Shawn Heinrichs @shawnheinrichs

Conservationist/Founder @bluespherefoundation Member @sealegacy Collective Emmy Winning Cinematographer Manta/Shark Defender from @racingextinction

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INTO THE LIGHT - Healing begins with you, and when you realize you are the light on love you have always been seeking, and when you create the space in your life to receive it, that which you have been seeking will find you. Super excited about tonights “Into the Light Experience”, presenting with some of my closest brothers and sisters in art and conservation, @samueljmusic and @hannahmermaid , and a cast of other incredible performers and artists, all in support of the critical work our @bluespherefoundation is doing to help safeguard the oceans 💙🐋🦈🐬💙 #lightonecandle #bethechange #ahimsaray

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CLIMATE CHANGE - Our climate IS changing and our planet IS warming at an alarming rate, and as a direct consequence of our excessive carbon emissions, our oceans are becoming more acidic. Though a tiny fraction of ‘scientists' debate this truth, the vast majority of climate scientists point to human activity as the primary driver of our current warming trend. Regardless, dramatic climate change is upon us and some scientists predict that the process has become auto-catalytic - even if we completely stopped all emissions today, we may be looking at another 50 years or more of warming. This possibility does not absolve us of our collective responsibility to reduce global emissions with urgency, as we owe it to all species and generations to safeguard their future on Earth. ... The environmental consequences are terrifying. We are facing the loss of 1/2 of all species one earth in the next 100 years, and the loss of over 90% of all coral reefs by mid century. Its hard not to feel powerless and defeated in the face of such dire predictions, but here is a simple truth. If we continue with our reckless ways then we are helping to ensure these dark predictions become a certainty. However, if we each embrace significant change, collectively we create the possibility for a much brighter future. So in my mind, this is our only rational course of action! ... We must act RIGHT NOW to mitigate the impact of climate change by shoring up the resilience of our marine ecosystems. It is the ABUNDANCE and DIVERSITY within these systems that will provide for the greatest resilience. Simply put, the greater diversity of corals, sea grasses, mangroves, crustaceans, fish, and marine mammals, etc, and the more we have of them, the greater possibility that our marine ecosystems will survive and recover! We MUST move with urgency to safeguard critical habitats within of our oceans, we must signficantly reduce our extraction of foundation species that support our ocean food-webs, and we must end our assault on keystone species that regulate these systems. The choice is yours and our future hinges on it. #bethechange #lightonecandle @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @lonelywhale

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HEALING BEGINS WITH YOU - On the cusp of a global environmental crisis, where so many species are on the brink of extinction and the very biosphere that supports all life on earth appears to be racing toward collapse, how do we turn tide before its too late? At an individual level and in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, we so often feel powerless in our ability to make a real difference. But now is not the time for apathy and surrender. 💪🔥 Now is the time to do the work that must be done, heal our wounds, and embrace our individual and collective power to drive real and important change. The violence, hatred, and cruelty that is being perpetrated against mother nature is a reflection of the emptiness and disconnection that exists within all of us. Despite all of  the “miracles” of our technological advances, all the stuff we now consume and possess that make our lives “richer", all our of our social platforms that enable us to stay “connected” in every moment - we have never felt more lacking in purpose, more empty, and more disconnected from our communities than we do today. And we seek to mask our loss, to fill our emptiness, to dull our feelings of isolation, by projecting our hurt and anger on other people and species, by acquiring more stuff, and by seeking more social connections. But one can never fill a bottomless pit and our emptiness and isolation only grows, perpetuating  the cycle of disconnection, violence and destruction. We have a chance to turn this around now and it starts with you, with me, with all of us. Mother Nature needs each and everyone of us to HEAL, deeply and fully heal, and from a place of true healing, embrace our individual and collective POWER, and overflowing with LOVE, COMPASSION and ABUNDANCE, bring that healing to our Earth and all the beings who make their home here. Simply put, when we heal and show up in our highest, most healthy and powerful selves, we BECOME the LOVE and the LIGHT, and we create the future we are all seeking. 🦋🔥💙🌎✨ ( @hannahmermaid shares a profoundly beautiful and vulnerable connection with a mother and calf humpback whale ) #lightonecandle #bethechange #ahamisray @bluespherefoundation

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MISCONCEPTION- On first glance, the mako shark looks like a terrifying creature. Razor sharp teeth that protrude from it's powerful jaws, stealth torpedo form built for speed, and large, dark eyes for tracking down and intercepting prey. And these native characteristics feed into our irrational fears that are fueled by media that has portrayed these animals as terrifying monsters and mindless man-eaters. Beliefs drive our actions, and in the case of sharks, have enabled us to allow the slaughter of over 100 MILLION SHARKS per year, driving many large shark populations to the brink of extinction in just a few decades. TRUTH - The teeth of the Mako Shark are designed specifically for feeding on tuna, marlin and other large plastic fish, it's torpedo-like shape is built for rapid acceleration to close in quickly on fast-swimming pelagic fish, and its large eyes draw in the light needed to hunt its prey in the depths of the oceans. This is a magnificent being that lives in the high seas, rarely crosses paths with humans, and if it does, tends to avoid them. And given the precipitous declines in their populations over the past few decades, they have far more to fear from us, than us from them. It's time we take a hard look at our beliefs, seek out the truth to reshape our beliefs, and take action to support the conservation of these magnificent creatures, and all the other species that are racing towards extinction by our very hands. Right now, we have an unprecedented opportunity to help achieve critically-needed protection for 18 shark and ray species, including the endangered mako shark, under a proposed @CITES Appendix II listing. But we need two-thirds of the world’s countries to vote ‘YES’ at this month's #CoP18 conference. That is why a collective of voices are asking Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to switch their vote from "NO" to "YES," expanding their global position as leaders in ocean conservation and standing up for the protection of these magnificent apex predators. Join us and sign your name now at the link in my bio. #CITES4Sharks @bluespherefoundation @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz

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RACING EXTINCTION - Shortfin makos are the fastest of all sharks and one of the fastest fish on the planet, but these beautiful animals can’t outswim the threat of unsustainable fishing practices. 😢🦈 The IUCN recently increased their threatened status to Endangered. The heightened extinction risk for one of the ocean’s most iconic sharks is a stark warning that requires focused and urgent conservation measures to prevent the species being lost. The good news is: we have the power to change the future for mako sharks today. @CITES , a @UnitedNations body of some 183 member nations whose mission is to offer threatened species the management and protection they need to survive and recover, will review next month the proposal to add mako sharks to CITES Appendix II at #CoP18 This would offer the management and protection that mako sharks need to survive and recover. But their proposed #CITES listing is at risk. Certain member countries, including Canada, have publicly pledged to vote "NO." It is our hope that with your support, Canada will think twice and stand up for sharks internationally by switching their vote to "YES" and continuing their leadership as shark protectors; just as they did nationally this past June by becoming the first #G20 country to ban the #sharkfin trade. Join us and sign your name through the link in my bio, asking Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to stand up for sharks and switch their CITES vote to “YES” -- protecting the mako and fulfilling their commitment to Canada’s role in environmental leadership. #TurningTheTide #CITES4Sharks @sealegacy @bluespherefoundation @vulcaninc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund @thelifeofrileynz @racingextinction @nakaweproject @regisunday

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WE STAND TOGETHER - our species has all but wiped out there species, and now they are facing possible Extinction. Now is our chance to come together, on the international stage to take a stand for mako sharks to ensure their survival, and to show that together we can right the injustices of the past 🙏🔥🔥 Please click the link in my bio and add your voice to a growing chorus of voices from across the globe, that are telling Canada now is the time to own your role in the protection of vulnerable sharks and vote YES at CITES💪🦈💪 ( @thelifeofrileynz interacting with a Mako ) #cites4sharks #weprotectwhatwelove #bethechange @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @lonelywhale @vulcaninc

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Although #SharkWeek has come to an end, let’s make sure the conversation about sharks continues all year, starting with the race to save mako sharks from extinction! 💙🦈⚡️ ⁣In just three generations, overfishing has caused a 50-79% decline of shortfin mako shark populations. Demand for their meat and fins in the international market has tens of thousands of makos sharks being caught at a rate much faster than they are able to reproduce. It’s a pattern repeated across all of our oceans and across many targeted shark species. ⁣ This month at #CITESCoP18 , a record 18 species are up for new protections, including mako sharks. This is a pivotal point for the protection of #makosharks , one we can influence. Join us in #TurningTheTide and support #CITES4Sharks by signing your name asking Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to stand up for sharks and switch their vote to “YES” -- protecting the mako and fulfilling their commitment to Canada’s role in environmental leadership. Click the link in my bio to sign. With @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @VulcanInc @thewcs @sharkconservationfund

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KING OF THE PELAGIC REALM - time is running out for the Mako Shark and we must join together and act swiftly to protect them💙🦈💙 #cites4sharks #bethechange #lightonecandle @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @lonelywhale @vulcaninc

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@thelifeofrileynz revealing the true nature of these grossly misunderstood and villified sharks. MAKO SHARKS. Formidable, yes. Curious, yes. Fast, yes. Lots of teeth, yes. Mindless man-eaters, no!!! This month at #CITESCoP18 , a record 18 species are up for new protections, including mako sharks. This is a pivotal point for the protection of #makosharks , one we can influence. Join us in #TurningTheTide and support #CITES4Sharks by signing your name asking Canadian Ministers @jonathanwnv and @cathmckennaottcen to stand up for sharks and switch their vote to “YES” -- protecting the mako and fulfilling their commitment to Canada’s role in environmental leadership. Click the link in our bio to sign. #cites4sharks #weprotectwhatwelove #bethechange #lightonecandle @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @vulcaninc @lonelywhale

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If you have not spent time in the company of sharks, especially large ‘predatory’ sharks, it is hard to let go of the irrational fear that media has fuelled for so long. People protect what they love, and how do we expect CITES delegates, many of whom may either fear or even despise sharks, to rally behind a proposal to protect them? We need to turn that fear into understanding, that hatred into compassion. Armed with science and striking imagery we can do that. We can reveal the true nature of these sharks and the urgent need to conserve them. The imagery we captured during our CITES mako shark shoot presents these sharks as they truly are, incredible beings of evolutionary perfection, hundreds of millions of years in the making, perfectly adapted apex predators that regulate the health of the pelagic realm. Our imagery and story focuses on the truth about these animals – curious yet cautious, powerful but not menacing, beautiful specimens in shape and form, elegant in every moment. But we also tell the story of their suffering, the serious threats they face, and the truth about the fisheries and international trade that are driving their populations to the brink. And from this, we reveal how a CITES listing can be a powerful mechanism to ensure that populations of Mako sharks survive and recover. #citesforsharks #lightonecandle @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @lonelywhale @vulcaninc

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IT’S NOT TOO LATE - A quarter of all shark species are at risk of extinction, 100 million or more sharks are removed from the oceans every year and many of the largest species have seen their populations decline by 90 percent or more. While there is still much to be learned about sharks and their importance to a marine ecosystem, what we do know indicates that losing sharks could be devastating for the oceans and people. As keystone species, studies have shown sharks play important roles in both the middle and top of the food web likely influencing the health of coral reefs. Thankfully, the world is starting to wake-up to the crisis facing sharks. At the upcoming Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora ( @CITES ), the only international treaty with binding provisions upon member nations to protect threatened and endangered species from unsustainable trade in their body parts, a record-breaking number of countries have offered their support to protect 18 species of sharks and rays (mako sharks, wedgefish and giant guitarfish ) that are quickly disappearing from the world’s oceans. Will the nations of the world hear the overwhelming evidence that Makos need protection and take a stand for them, or will pressure from powerful fisheries lobbyists and commercial greed let makos slide quietly toward extinction? It is time we join together and END THE WAR ON SHARKS.🦈💙🦈 #cites4sharks #turningthetide #worthmorealive #cop18sharks @vulcaninc @sealegacy @sharkconservationfund @thewcs

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Many species of shark are speeding toward extinction. Learn more at citessharks.org #CITES4Sharks #Repost @action4ifaw : Shark conservation is at a crossroads.⁠ They’re extremely vulnerable animals—slow to grow and late to mature. Some species only have a handful of pups every two to three years. And with an estimated 100 million killed each year in commercial fisheries, we are fishing many species faster than they can reproduce. ⁠⠀ Once over-fished, sharks will take a long time to recover and need strong management—only recently did governments begin to regulate catch and trade.⁠⠀ This #SharkWeek , tune in to our Story as we take you through the (very ) recent history of shark conservation and why the next few months are critical for these animals. ⁠⠀ Photo: @shawnheinrichs

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ABUNDANCE - when you consider the unfathomable diversity and abundance of species that fill our oceans, we are truly blessed to have any opportunities to experience such wonders in our lifetimes, The oceans are so prolific and so resilient, yet we have pushed them to the limits of their capacity to withstand the onslaught of industrial-scale fisheries, unchecked widespread coastal development, toxic runoff from industrial farming, mining and logging, and a rising tide of plastics pollution. In spite of this, there is still so much worth defending and we must choose to act each and every days, in our choices about how we consume and dispose, to ensure our oceans thrive long into the future. In places like @misool resort people are drawing the line in the sand and taking a stand for nature, and protecting some of the last great relatively intact marine ecosystems on earth. It is time we join together and take a decisive stand for nature, for our the health of our planet, and for the future of all species on earth. #bethechance #lightonecandle #turningthetide @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @lonelywhale

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WISDOM - “If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology, we must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning.” – Lindon Johnson It is our duty, each and everyone of us, to put aside indifference and fear, to act now to ensure these magnificent beings thrive long into the future. 🐋💙🙏💙 #bethechange #lightonecandle @lonelywhale @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy

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Conservation is much more than a stand alone victory. More than a one-time culmination of effort and intention, effective conservation is a lifetime commitment, requiring constant care and vigilance. To believe otherwise is not only to court disillusionment and failure, but to imperil our most treasured resources. 🙏💪💙🌊 Our mission is to build a global community that is deeply connected to nature and in service to its preservation.🙏💙🦈🐬🐢 #bethechange #lightonecandle #ahimsaray #turningthetide @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @lonelywhale

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EVOLUTIONARY PERFECTION - sharks have ruled our oceans for over 400 million years, maintaining a delicate balance that has ensured the health of our oceans. No other animals are so uniquely and perfectly evolved as sharks to perform this critical function. Humans in our current form have been on Earth for about a hundred thousand years, and yet in less than 50 years of industrial fishing, we have annileated many shark populations by as much as 90 to 99%. Time is running out for sharks, and if we do not act soon, many species will face imminent Extinction. Will we standby with indifference and apathy? Are we okay with threatening to destabilize the foundation of our oceans' ecosystems? Are we unable see beyond our immediate needs and immediate greed? NOW is the time to take a stand in defense of sharks, in defense of the oceans, and in defense of the future of humanity.💪💙🦈💙💪 #bethechange #lightonecandle #turningthetide #ahimsaray @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @lonelywhale

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DEEP CONNECTION - @hannahmermaid is truly a radiant soul and being of light and love. The connection she shares with the ocean and all the beings that make their home there is beyond measure. She is one of the greatest underwater performance artists of our time, an uncompromising conservationist, and a passionate being who stands boldly and unapologetically in defense of all the beings in nature. Using her magnificent art to bring a voice to the voiceless, she is a model of empowerment, a pillar in her community, and inspiration to all young women, as she walks her talk and forges new trails in some of the most challenging of ocean environments in pursuit of her passion. I have such gratitude for you, for all that you stand for, and for all the light and service you bring to our world dear sister.💙🦈🐋🐬🐢✨✨ #bethechange #lightonecandle #ahimsaray @hannahmermaid

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WE PROTECT WHAT WE LOVE - and this brilliant being loves nature with such passion and stands in her defense with with such fierce commitment and determination, words cannot do justice in describing what a radiant, selfless, humble and incredible being she is. @candace crespi Mother Nature must have such gratitude to have you on her side, and we are all so much stronger as team because of you! Seen here in full whale shark mode with @waterlust apparel! 💙🦈 #bethechange #lightonecandle @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @lonelywhale

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Another fabulous day on the water with our @WildAid whale shark team in Isla Mujeres, Mexico - one of the few remaining places on earth where whale sharks still gather in large numbers, free from the threat of the shark fin trade. Ecotourism has become more profitable than hunting and selling these beautiful animals. Proof these amazing sharks are certainly #WorthMoreAlive 💙🦈 I believe that people only protect what they love and so I am on a mission to capture inspiring and dramatic imagery that connects the global community to the beauty and vulnerability of threatened marine species. Through this connection, I hope the world will ultimately share my passion for these creatures and be inspired to act before it is too late. Nothing but gratitude for every moment spent in the company of our gentle, spotty, and ever-so-hungry friends. 🐳🦈😊 @WildAid is working hard to protect whale sharks (and all sharks ) by ending the demand for their fins. Please support their efforts at wildaid.org/ #lovewhalesharks #sharkweek #turningthetide #whenthebuyingstopsthekillingcantoo

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THE BIGGEST FISH - and the biggest shark in all the ocean is the whale shark. What is remarkable is that, although whale sharks are far and above the largest of all sharks, growing to lengths of over 50 feet (with up to 60 feet reported ), they are completely harmless, gentle and docile beings. Over the past month, we have had the pleasure of interacting with and filming these magnificent beings in both Galapagos and Isla Mujeres. Isla Mujeres is world renowned for the largest aggregations of whale sharks in the world, while Galapagos is famous for the biggest whale sharks ever recorded. In this photo taken in Galapagos, you can see the massive size of the shark in comparison to our friend @mishajannard 💪🦈💪 Whether it be diving with one massive whale shark or swimming with a gathering of hundreds, the deep connection and wonder we experienced was same. These brilliant beings are powerful ambassadors for sharks and all species that call the oceans their home and we are so deeply grateful for the privilege to experience their company. We protect what we love, it is our duty attacked please vulnerable and precious creatures. 💙🐋🦈💙 #bethechange #lightonecandle #turningthetide @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @lonelywhale

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MIGHTY MAKO - a magnificent being that lives in the high seas, rarely crosses paths with humans and if it does, tends to avoid them. Given the precipitous declines in their populations over the past few decades, they have far more to fear from us, than us from them. In August, world governments will consider listing a record number of seriously at-risk shark and ray species, including makos, on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species ( @CITES ). @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy and @vulcaninc are supporting an unprecedented push with key countries to gain the two-thirds majority needed for their inclusion. It's time we take a hard look at our beliefs, seek out the truth to reshape our beliefs, and take action to support the conservation of these magnificent creatures, and all the other species that are racing towards extinction by our very hands.🙏💙🌊💚•••••• #regram @thelifeofrileynz // MAKO + @shawnheinrichs = dream for me As you well know, Mako sharks are the major species I work with. There's not many locations in the world people do, and not trying to be egotistical, but New Zealand has some of the best, biggest and in clear water. What's odd is this is me on the @reddigitalcinema space ship of a camera. A rare occurrence. Why? Because unfortunately Mako were recently declared endangered and that's why Shawn came for a visit. I could not believe he had never seen a Mako alive. I have followed his work for years, one of the rare people who walks the walk without ever having to talk the ego talk. He came to NZ to collaborate on a project to be released soon, to try and help these amazing creatures get protection through an upcoming @cites convention. Good karma delivered us the most amazing animals I have ever had. He was blown away, and a special guest we took out @trav_boyd had his perspective totally flipped around. Standby soon for the release of this incredible project. It wouldn't have happened without collaboration from @vulcaninc @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @lonelywhale

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Why do these gorgeous giant whale sharks aggregate in the blue water off Isla Mujeres, Mexico? PLANKTON + FISH EGGS 🐟🥚 Little tunny, a small tuna species, can produce over a million eggs each breeding season. The little tunny spawn overnight and their eggs float gently upwards towards the surface. Whale sharks swim around gulping the eggs up for sometimes hours at a time! How incredibly blessed we are that these gentle giants grace us with their presence, despite all that we have done to them. Perhaps a lesson in compassion and empathy? #whalesharklove #turningthetide #worthmorealive @sealegacy @bluespherefoundation @lonelywhale

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GENTLE GIANT - It was over a decade ago when we first plunged into the water with 300 whale sharks feeding on the surface off Isla Mujeres, Mexico. These massive yet harmless creatures, with no sharp teeth and covered in cute spots, are curious with swimmers and spend hours at the surface where people can closely observe and interact with them. You couldn’t conceive of a better evangelist for sharks! One cannot help but feel humbled when one of these ocean giants graces your presence, watching as its huge body rises from the deep, passing within feet of you, its huge mouth gulping down tiny plankton, all propelled by a mighty tail. I can’t help but feel the deepest sense of gratitude and humility at the wonders of nature that still abound in our oceans. 🐳🦈💥 Some of my fondest memories shared with some of my dearest ocean friends have occurred while swimming with these beautiful gentle giants. There is still so much worth protecting in the oceans, and we should never lose sight of this fact. Yes, we have lost so much, and yes, the news is typically not optimistic, but we should not let this dissuade us. In the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, we must come together with a unified voice and an unquenchable passion to stand in defense of the oceans and protect all of the beings that call it their home. @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @lonelywhale #whaleshark #worthmorealive #turningthetide

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I have been a diver for almost three decades, and during that time I have had been blessed to interact with and photograph many of the most charismatic shark species in the oceans. However, one shark had always alluded me, the king of the pelagic realm, one of the most awesome of all the large predatory sharks – the Mako! And I must admit, though I have spent countless hours in open water with some of the most feared sharks, including tiger sharks, bull sharks, oceanic white tips, and even great whites, there was something about the fastest shark in all the oceans, with its jagged teeth protruding from its powerful jaw, a formidable predator that can rip a massive marlin to shreds in moments, that tugged at some deep and unresolved primal fear that remained buried inside me. My only interactions with Mako sharks had been with dead ones. From South and Central America, to the Pacific, to Southeast Asia and Indian Ocean, I had documented the demise of these iconic predators by the hands of commercial fisheries. In Japan I documented hundreds of Mako sharks unloaded in a single port on a single day, and most of these sharks were clearly juveniles. In Hong Kong and China, shark fin traders enthusiastically boasted how valuable Mako fins where to their trade, noting that their value had only increased as the fins had become ever more scarce. It was clear to me from my investigations that Mako sharks were in serious trouble, and the scientific data was in clear support. When it was announced that Mako sharks had been proposed for listing on @CITES , I jumped at the opportunity to tell their story and use imagery and storytelling as a powerful tool to help secure their protection. This was my opportunity to finally give a voice to these vulnerable animals that I had so often documented on the blood-soaked floors of commercial fishing ports. And, this was also my opportunity to finally come face-to-face with a shark that had eluded me for almost three decades, to interact on its terms in its habitat, and to learn in the most personal way, the true nature of this incredible species. #citesforsharks @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @lonelywhale @vulcaninc

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Shortfin makos are prized for their fins and for their meat, and they are extremely vulnerable to long-line and gill-net fisheries that target pelagic fish like tuna. Makos are often caught on lines or trapped in nets as bycatch. They are endangered, with populations decreasing worldwide. A CITES Appendix II listing would offer the management and protection that Mako sharks need to survive and recover. Click the link in my bio to read the latest article in @oceanographic_mag from @thelifeofrileynz and I about incredible experience interacting with in filming these magnificent sharks, how time is running out for the fastest shark in the ocean.🦈💥🦈 #Regram @oceanographic_mag : “On the eve of this year’s Shark Week - and weeks ahead of a critical international conference ( @cites ) where governments have the chance to better protect the Mako shark - we speak with two men fighting for the survival of the species. LINK IN BIO. Support the great work being done by @sealegacy , @bluespherefoundation , @vulcaninc and @projectaware (where you can sign a petition ) now, and help the fastest shark in the ocean win its race against extinction.” 📸: @thelifeofrileynz#conservation #makos #savethemako #maketime4makos #cites #sharks #sharkweek #healthyoceans #blueplanet #apex #newzealand #makoshark #turningthetide

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Sharks are the guardians of the ocean. They take care of a system that is so vital to our quality of life and, ultimately, to our survival. Humanity has not been good to sharks, but we can change that now. We can stop the destruction, reverse the damage, take a stand for what is right, and fight against what hurts us all. We must focus on action, and change the way we treat sharks and the ocean. The outcome is up to all of us. And we are making headway! Last week new shore-based shark fishing regulations went into effect in Florida. What does that mean exactly? ✔️Anglers are required to pass an online educational course, before obtaining a permit. (This permit is separate from the standard saltwater fishing license ). ✔️NO chumming from the beach. ✔️IMMEDIATE release of prohibited shark species, by cutting the leader, line or hook to prevent a delayed release. ✔️Prohibited species must remain in the water at all times- no more dragging them onto the beach for Trophy pictures! ✔️Requiring the use of non-offset, non-stainless-steel circle hooks to target or harvest sharks when using live or dead natural bait (when fishing from shore and from a vessel ). ✔️Requiring the possession/use of a device capable of quickly cutting the leader or hook when targeting sharks (when fishing from shore or a vessel ). A step in the right direction to providing protections for these beautiful misunderstood creatures. Now we must #StopTheFinTrade and push for a #FinBanNow 💙🦈 @sharkallies @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @wildlifevoiceinc #worthmorealive #savesharks #turningthetide #nofinfl

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As a person who feels such a deep connection with the oceans and all of nature, where every encounter with these magnificent beings leaves an indelible and beautiful mark in my soul, I struggle to understand how our society can be so cruel, so reckless and so wanton in our destructive ways. But I have to remind myself that so much of this recklessness comes from a place of ignorance or apathy, in a society that fuels the emptiness that has grown within all of us, and promises to fill it with disposable goods and superficial connections. And blame and violence only further fuel this epidemic, dividing communities and blinding us to the real issues. We must come together as a unified movement, seeking to help in the healing of our brothers and sisters, restoring connections lost, and reigniting empathy for all the beings in our biosphere. It is in this way that we can restore the balance and heal our planet. 🌎❤️🙏🦋 #mantamonday #worthmorealive #ahimsaray #turningthetide @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @lonelywhale @indonesianoceanpride @mantatrust @wildaid

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🦈⚡️ Shortfin makos are the fastest shark and one of the fastest fish on the planet. However, these beautiful animals can’t out-swim the impacts of unsustainable fishing practices. The IUCN shark specialist group recently increased their threat status to Endangered. The heightened extinction risk for one of the ocean’s most iconic sharks is a stark warning that urgently requires a suite of conservation measures to prevent the species being lost. In August, world governments will consider listing a record number of seriously at-risk shark and ray species, including makos, on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species ( @CITES ). @bluespherefoundation and @sealegacy are supporting an unprecedented push with key countries to gain the two-thirds majority needed for their inclusion. Stay tuned for how you can continue #TurningTheTide for sharks. 🌊🦈 @thewcs @vulcaninc @sharkconservationfund @pewenvironment @thelifeofrileynz

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A challenge to #StopSucking might seem silly but when you see a plastic straw in the water it might make you think twice about YOUR ocean impact the next time you sip through single-use plastic... 🚫🍹🦋 Help us go further to protect our planet by answering a quick survey - link in my bio. 🙏🏻🌊 #turningthetide @lonelywhale @sealegacy @bluespherefoundation

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HAMMER TIME - I just returned home from an incredible shoot in the Galapagos Islands with my dear friends and teammates @paulnicklen and @cristinamittermeier In addition to learning so much from these two passionate conservationists and icons of wildlife imagery, storytelling and conservation, I was also treated to some of the most spectacular displays of magnificent marine life found anywhere on the planet. In particular, Darwin Island surpassed all expectations, serving up such a mind-blowing abundance and diversity that I was at a loss on where to point my camera, because it was all so so incredible! But even amongst such abundance, it was also in the intimate moments of connection with even just one of these magnificent creatures that also really touched me. I am so inspired, and so grateful for incredible work that is being done today in the Galapagos Islands to ensure that this natural heritage treasure is preserved long, long into the future. #turningthetide #lightonecandle @conservationorg @wildaidgps @wildaid @darwinfound @parquegalapagos @sealegacy @bluespherefoundation

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Look how tiny my dear friend @paulnicklen looks next to this spotted gentle giant! I am so honored and grateful to work with him, @cristinamittermeier and the rest of our incredible team. Together we will save the oceans! 🦈💙 #Regram @paulnicklen : “What does it feel like to swim with the biggest fish to have ever lived on this Earth? I have been lucky to swim with countless whale sharks in a variety of seas, however, to experience the beautiful and gargantuan female whale sharks of the Galapagos Islands is something that will stay with me forever. Many of these females were likely pregnant and some scientific models suggest that they could reach 130 years old. All day we drifted offshore in the open blue water waiting for hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, tuna, and other big schools of fish to appear. We found them all, but it was these bus-sized, 50-foot long female whale sharks that appeared out of the depths that literally took my breath away every time. The best part is that they would slow down, wait for us, observe us and then just as ghostly as they appeared, they would disappear into the depths. It is moments like this that makes us vow to stay 100 percent focused and engaged to build a global conservation movement. We are growing our community of supporters so species like this will continue to have a voice and necessary protections. The expedition is over but now the conservation heavy-lifting begins and how lucky we are to be surrounded by such an awesome team.” #turningthetide with @sealegacy @cristinamittermeier @mishajanard @luksth @kyleroepke ” 📷: @shawnheinrichs

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EXCESS - Society has conditioned us to approach life from a place of scarcity, fueling a deep sense of emptiness that many of us carry, and then convincing us that we can only fill it with “stuff.” And it is this emptiness that is driving so much of the wanton destruction that is happening on our planet today, where we rip the natural treasures from Mother Earth, and convert them in to throw-away consumer goods. But the sad truth is that the more we acquire these goods, the more empty we feel, and the more we strive to fill it even further with useless stuff. If left unchecked, this downward spiral has only one outcome - a desolate planet, devoid of wildlife, overflowing with rubbish, steeped in suffering and devoid of meaning. ☠️🤕🗑️⛈️ The real healing begins when we look within ourselves, and truly love and appreciate who we are and what we are - and realize that we are already whole. 💕 And it's from this place of abundance that we can then nurture our relationships, forge a stronger and healthier society, and truly reconnect with nature in the deepest sense. The time is now to make the transition from reckless CONSUMERS to relentless CONSERVERS. 🙏🌈🔥🦋🐢🦈🐬🐳 #ahimsaray #hydratelike #startwith1thing #turningthetide #lovenature #loveearth

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Every year thousands of visitors travel to Alaska during the peak summer season for the experience of a lifetime: the opportunity to watch bears fish in water as clear as glass, right from the water's edge. Bear-viewing and all related service providers (air/boat taxis, guides, lodging ) reported $34.5 million in sales. Pebble Mine would change all of this. Forever. Mine construction will alter the ways that these bear move through wild Alaska and their relationships with humans. But there's still something you can do to try and change the future for these bears. Join us and all of the people in Alaska already standing up to #SaveBristolBay Make sure your voice is heard - tell US Congress to stop Pebble Mine now before it is too late. Link in bio. #NoPebbleMine #TurningTheTide #ExtinctionEndsHere @paulnicklen @cristinamittermeier @sealegacy @bluespherefoundation @lonelywhale

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🐋💙🐋 Good news! For the first time since 2002, no whales will be killed in Iceland this summer. Gunnar Bergmann Jonsson announced today that his whaling company will not hunt minke whales this season. This comes just weeks after Iceland’s lone fin whaling company indicated that it would not hunt fin whales. Let’s celebrate the fact that hundreds of whales will be spared from a cruel death this summer, and continue to fight for an end to all commercial whaling. 💪🏽 From RÚV (full article in my story ): “It has been confirmed that no whales of any type will be hunted, including minke whales. Minke whale hunters are going to concentrate on sea cucumbers this summer & the CEO of Hvalur hf., the only company that hunts great whales, exclusively for export to Japan, has said that market conditions in Japan are too difficult. Whaling has taken place in Icelandic waters every summer since 2003 when whaling for scientific purposes started again after a gap of ~14 years. Commercial whaling started again in 2006. Fisheries minister Kristján Þór Júlíusson made a decree in February allowing continued hunting of fin & minke whales until 2023. The hunting decrees are renewed on a 5-yearly basis. Hafrannsóknarstofnun (Marine Research Institute ) has set a recommended maximum yearly catch between 2018 and 2025 of 209 fin whales and 217 minke whales. Hvalur hf. CEO Kristján Loftsson announced this spring that his company would not catch great whales this summer because it has proven difficult to market the meat in Japan, where 100% of the catch is exported to. Gunnar Bergmann Jónsson, CEO of IP útgerð, which hunts minke whales for domestic consumption, says his company is going to concentrate on sea cucumbers until 1st September. “It does not suit us as things stand at the moment & so the decision was made to skip it [this year].” His company imports minke whale meat from Norway to meet demand in Iceland & he says the decision to start hunting will be reexamined next spring. Hafrannsóknarstofnun also confirmed there will be no whaling for scientific purposes.” #worthmorealive #stopthehunt

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THE DANCE - sliding into the clear blue waters of Raja Ampat, Indonesia my heart was pounding with both anticipation and excitement for what I knew was unfolding just beneath the surface. For years I had been hoping to have the opportunity to experience this rare and incredible dance of nature, but each time the opportunity had presented itself, it had eluded me, passing just out of reach. And now here it was, right in front of me, the mating train of manta rays in all their glory! 🦋💥🦋 The female in the lead raced ahead, while several eager males gave chase, performing acrobatic rolls and flips, twists and twirls, loops and spirals, in what can only be described an epic display of all that is magnificent about nature in its purest form! And what a unique perspective into an animal that usually presents itself in such graceful and gentle manner, its movements typically slow and deliberate as it glides over vibrant reefs in the tropics. And it is this juxtaposition that reveals the true nature of these incredible beings, and how they reflect what it is in all of us - the ability to draw out our most m passionate and powerful energy from that silent, deep well of love and compassion in our innermost souls. We are all children of nature, and we too can join in the DANCE OF THE MANTA RAYS. 🦋🔥💙🦋🔥 @bluespherefoundation @sealegacy @lonelywhale @indonesianoceanpride @indonesianmantaproject #protectwestpapua #provinsikonservasi #manta

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Our oceans were once teeming with whales, so much so that ships could have difficulty navigating through them. Today their numbers are still only a shadow of their former glory, and we face a very real risk that global commercial whaling will resume. Whales are also still under intense threat from ocean pollution, ship strikes, naval sonar, and bycatch. Anyone who has the the incredible honor of connecting with these magnificent beings, would find these acts unconscionable. We do not accept this “reality,” and together we can forge a new path to a brighter future for us and the whales. Please help us understand how to empower you to take action by taking a few minutes to fill out a survey - link in my bio. 🙏🏻💙🐋 Upon completion, you'll be entered into a drawing for a copy of "Born To Ice" by @PaulNicklen #turningthetide #stopthehunt #worthmorealive

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Did you know that the name ‘manta’ is derived from the Spanish word for blanket or shawl in reference to their peculiar shape? Recent research has given us much knowledge about mantas and their behaviour, however many unanswered questions remain! In collaboration with @indonesianmantaproject and @mantatrust , the Misool Manta Project uses data collected by divers to support research and policy designed to protect mantas in Indonesia and beyond. In 2018, we recorded 177 sightings of reef mantas (Mobula alfredi ). One hundred of these were new mantas that we had never seen before. Another exciting result was that 19 of these mantas were pregnant. Both species of manta are listed as “Vulnerable” on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN )( @redlist_of_ecosystems ). What can you do? Dive with mantas (responsibly ), adopt a manta (PM @misool foundation for details ), submit ID photos for research, share your love of mantas with everyone you meet. 💙🦋🌊 Special thanks to ocean warriors @edysetyawan and @sarah_lewis28 for their hours spent matching ID shots from Misool! #mantamonday #worthmorealive

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