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I am Jens Kuhfs, and I would like to welcome you to my website. The emphasis of the site is on underwater photography, with the occasional excursion into other topics.

 


Azores - Portugal

The marine environment from my point of view

The great oceans have influenced human behaviour since its very beginning. The marine environment is home to a multitude of different species. They are part of a food cycle on which a large part of the people and wildlife on the planet depend.

Animals and plants living in the oceans have developed their own responces to outside influences such as pressure, temperature and light. Scientists too are fascinated by the unique lifeforms they find there, and are working to understand them. But we still know more about outer space than we do about the complex interconnections of the underwater world.

We should be particularly interested in the sea mammals such as whales (see eg. the Whale-Watching-Web) and dolphins (see www.wdcs.org). Sharks (see eg. nationalgeographic.com) -- perfect hunters -- have even more difficulty being understood by humans. Their looks alone spread fear and horror, especially the shape of their head (see www.kaphoto.com). Sadly, people will never truly respect and understand these perfectly-adapted animals. The media-fuelled clichés about sharks only quicken the downfall of these unique creatures. Who doesn't know the helpful "Flipper" (roadsideamerica.com), the evil sperm whale (pic.) Moby Dick (www.filmtext.com), or the fearsome "Jaws" (nationalgeographic.com), who attacks innocent swimmers.

We humans penetrate ever deeper into the habitats of wild animals, making conflict inevitable. These conflicts are usually resolved only by extermination and domination. Societies which have understand how humans and nature can co-exist are few and far-between.

 


Myanmar - Burma


Lofoten - Norway


Lofoten - Norway


Azores - Portugal

Understanding with a camera

My most successful attempt so far at portraying this unique underwater world on film has been in the Azores. The pictures show curious sperm whales. Right after meeting me, they dived down perhaps 500m. I was particularly happy to have been able to photograph some Risso's dolphins with their young. Risso's dolphins are not particularly rare in the Azores, but they react very shyly to being approached above or below water. On the last day of this visit to the Azores, my last chance to take pictures, I set off underwater as usual to look for Risso's dolphins. What was special on this morning was that the two Risso's dolphins were not shy at all, and even came to have a look at me. I was so delighted that I almost forgot press the shutter.

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