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  • Underwater Photography Blog | Tony Wu
    Meeting Graham Hawkes I had a chance to meet Graham Hawkes creator of Deepflight submersibles during my visit to Nantucket Continue Reading Life People Monday Mar 4 2013 Humpback Whale Prints I get to meet some awesome people in the course of my adventures Last year for example I spent a couple of weeks in the company of Continue Reading Life People Places Adventures Tuesday Feb 12 2013 Doppelgänger Continuing with my ongoing series of posts featuring Stupid Tony Tricks here s one that I didn t even have to be present for how s that for efficiency Me as Vera Wang Or is it Vera Wang as me This snapshot comes via my friend Continue Reading Life Funny Stuff Musings People Friday Nov 30 2012 Back from Palau Just got back from another terrific visit to Palau I ll have some mind boggling underwater photos to post soon but it ll be a while before I have a chance to sit down and edit I m embroiled in my normal post trip chaos Sigh While I was in Palau I had a chance to spend some time with friends including Continue Reading Life People Places Adventures Tuesday Nov 6 2012 Cribbage When you find yourself on an idyllic tropical island surrounded by unspoiled nature whales frolicking in the background what is the first thing that comes to mind Why a game of cribbage of course Several of my travel companions to Tonga organised a couple of late night sessions while we were at Continue Reading Life Musings People Places Adventures Monday Aug 6 2012 Me At Work Alaska Colin took this photo of Julian Ildi and me during our recent trip to photograph humpback whales in Alaska I have to say it was nice not needing diving gear With

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  • Illustration by Cassie | Why We Need Sharks
    Cassie On why we need sharks His daughter Cassie drew this for a multi disciplinary school project about the biology of the seas Correct me if I got that wrong Cassie I think I m getting old because when I saw this I felt an upwelling of emotion a combination of happiness as this graphic demonstrates that over the long term education works and pride for the fact that my friends have raised such a great kid kids actually These days the spotlight is on the shark fin issue and fortunately it seems like we re finally turning the corner on this problem More and more kids in Asian countries are becoming aware of the problems associated with over exploitation and the voice of high profile people like Yao Ming campaigning on this issue is invaluable Not to say shark fin consumption isn t still a problem just that we re collectively a lot better educated and proactive on this issue than say 17 years ago when even scuba divers happily proclaimed their love for shark fin soup and hurled insults and slurs at me Back then the national newspaper of Singapore penned a scathing editorial accusing me of being a multimillion NGO engaging in cultural imperialism Pffft I was actually just an unemployed guy in pajamas at the time One thing we need to bear in mind though is that even as we make progress on the shark fin issue the damage we are collectively wreaking on the environment is escalating at what seems to be an exponential pace For example how many Javan rhinos do you think are left in the wild Perhaps a few dozen if that How much pollution hits our waters land air every day affecting everything and everyone Frightening if you think about it

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  • Photographs of Large Schools of Sharks in Tropical Blue Water
    was so nice to dive among hundreds perhaps thousands of them yesterday It s nice to see so many sharks alive They were mostly grey reef sharks Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos but there were silvertips Carcharhinus albimarginatus in the mix and blacktip reef sharks Carcharhinus melanopterus in the shallows as well I even saw a large blackfin reef shark Carcharhinus limbatus only the second I ve ever come across Squadron of sharks

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  • Endangered Australian Sea Lions | Neophoca cinerea
    s clear that this colony cannot be self sustaining There needs to be inflow from other sea lion colonies Endangered Australian sea lion Neophoca cinerea relaxing on a bed of seaweed The second reason is people No surprise there I suppose Some years ago when I first visited this colony I was shocked to see rampant abuse of these animals and their home by boaters people who were drunk loud and well stupid and obnoxious Among other things I saw people kicking sand at sea lions throwing objects at them dragging large kites across and over them etc I wrote at length about what I observed so if you re interested please click here to read more It s pretty appalling Anyway it seems that despite the passage of over six years since my first visit things haven t changed much CALM the agency with oversight over Carnac Island and the sea lions has since been rebranded as Department of Environment and Conservation DEC but protection for the sea lions doesn t seem to have improved in any substantial manner Boaters still descend on the island during weekends and the sea lions still have to contend with lots of boats loud music and intoxicated people traipsing over the beach I understand that DEC has stopped people from driving their boats onto the beach yes it was actually ok to drive right into sleeping sea lions before so they do deserve credit for that Still it s odd The same people who seem perfectly happy with inebriated boaters harassing the sea lions are quite quick to scold sober tourists who visit Carnac to observe and interact with the sea lions on their own terms Representatives of DEC approached us on three occassions to tell us among other things that It is

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  • Dead Blue Whale | Ship Strike | Tony Wu's Underwater Photography Blog
    In other words ship strikes happen despite the best of intentions by cetacean and human alike There was a good opinion piece that came out in the Independent discussing some of the possible reasons why whales sometimes aren t able to avoid ships and vice versa It s worth a read as the author does a better job of explaining the scenarios that I probably can But in any event ship strikes on cetaceans are not a particularly unusual occurrence In fact the International Whaling Commission IWC has a database of documented ship strikes which you can access on this page http iwcoffice org sci com shipstrikes htm If you download and view the Excel file you ll see that there are a lot of entries from all over the world involving many cetacean species The IWC database is neither comprehensive nor definitive There is inherent uncertainty when considering ship strikes because there is no way that every incident is reported and there is always the possibility of mistakes being made But if you look at the table there is little doubt that ship strikes are a serious issue And with levels of commercial maritime traffic on the rise it stands to reason that the chances of ship strikes are also growing Of course not all ship strike incidents are by large commercial vessels Some involve whale watching boats military vessels or private leisure craft One other thing worth noting from the file is the range of species blues fins humpbacks rights orcas sperms Bryde s grays and more Many people understandably get upset about the practice of whaling It s bloody cruel and arguably unnecessary But whaling is targeted to specific species mostly minke whales By most estimates there are hundreds of thousands of minke whales That s not an endorsement of whaling by any means i e don t flame me for stating a fact But the thing about ship strikes is that they are indiscriminate Ships inadvertently injure and kill many species including ones that are in serious trouble such as blue whales or right whales in the North Atlantic both listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List That s an issue worth mulling over The loss of a single blue whale or North Atlantic right whale represents a disproportionately large impact on those species depleted populations And yet there is not nearly as much public concern about ship strikes as there is about whaling Doesn t seem right does it For reference here are whale population estimates from the IWC http iwcoffice org conservation estimate htm Close up view of the dead blue whale s wound A Bit of Math To provide a sense of scale and perspective for what happens when a large commercial vessel and a whale meet here are some representative numbers Blue whale Let s way overestimate and say 30 metres long and 200 metric tonnes 200 000kg vs Example large container ship 350 metres in length carrying 10 000 TEUs

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  • Underwater Photography Blog | Tony Wu
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    Original URL path: http://www.tonywublog.com/journal/category/conservation/P10 (2016-04-26)
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  • Humpback Whales Bubble-Net Feeding Trip 2016
    Policy Contact Me Tony Wu Photo Naturalist ars gratia scientiae Home Trips Upcoming Trips Humpback Whales Bubble Net Feeding 2016 Humpback Whales Bubble Net Feeding 2016 View Full Map Jul 7 2016 Jul 24 2016 Contact Me for More Information Destination Alaska Trip Overview I m heading back to observe and photograph the spectacle of bubble net feeding by humpback whales in Alaskan waters Humpback whales bubble net feeding License image As with my initial visit to Alaskan waters in 2012 I ll be up there with my friend Jon We ll be on a liveaboard with a small group size of three people per itinerary The sight of so many whales emerging from the water with fish flying everywhere is quite the spectacle to behold It s also educational to see these whales during the time of year when they re focused on feeding It s a terrific complement to the things you see and learn when you observe humpbacks during their breeding and calving cycle see Humpback Whales in Tonga Trip 2016 Planned dates are Trip 1 Board 7 July Return to port 15 July trip full Trip 2 Board 16 July Return to port 24 July trip

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  • Blue Whales, Sperm Whales, Bryde's Whales | Sri Lanka 2016
    Mar 6 2016 Apr 9 2016 Contact Me for More Information Destination Sri Lanka Trip Overview I have a series of itineraries planned during March April 2016 to head back to Sri Lanka in search of friendly marine life primarily cetaceans though other ocean residents show up often as well My schedule dates are full at this time Take a look at my trip description for 2015 to get a

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