A few days after another fantastic trip as resident naturalist on the stunning Dewi Nusantara, I am ruminating over our adventures from a somewhat contrasting setting in England's rolling Cotswold Hills. Despite the Cotswold's inherent splendour, being designated nationally as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the untouched wilderness we explored aboard Dewi around Alor is incomparable. England has been manipulated and moulded by man for thousands of years, but the forested islands and untouched reefs of Alor remain largely as they always h
After almost a year away from the beautiful Dewi Nusantara, I am really excited to be back for another two trips sailing the megadiverse Indonesian seas as resident naturalist. I am even more excited as the trips are being hosted by Ned & Anna DeLoach and Paul Humann, the well-known authors of many fish ID and behaviour books and the founders of REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation).
Following the success of my recent trip to the Philippines aboard Atlantis Dive Resort's 'Azores' I am pleased to announce that I will be leading another trip on this lovely vessel from 19-28th September 2015.
We are already more than a quarter of the way through 2014.... how did that happen?! It's been a busy few months here at Ocean Realm Images with group trips to Socorro Island, Mexico and the Philippines, plenty of published articles and exciting new ventures in TV and film.
It has been a very busy few months since my last blog update so I thought a last quarter review style blog would be the easiest way to cover everything. Since my last update I have led a group trip to Fiji, dived in Nelson Bay, Australia with let's Go Adventures and in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia and attended the world's largest dive trade show in Orlando, as well as having numerous publications around the world.
I have recently returned from an exceedingly fruitful trip to Japan, where I attended the 9th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference in Okinawa and dived both Izu Peninsula and Hachijo-jima.
My trip to Fiji from 5-15th October this year is fast approaching, with only four spots remaining for those that are interested in joining us. We will be spending ten nights at the secluded Matava Dive Resort on the island of Kadavu, in the country's south west. Surrounded by dense forest, with organic gardens, a spa and views of the aquamarine Pacific Ocean, this is the prefect setting to relax and enjoy some great diving.
Sport Diver UK have just published the July issue of their monthly magazine, which contains my article 'Cenderawasih Bay; Where Whale Sharks Roam'. This feature is about the month I spent aboard Dewi Nusantara in the mysterious and newly visited part of Indonesia on Papua's north coast.
As part of my PhD research I visited a small resort in central Sulawesi. It is scarcely known to non-Italians, but an absolute gem. I was in search of the amazing Walea soft coral pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus waleananus), which is known only from the reefs of the Togian Islands.
The diving is outstanding, with some of the best hard coral I have seen and many interesting critters, including bumblebee shrimp, boxer crab, tiger shrimp, four species of pygmy seahorse and the rare Kyonemichthys rumengani found in abundance.
I was fortunate enough to return to Wakatobi Dive Resort last year for the first time since carrying out much of my PhD fieldwork there a couple of years before. This time, however, I went on a trip aboard their liveaboard, Pelagian. We sailed from the resort all the way to the island of Buton, just off the Sulawesi mainland. My adventures were published in Scuba Diver AustralAsia in issue one of 2013. They have recently updated their digital subscriptions too, so check out their website or the Apple Newstand for