There is no were else in the world like Christmas and Cocos Island. Christmas Island is one of the truly amazing places on the planet. with the most unique migration of any species. I am talking about the Red Crab migration. Each year millions of crabs migrate from the surrounding forest down to the beaches for that one perfect night to drop their eggs into the ocean. I cant describe how phenomenal this event is. Not to mention the amazing creatures in the water that also come for this event, whale sharks and manta rays feed on the larvae. it is such a Picturesque place topped by viewing this rare event. I was in crab paradise. I spent most of my time in Christmas Island but also managed to get across to Cocos which is equally beautiful but by contrast very different. I haven’t quite finished with these 2 Australian territories just yet, look forward to getting back there again in the near future.
Some amazing shots across a number of categories at the Underwater Festival shootout 2013. I was honoured with 2 awards in the Big Stuff and Humans Category, along with the Ultra Short Video category. Check out some of the amazing photos in this year’s shootout:
We had an amazing 2013 Season in Tonga this year filled with a multitude of mothers and calves and encounters with a number of creatures that were an unexpected surprise. We were swimming with and photographing Whales, Manta Rays, Blue Marlin, Leopard sharks and even a 15 metre long creature from the deep.
You can see all the photos from the 2013 season at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottyportelli
We are already looking forward to next season!
Just returned from diving in the tropical rich waters of PNG. A pristine environment with lush green landscapes and an abundance of weird and wonderful marine life. It is a picturesque place with a variety of different diving options, from small macro life in volcanic black sand to thriving coral reefs. The water was 30 Degrees which makes you want to stay in the water as long as possible. Definitely, Papua New Guinea should be on your bucket list.