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Avid outdoorsman and underwater photographer, Barry Brown has spent the last 12 years documenting life above and below water in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. He is currently working with the Smithsonian Institution documenting new Caribbean deep-water species and building a one of a kind database. His underwater images can regularly be seen in Sport Diver, Scuba Diver and on the Ikelite website. His image of a "Collage of Corals" seen under blue-light at night recently placed in the TOP 10 images for the 2014 NANPA (North American Nature Photographers Association) photo contest.

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Jul 3, 17     Comments Off on TIME Magazine, Baby Dolphin, Most Popular Dolphin Photos

Good morning gang, I trust you either had a great weekend or your still on an extended weekend because of the 4th, either way be safe out there with all the visiting tourists. I’ve been doing a bit of riding but not as much as I should be, I’m currently helping a friend re-do her bathroom at the moment hanging sheet-rock which seems to be consuming a lot of my time.

Good news again, I have a full page dolphin photo in TIME Magazine this month in their Special Edition “The Animal Mind” oh yeah, page 67…..

Sorry so short, I have to meet a friend for an early mtb ride, have a wonderful day!!

Barry

Oct 6, 16     Comments Off on Baby Bottlenose Dolphins, Newborn Baby Dolphin Calfs
Aug 18, 16     Comments Off on Dolphins in the Open Ocean, Dolphin Academy
Jun 3, 16     Comments Off on Free Diving, Snorkeling with Bottlenose Dolphins
Apr 18, 16     Comments Off on Underwater Dolphin Photo, Bottlenose Dolphin
Mar 9, 16     Comments Off on Diving with Bottlenose Dolphins on the Reef
Feb 29, 16     Comments Off on Snorkeling with Dolphins and New Ikelite Toys
Jan 15, 16     Comments Off on Baby Bottlenose Dolphin, Baby Dolphin Photos

Baby bottlenose dolphin, six months old. Tursiops truncatus. Dolphin Academy, Seaquarium, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Unaltered/Uncontrolled. Digital Photo (vertical). Model Release: Not Applicable.

Good morning from Curacao. So I have heard that everyone and their mother is now sick on the island with this stupid crud, I’m going on a week and a half of fevers, coughing and nose blowing. Yesterday Aimee started feeling bad and immediately came down with it unlike mine that came on super slow and I really thought I could beat it. We have a few sub dives today but I will be unable to go underwater, good thing we have a backup photographer to help a sick little man out.

I have an “oldie but a goodie” dolphin photo for you all today, this is baby Lina when she was less than a year old, any of you remember her?? Lina was sure one of the most beautiful babies I ever photographed, it was a clear case of “girls just wanna have fun” and she did 24-7.

Sorry so short, have a great day..

Barry

Jul 14, 15     Comments Off on Baby Dolphin, Bottle-nose Dolphin Pod
Dec 18, 14     Comments Off on Bottlenose Dolphin Photo, Dolphin Photos
Oct 13, 14     Comments Off on Baby Bottlenose Dolphin, Newborn Bottlenose

Good morning one and all, how are we doing today?? I have a photo from Aimee that she took with her GoPro for you all today of her new baby bottlenose dolphin that was born about two months ago. Is this little thing cute or what??

The 2015 NANPA results are finally in…What is NANPA? NANPA is “North American Nature Photographers Association” and this year I was one of the top 10 prize winners with a blue-light photo, here is the link to that photo. Underwater Blue Light Photos, Blue Light Photography  For the 2015 photo contest I sent in a bunch of bird photos and one blue-light photo. My one blue-light photo made it into the top 120 and one bird photo made it into the top 250, very happy with those results as this is a tough competition. Here is the NANPA link, www.nanpa.org

We are finally getting rain and the island is really starting to green up again, it’s such a welcome sight. We had friday off because of “Curacao Independence Day”, there were parades during the day and a big one that went by our house at night and WOW was it ever loud! I spent a good part of the weekend building a new trail at Vaersenbaai but am still far from getting it done, talk about a lot of work. Saturday afternoon at 3:00 I took off into the wilds of Curacao in 100 degree heat and crazy humidity and got in a 30 mile mountain bike ride and was soaked to the bone when I got back home at night.  Not much else going on, we continue to run our little animal shelter at home with 4-turtles, and 2-birds and everyone so far is doing well.

I am off to the sea, have a great day.

Barry

Sep 1, 14     Comments Off on Bottlenose Dolphin with Calf, Dolphin Academy

Good morning friends, how was your weekend?? Mine was weird to say the least, it’s so hot here right now that being outside really isn’t an option.

I have a dolphin photo for you all today that I took a few weeks ago, this is our newest baby and her mother Ritina. This is Aimee’s primary dolphin and baby so to say she spends a lot of time with these two would be an understatement!

We all worked on Saturday, Rod Stewart (the singer) was supposed to come in but never made it so we ended up entertaining his band members and some big wig from Mojo Records. I have been trying to take our other dog Indi on as many walks as possible, poor Inca still has to stay home because her foot is just not healing. Aimee arrive back into the Caribbean tomorrow night and will be hating this heat as well, a week in Michigan can really spoil a person. I pretty much took the whole week off from cycling, that’s the first time this year, a little break will do the body good! Not much else going on, I continue to feed and water the birds in the desert each day and our little parakeet is doing fine.

Sorry so short, I have to get ready to dive.

Barry

Aug 4, 14     Comments Off on Baby Bottlenose Dolphins, Newborn Baby Dolphin

Good morning friends, it’s monday morning and back to work!! So let me ask you guys, have you ever been to the grocery store and find out at the checkout you don’t have any money?? Well we had this happen to us friday evening. I don’t know why but we never once checked our card for an expiration date and we never got a new one in the mail? So there we were, full cart of food all bagged up and no money to pay for it!!! What a horrible feeling! I told Aimee, wait here and I will race home (no speed limits in Curacao) and get our Visa card because we have to have the groceries! We live pretty far away from the store and it was going to close in 45 minutes so needless to say, I drove like the wind and made it back just in time. So without our normal bank card I was unable to do anything the whole weekend, I had to run to the bank this morning to get that mess taken of.

I ended up doing a short two and a half hour bike ride yesterday morning and working on the new bird cage the rest of the day, kind of a boring weekend. We are looking for a name for the little parakeet that we rescued, if you think of a fun name please let me know, he’s bright green and very loud!

Here’s a little baby dolphin for your viewing pleasure today. Dolphin babies are always born pretty dark, and remember Papito, (he is now 8 years old), he was practically black. Well, they are born dark and then over about 2-3 weeks become blotchy as they begin to “sluff their skin” and get a lighter color; more the “normal grey” that we are all used to.  You can slightly see the fetal folds on this little one if you look closely. They are the light stripes going from the belly to the back. As the baby is tucked in momma’s tummy they are curled, or folded up; similar if you bend your arm and get a bit of a sunburn, as you open your arm up it looks as if you have a stripe. Well this is what happens to the baby, they are folded up and when they are born, they have these light stripes, called fetal folds. As the baby gets lighter they actually become the same color as those stripes. This little one is right beside the mother’s dorsal fin in the “slip stream”.  This helps direct the baby, keeping it safe from any obstacles as well as it is energy saving. Consider if you are driving a car and drafting a larger truck, it is the same thing, you sort of get pulled right along. It usually takes 3-4 weeks before the calf becomes pretty independent and is swimming farther away from momma on its own, but it quickly gets back into this position at any time for both safety and comfort. The baby will be only nursing for many months, usually for 5-20 seconds a couple times an hour, around the clock.  At around 6 months they usually begin eating a bit of fish here and there, but will keep nursing for several years. When the female is once again pregnant and far along in the pregnancy, she will begin to break away from her calf (now several years old), in preparation for the new one coming. Well, there you have a few fun facts, hope you like it!

 

Lots to do, have a great day!

Barry

Jun 3, 14     Comments Off on Bottlenose Dolphin Photos, SCCN, Baby Dolphins

Good morning friends, I had a dolphin photo on the front page of one of our local Curacao newspapers this weekend and figured it would work for the photo of the day. As most of you already know we live on a “Dutch” island thus everything is written in either Dutch or the local language of Papiamentu. The headline for this article reads; “Tuimelaardolfijnen met baby gespot” which translated means; “Bottlenose dolphin spotted with baby”. The article is about wild dolphins that are frequently spotted swimming around the island and an organization called SCCN that is currently trying to document these animals by photographing their dorsal fins.

SCCN is on a mission to promote knowledge, research, and protection of all Cetaceans like whales and dolphins worldwide; with an emphasis on the populations and habitats of the Southern Caribbean. http://sccn-curacao.org/

You may ask . . . What is a Cetacean? Cetacean is the name used to classify the scientific order of all whales and dolphins. The origin of the term is from the Greek word cetus meaning large sea animal.

Cetaceans actually have quite a lot in common with us. In fact we occupy many of the same scientific classifications. We are both members of the Animal Kingdom . . . the Vertebrate Phylum . . . and the Mammal Class.

The next level of classification is Order . . . and that’s where we part company. We humans are of the Primate Order, not Cetacean.

Despite the separation, humans and cetaceans interact in similar ways with the environment. We both live long lives, we both are on top of the food chain, and we both accumulate pollutants in our bodies  often directly from the foods we eat.

Humans and Cetaceans swim in the same waters, breathe the same air, and are vulnerable to many of the same toxins and disease-causing organisms. This is why people often refer to whales and dolphins as sentinel species.

By definition, a sentinel species is one which, through its numbers or general health, can provide advanced warning of environmental dangers. Thus a decline in populations or overall fitness of whales and dolphins sends a dire warning to humans.

Much of the human population on Earth inhabits coastal areas. Of course, while people can choose to limit their exposure to the ocean or seafood . . . cetaceans have no choice in the matter. They are exposed to our pollutants continuously throughout their life.

We have already witnessed large-scale die-offs of marine mammals repeatedly around the world. Many such incidents have been found to be directly related to human activities. This, of course, leads to some difficult questions.

Is it wise to adopt a wait and see attitude  hoping the situation in our seas improves? Will it take the loss of a few cetacean species to prompt more attention and effort on our part? If we fail to protect them . . . can we truly expect to protect ourselves?

My wife Aimee is involved in this organization and is one of the main people to contact if wild dolphins are spotted around Curacao. Once they get word dolphins are spotted they head out on a small boat with a photographer and try to take as many photos as possible of their dorsal fins as they surface for air. She will then compare these dorsal fins with other photos from Curacao and surrounding islands hoping to figure out a little more on where these animals go and how far they travel. The reason for photographing the dorsal fins is every one is different thus easy to identify them wherever they are spotted.

Have a wonderful day!!

Barry

May 20, 14     Comments Off on Free-diving, Freediving with Bottlenose Dolphins

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