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BSoUP Meeting - March 2006

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The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday 15th March 2006 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at The Holland Club, Imperial College, London SW7 5BD.

THEME PORTFOLIO COMPETITION

The Theme Portfolio Competition is open to members only. This is the first portfolio competition to be projected 100% digitally. If you have any questions or problems, or to submit your entries please email competitions@bsoup.org or contact one of the committee. See rules, contact details and guidance notes on this website.

All portfolios will be judged by the audience present at the meeting and the winner will receive the BSoUP Theme Portfolio Trophy and a cheque for £100 donated by Ultimate Sports.

AN EVENING WITH HELMUT DEBELIUS

Hands up anyone who has not got 'a Debelius' on their bookshelf? Then you surely must at least have referenced one on some dive trip or other. We are thrilled to welcome Helmut to our meeting this month. He will be describing the creation of his massive new book, 'World Atlas of Marine Fishes' which he co-wrote with Rudie H. Kuiter. This is a world record breaking tome with a staggering 6,200 photographs covering 4,200 fish species and weighing in at 3kg.


World Atlas of Marine Fishes by Helmut Debelius & Rudi Kuiter

Helmut Debelius. Photo: Thomas Mauz
Helmut Debelius

Born in Frankenberg, Germany, Helmut discovered the ocean when he was 16 and after trying scuba in the Canaries at 25 there was no looking back. He has several species of fish and crustaceans named after him, for example Lysmeta debelius, the scarlet cleaner shrimp which he discovered in a cave in the Philippines. From the mid-90's he has been producing his own familiar Ikan Marine Guides, publishing 13 volumes in the last 11 years.

In total, over the last 20 years he has written 21 marine books (www.oceans.com.au/oe-ikan.html). His guides are created for divers and snorkellers who wish to both identify the creatures in their watery universe, and recognise their environment and behaviour.

This promises to be a fascinating evening spent with one of the world's foremost marine naturalists, identifiers and photographers - Helmut Debelius.

Gill McDonald


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