It is Shark Week this week and so to celebrate these wonderful creatures, our gallery features images from some of our favourite shark dives around the world. The mainstream press don’t do these much misunderstood predators any favours, often portraying them as mindless killers, when in truth, they live complex lives and have amazing adaptations to their environment.
Image 1: This shot is from our very first shark dive, which was at Aliwal Shoal in South Africa. It was a defining couple of dives for us and really was the catalyst for all our shark diving images that followed. This pair are Blacktip Sharks and part of a group of around 30 sharks that joined us for this dive. On our trip back to shore we also saw our first ever Whaleshark – it was quite a day! Dive Operator: www.bluewilderness.co.za
Image 2: Caribbean Reef Sharks swimming over a healthy reef off Nassau in The Bahamas. We were the only people on this dive and had between 6 and 10 sharks around us for over an hour. We spent a couple of days diving with Caribbean Reef Sharks on reef and wrecks in clear, blue, warm shallow waters. It was heaven! Dive Operator: www.stuartcove.com
Image 3: After a wonderful trip to Socorro, it was a bit of an impulsive decision to head out to try to find Blue, Mako or Smooth Hammerhead Sharks off the Cabo coastline in Mexico. We were flying home the next day, so could not dive, and this was the perfect way to end a wonderful trip. We spent time snorkelling with two Smooth Hammerhead Sharks, a first for us, and their curious nature meant that we had some lovely close encounters.
Dive Operator: www.cabosharkdive.com
Image 4: Blue Sharks are one of the most beautiful sharks you can encounter and they are found in plenty of places around the world. Our encounter with them was close to home, in Cornwall in the UK. Whilst we only saw one individual, she stayed with us for over an hour, and with only 5 people on the dive boat, there were plenty of great photographic opportunities. Dive Operator: www.charleshood.com
Image 5: One of our all-time favourite dives has got to be the Great Hammerhead dive in Bimini in The Bahamas. Seeing these amazing, and huge, sharks up close is a real treat. We have done this dive on two different visits and cannot wait to go back! The dive is in shallow water and there is usually plenty of sunlight shining down. This image shows the incredible turning circle the Great Hammerhead has, as it swam right over our heads. Dive Operator: www.biminiscubacenter.com
Image 6: You can never rely on the weather, especially when you are heading out to small remote islands a good distance from land. Alas, we were unlucky on our Great White Shark expedition in South Australia, with a polar vortex coinciding with our trip, but even with tough photographic conditions, we had an amazing time. The Great White Shark is an awesome beast, and even though you know they are going to be big – their sheer size still surprises you. Dive Operator: www.rodneyfox.com.au
Image 7: A Basking Shark from Cornwall, UK feeds with its mouth wide open to take in as much plankton as possible. These huge sharks, this one was about 7 meters in length, come to the west coast of the UK from Cornwall to Scotland in early summer to feed. The plankton they feed on can vastly reduce the visibility and therefore photography can be challenging. To get the best shots, watch their feeding behaviour for a while to make an educated guess as to their pattern, before you get in the water and then wait for them to come to you. Dive Operator: www.charleshood.com
There are so many more we could have added to this gallery! We will have to leave it there for now, but will be returning to our favourite shark dives and writing some more about this topic soon.
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