Here we have--and I wish I were kidding-- *plastic utensils wrapped in plastic.* I saw this today in Manhattan and my knees buckled. Yesterday, a major science paper came out estimating that we have emitted *9 billion tons* of plastic since we invented the stuff around 1860, and here's the kicker: EVERY LAST MOLECULE OF IT IS STILL HERE. Plastic is far more tenacious than we knew. Single-use plastics are a scourge, a symptom of a major disease, a sign that we are not running this planet wisely (to say the least), a harbinger of doom. Based on what we know about plastic's longevity, its toxicity, and the harm it does to the natural world, we should be using it sparingly, and only for the most durable things--roofing tiles, heart stents, etc. Instead we use it as if it were ephemeral, like these plastic- wrapped polycarbonate forks and knives will simply vanish in a puff of smoke after we've used them. Instead, they will outlive our great-great-great grandchildren. Why can't we stop this? What the HELL is wrong with us? Oh, and by the way, for various reasons, only 10% of the plastic you dutifully toss in your recycling bin ever gets recycled. Most of it ends up in landfills or in the ocean. Calling anyone who gives a damn--we must stop it with this heedless, toxic habit. That is all single-use plastic is: a destructive habit. signsoftheapocalypse #sorryfortherant #fuckplastic #saynotoplastic

I wonder what it says about me that I see this image and think: *How incredibly beautiful.* And it reminds me of why I wrote the last line of The Devil's Teeth: "There's another world, and it's in this one." #sharks #thedevilsteeth #greatwhite #sublime

Along with its exceptional cruelty to humans, the Trump administration's 2018 budget proposal would eliminate the Marine Mammal Commission, a group that protects the welfare of whales, dolphins, other marine mammals, and ocean ecosystems in the face of ongoing—and rising— threats. The cost to the American taxpayer is *one cent per day.* #dolphins #whales #ocean @lonelywhale @nrdc_org

One life rule: never turn down a helicopter ride. (Especially when the pilot is the @greatbaldeagle Don Shearer.) #Maui @windwardaviationinc 💫

Just when you're thinking you're pretty tough, humility intrudes. #mothernature #karma #whiteshark #orca #ocean #lifeisntfair

See, here's the thing: forget the newspapers, forget the internet, forget the crazy times we happen to live in--at the end of the day, it's all about love. This is my lovely friend Devri and her beloved companion, Gardenia. THIS is the resistance. #love #animals #maui #northshore @devriwear

Underrated: the art of looking exactly like a rock on land, while also being able to move gracefully and effortlessly underwater. #honu #maui #northshore #oceanlove 💚

Here's to the fiercest, strongest, most beautiful females I've ever met: Madame Pele and her mama, Earth. #kilauea #hawaii #lava #volcano #ocean #internationalwomensday