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๐ŸŒŠThe ocean faces an onslaught of problems โš”๏ธ We're here to help protect it ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Help us #GrowTheArmor

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Typically, giant isopods are between 7.5 and 14.2 inches in length, but they can get much bigger: One specimen pulled up with an ROV in 2010 was 2.5 feet long. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Scientists aren't quite sure why these isopods get so enormous, but believe that their huge size might be an adaptation that helps them survive the extreme pressure of the deep ocean. So cool! Via @fathomlesslife @noaaoceanexploration ๐Ÿ’™

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This manta ray was lucky it was helped by these divers. ๐Ÿ™Unfortunately, most marine life entangled in nets and lines arenโ€™t as lucky as him ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜  Via @thedodo ๐Ÿ’™

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How would you like to be this close to a 12,000 lb orca? ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’™ For permit holders like @marine_life_kayaker, this type of amazing encounter is a common occurrence. ๐Ÿ™Œ

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We bet this guy needed a new wetsuit after this encounter ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Via @rhmsuwaidi ๐Ÿ’™

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This whale shark is enjoying a tasty shrimp snack, but what is that murkiness in the water? ๐Ÿค” Itโ€™s not pollution, itโ€™s called Trichodesmium or โ€œsea sawdustโ€ and it is a pretty amazing and useful group of organisms that combine in high density areas and are likely to provide the majority of nitrogen to marine ecosystems. ๐Ÿค“๐ŸŒŽ Since whale sharks require high-density prey patches to make feeding energetically viable (which is a major challenge for species living in tropical and subtropical seas) it appears these whale sharks use the naturally occurring sea sawdust to corral the shrimp into one large meal, allowing them to feast with ease. ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ๐Ÿฆ via @fathomlesslife ๐ŸŽฅ by @simonjpierce ๐Ÿค™

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Snorkeling through a channel surrounded by pristine coral reef in the Rowley Shoals in Australia looks amazing! ๐Ÿ˜ Tag a friend who youโ€™d want to experience this with!๐Ÿ‘‡ Via @jtux @great_escape_cruises ๐Ÿ’™

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Think sharks are the ultimate apex predators? ๐Ÿฆˆ Guess again! Orcas are apex predators at the top of the food chain. 1๏ธโƒฃ No other animals (except for humans) hunt orcas. Orcas feed on sea birds, squid, octopuses, sea turtles, fish, rays, and as seen in this footage, sharks! ๐Ÿ˜€ Via @savingthewaves ๐ŸŽฅ @slatermoorephotography

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Although this beluga whale appears to be playing with these kids, this may not actually be the case. ๐Ÿค” Its motions are actually quite aggressive. ๐Ÿ˜ก In the wild, belugas make this same aggressive motion to ward off predators or scare other animals away from their food source. Here, the beluga is probably using its aggressive motion to scare the screaming kids in attempts to escape their constant poking and yelling at the glass.๐Ÿ˜• ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿณ Via YT user Michelle Cotton ๐Ÿ’™

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Wow! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Talking about a close encounter with gentle giants! What would you have done?! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‹ Via @jaimenhudson ๐Ÿ’™

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Just another day in the office for @waterbod ๐Ÿค—โญ๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ These wiggly little guys are called brittle stars due to their ability to lose a leg as part of its self defense mechanism and grow another in a short period of time. If you look closely, one of them has only four appendages instead of five. It wonโ€™t be long until it grows itโ€™s missing one back!

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This isnโ€™t something you see everyday! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Check out this tarpon swimming away from a hammerhead and actually jumping on the boat to try to escape! ๐ŸŸ Via @robertgorta ๐Ÿ‘Œ@hurricaneboatanchors ๐ŸŒŠ

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Just imagine how cute these little ones would be in the wild. ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒŽ @9gag ๐ŸŒŠ

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Look at those teeth! ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿฆˆ Not only do mako sharks have sharp, razor-like teeth arranged in 11-13 rows to tear apart their prey, they are also the fastest shark species in the world! ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ They average an incredible 60mph when hunting for their next meal! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ via @sharksneedlove ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜

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To get this close to these amazing animals, you may need a permit like @marine_life_kayaker has. ๐Ÿ“œ๐Ÿ‘ˆHuman activities in the vicinity of marine life may impact the animals which could result in multiple things: from no observable effect, to modifying their behavior, to actual physical harm. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ To keep these animals safe, laws are in place that have severe penalties for those who violate them. ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ธ Before you approach marine life, learn the laws governing the interaction or you could end up in serious trouble. ๐ŸŒŠ

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This melts our hearts โ™ฅ๏ธ This sea lion refused to go back home without her BFF - so she kept running back to get him ๐Ÿ’™ Via @thedodo @pacificmmc

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This short clip shows an orca 'carousel' feeding. ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ Watch as it forces the herring into tight shoals, before using ferocious tail slaps to stun a few at a time, before picking them off one-by-one. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ Via @norwegianorcasurvey ๐Ÿ™Œ@discoverocean ๐Ÿ™

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This pod of whales decided to surprise these kayakers and give them a little bump! ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿ˜ Turn on your sound and itโ€™s almost like youโ€™re there! ๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒŠ Via @thedodo ๐Ÿ™

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This video shows an octopus hunting fish in a tiny tidal pool. ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŸ The intelligence of the creatures never cease to amaze us! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Via YT user Herase Asmjaos ๐Ÿ’™

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Would you ever do this? ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Seems a bit dangerous. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Comment your thoughts below.๐Ÿ‘‡via @planetwildanimals ๐Ÿ’™

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This mother sea turtle somehow got stuck upside down. ๐Ÿ™ƒ Luckily for her, she was spotted by this amazing human who helped flip her right side up so she could return to the ocean! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™ via @thedodo ๐Ÿ’™
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