Friday, April 25, 2014

Guardian Of The Reef - The Cayman Island's Newest Undersea Attraction.

Wow!, so much talent resides within so many of our friends. Here is a link to Frans De Backer's stunning short film on the placement of Simon Morris's elegant sculpture "Guardian of the Reef,"  which now rests on the seafloor in Cayman. If you ever have an opportunity to share a bottle of wine with either of these fine men, do it!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day 2014!

Moonlight Manta Dance - By Michael Maes.

"Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head. Found my way downstairs and drank a cup." And then this...

Signed on to Facebook to be greeted by some stunning footage of Manta Rays in Kona by one of diving's future legends, Michael Maes. Also, a great guy and a close friend. So from time to time we get to witness a pure genius at work. Take a couple minutes out of your day to enjoy "Moonlight Manta Dance."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Underwater Photographer, Photographed!

Here are some images my friend, Ken Kiefer, captured of us at work during our recent trip to Cat Island in the Bahamas to photograph Oceanic Whitetip Sharks. I'm the one clutching the camera housing. Such a talented photographer, I love his work. Check it out at;

Sunday, April 13, 2014

In Da Hood!

"What people don't understand is joining a gang ain't bad, it's cool, it's fine. When you in the hood, joining a gang it's cool because all your friends are in the gang, all your family's in the gang. We're not just killing people every night, we're just hanging out, having a good time."  
~ Snoop Dogg.

Yup, here we all are in da hood, just hanging out having a good time. Departure lounge, New Bight International Airport, Cat Island, Bahamas, after a fabulous week photographing Oceanic Whitetip Sharks with Epic Diving.

Pictured above: L to R, Michael Maes, Kimber Kiefer, Jett Britnell, Ken Kiefer, Ellen Cuylaerts, Debra Canabal & Vincent Canabal.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Week Of The Long Hands - Oceanic Whitetip Sharks.

Two weeks ago, I was with friends snorkeling offshore and photographing Oceanic Whitetip Sharks at the remote Cat Island in the Bahamas.

Jacques Cousteau once proclaimed Oceanic Whitetip Sharks were, "the most dangerous of all sharks." He also nicknamed them, "the Long Hands" due to their notably long, white-tipped, rounded fins. While there is no question they could inflict some serious damage on a person, they were actually quite well behaved during our time in the ocean with them offshore at Cat Island, Bahamas. A truly magnificent shark whose numbers around the world are in sharp decline. Like all sharks in the ocean, they need to be protected from shark finning. This shark's particularly large long knives are highly valued as the chief ingredient of shark fin soup. These apex ocean predators belong offshore in the World's oceans, not at the bottom of an Asian soup bowl.

Here are just a few photos that I captured. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Give ‘Em The Fin.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Happy 6th Wedding Anniversary Kathryn Britnell!

April 2, 2014: I'm currently on an assignment photographing Oceanic Whitetip sharks in the waters off  Cat Island in the Bahamas. Kathryn was unable to make this trip, so we're celebrating upon my return. Her Facebook post warms my heart!