Shark diving and big animal adventures


big animal and wildlife adventures


Whale Shark Encounters in Mexico
Tiger Beach tiger shark diving
Great hammerhead shark diving
Beluga Whale Diving
giant manta dive at Isla Socorro
humpback whale diving
killer whale orca encounter
Dive with Great Whites, Sevengill Sharks, Makos, Blue Sharks, 5 species of Catsharks and Spotted Gully Sharks in False Bay, South Africa.
sardine run diving
sailfish diving
adventure expedition diving schedule
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Andy MurchAndy Murch

Big Fish Expeditions Founder and Trip Leader.


Born with an insatiable thirst for adventure, Andy has racked up an impressive list of achievements including: award winning photographer, marine conservationist, author, journalist, explorer, dive instructor and submarine pilot.

Between guest trips, Andy scouts out new destinations and new big animal encounters to add to Big Fish Expedition's growing selection of world class adventures.

Andy's images have been published in hundreds of books and magazines including Diver, National Geographic, the New York Times and the Journal of Zoology.
He is the Co-author of Diving With Sharks and the primary photographer in numerous other shark books.

Andy's patience, expertise as a professional big animal photographer and willingness to share his insights, makes him an ideal Trip Leader for Big Fish Expeditions.


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An active conservationist, Andy started the Predators in Peril Initiative to highlight the issues that sharks are facing. Through PIP, Andy's images have been utilized by hundreds of conservation organizations for proposals to protect sharks and to produce conservation oriented educational materials.  Find out more about Predators in Peril:


Andy Murch diving with tiger sharks


Laura McCollLaura Murch

Big Fish Expeditions Office Manager and Co-Trip Leader.


Laura will likely be one of the first people that you correspond with at Big Fish Expeditions. She looks after all the details that make Big Fish Expeditions run smoothly.

With Andy, Laura also co-leads many of Big Fish Expedition's guest trips.

An avid diver, Laura has appeared as an underwater model in numerous shark related stories in popular Scuba magazines.


Laura McColl snorkeling wth whale sharks in Mexico.


Simon SpearSimon Spear

Big Fish Expeditions Trip Leader


Simon is a professional underwater cameraman, filmmaker and ocean advocate with a definite weakness for all things big and toothy.
He has worked on a wide range of broadcast and cinema productions and has received numerous awards for his work including multiple awards for cinematography from the International Wildlife Film Festival.
Knowledgeable and extremely approachable, he is always willing to share his experience and advice to enable you to get the best possible results from your images and videos while on our expeditions.


Enjoy some of Simon's work here:


Simon Spear diving with scalloped hammerheads.

Jennifer Idol

Big Fish Expeditions Trip Leader


Jennifer Idol

Jennifer is an award-winning underwater photographer, graphic designer, public speaker, and author who shares compelling narratives of the natural world. 

As a native Texan who flew over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, she was moved to raise awareness of the value and importance of local waters by completing a five-year quest in which she became the first woman to dive all 50 states. She shared her journey in An American Immersion, a photographic and narrative book published by Best Publishing Company.

She has been diving for 24 years and earned more than 29 certifications, including as a PADI Instructor She is a PADI Ambassadiver, committed to elevating diving in global communities. Through her training and affiliation with the Ozark Cave Diving Alliance (OCDA), Jennifer includes underwater caves in her narrative of fresh water.

Jennifer is also a member of the Ocean Artistís Society, dedicated to using ocean art to inspire people around the world to a greater awareness of our need to foster a healthy planet. Her photography and articles have been widely published in media that includes BBC Earth, DIVER, SCUBA Diving, Alert Diver, and Sport Diver. Her photography of salmon sharks and Alaskan moon jellies was recently awarded in the international photo competitions with Beneath the Sea and Ocean Geographicís Pictures of the Year. Visit to learn more about Jennifer.









American crocodile diving

Snorkel with Japanese Giant Salamanders



2018 Japan Shark Safari
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Andy Murch Trip Leader

Andy Murch


Andy Murch is a fanatical big animal diver.

He has photographed and dived with more sharks than most people on this planet and he's very good at it.

Andy's images and shark stories have appeared in hundreds of books and magazines around the world from titles as varied as Canadian Geographic, Scuba Diving, FHM, Digital Photography,  and the Journal of Zoology.

Andy is the Creator of the ever expanding Shark and Ray Field Guide on Elasmodiver


When not running big animal expeditions or on photographic assignments, Andy lives and dives on Vancouver Island, Canada


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Predators in Peril

Andy is also the driving force behind the PREDATORS IN PERIL PROJECT which shines a spotlight on many endangered species of sharks and rays that are largely overlooked by mainstream conservation groups. Predators In Peril is entirely funded by Big Fish Expeditions.


Find out more here:


Predators in Peril Project