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Oceanic Preservation Society  Team of artists/activists expose environmental issues & promote advocacy via film/media. Watch documentaries #TheCove @racingextinction opsociety.org


This week for #FanArtFriday weโ€™re featuring this powerful piece by @sharktopia_cc and the words of our partners at @keiko_conservation:
After starting off the week eating a bowl of #sharkfinsoup, Trump decided to attack another endangered species by lifting the ban on importing ivory into the USA. We have never been so ashamed to have our homebase in the USA. There are passionate conservationists, biologists, enviornmental lawyers who worked tirelessly for YEARS to get bans like this put in place. It is maddening that one man can reverse that so casually. ๐Ÿ˜CLICK BELOW to see the types of businesses and hunting guides that will profit off this.
#somerbysafaris #NealAndBrownleeLLC #saveelephants #savesharks #racingextinction #oceanicpreservationsociety #lovetheleuser #trophyhunting #sporthunting #gamehunting #africansafari #safari #elephants #iloveelephants

๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿฆ DOUBLE TAP if you want @ups and @fedex to STOP transporting hunting trophies! Elephants and lions will continue to be slaughtered as long as wildlife slayers with something to prove can ship heads, tails, and skins back home. #BeKindToElephants #RacingExtinction

๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿณ On #NationalPhilanthropyDay our team thanks YOU for supporting our work at #OPS.
Expose the Truth. Protect the Planet.
Every donation helps >> opsociety.org

๐Ÿฌ Why does the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) matter? Because for the last 45 years, this vital law has protected marine mammals in U.S. waters from being harmed or killed.
Today, thanks to the MMPA, dolphins, seals and whales have a fighting chance for survival. We must continue to #DefendMarineMammals and show that we will always #StandForOceans. Via @oceana

๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿณ We certainly are thankful for each and every cetacean species. Double tap to show some ๐Ÿ’™ if you agree!
Artwork by @peppermintnarwhal

The Chinese fishing vessel that was found illegally crossing through the marine reserve that surrounds the Galรกpagos Islands a few months ago has decided to appeal their sentence this week. They're claiming the boat is simply a cargo vessel that was crossing through the reserve, but not fishing in it (still illegal). In reality, this vessel is believed to be what is known as the "mothership," the boat that stores the catch that their smaller fishing vessels report back to. The appeal is set for Nov. 16th and the day before @keiko_conservation_ecuador, as a part of the coalition of NGOs @pacificolibre, will be holding an event allowing for biologists and lawyers to get the information straight to the public before the hearing takes place. YOU CAN HELP by signing the petition **LINK IN BIO** and encouraging others to do the same! Please don't let this vessel get away with this! via @keiko_conservation #keikoconservation #pacificolibre #oneoceandiving #waterinspired #galapagosislands #galapagos #sosgalapagos #sharkfinsoup #sharkfinning #savesharks #racingextinction

We love working with passionate, hard-working, students! Meet the newest member of our team, @sarahsugga:
โ€œHey everyone. My name is Sarah Ali and I am more than ecstatic to be interning as part of the #OPS team! I am a current student attending Santa Rosa Junior College and plan to transfer to San Francisco State University by fall 2018. I am strongly passionate about the conservation of our environment, am an outdoor enthusiast and trail blazer, and I am an avid lover of story-telling. I am an enthusiastic writer and hope to continue my academic career to build around writing and story-telling through different mediums. What drew me to O.P.S was its mission to educate the world of the importance of preservation of the environment through film. This fantastic non-profit organization exhibits what I value most: the world, its natural beauty, and its inhabitants -- all through incredibly moving stories. Considering all the campaign work and projects the company has done to ensure the world to be a better place tomorrow, I was instantly magnetized to its portrayal of positivity, compassion and hope. My plan is to learn, give back, and grow as a person alongside all the amazing activists I am able to cross paths with during my interning journey with Oceanic Preservation Society. Cheers to the Wild!โ€

Beautiful and inspiring #ARTivism by the very talented @nanacnese! #FanArtFriday ๐Ÿ‹
"The mountains are my bones
The rivers my veins
The forests are my thoughts
And the stars are my dreams
The ocean is my heart
Itโ€™s pounding is my pulse
The songs of the earth write
The music of my soul"

#humpbackwhale #oceanart #savethewhales #saveourplanet #pinetrees #forest #creativeminds #creativelife #creativelifehappylife #craftsposure #artblog #artsupplies #sennelier #watercolours #watercolorart #penandink #humpback #whale #whales #ocean #underthesea #seacreatures #illustrationartists #naturelove #inspiredbynature #natureinspired

VAQUITA UPDATE: Following the death of one adult female #vaquita ๐Ÿ’” and the unsuccessful capture of another, scientists have decided to suspend their efforts in capturing the worldโ€™s most endangered porpoise. โ€œThere have been no additional attempts to rescue a vaquita porpoise since November 4th and there will not be future attempts during the remaining period of the @vaquitacpr field operations.โ€ Steve Walker, @nmmfoundation #RacingExtinction #SaveTheVaquita

We certainly wouldnโ€™t like life in #captivity if the roles were reversed... Cartoon by @davestoonz #EmptyTheTanks #CaptivityKills #DontBuyATicket

ICYMI: Captivity is NEVER the answer. Humans have pushed this species to the brink of #extinction and now we need to do something drastic to save the 30 remaining #vaquita left in the wild. We should not be focusing on removing them from their natural environment but rather, we should focus on permanently removing the human threats from their ecosystem.
#Repost @inherentlywild โ€On October 12th scientists and veterinarians of VaquitaCPR set out in the upper Gulf of California to locate and capture vaquita porpoises. Equipped with lightweight nets, 87 acoustic sensors and four U.S Navy dolphins, the rescue operation successfully located two vaquitas, both of which had unfortunate outcomes.
Just over a week after the launch of the rescue effort, on October 20th, a female calf was successfully captured and placed into a temporary holding pen. Unfortunately, the six-month-old vaquita exhibited symptoms of suffering from stress, such as an increased heart hate and erratic behaviour, and so had to be released.
Following this failed attempt, on November 4th, a second vaquita was captured. Determined to be an adult female of reproductive age by veterinarians, she too exhibited signs of suffering from extreme stress. Unfortunately, before the team could successfully release her, she died merely a few hours after her capture. Less than 30 vaquitas remain in the wild, fewer still who are of breeding age, making this death particularly devastating.
It appears as though vaquitas are particularly vulnerable to stressful situations and are unable to acclimatise to confinement and human contact. If this trend persists, the vaquita will not be able to avoid extinction.โ€
Caption: @InherentlyWild
Photos: Vaquita calf (1 & 2) followed by the adult female who recently died (3). Courtesy of @vaquitacpr

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