Drawing inspiration from the mighty Indian Ocean, this issue is filled with adventures from far-off and seldomdived places. Spanning from the east coast of Africa, enveloping the Indian sub-continent, and smashing into western Indonesia and Australia, the Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world’s great bodies of water.
Photojournalists Yann Oulia and Gaby Barathieu report from the French outpost called Réunion Island (page 34), while Daniel Botelho dives into the extraordinary natural phenomenon known as the Sardine Run of South Africa (page 42). And for those who crave the unexplored, you’ll want to check out Warren Baverstock’s amazing story of a newly discovered whale shark aggregation off the coast of Djibouti (page 24).
Lastly, don’t miss field editor Justin Gilligan’s breakdown on diving with grey nurse sharks (page 52) in our Australia column. That’ll keep you grinning a toothy smile till your next submersion… guaranteed.
Beyond – Oh La La! Reunion Island
A remote jewel of the Indian Ocean, this French territory offers resplendent underwater abundance, served up with a fusion of European and African culture
Encounters – African Frenzy
One of nature’s greatest spectacles, South Africa’s “Sardine Run” is neither predictable nor reliable, demanding a huge commitment from adventure-seekers, and a difficult challenge for photographers
Australia – Wandering Sharks
Beyond the east coast of Australia, grey nurse sharks tour an underwater highway of rocky reefs. A troop of admired operators deliver their clients within arm’s reach
Videology – The Big Rig
Emmy-nominated cinematographer Ross Isaacs dives for a living with one whopping piece of equipment
In Focus – Journeys of a Reef Mapper
A topographer takes his technical mapmaking skills underwater. For this artist, it’s a dream job like no other
Scuba Rescue – A Close Call
Not every diving injury is an emergency requiring an evacuation and costly treatment. However, this doesn’t change the fact that immediate action is vital
Sea Science – Gentle Giants of Djibouti
A new whale shark aggregation is discovered far off the beaten track, where a handful of lucky scientists have the sharks all to themselves
Discovery – Jawfish
A photogenic family just keeps growing in the annals of science