Posts in “Conservation”

Such Garbage

No matter where I go, no matter how remote the location, there is always garbage. Lots of it. Plastics and other garbage. Humanity's gift to the oceans. In fact, there is usually so much trash that it's impossible to photograph it all. Garbage on the beach If an alien race did decide to visit us for some reason, I suppose all it would take is one look at our oceans and beaches for the interstellar visitors to understand humanity. This is our shameful…

Sharks, Sharks and More Sharks

Coming across a healthy population of sharks is a relatively rare event these days, which is why it was so nice to dive among hundreds, perhaps thousands of them yesterday: It's nice to see so many sharks...alive. They were mostly grey reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos), but there were silvertips (Carcharhinus albimarginatus) in the mix, and blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) in the shallows as well. I even saw a large blackfin reef…

Endangered Australian Sea Lions

My time with the wonderful Australian sea lions (Neophoca cinerea) is over (much too quickly, as always), and I'm on the road again. Endangered Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea)perched in shallow water at Carnac Island in Western Australia I treasure any time that I can spend with pinnipeds, but I'm particularly attached to this colony. You seeā€¦Australian sea lions are endemic to Western Australia and South Australia, and they're listed as…

Green Turtle. Dead.

Some things just suck. This is a juvenile green turtle (Chelonia mydas) that appears to have been killed by a fishing line and hook: Juvenile green turtle killed by a fishing line and hook We came across the carcass floating in the middle of the ocean. It was probably about 70cm in length...in other words, clearly a young turtle. The flesh in the head area had either been eaten or had otherwise fallen off, leaving just a skull for the most part. That's…