In their environment.

13 11 2008


“I spotted this newborn lemon shark pup on the coast of Bimini in the Bahamas. It was enjoying the safety and sustenance of its mangrove nursery lagoon. I like this picture because I believe it shows a different perspective of sharks, that they are simply one important part of a bigger ecosystem.’ Lemon shark pups are only about 60 centimetres long, shorter than a human adult’s arm. They are born live, along with up to 17 littermates, and spend a couple of years in the nursery before moving into open sea. Mangroves are critical nurseries for many fish – especially lemon sharks – and protect the coast from storm surges. But the development of new holiday resorts means the mangroves are starting to be cleared.”


“Lighting the picture was tricky, as I wanted to show the total environment – the rainforest outside the trunk as well as the inside of the bat’s home and the bat itself. It took many months of hot, sweaty and mosquito-ridden days and nights.’ Seventy-four species of bat live together on the tropical island of Barro Colorado in Panama. The island can support this diversity because each species of bat has different feeding and roosting habits. The common big-eared bat eats insects such as caterpillars, but carefully discards their intestines so that it doesn’t end up eating half-digested leaves.”


“There were thousands of jellyfish pulsing through the water off Badalona, Spain, and they stretched for more than a kilometre. I focussed on this 30-centimetre shiff-arms jellyfish, shooting in black-and-white to emphasise the sensual form and the contrasting textures.’ Shiff-arms, or football, jellyfish look dangerous, but are harmless – unless you are plankton. The ball-sized jellyfish feed on the tiny animals, plants and bacteria that drift in the ocean currents by sucking in sea water. They take the water in through their mouth arms, what look like tentacles hanging around their head and which are covered in many tiny pores. So they don’t need stinging tentacles to attack prey.”

All received awards in the Wildlife Photography of the Year Competition 2008.




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