Maldives: Scuba Diving with Whale Sharks

March 15, 2014

This was a bucket list item of mine for a while so when I finally got the chance to jump into the water with this gentle giant in the Maldives, I was beside myself. Trying ridiculously hard to keep up with this baby whale shark was a beyond my abilities. However as you can see from this image my fellow diver was certainly keeping pace with him. I clearly need to hit the gym! The experience was brief but the incredible memory is everlasting. I definitely need to get back in the water with some whale sharks again soon.

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Chasing Crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus)

March 7, 2014

Finding the courage to get in the water with and photograph saltwater crocodiles required a great deal of soul-searching.  As with anything in life, fear can either hold you down or excel you forward.  Coming face to face with a crocodile in the water is an exhilarating experience.  Finding the composure to photograph them even more so.  As my time with the crocodiles grew I learned first hand that these reptiles are maybe even more misunderstood than sharks.  For more on this click here.

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Mangrove Magic

March 1, 2014

Trying to capture the beauty of the mangrove forests of Cuba was an interesting task. Snorkelling through the maze of tangled roots I found myself more concerned about rubbing up against the abundance of fire coral than the possibility of running into a crocodile.  When I left the boat it was a bright, sunny afternoon.  However, once inside this living structure it was very dim and eerie.  Yet there was something very magical about this place and I quickly got to work experimenting with the little natural light that was available . . .

For the full story on Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen), Cuba please click here.  And for the Full Gallery click here.

Split of a mangrove forest

Mangrove Split

Saltwater Crocodile

 

Silky Sharks (carcharhinus falciformis)

February 22, 2014

The crisp morning boat ride to meet a couple dozen silky sharks was one of the more exciting journeys I’ve had to a dive site. My apprehensions were high yet I was determined to get in the water and make them smile for the camera! In this particular location silkies are referred to as “brown sweeties” for their affectionate disposition. They certainly lived up to their nickname, quickly becoming one of my favourite shark species. Known to be somewhat aggressive in other parts of the world these particular sharks were actually quite friendly as well as patient with my dome port and flashguns in their faces.Now listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN, these sharks were once thought to be immune to overfishing. With worldwide shark populations declining at an alarming rate, it is always a privilege to be able to spend some time in the water with these highly misunderstood creatures.

School of Silky Sharks

Golden Jellyfish

February 15, 2014

Slipping into the green water of Jellyfish Lake (Palauan: Ongeim’l Tketau, “Fifth Lake”) in search of the Golden Jellyfish (Mastigias cf. Papua Etpisoni) felt like something only my wildest imagination could conjure up. Yet, I found myself in Palau, ten thousand miles from home with nothing more than my snorkelling gear and camera in a very surreal environment.

As the jellyfish move from one side of the lake to the other, following the path of the sun every day, finding them required a lengthy swim. However, little by little, a few jellyfish began to appear; until finally I was surrounded by thousands of these delicate creatures.  I spent the next hour or so in this watery wonderland admiring these fragile creatures going about their daily routine.  A true privilege to witness!

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Golden Jellyfish
Reflections

Filming in Jellyfish Lake