Underwater videographer Patrick Dykstra is taking over @suuntodive Instagram (Image by Chris Michel).
Who are you and where you from?
My name is Patrick Dykstra and I'm from Denver, Colorado, USA, but have been based in Dubai for the past 10 years.
Where do you dive?
I dive anywhere that has whales and other megafauna. The more remote, the better!
What inspires you in the underwater world?
There is so much that we don't know about the animals that inhabit our ocean. I'm inspired by the pursuit of the unknown and driven to help others learn more about our oceans, and the threats they are facing.
How would you describe your photography style?
I actually am doing a lot more videography these days, but I do still love taking still images now and then. That said, I don't think I have a particular style.
Is there a story you wish to tell with your images?
I hope to bring the mega fauna of our oceans to people's attention. In Dominica, we know most of the sperm whales by name as they are individuals. The whales have calves that they struggle to raise, they need find enough food to eat daily and sustain life while avoiding getting entangled in fishing gear. Introducing them to people as their individual self is important and we hope to inspire people to conserve their habit and respect their home.
What have you been working on recently?
I filmed for the BBC's Blue Planet II ending in 2018 (for which I won a BAFTA), then for National Geographic's Hostile Planet and BBC's Wild Shetland - Scotland's Wild Frontier.
Next year sees a big change as I move in front of the camera to host a multi-part series on Animal Planet coming out in 2020 that explores new discoveries in the world's oceans which is very exciting.
Where can we follow your adventures?
Follow me here: