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Seldom does one get opportunity to ‘juxtapose’ these two species in one photo… ‘soft corals’ and ‘barracuda’ at the same time!

It is the specific topography of the artificial reefs generated by shipwrecks which allows for such a photo shoot…

The 80 metre long ‘Blue Water’ Wreck (also known as the Mabini Padre) sits portside at a depth of 35 metres.

With the Mabini Padre being so far offshore and weather sometimes being inclement ~ the chances to dive it are ‘few and far’ between. Due to this ~ there ‘seems to be’ less impact from divers.

Soft dendronephthya species of corals have managed to attach at such depth and colonise profusely ~ whilst pelagic ‘chevron barracuda’ patrol around on the hunt for prey…

As a Marine Scientist, Underwater Photographer, Wildlife Conservation FilmMaker & emerging Explorer ~ Nicks’ recent film “Colours of the Gulf” documented the plight of whale sharks and other marine life in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.

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  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 1 year ago

    Another fav for me, this is so very beautiful and elegant

  • Hi Kalaryder! Glad you find this a FAVE…! Always find working in “natural light” rewarding! :-)


  • Malik Jayawardena
    Malik Jayawardenaabout 1 year ago


  • Really glad you like “Soft Coral Blues” Malik!!! Thanks! VBR Nick :-)


  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...about 1 year ago

    Magnificent work!

  • Glad you find this magnificent tereza! It’s GREAT to be FEATURED in the SEA Group!!! :-)


  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineabout 1 year ago

    Marvellous image!

  • Comments like these really keep artists devoted and dedicated to their work…! Thanks Bette! Am really pleased you find it marvellous! Regards from Borneo!


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