Morelet's crocodile, Tulum, Mexico
Our latest Photographer of the Week Josh Raia grew up in New England, where he spent his summers exploring Cape Cod and learning about the ocean and its inhabitants. After studying marine biology in college, dive exploration was his primary focus, and becoming a scuba instructor offered him a way to experience marine wildlife encounters firsthand.
Josh soon became interested in underwater photography, because he wanted to share his fascination and appreciation for the underwater world. After permanently relocating to South Florida, he met other passionate photographers whose enthusiasm for documenting life underwater was contagious. This inspired him to become a better shooter, and he now dives regularly at some of Florida’s most popular dive sites to improve his photography skills and add to his portfolio.
During the day, Josh can be found swimming with sharks in Jupiter or searching for macro subjects such as octopuses and frogfish at the Blue Heron Bridge. At night, he often spends hours drifting in the abyss shooting pelagic critters on blackwater dives. He also travels regularly with his Canon EOS R5, and has included some great shark images taken on trips to Mexico and The Bahamas. Later this year, he has trips planned in the Pacific Northwest, Southern California and the South Carolina coast, so keep an eye out for more excellent macro and shark images from Josh in the near future.
Sandbar shark, Jupiter, Florida, USA
Green sea turtle hatchling reflection, Florida, USA
Whale shark, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Ribbonfish and friend on a blackwater dive, Florida, USA
Blue shark, Cabo, Mexico
Caribbean reef octopus guarding eggs, Blue Heron Bridge, Florida, USA
Silky shark, Jupiter, Florida, USA
Juvenile flying fish reflection, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Tiger shark, Tiger Beach, Bahamas
Striated frogfish, Blue Heron Bridge, Florida, USA
Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling, Florida, USA
Lemon sharks, Jupiter, Florida, USA
To see more of Josh’s awesome work, pay a visit to his regualry updated Instagram page. And if you fancy diving with Josh and his toothy friends, head over to www.sharktoursfl.com and check out their shark tours.
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