BIG DEEP - An Ocean Podcast

Big Deep is about people who have a deep connection to our world’s oceans, strong enough that they have dedicated their lives to being in or working on behalf of the water.

Scuba Diving. Free Diving. Surfing. Ocean Environmentalism. Marine Science.

Recent Episodes

May 03, 2022

Where The Story Ends - Maritime archaeologist Jim Delgado on the magic of stories revealed, what shipwrecks can tell us, and his time exploring Titanic

In today's episode, I speak with maritime archeologist , historian , author , television host , and explorer Jim Delgado. Jim's work has taken him around the globe, and he has known is one of the world's foremost experts in u...

Scuba Diving Maritime Archaeology

April 26, 2022

Under A Billion Stars - Legendary freediver Mehgan Heaney-Grier on creating records and breaking boundaries for American freediving

In this episode, iconic freediver Mehgan Heaney-Grier. Mehgan's life story is wildly eclectic and has elements that originally attracted me, particularly its sense of rugged individualism and carving your own path. As a teen...

Scuba Diving Freediving

April 19, 2022

Just Over The Horizon - Explorer, adventurer, and NOAA scientist Dr. Steve Gittings on a life spent chasing adventures under the seas

In this episode, I speak with Dr. Steve Gittings , chief science officer for NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries . In addition to overseeing science at all 14 United States Marine sanctuaries, and being on numerous boa...

Scuba Diving Environment Exploration Marine Science Marine

April 12, 2022

The Wild Place - Underwater cinematographer Doug Anderson on how the ocean has defined his life on films such as "Our Planet", "Frozen Planet", and "Life"

In today's episode, I speak with Doug Anderson, considered to be one of the world's best underwater cameramen. Doug works on primarily what are called blue chip wildlife films, which try to tell compelling stories focused on ...

Scuba Diving Underwater Cinematography Filmmaking Documentary Filmmaking Our Planet Arctic Diving

April 05, 2022

Swimming With Sharks - Girls That Scuba founder Sarah Richard on the challenges and joy that diving, freediving, and a life of passion bring

In today's episode, I speak with Sarah Richard founder of the world's largest community for female divers, Girls That Scuba , and the ancillary Girls That Free Dive . With over 700,000 members in just under four years, the gr...

Freediving Scuba Diving Diversity

March 29, 2022

A Being of Wonder - Ocean and Science Journalist Erik Olsen on a life driven by exploration, curiosity, and otherworldly cephalopods in the Lembeh Strait

In today's episode, I speak with journalist and filmmaker Erik Olsen . Erik’s video journalism has taken him around the world, but his passion most always lies underwater in our world's oceans. His career has spanned ABC New...

Scuba Diving Marine Science Ocean Journalism Marine Wildlife

March 22, 2022

Chasing A Mirage - Pro surfer and journalist Jamie Brisick on finding meaning in a life amongst the waves

In today's episode, I speak with former pro surfer , surf journalist , and Fullbright scholar Jamie Brisick. I originally met Jamie as he grew up in Southern California with a close friend of mine, who thought he might be a g...

Ocean Journalism Surfing

March 15, 2022

Breaking The Surface - Shark researcher Jasmine Graham on the surprisingly deep connections which attracted her to sharks

In this episode, I speak with Marine Biologist and Co-Founder of Minorities in Shark Science, Jasmine Graham . I originally reached out to Jasmine because I had seen a talk given by her and her passion and enthusiasm for shar...

Diversity Marine Science Sharks

About the Host

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Jason Elias


Jason is an advertising Photographer and Director. He came up with the show's idea while in French Polynesia, shooting an ad campaign for Discovery Channel's "Shark Week." Jason is married to Jessica, father to Arlo, a full-time Buddhist, and an occasional cocktailer.