The Oddest Couple Around by Karen Willshaw

Affectionately known as Kat the Dugong; he has called the Cocos (Keeling) Islands home for the past 10 years. He is a lone male and has made it into the record books by swimming the furtherest distance from any known dugong colony. He may have come from Exmouth… he may have come from Indonesia; wherever he hails, it’s a jolly long way.

Even though he is alone, he interacts with various species of fish, like this batfish, chases mantas and even enjoys a game of “you’re it” with divers; swimming over their heads then letting out a piercing squeal. He enjoys a game of chasey, but when he’s had enough, two flicks of that huge tail and he is gone.

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I’m one lucky lady who lives on a remote tropical island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Inspired by the surrounding beauty above and below, I took up photography as a hobby several years go. This has now turned out to be an all consuming passion, driven by the desire to promote the Cocos (Keeling) Islands the only way I know, through my eyes and lens.

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  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devinealmost 2 years ago

    What a marvellous story to go with this fabulous shot, Karen! How I would love to have just a few of your underwater experiences.

  • Thank you so much Bette. You are so kind with your praises and I really appreciate it :) I’ve been lucky… that’s really all I can say… lucky to have met my hubby and move to Cocos. Lucky I took up diving and photography :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • naturelover
    natureloveralmost 2 years ago

    Lovely story and splendid work Karen! Love it x

  • Thanks so much Pauline for your lovely comment. It is a great story. I hope I dive with him for many more years to come :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 2 years ago

    Great read and a lovely shot

  • Thanks so much Kala :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • justCat
    justCatalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful Photo!

  • Thank you :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Magriet Meintjes
    Magriet Meintjesalmost 2 years ago

    2013/06/16 One image per 24hrs
    An amazing capture and writing Karen! Fav!

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 2 years ago

    June 15, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Mieke Boynton
    Mieke Boyntonalmost 2 years ago

    Wow! Wonderful story and fantastic shot, Karen!

  • Thanks so much Mieke :) He is pretty special and there are so many stories to be told about Kat

    – Karen Willshaw

  • gruntpig
    gruntpigalmost 2 years ago

    great capture love it ;)

  • Thank you :)

    – Karen Willshaw

  • ChrisCoombes
    ChrisCoombesalmost 2 years ago

    That’s pretty awesome, both image and the story & the interactions that he has

  • Thanks so much Chris. Just blessed living here and having great experiences with Kat

    – Karen Willshaw

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful work !!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    Nature In Its Entirety-NOTHING MAN MADE ~ FEATURE GALLERY ~ June 18th, 2013

  • Thank you. Really appreciate having this image featured :)

    – Karen Willshaw

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