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Look closely at this new piece. See any objects you recognize? It’s no secret that there is a lot of trash in the oceans- and it’s affecting a lot of things. According to 5 Gyres, the top sources of trash from single-use plastic are plastic bags, water bottles, to go containers, and takeaway cups and straws. Let’s do something about it! In many places, these are easily avoidable: use reusable bags, water bottles and cups, and metal or paper straws! If we all make small changes to reduce the amount of trash we produce, the collective difference is tremendous! 💙🌎🌊

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The 5th feature in my #100reasonsproject is the giant oceanic manta ray with one of their greatest threats: plastic pollution. ✍🏼 As filter feeders, manta rays are not usually able to decipher plastic particles from their typical food source and end up consuming them. Microplastics- or small plastic particles-  are not easily broken down by marine organisms. Worst case scenario, these particles can block their digestive tracts leading to mortality.  Even if they are able to swallow and pass the plastic particle, it is still using precious energy to digest a particle that has no nutritional value. On my instagram...

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conservation, shark finning, sharks -

Recently I went through more of the photos I took last autumn in one of Japan’s largest tuna markets. This market is also a broker of shark fins. Shark finning is the single greatest threat to shark populations all around the world. Fins reach high prices for the controversial delicacy, shark fin soup. Larger sharks that are often caught for fins don't reach reproductive age until they are 5-15 years old (depending on the species). At the rate they are being wiped out, it is very difficult for these populations to stay healthy.  Sharks play a vital role in balancing...

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The 4th feature in my #100reasonsproject are the Southern Resident Killer Whales.  Orca are not endangered as a species, but this specific fish-eating population of 75 individuals is critically endangered due to loss of primary prey: chinook salmon. These salmon in turn are in decline because dams in the lower snake river hinder their ability to complete the reproductive cycle. The hydropower these dams produce has been largely sourced out elsewhere, giving them little purpose to us humans. Breaching these dams is the key way to let salmon recover and let these orca have enough to eat. Call and write to the politicians...

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Species no. 3 of the revamped #100reasonsproject is the one of the largest creatures in the world- the fin whale. Second largest to the blue whale, fin whales are huge and have gorgeous chevron patterns across their body that are visible from an aerial view. The IUCN lists them as a vulnerable species.  Fin whale populations around the world were depleted by commercial whaling in the 20th century; thankfully they commercial whaling has stopped for the most part. Their global population trend is now increasing, but they still face an array of threats including vessel collision, entanglement in fishing gear and hunting...

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