Documenting Australian Sea Lions with Olympus underwater equipment
Australian sea lions are some of the most inquisitive and intelligent creatures I have ever had the privilege to share the ocean with. It is hard to believe that there may only be about 12 000 left in the wild. They are the rarest of the seal species in Australian waters and amongst the rarest in the world.
A few months ago we travelled to South Australia and visited a few of the last remaining Australian Sea Lion colonies in Baird Bay and Hopkins Island with the support of Olympus Australia.
Just a few meters under the surface we were able to share beautiful moments with the local sea lions and gain a small insight into their colourful personalities. I would drop down underwater and stay as long as I could. We are both utilising our mammalian dive reflex - an evolutionary trait we both share. Australian Sea Lions breathe oxygen, just like us. They talk to each other, tease each other and collaborate with each other.
Unfortunately, the Australian Sea Lion is one of the rarest seals in the world suffering from threats such as entanglement, marine debris and habitat destruction.
The challenges ocean creatures to face are incredibly complex, however, we now more than ever have an opportunity to learn and explore different options. We have access to information and many of us are fortunate enough to be able to make choices which allow us to move through this world in a more conscious way.
The ocean is everyone's blue backyard - so where ever we are in the world we are able to contribute to the health of this incredible ecosystem - whether its through waste reduction, conscious food choices and supporting marine parks which are absolutely vital for allowing fish stocks to replenish - main food source for creatures such as the Australian Sea Lion.
Below is a beautiful video created by Andy Hatton / Studio Aton. This project documents our wonderful experience as well as showcases how I use my Olympus equipment underwater.
This project was captured on Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II + Olympus PT-EP14 Underwater