South Africa offers some of the most spectacular and varied diving in the world. To truly enjoy its diversity you’ll need a shorty, a drysuit and every thickness of neoprene in between.
A few of the highlights include vibrant tropical reefs, soaring temperate kelp forests, crowded seal rookeries (complete with breaching white sharks), flourishing penguin colonies and the annual sardine run; a mind warping event that draws tens of thousands of dolphins, sharks, whales and diving birds to dine on uncountable numbers of hapless bait fish.
It would be presumptuous of me to think that I could sum up all that the southern tip of Africa has to offer in a score of images so this collection is merely some of my favorite captures from the last couple of trips I have made to that wonderful region.
Andy Murch is an award winning big animal photographer specializing in sharks and rays. He is also the founder of Big Fish Expeditions; an adventure tourism company that puts photographers and divers in the water with the world’s largest marine predators. An outspoken conservationist, Andy spends much of his spare time talking his way onto gill netting and shark fishing boats to gather controversial images of endangered species and bycatch for many international conservation groups.