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.
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 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, (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.
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.
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.