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Diving With Pygmy Seahorses by Dr. Richard Smith

 Diving With Pygmy Seahorses

by Dr. Richard Smith

Dr. Smith is a frequent contributor to the site.  His dissertation was on Pygmy Seahorses so he knows a thing or two about these delicate creatures. And when he makes a recommendation it should be respected, especially if you actually care about reef critters themselves and not just “getting the image”.  Despite the fact that they don’t like their pictures taken, pygmies are very popular photographic subjects.  Ever notice how they turn their heads virtually every time you try to take their photo?  So the next time you are trying to photograph one that is not in a good position on its fan or is obviously stressed by your presence, consider finding another one.  They are common.

The following is a Pgymy Code of Conduct, please read and consider the animal.  Ask yourself, “Is this photo going to be so valuable that I’m willing to jeopardize the animal’s well being to take its picture?

If you are interested in more information about the background of this study click HERE.

Thanks Richard!

Pygmy Seahorse Code of Conduct


Richard Smith, a British underwater photographer and writer, aspires to promote an appreciation for the ocean’s inhabitants and raise awareness of marine conservation issues through his images.  A marine biologist by training, Richard’s pioneering research on the biology and conservation of pygmy seahorses, led to the first PhD on these enigmatic fishes.  Over the past decade, Richard’s photographs and marine life focused features have appeared in a wide variety of publications around the world. Richard leads marine life expeditions where the aim is for participants to get more from their diving and photography by learning about the marine environment:

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