Category Archives: Wildlife
While I was in Hong Kong, I was very fortunate to attend a number of slideshows and presentations by Stephen Wong and Takako Uno. They specialise in underwater images of a wide range of marine creatures. You can see some … Continue reading
Detailed DNA studies and analysis of skulls in museums have determined that some dolphins in South-eastern Australia belong to an unrecognised species. They are a type of bottlenose dolphin and have been classified as Tursiops australis, which are genetically different … Continue reading
Here’s a short, but impressive video from the BBC about some of the wildlife you can find in British waters.
The BBC have a photographic feature on the top ten species discovered in 2010 as by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University. It includes the bizarre-looking Pancake Batfish. You can see these on the BBC’s website.
A paper in Naturwissenschaften by researchers from the Universities of Western Australia and Queensland claims that sharks may be colour blind. Whereas people have 3 cone types capable of receiving red, green or blue light, it seems that sharks may … Continue reading
The Guardian has an album of photos of deep sea creatures on its website, including this of a deep sea jellyfish from Japan. Apparently when attacked it creates bioluminescence to confuse predators. Census of Marine Life scientists have drawn up … Continue reading
In recent years, we seem to be seeing more and more lionfish in Hong Kong, and they are very welcome as they add a nice splash of colour to a dive. Not so in the Atlantic where they are eating … Continue reading
No marine life this time, but some spectacular wildlife photography, this time from the Guardian’s website. Scott Linstead uses fast shutter speeds and special flash guns to capture some fantastic images of wildlife in flight, or capturing prey, including this … Continue reading
The BBC has some great photos of some bizarre marine creatures that have been taken some 1400 metres down near Osprey Reef. It’s well worth a look on the BBC’s website.
Octopi come in also sorts of shapes and sizes, but the argonaut octopus must be one of the strangest. The females secrete a thin, white shell, which is called a paper nautilus, and it does make them look like a … Continue reading
Researchers have captured video footage of thresher sharks using their tails to swat smaller fish. This seems to be part of their hunting strategy. It might also explain why thresher sharks are often caught by their tails on long-lines. Thresher … Continue reading