Author Archives: Colin Munro

Towed underwater camera sled available for hire

Marine Bio-images towed underwater sled  is available for hire. The camera sled in constructed out of tubular stainless steel and comes with 120 metres of ROV armoured umbilical cable and removable weights.  It has been successfully deployed to 90 metres … Continue reading

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Albatross: Ocean navigators par excellence.

Albatross: Ocean navigators par excellence. I’ve spent many an hour of the deck of fishing boats, hauling and emptying nets, sorting fish and filling fish boxes. I’ve always been amazed at how, as soon as we start hauling the net, … Continue reading

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Scallop dredging: how we approach marine habitat protection from entirely the wrong direction.

Scallop dredging is a crude, inefficient, non-selective, and hugely destructive means of collecting shellfish.  It is akin to using a bulldozer to collect mushrooms. If you were to plough through the top few inches of soil with a bulldozer bucket, … Continue reading

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Nitrogen narcosis, Rapture of the Depths, what do we really know about it?

Rapture of the Deep Many years ago, I was diving off the west coast of Scotland with a group of friends.  Our planned dive for that morning was a deep wall dive.  I was paired up with a new diver … Continue reading

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Great whites sharks, makos or sailfish, what is the fastest fish?

My only encounters with a great white were on a cage diving trip, many years ago.  Two of us at a time would enter the cage and wait, cameras poised.  This was around Isla Guadalupe, 250km west of Baja Peninsula, Mexico.  … Continue reading

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The Grind. Is campaigning for it to stop or condemning it on social media hypocritical?

The grind, or grindadrap, is a non-commercial, community based whale and dolphin drive in the Faroe Islands. Around 840 pilot whales and white sided dolphins are killed every year. This is done by local boats driving them in to designated … Continue reading

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Cornwall’s blue sharks

An account of photographing blue sharks off Cornwall, Southwest Britain, a few years back, and a link to buying fine art prints of these amazing hunters of of the oceans at colinmunroimages.com. On a clear July morning I stumbled out … Continue reading

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The extraordinary life cycle of the lion’s mane jellyfish

Jellyfish, or sea jellies as they are now often called (clearly they are not fish) are amongst the most ancient of multi-organ animals.  Fossils of jellyfish (or scyphozoans, to give them their scientific name) are found only rarely as they … Continue reading

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Scallop dredging: why is it considered so damaging to reefs?

I first wrote this blog back in 2012.  If moved off-site for several years, but in 2020 I’ve reinstated it, with a few very minor changes.  Lyme bay now has statutory protection from scallop dredging, and all towed bottom fishing … Continue reading

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Marine Environmental Impact Assessment

The relevant legislation for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in the marine environment can be tricky to keep up with.  Within UK waters, licensing is now generally controlled by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). The requirements for Marine licensing and Environmental … Continue reading

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