Rush hour sounds a little different in the Arctic Ocean, off the coast of Nunavut. 🎧 • Narwhals need the big breaths we hear to reach depths of 1,500 meters when they dive for prey, which includes Greenland halibut, arctic and polar cod, squid, and shrimp. Evolved to swim easily in heavy ice, narwhals are vulnerable to predation by killer whales and noise pollution from increased ship traffic related to melting ice. • 🎥 - WWF-Canada/ M.Lancaster
Cause for celebration as the status of the fin whale was just revised from 'Endangered' to 'Vulnerable' on the IUCN Red List. • Strategic efforts to protect this majestic creature, often found in waters off Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, offer hope. But as the 2018 Living Planet Report indicates, wildlife and biodiversity remains at risk everywhere. • The world's whales still face myriad threats from entanglement, ship strikes and climate change. There is no room for complacency as gains made with these species can quickly be eroded if conservation efforts are not sustained and scaled up. • 📷 - naturepl.com / Luis Quinta / WWF #finwhales#wwfcanada#whalesofinstagram
Efforts to protect tigers around the world are making a difference. • A recent study in India found wild tiger populations in key tiger recovery sites across Asia could triple in 20 years given strong site management. • This would represent up to a 15% increase in the global tiger population. Encouraging numbers to be sure, but they aren't achievable without continued anti-poaching efforts and continued work to stabilize the prey base, among other conditions. • 📷 - Richard Barrett / WWF-UK #tigers#wildtigers#wwfcanada#wildlifewednesday
Loud seas make life difficult for marine mammals. Ship noise can cause whales to leave preferred habitats, interfere with catching food and block their communication. Responding to concerns raised by local communities of shipping impacts on the narwhal populations, WWF-Canada supports acoustic monitoring work in this region using hydrophone through the Arctic Species Conservation Fund. 📷 - Paul Nicklen/National Geographic Stock / WWF-Canada
#OurPlanet is a groundbreaking @netflix documentary series and collaboration with WWF. • Like @ourplanet 🌍 and stay tuned for updates on this series, showcasing our planet’s remaining wonders and what we must preserve to ensure people and nature thrive.
The Minesing Wetlands are a crucial part of the Great Lakes watershed. Together with @nottawasagaca & @loblawson, we put in some work! • • Removing invasive phragmites promotes natural biodiversity that's supports local wildlife like the threatened Hine's emerald dragonfly through to North American otters, herons and more! That's why we help support vital restoration efforts through our #LoblawWaterFund, funding freshwater conservation work all across 🇨🇦 • • 📷 - Paul Sparks - Shutterstock, Jann Gottwald, Emily Vandermeer - WWF-Canada
Today, the federal Cabinet announced they did not follow the recommendation of ministers Wilkinson and McKenna to issue an emergency order to protect southern resident killer whales. • • We are disappointed in this decision. With only 74 left, these whales are in crisis. • • The government has committed to adding protections in their critical habitat, and we will continue working to ensure they are in place when the whales return to Canadian waters in the spring. • • 📷- Katy Foster/NOAA Fisheries, under permit 18786 #southernresidentkillerwhales#orca#wwf#wwfcanada#StopWildlifeLoss
Changing conditions mean some species find their way into unusual places. 🐳 • It's always exciting to see whales in the wild, but WWF-Canada researchers were shocked when they spotted these two sperm whales in the Canadian Arctic. It’s only the second time sperm whales have been spotted in this part of the arctic. • WWF-Canada funds work to understand and mitigate changing arctic conditions. As sea ice shrinks, species such as sperm whales are able to push into new areas, representing increased competition for local wildlife such as the narwhal and bowhead whales. • #spermwhale#arctic#Canadianarctic#marineprotectedarea