About this Blog

Welcome! You’ve reached the blog of Peter Fuller.

I’m an avid photographer from Geelong, Victoria and i thought i’d create a blog to share my underwater photos.

Wildlife is my main passion and i’ve spent many years photographing the birdlife of Australia.

My current focus is underwater photography, and i occassionaly do a bit of topside photography as well.

Please check out my bird photography at my personal website address:

http://www.peterfuller.com.au

Some of my underwater photography on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/telephema

Or some topside photography at Redbubble:

http://www.redbubble.com/people/peterfuller

I’d love to hear any feedback, so dont hesitate to leave comments or contact me!

telephema@gmail.com

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10 Responses

  1. Congrats on your Open Water certification!

  2. Thanks Dan! Its been a long time coming!

  3. lachlanmillerMarch 2, 2010 @ 13:03

    G’day, I have been following your blog, and checking it a couple of times a week, glad to see your updating it!

    Fantastic shots, im also from down geelong way, and visit st leonards pier and cottage a fair bit to dive, so its great to hear someone elses experiences on my local haunts.

  4. Jasmin GrothausMay 16, 2010 @ 09:34

    Hi there, I came across your site as I am interested in what kind of marine life there is in the bay.Your photography is awesome!I am actually a reef aquarium enthusiast with a 300l tank and was wondering if you would be interested in collecting some life for me for a fee.I know this is a rather unusual request and I would collect myself if only I was a diver.I’m not interested in exploiting the beautiful scenery or endangering fish and inverts,I share an appreciation for marine life like yourself.I was after 2 bright gorgonians,some kelp and some long seagrass for a seahorse set up that I am planning in the near future.The seahorses would come from the shop though as collecting is illegal.I have checked with the fishing industry if it is legal to take marine plants and coral from the bay and they answered that it is as long as one sticks to fishing limitations and not take from marine national parks.
    I live in Narre warren but could travel for a pick up.Please let me know what you think,thanks,jasmin

  5. Hi Jasmin,

    I appreciate your enthusiasm but i would never remove any marine species from the ocean, especially a creature as stunning and vunerable as gorgonians. I have it on good authority that gorgonians are illegal to take anyway, being classified as corals, and requiring special permits for collection. Apparently they wouldn’t last very long in an aquarium setup and when they die affect the water chemistry.(Even melbourne aquarium apparently use plastic specimens). Kelp and Seagrass may be able to be taken (you’ll have to find out more about this), but it would have to be taken outside the intertidal zone (which is 2 metres beyond low tide level). Removal or all marine life from the intertidal zone is illegal along the whole victorian coastline (inc port phillip bay).

    I think you really should become a scuba diver yourself to appreciate the vunerablity of our marine environment, and especially Port Phillip Bay. Because we know little about the oceans, we consider it an endless bounty of richness and diversity, but in truth there is limited habitat and restricted environmental conditions for some species that make them susceptable to human impacts.

    This is especially true for port phillip bay which is nearly encircled by residential development now, so even with the tightening of commercial fishing restrictions and marine park implementation, i think our bay is still endangered by the general public and amatuer enthustiasts whose numbers are always on the increase. If you add together the number of amatuer fisherman, spearfishers, shellfish collectors, scuba divers, snorkellers, boat users, jet ski’ers, swimmers, surfers, etc, that use port phillip bay and consider the unregulated impact of their actions, then its very significant. So i believe that as individuals we need to be conscientious of our actions and limit our personal impact.

    As a scuba diver, if i removed a gorgonian for personal enjoyment in an aquarium, i would be affecting the enjoyment of every diver that dived the same site. So i doubt you will find a scuba diver that will be willing to collect specimens for you, since as a community it is becoming increasingly more conservationaly aware. I hope you reconsider your need to collect these specimens and consider taking up scuba diving to appreciate marine ecosystems in their natural forms.

    Regards,

    Peter

  6. scott BlackMay 18, 2010 @ 19:58

    Also, in regards to keeping kelp, its very dificult to look after also, to the point sydney aquarium that needs it to keep there sea dragons happy and alive has ended up collecting fresh kelp every few days as they cant work out how to keep it alive.

    yet the sea grasses you have have better luck with

  7. Hi Peter,

    I am currently finishing my mapping project for my PADI divemaster course and have been mapping St Leonards Pier. I was wondering if I could use some of your photos to put on my poster as everytime I have dived the pier the vis has been terrible. I definiately acknowledge them as you photos (They are so good no one would ever believe I took them haha). I would be so grateful if you let me. Thanks :)

    Fiona

  8. I’ll send you an email Fiona.

  9. Dianne BrayMarch 5, 2011 @ 22:51

    Hi Peter,

    Just came across your fantastic website.

    The leatherjacket photographed at Beach 10B is the toothbrush Leatherjacket, Acanthaluteres vittiger. They’re known from central NSW to southwestern WA. Only the males have the large patch of bristles on the side of the body.

    The pink fish photographed at Blairgowrie Pier are female Barber Perch, Caesioperca rasor. Males are yellowish with a blue spot on each scale and a black blotch on the side.

    Along with other fish people working in museums, I am developing a website on Australian fishes and would locve to have the opprotunity to talk to you about it.
    Regards,
    Dianne

  10. Thanks for the ID’s Diane. I’ll update my pages.

    Feel free to contact me anytime on telephema@gmail.com

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