The Player

Octopus eats crab, seal eats octopus, Great White Shark eats seal. Man as an entrée, though, is not on the menu. Yet, the myth is still being perpetuated through films and books that feed off our most morbid fear. After three trips to South Africa to view sharks, we’ve managed to come home, all body…


Winged Giants

Yap is a tiny freckle on the face of the ocean between Guam and Palau. It offers a big opportunity for a rare animal encounter—coming face-to-face with the giant Manta Ray (Manta alfredi). Mantas are regularly spotted during scenic dives on the hard-coral reefs fringing the island. However, the mantas prefer to patrol the channels…


Freshwater Affection

The manatee slowly raises its head to my mask. It looks like a tuskless walrus—flabby jowls, bristly whiskers, a thick leathery skin—an ugly face at first glance. I find it hard to believe that these are the mermaids of legend. Hardly the face and body of a sexy seductress! Elvis Sighting It was an unusually…


Masters of the Realm

“Are you afraid of failure, or of success?” underwater photographer Amos Nachoum had asked me. Face-to-face with an Orca underwater, I concluded that I was scared of success—very scared. I was in the Lofoten Islands of northern Norway on a two-week diving trip led by Amos to search for Orcas, and I was—or so I…


The Way of the Dolphin

The Way of the Dolphin

Ask any 10 divers to list their top 10 dive fantasies, and I’m willing to bet that diving with dolphins will show up on most of those lists. Years ago, diving with dolphins was a rare and treasured experience awarded only to those who spent a lot of time in the ocean and managed to…


Whale Tales – From the Ancient Kingdom of Tonga

Whale Tales

Prior to my first whale watching expedition back in 1992, I was under the illusion, as many people are, that during a one-week whale watching adventure the majority of my time would be spent actually watching and photographing whales. Experience has proven that most time on these trips is in fact spent watching for whales.…