- The Papaya's Thief -
 

During my experience at the recovery center for sea turtles on the island of Efate, I understood that turtles love papaya .... and are willing to do anything to get it, even steal!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                   Efate Island - Vanuatu                  

    October / November 2014

 

- Sea Turtle -
 

These ancient creatures have been on Earth for more than 100 million years, even surviving the dinosaurs when they became extinct 65 million years ago. Among the threats these marine reptiles face are entanglement, habitat loss, and consumption of their eggs and meat.

Sea turtles often drown when caught in fishing gear, both nets and longlines. Coastal development can destroy important nesting sites, impact coral reefs, and artificial light from houses and other buildings attracts hatchlings away from the ocean. Pollution like plastic bags are often mistaken for food such as jellyfish and ingested, which blocks their intestines and potentially kills them. In some countries, they are hunted for their meat and shells and their eggs are eaten. But fortunately there are organizations around the world who take care of turtles injured or in difficulty, protect the nests and take care of the baby turtles in the early years of life so that they are more likely to survive once released in open ocean at the age of 4.

 

 

Efate Island - Vanuatu                                                                                         October / November 2014

Vanuatu

A green pearls necklace lies on the turquoise blue water of the South Pacific. A Paradise created by huge volcanic forces, covered by lush jungle and surrounded by crystal clear waters and coral reefs.

 

- Traditional Dancing -
 

One of the remote villages in the jungles of the island of Tanna called Tatapu, singing and dancing welcome us into the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tanna Island - Vanuatu

               October / November  2014

- Sunset on the Jungle -
 

The last rays of sun radiates the wild jungle on the island of Tanna. A spectacular way to end a great day. In this remote island with no roads nor cities, covered by a primitive jungle. The few humans who live create a network of small communities and tribes scattered in nature.

 

 

Tanna Island - Vanuatu                                                                                                                  October / November 2014

- Lazy Turtle -
 

 It's almost noon, the sun is high in the sky, the air is hot .... and this lazy sea turtle is basking in the sun. She is more than 30 years old, and was brought here in the reserve at Turtle Bay several years ago. They found her on the beach, it was probably attacked by a shark, which took away the right rear flipper. She was treated by the vet and from that day lives in the reserve for turtles near Port Vila on the island of Efate.

 

Efate Island - Vanuatu   October / November 2014

- Portrait of a Turtle -
 
Advice from a Sea Turtle:
Swim with the current, Be a good navigator, Stay calm under pressure, Be well-traveled, Think long term, Age gracefully, Spend time at the beach! (cit.)

 

 

 

 

Efate Island - Vanuatu   October / November 2014

- The Small World -
 

I find the reefs a great example of coexistence between contrasts; sharp corals live in close contact with soft sea anemones, dark volcanic rocks host and protect a myriad of animals, so fragile that would not survive in the open sea. I often have the opportunity to give a close look at these ecosystems and I always found myself fascinated by these "small worlds".

 
 
 
 

Pentecost Island - Vanuatu

               October / November 2014

 

- The Sea Monster -
 

The old legend says that in the blue sea surrounding the island of Efate live a sea monster that occasionally rises to the surface from the depths, a scary monster with big black eyes and sharp teeth. I was able to photograph it for the first time, I survived the encounter with the monster and I can tell the story to my grandchildren ... OKOK I'll be honest this is not a sea monster but only a sea turtle from a very unusual point of view :-)

 

 

Efate Island - Vanuatu

              October / November 2014

 

- After Sunset -
 

The sun has already disappeared behind the horizon, but there is still a bit of light. The jungle covers every square inch, every hill, every valley, except for the slopes of Mount Yasur. Its smooth and dark silhouette contrasts with the irregularity and complexity of the trees.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Tanna Island - Vanuatu

              October / November 2014

 

- The Roar of Yasur -
 

 The lake of magma in the center of the crater emits sulfur fumes that rise into the sky like a giant tree, about every 10 minutes the silence of the night is interrupted by a deep rumble ... a violent explosion that projects the molten rock hundreds of feet in height. Standing on the edge of the crater you feel the shock wave of each explosion and the blast of hot air that hits you face.

 
 
 

Tanna Island - Vanuatu                                                                                        October / November 2014

-The Giant Never Sleep-
 

Is around midnight when the Yasur Volcano seems to intensify its ongoing activities. The explosions are not only more powerful but also more long.... a kind of thunder followed by an echo that seems a lament. Overall it seems the classic sound of a wave breaking on a stony beach, but much deeper and disturbing, reminiscent of a human sound, a giant throat of a Titan.

 
 

Tanna Island - Vanuatu

              October / November 2014

 

- On the edge of the volcano -
 

  Taking pictures on the crater rim of Mount Yasur, an active volcano on the island of Tanna in southern Vanuatu

 

 

 

Tanna Island - Vanuatu   October / November 2014

- Walking in the Jungle -
 
Walking through the spectacular natural beauty of the island of Tanna you pass through many villages. I took this picture in one of these, a girl tried to bring her little brother back home.
 

 

Tanna Island - Vanuatu   October / November 2014

- The Shy Fish -
 

Fantastic snorkeling in the blue waters that surround the island of Efate, in the wild archipelago of Vanuatu. Swimming less than a meter deep light and clear water make colors bright, everything is alive.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

Mele Island - Efate - Vanuatu

              October / November 2014

- The Blue Ring -
 

During a decompression stop after a wonderful dive around the island of Mele really close to Efate island coast line.... we started to play with the air bubbles.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mele Island - Efate - Vanuatu

              October / November 2014

 

- The Last Ray -
 

The day is ending, the sun is disappearing behind the lush hills that cover the remote island of Tanna. The last rays of sun light up the moist air rising from the vegetation. The show is wonderful, in the distance you can hear the songs of one of the tribes that live in this area. Scattered columns of smoke rise from the vegetation, indicating that it will soon be time for dinner.

 

 
 

Mele Island - Efate - Vanuatu

              October / November 2014

- Clown Fish  -
 

  Clown fish and anemones hang out all the time and help each other out. Anemones are fish-eating animals that look like underwater flowers and have hundreds of poisonous tentacles. Clown fish find most of their food by mooching off the anemone. Clown fish wait until the anemone paralyzes and eats a fish, then helps itself to the bits which the anemone doesn't eat. Clowns allow the tentacles to graze their bodies until they build up an immunity to the poison. In exchange for getting food from the anemones, the clown fish clean the anemones by eating dead tentacles. Clowns also protect anemones from predators.

 

 

 

Mele Island - Vanuatu               October / November 2014