Nelson-Tasman: Evening Talk about Muck Diving

In tropical waters it is coral reefs that generally attract much of the attention of the underwater photographer - however in recent years there has been growing interest in a new area, that of tropical water 'muck' diving.   The latter gets its name from the sediment that lies at the bottom of many dive sites - a frequently muddy or "mucky" environment.   The term was first used to describe diving off the beaches made up of black sand in Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea - the "muck" substrate can be the habitat for unusual, exotic and juvenile organisms that make their homes in the sediment that compose a muck dive.   The environment of a typical muck dive has a very different ecology to the more well known tropical reef habitat.   In this talk Dr Andy Hamilton will present a colourful selection of photos and short films detailing the fascinating, bizarre and often outrageous inhabitants of muck dive sites in Bali and North Sulawesi in Indonesia.