Lion's Mane Jellyfish With Gray Sky
Beneath Cold Seas author and photographer, David Hall, grew up near the ocean and has always had a fascination with the animals that live in the sea. He began photographing underwater several years after earning a degree in zoology. At first the focus of his photography was simply to document what he was seeing; eventually it evolved to include environmental and aesthetic goals. After many years of photographing exclusively in tropical waters, David eventually decided to explore the potential for underwater photography in colder waters in 1995. He eventually concentrated all his efforts in the pristine waters of British Columbia. While field guides and scientific papers existed, covering various aspects of the marine life of the Pacific Northwest, no large format photographic book had been published that captured the beauty of this or any other cold water North American ecosystem. Realizing this oversight, David embarked upon a 15-year project to document these waters, a project which culminated with the publication of Beneath Cold Seas: The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. Here are just a few outtakes from the spectacular picture book.
Hussar Bay, Nigei Island, Queen Charlotte Strait, British Columbia
Photo courtesy of David Hall