Nin­ga­loo Reef fea­tured

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

The Nin­ga­loo Reef will fea­ture at this year’s Aus­tralian Book In­dus­try Academy Awards with Ex­mouth reg­u­lar Leith Holtz­man’s book re­ceiv­ing a nom­i­na­tion.

Nin­ga­loo: Re­flec­tions on the Reef is an in­ter­ac­tive book filled with anec­dotes, images and in­for­ma­tion about whale sharks and their as­so­ci­ated in­dus­try.

Mr Holtz­man has been spend­ing his sum­mers swim­ming with whale sharks along the Nin­ga­loo for more than a decade.

He de­scribed the book as unique, as it is the first in­for­ma­tive adult book to be writ­ten about the Nin­ga­loo in more than 20 years.

Read­ers can scan QR codes in the pages with their phones and watch video footage taken by Mr Holtz­man dur­ing his time swim­ming with the largest fish in the world.

“(It has) about 20 videos that go with the book at roughly three min­utes each so it’s al­most an hour’s worth of footage,” he said.

“I also did a lot of re­search (to pro­vide) the fac­tual part of it but then I was able to add my sto­ries and the things I’ve seen in these 10 years to give it that first­hand ac­count that makes it a lit­tle bit more in­ter­est­ing.”

Nom­i­na­tions will be short­listed by a panel of in­dus­try ex­perts and win­ners will be an­nounced at a cer­e­mony in Syd­ney on May 19.

Pic­ture: In­dian Ocean Im­agery

Leith Holtz­man based his book on ex­pe­ri­ences in the Nin­ga­loo over the past decade.

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