Richard Aspinall

Richard lives in Scotland where he works as a freelance writer and photographer. Richard writes for several magazines on topics as diverse as scuba diving, travel and wildlife.

Recent Blog Posts

Blue-spotted Stingray: clearly not a real fish

Blue-spotted Stingray: clearly not a real fish

If you take a look at most images of rays, you will note two things.  They're pretty flat and they're also a little boring in the color department.  Taeniura lymma seems to have rejected the second category and appears to be proud of its vivid blue polka dots.  Here's...

Why we should all care about seagrass

Why we should all care about seagrass

If you've never taken an interest in seagrass, you're missing out.  I'ts biologically fascinating and perhaps more importantly, really, really useful. I've been fascinated by this stuff since first learning about this distant relative of the lily that manages to make...

More Morays

More Morays

Even though I don't get enormously excited by encounters with Moray Eels, I seem to have an awful lot of images of them, so here's a few more species from around the world.  The fish below (and main image) is the Mediterranean Moray (Muraena helena).  This species is...

Moray Encounters

Moray Encounters

In an earlier post I mentioned that divers have a fascination with morays, seemingly getting very excited what we encounter a particularly large one. Personally, as I stated earlier, I'm not always hugely impressed with morays of the 'look at the size of that beast!"...

Lionfish in UK waters?

Lionfish in UK waters?

I think all readers of this post are aware of the spread of Lionfish through the waters of the Caribbean and the wider Tropical Western Atlantic, but for the first time a lionfish has been caught in waters off the the UK coastline.  As yet though, no one is sure where...

A Few More Tiny Subjects

A Few More Tiny Subjects

In my last few posts I've discussed how I try to photograph a cross-section of the reef life I come across, from vistas of coral in well-lit waters to shoals of whatever night be swimming past.  One of my favorite categories of reef life to snap are the tiny critters...

The fish that think it’s a flatworm

The fish that think it’s a flatworm

It's been a while since I posted this image of one of the most curious little fish I've ever come across.  This is the Banded or Blue-edged Sole (Soleichthys heterorhinos).  It is found across the Eastern Indian Ocean and into the Western Pacific.  I've only ever seen...

Diver Image Fails

Diver Image Fails

I've never set out to deliberately share poor quality images before.  So here goes... In my last two posts I discussed taking images of divers and how the use of torches (dive lights) can add to an image.  In this post I want to talk about how not to do it, with some...

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