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🌊 @sarah_lewis28 of @indonesianmantaproject dives beneath the rolling surf at her project site in Rote, Indonesia. Sarah has been pioneering manta conservation in Indonesia since 2010, helping drive some of the most important manta conservation wins there. She heads up the @seasanctuaries foundation, is the founder of @indonesianmantaproject and the Indonesian country lead for @mantatrust, is the head of research for the @misool.foundation Lamakera Project & Savu Sea Alliance, is a partner with @conservationorg and @thewcs, is an ambassador for @loveclearoceans, and the cofounder of #IndonesianOceanPride. Often in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, time-and-time-again, Sarah has quietly made the scarifies and stood up in defense of Indonesia's threatened marine life and habits, and she is an incredible example of how one woman can make a massive impact. Keep up the great work, Sarah! Photo: @shawnheinrichs Edit: @katiezmcmahon #plotagraph #saltlife #ocean #indonesia #racingextinction #bluespherefoundation @hamishdw
The oceanic guardians of Cat Island
Whale sharks know best! If we don’t act now, by 2050 plastics in the ocean will outweigh the fish. 🤢 One small change can have a big impact: #StopSucking on plastic straws! 🙏 Accept and challenge your friends today >> https://stopsucking.strawlessocean.org Photo: @shawnheinrichs #bluespherefoundation @lonelywhale @adriangrenier #lonelywhale
That good ole' VITAMIN SEA 💧 Anyone else in need of some right now? #ocean #waves #bluespherefoundation #racingextinction #saveourocean #split #water #saltlife
For National Nonprofit Day, let's take a trip down memory lane with wonderful reminders of the good that comes from giving back. To this day, on behalf of Joan Hornig Jewelry purchasers, the Joan B. Hornig Foundation has donated over $1 Million to over 900 worthy initiatives around the world addressing issues such as education, medical research, social services, the arts, animal rights and environmental protection. Visit JoanHornig.com to see the growing number of nonprofits who have benefited and giveback to the nonprofit of choice today! #JoanHornigJewelry #PhilanthropyIsBeautiful #NationalNonprofitDay #Philanthropy #FIT #BlueSphereFoundation #StFrancisPantries #MuseumOfArtsAndDesign #Publicolor #KeepTheGivingGoing
"Conservation is much more than a standalone victory, more than a one time culmination of effort and intention. Effective conservation is a lifetime commitment requiring constant care & vigilance. To believe otherwise is not only to court disillusionment & failure, but to imperil our most treasured resources." - @shawnheinrichs Please help us support on the ground community work, because without engaging communities and developing alternative livelihoods, things won't change >> bluespherefoundation.org #bluespherefoundation #indonesianoceanpride
✨ Whale Shark Wonder ✨ Sometimes all you can do is simply marvel at the magnificence, curiosity, and gentle nature of these massive, spotty sharks! Let’s all share the love with whale sharks and work extra hard to protect them from directed hunting, by-catch in nets, and ingestion of marine plastic. #tbt #stopsucking #bluespherefoundation #racingextinction #whalesharklove #saveourocean
@shawnheinrichs ・・・ 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
🐋 #WhaleWednesday 🐋 Humpback whales can grow to over 50 feet in length and are loved for their visible and charismatic personalities, highly sociable and intelligent behavior, for their spectacular breaching displays, and for the way mother whales will allow their calves to interact with people. SAVE THE WHALES! Photo: @shawnheinrichs Edit: @katiezmcmahon #bluespherefoundation #plotagraph #savethewhales #whale #humpback #racingextinction #saltlife #discoverocean #underwater #tonga
We just wrapped up an incredible @bluespherefoundation event in the Hamptons hosted by Joan & George Hornig ( @joanhornig) - appropriately called ‘Under the Stars, Under the Sea.’ The venue was simply mind-blowing, bringing surreal art, nature, music, and inspired conversation together, all with a laser focus on ocean conservation. We are so grateful to the Hornigs, our foundation team, and all our guests who made this evening so magical. 🙏💙 #bluespherefoundation #conservation #saveourocean #racingextinction
We just wrapped up an incredible event in the Hamptons hosted by Joan & George Hornig ( @joanhornig) - appropriately called ‘Under the Stars, Under the Sea.’ The venue was simply mind-blowing, bringing surreal art, nature, music, and inspired conversation together, all with a laser focus on ocean conservation. We are so grateful to the Hornigs, our foundation team, and all our guests who made this evening so magical. 🙏💙 #bluespherefoundation #Repost @joanhornig ・・・ Over the weekend, Joan & George Hornig hosted "Under The Stars, Under The Sea" to celebrate the work of the Blue Sphere Foundation - a foundation that brings 'art and activism together to raise awareness and inspire action to keep our global marine environment healthy.' Guests enjoyed a performance by soul singer and song writer Grace Weber and amazing photographs by Shawn Heinrichs. #BlueSphereFoundation #RacingExtinction #Ocean #OceanConservation #ShawnHeinrichs #ShawnHeinrichsPhotography #GraceWeber #GraceWeberMusic #Philanthropy
Welcome to paradise! 😎 There has been so much to celebrate about the astounding recovery of reefs, reef fish and reef sharks within the Misool Marine Reserve located in Southeast Raja Ampat, Indonesia over the past decade, primarily due to the steadfast enforcement work of @misool.foundation's community ranger patrols. What was once a bastion for shark finners, dynamite fishermen, turtle poachers, longliners and gillnetters, is now a fully protected marine reserve. And the results speak for themselves: an overall increase of 250% in fish biomass within the Misool Marine Reserve in just six years, and a staggering 600% increase in fish biomass on some of the key dive sites! The rebound for reef shark populations has been perhaps even more impressive – the latest study showed 25 times more sharks found inside the Marine Reserve than directly outside of it. And to the delight of divers, oceanic manta ray sightings have also increased 25-fold between 2010 and 2016. @bluespherefoundation #bluespherefoundation #conservation #plotagraph #racingextinction #indonesianoceanpride
THROWBACK: The Guardians of Raja Ampat Film and Concert Tour - Driving Conservation with Grand-Scale Media in Remote Communities. In December 2014, our team traveled to Raja Ampat, Indonesia for the culmination of a 10 year initiative, a film and tour celebrating the conservation history of Raja Ampat and cementing communities to continued defense of their natural treasures. Head to our Facebook page to watch the recap video. Photo: @shawnheinrichs #tbt #bluespherefoundation #projectingchange #racingextinction #manta #conservation #indonesianoceanpride
Over the weekend, Joan & George Hornig hosted "Under The Stars, Under The Sea" to celebrate the work of the Blue Sphere Foundation - a foundation that brings 'art and activism together to raise awareness and inspire action to keep our global marine environment healthy.' Guests enjoyed a performance by soul singer and song writer Grace Weber and amazing photographs by Shawn Heinrichs. #BlueSphereFoundation #RacingExtinction #Ocean #OceanConservation #ShawnHeinrichs #ShawnHeinrichsPhotography #GraceWeber #GraceWeberMusic #Philanthropy
📷made by @shawnheinrichs - Thanks to the tireless efforts of several conservation organisations including Paul G Allen Philanthropies @vulcanproduction @vulcaninc, all species of devil rays such as the Mobula munkiana pictured, along with silky and thresher sharks, gained international trade protections last year under the Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). #motivationmonday #mobulamonday #loveminimantas #racingextinction #bluespherefoundation
Thanks to the tireless efforts of several conservation organisations including Paul G Allen Philanthropies @vulcanproduction @vulcaninc, all species of devil rays such as the Mobula munkiana pictured, along with silky and thresher sharks, gained international trade protections last year under the Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). #motivationmonday #mobulamonday #loveminimantas #racingextinction #bluespherefoundation
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. Photo: @shawnheinrichs Repost @bluespherefoundation . . . #racingextinction #mantaray #mantamonday #bluespherefoundation #theawakeningsea