The following article was the second in my 'Species Crash Course' series published in Asian Diver Magazine (issue 106) entitled 'Species Crash Course: The Scorpionfish of Muck Dives'.
SPECIES CRASH COURSE: Identifying Scorpionfish on Muck Dives - By Richard Smith (© Richard Smith 2012)
The following article 'Sharks Demystified' was originally published in the shark issue (105) of Asian Diver Magazine:
Requiem for a Requiem- Sharks Demystified
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!
The cover shot of Sport Diving Magazine Australasia is again one of mine this issue (135)! It's a shot I took in Komodo, Indonesia of a pair of tiny shrimp found by super-dive guide Yann Alfian living on a soft coral. It took quite a lot of patience to get the image as they measured just over 1 cm each and were very active. They settled momentarily either side of the coral and I managed to get the shot.
Their camouflage is absolutely amazing, I've never seen anything quite like it! As far as I know they're not described.
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
In issue of Sport Diving Magazine (issue 134) the Cover shot is mine! This should be available throughout Australia and Asia in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled!
The shot of a pair of Many-host gobies was taken at Wakatobi Dive Resort on a whip coral. The female was in fact laying eggs and the male moving over them to ensure they were attached to the coral whilst also fertlising them. Pretty amazing to see! It's certainly a special place to dive!
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!
I have an article published in the February 2009 issue of Sport Diver UK Magazine entitled 'Pygmy Seahorses - Sex and Violence on a Miniature Scale!'. Sorry for the poor quality, it's a scan. Please also note the wrong image was insterded for Denise's Pygmy Seahorse and that I didn't actually wrte the part about the new pygmy seahorse.