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Sperm Whale - underwater
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Sperm Whale - underwater
Two-Headed Calf, embalmed. There are many occurrences of multi-headed animals. Survival to adulthood Date: 25-Sep-19 Featured Image

Two-Headed Calf, embalmed. There are many occurrences of multi-headed animals. Survival to adulthood Date: 25-Sep-19

A tide of microplastics thrown to the beach in the Azores. It is amazing how in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean the sea is already full of these small fragments of plastic trash. Most of the plastic pollution that enters our waterways and ends at the sea came from domestic use - specifically single use disposables, such as straws, cups, lids, take-out containers and plastic cutlery. The real kicker is that plastic does not ever biodegrade in our environment. Instead, it continues to slowly break down into smaller pieces called microplastics, (any piece of plastic smaller than 5 millimetres). Microplastics essentially consist of all forms of plastic - synthetic fibers, fragments of plastic, foam bits and microbeads. This is where wildlife is exposed to the pollution which results in accidental ingestion - commonly mistaken as prey. Making ingestion worse, plastic is comprised of crude oil and carbon-containing compounds referred to as polymers and monomers. The chemical makeup allows it to absorb chemicals found in the natural environment. Then, after it is unknowingly consumed by wildlife, the chemicals leach into the tissue of animals. While plastic itself is classified as non-hazardous, the transfer of chemicals from plastic to animal tissue and then up the food chain can have disastrous effects. With the consumption of seafood, humans are also at risk of ingesting those toxic chemicals as well. Caldeira de Santo Cristo (lagoon), S£o Jorge Island, Azores 2019 A tide of microplastics thrown to the beach in the Azores. It is amazing how in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean the sea is already full of these small fragments of plastic trash. Most of the plastic pollution that enters our waterways and ends at the sea came from domestic use - specifically single use disposables, such as straws, cups, lids, take-out containers and plastic cutlery. The real kicker is that plastic does not ever biodegrade in our environment. Instead, it continues to slowly break down into smaller pieces called microplastics, (any piece of plastic smaller than 5 millimetres). Microplastics essentially consist of all forms of plastic - synthetic fibers, fragments of plastic, foam bits and microbeads. This is where wildlife is exposed to the pollution which results in accidental ingestion - commonly mistaken as prey. Making ingestion worse, plastic is comprised of crude oil and carbon-containing compounds referred to as polymers and monomers. The chemical makeup allows it to absorb chemicals found in the natural environment. Then, after it is unknowingly consumed by wildlife, the chemicals leach into the tissue of animals. While plastic itself is classified as non-hazardous, the transfer of chemicals from plastic to animal tissue and then up the food chain can have disastrous effects. With the consumption of seafood, humans are also at risk of ingesting those toxic chemicals as well. Caldeira de Santo Cristo (lagoon), S£o Jorge Island, Azores 2019

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Moreton Bay Fig Tree roots
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Moreton Bay Fig Tree roots
Tobacco Plant Plantation
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Tobacco Plant Plantation
Algar do Carvao Coal Cavern ancient lava tube / Featured Image

Algar do Carvao Coal Cavern ancient lava tube /

Algar do Carvao Coal Cavern ancient lava tube / volcanic vent located in the central part of the island of Terceira in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores

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Corys Shearwater
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Corys Shearwater
Rissos Dolphin
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Rissos Dolphin
Sperm Whale
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Sperm Whale
FG-7834
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FG-7834
FG-7831
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FG-7831
JLM-12423
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JLM-12423
Sperm whale - Social group of females and youngs Featured Image

Sperm whale - Social group of females and youngs

FG-ck-90 Sperm whale - Social group of females and youngs Azore Islands (Portugal), North Atlantic Ocean Physeter macrocephalus Calf swimming under mother's tail. Other pod members visible in background. Francois Gohier Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

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Sperm Whale - breaching
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Sperm Whale - breaching
Sperm Whale - diving
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Sperm Whale - diving
Sperm whale
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Sperm whale
Long-beaked common dolphin
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Long-beaked common dolphin
Rissos Dolphin
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Rissos Dolphin
Atlantic spotted dolphin
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Atlantic spotted dolphin
Sperm whale
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Sperm whale

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