Wild Location: Palau

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Richard Barnden has been guiding underwater in Palau for nearly fifteen years. His passion is in unique underwater imagery, specialising in spawning aggregations and black water night diving. He has spent more than ten years researching spawning aggregations and their predictabilities, returning to Palau every six months to continue unravelling more of their formulas.

Over the past decade, I have been fascinated by researching and photographing spawning aggregations in Palau. Since scientists came in the seventies, learning from local fishermen, to today, where a handful of dedicated scuba divers have learnt the exact lunar and tidal timings of these events, using strict data collection and through thousands of dives, there seems to be a strong, underlying fascination for knowledge and understanding of reef fish in Palau....


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