Picture of the week: Cat island snapshot

Taken at  Cat island, Bahamas,  with Nikon  D7200, Tokina 10-17, dual D 161 strobes

Highlighted: Chris Fallows Fine Art Print Collection

Chris Fallows spent the last 25 years photographing some of the world’s most iconic wildlife. He now for the first time launches a collection of his images as Limited Edition Fine Art Prints.

 

News: Group of 55 blue whales spotted in Antarctica

Scientists have spotted a remarkable collection of blue whales in the coastal waters around the UK sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. Their 23-day survey counted 55 animals - a total that is unprecedented in the decades since commercial whaling ended. It is hard to say if this is a temporary and exceptional phenomenon or a sign that the species is increasing in number again.

 

 

 

News: Florida manatees doing well

Protective measures are sometimes needed to save our wildlife. In particular, the Florida manatees  (see also Florida sirens) with their thin skin are often at risk from a boat strike. When they swim close to the surface they are difficult to spot. The reason why many manatees bear the scars of propeller blades and outboard engine injuries. Strict speed limits for boats with fines for those breaking them have been applied to a number of waterways in West Florida sweet water refuges. Safe zones that are free of all nautical traffic now ensure that there are protected areas where the manatees can gather unharmed. These simple measures have helped to increase the population of Florida’s manatees to over 8000 and, for the first time in 50 years, they are no longer considered an endangered species, while Florida's economy profits as manatee fans snorkel and dive with these amazing creatures.

Grandma increases survival in killer whales

Postreproductive females gain genetic benefits by helping family members—particularly increasing their number of surviving grandoffspring. A new study in PNAS suggests that the same priciple holds in killer whales. Grandmother orca’s  increase the survival of their grandoffspring, and these effects are greatest when grandmothers are no longer reproducing. This could explain why killer whales have evolved the longest postreproductive life span of all nonhuman animals. By stopping reproduction, grandmothers avoid reproductive conflict with their daughters, and offer increased benefits to their grandoffspring. 

Highlighted: My trip to Raja Ampat

A selection of pictures taken between 25 November and 5 December  2019 during my trip to  Raja Ampat. See also the full report in  http://www.uwpmag.com/

Highlighted: E-book update

This ‘E-book’  contains an updated collection of around 80  blog articles from the last three years.  I here provide two separate content lists, a list in which the articles are ordered according to the five most often recurring themes, and a chronological list. A simple click on the title will hopefully guide you to the article of your choice. For download,  click  next to the  PDF icon below

E-book