28 February 2022

You are on a raft, drifting in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The rippling surface surrounds you, stretching in every direction to the horizon. There is nothing but salt water and an empty sky. This desolation also extends below you. That is because once you move away from the coasts of the continents, there…

18 February 2022

Tuna are built for speed. With a sleek stream-lined silhouette and powerful muscles, they slice through the water at speeds up to 50 mph. A mature tuna can be up to 3 meters from mouth to tip of tail, and some weigh in over 600kg – heavier than a horse. Even as they dart through…

12 September 2021

Sketches from the field: I came upon her perched on a rock, legs demurely tucked under her body. She held my gaze, as if she had been expecting me. There was no sign of fear, only curiosity. We watched each other for a few minutes, then she slid off the rock to go hunting. I…

1 August 2021

Sea cucumbers are the humble vacuum cleaners of the sea, quietly tidying the environment as they creep across the sea floor on hundreds of tube feet. I consult with projects growing sea cucumbers for the lucrative Chinese market; so I have studied them for many years and find them fascinating – and decidedly weird. Sea…