At the end of last week I was excited to receive my copy of the new Sport Diving Magazine from Australia. It contains my article 'Amazing Encounters' about my trip aboard Wakatobi Dive Resort's live aboard the Pelagian (available as a pdf download below). I visited the resort in September last year, following a two and a half year gap since I was there conducting research for my PhD on the biology and conservation of pygmy seahorses.
BIG ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS IN THE SOCORRO ISLANDS - 25th January - 3rd February, 2014
Join Richard aboard the luxury live-aboard Solmar V, for some of the world's best marine megafauna encounters. Over the 8 night cruise, we will meet the incredible inhabitants of the 'Mexican Galapagos'. These remote islands attract plentiful sharks, mantas, whales and other pelagics, promising a week of memorable diving.
The small harbour of Manokwari, surrounded by verdant mountains and filled with an eclectic mix of vessels from across Indonesia, was the starting point for our second Cenderawasih Bay voyage. Following two hectic days cleaning, refuelling and carrying out routine maintenance of the boat a full complement of guests arrived for our second trip aboard Dewi Nusantara (you can see pictures from the trip here). After the guests arrived we immediately began our journ
Having had two amazing trips in Raja Ampat, the time came for our expedition to Cenderawasih Bay aboard Dewi Nusantara. This huge embayment, on the north coast of Papua, is famed for its whale sharks and large number of endemic species. We began the 15 day trip in Sorong and first sailed past the east of Waigeo, then across to the north west coast of Papua and over the top of the Bird's Head Peninsula before entering Cenderawasih Bay. Once inside Cenderawasih we toured the western side of the bay all the way from Manokwari in the north west to
The past eleven days have been spent on a very special trip aboard Dewi Nusantara surveying and exploring a couple of areas in central Raja Ampat, in conjunction with the Sea Sanctuaries Trust. The trust works with local communities to conserve large tracts of reef from overexploitation and destructive fishing. For the trip, we had the honour of being joined by the eminent Doctors Gerry Allen and Mark Erdmann from Conservation International, who were surveying the reefs and searching for new and unus
After ten months away, I am pleased to find myself back in Raja Ampat, Indonesia on the stunning live aboard Dewi Nusantara. It is often cited that this area has the most biodiverse coral reefs in the world: literally as you leave this region, in any direction, the number of species decreases. As well as accommodating a huge variety of species, the reefs are also bustling with extraordinarily healthy fish populations. For this reason Raja Ampat is a marine biologist's panacea and the perfect spot for me to be conducting talks on the aquatic li
Although I'm in Indonesia at the moment, through the wonders of the web I have been able to check out my new article in the February issue of Sport Diver magazine in the UK. It is entitled 'Pelagian: Wakatobi and beyond', which is about the trip I made aboard Wakatobi Dive Resort's live-aboard Pelagian in September last year. It was a great trip where we saw plenty of amazing critters. You can follow t
I have just passed through Singapore, which gave me the opportunity to pick up a copy of the new Sport Diving magazine (issue 156), in which I have an article entitled 'Komodo: Off the Beaten Track'.
This piece is about the trip I made with Graham Abbott, of Diving 4 Images, and Yann Alfian, a good friend of mine and fantastic dive guide. Graham organised for us a small and slightly ramshackle boat but which was able to take us to new and rarely dived sites around the southern Komodo National Park. It was a great trip so have a read of it below!
I'm always excited when the postman delivers the new issue of Sport Diving magazine all the way from Australia. The new issue (155) landed on my hall floor a couple of days ago and contains my article 'Mid Atlantic Whaling', which is about the trip I made last July to the Azores Islands, 1600 km west of Portugal.
This was the trip of a lifetime. I had always dreamt of swimming with a sperm whale but never imagined I would end up in arms reach of one!! Anyway, the article link is below so check it out!