A geometric moray (Siderea grisea) emerging from a rock crevice at Shark Island, Fujairah, about 15 metres down. Or, as a friend of mine calls it, the lesser-known ‘preparing for plastic surgery eel.’



One of the green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) I looked after while working at a part-time university job. Of all the animals I was responsible for they were probably among my favourites. Only a few had actual names – the others were identified by serial numbers only – but this was the one I called Miles, for no real reason except that the name seemed to fit. No connection to Miles Davis, whom I love, but wasn’t thinking about when I named the turtle.

Taken in August of 2006


Langurs hanging out in some ruins outside the Jain temple complex at Ranakpur, in Rajasthan. It’s a little hard to tell, but the one on the extreme right is juuust about to stick his tongue out at me. Cheeky monkey.

Taken in December of 2009