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Galapagos Islands

Do animals like the really need a caption?? These seabirds, native to the Galapagos and warm Pacific coastal areas, are best known for 2 things: their dramatic courtship dances, and their absolutely fabulous feet! 💫 Photo by the renowned @cristinamittermeier. 📸

Pacific Ocean

Today on marine organisms you’ve probably never seen before: a PIGLET SQUID! 🐷🦑 As you can hear @nautiluslive.staff explain, you can see the individual chromatophores on this fascinating little fella. What do you think? Does this cephalopod look like a piglet, or something else? 🤔 Comment what you think below! 🌊 Video via @nautiluslive. 🎥

Three Sisters Springs

Just a couple of sea potatoes dropping by for 🥔 This day falling on the same day as ? A coincidence? We think not 🥳 Photo by the talented @martin.strmiska 📸

Haleiwa, Hawaii

There’s a reason Hawaiian monk seals are called *Hawaiian* monk seals—they only hang out on a few remote islands in northwestern Hawaii, where they can rest on nice, calm beaches when they’re not out at sea. The coral reefs surrounding the islands supply a bountiful place to hunt for food. These animals are considered endemic, meaning that they’re found nowhere else in the entire world! Unlike many of their seal relatives, these pinniped are not a fan of cold weather. They’ll stick to the crystal clear waters of the south Pacific, where there’s a much cozier temperature. It’s paradise for them! 🌊 Photo by @juansharks. 📸


*Presses ESC button* ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ All of our ocean’s coastlines should be as free of trash and marine debris as this one. Together, we can work to make this ideal a reality. Save the date for this year’s International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 21st! 🌊 Where will you join a cleanup this year? Stunning photo taken by Sean Scott. 📸

Midway Atoll

If you want to see Laysan Albatross, your best bet is visiting Midway Atoll! This tiny island is home to the biggest group of these birds in the world—it’s essentially a big family reunion. Over 450,000 nesting pairs (that’s nearly 1 million birds) manage to cram themselves into just a 2.4 square-mile area by nesting in every available nook, from abandoned WWII gun turrets to grassy cracks in the pavement. Now that’s what we call prime real estate! Photo by the spectacular @franslanting. 📸

Gulf of Oman

Just a green sea turtle with some all-natural ocean bubble goggles to brighten your 🌊🐢🥽 What’s your favorite sea turtle species? Comment below and let us know! 💫 Photo by the amazing @morganbennettsmith. 📸

Super cool fact for your : sharks have a sixth sense! 👻 The scientific name for this sense (found in cartilaginous fishes like sharks, rays and chimaeras) is the Ampullae of Lorenzini, which essentially enables them to sense electromagnetic fields emitted by other animals. ⚡️ Photo by Dr. Neil Hammerschlag. 🦈

Galapagos Islands

Did you know that sea lion pups will often roll around in the sand to cover themselves in a beachy layer of sun protection? 🌞 Sun safety isn’t just for humans, friends! (P.S.—make sure your sunscreen is reef-safe and you’ll be protecting your skin and the ocean, too! 🌊) Impeccable photo by the legendary @paulnicklen. 📸


“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” 🐢 inspiration via @benjhicks 📸

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Just over here waving goodbye to like 👋🏻 Do you know how to spot the difference between a seal and a sea lion? The easiest way to tell them apart is to look at the ears. True seals have ear holes, where sea lions have small flaps covering their ears. 👂🏼 You can also look at their feet. Seals have short, stubby front feet and generally scoot along land on their bellies. Sea lions, on the other hand, have elongated front flippers that help propel them through the water and allow them to “walk” on land. If you look closely, you’ll also be able to see the different in their claws: seals have long claws and fur on their front flippers, while sea lions’ front flippers have short claws and are covered in skin! Photo of a Southern Elephant seal by Martin Berg ( 📸

Honolulu, Hawaii

We could all use some more-a friends like remoras 🐟🦈🐟 Amazing photo by @johngarzaphoto 📸

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