Photos by @PaulNicklen | An emperor penguin’s feathers are no ordinary bird feathers. Compared to other birds, they have a much denser and more uniform set of feathers, allowing them to reach incredible speeds underwater. An emperor penguin can significantly increase its speed by releasing tiny bubbles from its feathers in bursts, which reduces friction and propels it up to three times as fast as their normal speed. As a result, these penguins can dive to depths of up to 1,750 feet and increase their chances of escaping some of their most fierce predators, such as leopard seals. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen and explore my feed for more photos of these impressive #Antarctic birds. #penguin #ocean #feathers #wildlife #photography
Photo by @stephenwilkes | Surfing in Hawaii has deep spiritual and cultural roots; the connection to the ocean and to the natural world is a vital part of the sport. Looking through my lens and watching the grace and agility of these surfers helped me to understand the beauty of the waves and the relationship felt between surfer and ocean. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes.
#Hawaii #StephenWilkes #Ocean #Sunset #Surfing
Ocean Data Shows ‘Climate Dance’ of Plankton: The greens and blues of the ocean color provide new insights into how climate and ecosystem processes affect the growth cycles of phytoplankton-microscopic aquatic plants important for fish populations and Earth’s carbon cycle.
Image: near the Pribilof Islands off the coast of Alaska, in the Bering Sea. The turquoise waters are likely colored by a type of phytoplankton called coccolithophores. This Sept. 22, 2014, image was created with Landsat 8 data.
Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Norman Kuring; USGS
#nasa #climate #earth #earthrightnow #ocean #alaska #beringsea #landsat #science
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier | A tangle of blue netting blankets the ground as small-scale fishermen mend their nets. With a significant decrease in high-value fish in the area, it can be difficult to get a fair day’s catch. However, with an annual two-month-long fishing ban in place by the government of Tamil Nadu, the waters are, for a short period of time, free of mechanized trawlers. This may allow fish stocks to recover enough so that fishermen can return to their humble boats, in hopes of catching more than a handful of fish a day. Overfishing, pollution, and climate change have all diminished fish stocks upon which these men depend. Extended bans and better management are imperative to prevent a complete collapse. #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier and explore my feed for more photos of communities whose health is linked to that of our oceans. #India #fishing #ocean #community #photography
Photo by @CristinaMittermeier | A humpback whale raises its flukes before diving down into the icy depths of the Antarctic waters. This beautiful region and the life within it are being hit hard by the effects of climate change, but because few people travel here, the problem is out of sight and out of mind. Melting sea ice, a steady decrease in krill, and a decline in some penguin species are all reasons to protect the waters around the Antarctic Peninsula. #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier and explore my feed for more photos from this icy, yet vulnerable region. #Antarctica #whale #ocean #climatechange #photography
Photo by Michaela Skovranova @mishkusk | Researchers in Australia have found that corals commonly found on the Great Barrier Reef consume microplastic pollution. These beautiful creatures, which first appeared in this planet over 500 million years ago, are now unfortunately supplementing their diet with indigestible plastic.
Our environments are deeply interconnected. Land and ocean are connected through waterways, and our ability to have a positive impact on our ecosystem cannot be underestimated.
As humans we have a wonderful opportunity to help. We can now choose plastic-free alternatives, join and support clean-up initiatives, and push for change in our local area with city and business councils. We can collect a few pieces of debris on our walks and encourage positive conversations about conscious use of plastic. No matter how big or small, every little bit of marine debris removed from the ecosystem helps.
#nature #planetorplastic #ocean #wildlife #coral #thegreatbarrierreef #australia #microplastic
Photo by @PaulNicklen | Marching together along the South Georgia shoreline, king penguins head out to sea to find food for their hungry chicks. Just as human communities offer benefits to members, like support and social interaction, penguin colonies can be good for individual birds. There can be safety in numbers, along with shelter from harsh conditions, both of which can help the birds survive. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen and explore my feed for more photos of penguins. #penguin #ocean #BornToIce #wildlife
Photo by @pedromcbride | A fishing boat is purposefully sunk off the coast of Vis, Croatia, to swell its wood and seal its joints. After a week below the surface, it is brought ashore by a community of fishermen and a celebration unfolds to toast their newly restored Adriatic vessel. To see more, follow @pedromcbride. #underwater #Croatia #nature #ocean #boats #sunk #petemcbride
Photo by @ronan_donovan | On the Antarctic Peninsula, two Adélie penguins crane their necks to inspect this strange two-legged visitor. I’ve come with all sorts of ridiculousness draped over my body: a wool hat my mother knit; five layers that are a mix of plastic fibers with the same feathery down that keeps penguins warm; plastic fiber gloves; and finally, rubber boots. And this is the warm season! Penguins have one incredible suit made out of materials fertilized by the landscape in which they live. A. Mazing. I’m always so curious how this works (and hugely jealous they can adjust to any weather in seconds). Take their feet, for example. They’ll force blood into their feet when they’re on land in order to cool off, and they’ll constrict the blood flow to their feet when they’re in water to keep warm: countercurrent heat exchange. Nice one, nature. So you’ll see pink to red to white colored toes in this series. Hot colored feet means it’s a hot penguin! Follow @ronan_donovan for more stories and images from the wild. #antarctica @natgeoexpeditions #penguin #ocean #wildlife
Photo by @PaulNicklen | As waves roll in against the rocky shores of the Antarctic Peninsula, all looks safe and peaceful from above the surface. However, this split-shot photo exposes the imminent danger to prey looming in the icy waters. This leopard seal awaits the arrival of its next meal, whether it be a penguin or another seal. These fierce hunters are one of the most feared predators by their fellow Antarctic inhabitants. #FollowMe at @PaulNicklen and explore my feed for more photos of leopard seals. #Antarctica #leopardseal #ocean #wildlife #photography