In Australia! Haven't taken any photos yet, so here's a couple of marine iguanas because reasons.
Aaaaaand it's a wrap! @chrisrohner and I have identified 67 whale sharks in Tanzania over the past month, and we're both heading home. Thanks to all our Mafia Island friends and visitors for another amazing trip! . Of course, there's always time for a few days at @sundivebyronbay on the way back to NZ 😉. Looking forward to catching up with a few of you in Oz. . We'll be hosting a trip back to Mafia next November if you're keen - check out the Tanzania page at www.aqua-firma.com for details on that 😁. . Gear: Sony A7r3, Canon 8-15 fisheye, @nauticamhousings.
🎵 I see you baby, breaking that glass... . Peacock mantis shrimp at @mafiaislanddiving. I just found the best opening to an article on the species in @wired magazine: . Imagine for a second that you're a crab, and a fellow crustacean called a mantis shrimp has decided to make you its lunch. The truth is, it's not worth struggling. The mantis shrimp uses muscles to cock back two hammer-like appendages under its face, storing energy in a saddle-like divot in the limbs. When it releases the latch, the hammers accelerate so quickly, and strike your shell with such brutality, that they produce cavitation bubbles in the water, which collapse and release a secondary shockwave that knocks you out cold. (If you *had* decided to put up a fight, the mantis shrimp would have strategically blown off your claws first, then punched you in the face until you died.) . I, for one, welcome our new stomatopod overlords. Gear: Sony A7rIII, 90 mm macro, @nauticamhousings
Shrimply the best day ever. So many sergestids, we were losing sight of the whale sharks! The sharks were going absolutely nuts - we identified 50 individuals, out of a total identified population of 207 in Tanzania. Madness. I've posted a new photo blog in my bio (@simonjpierce).
New science! Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in the Philippines is a global hotspot for sharks. This large, well-managed World Heritage Area is a fantastic example of how shark populations can (and should) be successfully protected. Tubbataha is always a place I mention when people ask how I can stay positive with marine conservation. Sure, there are lots of challenges – but people have created them, and people can solve them. We just have to do the work. Stoked to be involved with this research project – I love a good success story! Check out the video for the high points. The full paper is available in my bio link (@simonjpierce).
For any underwater photography geeks (like me) out there, I've just published a full(ish) review and setup notes on the Sony A7r3 camera and Nauticam NA-A7RIII housing. I've also added in my favourite underwater photos taken with the system over the past couple of months. The link to the review is in my bio (click @simonjpierce). Hope some of you will find it useful!
Fluffmonkeys! I'm writing a newsletter to send out later today or tomorrow. It's not about lemurs (except a little bit), but there will be news, in a letter-like format. So that's exciting. Sign up via my bio link: @simonjpierce 😁
I don't think you're ready for that jelly.
Let's take a short break from our regular programming to bring you this gecko.