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Happy #worldoceansday to you all. Today is a day we look to focus on #conservation issues and how they affect our #oceans and their inhabitants. Today is a call to action to bring about real change that maintains our oceans into the future. In honor of that, I am posting an image of my favorite denizen of the oceans- the #whaleshark . This animal is the size of a bus and covered with bright vibrant #spots and yet basic facts about its life history and behavior remain a mystery. These giant #sharks are #planktivores and pose little to no danger to humans. Whale sharks are what we call charismatic #megafauna . We rally around them as a focus for conservation efforts since they are likeable animals. However, the struggle to protect and conserve even these beloved gentle giants of the seas can be disconcerting. If we can't get support to protect these large, marketable animals then there is little hope for conserving the thousands off small and relatively anonymous species that are in similar peril. The oceans are the circulation system of this planet and their health is vital to life. While today is a stark reminder, we must try to make choices in our lives everyday that help preserve the oceans. Image taken st #mafiaisland #tanzania . #nature #naturephotography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #underwater #underwaterphotography #underwaterworld #canoncamera #teamcanon #canonusa #canonphoto #aquaticadigital #awesomeearth #awesome_earthpix #ourplanetdaily #sharkdiving #conservationphotography #sealife #seacreatures #oceanlife

Photo by Guy Stevens. A filter-feeding frenzy at Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll, Maldives.⠀

Manta rays are perfectly adapted to the rhythm of the ocean; their daily and seasonal movements tuned completely to the ebb and flow of the oceans currents that bear their planktonic food.⠀

In the Maldives mantas migrate back and forth across the Atolls with the changing seasons, chasing hotspots in productivity of zooplankton. Straddling the Indian Ocean, the Maldivian Atolls act as a barrier, forcing monsoonal currents upwards as they flow across the Indian Ocean. Deepwater upwellings are created around the atolls channelling nutrient rich water to the surface and within reach of the sun’s life giving energy, kick starting the food chain. By the time these currents reach the leeward sides of atolls, they bring enough of zooplankton to support the world’s largest known population of reef manta rays all year around. ⠀

#mantamonday #mantaray #manta #maldives #hanifaru #feedingfrenzy #underwaterphotography #oceangiants #gentlegiants #filterfeeding #planktivores #mantatrust #ocean #underwater #adventure #travel #monday #mondayblues #plankton

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Manta rays are amongst the largest fish in the worlds' oceans. As planktivores, they filter feed on planktonic (floating) plants and animals. Our #Andaman coral reef research team encountered this individual over a relaxing but eventful surface interval. Surface intervals are designated time periods in between #scuba dives to off-gas residual nitrogen that has accumulated in the divers body tissue.
* Partners: #ANET
* Video by Dakshin Researcher, Adhith Swaminathan (@bitsober) at the Twins Island, Andamans
* #DakshinProgramme: Biodiversity and Resource Monitoring Programme
* #DakshinProject: Andamans Coral Reef Monitoring
* Programme Officer: Mahima Jaini (@shennanigator)

#mantas, #planktivores, #surfaceinterval, #coralreefs

The Planktivores 2. The Manta is of course nothing more than a plankton feeding stingray. This highlights another feature often seen in planktivorous fishes - larger sizes. Evidently this confers some protection from predators, and indeed there are few predators in the sea other than perhaps orca and large sharks that could possibly attack an adult Manta. They also have evolved the long cephalic lobes to channel water into the mouth, and fine gill rakers to filter zooplankton.
#reefecoimages #Coralseafoundation
#planktivores #biodiversity #stingray #manta

#metridium #plumose #anemones are #planktivores -- they #eat #plankton - the #tiny #critters that #float about -- here are metridium in a #sea of #food -- the #little #particles in the #water are #unsuspecting #organisms about to be #caught by the anemone's #net of #tentacles

That moment you realise your friends have crazy awesome jobs and basically live NatGeo-type lives.
#wishistudiedsciencebraah
Also, I do consult for this lovely NGO. Follow them for a ringside view of some kickass marine biologists. Look for Dakshin Foundation. 🐳🐋🐬🐟🐠🐡🐙🐚 #Repost @dakshin_seas with @repostapp
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#nofilter
Manta rays are amongst the largest fish in the worlds' oceans. As planktivores, they filter feed on planktonic (floating) plants and animals. Our #Andaman coral reef research team encountered this individual over a relaxing but eventful surface interval. Surface intervals are designated time periods in between #scuba dives to off-gas residual nitrogen that has accumulated in the divers body tissue.
* Partners: #ANET
* Video by Dakshin Researcher, Adhith Swaminathan (@bitsober) at the Twins Island, Andamans
* #DakshinProgramme: Biodiversity and Resource Monitoring Programme
* #DakshinProject: Andamans Coral Reef Monitoring
* Programme Officer: Mahima Jaini (@shennanigator)

#mantas, #planktivores, #surfaceinterval, #coralreefs

#windowstongos

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Photo by Guy Stevens. A filter-feeding frenzy at Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll, Maldives.⠀

Manta rays are perfectly adapted to the rhythm of the ocean; their daily and seasonal movements tuned completely to the ebb and flow of the oceans currents that bear their planktonic food.⠀

In the Maldives mantas migrate back and forth across the Atolls with the changing seasons, chasing hotspots in productivity of zooplankton. Straddling the Indian Ocean, the Maldivian Atolls act as a barrier, forcing monsoonal currents upwards as they flow across the Indian Ocean. Deepwater upwellings are created around the atolls channelling nutrient rich water to the surface and within reach of the sun’s life giving energy, kick starting the food chain. By the time these currents reach the leeward sides of atolls, they bring enough of zooplankton to support the world’s largest known population of reef manta rays all year around. ⠀

#mantamonday #mantaray #manta #maldives #hanifaru #feedingfrenzy #underwaterphotography #oceangiants #gentlegiants #filterfeeding #planktivores #mantatrust #ocean #underwater #adventure #travel #monday #mondayblues #plankton

#metridium #plumose #anemones are #planktivores -- they #eat #plankton - the #tiny #critters that #float about -- here are metridium in a #sea of #food -- the #little #particles in the #water are #unsuspecting #organisms about to be #caught by the anemone's #net of #tentacles

The Planktivores 2. The Manta is of course nothing more than a plankton feeding stingray. This highlights another feature often seen in planktivorous fishes - larger sizes. Evidently this confers some protection from predators, and indeed there are few predators in the sea other than perhaps orca and large sharks that could possibly attack an adult Manta. They also have evolved the long cephalic lobes to channel water into the mouth, and fine gill rakers to filter zooplankton.
#reefecoimages #Coralseafoundation
#planktivores #biodiversity #stingray #manta

The Planktivores 2. The Manta is of course nothing more than a plankton feeding stingray. This highlights another feature often seen in planktivorous fishes - larger sizes. Evidently this confers some protection from predators, and indeed there are few predators in the sea other than perhaps orca and large sharks that could possibly attack an adult Manta. They also have evolved the long cephalic lobes to channel water into the mouth, and fine gill rakers to filter zooplankton.
#reefecoimages #Coralseafoundation #planktivores #coralsea #biodiversity

Love starting out the week with Mantas 💙
#mantamonday #gentlegiants #misoolmantaproject #protectwhatyoulove

If you have had the chance to swim alongside a whale shark, you will know what a magical experience it is. I can say I have been lucky enough to swim next to the largest fish on the planet, these gentle giants, and it is truly awe-inspiring. 💙 Sadly, these gorgeous leviathans are now listed as 'vulnerable to endangered' as their worldwide population has been reduced to half over the past 75 years! The main cause of their decline is fishing, often for shark fin soup. These wonderful creatures are just too majestic and precious to be poured into a small bowl! Please say no to shark fin soup. Healthy ocean ecosystems need sharks. There are other delicious soups to consume anyway 💙 © mango SEA

That moment you realise your friends have crazy awesome jobs and basically live NatGeo-type lives.
#wishistudiedsciencebraah
Also, I do consult for this lovely NGO. Follow them for a ringside view of some kickass marine biologists. Look for Dakshin Foundation. 🐳🐋🐬🐟🐠🐡🐙🐚 #Repost @dakshin_seas with @repostapp
・・・
#nofilter
Manta rays are amongst the largest fish in the worlds' oceans. As planktivores, they filter feed on planktonic (floating) plants and animals. Our #Andaman coral reef research team encountered this individual over a relaxing but eventful surface interval. Surface intervals are designated time periods in between #scuba dives to off-gas residual nitrogen that has accumulated in the divers body tissue.
* Partners: #ANET
* Video by Dakshin Researcher, Adhith Swaminathan (@bitsober) at the Twins Island, Andamans
* #DakshinProgramme: Biodiversity and Resource Monitoring Programme
* #DakshinProject: Andamans Coral Reef Monitoring
* Programme Officer: Mahima Jaini (@shennanigator)

#mantas, #planktivores, #surfaceinterval, #coralreefs

#windowstongos

#nofilter
Manta rays are amongst the largest fish in the worlds' oceans. As planktivores, they filter feed on planktonic (floating) plants and animals. Our #Andaman coral reef research team encountered this individual over a relaxing but eventful surface interval. Surface intervals are designated time periods in between #scuba dives to off-gas residual nitrogen that has accumulated in the divers body tissue.
* Partners: #ANET
* Video by Dakshin Researcher, Adhith Swaminathan (@bitsober) at the Twins Island, Andamans
* #DakshinProgramme: Biodiversity and Resource Monitoring Programme
* #DakshinProject: Andamans Coral Reef Monitoring
* Programme Officer: Mahima Jaini (@shennanigator)

#mantas, #planktivores, #surfaceinterval, #coralreefs

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