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Photo Gallery: Shark Week

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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.

For more from Nick and Caroline, visit www.frogfishphotography.com

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 3 (Watch Video)

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Introduced by Jeff Goodman

Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.

A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.

CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.


Part 3: Coral Health: from microbes to branches – Dr. Anya Brown

Healthy corals are critical for sustaining reefs. Corals are in a tightly coupled relationship between bacteria (like in your gut!), microscopic algae, and the coral animal itself. This seminar, presented by collaborative scientist Dr. Anya Brown, focused on trade-offs between types of coral growth, a coral disease outbreak, and what clues the microbes on corals tell us about their health.

Dr. Anya Brown is currently in the Ewel Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Ecology and Environmental Science at the University of Florida.


For more information about the CCMI click here.

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White Shark Interest Group Podcast #007 – with ROB LAWRENCE

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Seventh in an exciting podcast series from Ricardo Lacombe of the White Shark Interest Group.

Episode 7 of the White Shark Interest Group Podcast, Facebook’s’ largest White Shark specific group, covering science, conservation, news, photography, video and debate.

This episode features Ricardo and Dirk speaking with the White Shark pioneer Rob Lawrence – the man who practically put False Bay, South Africa on the map for White Shark breaching behaviour.

If you have ever seen an image from South Africa of a white shark breaching from the water, be it on Airjaws, Nat Geo, BBC, Shark Week, or any photographs online and in books, you have Rob Lawrence to thank. He has worked behind the scenes with all those film crews and photographers to get them to where those sharks are, on a regular basis.

With his highly successful company African Shark Eco-Charters he has worked with hundreds of thousands of people to visit and dive with Great Whites and see the natural predation behaviour that False Bay is famous for. He has, without a doubt, been to Seal Island, False Bay, more than ANY other human being alive! He is here to share his experiences and knowledge – including the much talked about topic of where the White Sharks may have gone in the last couple of years.

This is a MUST LISTEN podcast and a rare chance to spend an hour in the company of a true pioneer and advocate in the shark world.

Click the links below to listen to the podcast series on the following audio channels:


Join the group: www.facebook.com/groups/whitesharkinterestgroup/

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Website: www.whitesharkinterestgroup.com

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