Nudibranchs of Seychelles is a free ebook covering the opisthobranch fauna of the Seychelles archipelago. With photographs of seventy species, tips on the time of year to visit and the best locations to find nudibranchs.
The guide covers a number of Seychelles islands but is heavily weighted towards the main island of Mahé, which receives the highest number of tourists and has easy access to numerous dive sites. The species included within this book are undoubtedly a small percentage of those to be found on Seychelles coral reefs, and as further species are discovered they will be included in future editions.
The Seychelles archipelago boasts an amazing diversity of marine life, with numerous dive sites to cater for divers of all abilities. Granitic and carbonate reefs, wrecks, sharks and turtles, pelagics and plenty of macro means there really is something for everyone. The Dive Magazine website now includes a guide to five of my favourite dive sites around Mahé Island. To read the guide click on the following link: http://divemagazine.co.uk/go/6721-my-dive-seychelles
This month's issue of Underwater Photography Magazine includes my article on Turtles of the Seychelles. The current issue of the magazine is free, to download your copy visit: http://www.uwpmag.com/?issue=UwP79
The June 2014 issue of DIVER magazine carries my trip report to Ambon Island. Part of the Maluku archipelago in the far eastern corner of Indonesia, over the past few years Ambon has been making a name for itself as a world class 'Muck Diving' location. Numerous dive sites offer access to an impressive list of critters including the much sort after Rhinopias.
To get hold of a copy of the magazine visit: http://www.divernet.com/
My green turtle sunburst shot was selected as winner of the Photo of the Day contest on EarthShots.org for Friday 9th May 2014. The photo of a young green turtle was taken at Bird Island, Seychelles. It was late afternoon and I had been waiting for the turtle to rise to the surface for a breath of air. I positioned myself so that the turtle was in front of the sun to create the sunburst effect. A single strobe filled in the detail of the turtle.
In December's issue of Divers For The Environment my article 'Reef to Restaurant' looks at the impact of the Live Reef Fish Trade (LRFT) on coral reef ecosystems. There is a direct link between the trade and depleted fish stocks and habitat degradation, which is impacting some of the poorest communities that rely upon their coastal resources for survival: http://www.emiratesdiving.com/uploads/magazine/EDA-December-Issue-20131.pdf
September's edition of African Diver Magazine has my article on the conservation work Global Vision International is undertaking alongside the Seychelles National Parks Authority in the Seychelles. The latest edition of the magazine also has articles on the Red Sea, the Maldives and Cape Verde, as well as some amazing images of Humpback Whales. To download a free copy visit - http://africandiver.com/
January's edition of DIVER Magazine includes my article on the Seychelles, and describes the rich variety of diving available around the island of Mahe. Available in traditional format or as a download visit Divernet to find out more: http://www.divernet.com/
The cold upwellings usually associated with this time of year may have brought the megaplanktivores with them but it is not just whale sharks and manta rays keeping divers busy right now. The reefs have recently seen a boom in nudibranch species and new discoveries are being found on almost every dive. In addition to the yearly mass aggregation of Gymnodoris ceylonica there has been recent sightings of Chromodoris glenei, Chromodoris conchyliata, and the previously unknown for the Seychelles Trapania naeva (left). Below are just some of the species found in the waters around the inner granitic islands.
Chris is a wildlife photographer and conservationist currently living in the Seychelles. He is passionate about the marine environment and concerned about the many threats it is facing today.