cainedelacy

Caine Delacy

Seeker of great stories to tell 🐳🦈🐋🦐🦁 ⁣ Contributing Photog at @nytimes , @nytimestravel. ⁣ PhD | Marine Ecologist ⁣ Join me on an expedition - below

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Here’s another crazy video from my friend and fellow underwater sciencey colleague @simonjpierce. Im thinking it’s also time for a whale shark adventure somewhere. Who’s with me? @cainedelacy ⁣ ⁣ 🎥@simonjpierce ⁣ ⁣ #whaleshark #whalesharks #uwpic #dronephotography #dronevideo #marinebiology #uwlife #naturephotography #freedive #scuba
Yes, that’s a bunch a dolphins swimming with southern right whales. To be a dolphin!!! @cainedelacy ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🎥 @jaimenhudson ⁣👊🐳⁣ ⁣ #uwpic #underwater #whales #swimwithwhales #southernrightwhale #uwvideo #drone #dronevideo #overwater #humpbacks #spermwhale #dolphin #dolphins
Happy Friday everyone. This is a fish that I have visited from time to time for almost a decade. She/he (can’t sex a potato grouper unless you do histology of their gonads, some grouper species have sexual color dimorphism, not this one), has just one eye, colloquially known as Lefty; and lives in southern Mozambique on one reef in particular. Lefty is super curious, and is happy to pose for photos as long as you don’t spook it form approaching from its blind side. I hope to return there someday soon to see if this old friend is still around, I sure hope so!! @cainedelacy@scubapro#uwpic #uwphoto #underwaterphotography #potatogrouper #scuba #scubadiving #freediving #freedive @fathomlesslife @discoverocean @ocean_magazine
The sights and sounds of a healthy reef. Sea turtles feeding, loads of shrimp snapping in the background noise, intact and complex coral reef below. Did you know that the sounds of different reefs help fish and coral larvae decide where to settle out from the water column? Interesting fact! @cainedelacy ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🎥@jacintashackleton ⁣ ⁣ #seaturtle #jellyfish #uwpics #uwvideo #uwphoto #underwaterphotography
Tiger sharks and palm trees- look before you jump in!!! This was taken in the Bahamas, one of the few countries that have banned all shark fishing. There’s still some people that think they are above that law, but for the most part few sharks have been taken in Bahamian waters for many years. Thriving shark communities mean lower order prey are regulated. This even means that turtle numbers are controlled! 🐢What harm could turtles do? I hear you ask! To many turtles leads to over grazing of sea grass, this destabilizes inshore soft sediment zones which then leads to silt working its way into the water column where it’s transported offshore onto the coral reef slope. Corals hate silt and muck on them and often can die if that stress persists. There are many other cascading effects of turtle over abundance, so while we should protect turtles as much as we can, we also have to protect sharks. The complexity of our marine ecosystems is astonishing, and I love it!!! @cainedelacy ⁣ ⁣ #Seaturtles #tigershark #sharks #uwpic #uwphoto #marinebiology #scuba #freedive
Ok. So my friend @sideytheshark keeps teasing me with this clips of epic manta ray encounters. Guess it’s time to put this on the books. Who’s in??? @cainedelacy ⁣ ⁣ #mantarays #manta #uwpic #uwphoto #freedive #adventure #scuba #underwaterphoto #uwvideo #uwlife
CONTRACTIONS // this is the moment we realized that this female was heavily pregnant and looked like she was in serious discomfort AKA - in labor. The zoom in is in post production we didn’t swim any closer to not disturb her. We watched this for about 10 minutes. Then she took off to the depths, and then launched into big breach. She then lay motionless again moving her body from side to side and up and down before taking off again and breaching. We left her as the day was getting late. The next day was to rough to go out, but one of my clients went out to the same area from land with his drone and filmed what we believe to be the same mum with a brand new calf. I’ll never forget the feelings of sensing that a new life was soon coming into the world. I do hope we get to see these two next year after their safe journey back from Antarctica. @cainedelacy@mooreaoceanadventures#humpbackwhale #pregnant #babywhale #humpbacks #uwvideo #uwphoto #uwphoto #freedive #scuba #underwaterphoto #motherhood @fathomlesslife @ocean_magazine @_ocean.life__ @theocean @discoverocean @abc4explore
Here is Rap. A juvenile sperm whale that frequents the waters off of Dominica and other surrounding islands. This image taken under government permit is an example of the curiosity displayed by these massive and intelligent animals. Soon after this photo it swam over to our boat which was about 200 meters (~600 ft) away and graced those on the boat wit a swim by. With the huge expands of ocean around us it chose to come to us. It’s pretty cool to experience mutual curiosity from another species. @cainedelacy ⁣⁣ ⁣ Clients - @funnyphyl @oceanaimee @jonathanlavan @amandasmerge ⁣⁣ @barnesarelli2 #spermwhale #whale #freediving #uwpic #uwphoto #underwaterphoto #freedive #freediving #scuba @fathomlesslife @discoverocean @ocean_magazine @ocean
FOR 30 seconds, watch this peaceful world. ⁣ ⁣ The red-toothed trigger fish (Odonus niger) was one of the first fish I studied. It is the only trigger to school and spend its days out in the blue. It is still a reef fish and sleeps in cracks and holes in the reef at night. They are common on healthy reefs in the Indo pacific but seeing a huge school like this had me mesmerized. While I love the big animals, seeing hundreds and hundreds of fish thriving also gives me joy. I’ve seen to many reefs that are completely devastated by fishing and that’s all sorts of fishing- from spear fishing to dynamite and whenever I see fish in abundance I sit and enjoy the show. @cainedelacy ⁣ ⁣ #uwphotography #uwvideo #uwpic #triggerfish #marinebiology #scuba #fishing #spearfishing #freedive #underwaterphotography
I love this video for its glimpse into the lives of predator and prey. Watch how the turtle not only has a shell but also had adapted its behavior to maximize the efficacy of the shell. Take a close look to see how it waits until the shark commits before swimming away and uses its shell and subsequent bump from the shark to get away. ⁣@cainedelacy ⁣ 📽⁣ @frazercoralbay#uwphotography #tigershark #seaturtle #uwpic #uwphotography #ocean #wildlife
Peak hour at the sand bar. ⁣ I always love visiting this site in Mo’orea. Not that it hasn’t been photographed a million times but that it’s just a load of fun and sometimes photography should just be fun. 😀 ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #uwphotography #stingray #stingraycity #underwaterphoto #uwphoto #uwphotography #freedive #scuba #nature_lovers #uwvideo #nikon #aquaticadigital
This is one of the best GoPro deployments ever. My friend and colleague @simonjpierce is a master of using research time to get great photos and videos 😜 and this one could be one of his best. To many hammerhead sharks to count out in the Galapagos. @cainedelacy ⁣ ⁣ #hammerheads #sharks #gopro #underwaterphoto #uwvideo #remotevideo #uwpic #scuba #freedive #galapagos #darwin
Happy Thanksgiving to all in the USA! There are many things I am thankful for but one of them is the for the foresight of those who blazed a trail to protect our ocean giants. It wasn’t long ago that all these species were hunted worldwide, and many were brought close to extinction. Today however these animals are bouncing back and local governments and communities can thrive on a different form of hunting- allowing people to experience these animals in the wild. Well managed and permit based experiences are a phenomenal conservation tool allowing local people and communities to make an income and share their natural resources without depleting them. Hope you all get to experience the wild wherever you are to make stories and share them with your friends. . . . . #uwphotography #underwaterphoto #spermwhale #freediver #freediving #scuba #snorkel #boats #adventure
It’s not all big things on my expeditions. These clips of some of my favorite fish the potato cod [grouper] @bartlukasikvideo , and clown anemone fish @rafikadura remind me that I need to get back to the smaller and equally as charasmatic animals under the sea. @cainedelacy ⁣ ⁣ #clownfish #potatoegrouper #grouper #uwpic #scuba #freedive #oceanadventure #uwvideo #underwatervideo
Our time here in Dominica has come to an end. We had some truly memorable moments out here including being led to a group of sleeping sperm whales by another whale. We found about 8 sleeping whales. The water visibility wasn’t the best but what we saw was certainly otherworldly. These three were on the end and the other four-five to the left of this image. Watching giant animals sleep motionless in the sea is incredible and a must to experience. @cainedelacy ⁣ ⁣ #spermwhale #whale #adventure #uwpic #uwphoto #underwaterphoto #uwvideo #uwphotography #scuba #freedive
This photo taken by @brianskerry over ten years ago is still today one of my most favorite images of all time. Being dwarfed by large ocean animals is a moment not easily forgotten. But to also have all the elements to line up to make a spectacular image of an encounter like this is most remarkable. I sit and wait for the elements to align in my own photography pursuits. When they do you know you’ve made a timeless photograph. I’m sure Brian knew what he got when he pressed the shutter on this one! @cainedelacy ⁣ ⁣ #rightwhale #southernrightwhale #uwpic #uwphoto #scuba #scubadiver #freedive #wildlife
Expedition days in Dominica are some of my favorite. Long days, expectations, sometimes we don’t find them and then sometimes we find so many. We had thirteen whales with us and it was hard to fit them all in. There’s a few here and it’s just a quick snap shot of the encounter. My clients were treated with close encounters, sleeping whales, playful whales and whales that were just indifferent. I love that you never know their mood just like we never know our moods. Some days they want to come up to you and some days they’re happy to keep their distance. We always let them choose and that’s what makes the encounters the most exhilarating. Hope you can join me someday. @cainedelacy ⁣ ⁣ #spermwhales #spermwhale #whales #orca #freedive #freediving #nikon #oceanadventure #scuba #uwpics #uwphoto #underwaterphoto
Should I run a “SEARCH for Migaloo” expedition? One of just a few albino humpbacks ever recorded. Migaloo has excited whale watchers for years upon its surfacing. I’d love to try find this one what an amazing animal. @cainedelacy ⁣ ⁣ 📽@greenislandcairns #humpbackwhale #humpbackwhales #migaloo #uwpic #underwaterphotography #freediving #dronestagram #freedive #adventurelife
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