Archive for June, 2013


Bliss!

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Apart from a scattering of islands, most of the Great Barrier Reef comes to within just a few feet of the water’s surface.

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One afternoon, while on the top deck of the boat, I turned to see a complete rainbow in front of me.

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Growing up to 110kg and over 8.5 feet long, potato cod can be completely unafraid of divers and make for enormously bold photography subjects!

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A school of big-eye jack fish beneath a dive boat.

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Catfish from Darwin, ready for my knife. The dorsal and pectoral spines were slightly terrifying serrated edges, handle with care!

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A 4.4m blue marlin that washed ashore at Little Beach, east of Albany, overnight on Tuesday may be the largest ever recorded in Australia.

The female fish is expected to crack the fisherman’s legendary 1000-pound mark — or 454kg — according to Department of Fisheries officers who removed the fish on Wednesday morning.

Fisheries regional manager Kevin Donohue said blue marlin very rarely wash up in the Albany region as the area was the southern extremity of the fish’s distribution.

“It would be a big deal, it would be the first time a marlin that size has been recorded in WA,” he said.

“The previous largest was a 330kg blue marlin recorded in Exmouth by a game fisherman.”

Mr Donohue said Fisheries officers worked quickly on Wednesday to remove the blue marlin.

“With the decay, there is potential to attract sharks which would endanger any users entering the water,” he said.

As there is no car access to Little Beach, two officers pushed the fish into the water, while another two officers brought a boat around from Two Peoples Bay boat ramp to load the creature.

A woman fishing from the rocks on Tuesday night reported the distressed blue marlin swimming in the cove.

The WA Museum is interested in studying the fish.

The world record for a blue marlin is 624kg, in Hawaii, while the Australian record is 452.2kg, for a fish caught in Batemans Bay NSW.

Source: The West Australian

“This moray eel was resting among some hard coral and was mesmerized by my dive lights, making it a very cooperative subject. The moray eel rhythmically opens and closes its mouth to move water through its gills and facilitate respiration, giving it the appearance of being aggressive and making for a dramatic portrait.” — Nature’s Best photographer, Steven Kovacs

Source: Ocean Views 2011 Competition (Smithsonian)

 

“This photo was taken the first evening of six that I spent at South Georgia Island. It captures a group of penguins on their way to the ocean to feed. As they approached, I knelt down, set the camera low to the ground, and waited for them to reach the spot I envisioned. King penguins are usually depicted as fairly placid, elegant creatures. This image presents a dynamic gang, seemingly with a leader, moving with a purpose. One can even see the articulation of their muscles. The cloudy mountains in the background enhance the sense of drama.” — Nature’s Best Photographer, Steve Gould

This picture is just begging to be photoshopped  Michael Bay-style, with a ‘Cool guys don’t look at explosions’ caption!

Source: Ocean Views 2012 Competition (Smithsonian)

Photo by Viktor Lyagushkin.

Someone needs to get Carsten Peter down there asap for some more speccy shots!

Source: NatGeo

The southern elephant seal is a truly restrained behemoth. Males can grow to be five times larger than females, up to 5,000 pounds. This elephant seal may look fierce, but he was simply yawning over and over in the wave-wash. This allowed me to try multiple ways of getting this impressive pose, including lying down in the water without disturbing him.” — Nature’s Best Photographer, Justin Hofman

I love this picture- the seal looks like he’s giving the photographer a jolly ‘Oh, you!’ kind of look.

Source: Ocean Views 2012 Competition (Smithsonian)

The Emerald Spirit

“This photograph I call ‘Emerald Spirit’ was taken on the most intimidating and most surf-heavy spot on the western coast of Ireland. Local surfer Fergal Smith was paddling and scoring a few deep tube rides inside the waves. Each time he started to paddle into the wave, I dove down underneath the water, held my breath, and waited for the moment when he would swish through a silver barrel close enough to my lens. Water visibility is always very limited in Ireland, and I was very lucky to get a shot like this.” — Nature’s Best Photographer, George Karbus

Source: Ocean Views 2012 Competition (Smithsonian)

     

“This particular shark was just as curious as I was, which enabled me to capture such an amazing shot. His eye came just above the surface and stared back at me as if to show me he was watching, while below the surface his mouth opened to reveal his sharp teeth.” — Nature’s Best Photographer, Deano Cook

Source: Ocean Views 2012 Competition (Smithsonian)

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