Not just a
huge collection of
Elasmodiver.com contains images of sharks, skates, rays, and a few
chimaera's from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web
to help divers find the best places to encounter the different
species of sharks and rays that live in shallow water but it has
slowly evolved into a much larger project containing information on
all aspects of shark diving and shark photography.
now more than 10,000 shark pictures and sections on shark
evolution, biology, and conservation. There is a large library of
reviewed shark books, a constantly updated shark taxonomy page, a
monster list of shark links, and deeper in the site there are
numerous articles and stories about shark encounters. Elasmodiver is
now so difficult to check for updates, that new information and
pictures are listed on an Elasmodiver Updates Page that can be
Dusky Shark image copyright Andy Murch all rights reserved.
Dusky Sharks, Scalloped Hammerheads, Silkies, Whale Sharks, Makos, and more. A
blue water encounter specifically for professional photographers and highly
experienced, shark savvy free divers.
Captain Al Walker operates a speed boat which runs snorkellers and divers out to
where the blue water starts. This can be as far as 50 miles off shore. Each
shark encounter has to be planned in advance because specific species are found
at each individual seamount. Pelagics such as whale sharks may be
encountered at any location during their seasonal migrations into the gulf.
Because Venice is a well established tuna
sport fishing destination, Al has access to a daily supply of of enormous tuna
carcasses which the sharks cant resist. His trips are highly unique because of
the species they attract but they are also not for the faint hearted. The sharks
can be very aggressive and no cages or other protection is provided so if you
are interested in chartering Al's boat, be prepared for some very intense and
potentially quite dangerous action.
Al has been documenting each shark
encounter that he has had over the last few decades. This has allowed him to
build a database that can pinpoint exactly where each species will be at any
particular time. His knowledge of sharks along the Louisiana coastline is
Venice is a 1-2 hour
drive south of New Orleans. It is a small sport fishing community with few
amenities. As of the summer of 2006 Venice had just reopened after being
completely flattened by the huge hurricane that devastated New Orleans. By now
accommodation and restaurant choices should be a little better.