Manatees were the first marine animal I ever fell truly in love with, and while I talk about sharks a lot now, manatees remain my favorites. There’s something so special about them. They’ve also been in dire need of protection since even before I fell in love with them as a child. One thing you can do to help, no matter where you live, is picking organic foods and products. Runoff of chemicals from farming has a direct impact on their habitat (and so many other animals, including us humans!). #Repost@ecoceanic with @get_repost ・・・ #ManateeAwarenessMonth has officially begun I hope you've enjoyed the manatee posts 💙 swimming with manatees is definately on my bucketlist. However ensuring they have a future is our priority. Are you ready to make a difference and help us work toward healthy coastal habitats so our ocean's manatees can thrive? help us sustain vital programs that confront ocean acidification, combatting marine debris, addressing overfishing and more. 🌊🐄💙🧜♀️ #protectwhatyoulove#ecoceanic#manatee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀///// ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Via @seeker manatees may not move very fast, but it is still tricky for scientists to track where these elusive swimmers have been. Now, thanks to a new environmental DNA test developed by @USGS geneticist Margaret Hunter, it is possible to easily test water samples to see if a manatee has been in the area in the last month. The test can detect traces amounts of a manatee's skin, saliva, waste, or water vapor from an exhaled breath. The new test could help us better understand manatee population fluctuations and where they move seasonally.
We are all responsible and our everyday actions matter a lot. But, who we select to oversee protections, international agreements and sustainability efforts really matter too. The environment is an issue we can all get behind because it’s the one issue that affects every single one of us. Let’s find politicians who are willing to take the right steps forward.
#Repost@surfrider with @get_repost ・・・ We are the United States and Oceans of America. Clean water and healthy beaches are vital to coastal communities, ocean recreation and people’s livelihoods. But plastic, offshore oil drilling, water pollution and sea level rise are threatening this precious resource. We all have a responsibility to protect our ocean for future generations. 🌊🌊🌊 Join the us and take action. (link in profile) #USOA#SurfriderFoundation
I used to think the only way to better the world and make change was sweeping action, macro level scale. But I’ve come to truly believe that when you live the way you think is best, that energy spreads. Surely farther than if you just talk about it. And even if it’s just person by person, the energy of leading by example takes deeper roots than any other form of activism. So you can’t change the laws? Do the stuff you wish they made happen. People will notice.
New flair for my desk from my shark trip with @oneoceandiving. It’s really easy - REALLY easy- to slip into the negativity and think there’s no hope. It’s also really easy to just get mad at the world for what’s happening. But, I love the approach of “protect what you love” instead of fighting/resisting/fearing what you hate. Those are energy sucks. Now I get a daily reminder (with whale shark imagery😍). Put your energy into what you want to happen, don’t let it be drained by negativity. Let your energy uplift, not degrade. It goes way further that way 😎#protectwhatyoulove#nobluenogreen#sharks#whalesharks#savesharks#water#ocean#waterbonds