Andy Murch is a freelance Photojournalist specializing in sharks
and rays. He is the CEO and Expedition Leader at Big Fish Expedtions and
the driving force behind the Predators in Peril Project.
A Brief History
Having escaped from the UK in the 1980's Andy wandered the planet in
search of adventure. Over a 20 year span
he has traveled through more than 70
countries collecting experiences and images.
In the mid 90's
Andy worked as a Dive Master in the Bay Islands of Honduras which laid the
foundation for later opportunities in the diving world.
In early 2000 he joined SEAmagine
Hydrospace Corporation as a Submersible Pilot. After training in the Kelp
forests of California's Catalina Island, Andy worked as Operations Manager with
Cayman Submariners and later as a Pilot Instructor for SEAmagine in various
locations around the globe.
His love affair with
sharks and rays started shortly after he learned to dive. The more species
he encountered on his travels, the more he wanted to document them in
pictures for others to see. As he learned of new obscure elasmobranch
species, Andy became frustrated with the
vague information available for locating and diving with them. In 2002 he
created Elasmodiver.com to share the information that he had personally gathered.
Elasmodiver eventually grew into a widely respected resource about all
aspects of sharks and rays. It now contains
a useful Shark
and Ray Field Guide and a
Shark Picture Database
with more than 10,000 images.
In mid 2004 Andy started
writing and shooting for Shark Diver Magazine and soon built a name as an
accomplished big animal photographer in the mainstream scuba
press. His shark photographs have appeared in
most widely read scuba diving magazines around the world as well as hundreds of books and a huge variety of other publications ranging from the journal Zoology to
the New York Times.
His images are frequently used by many multi-media organizations
including Discovery Channel and National Geographic.
Mission: The Predators in Peril Project
Recognizing the need to
publicize the fragile position of many lesser known sharks, Andy now spends his
free time tracking down endangered sharks that have not yet been photographed. With around 300
species of sharks yet to be recorded in the wild, he is entrenched in a daunting mission
which often involves costly expeditions to look for elusive species. Some of the
conservation organizations that have utilized Andy's unique images include: WWF,
IUCN, Shark Alliance, Ocean Conservancy, Shark Trust, Smithsonian, Pew Institute and many other NGOs and
When not pursuing critically endangered sharks and rays, Andy lives and
dives with his girlfriend Laura on Vancouver Island, Canada.