Majestic expoloration of the sea and land 2017….Jean-Yves Bignoux…photos Nikon D300,Canon 7D and Ikelite underwater housing.(En Francais)-Exploration majestueuse de la mer et des terres 2017 …. Jean-Yves Bignoux … photos Nikon D300, Boîtier sous-marin Canon 7D et Ikelite.

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Shipwrecks Mauritius,Epave Ile Maurce,Republic of Mauritius

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The many fundamental facets the oceanic world via Oceanography,Marine Biology ,Underwater Photography and the art and science of Scuba diving.

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We as humans live on an ocean planet ,with how i might term “glimpses of terrain”,land itself encompasses approximately 29 percent of the earths surface,with the remaining 71 percent constituting that of the seas and oceans.

The seas and oceans do contribute in part to the sustenance to life on the planet .The ocean planet we live upon is indeed a vast and practically speaking expansive realm of nature ,it is in fact the home of a voluminous amount of life ,rich in complexity and that of variety that marine habitats boost much the same biodiversity when compared to the worlds rainforests as a reference point .

This sheer amount of marine biodiversity is rivaled by the biological ,geological and natural environmental showcase the ocean has offered of billions of years ,in time scales the oceans of the globe have been in constant and evolving existence for around 3.8 billion years ,it has been theorized that life on planet earth began in our oceans.

Having said that the observation and study of our oceans via either research and scientific study teaches us about life on earth as it was and as it is up to present day notwithstanding sea life itself.

Fundamentally the seas and oceans has up to this day provided and an abundance of medicines ,foodstuffs,recreational activities and of course human life ,while sheltering all the known marine species cataloged up to present day.

Another fundamental yet obvious conclusion one can ponder upon is that in many many parts of the world most of the tourism,hospitality and travel industry is supported by many sea and ocean going activities,which by current estimates contribute to both national and globalized economies to the tune of approximately 19 trillion US Dollars per year and that figure has been rising in the past 10 years.

The ocean planet as it stands contribute in part to the sustenance of life on our planet.For instance the natural barometer and regulation of planet earth climate is due part to the oceans effect on weather ,while certain marine life either directly or indirectly help partly maintain the climate.

Marine species of many shapes and sizes also have an intrinsic value to many cultures around the planet ,which through both historical and marine archeological records and reports have pointed out over the last 300 years and beyond .These lasting associations and bonds with the oceans exited before many nations,political boundaries and sciences evolved .

Nations worldwide and by default humankind have used the oceans for trade,recreation and transportation for centuries. Food sources emanating from the ocean are by far are one of the largest food sources globally .

The oceans themselves from both a marine biological and oceanographic point of view could be regarded as a culmination of vastly interconnected ecosystems that form the largest single living organism in the world,in fact the oceans contain the most living species on this planet of any habit know thus far,and there is still much to learn

In terms of global population ,around 54 percent of the planets people,live ,work and play in coastal areas and near coastal areas .

The true and pure aspect of water ,being in which the oceans are entrenched in ,gives a possibility of endearment when we consider both the nostalgic and philosophical aspects of water on our planet ,which have been pointed out over centuries by philosophers ,scientists and writers .

The oceans were born our of water ,a simple H2O represents this phenomenal chemical bonding aspect ,two parts hydrogen ,one part oxygen ,this in its self is special and even curious when we look at this chemistry .

Furthermore this bond is unique ,properties of this type are mathematically curious let alone from a chemical point of view ,yet water is stable .

Again life on planet earth and the critical aspect that water gives life on our planet ,as Italian scientist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci famously quoted ,that water is the driving force of all nature is genuinely fact based and true .

Our water world has inspired many from centuries ago to present day to romanticize,study,research and reflect on our oceans philosophically,technically and scientifically ,amongst many many other things .

My name is Jean-Yves Bignoux and I will be introducing the oceanic world from a professional rated scuba divers perspective, a marine science journalist and marine conservationist point of view.

However bare in mind and heart that i am not a scientist,i am one that looks and studies Oceanography and Marine Biology   and researches the marine science findings ,after many years of reading and reseraching these two topics and experiencing the underwater world as a proffesionally rated  Scuba diver ,seeking to understand the ocean world is a lifetime pursuit.

On this website I will endeavor to to use and explain the fundamental scientific principles and process of our oceans that you may or not be accustomed to,i will attempt and endeavor to explain in detail about or oceans and seas and life in it and our human interactions with it in a simplified manner where practically possible.

Of course the physical sciences such a Marine Biology and Oceanography and its theories and fundamentals will be used to explain the physical,geological and chemical principles of our blue planet ocean.

However bear in mind that marine science let alone science cannot explain every single thing in the oceans ,there is sill a lot to learn considering the size and scope of our oceanic world ,while conclusions from findings are not always conclusive as well .

Nevertheless explaining what is know thus far from our physical understanding of our oceans and the world for that matter is where we can start from ,sticking to scientific facts and findings .

I will use my experience and observations as a professional scuba diver for over 14 years ,with the backbone of the fundamental science of marine biology and oceanography to explain in better detail about the oceans and marine life .

On this website I will explain mainly the fundamental Oceanographic principles and Marine Biology principles so we learn from the basics to the advanced about our oceans and seas .

For example from an Oceanography I will write about and explain about the ocean floors and oceanic plate tectonics,marine sediments to tides and oceanic circulation and many more topics related specifically to Oceanography .

Within Marine Biology I will explain and write about the chemical and physical attributes of seawater ,fundamental biology to estuaries and coral reef ecosystems ,again many more topics with marine biology will be covered,

Moreover I will cover the hundreds of marine species I have photographed and talk about those marine species one by one .From time to time I will also write about the science of scuba diving itself .

I will input what I have learned from the oceans and seas to add context to marine science knowledge while using my underwater photography as a way point as well on certain marine species there habitats and there range and where they may be found .

Within my research and writing on marine life, Oceanography ,Marine Biology ,Underwater Photography and Scuba Diving I will put a main emphasis and focus on Mauritius also known as the Republic of Mauritius officially.

I will also highlight many things from around the world in marine sciences and marine life,as the oceans really don’t have borders,remember it is one ocean ,not a division of them in isolation.

493304202700After many years of researching marine life,oceanographic and marine biology papers and many many books I own ,my research continues in knowledge of our oceans .Being a scuba diver helps immensely ,such as with my underwater photography showing the images of the very things i intend to write about .

The sea anemone Mauritius….its scientific classification being Actinicria,over 1000 species exist globally.Photos and written by Jean-Yves Bignoux. (En Francais)L’anémone de mer l’Ile Maurice….sa classification scientifique d’être Actinicria,plus de 1000 espèces existent dans le monde.Les photos et écrit par Jean-Yves Bignoux.


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The sea anemone….its scientific classification being Actinicria…They dance in the currents ..While providing a symbiotic relationship with the well known Clownish,  the Sea Anemone are indeed a close relative to corals,with this image been taking at a dive site in Grand Baie ,northern Mauritius.

Algae does form a special relationship as well with the sea Anemone ,in an exchange of  of sugars and oxygen that is inbedded in particualy green alage that is given to sea anemone,algae recieves photosynthesis of sunlight  and protection from would be predators .


Also known as Actiniaria,they are classified under the phylum Cnidaria

It is currently known to be over 1000 species of sea anemone in our planet ,and there may be many more species to be discovered ,given what we know of the breadth and depth oceans and is undiscovered species.

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l’anémone de mer….sa classification scientifique d’être Actinicria…ils dansent dans les courants ..Tout en assurant une relation de symbiose avec le bien connu, clownesques l’anémone de mer sont en effet un proche parent pour les coraux, avec cette image, pris à un site de plongée à Grand Baie, le nord de l’île Maurice.

Les algues ne forment une relation spéciale avec l’anémone de mer ,dans un échange de de sucres et d’oxygène qui est dans inbedded particualy alage vert qui est donné à l’anémone de mer Algues,reçoit la photosynthèse de la lumière solaire et la protection contre les prédateurs serait .

Aussi connu comme Actiniaria,ils sont classés dans l’embranchement des Cnidaires

Il est actuellement connu pour être plus de 1000 espèces d’anémone de mer de notre planète ,et il y a peut-être beaucoup plus d’espèces à découvrir, compte tenu de ce que nous savons de l’ampleur et la profondeur des océans et des espèces non découvertes est.



Marine Biology :The relation to scuba diving ,underwater photography the oceans,seas,marine biology and oceanography.

From a technical, scientific view and photographic view i love the oceans ,the study of it and seeing it and being in it ,water ,oceans and seas are just an incredible subject in our natural world to study.

(En Francais) D’un point de vue scientifique, technique et photographique voir j’aime les océans, l’étude de l’il et le voir et être dans la mer, d’eau et des océans et des mers sont juste un incroyable objet dans notre monde naturel, à l’étude.

37275167770040123299270010151292001067701dsc_0623dsc_0641The scientific field Marine Biology explains many of the worlds marine organisms and its interactions with other marine organisms and biological process going on in our ocean.

Typically the ocean and seas have  from a  scientific stand point have been studied my marine biologists  for centuries.The actual field of marine biology deals with the study and observation of marine organisms and the ocean itself ,it is however a branch of biology  .It does have to do with and is closely related to Oceanography ,sometimes both these scientific disciplines overlapping in due part to there constant relation to the study,observation and research of marine process and organisms .

However marine biology is by rights its own branch of marine science ,even though it is applied to the ocean and seas of our world .Broadly speaking marine biologists study primarily organisms in the sea .I do have to note that there is a sub branch of Oceanography that does deal with the overall  life cycle in the oceans and seas ,and that is Biological oceanography.

The oceans and seas have been very well part of my life as long as i can remember so my interest stems mainly in the explanation of the physical world and in this case the marine organisms that live with in it

In order to understand something we must form a rational and logical study ,yes this is an old adage ,certainly from a scientific world view this is true,marine biology is a branch of science .

The study of  marine plants and   marine  organisms  and how they interact  with each other  is a constant feature in marine biology with other notable aspects such as how marine organisms developed over time ,while constant monitoring is done on such organisms such as reefs and fish species to name a few .

As a scuba diver  Scuba Diving Instructor and Underwater Photographer  and a avid marine conservationist  for the last 15  years i have gathered around 40 books on the oceans and seas ,primarily on Marine Biology and Oceanography ,within that list of books i could break down those books on these marine science disciplines to Biological Oceanography  and more holistic in approach books on Environmental science .


So my interest is vast but is mainly focused on oceans and seas,i will cover the  scientific discipline of Oceanography  in the next post .Cheers

Photos and written by Jean-Yves Bignoux.

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Le domaine scientifique de la Biologie Marine explique bon nombre des organismes marins et ses interactions avec d’autres organismes marins et processus biologiques passe dans notre océan.

En général, l’océan et mers ont d’un point de vue scientifique ont été étudiés par des biologistes marins pendant des siècles.Le domaine de la biologie marine traite de l’étude et l’observation d’organismes marins et l’océan lui-même ,il est cependant une branche de la biologie .Il n’a à voir avec et est étroitement liée à l’océanographie ,parfois, ces deux disciplines scientifiques en raison de chevauchements dans le cadre d’il y a relation constante à l’étude de l’observation et de la recherche, processus et les organismes marins .

Cependant la biologie marine est sa propre direction générale des sciences de la mer, même s’il est appliqué à l’océan et les mers de notre monde .d’une manière générale les biologistes marins principalement l’étude des organismes dans la mer .Je dois noter qu’il y a un sous branche de l’océanographie qui traite de l’ensemble du cycle de vie dans les océans et les mers, et c’est l’océanographie biologique.

Les océans et les mers ont été très bien partie de ma vie aussi loin que je me rappelle tellement mon intérêt provient principalement dans l’explication du monde physique et dans ce cas, des organismes marins qui vivent avec elle dans

dans le but de comprendre quelque chose que nous devons former une étude rationnelle et logique ,oui c’est un vieil adage ,certes, d’une vision du monde scientifique c’est vrai,la biologie marine est une branche de la science .

L’étude de plantes et d’organismes marins et comment ils interagissent les uns avec les autres est une constante en biologie marine avec d’autres aspects importants tels que la façon dont les organismes marins mis au point au fil du temps, tandis que la surveillance constante est effectuée sur ces micro-organismes tels que les récifs coralliens et les espèces de poissons pour n’en nommer que quelques-uns .

En tant que moniteur de plongée scuba diver et photographe sous-marin et un protecteur de l’environnement marin passionné depuis 15 ans, j’ai réunis autour de 40 livres sur les océans et mers ,principalement sur la Biologie Marine et de l’océanographie, à l’intérieur de cette liste de livres j’ai pu briser ces livres sur ces disciplines des sciences marines de l’océanographie biologique et dans l’approche plus globale des livres sur la science de l’environnement .


Donc, mon intérêt est vaste mais se concentre principalement sur les océans et les mers,je vais couvrir la discipline scientifique de l’océanographie dans le prochain post .Merci

Photos et écrit par Jean-Yves Bignoux.




Marine biological, marine ecological footprints and marine biodiversity …Marine Science Journalism ,the observation,reporting and research in underwater Mauritius and worlwide-Republique de Maurice . photos and written by Jean-Yves Bignoux

Marine science journalism and the observation and research into our ocean and seas ,indeed a vast and expansive realm and that of a subject of nature to investigate and research Marine biological and  marine ecological footprints in Mauritius and that of worldwide is an important aspect if we are to try to understand the phyical plane of our oceans .Marine conservation, environmental conservation and fact based  marine science news reporting and analysis  are at the heart of fundamental Marine Science Jourmalism ,and what i attempt to convey and communicate to the public .

In terms of marine biodiversity ,Mauritius or  the Republic of Mauritius (in French Republique de Maurice) is  underwater a fascinating part of the oceanic world like many parts of our underwater world globally .With over approximately 1700 marine species of which around 780  consist of fish species with some 700 coral species that have been identified thus far ,the island republic is one destination of contrasts both from a environmental perspective and a natural one,this is underwater Mauritius.


Photos taken with a Canon EOS 7D and Ikelite underwater housing system with twin DS160 Ikelite flash/strobes.

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Le journalisme scientifique marin et l’observation et la recherche dans nos océans et mers, en effet un vaste domaine vaste et celui d’un sujet de la nature pour étudier et rechercher les empreintes écologiques marines biologiques et marines à Maurice et dans le monde entier est un aspect important si nous sommes pour essayer de comprendre le plan phy- sique de nos océans. La conservation marine, la conservation de l’environnement et les reportages et les analyses factuelles sur les sciences marines sont au cœur du journalisme scientifique marin fondamental et de ce que j’essaie de transmettre au public.

En termes de biodiversité marine, Maurice ou la République de Maurice (en français République de Maurice) est sous-marine une partie fascinante du monde océanique comme de nombreuses parties de notre monde sous-marin globalement. Avec plus de 1700 espèces marines dont environ 780 sont des poissons Espèces avec quelque 700 espèces de coraux qui ont été identifiées jusqu’à présent, la république insulaire est une destination de contrastes à la fois d’un point de vue environnemental et naturel, c’est l’île Maurice sous-marine.

Photos prises avec un système de logement sous-marin Canon EOS 7D et Ikelite avec flash / stroboscopes Ikelite DS160.





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