I began scuba diving in early 2009, and immediately fell in love with the underwater world. I am a passionate shark conservationist, and especially enjoy diving with and photographing sharks. I have had the honor of diving with tiger sharks, hammerheads, sand tigers, makos, blue sharks, sandbar sharks, whitetip reef sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, lemon sharks, whale sharks, and nurse sharks. I encourage anyone who has not had the privilege of viewing them in the wild to do so. It will change your life; I know it did mine. Sharks are not the vicious bloodthristy man eaters so often portrayed in the media. People kill over 70 million sharks a year, whether to use their fins in shark fin soup, or as bycatch in unsustainable fishing practices. Sharks are apex predators, and the ocean needs them to maintain a healthy and balanced ecosystem. I hope that my images will show the incredible beauty and grace that sharks possess - they are truly worth our time and energy to help protect.
Tanya will also have some of the equipment she uses for her underwater photography at the meeting so it should be a fascinating presentation