2021 Seasons Calendar
Collected here in this years calendar are some of my favourite shots of marine wildlife great and small.
May these images serve as a daily reminder of our place within nature and affect our choices with environmental preservation in mind.
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Mr. January is a Butter Bream (Monodactylus argenteus)
A commonly sighted species along Australia’s eastern coast in large schools & much less often as a lone individual. They have a very high range salinity tolerance and can be found in almost fresh water. This is a humble but important species to the marine ecosystem as each and every creature plays their part in balance of life on this planet.
That Mr January was alone was the reason I was able to take such a clean and close shot. He sought my company as the only other being present, instinctively schooling with me as his only available option for finding safety within numbers.
I chose this image for January as the subject’s wary view down the lens expresses how I suspect many of us will be watching 2021’s arrival.
February is a Lion’s Mane Jellyfish (Cyanea capillata)
This specimen was small (30cm diameter) by comparison to it’s northern counterparts (up to 2 meters diameter). It is a classic jellyfish in shape with often very long stinging tentacles (not deadly but painful). In late summer these creatures make their way into the small bays of the fjords towards the end of their life cycle.
This was one of the first images that I made in the (Norwegian) fjords at Herand where I regularly dive and explore. I shot this from the surface to identify the species and found the calm water surface glassy and reflecting like a mirror as you can see here.
There is something completely otherworldly about jellyfish and so February is about reflecting upon all the other worlds outside of our own.
March is for schooling Bigeye Trevally (Caranx sexfasciatus)
to be continued….