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  • Underwater Photography Blog | Tony Wu
    December 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2010 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2009 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2008 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2007 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2006 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June Posts in Marine Life Saturday Apr 9 2016 Jubilee The Sperm Whale Skeleton of Jubilee a 10 6m female sperm whale on display at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum in Singapore Continue Reading Photography Marine Life Conservation Saturday Mar 12 2016 More About Whale Lice Photographs of Cyamus ovalis whale lice that live on southern right whales Eubalaena australis Continue Reading Photography Marine Life Saturday Mar 5 2016 Creepy Crawlies On Gray Whales Photos and discussion of whale lice on gray whales Eschrichtius robustus specifically Cyamus scammoni Continue Reading Photography Marine Life Friday Mar 4 2016 Gray Whale Adventure Encounters with friendly gray whales in Magdalena Bay Baja California Sur Mexico Eschrichtius robustus Continue Reading Photography Marine Life Places Adventures Wednesday Mar 2 2016 Humpback Whale Photos Recent Articles Two of my humpback whale photographs used in recent features in Norway and Italy Continue Reading Photography Marine Life Media Articles Sunday Feb 7 2016 Me At Work Orca Edition Photo of a male orca and a couple

    Original URL path: http://www.tonywublog.com/journal/category/marine-life/P0 (2016-04-26)
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  • Underwater Photography Blog | Tony Wu
    September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2010 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2009 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2008 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2007 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2006 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June Posts in Marine Life Saturday Apr 25 2015 Simple Beauty The beauty of a single jellyfish Portrait of Mastigias papua etpisoni from Jellyfish Lake in the Rock Islands of Palau Continue Reading Photography Marine Life Places Adventures Wednesday Apr 8 2015 Saving Olive Story about freeing a female olive ridley turtle entangled in a ghost fishing net Lepidochelys olivacea Continue Reading Photography Marine Life Life Environment Conservation Friday Feb 13 2015 Aquatic Valentine s Day Greeting Spawning aggregation of Lutjanus bohar twinspot snapper creating a heart shape visual metaphor for love in the ocean Continue Reading Photography Marine Life Life Musings Friday Feb 6 2015 Cigar Pteropod and Multi armed Mystery Cigar pteropod Cuvierina columnella and unknown cnidarian polyp larva of tube anemone encountered while blackwater diving in Palau Continue Reading Photography Marine Life Places Adventures Wednesday Jan 28 2015 Sperm Whale Hand Photo of a sperm whale family unit with the hand like bone structure in one of the whale s pectoral fins visible Continue Reading Photography Marine Life Thursday Jan 22

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  • Whitespotted Bamboo Shark Mating | Chiloscyllium plagiosum
    water temperature is about 19 C roughly 66 F It s much more civilised to sip green tea at home than jump into the water myself to check what s going on For my part I had set aside the entirety of May for the purpose of trying to photograph these sharks mating I was prepared both to wait at home for the green light from Fukui san and also to devote whatever time necessary on location to get the images I wanted I was determined Dedicated In for the long haul Ready to suffer as long as it took Weeks the whole month if necessary Slog my way through June as well if that s what it took I steeled myself for a contest of wills with the bamboo sharks A proverbial test of my patience tenacity endurance In the end it only took seven dives to nail the shots Go figure Mating whitespotted bamboo sharks License image Fukui san gave me the thumbs up on 5 May suggesting that the following week might afford the greatest chance for success I arrived on 9 May did a test dive on 10 May it had been seven years since I had donned my cold water gear followed by a couple more dives on Sunday to get comfortable with my gear and familiarise myself with the aquatic terrain By Monday the 12th we had spotted a handful of mature males judging by the size of their claspers as well as a couple of large females that looked as if they might be ready to mate Then came Tuesday 13 May which was my birthday As we headed out in the morning I had a heart to heart with the ocean I asked for a birthday present You can probably guess what my request was Almost too good to be true I came across an active male shortly after we hit the water He was thrashing about making quite a fuss while trying to work his way into a small area under a covered ledge to gain access to a large female Both Fukui san and I thought This is it We high fived and waited For whatever reason the male stopped what he was doing after a few minutes went into reverse gear backed out of the hole sat there for a while looking rather forlorn then left Noooooooooooooooooooo I groaned I followed the male around for nearly an hour hoping he might make his way back for another attempt I tried talking to him bolstering his ego offering him inter species advice on the ways of love All to no avail My hopes of seeing this male and female mate had been crushed I was crestfallen I ended that dive disheartened and despondent imagining that the male would find the same female or another one shortly after I exited the water and I d miss the main event Fukui san and his partner Sayuri san kindly found ways of distracting me for a few hours i e feeding me and we hit the water again in the late afternoon As the bubbles cleared I looked down Literally just below us was the same male at the same hole with the same female The male whitespotted bamboo shark s claspers License image I waited for over two hours boy was it cold before the male finally decided to act working his way into the crevice as pictured above It was a tight fit but he eventually wormed his way in and managed to secure a firm grip on the female s pectoral fin by biting it thereby initiating courtship In response the female flailed and writhed as if struggling to escape In the confines of the limited space there wasn t much room for the female to manoeuvre though The sharks eventually exited with the female leading the male on an extended swim that lasted about an hour and covered a lot of ground The female swam with periodic bursts of speed among coral heads through seaweed over areas of sand coming to rest from time to time but never for long Through the whole ordeal the male held tight refusing to let go even when the female made rapid jerky U turns without warning Perhaps this is reading too much into the situation but it sure looked to me like the female was testing the male Though it s difficult to generalise from just this one experience I d guess that had the female successfully shaken the male at any point she would ve taken off at high speed leaving the male in her wake to nurse his broken pride Unmistakeable look of determination in the male shark s eye License image Eventually the female relented There was a momentary change in body language that was obvious even to me She communicated her acceptance to the male and the male wasted no time pinning her to the reef and getting down to business Once the process started the female no longer tried to get away The male continued thrashing about though mostly it seemed to ensure optimal positioning Copulation lasted just over five minutes At the end the male literally collapsed onto the sand from what seemed like exhaustion satisfaction not moving at all while the female bolted away at high speed clearly not interested in hanging around for a post coital chat resisting tempation to draw parallels to H sapiens It was just past 19 00 by the time the action ended It was dark I was alone Fukui san had run low on air and gone back to ensure that he d be able to find me with the boat when I eventually surfaced with fist raised in the air hooting and whooping like a complete fish geek idiot as usual By the time all was said and done the dive had lasted over 3 5 hours with one change of air tank at about the two hour

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  • Tufted Grey Langur | Semnopithecus priam
    for Free Integrity Policy Contact Me Tony Wu Photo Naturalist ars gratia scientiae Home Journal Quiet Reflection Quiet Reflection Just back from extended travel getting the year off to a heckuva start photographically speaking Don t have much time to sort through images now as I have to pack to head out again in a few days Perhaps I m getting old but I ve been in a contemplative mood of late Thinking through a lot of things going on in the world some good most not changes in society politics the environment even the world of photography Maybe I ll work up the energy to post some thoughts later more likely that I ll be overwhelmed with logistics though Tufted grey langur contemplating life the universe and everything I had an opportunity to spend some time photographing land animals in recent weeks read conditions at sea sucked The shot above of a tufted grey langur Semnopithecus priam is one of my favourites from this unplanned terrestrial foray Waited some time to capture the simian s moment of quiet reflection which was appropriately enough precisely my state of mind at the time Friday Mar 28 2014 Photography Wildlife and Landscapes

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  • Hokkaido Wildlife Photography | Deer, Fox, Sea Eagle, Fish Owl
    of a beautiful Japanese spotted deer Sheesh even deer stick their tongues out at me Besides deer we were fortunate enough to get glimpses of red foxes Sakhalin subspecies Vulpes vulpes schrencki a few times One of the red foxes that crossed paths with us as well as birds like this Steller s sea eagle Haliaeetus pelagicus Steller s sea eagle perched in a tree looking out over the water We also stayed one night at a small place where a pair of endangered Blackiston s fish owls Bubo blackistoni have been visiting almost daily for 17 years Apparently a lot of people travel from far and wide for the purpose of seeing and photographing these rare nocturnal birds of prey We were fortunate to have the entire place to ourselves One of the fish owls having a bad feather moment It snowed pretty heavily for a couple of hours that night but the owls swooped down before and after the snowfall to snatch a type of salmon Oncorhynchus masou masou known as yamame Blackiston s fish owl with a masu salmon The owls are wild but they have become habituated to the presence of people The owner of the accommodation keeps the river stocked with fish so the owls know there is always food available Incidentally this was the first time I ve had a chance to use my new Canon 200 400mm f 4 IS USM zoom lens the one with the built in 1 4x teleconverter In case you re interested the image quality from this lens is fantastic and having the built in 1 4x TC came in really handy I m not accustomed to shooting with large lenses like this so it took a bit of fiddling before I got the hang of it I

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  • Blue Pond, Deer, Crayfish, Waterfalls in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan
    is manmade not natural It s still cool though I found out that the water looks most blue when the weather is cruddy not when it s nice out Anyway it was snowing when I stopped there on the way from the airport to my accommodation I didn t feel like schlepping my heavy cameras through the slush and mud so I took the photo above with a Canon S95 Japanese deer Hokkaido subspecies Cervus nippon yesoensis I met a couple of deer one day both of which were small I learned later from a guy on a construction site that the pair had been orphaned earlier in the year Their presumed mother was hit by a vehicle leaving them to fend for themselves They were sort of skittish but were busy looking for stuff to eat so I was able to watch them for some time Hope they find enough food to make it through the winter Here s a nice waterfall that was behind my hotel It s called Shirahige no Taki Shirahige no Taki in winter Hokkaido On my final day before heading to the airport I stopped off at another waterfall where I made a friend Or at least I considered us friends though I m not entirely sure the sentiment was mutual I m referring to the fellow or gal below a Japanese zarigani crayfish Cambaroides japonicus the first one I ve ever seen Japanese zarigani crayfish Cambaroides japonicus It was missing one claw and was sort of stumbling in around under through the snow Given how cold it was less than 0 C I was surprised to find a cold blooded crustacean ambling about but apparently they like cold areas They are found only in Hokkaido and northern Honshu Sadly their numbers are dwindling as they require clean clear cold water which means they are limited to places that people haven t already screwed up People have also brought in a couple other species of crayfish from North America which are bigger and more aggressive than this species so the Japanese crayfish is being driven out by their kin i e invasive species as well as by humans Sigh Incidentally I photographed the zarigani with an Olympus OMD E5 because that s the camera I had with me I m mentioning cameras because I ve received a few emails recently asking me to recommend one camera vs another which is first an impossible task given the number of camera models released to market every year and second in most cases for most people choice of camera isn t as important as how if you make use of it Just about any camera available today can produce excellent results So get whatever model brand you like and use your equipment to the maximum Learn how to use every available function Don t just stick it on automatic and expect the camera to do everything perfectly in all instances Ain t gonna happen Mini rant over

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  • Underwater Photography Blog | Tony Wu
    2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2011 December 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2010 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2009 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2008 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2007 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2006 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June Posts in Wildlife and Landscapes Saturday Feb 13 2016 Happy Valentine s Day Happy Valentine s Day 2016 from a pair of greater flamingoes Phoenicopterus roseus Continue Reading Photography Wildlife and Landscapes Saturday Feb 6 2016 Happy Year of the Monkey Happy Year of the Monkey 2016 Continue Reading Photography Wildlife and Landscapes Life Musings Friday Jan 1 2016 Favorite Photos of 2015 Selection of some of my favorite photos from 2015 Whales spawning Napoleon wrasses landscapes puffins penguins and more Continue Reading Photography Marine Life Wildlife and Landscapes Life Musings Thursday Jul 16 2015 Lovely Landscapes in Iceland Photographs of dramatic landscapes in Iceland Hvítserkur Kirkjufellsfoss Continue Reading Photography Wildlife and Landscapes Places Adventures Monday Jul 13 2015 Pretty Puffin Pictures Photographs of Atlantic puffins Fratercula arctica in Iceland Continue Reading Photography Wildlife and Landscapes Places Adventures Conservation Thursday May 28 2015 Japanese Luna Moth Photo of Japanese luna moth Actias artemis and handwritten notes from young friends in

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  • Mastigias papua etpisoni | Jellyfish Lake, Palau
    I just got back from another wonderful visit to Palau and I m off again in a few hours So it s all a bit crazy right now But before I head out once more I thought I d share one image and an associated thought Here s the photo a simple composition featuring a Mastigias papua jellyfish from the world renowned Jellyfish Lake Mastigias papua etpisoni in Jellyfish Lake

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