Migration Media are a professional filming, photography and video production business specialising in underwater photography and cinematography based in Coral Bay and Exmouth on the the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia and produce stunning Ningaloo prints of underwater seascapes and marine life. With a combined 20 years diving experience and countless hours spent underwater photographing and filming, Ed Cardwell and Hayley Versace are passionate about the underwater world and have a developed a true understanding of marine life enabling them capture natural animal behaviour. Striving to showcase their work with an exciting and informative perspective, their aim is to help to inspire, educate, protect and conserve our natural world and all living within it.
Stories Behind the Ningaloo Prints @ No. 6 Marlin –
With astonishing views over the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef. the goal at 6 Marlin Court was to reproduce the reef within the house whilst giving the feeling of being immersed underwater by some of the iconic marine life that make this Marine Park famous.
Humpback Whales migrate up the Ningaloo Coast from June until October each year, heading for their mating and birthing grounds north of Coral between the Gulf of Exmouth and Broome. All kinds of exciting behaviour can be observed by these playful and inteligent marine mammals such as breaching, pectoral fin slapping and spy hopping. Capturing a moment like this is never easy but with the correct camera settings, patience, and a lot of luck, we managed to capture this juvenile Humpback Whale outside North Passage whilst breaching completely out of the water.
Ningaloo Marine Park provides food in huge abundance demonstrated perfectly by this huge baitball of fish. Viewed from the balcony and living room of 6 Marlin Court, Asho’s Gap is a small passage in a large section of dense hard coral allowing access to many great wonders of Ningaloo Reef. In this very passage, these baitfish find refuge from larger predators and can be seen here swarming, behaviour that creates the illusion of size by these tiny fish.
The two distinct zones between the inner and outer reef of Ningaloo are strictly contrasting with the inside lagoon waters made up mostly of beautiful hard coral structures relying on a good supply of sunlight for photosyntheis and the outside reef boasting brightly coloured soft corals and sea fans. Nutrient rich upwellings and strong ocean currents produce abundant food sources for these soft corals who do not rely on sunlight but plankton and other organic matter.Ningaloo Marine Park provides food in huge abundance demonstrated perfectly by this huge baitball of fish. Viewed from the balcony and living room of 6 Marlin Court, Asho’s Gap is a small passage in a large section of dense hard coral allowing access to many great wonders of Ningaloo Reef. In this very passage, these baitfish find refuge from larger predators and can be seen here swarming, behaviour that creates the illusion of size by these tiny fish.
Coral Bay on the Ningaloo Reef has become world renowned for it year round population of coastal Manta Rays. Each individual Manta can be identified by unique spot patterns on the underside of their bodies with now 750 different rays identified within the Bateman’s Bay and Coral Bay area. This Manta Ray is named Isobel and is one of Coral Bay’s famous breeding females. Mantas only have one pup every 2 to 3 years making these very inteligent and social rays vulnerable to extinction. They have the largest brain to body ratio of all marine fish and are extremely interactive often coming right up to divers and snorkelers. This photograph was taken at Maud Point where coral bombies house many cleaner wrasse who clean these huge rays of dead skin and parasites. This particular day boasted incredible underwater visibility and Isobel came right up to me as I dived down. A once in a lifetime experience.
This fully grown adult female Loggerhead Turtle is another well known Coral Bay local grazing the large sandy areas within Batemans’s Bay. Assured and confident, this beautiful turtle scours the large sandy areas within Bateman’s Bay looking for crustaceans and molluscs, crushing them with her powerful jaws. Photographing turtle’s requires patience as they need time to become comfortable with any passer by’s. We spent half an hour with this lovely loggerhead before being able to dive down so close to her face. Once she became comfortable with our presence, we continued to dive with her for another hour as she continued to search for the abundant supplies of food that the Ningaloo Marine Park has to offer.
Ningaloo has become world famous for the annual migration of the ocean’s largest fish, the filter feeding whale shark. Arriving in March and April each year and staying until June, Ningaloo is one of the best and most consistent places in the world to swim with these gentle giants reaching up to 15m long. This particular whale shark was a curious juvenile male who was investigating a string of bubbles created by the whale shark tour boat we were diving from. He obviously enjoyed the feeling of the bubbles on his face and belly as he swam through them.
There are many locations where you can swim with Green Sea Turtles but with Ningaloo Marine Park being a key nesting ground for the turtles of the Indian Ocean, juvenile Green Turtles are everywhere. This beautiful turtle was found in the shallows where beautiful plate corals cover large areas. With clear water and great sunlight, we were able to capture brilliant colours on both the turtle and the stunning hard coral garden.