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ANDY MURCH ELASMO GEEK

 

WHAT IS ELASMODIVER?

Not just a huge collection of Shark Pictures: Elasmodiver.com contains images of sharks, skates, rays, and a few chimaera's from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web based shark field guide 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.

There are 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 accessed here:

WHAT'S NEW?

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SHARK DIVING STORIES

Andy Murch is a Photojournalist specializing in sharks and rays. His shark stories and images have appeared in hundreds of magazines and books around the world and have been translated into many languages.

The following selection of stories have already appeared in print. They are available for reprint as shark story packages including many shark images that are not shown with the text. For more information please contact elasmodiver: elasmodiver@gmail.com

Salmon Shark

SALMON SHARK DIVING

Diving with Great Hammerheads in the Bahamas.

Published in Diver Magazine 2014

 

two great hammerheads

HAMMERED ON BIMINI

Diving with Great Hammerheads in the Bahamas.

Published in Diver Magazine 2014

PINTA ROJA

Diving with redspotted catsharks in Chile.

Published in Diver Magazine 2013

FALSE BAY SHARKS

Diving with the amazingly diverse sharks of False Bay, South Africa.

Published in Diver Magazine 2014

Pelagic thresher shark

THRESHER SHARKS OF MAGICAL MALAPSCUA

Diving with Pelagic Thresher Sharks in the Philippines.

Published in Diver Magazine Volume 39, Issue 1

Odontaspis ferox

ISLA MALPELO: SEAMOUNT OF MONSTERS

A lucky encounter with smalltooth sandtiger sharks at Malpelo Island, Colombia.

Published in Diver Magazine Volume 38, Issue 6.

THE DEEP SHARKS OF CAPE ELEUTHERA

Documenting Cuban dogfish, bigeye sixgill sharks and common gulper sharks with Cape Eleuthera Institute

Published in Diver Magazine Volume 37, Number 8.

PARADISE FOUND AT FAKARAVA

Diving with hundreds of Grey Reef Sharks in the sharkiest atoll in French Polynesia

Published in Diver Magazine Volume 37, Number 7.

Spotted ratfish swimming at the camera.

MUCK MONSTERS OF THE BADLANDS

Muck diving with ghost sharks, skates and other strange creatures

Published in Diver Magazine 2011

Cobbler Wobbegong

MASTER OF DISGUISE

Diving with Cobbler Wobbegong Sharks in S.W. Australia

Published in Shark Diver Magazine Spring 2011

SHARK DIVING FOR DUMMIES

A beginners guide to the do's and don'ts of shark diving

Published in X-ray Magazine issue 34 Jan 2010

oil rig gulf of mexico

REFUGEES OF THE GULF OIL SPILL

The plight of the Gulf of Mexico Smoothhound Shark

Published in X-Ray Magazine 2010

Sandtiger Sharks on a wreck in North Carolina

SEIZE THE DAY

LESSONS FROM MOTHER NATURE - DIVE WITH SHARKS WHILE YOU CAN

Published in Xray Magazine 2009

Oceanic whitetip shark diving

OCEANIC ODYSSEY

DIVING WITH OCEANIC WHITETIPS AT CAT ISLAND

Published in Diver Magazine November 2011

Diver shark diving with a shark.

SHARK DIVING 101

AN INTRODUCTION TO DIVING WITH SHARKS

Published in Asian Diver

A DAY AT THE BEACH

TIGER BEACH SHARK ENCOUNTERS

Published in Diver Magazine September 2010

los gigantes

WINGED WONDERS OF THE CANARY ISLANDS

PROBABLY THE MOST DIVERSE STINGRAY FEED IN THE WORLD

Published in X-ray Magazine issue 35

March 2010

shortfin mako

MACHO MAKO

ENCOUNTER WITH A BOISTEROUS SHARK

Published in Diver Magazine

April 2010

FULL CIRCLE

THE NORTH AMERICAN SHARK DIVING TOUR PART SEVEN

Return to Baja - Diving with Great White Sharks at Guadalupe Island

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 22 

WALKING THE DOG

THE NORTH AMERICAN SHARK DIVING TOUR PART FIVE

A day at the beach with a pet chain catshark

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 22 

A FLASH OF MENACE

THE NORTH AMERICAN SHARK DIVING TOUR PART SIX

Close encounters with with a shortfin mako

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 22 

EXODUS FROM CABO

THE NORTH AMERICAN SHARK DIVING TOUR PART ONE

The beginning of the four month road trip that paved the way for Predators in Peril.

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 21

SEVENGILL IN SAN DIEGO

THE NORTH AMERICAN SHARK DIVING TOUR PART TWO

From Baja Norte to Southern California. Sevengills, horn sharks, leopard sharks and rays.

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 21

SHARPNOSE SHARKS IN THE MISSISSIPPI SOUND

THE NORTH AMERICAN SHARK DIVING TOUR PART THREE

Diving with tagged Atlantic sharpnose sharks in the Mississippi Sound

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 21

WHALE SHARK TAGGING EXPEDITION

THE NORTH AMERICAN SHARK DIVING TOUR PART FOUR

Tagging whale sharks, break downs and a desperate dip in the Georgia Aquarium

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 21

INVASION OF THE PORT JACKSON SHARKS

Diving in a Port Jackson Shark nursery

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 15

CHASING ANGELS

Diving with Common Angel Sharks in Gran Canaria

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 19

CHASING PORBEAGLES

Swimming with a Porbeagle Shark in the Bay of Fundy

Published in DIVE September 2008

STINGRAY CITY ON STEROIDS - HAMELIN BAY

Where enormous stingrays patrol the shoreline in search of scraps

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 11

TASSELED WOBBEGONGS

Half shark, half reef. Searching for wobbies in Exmouth, Australia

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 11

SHARK FEVER

When stupidity nearly leads to tragedy

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 18

GHOST SHARKS

Chimaeras - the shark's weird and wonderful second cousin

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 14

SEARCHING FOR SIXGILLS

A long overdue encounter with a prehistoric shark

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 10

EYE CONTACT

Face to face with a Porbeagle Shark

Published in Diver Magazine January 2008

CORNISH CATSHARKS

River diving with tiny catsharks and Thornback Skates

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 13

LAND OF THE GIANTS - BASKING SHARKS

Snorkelling with Basking Sharks off the Lizard Peninsula

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 9

THE SANDTIGERS OF NORTH CAROLINA Sept 2004

Chasing Raggedtoothed Sharks in the Diamond Shoals

A Shark Diver web article

REEF SHARK RAMPAGE IN ST MAARTEN

A Caribbean shark feed with a twist

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 12

THAILAND ZEBRA SHARK ADVENTURE

Diving with Zebras in the Andaman Sea

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 8

THE SWELL SHARK'S LAST STAND

Diving with the slowly disappearing California Swell Shark

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 17

THE SPECTACULAR SPINY DOGFISH

Not just your average shark

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 12

THE HIGH PRICE OF SHARK FIN SOUP

The grim truth about the shark fin industry

Published in Malaysian Naturalist Dec 06

SPINY DOGFISH AT QUADRA ISLAND

Weekend warriors brave the cold to play with the doggies

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 5

HAMMERS AND TIGERS IN THE BAHAMAS

Sharing the water with the big guys

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 6

ADDICTED TO RAYS

One divers fixation with Stingrays

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 7

FISH ROCK

An encounter with Banded Wobbegongs and a rare albino Sandtiger

Published in Shark Diver Magazine issue 16

A Pacific Sharpnose Shark in the Sea of Cortez

SHARPNOSE SHARKS

The sad decline of one of the most common sharks in the sea

Published in 72 and Rising Magazine Issue 1

CHASING RAYS IN BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR

A road trip with stingrays, electric rays, and more

Published in Baja Life Magazine Issue 24 Fall 2007

Below is a list of as yet unpublished articles with attached images written by Andy Murch that are available for publication. They are not available to the public yet but they can be viewed by prospective editors upon request.

 

Kings of the Caribbean

How sharks have shaped the Caribbean food chain

 

Haleiwa Galapagos Shark Encounter

Cage diving in Hawaii

 

Ningaloo

Chasing Whale Sharks in Western Australia

 

The Shark Hunters of El Salvador

Travels and Interviews with the Shark Finners of Central America.

 

 

 

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