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Photographer of the Week – David Harasti
By Joseph Tepper, March 29, 2018 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

A pair of loving leafy seadragons taken with an old Nikon Coolpix 5000 camera, Rapid Bay Jetty, South Australia
 

It might be hard to find someone who loves seahorses more than Dr. David Harasti. An Australian-based marine scientist, Dr. Dave has a PhD on the biology, ecology, and conservation of the White’s seahorse. His research is so invaluable that Harasti serves on the IUCN Seahorse, Pipefish and Stickleback Specialist Group.

While seahorses might be Dave’s daytime job, he moonlights as an underwater photographer—and a rather talented one at that. His love for critters extends beyond seahorses to all of the weird and wonderful things in the ocean. With more than 20 years of dive experience, Dave’s images have appeared countless times in fish ID guides.

But the images you will see here are much more than identification shots. They are the work of an artist who blends science and creativity to produce stellar results—and inspires us to learn a little bit more about the world we capture with our cameras. 
 

A huge gorgonian fan at Bunaken Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia
 

A gray nurse, an endangered shark that aggregates at various locations along the New South Wales coast, Broughton Island, Australia
 

A candy stripe cleaner shrimp busy at work on a tomato cod, Seraya, Bali, Indonesia
 

Green turtles arrive at Heron Island in early summer for nesting, Queensland, Australia
 

A Bargibanti pygmy seahorse hiding amongst its host gorgonian, Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia
 

The rare and elusive red Indianfish hiding among threatened soft coral habitat, Pipeline, Nelson Bay, Australia
 

This pair of striped anglerfish were observed together for two months and hence locally became known as Bonnie and Clyde, Pipeline, Nelson Bay, Australia
 

Australian sea lions lining up for their photo at Hoskyns Island, South Australia
 

Harlequin shrimp chowing down on a sea star, their main source of food, Seraya, Bali, Indonesia
 

The very shy and seldom seen Nelson Bay anglerfish carrying around its newborn babies, Pipeline, Nelson Bay, Australia
 

The paddle flap Rhinopias (Rhinopias eschmeyeri) and the weedy Rhinopias (Rhinopias frondosa) can be often found hanging out together, Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia
 

A wreck stranded in the shallows on one of the amazing reefs of Tubbataha, Philippines
 

Dave Harasti tagging a White’s seahorse
 

For more of Dr. Dave’s jaw-dropping work, check out his website, www.daveharasti.com.

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