Andy Murch is a freelance Photojournalist specializing in sharks and rays. He is the CEO and Expedition Leader at Big Fish Expeditions and the driving force behind the Predators in Peril Project.
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 multi-media organizations including the Discovery Channel and National Geographic.