Shawn Heinrichs

Shawn Heinrichs @shawnheinrichs

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My dear friend, ambassador for sharks, nature lover, and champion for conservation - @jim_abernethy filming a gentle Tiger Shark with a brilliant array of @lmlightlife Sola lights, as part of our Tigress Shark shoot☀️☀️☀️ @discoversharks @racingextinction #lovesharks #bluespherefoundation
Sharks are sentient and vulnerable creatures deserving of our respect and care. Yet irrational fear of sharks has allowed the unchecked slaughter of 100 million sharks per year In our oceans to continue unabated! This must not be allowed to continue☀️ END THE WAR ON SHARKS🙏🏻🌈 @hannahmermaid dances with sharks during our Tigress Shark shoot with @jim_abernethy in the Bahamas. @wildaid @pewenvironment @backscattervideophoto @nauticamhousings @lmlightlife @discoversharks #bluespherefoundation
"We inter-breath with the rain forests, we drink from the oceans. They are part of our own bodies." - Thich Nhat Hahn We are all part of nature, and our very survival, and the survival of all species depend on our recognition of this fact. @sarah_lewis28 of @indonesianmantaproject free-dives with an Oceanic Manta at her manta project site in Rote. @discoversharks @freedivingart @mantatrust @hamishdw #indonesianoceanpride #bluespherefoundation
Take a mid-week break and watch this short clip from one of my favorite encounters with #humpbacks in Tonga! 🐋 Incredible how a mother whale can entrust her most precious possession to interact freely with us. 🙏💙 #whales #bluespherefoundation #savethewhales #humpday
😱Big shark, even BIGGER appetite! One #whaleshark can filter the water in an Olympic swimming pool in 4 hours -- that’s about 162,201 gallons per hour! #whalesharkwednesday #shark #saltlife #ecotourism #savesharks @vulcaninc @backscattervideophoto @lmlightlife @wildaid
Welcome to the @misoolecoresort Dive Site Profile Of The Week! Since the Instagram multiple-photo option requires cropping to a square and can sometimes downgrade the image quality, this will be a back-to-back post. Here's #2 of 2: Name: Nudi Rock Max Depth: 28m Viz: ~15m Site Type: A mix of wall, sloping reef and small pinnacles It’s hard to describe a dive site in Misool without using the words iconic or famous but, hyperbole aside, Nudi Rock really fits the bill. This well-known dive site is famed, and named, for the rock’s above-water appearance. The jagged, limestone formation protrudes from the depths in a shape akin to the colourful marine gastropods that dive geeks and nature nerds treasure. The two small trees, perfectly positioned on the rock, emulate the nudibranchs’ rhinophores, or horns, and make the similarity unquestionable. Once submerged, this site takes on a new form. The craggy landscape continues in slopes, crevices, and sheer faces, yet divers are distracted from the topography by the abundance of corals and marine life. The reef is teeming with life. Nudi Rock is a fabulous place to encounter schooling barracuda, hunting giant trevally, grey reef sharks patrolling and the occasional oceanic manta ray cleaning. The dive is spectacular from beginning to end as the shallows are carpeted in striking pink anemones and sumptuous soft corals, which provide stunning seascapes for photographers to take advantage of the well-lit shallow water. Challenges: Stronger currents bring in more fish but can make circumnavigating this island tricky. Make a drift from the current side around the pinnacles to the back and surface in the soft coral garden. Essential Kit: Reef hooks can be useful for stronger current days.
Welcome to the @misoolecoresort Dive Site Profile Of The Week! Since the Instagram multiple-photo option requires cropping to a square and can sometimes downgrade the image quality, this will be a back-to-back post. Here's #1 of 2: Name: Nudi Rock Max Depth: 28m Viz: ~15m Site Type: A mix of wall, sloping reef and small pinnacles It’s hard to describe a dive site in Misool without using the words iconic or famous but, hyperbole aside, Nudi Rock really fits the bill. This well-known dive site is famed, and named, for the rock’s above-water appearance. The jagged, limestone formation protrudes from the depths in a shape akin to the colourful marine gastropods that dive geeks and nature nerds treasure. The two small trees, perfectly positioned on the rock, emulate the nudibranchs’ rhinophores, or horns, and make the similarity unquestionable. Once submerged, this site takes on a new form. The craggy landscape continues in slopes, crevices, and sheer faces, yet divers are distracted from the topography by the abundance of corals and marine life. The reef is teeming with life. Nudi Rock is a fabulous place to encounter schooling barracuda, hunting giant trevally, grey reef sharks patrolling and the occasional oceanic manta ray cleaning. The dive is spectacular from beginning to end as the shallows are carpeted in striking pink anemones and sumptuous soft corals, which provide stunning seascapes for photographers to take advantage of the well-lit shallow water. Challenges: Stronger currents bring in more fish but can make circumnavigating this island tricky. Make a drift from the current side around the pinnacles to the back and surface in the soft coral garden. Essential Kit: Reef hooks can be useful for stronger current days.
Happy #WorldTurtleDay! This is Giselle, the resident Hawksbill 🐢 near @misoolecoresort in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
Look closely! Can you spot the 🐢 feeding on the diverse, colorful sponges in the reef surrounding @misoolecoresort? #worldturtleday #indonesianoceanpride #bluespherefoundation
Brock from @teamsharkwater in all of Rob Stewart's gear. 🙏💙 We miss you so much man... #mantamonday #savesharks #sharkwater
Happy #BiodiversityDay! 🌀🐠 A great time to remember the important role species play in supporting marine ecosystems. @misoolecoresort @misool.foundation #bluespherefoundation #indonesianoceanpride #racingextinction #ourocean #underwater
MANTA MONDAY! Most of the world except for ocean enthusiasts have no clue what a manta ray is, let alone that it’s vulnerable. Unlike stingrays, mantas are not dangerous. Instead, they are highly social and gentle creatures. As trivial as it might seem, slight shifts in public perception can subconsciously affect efforts to save vulnerable species. Manta rays (and their relatives the mobula rays) are under threat because targeted fishing programs around the world are harvesting them in unsustainable numbers. Instead of their meat, fisherman are usually after them for their gill rakers, which these animals use to collect food such as plankton. The gill rakers are in high demand in Chinese markets because they’re believed to cure a wide variety of ailments — from chickenpox and cancer. #racingextinction #mantaray #mantamonday
It is time the world recognizes the true nature of sharks, not as scary monsters, but rather as important creatures deserving our appreciation and protection. Sharks have been on our planet for over 420 million years – 200 million years before dinosaurs walked the Earth! Although sharks have survived major mass extinction events, human activities including overfishing, bycatch and the demand for shark fins now pose the greatest threats to their survival. Sharks play a vital role in ocean ecosystems – it’s on us to help them. #savesharks #bluespherefoundation #racingextinction #finbannow #whaleshark #worthmorealive #ecotourism
What a team! 😊 ・・・ #Repost @misool.foundation Our friends are pretty darn cool. We're always happy to welcome @hamishdw and @shawnheinrichs to Misool, pictured here with our Ranger Patrol and Misool Foundation team. ・・・ #Repost @hikmahcut There is always hope for marine conservation in Indonesia, especially in Raja Ampat. Thanks for everyone who support @misool.foundation and let us safeguard the future of the most biodiverse reefs on earth 🤗🙏 . . . . . #nature #marineconservation #oceanlife #worldrichestreef #nevergiveup #conservation #startwith1thing #indonesianoceanpride #misool #rajaampat #papuabarat #indonesiabisa
Words cannot describe the feeling of deep connection one experiences in the company of these magnificent beings. But, we must not forget that the OCEAN is their home and we are just visitors to this realm. And with that, we must take every precaution to protect and ensure the health of the ecosystem that they are a part of. Because in the end, were ALL depend on healthy oceans for our survival. @indonesianmantaproject @sarah_lewis28 #bluespherefoundation #indonesianoceanpride #endangeredspeciesday #mantaray
🙏🐋💙 Life changing encounter with humpbacks in Tonga! Incredible how a mother whale can entrust her most precious possession to interact freely with us. Head on over to the @oceana Facebook page to watch the full video! #whales #bluespherefoundation #savethewhales #humpbacks
💙🐢😊 It's always a treat to spend some quality time with Giselle, the resident and so friendly #Hawksbill Turtle in Magic Mountain near @misoolecoresort. The hawksbill #turtle gets it common name from the shape of its curved, pointed beak, which resembles that of a bird of prey. They use this beak to feed on sponges and other invertebrates growing on coral reefs. Hawksbill turtles are less migratory and more reef-associated than other species of sea turtles. #bluespherefoundation @misool.foundation #endangeredspeciesday #racingextinction