The bears, which have become emblematic of the ravages of global warming, spend most of their time on sheets of frozen ocean water, which melt and recede in warmer months, and then reform in winter.
When the ice melts, the animals come ashore and survive on stored fat until it refreezes - a period that for some has become longer and longer.
With longer iceless periods, polar bears have to swim further and further to find solid ground.
Now, with more water to navigate, Arctic shipping activities have increased, as well as opportunities for oil and gas development, further threatening the animals’ habitat.
Unfortunately, without sea ice in the near future, polar bears won’t persist as a species! ❄️💧🌊 Credit 📷 @wildlifefirst
Here’s a video excerpt from yesterday’s talk where I spoke about the dangers of plastics for our oceans and our environment. One statistic that I shared was that unless we change the way we produce or consume, the oceans by 2050 will have more plastic than fish - which is terrifying. Ocean conservation is an issue near and dear to my heart ❤️ and of course serves as an underlying theme for The Oyster Thief.
Thanks @reef_europe for the good times in Tenerife and @surfridereurope for teaching us more about marine health and what everyone can do to protect the oceans and beaches we all love and enjoy! We collected a shocking amount of trash on a beach that looked clean on first sight! Check out @surfrider on how to get involved and what you can do to protect our environment for a healthier planet! 🌍🌱🌊
This Sunday is #MuseumStoreSunday ! After a great Thanksgiving, bring your family to spend the weekend with us at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Come take a stroll through the butterfly garden, check on the sea turtles, or awe at the beauty of the deep sea aquariums and get all your holiday shopping done at the same time with 25% off of everything in our store. From clothing and jewelry to books and decorations, you’ll find all your #naturelover favorite gifts right here!
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Hermit crabs are crustaceans. They have jointed limbs, claws, a hard exoskeleton, eyes on stalks, and two sets of antennae.
Crabs interact with each other and are often found in large groups. Marine hermit crabs live in the ocean and land hermit crabs live primarily on land.
The hermit crab is not like other crabs. The hermit crab’s abdomen does not have a hard covering. To protect the abdomen, a hermit crab inhabits an empty snail shell.
The shell also stores water for the crab. Hermit crabs have gills that need to remain moist in order for them to breath.
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#didyouknow the vast amount of grain feed required for meat production is a significant contributor to deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction.
but lower quantities of crops and water are required to sustain a vegan diet. 🌴🍃
I’ve been feeling an unbelievable push toward the ocean lately. I keep telling my dad how much I want to go back to Hawaii. But it’s not necessarily Hawaii I crave, it’s the energy, the force that is our ocean. Our water. It’s breath taking. The unknown and extraordinary with so much space left untouched, unseen, unheard. Moved by the moon, it gives everything, everyone, life. It heals, nourishes, cleans, makes hurricanes, provides a home to many, falls from the sky like magic. Even the feeling of a long hot shower is personal and resetting. It’s certainly the hands of Mother Nature, running her fingers down the backs of our forests, our trees, our people, our animals, our plants. Without it we would all be gone. Perished. Rubbish that once existed, only to be left with a story miscued and confusing to those that didn’t live it.
And to think... how we treat our oceans now. It’s like we don’t know. We don’t know that we are mostly made up of water, that it takes up 70% of earths surface, that the ocean holds 96% of our water. Somehow, in some way, we forget. But we can remember a rap song from 7th grade like we memorized it yesterday.
While a drive or a flight to the ocean is in need very soon, feeling it’s energy inside of me, pulling me towards it, is a divine reminder to do my part. From now on, I will pick 1 thing a month, to change and improve on in my own lifestyle to better take care of our sweet water and the rest of our nature. We have to do our part and take care of our planet for ourselves, but even more importantly, our kids. Our families yet to be here, and the ones right beside us. We know we know we know, but do we act? I’ll share my personal changes along the way and maybe that’ll inspire you to improve in your own way as well. 🌎
We are a part of nature, let’s not be the shittiest part, let’s work with it. A symbiotic relationship of love, don’t spit on it. Or don’t be surprised when it spits on you back. 📷: @indg0
Donate, donate, donate! Who knew donating used or unneeded items could save the planet?! .
Americans throw away half their body weight in clothing every year! That's a lot of shirts! By donating or reselling clothing, furniture, and other household items you can end unnecessary waste and possibly help someone in need! Local shelters typically take clothing items and gently used household items for those in need while places like @goodwillintl @salvationarmyus will resell those items. @facebook and Craigslist allow you to resell items your self! It's also kind of fun to see your items go to use instead of in the trash!
It’s hard to go to the beach these days and not to notice trash on the beach or in the water. During my vacation in Thailand, I was shocked by the amount of trash in the water. I’d been picking up trash on my hikes, but this motivated me to pick it up during my beach walks and surf sessions. In Cali, Gordon and I surf where the San Gabriel river meets the ocean and it’s pretty much guaranteed that we’ll see trash float by us while we’re waiting for a wave. We do our best to grab things like bags and stuff them into our wetsuit. Pictured at my feet was today’s catch, some from the water and a few pieces from a walk along the jetty. Even if it’s small, we hope we’re making even the slightest difference. #womanofthewater#leavenotrace#protectouroceans#beachcleanup#surferswhocare#womenwhosurf#everydayisearthday .
@thisisforthewomen and @wearemona have teamed up to showcase powerful ‘Women of the Water’ who are taking up space in the big blue. Submit your entry using the hashtag #womanofthewater and tag @thisisforthewomen and @wearemona for your chance to win a kick ass prize! They’re also paying their respects to Mamma Ocean herself by donating 10% of profits of select items to @surfrider for the entire month of November.
The Green Sea Turtle.
Did you know that the Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) is one of the biggest sea turtles in the world? It can weigh up to 130kg and live up to 80 years old.
The Green sea turtle is an endangered species mainly due to human activity. Poaching, sea pollution and land reclamation are severe threats that have dwindled the population of sea turtles in the ocean.
One in a million 💙
This amazing lobster was released back that evening along with 100's of other female lobsters part of a conservation program run all over Ireland.
Video by @andrewcumminsjr
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Every year, about 8 million metric tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean. Note: plastic does not truly biodegrade, it photo-degrades, or breaks up over time. @statistacharts #OurWaterwaysOurFuture