Ghost pipefishes are masters of disguise. In fact they may have some of the best disguises in the sea, which range from uncanny mimicry of leaves, crinoids, algae to sponges and seagrass. It is quite a challenge to find some of these little gems but well worth the hours scrutinising every little thing that moves on the reef. The range of colours and body shapes can make even the seasoned critter hunter surprised by this amazing group.
Are ghost pipefishes really pipefishes?
I have written a few articles for UltraMarine Magazine over the past year or so and am pleased to have my first cover image with them this issue (Issue 33: April/May 2012). The cover shot is a pink anemonefish that I took at Wakatobi Dive Resort in Indonesia a few years ago. I've always had a soft spot for the image which I took with a very short depth of field, giving it an ethereal feel with soft pastel colours of the pale blue sky, purple mantle of the anemone and pinks of the fish.
I'm excited to have the cover image and a feature article in the spring issue of Marine Conservation Society's magazine. MCS is a UK based charity that does great work throughout the British Isles, protecting our amazing marine life.
I am pleased to announce that this issue (Volume 2: Issue 1) I have the cover image and a feature article 'The Sex Life of Seahorses' in 72 & Rising Magazine, which is a magazine focusing on marine and freshwater environments and their conservation.
Check out the article here:
The Sex Life of Seahorses by Richard Smith (© Richard Smith 2012)
I am extremely pleased to announce that my image of mating Denise’s pygmy seahorses (Hippocampus denise) taken at Wakatobi Dive Resort is the ‘Parting Shot’ in the new issue (Winter 2012) of Alert Diver magazine (see attachment below).
My final trip aboard the Dewi Nusantara liveaboard started in full force.
You might be interested to know that I am on Facebook. You can go to my page and if you hit the 'Like' button you'll be kept up to date with new images and other news as they're posted. My Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/OceanRealmImages
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My scientific publication on the habitat specialisation and population structure of gorgonian-associated pygmy seahorses has just been published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series (Link to the MEPS page):
Smith RE, Grutter AS & Tibbetts IR (2012). Extreme habitat specialisation and population structure of two gorgonian-associated pygmy seahorses. Marine Ecology Progress Series 444: 195-206
With the help of a very kind Taiwanese gentleman, Paladin Liu, I am now pleased to offer a Chinese version of the Code of Conduct for diving with and photographing pygmy seahorses.
Paladin has been seeing pygmy seahorses on some of his dives in Taiwan and wished to help protect them by sharing the Code of Conduct with his dive buddies. I'm really pleased for his input and helping for this information to reach such a wide audience.
I was awarded my PhD in April 2011 on the biology and conservation of gorgonian-associated pygmy seahorses. I thought it was about time that I posted the abstract of my thesis for anyone who's interested to have a little taster of some of my findings. The individual chapters comprising my thesis are in the process of being published in the scientific journals so there will be more information about each of these as they are released.