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How did you enjoy Socorro this week? I hope you enjoyed and are now following @erick.higuera !! …. The largest migration of Smoothtail Mobula Rays part of the amazing mexican pelagic life occurs every Spring. #islandlife

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MOTHER’S LOVE The unconditional love! Mother's love, is a gift from above, that is a wonderful treasure. The bond that a child develops with his mother can never be severed. You grew as an organism inside her for months. She carried you and sustained you, sharing her sustenance with you through your umbilical cord. When you are born the cord is severed. It is never severed in her heart. That bond lasts forever. As we grow up we become our own and may come to forget that woman who nurtured and loved us. But remember this, she will never forget you and never stop loving you. ↠ 📷 @erick.higuera

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↘ Check out our featured photographer this week. ↠ 📷 @erick.higuera …. …. A new family of humpback whales rest in the waters of Roca Partida, Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico. The Archipelago of Revillagigedo is one of the largest marine protected areas in the world, located in the Pacific Ocean, is one of the most biodiverse marine ecosystems in Mexico, which is a refuge for a great variety of pelagic species such as sharks, mantas, whales and fish, among many others.

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A new sheriff in town this week. And we are really excited to share some epic film clips from @erick.higuera and the Revillagigedo Archipelago // Socorro Islands ..... Guardians of the Tower. Roca Partida, the jewel of the Revillagigedo Archipelago aka Socorro Islands has been constantly visited like never seen before by multiple Pacific Giant Mantas. at Socorro Island

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Indonesia — with its 17,000 islands, healthy reefs, strong currents and productive seas — offers the perfect habitat for manta rays to thrive. This baby reef manta in Wayag Lagoon, eastern Indonesia, could live up to 50 years. Photo/text: @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation . . . . . #oceanminded #nobluenogreen #thinkblue #oceanstories #saveouroceans #blueocean #savetheocean #BlueMind #ourplanetdaily #startwith1thing #wanderlust #beautifuldestinations #ocean__earth #awesome_earth #bluespherefoundation #indonesianoceanpride #turningthetide #manta #mantalove

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15 - Following a landmark victory for mantas at the 2013 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (@CITES), and after a one-year campaign in Indonesia by @conservationorg and @wildaid , in January of 2014 we achieved an unprecedented achievement: securing full national protection for manta rays and establishing Indonesia as the world’s largest manta sanctuary. Photo/text: @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation . . . . . #oceanminded #nobluenogreen #thinkblue #oceanstories #saveouroceans #blueocean #savetheocean #BlueMind #ourplanetdaily #startwith1thing #wanderlust #beautifuldestinations #ocean__earth #awesome_earth #bluespherefoundation #indonesianoceanpride #turningthetide #manta #mantalove

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Raja Ampat is considered by many to be the crown jewel of the Coral Triangle, the very epicenter of global marine biodiversity. It’s also home to one of the most charismatic and graceful of marine creatures: the manta ray. Ever since my first encounter with a manta ray a decade ago, I have been captivated by the gentle, curious and intelligent nature of these ocean giants. Photo/text: @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation . . . . . #bluespherefoundation #indonesianoceanpride #turningthetide #manta #mantalove #oceanminded #nobluenogreen #thinkblue #oceanstories #saveouroceans #blueocean #savetheocean #BlueMind #ourplanetdaily #startwith1thing #wanderlust #beautifuldestinations #ocean__earth #awesome_earth

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Manta ray tourism is worth an estimated USD15 million in Indonesia. Raja Ampat, in the Papua region of Indonesia, has become a shining example of marine eco-tourism, with manta rays serving as a conservation icon for this regency. Photo/text: @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation . . . . . #oceanminded #nobluenogreen #thinkblue #oceanstories #saveouroceans #blueocean #savetheocean #BlueMind #ourplanetdaily #startwith1thing #wanderlust #beautifuldestinations #ocean__earth #awesome_earth #bluespherefoundation #indonesianoceanpride #turningthetide #manta #mantalove

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The @conservationorg Gam team installing a manta ID camera. Each manta ray has a unique spot pattern on its belly, which makes it possible to identify individuals. Photo/text: @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation . . . . . #bluespherefoundation #indonesianoceanpride #turningthetide #manta #mantalove #oceanminded #nobluenogreen #thinkblue #oceanstories #saveouroceans #blueocean #savetheocean #BlueMind #ourplanetdaily #startwith1thing #wanderlust #beautifuldestinations #ocean__earth #awesome_earth

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I am obsessed with the visual sense and addicted to the process of capturing powerful media. I am a storyteller and imagery is my medium. My ambition is to capture through my lens what my soul experiences through my eyes, an enhanced version of reality, order in chaos, focused, isolated and profound. It is the human connection that is central to conservation. Without it our efforts with ultimately falter, but by harnessing, we can change the world! Photo/text: @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation . . . . . #oceanminded #nobluenogreen #thinkblue #oceanstories #saveouroceans #blueocean #savetheocean #BlueMind #ourplanetdaily #startwith1thing #wanderlust #beautifuldestinations #ocean__earth #awesome_earth #bluespherefoundation #indonesianoceanpride #turningthetide #manta #mantalove

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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. Photo/text: @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation . . . . . #bluespherefoundation #indonesianoceanpride #turningthetide #manta #mantalove #oceanminded #nobluenogreen #thinkblue #oceanstories #saveouroceans #blueocean #savetheocean #BlueMind #ourplanetdaily #startwith1thing #wanderlust #beautifuldestinations #ocean__earth #awesome_earth

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Manta rays are the largest rays in the world, growing to widths of over 20 feet and weighing over 1 ton. They are highly intelligent and social animals, often seeking out interactions with divers. Words cannot describe the feeling one experiences when swimming alongside these gentle giants! They are truly some of the most graceful and elegant creatures in the ocean. Here's a shot of my campaign manager @candace.crespi connecting with a beautiful manta ray in the @misool area of Raja Ampat, #Indonesia. Photo/text: @shawnheinrichs @bluespherefoundation . . . . . #bluespherefoundation #indonesianoceanpride #turningthetide #manta #mantalove #oceanminded #nobluenogreen #thinkblue #oceanstories #saveouroceans #blueocean #savetheocean #BlueMind #ourplanetdaily #startwith1thing #wanderlust #beautifuldestinations #ocean__earth #awesome_earth

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