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R/V WARFISH

Our custom-built 45ft research vessel is specially designed for shark research & conservation along with wildlife filming. A few of the amenities include a 360 degree rotating extendable pulpit, custom welded 51” swim platform, removable side door & 4 LED night light panels.

Meet Your Team

Brian Raymond

Brian Raymond

Captain, Operator and Photographer

Brian commercially fished after high school until an unexpected injury turned his world upside down – along with his view of sharks. Going out on shark photography expeditions with friend and pro underwater videographer Joe Romeiro used up his time-off from work. Picking up a camera and swimming with blue and mako sharks, he finally found the part of the ocean missing from his life. After quitting fishing for good in 2012, Brian started running shark photography expeditions full time and is co-founder of Rhode Island Shark Diving.  Brian has been location producer and drone pilot on several television productions and has worked and appeared on Discovery Channel’s Return of Monster Mako, Shark Vortex and Bloodline: Spawn of Jaws. He has also been part of many research projects in the area.

Joe Romeiro

Joe Romeiro

Cinematographer, naturalist and shark expert.

Naturalist and award-winning cinematographer Joe Romeiro has spent over a decade filming and interacting with sharks all over the world for Discovery, National Geographic, BBC, Animal Planet, CNN, MSNBC and many more. Joe’s passion for the short-fin makos, white sharks and blue sharks in his local waters have stolen his heart, and he has spent years fighting for their survival. He founded and created 333 Productions LLC and has won many awards such as 2019 Boston Sea Rovers Diver of the Year. As the founder and executive director of The Atlantic Shark Institute, Joe partners with well-respected shark scientists to answer questions concerning the biology, survivability and sustainability of sharks in the northwest Atlantic with a special focus on the mako shark. Through this work, he is fueling awareness and legislation to protect the species not just regionally, but worldwide.

Lauren Benoit

Lauren Benoit

Marine biologist, Captain and Cinematographer

Lauren received a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island in 2016 and a Masters of Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in 2017.

After traveling extensively to pursue different shark research and conservation efforts she pursued photography as a way to educate people about sharks. Lauren currently works with naturalist and award-winning cinematographer, Joe Romeiro and 333 productions. She has been second underwater camera on Discovery Channel, National Geographic and facebook series

Specifications

R/V Warfish has been purposely built and customized with any trip in mind.  We can take up to six guests.  We are well trained, and perfectly prepared.

The Warfish is fully loaded for an expansive expedition. Since most trips are 12-hour round trips, there’s a need for comprehensive features to maximize shark diving opportunities out at sea. The boat is equipped with new hydraulic lines fitted with quick disconnect couplers, a crane, refrigerator, pot hauler, 8D batteries, 80-amp battery charger, 24v DC powered back up pump and lots of storage.

 When it comes to shark diving, safety is a huge concern, and R/V Warship is fully prepared in case of any emergency. It comes with a 16-person life raft, as well as all the latest in electronic, medical and fire safety systems on the market today, to ensure your safety .

333 Productions

333 Productions LLC provides Hi Definition underwater cinematography of the highest quality, as well as production coordination, expedition planning, underwater filming logistics, underwater/topside filming, as well as full post-production capabilities.

Atlantic Shark Institute

The Atlantic Shark Institute is a 501(c)3 based in Rhode Island focusing on shark research and conservation by funding and performing research with the Atlantic’s best shark scientists to answer questions concerning the biology, survivability and sustainability of sharks in the northwest Atlantic. Specifically the endangered, mako shark.

Rhode Island Shark Diving

Join Joe Romeiro, Lauren Benoit and Brian Raymond for New England’s premiere blue and mako shark photography/videography expedition from June-September

Anchor Auto Group, being a proud Ocean State – family-owned business, is committed to preserving Rhode Island’s greatest asset – the ocean and the species that inhabit it – specifically the shark.  As such, Anchor proudly provides support to the Research Vessel Warfish. The Warfish and her team of Shark Experts are solely focused on studying, and, preserving the shark population, as well as allowing individuals to understand and appreciate sharks for better cohabitation.