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Capturing the Wonder of a Blue Planet: Hugh Pearson on filming iconic scenes from the oceans of our world

Jan. 19, 2021

In this episode, I speak with Hugh Pearson , the underwater filmmaker behind some of the most iconic ocean sequences ever captured, and director of portions of " Blue Planet ," and more recently, both underwater episodes for Netflix's " Our Planet ." When we did our interview Hugh spoke openly abou…

Dive Diving Environment Ocean Ocean Environment Places & Travel Scuba Scuba Dive Scuba Diving Wilderness

Survival of the Strangest: Mikki McComb-Kobza On Her Passion For The Undersea World of Hammerheads

Jan. 12, 2021

In this episode, I speak with Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza , Executive Director of the Ocean First Institute , an organization dedicated to preserving the world's oceans, and a woman with a deep passion for sharks and particularly hammerheads. When I spoke with Mikki , I found her to be not only a dedica…

Together, We Are One: Aaron James On Ocean Philosophy And The Meaning In Surfing

Jan. 5, 2021

In this episode, I speak with Aaron James, a philosophy professor who's also an avid surfer. As a lifelong Buddhist myself and an avid scuba diver with a profound connection to the ocean, I was interested in exploring what deeper meanings a philosopher might find simply by being in the ocean. What …

Staying Alive in the Underworld, Part Two: Jill Heinerth On A Life Diving the Deepest Caves On The Planet

Dec. 29, 2020

In this episode, Part Two of my conversation with Jill Heinerth , cave diver, underwater photographer, and explorer-in-residence for the Royal Canadian Geographic Society . As we discussed in Part One, there's a visceral thrill for Jill in terms of pushing the limits of what she and humans might th…

Staying Alive in the Underworld, Part One: Jill Heinerth On A Life Diving the Deepest Caves On The Planet

Dec. 22, 2020

In this episode part one of my conversation with Jill Heinerth , cave diver, underwater photographer, and Explorer-in-Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographic Society .

A Good Day To Die: Sea Shepherd Founder Captain Paul Watson On The Compassion Behind Confrontation

Dec. 15, 2020

In this episode, my conversation with Captain Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd , the environmental organization known for interventions with whaling ships around the world.

Season Two Is Coming! A Sneak Preview

Dec. 1, 2020

Season Two Is Coming!  And the newest episode premieres on Tuesday December 15th. Big Deep is a podcast is about people who have a deep connection to our world’s oceans, connections strong enough that they have dedicated some part of their lives to being in or working on behalf of the water. So ple…

Season One Finale: An interview with our hosts and a look ahead to our upcoming season.

Jan. 14, 2020

Season One Finale: An interview with our hosts and a look ahead to our upcoming season.

Whale 2.0: Shane Gero on decoding the language and culture of sperm whales (Part Two)

Jan. 7, 2020

Part Two of our conversation with Behaviour Ecologist, Shane Gero, on his research efforts to decode the sophisticated language and culture of one of the deepest divers in the ocean - sperm whales.

Whale 2.0: Shane Gero on decoding the language and culture of sperm whales (Part One)

Dec. 31, 2019

Part One of our conversation with Behaviour Ecologist, Shane Gero, on his research efforts to decode the sophisticated language and culture of one of the deepest divers in the ocean - sperm whales.

Dancing with Sea Lions: Lindsay Pullin on how a dive with Sea Lions in a kelp forest held a deeper connection

Dec. 23, 2019

Dancing With Sea Lions: Lindsay Pullin on how a dive with Sea Lions in a kelp forest held a deeper connection

When Scuba Diving Goes Nuclear: Kyra Richter on her life as a nuclear power plant diver

Dec. 17, 2019

When Scuba Diving Goes Nuclear: Kyra Richter on her life as a nuclear power plant diver

A Mermaid's Tale: Linden Wolbert on living her life as a siren of the sea

Dec. 10, 2019

A Mermaid's Tale: Linden Wolbert on living her life as a siren of the sea

Murder at the Bottom of a Pond: Michael Berry on his life as an Underwater Scuba Criminal Investigator

Dec. 3, 2019

Murder at the Bottom of a Pond: Michael Berry on his life as an Underwater Scuba Criminal Investigator

Divers Unmasked: Stephan Whelan, founder of DeeperBlue.com, on the evolution of the diving community and who divers really are

Nov. 26, 2019

Stephan Whelan, founder of DeeperBlue.com, on the evolution of the diving community and who divers really are

Becoming Part of the Pod: Hanli Prinsloo and how freediving connects her with marine wildlife

Nov. 19, 2019

Freediving record holder Hanli Prinsloo and how diving on one breath has allowed her to connect with marine wildlife and inspired her to dedicate her life to protecting what she loves through her I AM WATER Foundation.

The Howard Stern of Scuba: Greg Holt, Founder and Host of Scuba Radio, on making waves in the dive community and meaningful connections underwater

Nov. 12, 2019

Greg Holt, Host of Scuba Radio, the world's longest running and most popular radio show for divers

Living with Sharks: Colleen McKinnel on the intensity and magic of a tiger shark dive in Fiji

Nov. 1, 2019

Colleen McKinnel describes the intensity and magic of a dive with tiger sharks in Fiji and what being a scuba diver means to her