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Contributing Photog at @nytimes , @nytimestravel.
PhD | Marine Ecologist
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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
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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
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. .
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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
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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
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