The dugong swims in shallow waters, its main activity being to feed on the seagrass beds of the bay. (Alor, Indonesia, July 2018)
It is called dugong or "sea cow". I was lucky enough to observe this fascinating animal in its natural environment, in Alor, Indonesia.
(Tubbataha, Philippines, May 2018)
In the Philippines, Tubbataha Natural Park is only open for three months in the year. It is an underwater jewel, with exuberant coral and abundant underwater life.
Tara at anchor at Palawan. (Philippines, February 2018)
Tara. Two syllables that roll from one side to the other.... It is the name of an extraordinary boat, an oceanographic schooner that sails in the Pacific to study coral. I boarded with the scientists for a journalist assignment last February in the Philippines....
Gorgon Giant at Misool. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, November 2015.)
Here, there are swarms of sparkling fish and a jumble of multicoloured corals... I take you diving in the waters of Misool, in the south of Raja Ampat.
Hammerheads. Kurkap Island, Maluku, Indonesia, October 2015.
Hammerhead sharks make diving enthusiasts fantasize. These sharks have a pretty awesome head, I must say...
The pontoon of Sipadan. Borneo, Malaysia, July 2013.
Sipadan. An island of dreams, explored by Cousteau. But under military surveillance, for the safety of divers and the preservation of the reef.
Coral Eye. Bangka Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia. March 2013.
March 2013. Bangka Island, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. My new home, for a few days, is called Coral Eye. What a beautiful name!
Fam Archipelago. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, January 2015)
I'm getting tons of emails asking me for information about Raja Ampat ! So I gathered everything in one single post. But be aware, a trip to Raja Ampat requires you to behave as a respectful and responsible visitor. Tourism, which is booming in the region, is endangering one of the world's most magnificent reservoirs of biodiversity.
Max Ammer, a Dutchman among the Papuans.
The Dutchman Max Ammer is the "pioneer" of diving in Raja Ampat. A sacred character. He is an eco-adventurer, an enthusiastic explorer and a fabulous storyteller.
Dolphins. Sataya, Egypt. December 2011.
Get your snorkel ready, but forget about The Big Blue and Flipper Dolphin... There's something better!!! I take you to watch Egyptian dolphins in a 1.5 minute video.
Oceans, a film by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, 2010. (Photo: Roberto Rinaldi / Pathé)
Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud's new film will be released on Wednesday. I was able to watch Oceans in December, long before the official release. And I've met the film crew.
Baby turtles run to the sea ... (Berawan, Borneo, Indonesia, July 2009).
During the day, turtles from Derawan Island (Borneo, Indonesia) swim under the jetties. At night, they lay their eggs in the still-warm sand.