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Sockeye Salmon Run

Last weekend I drove from Vancouver to Adams River to witness and photograph (under permit) one of the most spectacular displays of natural beauty.¬†2014 is the dominant run in the four-year cycle with millions of sockeye are taking part, and the river turning red.¬†Salmon are completing a several hundred kilometre journey from the Pacific Ocean to come to Adams River to spawn. Sockeye salmon are semelparous, meaning they die after spawning once. ‘Female salmon builds several nests, collectively known as a redd, and a male, who has lain close to her for days fighting off rivals, releases his sperm just upstream. He drifts away to die while she guards the nests for a few more days, until she too grows weak and dies.’

I used my GoPro on time-lapse mode (1s intervals) and attached it to a $5 dollar broom stick from Homedepot. Out of the hundreds of photos, the one above is probably one of the lucky ones I took: this captures the rare moment where 2 male salmon are rivalling for a female.

Funded!

Kickstarter – Giants of the Caribbean

Today I launched a Kickstarter for Giants of the Caribbean. There is an option to pre-order the first print of the book, photo prints on metal in medium and large sizes or to join me on an expedition to see Leatherback turtles in Trinidad and Tobago in June 2015.

‘A Rescue Package for the Ocean’

David Miliband, Co-chair of the Global Ocean Commission, tells the story of the Commission’s inquiry into high seas governance and ocean health, and outlines its rescue package for the ocean and Mission Ocean.

Islands in the stream


As I am writing this I am on Bimini. North and South Bimini are the Bahamas most western islands, only 53 miles from Miami. For Ernest Hemingway, this place was his home from 1935-1937 from where he did a lot of big game fishing with his boat the Pilar. It was also his inspiration to write The Old Man and The Sea and Islands in the Stream.

More recently, Bimini is facing the greatest challenge challenge in its existence as currently a large scale casino and resort is being developed on the island by a Malaysian billionaire. Fabien Cousteau did a fantastic documentary on the development and potential impact on marine life and the island inhabitants of this large scale resort.

I have traveled all the way to Bimini to photograph the Wild Atlantic Spotted dolphins as part of my Giants of the Caribbean project. Around 120 Spotted dolphins are estimated to inhabit the sand banks just north of the island. Spending time in the water with these friendly animals has been a great experience and I can’t wait to share my photos once the book is released.

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