We saw a display of aerial acrobatics with a pod of spinner dolphins jumping and splashing in the distance. I quietly slipped into the water with excited anticipation and it was a feeling of absolute exhilaration as these amazing creatures cruised past me.
These silver trevally were schooling in large numbers on the drop off near the edge of the reef. I could see the school in the distance and was reluctant to get closer as the current was very strong with big full moon tides. Not being able to resist the opportunity to capture a close up image of these stunning fish, I drifted swiftly with the current and was pushed straight through the middle of the school, my heart racing.
Humpback whales resting in the warm waters of Tonga before making the long journey back to Antarctica. The feeling of excitement welled up inside of me as I approached this heart warming interaction between a mother and her calf.
Green turtles come to mate and lay their eggs on the beach every year at Lady Elliot Island. This beautiful turtle followed me around the dive site and regularly swam into my dome port as if he was admiring his own reflection. The green sea turtle is endangered, with populations declining world wide. The many threats include ingestion of plastics and entanglement in fishing line.
Tonga was an unforgettable trip for me with some mesmerising humpback whale encounters. The calves are full of life and cheekily venture away from their watchful mothers. A magical moment when this playful calf swam past on her way up to the surface and looked me straight in the eye.
A close encounter with a beautiful green turtle on the Great Barrier Reef. Green turtles are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and listed as Endangered with populations decreasing.
A green turtle at home on a beautiful and very healthy patch of stag horn coral near Lady Elliot Island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Green Turtles are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and listed as Endangered with populations decreasing.
A night dive on the Great Barrier Reef with a red bass staring directly into my dome port. The reef comes alive at night time with no small sized fish safe from predators unless they can find a safe place to hide.
Freediving with this beautiful green turtle in the Lady Musgrave Island lagoon was a timeless experience being 'in the moment' with an endangered marine creature that has survived at least 30 years to call the Great Barrier Reef home.
Big eye trevally schooling on the edge of the reef are an important part of the marine eco system providing food for larger reef predators including dolphins and sharks. In a flash these fish swarmed past me as if they were spooked by something coming at them from the deep.