Life in the Great Barrier Reef
Onboard the M/Y Golden Shadow, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is circumnavigating the globe to survey some of the most remote reefs on the planet. I recently joined their Global Reef Expedition, as a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). My job was to take images to aid the science team as they surveyed the Great Barrier Reef (GBR)– the most well-known reef in the world.
I noticed a quite curious, but not unexpected, difference between how reef creatures behave when swimming among divers from a tourist dive boat versus the scientists from the M/Y Golden Shadow. Tourist vessels have dedicated moorings on reef which are dived several times a day, almost everyday, all year round by lots of divers. There, the fish are generally very friendly and obliging to photographers.