To celebrate the past 30 years of protection, I decided to create a collection of portraits featuring the area’s more unusual inhabitants on a featureless black background.
I developed a portable studio that was completely open and made of Perspex. None of these models were ever forced to partake in a shoot, it was essential that the images were created on their terms.
My dive colleague was Dave Harasti, a scientist with the PSGLMP. Among the milieu we observed were brightly coloured nudibranches, blue ringed octopus, bubble shells, anglerfish and sea hares.
Dave’s most unusual find however, was an unrecognisable octopus with particularly long tentacles. After examining the images, Dr Mark Norman, a biologist at Museum Victoria, confirmed the find as an undescribed species of drop-arm octopus.
Such rare encounters will continue to draw divers back to this popular area. It’s comforting to know that its protected status will help it to remain intact for future generations to explore.