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Photo Gallery: Shark Week

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It is Shark Week this week and so to celebrate these wonderful creatures, our gallery features images from some of our favourite shark dives around the world. The mainstream press don’t do these much misunderstood predators any favours, often portraying them as mindless killers, when in truth, they live complex lives and have amazing adaptations to their environment.

Image 1:  This shot is from our very first shark dive, which was at Aliwal Shoal in South Africa. It was a defining couple of dives for us and really was the catalyst for all our shark diving images that followed. This pair are Blacktip Sharks and part of a group of around 30 sharks that joined us for this dive. On our trip back to shore we also saw our first ever Whaleshark – it was quite a day! Dive Operator: www.bluewilderness.co.za

 

Image 2:  Caribbean Reef Sharks swimming over a healthy reef off Nassau in The Bahamas. We were the only people on this dive and had between 6 and 10 sharks around us for over an hour. We spent a couple of days diving with Caribbean Reef Sharks on reef and wrecks in clear, blue, warm shallow waters. It was heaven! Dive Operator: www.stuartcove.com

 

Image 3:  After a wonderful trip to Socorro, it was a bit of an impulsive decision to head out to try to find Blue, Mako or Smooth Hammerhead Sharks off the Cabo coastline in Mexico. We were flying home the next day, so could not dive, and this was the perfect way to end a wonderful trip. We spent time snorkelling with two Smooth Hammerhead Sharks, a first for us, and their curious nature meant that we had some lovely close encounters.
Dive Operator: www.cabosharkdive.com

 

Image 4:  Blue Sharks are one of the most beautiful sharks you can encounter and they are found in plenty of places around the world. Our encounter with them was close to home, in Cornwall in the UK. Whilst we only saw one individual, she stayed with us for over an hour, and with only 5 people on the dive boat, there were plenty of great photographic opportunities. Dive Operator: www.charleshood.com

 

Image 5:  One of our all-time favourite dives has got to be the Great Hammerhead dive in Bimini in The Bahamas. Seeing these amazing, and huge, sharks up close is a real treat. We have done this dive on two different visits and cannot wait to go back! The dive is in shallow water and there is usually plenty of sunlight shining down. This image shows the incredible turning circle the Great Hammerhead has, as it swam right over our heads. Dive Operator: www.biminiscubacenter.com

 

Image 6:  You can never rely on the weather, especially when you are heading out to small remote islands a good distance from land. Alas, we were unlucky on our Great White Shark expedition in South Australia, with a polar vortex coinciding with our trip, but even with tough photographic conditions, we had an amazing time. The Great White Shark is an awesome beast, and even though you know they are going to be big – their sheer size still surprises you. Dive Operator: www.rodneyfox.com.au

 

Image 7:  A Basking Shark from Cornwall, UK feeds with its mouth wide open to take in as much plankton as possible. These huge sharks, this one was about 7 meters in length, come to the west coast of the UK from Cornwall to Scotland in early summer to feed. The plankton they feed on can vastly reduce the visibility and therefore photography can be challenging. To get the best shots, watch their feeding behaviour for a while to make an educated guess as to their pattern, before you get in the water and then wait for them to come to you. Dive Operator: www.charleshood.com

 

There are so many more we could have added to this gallery! We will have to leave it there for now, but will be returning to our favourite shark dives and writing some more about this topic soon.

For more from Nick and Caroline, visit www.frogfishphotography.com

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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BLUE EARTH – Future Frogmen Podcast Series -Mapping Resilience – Coastal Communities in Iceland

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A series of conservation educational podcasts from Future Frogmen, introduced by Jeff Goodman.

Mapping Resilience – Coastal Communities in Iceland

What does it take for individuals, communities and systems to adapt to change? Hear Dr. Matthias Kokorsch’s community resilience framework that lays out six key parameters for community and social resilience.


Richard E Hyman Bio

Richard is the Chairman and President of Future Frogmen.

Born from mentoring and love of the ocean, Richard is developing an impactful non-profit organization. His memoir, FROGMEN, details expeditions aboard Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s famed ship Calypso.

Future Frogmen, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and public charity that works to improve ocean health by deepening the connection between people and nature. They foster ocean ambassadors and future leaders to protect the ocean by accomplishing five objectives.


You can find more episodes and information at www.futurefrogmen.org and on most social platforms @futurefrogmen.

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Scubaverse meet the Ullapool Sea Savers

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On a recent trip to the Highlands of Scotland we met up with an amazing bunch of ocean conservationists called the Ullapool Sea Savers. They are a passionate group of young people based in the beautiful coastal town of Ullapool who are working to protect the marine environment around them and it was a real pleasure to hear their ideas and to witness just how committed they are to their cause.

They are a group run by kids for kids, in response to the inspirational work of local marine campaigner Noel Hawkins. Their core premise is that people will protect what they love and they aim to show people just how much there is to love about the sea. The Ullapool Sea Savers keep things positive and work to inspire those around them and each other.

Each Sea Saver is a Species Champion, and they nominate their preferred species, learn all about them and then present a “fact fie” to the rest of the group. This ties in with the Species Champion Initiative launched by Scottish Environment LINK which asks Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to lend political support to the protection of Scotland’s threatened wildlife by becoming ‘Species Champions’. This has led to some great support from MSPs when it comes to campaigning, such as Maree Todd MSP and Minister for Children and Young People (who is also from Ullapool which helped!) becoming the Flameshell Species Champion and working closely with Caillin who is Flameshell Ambassador for the Ullapool Sea Savers. Similarly, Gail Ross MSP for our region, took on the role of Seagrass Species Champion and helped USS campaign against plans to allow Mechanical Kelp Extraction (Dredging!) to be given the go ahead in Scotland. There are plenty more example of this great partnering scheme here.

On top of this, the Ullapool Sea Savers have formed pods, and each small group selects a local campaign to work on, with the “New Wave” working on a “Drain Campaign” to educate people that litter dropped on the street ends up in the surrounding sea. They recently surveyed the litter by the first drain in the campaign and found over 300 cigarette butts that would have all washed out to sea during the next rainfall.

The “Blue Starfish” are working on a crisp packet recycling campaign, starting at the local school with hopes to widen the scale going forward. There is now also the newly formed Seal Pups Pod and we look forward to seeing what campaign they decide to focus on.

Many of the group have passed qualifications in snorkeling, diving, boat handling and they are currently learning to operate an ROV that they plan to use to mark underwater litter and ghost nets so it can be retrieved by divers. The group are also regularly found litter-picking along the coastline. As a group they have a powerful voice and recently won the Sunday Mail, Young Scot Awards 2021 for the Environment Category.

The older kids mentor some of the younger ones that are new to joining the group and what really struck us on meeting the group was how keen they were to pass on their wealth of knowledge and their passion for ocean conservation. We chatted to them about what we do and told them about some of our favourite marine life encounters from around the world. I hope we inspired them just a fraction as much as they inspired us! 

To find out more about the Ullapool Sea Savers you can visit their website by clicking here.

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