Shawn Heinrichs

Shawn Heinrichs @shawnheinrichs

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Oceanic blacktips + grey reefs + (possible) bull sharks + bonito = prime sardine baitball action! 🐟🦈🐟🦈 This past April, having just returned to @misoolecoresort's jetty after and another brilliant dive with oceanic manta rays on a legendary seamount within the reserve, I noticed a disturbance on the surface with birds in chase, just a few hundred meters south of the jetty. We raced out on the dive tender to investigate, and when I jumped into the water, I discovered bonito and dozens of sharks hammering a frantic sardine bait ball! These were not just the ordinary reef sharks found on Misool’s reefs, but instead I found myself surrounded by oceanic blacktip sharks, grey reef sharks, and what appeared to be several bull sharks – a species I had personally never seen in Raja Ampat, and had believed to be effectively depleted beyond recovery within the reserve! Over a decade ago when we started the Misool Marine Reserve project, shark populations were so severely depleted that I never imagined I would witness something so spectacular as shark baitball within the reserve. Beyond the thrilling experience and exciting imagery, this encounter suggested that the benefits of larger coastal marine reserves might extend beyond the reefs and into the blue. The shark baitball I experienced in Misool is living proof of the incredible resilience of the oceans, and an important reminder that we can make a real difference, if only we give nature a fighting chance!
Welcome to @misoolecoresort where conservation efforts are working! βœ”οΈ250% increase in fish biomass 🐟 βœ”οΈ600% increase on some key sites 🐠 βœ”οΈ25x more sharks inside the marine reserve than outside 🦈
🦈🐟 HERE IT IS! 🐟🦈 **Misool Bluewater Shark Baitball: Oceanic blacktip, grey reef, and possible bull sharks join bonito as they pursue fleeing sardines! WATCH THE FULL VIDEO ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE OR ON YOUTUBE BY CLICKING THE LINK IN MY BIO** This past April, having just returned to @misoolecoresort's jetty after and another brilliant dive with oceanic manta rays on a legendary seamount within the reserve, I noticed a disturbance on the surface with birds in chase, just a few hundred meters south of the jetty. We raced out on the dive tender to investigate, and when I jumped into the water, I discovered bonito and dozens of #sharks hammering a frantic sardine bait ball! These were not just the ordinary reef sharks found on Misool’s reefs, but instead I found myself surrounded by oceanic blacktip sharks, grey reef sharks, and what appeared to be several bull sharks – a species I had personally never seen in Raja Ampat, and had believed to be effectively depleted beyond recovery within the reserve! Over a decade ago when we started the Misool Marine Reserve project, shark populations were so severely depleted that I never imagined I would witness something so spectacular as shark baitball within the reserve. Beyond the thrilling experience and exciting imagery, this encounter suggested that the benefits of larger coastal marine reserves might extend beyond the reefs and into the blue. The shark baitball I experienced in Misool is living proof of the incredible resilience of the oceans, and an important reminder that we can make a real difference, if only we give nature a fighting chance! #savesharks #conservation #misool #baitball #underwater #sharks #ocean #indonesia
✨Here's a SNEAK PEEK of an epic encounter recently had at @misoolecoresort ✨ Stay tuned - I'll be releasing the full video in an hour or two! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™βœŒοΈ
I πŸ’™ these gentle giants! Here's a split shot of a reef #manta ray at Nusa Penida, #Bali taken a few years ago while filming with @indonesianmantaproject for the Indonesian manta protection campaign. #indonesianoceanpride #wonderfulindonesia #mantaray #mantamonday
T-minus 1 HOUR! πŸŽ‰πŸ¦ˆ #Repost @vulcaninc with @repostapp ・・・ @shawnheinrichs captures inspiring and dramatic imagery with a hope of connecting people to the beauty (and vulnerability) of threatened marine species. This afternoon Shawn will be doing a live Q&A on the Vulcan Facebook page and discussing how we can help our #oceans. Come join us at 2pm PT / 5pm ET. . . #RacingExtinction #VulcanProductions #Inspiration #ScubaDiving #SaveOurOceans #BeInspired
What an honor and super excited to see our #indonesianoceanpride movement making waves and turning heads! We captured this photo of the extremely talented and passionate conservationist @hamishdw during our Indonesian Ocean Pride shoot with @conservationorg @silolonasojournsphinisi and @indonesianmantaproject #Repost @hamishdw with @repostapp ・・・ Thanks @balibelly for throwing me on the cover of your 10th issue. Best lifestyle mag around. #IndonesianOceanPride #hurleyindo pic: @shawnheinrichs #mantamonday
Get those questions ready and join me for a LIVE FACEBOOK CHAT on the @vulcaninc Facebook page TODAY at 5pm EST/2pm PST 😊 #racingextinction #vulcan
This Oceanic Manta was tangled in over 12 metres (40ft) of fishing line! Luckily though, this story has a happy ending! The team at @misoolecoresort were able to slowly approach the female manta and cut the line that she was caught in. Would you believe she even slowed her pace so they could work the line free? Amazing!!! πŸ™πŸ’™πŸ¦‹ #misool #mantaray #conservation
#regram @adriangrenier from our shoot in Bali earlier this year for @lonelywhale and the @unep #CleanSeas initiative: Swimming with Manta Rays was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. What wasn't so amazing was that I didn't have to look far to encounter plastic. It was everywhere! I'm holding a plastic bag that was directly in this Manta's path. Rays are filter feeders, so they take in whatever is in front of them...thusly, they consume a lot of plastic. Manta's may not evolve fast enough to change their method of finding sustenance in order to avoid consuming our plastic. So that means we must evolve first. Refuse single use plastics. Change your life; and change the lives of all precious marine animals. If you want to start simple, start with plastic straws first. Start small, but start. #earthday #StopSucking
Let's all do a little more and act like EVERYDAY is #EarthDay πŸŒŽβœŒοΈπŸ’š
Flashback to an incredibly inspiring shoot with @mancinoroberta to highlight the vulnerability of whale sharksπŸ™πŸ» #Repost @mancinoroberta with @repostapp ・・・ I don't want to protect the environment. I want to create a world where the environment doesn't need protecting. Photo by @shawnheinrichs . #whalesharks #ocean #oceanlove #underwater #underwaterphotography #freediving #earthday
In honor of #EarthDay 🌍 tomorrow, here's one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Jane Goodall: "You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” @janegoodallinst is a living testament to the power and compassionate energy of MOTHER earth the sustains is allπŸ™πŸ»β€ #activism #conservation #racingextinction πŸ“ΈJohn Weller
πŸ¦ˆπŸ’™JAWSOME!! @talesbylight Season 2 of featuring my friends @jim_abernethy @echeng @abrahamjoffe is now streaming on @Netflix!! #savesharks #netflix #tigerbeach
"Look! Look! Look deep into #nature and you will understand everything." - Albert Einstein @hannahmermaid dances with a beautiful manta ray in the warm glow of lights in Hawaii. @lmlightlife @backscattervideophoto @wildaid @mantatrust @jacksdivinglocker #racingextinction #lovemantas #bluespherefoundation
FREEDOM FRIDAY! 🐬 The talented @maggieq swims with wild #dolphins during our @WildAid manta ray PSA shoot in Hawaii. #fbf #emptythetanks #kona #racingextinction
DOUBLE TROUBLE! What's better than swimming alongside whale sharks? When the other gentle giants - manta rays - come and crash the party!! πŸ˜πŸ’™πŸ¦ˆπŸ¦‹ #racingextinction #mexico #savesharks #ecotourism #mantaray #whaleshark
Thresher shark coming through! Last October all 3 species of thresher sharks were added to Appendix II of #CITES. These dramatic and beautiful sharks, with their long caudal fin, are highly prized in the shark fin trade, and are believed to be at the highest risk of extinction of all pelagic sharks. Annual takes of thresher sharks are difficult to determine, as many animals move secretly into the fin trade, but it is believed that well over one million thresher sharks may be harvested annually. #RacingExtinction #SaveSharks #CITES4Sharks #CoP17 #TBT