It is a story from an experience I had when I spent much of my time diving in muck. The sequence of events is real, including the amusing end.
It is also a terrific example of the incredible things you can see and learn by observing patiently, letting animals go about their business without interfering or interrupting behavior.
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I recently received my copy of the companion book to the Our Planet documentary series to be aired soon on Netflix.
It's a big book, over 300 pages, with lots of photos. I haven't had time to read it yet, but a quick glance through tells me it's worth spending some time on.
If you get a copy, one of my sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) photos appears as a double-page spread:
I also have a 9-page feature in the April 2019 issue of BBC Wildlife magazine:
The editor was also nice enough to introduce the feature at the front of the magazine. Thank you Sheena!
The following photo of a flower hat jellyfish (Olindias formosus) features in a recent article posted on Biographic.
I took this photo in May 2017 because the jellyfish’s pink and lime-green speckles were pretty. As it turns out, research published in 2015 demonstrates that this cnidarian uses fluorescence to attract prey, meaning that it’s colourful decorations are for more than show.
The New York Times featured an about whales online (7 January 2019): https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/07/science/whales-songs-acoustics.html
The lead photo is one of mine. The whale in the photo wasn't singing, even though much of the article discusses whale song.
In short, despite who knows how many combined hours of observation, recording and thinking about whale song, we basically don’t know what’s going on.
For anyone who spends enough time in nature, this will come as no surprise. It’s easy to get the mis-impression from watching documentaries and such that we know a lot.
While we’ve definitely made lots of progress and continue to do so in terms of our knowledge of the world around us, it’s good to keep proper perspective. We’ve got a lot to learn!
I have just put up a new website dedicated to showcasing fine art prints. I am featuring 27 images of humpback whales to begin with, and will add more images over time. Click through to take a look and take advantage of special holiday prices and discounts!
This portrait of a mature male Asian sheepshead wrasse (Semicossyphus reticulatus) that I took last year will receive recognition (Highly Commended, Animal Portraits category) at the upcoming 54th Wildlife Photographer of the Year (#WPY54) awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum, London on 16 October.
I unfortunately will not be able to attend the gathering this year. I will be out photographing.
If you’re in London or planning to visit soon, definitely go see the exhibit, which starts on 17 October!
My first major project in Japanese kicked off in late June.
I am writing an online column about my experiences with marine life, including anecdotes, fun facts, and discussion of conservation issues.
If you happen to read Japanese, the site is: https://www.tsukurira.com/tony_wu/
The June-August 2018 issue of Signals magazine, published by the Australian National Maritime Museum, features an interview with me and two other category winners of the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest (#wpy53).
The Natural History Museum in London has recently released a collection of underwater photographs, "specially selected for this unique book from the hundred of thousands of images received (for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest) over the last 50 years." Two of my photos are included in this portfolio.
Click here for ordering information.
I have an interview and portfolio of images in the Spring 2018 issue of DAN’s Alert Diver magazine, which should be reaching subscribers soon.
Here is a video introduction to the issue by Stephen Frink and DAN Director of Communications Brian Harper:
The book will be translated into Mandarin, so that readers of Chinese can have the opportunity to learn about and understand some of the grave issues facing the world's remaining wildlife. Please considering purchasing a copy to support this effort.
The spring/ summer 2018 issue of Nature's Best Photography magazine features a portfolio of some of my cetacean images.
Here is a synopsis of the issue's contents: The Spring/Summer edition showcases the Winners from annual Best Backyards Photo Contest. This special issue also features Portfolios and Interviews from the 2017 Windland Smith Rice Awards by the Grand Prize winner: Lakshitha Karunarathna and the Youth Photographer of the Year: Ashleigh Scully, Landscapes category Winner: Sergio Tapiro Velasco, and the Outdoor Adventure winner: Marcio Cabral. Tony Wu brings us into the deep with his photos of whales. Learn about the #naturesbesttakeover on NBP Instagram by Amy Shutt and Brittany Crossman. And read Part 3 of the Mindful Lens by Charles Freligh.
Click here to order a copy.
My interview on NHK World Direct Talk is going to be rebroadcast this Friday (6 April) at 20:45 Japan time. The interview will also be posted online again for two weeks commencing 9 April at this page: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/directtalk/
I just finished looking through and completing the first-round judging of the entries for the 2018 Big Picture Photo Contest. It will still take a while to collate the input from all the judges and decide the winners. Stay tuned for the announcement of the results in early May!