Australia has some of the most exciting scuba diving and unique marine life flora and fauna in the world. For 40 years Neville Coleman recorded and photographed the marine life of Australia’s amazing world of water.
In 1969 Neville Coleman set out to encourage a nation to care about its marine life.
To do that he first had to create a visual expression of life by displaying the true beauty of the nature around us in the hope that he could encourage humans to discover the importance of the nature within us.
( Montage by Jorina van der Westhuizen)
The lack of biological data is the most critical threat to all aquatic creatures,
for without it we have no understanding of what exists,
let alone how to manage, or conserve it!
“I believe that by taking good care of nature, we are in essence, taking good care of ourselves. In order to take good care of nature, we must understand nature. We need more people dedicated to that understanding.” NC. 1981
Today, is Yesterday’s Tomorrow
The future of the oceans of the world and all they support depends on the ability of humans to discover and learn the many secrets of marine life interdependence. We can only do this if we have the foresight and the ingenuity to provide those who make decisions with the information of what lives in our oceans.
This role of discovery, recording and education of our World of Water was once the revered role of science, but science is no longer in a position to explore the World of Water because it does not have the capacity, the funding, or the personnel.
What was once thought about the oceans diversity has multiplied a thousand times over and there are not enough trained scientists and taxonomists in the entire world to deal with what we need to know, now!
We need more marine scientists and taxonomists in order to expand our knowledge and make more people aware of the plight the world’s oceans are in.
However, we do not have the luxury of time, the work of discovery, recording and education, must be expanded, as there is no longer, ‘time to waste’.
Today’s divers are the only ones in a position to take stock
( a photographic inventory) of the ocean’s creatures (Marine Resources) and to record and monitor the details of species and their interactive behaviour at our major Dive Sites.
By encouraging divers and people all over the world to take up the challenge and become UNDERWATER EXPLORERS,
we give the Greatest Adventure Activety on the Planet a purpose,
far beyond, the diving experience.
By photographing the fantastic marine life which inhabits the thousands of
Dive Sites we visit, we can establish base line studies which could be added
to on, on a regular basis.
Today, there are thousands of divers skilled in underwater photography and thousands of new creatures to discover. Melibe colemani (Photo: Neville Coleman)