Animals

By Jack Williams


This underwater photographer’s fascinating body of work brings to life some of the more unique behaviours of the animals of the deep.

Marty Snyderman has dedicated his professional life to documenting such creatures – including those that clean other fish; guard fertilized eggs in their mouths; and “fish” for their dinner using a natural worm or fish-like lure on the end of a spine that is like a fishing rod that are parts of their bodies.

In order to find such intriguing creatures, Marty, 67, said, a lot of discussion must first take place – be it between himself and fishermen, scientists, photographers, or even local diving instructors.

When shooting his works, the photographer aims to move within one or two feet of the subject whenever possible, and six to eight feet at the most – something he admits can be tricky, given the sensitivity of the fish, whales, manta rays and other subjects.