Ever wondered what marine life we have in Dublin Bay? While many can enjoy the wildlife in the Dublin Bay area only a few have experienced the life underwater. Dublin Bay Biosphere Partnership and Diving Ireland want to raise awareness of our marine life and ran an underwater photography competition to encourage photographers to share stunning Dublin Bay Biosphere Underwater images.
Images varied from commonly recognised species such as lobster, seal and jellyfish to the more unusual dahlia anemones, nudibranchs and skeleton shrimp.
Speaking about the competition, Leslie Moore, Chairman of the Dublin Bay Biosphere Partnership said “We’re delighted to be working with Diving Ireland to promote awareness of the marine environment and its biodiversity. We were very impressed with all the entrants and the very high standards that the underwater photographers have produced of the diverse range of life exhibited in the UNESCO Dublin Bay Biosphere. This is especially remarkable in the current climate when getting out to explore the underwater environment of the biosphere and capturing these remarkable images has been very difficult”
Ray Yeates, Honorary President of Diving Ireland said “Diving Ireland are delighted to be associated with a project of this nature which showcases the amazing and diverse life off Dublin’s coast. We will continue to work with the Dublin Bay Biosphere Partnership to raise awareness of this unique area and to protect it for future generations.”
The winning photographs and entries will be exhibited in numerous locations around the Dublin Bay Biosphere throughout the coming year. See Dublin Bay Biosphere Facebook and Twitter profiles for updates and venues at:
Pic Credit: Sunlit Moon Jellyfish by Nigel Motyer