Richard Wylie@richardwylie1017

Marine biologist, award winning photographer, PhD Candidate in Marine Ed, member of the IUCN, Fellow of The Explorers Club, & Getty Images Contributor

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Richard Wylie

This was actually from one of my very first dives with a digital SLR camera (Canon 550D in an Ikelite housing) and the weather had been terrible for a few weeks so when it cleared I jumped in the water even though it was late afternoon and still really rough and super murky. I really didn’t expect to see anything - I couldn’t see my hand if I put it out in front of me - but literally the first thing I saw when I put my head underwater was this beautiful juvenile weedy seadragon in about 1.5 meters of water - hiding in the marine vegetation. It was impossible to use the strobe to illuminate it as it was just a blur of backscatter so I just used the setting sun to give some form to the image. Also, by not using artificial light I wasn’t disturbing it as much - you can usually tell if they’re getting annoyed and I always stop after a few shots anyway as I don’t want to bother them too much. In any case I spent ages with this little guy and while I only got a few decent shots it was just such a pleasure to be in the water again and wash out the world above for a couple of hours. Really hoping you’re all doing well and hope you find an hour or two of quiet sometime too. Take care. Cheers, Rich
@canonaustralia @canon_photos @ikelite .
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I’ve been looking forward to sharing the news that this image of water-lilies has been shortlisted for this year’s Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year awards. I very much doubt it will go on to win anything of course but regardless of the final outcome I’m just grateful to be included in the overall exhibition at the @southaustralianmuseum in Adelaide, and the @australianmuseum in Sydney around 15 August. This is my 3rd image to make the shortlist over the last few years. And while I am still incredibly frustrated that my neurosurgeon won’t clear me to get back in the ocean just yet - my last dive was 748 days ago but who’s counting - it forced me to explore my local freshwater ecosystems which was a profoundly beautiful experience and one I would never have known if I hadn’t had so many operations on my spine over the last couple years. Anyway, I am so glad that the judges saw fit to include this image in this year’s exhibition and I’m really looking forward to catching up with some of the awesomely talented nature photographers whose work I have admired for years but have rarely actually met in person. Really hope that you’re all doing well and I hope to chat soon. Take care. Cheers, Rich .
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Just wanted to send a belated post for World Environment Day for the 5th of June. While I’ve missed it for Australia I can at least still make it for the US (Just). I know that so many people are working incredibly hard to make our world a better place - both environmentally and for greater justice for all humans and animals combined. I would like to celebrate these dedicated and selfless people who often put themselves on the line, sometimes literally under fire from those who would prefer to destroy instead of protect. Every positive action should be acknowledged and every kindness rewarded but most of these actions are done quietly and unobserved. To all those people quietly and bravely doing what they can to support our planet’s wildernesses and the ecosystems that support our unbelievably beautiful and richly diverse environments, I just want to say a huge thank you. Every positive action really does makes a difference no matter how small it may seem. While our world is in desperate need of more care and kindness globally I believe that the overwhelming majority of the human race knows and wants to protect and nurture it. Despite the flawed “leadership” and short minded outlook of so many of the world’s political operatives I am sure that one day very soon we will all come together to halt the destruction and turn it all around. We have no other choice as every human being and the billions and billions of other species’ lives are depending on us doing so. Thank you all - as always - for all that you do! Take care. Cheers, Rich .
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#savesmithbay Today is the last day to submit an objection to the pulp mill proposal for Smith Bay on Kangaroo Island but even if you don’t make a submission could you please share this information as much and as widely as possible. It’s not too late to stop it if enough people get onboard. The people trying to stop this development aren’t even asking for it to go somewhere other than Kangaroo Island - there is a need for jobs on the island even though most would prefer it be somewhere less ecologically sensitive. There are places on Kangaroo Island that already have infrastructure that could handle the pulp mill and there’s even an abandoned commercial wharf that the company already owns that would do exactly the same job without having to destroy a pristine marine environment inhabited by dolphins, critically endangered right whales and even leafyseadragons like the one pictured here (which was photographed off Kangaroo Island). Please share and get the word out. Thank you so much!!
@natgeo @australiangeographic @kivhdolphinwatch @pinktankscuba @natgeoyourshot @shereemarris @discoverycentre_eden @southaustralia @southaustralianwine .
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This beautiful video was posted by my dear friends Phyll and Tony Bartram who are the incredible founders/directors - and powerhouse marine mammal protectors extraordinaire - behind the award winning @kivhdolphinwatch program. They are trying to make as many people as possible aware of the catastrophic proposals to build a pulp mill (and associated infrastructure like a 420m wharf and massive dredging) in the pristine Smith Bay on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. This area is one of the world’s most unique and biologically important regions of our planet and more people need to known about - and protest - this utter travesty. I’ve attached a link to the website that allows you to submit an objection to the proposed development. There’s only one day left to submit your objections but even if you miss the opportunity to take that action could you please spread the word - we desperately need more people power to resist this development. Thank you so much for your help!! The dolphins and the critically endangered right whales who often spend time in Smith Bay on their annual migration to and from their breeding waters, and all the other plants and animals who live there thank you too!! #savesmithbay
@kivhdolphinwatch @australiangeographic @canonaustralia @natgeo .
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Just found out that this photo titled: “Are You Looking at Me”? has been selected for today’s @natgeoyourshot Daily Dozen. I think this is the first time I’ve had a terrestrial image selected so I’m chuffed that they liked it. I uploaded this as part of their “Caption This” assignment a little while ago - though I took the photo itself in 2015. I was actually trying to take a photo of the headland and the ocean in the background but this cutie kept poking her head into the frame. I kept moving but she kept following me so I ended up taking the photo with her instead. In any case if you feel like checking out the other 11 photos I’ve added a link to it in my bio. There are some awesome images there - and of course any votes would be greatly appreciated (but not expected). I really hope that you’re all doing well and I hope to catch up soon. Take care. Cheers, Rich
@natgeoyourshot @natgeo @canonaustralia @australianmuseum @australiangeographic .
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Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend! Just wanted to share a photo of one of my favorite fish - the ornate cow fish (Aracana ornata) off Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula - they are only ever found in southern Australian waters. The coloring and patterns indicate that this little fish is a male. While they are usually very shy I’ve always them to be very curious and have often turned around to find one or more following closely behind, just watching what I’m up to. Once they get used to you they will often allow you to get close - as this little guy did! Anyway, I really hope you’re all doing well and I hope to chat soon. Take care. Cheers, Rich
@southaustralianmuseum
@canonaustralia @australiangeographic .
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Richard Wylie

Hey there, just wanted to share a photo from a field trip to the Lizard Island Research station (situated in the Great Barrier Reef) a few years ago. Taken while freediving with some of our RMIT university students this spine-cheeked anemone fish played very hard to get - really didn’t like me swooping down from the surface to photograph it. If I had been on scuba it would have had time to get used to my presence. They’re such gorgeous fish that I really wanted to showcase it’s striking colour but in the end I had to settle for this shot - which to be fair is often what they look like, tucked up in its host anemone. In any case I really hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and hope you have an excellent week to come! Take care. Cheers, Rich
@australianmuseum @australiangeographic @southaustralianmuseum @natgeoyourshot @canonaustralia .
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One of my all time favorite inhabitants of our little planet are octopuses. And of all these wildly wonderful beings the Maori octopus towers above all the others - sometimes quite literally as they can grow to 1.8 meters (almost 6 feet) in my mind at least. I just love these guys and I’m missing them enormously! Their curiosity and intelligence make interactions with them like meeting a real life interplanetary visitor - only more alien probably. This particular individual let me hang out with it for ages and tried to remove my camera at one point - when I resisted it went all sea monsterish - in a very cute way. I really liked how that monster image came out. Sadly few of the other shots worked out at it was too close for the lens to focus. Still, a super fun memory is worth more than any photo! In any case I hope that you’re all doing well and counting down to the weekend! Take care. Cheers, Rich
@octonation
@canonaustralia @southaustralianmuseum @australiangeographic .
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Looks like my energy bursts are a weekly thing rather than a daily thing. In any case, this image is from a snorkel down Ewen Ponds Conservation Park in South Australia a few years ago. It’s one of my favorite places and I wish I lived a bit closer so I could explore it more. The water is crystal clear as it’s filtered over 10,000 years through the underlying limestone - which is why there are so many underwater caves in the area. The visibility is about 80 meters and it’s like floating in air. This is my form of meditation. Well worth the trip if you can. Really hope you’re all doing well and I hope to catch up soon. Take care. Cheers, Rich
@southaustralianmuseum @australiangeographic @canonaustralia .
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Hey again. Hoping you all had a lovely and relaxing weekend! Personally I’m wishing that I was allowed back in the water to play with the ocean’s stunning inhabitants - seadragons (like this cutie), seals and giant smooth rays in particular! Hope you all have a fantastic week ahead and I’m looking forward to seeing all your incredible images! Take care. Cheers, Rich
@australiangeographic @southaustralianmuseum @natgeoyourshot @canonaustralia .
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Hey again. Just wanted to share a photo of a little friend who let me hang out with them for almost 2 hours a few years ago. This Giant Cuttlefish let me watch it hunt for crabs and fish all while gazing longingly at a passing quiver of squid - who very wisely kept a wary distance from the cuttlefish (they really are formidable predators - I’m very glad that we’re too big for them to eat). It got so frustrated that they wouldn’t come any closer that it eventually had a little tantrum, threw up its arms and swam after a crab almost like it was never interested in those stinky squid in the first place. I know I’m anthropomorphizing it’s behavior but it was one of those interactions that reinforce how similar we are to so many of our planet’s inhabitants - even ones as alien as this cutie. Anyway, I hope you’re all having a lovely start to the weekend. Take care. Cheers, Rich
@australiangeographic @southaustralianmuseum .
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