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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.

Sponsorship announcement

I am very happy to announce Accenture as the main sponsor of my project Giants of the Caribbean. Accenture is one of the world’s leading organizations providing management consulting, technology and outsourcing services, with more than 293,000 employees in more than 200 cities in 56 countries.

Over the next 6 months I will be undertaking another 6 expeditions (Spotted Dolphins, Goliath Groupers, Great Hammerheads, Tiger Sharks, Humpback Whales, Sailfish, Leatherback Turtles). The book is scheduled to be released in May 2015. I will be running a Kickstarter campaign in early October making it possible to pre-order a special book edition. Thank you for visiting my website and your ongoing support!

Manta dive in Kona, Hawaii

Manta Madness Kona from Vincent Kneefel on Vimeo.

The Kona Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii is likely the best place on earth to see manta rays up close and personal. In lighted waters along the coast, manta rays congregate nightly to feed. After dark, millions of plankton are attracted to the light. As thick clouds of plankton gather, manta rays come to feed on this favorite food. With cavernous mouths opened wide, manta rays gracefully glide, pivot, and somersault as they feast. This feeding frenzy started around 20 years ago when one of the hotels started shining its lights on the water, attracting first plankton and not much later the local reef manta rays. During my dive we saw over 15 manta rays; an amazing experience for divers and snorkelers alike.

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