I recently (if April still counts as recently) had the amazing opportunity to work at the Smithsonian’s Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program’s field station in Carrie Bow Cay, Belize. While there studying the amazing Decapod Crustacean fauna on and around the island, I also had the chance to snap a few photos:
You may notice an emphasis on the family Alpheidae (the snapping shrimp), and that has to do with the nature of my trip. I was there collecting data for my doctoral dissertation, which is still in its early stages but will involve these amazing and diverse creatures. As with many marine organisms, they exhibit incredible diversity in and around coral reefs.
I ran into a few photography challenges. Firstly, the batteries for my flash unit (both remotes and the controller) died on my second of eight days there, meaning that most of my photos were lit by sunlight. Secondly, soon after arriving I got a nasty sunburn which crippled me for most of the trip with pain and nausea. I wasn’t going to give up so easily on Arthropod photo opportunities, however, and feel that some of these photos ended up respectably despite some of the setbacks.
These photos are only a small number of the Decapod species I photographed so I look forward to posting some more soon after I go through them.
I look forward to finally starting this blog, a planned project for several years for me now. I hope to document some of my previous encounters as well as update on future ones involving the primary focus of my life and career: Arthropods.