Old Persean makes a splash with insight into marine photography

Underwater photographer Dr Paul Naylor (1979) took students on a deep dive into his subject during a special Perse Biology Society talk.

The renowned marine biologist and Old Persean gave students a fascinating guided tour of the coast of Britain through stunning images and footage of some of the sea life he had snapped in those places over the years.

He explained that his interest in what lies beneath the waves came after seeing shore crabs scuttling around during his first snorkelling experience on the Norfolk coast as a youngster.

Dr Naylor said he aimed to use his photography to highlight the importance of looking after the marine environment and works closely with The Wildlife Trusts and Marine Conservation Society to raise awareness of the issues facing coastal creatures.

Going back to where his passion for the subject began, Dr Naylor, who write and photographed the acclaimed guidebook Great British Marine Animals, showed rare images of crabs moulting from their skeletons on the Norfolk coast.

From outlining the importance of the likes of limpets and wrasses to shore ecology to how sea slugs and mussels defend themselves from predators, he provided an incredible insight into life in the waters around the UK.

However, he told students one of the favourite fishes he had researched was the tompot blenny round Devon and the south coast.

With each of these creatures having unique facial markings, Dr Naylor gave names to those he studied with one particular character inspiring his wife and author Teresa to write the children’s book Benny the Blenny’s Shallow Sea Adventure!

You can see more of Dr Naylor’s underwater imagery by following him on Instagram.


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