More than 650,000 marine animals, including dolphins, whales, seals and turtles, are killed or injured in fishing nets each year 😭
In many cases, animals get caught and die in nets that are being actively used by fishermen.
Yet lost, discarded and abandoned fishing nets referred to as “ghost nets” cause just as much damage, killing hundreds upon thousands of marine animals.
Approximately 640,000 tons of fishing gear are left in our oceans every year.
Left in the ocean, ghostnets become death traps for almost any animal they come into contact with.
The nets may wrap themselves around the animal’s body, and, in the case of a mammal prevent the animal from returning to the surface to get air, causing them to slowly drown.
That net is cutting into flesh and muscles, and it can sever an artery, And if we’re talking about it wrapping around a tail or a flipper, the tissue can become necrotic, and they’ll lose the limb, which can then lead to a slow death...
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All over Central America there is a genus of cicadas, Zammara, that have some of the most vibrant blue, turquoise, green, and gold. They are mostly active morning and mid day, when the sun is directly piercing through the understory onto the tree trunks they rest on. The reason this individual is not turquoise or brilliant blue and green is because it has just molted to its final instar. This Emerald Cicada, Zammara smaragdina, is in its teneral form. It was only hours earlier that evening, he had climbed up from the forest floor and onto a large leaf to complete his final molt. Moments before the sun will rise, his wings will be hardened enough for flight, and his exoskeleton will begin turning bright blue, turquoise, and emerald green with gold dust spattered all over his thorax and abdomen.
When I found this Zammara smargadina male molting in the lowland rainforest of Sarapiqui in Costa Rica on my last night, I knew I had to wait a few hours to get the shots I had envisioned. The process of molting for insects, especially the adult molt, is truly a remarkable and surreal process for both the viewer and insect itself. When cicadas begin to harden after exiting their rather primitive nymphal exoskeleton, they have iridescent scales of gold and green, which are shaken off by flight over the next few days. Their wings after being pumped with hemolymph, have this gorgeous blue-green sheen to the inner membranous wing cells, which have yet to become clear with faint spots. Freshly emerged cicadas have completely different coloration than when they are mature, the iridescence and glow to them is only for a few hours.
Through this image you can see just how delicate and elegant this insect is as he reaches the peak of his life. This beautiful process is completed under the cover of darkness and in silence, I bet the cicada is not even aware of how drastic his coloration will change over the next day, this insect is so peaceful and exquisite.
Livre. Sempre que ouço essa palavra lembro de um dos meus filmes prediletos da infância. Chamava-se "Born Free" ou "A história de Elza" aqui no Brasil. É um drama real de um casal que, durante um safari na África, matam uma Leoa em própria defesa e descobrem os 3 filhotes do animal, agora, órfãos. Diante da tragédia, entregam dois deles a um zoológico e decidem criar a fêmea a quem deram o nome de Elza. A pequena leoa é doce e carinhosa. Domesticada ela convive em perfeita harmonia com o casal. Assim que ingressa na vida adulta o casal decide que ela, que nasceu livre, deveria voltar para a savana e continuar, livre. E a deixam onde um dia a resgataram. Passado um ano, o casal retorna ao lugar e Elza vem ao encontro deles, trazendo consigo seus filhotes. O filme acaba assim ao som da música "Born free" de Andy Williams e, todos, choramos, compulsivamente. Talvez tenha sido o primeiro trabalho que acenou para a consciência ecológica. Bem, eu nem sei pq cheguei aqui hj mas talvez eu desconfie a razão do meu pranto. Estamos numa corrente sistemática de condições infindas e sem opção de saída. Quem é livre, afinal? Em qual momento sou livre? Fome, dor, desejo, medo movimentam minhas palavras, pensamentos, atos e omissões. O que é liberdade, então? Vc é livre? Conheceu alguém livre? Qdo seremos de fato livres ou essa ideia não passa de um opiáceo? Ou, uma pergunta ainda melhor, será que alguém quer mesmo ser livre? A foto #tbt tirei num espaço cultural e entre palavras que respeito: "Ballet" e "Opera". Fui pesquisar sobre David H. Koch e descobri um liberalista americano...liberalismo, livre, Elza, não resisti. Mas, será que escrevi aqui por ser livre ou não? Fotos do filme tbm inseri e da Elza, lindíssima! Quem sabe alguém um dia me levará de volta à Savana? #elza#bornfree#movies#sixties#lioness#lion#free#freedom#nyc#instalioness#instaecology#ecology#newyorkballet#manhattan#sixtiesmovies#tbt
Defenders of Wildlife, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the Center for Biological Diversity have all filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, saying that it would be "disastrous for communities and wildlife along the border, including some of our country's most endangered species."
They flap through the Stygian darkness of night, seeing through pitch-blackness with their ears... But bat senses go far beyond their sonar. Today on RadioBio, Dr. Greg Mutumi, a postdoctoral scholar at UC Merced, discusses the evolution and anatomy of the only mammals to truly fly.
Special thanks to the @Whizpops for the Bat Song!
About fifty specimens of polar bears have invaded the small town of Bekushya Guba, in the Russian archipelago of Novaya Zemlya, in the Arctic region. This invasion of bears forced local authorities to declare a state of emergency.
“Gardening can’t be just decorating the planet; it’s also about restoration and ecology.” -John Greenlee
This space used to be a traditional lawn. Now it features a gravel pathway bordered with native succulent beds, and planters featuring our drought tolerant native Junegrass Koeleria macrantha. The client never has to water or mow the grass ever again!
You might not want to watch if you're arachnophobic!
So this is what I think is a young Cross Orbweaver (Araneus diadematus). So this species isn't native to North America, but it's also not invasive, which means it would be doing harm to the ecosystem.
Many introduced spiders compete with native spiders, which harms them. But these guys don't seem to do that. I know I liked this spider around- it was eating the annoying house flies (Musca domestica)! The first video is the spider capturing a fly, the second is actually of the spider eating a different fly it captured. The other three videos are of the spider building its web! These aren't the best videos, because they go in and out of focus but... they were fun to get!
Park Diagonal Mar by Miralles Taglia EMBT (2002)
A retail and residential complex centered on a public park, completes Barcelona’s urban beachfront revitalization begun in 1989 for the Summer Olympic Games.
Providing a gateway to the sea for locals and visitors, Parc Diagonal Mar features play areas, lakes, a waterfall, an outdoor café, a fountain and viewingmounds, all linked by paths that lead to the beach. The park is conceived as an abstract tapestry in plan view, and is enjoyed from above by high-rise residents. Ecology played a meaningful role in the park’s design. Porous pavements minimize stormwater runoff. The use of native plant materials allows for reduced irrigation and pesticide use. A regional retention pond and sections of shoreline edged with aquatic plants provide first flush cleansing of stormwater, as well as a habitat for indigenous marine and bird species.