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CUTTING EDGE WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS

Trip Reports, Exciting New Expeditions and Last Minute Deals from Big Fish Expeditions

 

snorkeling with blue whales

 

Another year has passed since we sent out a newsletter and what a whale of a year it was! Other than a couple of trips that struggled with bad weather, we enjoyed incredible big animal encounters everywhere we went. Follow this link to 18 new trip reports since the last update. You'll find our usual candid accounts of how each trip went plus endless great images: 2016/17 Expedition Reports

 

GREAT NEW TRIPS:

 

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS OF BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST

In July of next year, we are heading to Uganda for a very special Gorilla Trekking Safari. If you are interested in encountering our closest relatives, you will not want to miss this expedition. We will visit numerous parks around the country and spend time with up to 12 different species of primates including Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Baboons, Blue Monkeys, L’Hoest Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys, Red Tailed Monkeys, Bush Babies and Pottos. We will also focus on tree dwelling lions, African elephants, hippos, leopards, large herds of endemic antelopes, and so much more! Be prepared to arrive home exhausted and utterly satisfied after this epic adventure. Read more about our Mountain Gorilla Trekking and Primate Safari

 

Mountain gorilla adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.

 

TIGERS AND HAMMERS - A BAHAMIAN SHARK SAFARI

Each year we run amazing Tiger Shark Diving Trips as well as world class Great Hammerhead Diving Trips. Both these trips are consistently good with lots of enormous, dependable sharks. If anything, these trips get even better every year!

We've been asked numerous times to run combined trips that visit Tiger Beach for tigers, lemon sharks and more and then Bimini Island for the great hammerheads and bull sharks.

You asked and we listened. Starting in November 2018, we're offering an extended Bahamas Shark Safari aboard the Dolphin Dream.

On this trip you can expect to see up to 8 species of sharks including Tiger Sharks, Lemon Sharks, Caribbean Reef Sharks, Bull Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Great Hammerhead Sharks, Blacknose Sharks and possibly Blacktip Sharks. If you're a shark addict, you'll love this trip! Bahamas Shark Safari.

 

Diving with tiger sharks and hammerheads in the Bahamas.

 

EVEN BETTER BELUGA EXPEDITIONS

Our two beluga trips were especially good last year. Each time we visit them, the belugas seem friendlier than they did the year before. Last summer, the moms actually started bringing their newborn calves right up to us for a closer look. It was a wonderful experience. The viz was really good too, resulting in endless images like the one below:

 

Beluga Whale Snorkelling

 

We are of course running more trips to dive with them this summer. So what's new you may ask? Starting this season, Big Fish Expeditions has been issued a Manitoba guiding license that permits us to explore more of the tundra with our guests. That means afternoons driving around the tundra looking for wildlife and enjoying the scenery and nightly drives out of town to enjoy the northern lights in all their glory - one more reason to join our beluga trip this July/August.

 

Diving with beluga whales in Churchill, Canada.

 

DIVING WITH RUSSIAN GRIZZLY BEARS

Yep, you read that right! The diving component is just one small part of this epic bear viewing trip in the wilds of Kamchatka in Eastern Russia. We are taking a small group of guests to Kuril Lake during the season when scores of bears accumulate to feast on spawning salmon.

This ruggedly beautiful volcanic region is one of the last true wildernesses in the Northern Hemisphere. Why choose Russia over Alaska or Canada? Because this is the only place where you can get up close to brown bears for intimate portraits without the red tape that frustrates photographers in North America. Exactly how close can you get to the bears in Kamchatka? The images below will give you an idea of what to expect!

Join this exclusive opportunity to mingle with the Grizzly Bears of Kamchatka, Russia.

 

close encounter with a grizzly bear

Griizzly bear tour in Kamchatka, Russia.

 

INCREDIBLE DEALS ON OUR UPCOMING EXPEDITIONS

 

VISIT SOCORRO ABOARD THE ROCIO DEL MAR

Known for amazing manta encounters plus great shark diving and occasional run-ins with humpbacks, Socorro has established itself as a truly world class big animal destination. Generally we wouldn't dream of discounting this trip but we ended up with an extra charter that we didn't expect and we have spots to fill so throughout May, we have a special on our January 2018 trip. Regularly priced at $3795, this is your chance to visit Socorro on an 8 day trip for just $3095. If that sounds too good to pass up, email us soon because this special ends on June 1st!!! Socorro Adventure

 

manta diving at socorro island

 

$500 OFF OUR DECEMBER GALAPAGOS SHARK SAFARI UNTIL JUNE 1ST.

The Galapagos needs no introduction. Darwin's playground should be on every big animal diver's bucket list. This is your chance to experience this incredible archipelago at an affordable price: Galapagos Shark Safari.

 

Diving with scalloped hammerheads at Darwin's Arch in the Galapagos Islands

 

 

Andy MurchIThats it for now but we have quite a few new trips taking shape so please keep an eye on our website and our Big Fish Facebook Page for the latest news.

 

 

Have a great summer and we'll see you out there!

 

Andy Murch

Trip Leader and Founder of Big Fish Expeditions.

 

 

 

 

READ MORE BIG FISH EXPEDITIONS POSTS:

 

01/12/16 Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee and Primate Safari

01/05/16 Pushing the Limits of Adventure

01/10/15 Blue Whales and other Big Adventures

01/08/15 Ten Ways to Avoid a Shark Attack

01/05/15 Introducing Manta Valley and Andros Sawfish Diving

01/12/14 A Big Year for Big Fish Expeditions

01/05/14 More Wildly Successful Big Animal Expeditions

01/03/14 Predator Heaven!

01/01/14 Extreme Shark and Whale Diving!

01/09/13 Unexpected Big Animal Diving

01/07/13 African Sharks and Canadian Belugas

01/05/13 Crocodiles are the New Sharks!

01/03/13 Diving with Swords and Hammers

01/12/12 Nothing But Shark Diving All Year Long!

 

 

 

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Snorkel with Japanese Giant Salamanders

American crocodile diving

 

 

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South African Shark Diving Safari Trip Report

 

Andy Murch Trip Leader

Andy Murch

EXPEDITION LEADER

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.com 

 

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

 

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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.

 

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Predators in Peril Project