These incredibly lush images show the dangerous caverns deep under the ocean, where few people have ever gone. They're the work of underwater photographer Wes Skiles, who died July 21.

We recently featured a gallery of Skiles' incredible pictures of "Blue Holes" in the Bahamas. But over the course of his career exploring the most inaccessible reaches of the globe, Skiles had many amazing adventures. According to his obituary in the Washington Post:

In his 27 years as a photojournalist, Mr. Skiles escaped from a collapsed ocean cave off the Australian coast and was among the first people to set foot on the largest iceberg in Antarctica.

One time, off the coast of South Africa, a shark jammed itself into Mr. Skiles's protective cage. The burly photographer beat the creature back with his heavy, waterproof camera, taking pictures throughout the episode, and had close-up photos of the great white's jagged teeth as a token of his survival.

Mr. Skiles, a resident of High Springs, Fla., was recently part of a team that spent two months in the Bahamas exploring perilous inland flooded caves known as "blue holes."

Skiles was found unconscious on the ocean floor, and was pronounced dead at a hospital in West Palm Beach. He was filming a project about the behavior of high-speed fish off the Boynton Beach Inlet.


Here are a few more of his amazing images, and there are a bunch more at his site and at

Diepolder Cave

Alligator belly

A "blue hole"

Diving in Devil's Ear



Ginnie Spring dive