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SHERRIE and ABI

Sherrie Murphy and Abi Smigel - Underwater photographers and journalists

Sherrie and Abi both share a passion for the underwater world and it's inhabitants.

Sherrie is a certified as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer, she currently teaches at Ocean Enterprises in San Diego, where she helps others achieve their goals of becoming scuba divers. Abi Smigel is a photographer whose specialty is the underwater environment, she photographs and writes about their dive travels around the world for magazines such as Sport Diver, Scuba Diving and Deeper Blue.

Sherrie Murphy

Always harboring a love of the ocean, Sherrie began pursuing her passion for diving after moving to San Diego in 1999. Certified as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer, she currently teaches at Ocean Enterprises in San Diego, where she helps others achieve their goals of becoming scuba divers. Sherrie’s favorite class to teach is Advanced Open Water, where she can focus on buoyancy skills and ocean awareness.

Sherrie takes many of her former students diving around the world, giving them the opportunity to experience our oceans first hand. Working in partnership with UW photographer Abigail Smigel, she now writes about these experiences in both training and travel. Together, they have published articles in Sport Diver, Scuba Diving Magazine, and Deeper Blue. Her favorite experience to date was a surprise encounter with a whale shark in the Deep See Submersible off Cocos Island. The distinctive profile descended from above and led the submarine on a bit of a tour at 250 feet below the surface. Unforgettable!

When not diving or traveling, Sherrie is working on her new hobby of stand up paddle.

Abi Smigel

Abi Smigel is a photographer whose specialty is the underwater environment. With Sherrie Murphy, also a Fourth Element Dive Team member, she photographs and writes about their dive travels around the world for magazines such as Sport Diver, Scuba Diving and Deeper Blue.

Passion for the underwater world came at a young age for Abi. Often with passion comes the overwhelming desire to share it with other people, which she does through her photography and teaching others the nuances of photography in the underwater world.

With degrees in both art and biology, two seemingly separate specialties, she brings an eye for composition to a world filled with nudibranch nomenclature. Abi was an Our World Underwater Scholarship intern with Scuba Diving magazine in 2001. For over 10 years Abi has worked as a photographer specializing in the underwater world. When not traveling abroad she photographs children underwater for her company Sea Star Underwater Portraits.

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