Alex Mustard - A New Home
Some might be wondering why I have submitted a photo containing both a person and a shipwreck to NPB. But, of course, it is very important for nature photographers to not just celebrate truly wild places, but to show the many interactions that take place between wildlife and human activities. Often these are negative stories, but the world is also home to people who are fascinated by nature and there are plenty of positive stories too. It is essential for us to document both.
This shipwreck in the Cayman Islands was sunk deliberately as an attraction to divers, carefully cleaned then scuttled to rest on a large sandy patch, without damaging nearby reefs. It acts to reduce diver pressure on the natural reefs and has proved an irresistible attraction to both us bubble-blowers and marine life. I was fortunate to visit the wrecks days after the sinking and this impressive school of horse-eye jacks were already in residence. Now almost three years later, the wreck is covered in life: a whole food chain is thriving there, from tiny invertebrates to an enormous goliath grouper.
Location: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Tags: Alex Mustard, Caranx latus, Cayman Islands, horse-eye jacks, shipwreck, underwater