Invited critter expert Dr. Richard Smith wrapped up a highly successful workshop at Siladen Resort and Spa last week. Exploring Bunaken Marine Park in North Sulawesi, where the resort is situated, Richard provided daily lectures about the local creatures and their behaviors. Originally planned as an underwater photography workshop, the 11-day event instead became a fascinating learning session on marine biology—the British underwater photographer’s parallel area of expertise.
Richard, who is also a frequent DPG contributor, reported during the workshop, held from June 23 and July 3, via various posts on Siladen’s blog in June and July. Sightings he reported on included dottybacks, ghost pipefish, a cometfish, and a flame angelfish (pictured above). Richard’s daily evening presentations offered guests hints and tips on critter hunting and spotting interesting marine behaviors. Siladen’s already highly knowledgeable dive guides also benefited from attending the sessions, with Richard introducing various cryptic creatures—which the guides were very pleased to be able to find in the park immediately afterwards!
Suffice it to say, Siladen Resort’s managers are hoping to be able to invite Dr. Smith back again “in the not too distant future.”
Look out for Richard’s forthcoming article on DPG about the rare marine life he photographed during his time at Siladen Resort.
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