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Marine Life Photographs by Steve Munch

by Stephanie Hogue

“Black Honu”

I have been a photographer for a long time…25 years to be exact. I have also seen a lot of photos. When I saw the work of Steve Munch, my breath was taken away. His work has a simplicity and elegance I have never seen before when it comes to wildlife. It almost looks as though it were photographed in a controlled environment like a studio. If I had not been by his side for some of these shots, I may have been suspicious. His work celebrates the beauty of these ocean dwellers that many of us will never get to see so up close and intimate.

“Gray Heart”

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

– Jacques Cousteau

“Dolphin Breath”
“Mother and Baby”
“Pelicans in Flight”

World Whale Day

Breaching whale

“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.” – Jacques-Yves Cousteau

As nature photographers with an emphasis on the ocean and marine wildlife, we spend a lot of time on the ocean. The earth’s largest mammal never ceases to take our breath away… each and every encounter is so special.

Fascinating facts about whales

  • Gray whales have one of the longest yearly migrations of any mammal…up to 10,000 miles round trip.
  • Killer whales can live more than 100 years
  • The Blue whale is the largest animal on the planet…weighing as much as 200 tons.
  • Male humpbacks are known for their songs which can be heard for miles underwater and repeated for hours during breeding season.
Transient Orca hunting near Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Park.
Gray Whale off the coast of Ventura, California with Anacapa Island in the background.

Mother Whale and Mother Dolphin Introduce Their Babies

Beautiful aerial drone footage of two new mothers introducing their precious babies!
Captured just of the coast of Po’ipu, Kauai in March of 2016, by Steve Munch, an environmental photographer based on the island of Kauai. Each year he photographs and videos the humpbacks visiting Kauai. He had been carefully observing this new mother for a couple of days. On this special morning, she had her new baby and this curious dolphin mother who had also been staying close by, couldn’t wait to have the two meet.
Watch closely as the interaction is fascinating. The whale sounds were recorded the next day in the same area as this video was captured.