Whales

Tonga 2014 season

Tonga – Still Paradise

I have been visiting Tonga for 13 years and spent many hours on the water photographing Humpback whales and I can tell you, every time I get in the water with these magnificent creatures, I am just as excited as the first time. Tonga has so much to offer, picturesque landscapes and underwater environments makes this place paradise for Photographers, and don’t forget the added bonus that you can swim with whales. It really is still paradise. Every year I see something  different or have one of those unforgettable encounters. This year I had a baby whale shoot up from the depths and breach half a meter in front of me, exhilarating to say the least. This year Travel & Fashion Blogger, Laura McWhinnie from This Island life did an interview piece about her time in Tonga with us, check out the article here:

http://www.thisislandlife.com/travel/swimming-with-humpback-whales-an-interview-with-scott-portelli

http://www.thisislandlife.com/travel/swimming-with-humpback-whales-in-vavau-tonga

This year we started the Tongan Fluke Collective, which encourages visiting photographers to donate Fluke shots to help ID the different individual whales that come to Tonga each year. You can find out more about the program here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/tonganflukecollective/ – Anyway we will be running a number of Photographic tours in the next year or so to various destinations, so stay tuned.

If you want to see some of the Video footage you can see this season’s wrap up here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcreHs7qcq0

Tonga 2014 season still paradise collage swimming with humpback whales  and through caves

Humpback whale exhibition for IFAW at Customs House Sydney

“We’re for Whales” Photographic Exhibition at Customs House

IFAW have launched their “”We’re for Whales” photographic exhibition at Customs House in Sydney.  A number of my photos of Humpback Whales feature on the massive digital wall on the ground level and throughout the exhibition. If you are in Sydney it is worth going to have a look at the exhibition and support the fight to protect our whales. check out the exhibition at Customs House until the 31st March.

 

Humpback whale exhibition for IFAW at Customs House Sydney

Blue shark & mobula rays in the Azores

Blue Shark, Mako & Mobula Ray Tour 2016

In 2016 we will be running a unique 8 Day dive trip in the Azores to see Blue sharks, Mako sharks and dive the famous Princess Alice Pinnacle for the giant mobula rays. The waters around the Azores hold so much diversity and on any given day you will see resident sperm whales and dolphins not to mention the other amazing cetaceans and marine life in these crystal clear waters. This Blue Shark, Mako & Mobula Ray tour is a small group trip and will be running in August 2015. Contact us for further information and options for divers and photographers.

Blue shark & mobula rays in the Azores on the Blue Shark, Mako & Mobula tour with Scott Portelli

Sea Shepherd

Meeting Paul Watson, Captain of Sea Shepherd

As many of you know I am a keen advocate for the preservation of whales and spend half my life in the water photographing these amazing creatures. It was privilege to meet the Captain and Founder of Sea Shepherd, Paul Watson, last night as the conservation group try and raise enough money to fuel their campaign to Antarctica to stop the Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean in Australian and New Zealand Antarctic territory. Hope this is the year they end whaling.

Sea Shepherd are an ocean conservation organisation:
“Established in 1977, our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. We use innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.”

Meeting Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd

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