Trip Leaders

Andy 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 co-authored Diving With Sharks and contributed as 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 (PIP) 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.

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Simon 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.

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Jennifer Idol, Underwater Photographer

Jennifer Idol

Big Fish Expeditions Trip Leader

Jennifer is an award-winning underwater photographer, graphic designer, public speaker, and author who shares compelling narratives of the natural world. She shared her journey diving all 50 states in An American Immersion, a photographic and narrative book published by Best Publishing Company.

She is a PADI Ambassadiver and instructor, committed to elevating diving in global communities. 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 Geographic’s Pictures of the Year.

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Scott Stevenson Underwater Photographer

Scott Stevenson

Big Fish Expeditions Trip Leader

Hailing from beautiful Vancouver Island, Scott is a renowned local photographer specializing in the underwater world of the Pacific Northwest. With a keen eye for marine life and thousands of dives in the Salish Sea, Scott has become one of the most successful underwater image makers in the Pacific Northwest. He has been published in a variety of magazines, and contributes regularly to numerous online publications. His love of the oceans started at an early age, eventually leading him down the path to become a scuba instructor, underwater photographer and dive charter owner.

From swimming with Hammerheads in Malpelo, to close encounters with Giant Pacific Octopus, Scott’s adventures have given him a great perspective on the world.

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Julian Gunther

Julian Gunther

Big Fish Expeditions Trip Leader

Julian was born in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, and was immediately drawn to the water.
Currently a resident of California, he maintains a particular affinity for animals that inhabit temperate and cold waters.

A self-proclaimed “water-junkie”, his curiosity and thirst for knowledge led him to partner with the Marine Conservation Science Institute in their Great White Shark Identification Guide and their ongoing project tracking Great White Sharks at Guadalupe Island, Mexico (he’s even got a shark named after him).

His footage has been featured on Discovery’s Shark Week, Nat Geo Channel, MSNBC, the Weather Channel, Monterey Bay Aquarium and ad campaigns by GoPro and Captain Morgan.

Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Julian is always up for sharing ocean-related stories over a pint.

Laura Murch

Laura 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.