a variety of invertebrate and fish prey. Just like the name implies, the spotted eagle ray is covered in spots and other markings. It is unmistakable with any other species throughout its range. #spottedeagleray#rays#seashepherd#seashepherdglobal#seashepherdaustralia#sealegacy#turningthetide
Photo by @cristinamittermeier // Over generations, the native Inuit of Greenland have found ways to sustainably live with the land and to draw from it only what they need. As this Inuit man pulled these fish out of the freezing waters, he kept taking photos of the dead fish. Confused by his actions, I curiously asked him why he was taking pictures. His answers surprised me because he had never seen this type of fish before. I later found out that these fish were European cod, whose distribution range is found hundreds of kilometers further south, which is why he had never seen them before. With changing climates, we are not only affecting animals around the world, but we are also affecting ourselves.