Knowledgeable in boating, sport fishing, diving and marine natural history, Walt Stearns has earned the reputation as one of the world’s most credible photo-journalists and consultants in marine-related broadcast, print and online media. Among watersport enthusiasts, he is best known for his stunning cover shots for Salt Water Sportsman and Sport Fishing, Boating Life and Power Cruising and scuba publications such as Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, Skin Diver, Discover Diving, Ocean Realm and Scuba Times Magazines, as providing imagery for the Cayman Islands Tourism Board. As an editor, contributing editor and freelancer, Walt’s writing and imagery have graced the pages of publications like Boating, Boating Life, Motor Boating, Salt Water Sportsman, Sport Fishing, Field & Stream, Marlin, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Outdoor Photographer, Caribbean Travel & Life, Florida Travel & Life and Islands Magazines, as well as numerous others.
The online publication, the Underwater Journal, is a collaboration of Walt’s 27 years of experience in the marine industry. Walt has been a key participant in documentary film projects such as Wild Horizons with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Perfect Predators, African Shark Safari and Mystery of the Whale Cave for Discovery Channel, as well as many productions on national and cable networks. He has participated in a multitude of research and exploratory expeditions that have impacted fisheries science and management like protection of the lemon shark and Goliath grouper, marine endowment programs and prevention of reintroduction of fish trapping in the Gulf of Mexico. Walt managed the Greater Miami Billfish Tournament when it became the first major Florida tournament to adopt a catch and release tournament format. A dedicated environmentalist, Walt consults and works closely with a number of conservation groups including Ocean Conservancy, Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission, Bimini Shark Lab and Florida State University. Walt studied zoology and oceanographic science, as well as several aspects of technical diving. He is a scuba instructor, certified cave and rebreather diver and an SSI Platinum Pro5000 member.