A blog offering stories and insight to those passionate about the ocean and its wildlife.


Shark Zen Masters: Free Gear For Your Ocean Expertise

Shark Zen is launching Shark Zen Masters, where scuba divers, fisherman, paddle boarders, and those passionate about the ocean can trade questions and answers and get free Shark Zen gear for doing it. The new Q&A website is open to all skill levels and is meant to provide useful information to those inquiring about their ocean passion.

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April 06, 2017 by Billy Walsh

Amazing Kids, A Boat, and A Beaufitul Day Fishing

Screams of youthful exuberance came from the bow of the Thea Marie as salty waves drenched kids ready to fish with the Florida Fishing Academy and Shark Zen. It turned out the ocean was a little too rough for the risk of sea sickness, but turning around wasn't so bad as the next stop inshore by Peanut Island was full of lane snapper and sunny

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December 08, 2016 by Billy Walsh


Richard Hyman accompanied Jacques Cousteau as a photographer for about 200 dives. Clearly he’s experienced a lot with him. So much so that he has written a book called “FROGMEN: The True Story of My Journeys With Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the Crew of Calypso”. I was fortunate to connect with Richard in the context of Shark Zen, and I

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December 03, 2016 by Billy Walsh

Great Kids Went Fishing: First Shark Zen Trip

Bad weather was moving in again, as it had every time we tried to get the amazing kids of the Edna W. Runner Tutorial Center on the water fishing to no avail over the course of a year. Somehow the storms stayed everywhere else but the pier this time, and they finally got to catch some fish!

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June 15, 2016 by Billy Walsh

How I Made A Sea Turtle Design

While I love creating artwork and designs of all fish and sea life, I particularly enjoy the opportunity to create a symmetrical design drawn from the natural symmetry of the animal. The symmetry of most types of fish can be seen when viewing the fish from above or below. However, many fish don’t have recognizable differences when viewed from

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April 04, 2016 by Billy Walsh

DeeperBlue.com Features Shark Zen

DeeperBlue.com, a top online magazine and community for scuba diving, free diving and spearfishing, has written an impressive article on Shark Zen's initiative to send at-risk children snorkeling, fishing, and paddle boarding for the first time.

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March 13, 2016 by Billy Walsh

Caribbean Reef Squid Infographic

Not usually known for their aesthetic beauty, the Caribbean Reef Squid possesses unique anatomical characteristics, including impressive colors and patterns, that fulfill a range of survival functions. Check out our infographic below to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures.

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January 27, 2016 by Billy Walsh

5 Florida Lobstering Tips You Don't Know Unless You're An Expert

Spiny lobster season is upon us. Perhaps you’re just like South Florida Scuba and Offshore Kayak Fishing guides Kellan Goertemiller and Rob Rodriguez and you have no problem limiting out within one hour at the end of the second day of mini-season. If you are, no need to keep reading. But if you’re like the rest of us, whether you're hitting the

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July 08, 2015 by Billy Walsh

Big Fish, Small Boat: Secrets Of An Extreme Offshore Kayak Fisherman

Taking a break from sandcastles and sunbathing, a small crowd gathered on a South Florida shoreline and traded questions among themselves while peering out over the choppy ocean at what was once a red and fluorescent green speck on the horizon. The speck, now moving skillfully through breaking waves near shore, turned out to be a human being

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March 06, 2015 by Billy Walsh

The First Sea Life Sketches That Launched Shark Zen

Hi - My name is Billy Walsh and I am the founder and artist behind Shark Zen. This endeavor is a lifelong dream of mine and I greatly appreciate your interest. After a long time in the corporate business world, I finally decided to pursue my passion and do what has been most fun to me since I was a kid. Of course, it hasn’t been all that easy

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January 07, 2015 by Billy Walsh