Sunset in Panglao.
The ocean is a vast resource of potential clean energy.
Harnessing that energy is a challenge that we have to think about. Our planet is changing fast, not for the best unfortunately.
Time to do something about that.
The Urban Elephant Seal (Part 1 of 3)
I remember seeing my first elephant seal.
I was 15 and visiting the home of the spirit bear on Princess Royal Island when our guide spotted the seal swimming close to the boat that was our home away from home. I was struck by the strange looking sea creature, as well as its size.
More than anything, I wanted to photograph it, but alas darkness was setting in and I had no chance to capture the moment.
Spending very little time on the ocean, much to my dismay, I wondered when I would have another opportunity to observe an elephant seal in the wild. After all, they are animals that spend 80% of their life in the water – and can remain under water, away from prying eyes, for 100 minutes at a time, more than any other non-cetacean.
Little did I know I would have a second shot at photographing this seal species in the most unlikely of places.
When you think of elephant seals, you think size. They’re monsters, weighing upwards of 5000 lbs in the north pacific. You also think of their elephant-like faces. And you probably think of a remote, rocky outcropping as their home.
Almost certainly, when you think elephant seal, you don’t think cities or, more specifically, Vancouver.
Part 2 tomorrow!
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This was taken a few weeks ago when the young #pangolin that we confiscated from poachers on the Park's western boundary, and were looking after here in #Garamba, was out on a walk looking for termites. Her mother had been killed and she was weak and slightly underweight when the Park rangers brought her in. After spending a month at headquarters gaining strength and weight, she was recently released back into the wild. It was fascinating to get to know her over the month and watch her walk, feed, drink and sleep - Something that is not often witnessed. Pangolins are the most trafficked animal in the world and many of those poached and removed come from the Central African forests. #conservation#africanparks@africanparksnetwork@garamba_national_park 🎥@jeanlabu#conservation#pangolin#wildlife#stoppoaching
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Well, contrary to popular belief, KY Jelly was created as a surgical lubricant in New York, not Kentucky. Either way, the world's oceans are completely suffocating with plastics that aren't disposed of properly. Please do your part to cut down on plastics, especially of the single-use kind.
If we do our share, hopefully marine life won't accidentally eat our pollution and hermit crabs won't find themselves living in our discarded junk. #♻️ #kentucky#NY
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Now THIS is a killer whale show! A mother killer whale and calf were caught on camera chasing a sea lion off the San Juan Islands, in Washington State. Traci Walter operates whale-watching tours in the region – and her tour group was treated to an amazing spectacle as the mother orca taught her calf to hunt.
According to Traci Walter, this specific group of killer whales are known as the T123s. The family includes a 32 year old mother called T123 "Sidney", her 17 tear old son T123A "Stanley", and her five year old daughter T123C "Lucky". -
Transient killer whale travel around silently in small groups. This perhaps enables them to listen intently, lessen their presence in the water, and sneak up on their prey. The prey Transients are after have well developed skills of their own and are difficult and unwilling victims. -
In this video, the orcas were hunting the world's largest sea lion - a Steller sea lion. These sea lions can weigh a staggering 2,600 pounds and reach up to 9 feet in length. "They did not kill and consume the sea lion but perhaps used it as a teaching opportunity for the younger calf who was right in the action for a good part of it," Walter said. The giant sea lions are found off northern Pacific coasts and hunt fish, squid, octopus and occasionally even smaller seals.
Video: Traci Walter with Western Prince Whale Watching
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For the last 25 years, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has presented its Wildlife Conservation Award to one of its Barrows Conservation Lecture Series speakers. In 2015, Tico McNutt, who started the Botswana Wild Dog Research Project, received the award. He has followed many wild dog packs in Botswana's Okavango Delta, supported in part by the National Geographic Society, and eventually expanded his studies to include all major predators in the region. #conservation#savingspecies#closeenoughtocare#CZBGConservationAward
Good news for big tuskers in South Africa .... After significant opposition to the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve’s request to hunt a “trophy elephant bull” with an unlimited tusk weight, Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency has confirmed that it will not issue permits to hunt trophy elephants bearing tusks in excess of 40lbs. This comes after news about the large number of elephants earmarked to be hunted, in particular the “trophy elephant bull”, sparked outrage amongst conservationists and South African citizens leading to a petition as well as an open letter urging SA’s government to protect large tuskers.
📷 Ryan Wilkie