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Mar 7, 2014
There is no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, but something just as good.
Photograph by Steve Arklay Photography
Mar 7, 2014https://vimeo.com/75267792
This is a solid compilation of Dean Bowen chasing some of the biggest and memorable swells from over the world in the past few years.
Mar 6, 2014
The shorelines of the world can be like a treasure hunt if you look carefully. Sea stars, urchins, crabs and fish, not to mention the 1000s of types of seaweeds, but for me, the biggest thrill I get is from a little creature who is excellent at ‘hide and seek’.
How many times have you seen an octopus? If you spend a lot of time at the beach, probably a handful of times, possibly more if you are really looking for them. The octopus is easily one of my favourite animals in the world. What other creatures other than cephalopods (head and foot animal) have mastered camouflage like this family? Octopus, cuttle and squid can all change the colour and texture of their skin in a fraction of a second, and have evolved to use this in a few ways including hunting and hiding.
I have worked as an Outdoor and Environmental Educator for 20 years, while moonlighting as a musician and photographer. My current job is based next to the sea in Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia. I spend a great deal of the working week with school students on the beach looking for marine flora and fauna while beach combing, rock pooling and snorkelling, and often on the weekends I cob the rock pools with my daughter. Over that period I have been lucky enough to see a number of cephalopods and evidence of them such as squid eggs and pens, or vast quantities of cuttle bone washed up on shore.
In early February this year on a rock pool ramble with some students I was lucky enough to encounter this little beauty. And what a beauty she was! The southern blue-ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena maculosa) is, in my opinion, stunningly beautiful and amazing to witness in its habitat. One of the smaller octopuses to grace our shores with an approximate maximum size of an adult hand, these guys have developed a slightly different approach to defence. Evolution has led the Blue Ring to have a few interesting things. They don’t have the capability to squirt ink, but to compensate for that, they have a very powerful neuro toxin that can kill humans very quickly, or neutralise prey and other creatures that may be trying to eat it. However, we rarely hear of people being bitten by them so many people are naive to the danger. Being a very small nocturnal animal and a master of camouflage, blue ringed octopuses are not often seen, but they are there. In fact, various species (4 in total) can be found on every shore on our Pacific and Indian Ocean shore lines throughout Australasia. If you are lucky enough to witness one in its habitat, it will probably be showing off its beautiful blue coloured rings, which are a very loud and clear warning to beware. Who needs ink when you can kill a human with one little nip? In reality, these octopuses are no more aggressive towards humans than any other octopus and would much rather go back to bed than deal with you! It is highly likely that if you see one out in the day time swimming in a rock pool or washed up on shore that it is at the end of its very short life. Most octopuses (and their cousins) only live for a year. So, next time the surf is flat or you are simply over the crowd factor like me, change tack and go for a walk on our shores and explore the rock pools. Just remember this, you should always be able to see where your fingertips are. Don’t go sticking your hands under rocks or ledges where you can’t see, its not worth the risk! Oh, and don’t forget the camera, cause if you see one, there is no guarantee you will ever see one again!
Words and photography by Tim Henshall
Mar 4, 2014
Drone footage is popping up left right and centre lately, some good and some bad but this is by far the most amazing footage we have come across…
Captain Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari has recently filmed and edited a 5-minute video that contains some of the most beautiful, jaw-dropping, footage ever taken with a drone from the air of a huge mega-pod of thousands of common dolphins stampeding off Dana Point, California, three gray whales migrating together down the coast off San Clemente.
Enjoy this magical five minutes…
Feb 28, 2014
“Palm oil is an ingredient in thousands of products we use every day. But palm oil has a dirty secret: forest destruction. Every year, thousands of hectares of Indonesian rainforest and peatlands – some of the most biodiverse regions on the planet – are being destroyed to make way for new palm oil plantations. We don’t have to clear forests for palm oil – solutions exist and some companies are on track to supply clean, responsible palm oil. But we need to take urgent action.
We are calling on companies to guarantee their products are free from forest destruction. Clean, responsible palm oil is possible. Join the movement now, and help to Protect Paradise.”
Head to the link below to join the movement: protectparadise.org