Onboard the MY 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 as the science team surveyed the Great Barrier Reef – the most well known reef in the world.
I noticed quite a curious, but not unexpected, difference in 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 the reef which is dived several times a day, almost everyday, all year round by lots of divers. The fish are generally very friendly and obliging to photographers.