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 sit writing this blog from Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos surrounded by frolicking sealions, sunbaking marine iguanas, bathing pelicans and feeding sally lightfoot crabs. This really is a land of plenty, largely fed by the nutritious waters suddenly brought to the surface around the archipelago and immediately exploited by planktonic life. Obviously the islands are most well known for providing Darwin with the raw materials that culminated in his theory of evolution and the origin of species by natural selection. Visiting them today is like stepping into a world whe
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.
I'm really pleased to have my third cover shot in a row for the magazine 'Sport Diving' in issue 150, which is available throughout Australia and Asia. With this issue, my shots will have graced the cover of Sport Diving for the past six months! The shot of a nudibranch, Phidiana indica, crawling over a tunicate, Polycarpa sp., was taken aboard Dewi Nusantara last year in the Raja Ampat region of Indonesia.
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I was ever so excited to welcome the guests for my second trip around the Raja Ampat region of Papua, Indonesia aboard the beautiful Dewi Nusantara as it meant we'd be back in the water very soon! The first day of diving is such a solid start to the itinerary and really sets the scene for what's to come that even veteran divers are astounded by the riches of the area.
The new issue of Sport Diving magazine is available now throughout Asia and Australia. It is the 150th issue of the publication and I am honoured to have the second part of my Aussie road trip article 'Heading South: Drive and Dive - Sydney to Tasmania' as well as my third cover shot for Sport Diving in a row.
Almost a year to the day I am back aboard the beautiful Dewi Nusantara (formerly Paradise Dancer) sailing the bountiful waters of Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia. This is the first of my three trips aboard Dewi, where I'll be conducting a series of marine biology evening lectures and hunting for elusive pygmy seahorses to further my research on these amazing miniature fish.