Big Deep - An Ocean Podcast

Big Deep - An Ocean Podcast

Scuba Diving, Free Diving, Ocean Environmentalism, Marine Science. Big Deep 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. In each episode we speak with the most interesting people we can find, from scuba diving crime fighters and record-breaking freedivers, to marine biologists and ocean advocates - even a real-life mermaid. So we invite you to join us on this journey, as we explore the ocean through the stories of people who love it.

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January 19, 2021 20 min

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 about the challenges of the career he had chosen, told a story behind one of the most recognizable ocean film sequences of th...

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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 dedicated shark researcher but also an entertaining interview. And she talked openly about how her life has been shaped by a few seminal mom...

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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 I found was not only was Aaron thoughtful and open, and very smart, he was also a lot of fun to talk to.

And he shared his story of w...

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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 think they can do, as well as a sense of exploration and discovery that extreme cave diving brings.

But as we kept talking, Jill opened ...

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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

I first met Jill at a dive industry convention, where she was promoting her book, "Into The Planet", which details her passion for exploring underwater caves around the world. The book is incredible and has some pretty crazy intense stories.

So I wanted to ...

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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.

Paul has been at the forefront of the ocean environment for years and was seminal in the foundation of two renowned organizations, Greenpeace, and then years later, Sea Shepherd.

Sea Shepherd - and Caption Paul himself - can evoke strong feelings from people, p...

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December 1, 2020 3 min

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 please join us as as we continue our exploration of a deep connection to the world’s oceans through the stories of people who love it.

Welcome...

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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Daan Verhoeven talks about how freediving brought him closer to his late father

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Skylar Bayer on how discovering that she could no longer scuba dive started a remarkable journey to the bottom of the ocean.

Hosted by Jason Elias and Paul Kelway. 
Produced by Jason Elias.

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

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