Cooperative of Photography



Photo: Galice_Hoarau

Galice Hoarau was raised in France. At the time, he had relatives living on the island of Reunion. His curiosity started regarding the sea and all of the creatures that made it up. At fifteen years old, Galice started to dive, and by 18, he was an instructor. As a diver, Galice has divided his time between Reunion, Martinique, Guadeloupe, New Caledonia, and French Polynesia.

Later down the road, Galice went to school for Evolutionary biology, focusing on the deep sea. The first time Galice made any money, he spent it on a drysuit and underwater camera. That camera was an Olympus E-M1 II. Ever since then, Galice only dives when he photographs. Currently, Galice is a professor in Molecular Ecology at Nord University, in Norway. He utilizes his photography to “raise awareness on marine biodiversity.”

The series “Blackwater” focuses on his deep-sea diving at night. He states, “Peering through the darkness with your torch can be a little stressful the first time, but it gets quickly fascinating. Indeed, what makes BW dives so magical is the abundance of rarely seen planktonic creatures as we witness one of the largest daily migrations of animals on Earth. This so-called diel vertical migration is mainly triggered by the day-night cycle.”

Dive deep with Galice Hoarau…

Periphylla periphylla. Lurefjorden, Norway

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Larval wunderpuss, Lembeh, Indonesia

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Diamond squid, Siladen, Indonesia

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Lobster larvae riding a jellyfish, Siladen, Indonesia

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Ctenophore, Bodø, Norway

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Ctenophore, Bodø, Norway

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Written by Rowynn Dumont

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