The new issue of Sport Diving Magazine (136), available throughout Australasia contains my article 'Apex Predators in Peril'. No prizes for guessing it's about sharks! These amazing and graceful creatures are being caught at such alarming rates that many species may well become extinct if measures aren't taken soon to protect them. There is good news from Palau that they have created a shark conservation area in their waters to forbid sharks being caught there.
If you're interested in learning more about Ghost pipefish, which I'm sure you are, my article has been published in the new issue of Asian Diver (104). It's only a condensed version so you'll have to buy the magazine to experience the full ghost pipefish excitement! I am a little bit obsessed with ghost pipefish and even saw a pair of robust from the Wakatobi jetty about 5 m away in about a foot of water this morning!
Check out the new issue of Sport Diving (Issue 135), which will be hitting the shelves of Australasia soon. In this issue I have an article about Crustacean biology with heaps of cool photos, fascinating facts and stuff you never knew you wanted to know about crabs, shrimps and their relatives.
Check out the new issue (134) of Sport Diving Magazine which is now on the shelves of news agents throughout Australia and Asia. Apart from the front cover I have some some images of creatures I have been unable to identify. This doesn't happen very often so I thought I'd get a second opinion on these species. Neville Coleman, the legend of a natural historian, writes a regular species ID feature and had a look at my photos. Two of the species, a velvetfish and a nudibranch, he had never seen before, one nudibranch he's seen but isn't yet named and he
I have recently been working with ARKive, which is a unique and in my opinion hugely valuable venture that is attempting to catalogue images, sound and video recordings of the world's threatened animals. Given that species are disappearing faster than ever before on our planet these sadly might be the only way our next generation will view the lost natural world. Hopefully by creating a catalogue of our disappearing species the reality of this extinction may hit-home to decision makers before it is too late.
The new FiNS site has just been launched. FiNS is a great place to read about diving in the Asia-Pacific region so check out the new layout and features. Of course you must read my feature 'Saving Nemo' which investigates the effects that the aquarium trade has had on reef fish populations and how it really is possible to keep marine fish in a manner that doesn't damage the reef and its inhabitants!
My publication 'Mating and birth of Denise's Pygmy seahorses (Hippocampus denise) observed in the wild' has been published in the hard copy of Coral Reefs Journal. The reference for this is:
Smith R.E. & Tibbetts I.R. (2008). Mating and birth of Denise's pygmy seahorses (Hippocampus denise) observed in the wild. Coral Reefs 27 (3), 617.
My article entitled 'Patterns of Diversity' has been published in the new issue (129) of Sport Diving Magazine which is available throughout Australasia. It explores the biodiversity of tropical reefs and the reasons for the patterns found across the world. I find this subject fascinating and I hope you do too!
My new article 'A Photographer's Responsibility' is published in the new issue of FiNS. This is quite a controversial subject but, I think, very important. Often photographers have a very bad reputation for damaging the reef and traumatising its inhabitants. I find these habits quite distressing and completely unnecessary so was compelled to write this article. I hope you enjoy it and it gives you something to think about.
My column 'Really Richard?' continues, this time helping distinguish between two species very dear to me - Denise's and Bargibant's pygmy seahorses! If I happen to be on a trip with you there will be no excuse for not knowing the difference!