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NEW EXPEDITION | SPECIAL PYGMY SEAHORSE CRUISE ABOARD ARENUI | RAJA AMPAT | 5-16th FEBRUARY 2016

I will be joining the boutique liveaboard Arenui in February 2016 (5-16th February) for a special pygmy seahorse cruise that will take in the best of Raja Ampat, Indonesia.  This is one of my favourite areas to dive and certainly one of the very best places in the world to see pygmy seahorses.  I have seen five of the seven described species here; Bargibant's, Denise's, Pontohi's, Satomi's and Severn's.  I will be giving marine life talks, which will include my work on pygmies for my PhD research.  For more information about this trip, please download the flyer attachment below or

OUR BELOVED SEAS TRIP REPORT | ALOR & WETAR, INDONESIA

We have just returned from the inaugural 'Our Beloved Seas' trip aboard the beautiful, Dewi Nusantara.  We were pleased to be joined by so many old friends on this first trip, as well as welcoming several new faces too.  Our eleven night itinerary started in Maumere on the Indonesian island of Flores and took us to dive sites on the islands of Kawula, Pantar and Alor, as well as further east to the rarely visited island of Wetar.

DEWI NUSANTARA TRIP REPORT: ALOR, INDONESIA - MAY 2014

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

DEWI NUSANTARA TRIP REPORT: BANDA SEA, INDONESIA - APRIL 2014

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).

New Expedition: Thresher & Whale Sharks | Philippines 19-28th September 2015

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.

First Quarter Review 2014

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.

Diver and big eye trevally schoolGroup Expeditions

Last Quarter Review 2013

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.

Our Beloved Sea Expeditions - Indonesia, Aug/Sept 2014

I am very excited to announce that I will be joining forces with dive guide extraordinaire, Wendy Brown, to lead a couple of trips aboard the stunning Dewi Nusantara next year. DOWLOAD THE TRIP FLYER AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE!

The Japanese Pygmy Seahorse - Hippocampus sp.

The Japanese pygmy seahorse, Hippocampus sp, (known locally as 日本のピグミータツノオトシゴ or Japapigu) is an, as yet, undescribed species of true pygmy seahorse found, as the name suggests, in Japan.  They appear to be closely related to Coleman's, Pontoh's and Severn's species, and like these other species, are not found living in close association with a specific host such as a gorgonian or soft coral. 

INDO-PACIFIC FISH CONFERENCE 2013, OKINAWA, JAPAN

I have just arrived in Okinawa, Japan for the 9th quadrennial Indo-Pacific Fish Conference.  I presented at the last meeting four years ago in Freemantle with my talk 'First field studies of the obligate gorgonian-associated pygmy seahorses, Hippocampus bargibanti and H. denise'.  This time round I decided to do a poster presentation for a change, on another aspect of my PhD research.

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