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Sharks

New Tiger Shark Photographs (Galeocerdo Cuvier)

Bahamas, Sharks, Underwater Photography, Wildlife

I made new tiger shark photos in the Bahamas last month. Tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) are really impressive fish, capable predators and in control of their surroundings. It was a real pleasure spending hours in the water with them swimming around us. Tiger sharks are typically about 11′ – 17′ in length (3.25-4.25m) and weigh in at 800-1400 lb (375-640 kg), although the largest recorded was 24′ (7.25m) long and weighed 1900 lb (900kg). Tiger sharks tend to be solitary hunters, but we sometimes had 3 or 4 simultaneously because we were baiting them. Many thanks to Jonathan Bird for organizing the trip on the Dolphin Dream, it was a superb trip and I look forward to doing it again. If you like these, please see more of my tiger shark photographs. Cheers, and thanks for looking!

Two tiger sharks, Galeocerdo cuvier

Two tiger sharks
Image ID: 31875
Species: Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier
Location: Bahamas

Tiger shark and underwater photographer, Galeocerdo cuvier

Tiger shark and underwater photographer
Image ID: 31877
Species: Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier
Location: Bahamas

Tiger shark and horse-eye jacks, Galeocerdo cuvier

Tiger shark and horse-eye jacks
Image ID: 31880
Species: Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier
Location: Bahamas

Tiger shark and underwater cameraman Jonathan Bird filming for television documentary, Galeocerdo cuvier

Tiger shark and underwater cameraman Jonathan Bird filming for television documentary.
Image ID: 31882
Species: Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier
Location: Bahamas

Tiger shark and underwater photographer, Galeocerdo cuvier

Tiger shark and underwater photographer
Image ID: 31900
Species: Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier
Location: Bahamas

Tiger shark close up view, including nostrils and ampullae of Lorenzini, Galeocerdo cuvier

Tiger shark close up view, including nostrils and ampullae of Lorenzini
Image ID: 31901
Species: Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier
Location: Bahamas

Tiger shark close up view, including nostrils and ampullae of Lorenzini, Galeocerdo cuvier

Tiger shark close up view, including nostrils and ampullae of Lorenzini
Image ID: 31949
Species: Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier
Location: Bahamas

Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier

Tiger shark
Image ID: 31881
Species: Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier
Location: Bahamas

Tiger shark swimming over coral reef, Galeocerdo cuvier

Tiger shark swimming over coral reef
Image ID: 31889
Species: Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier
Location: Bahamas

Tiger shark close up view, including nictating membrane covering the eye, nostrils and ampullae of Lorenzini, Galeocerdo cuvier

Tiger shark close up view, including nictating membrane covering the eye, nostrils and ampullae of Lorenzini
Image ID: 31925
Species: Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier
Location: Bahamas

Keywords: tiger shark, picture, photo, Galeocerdo cuvier, underwater, stock photo, image, photograph.

Great White Shark Portrait

Great White Shark, Sharks, Underwater Life, Underwater Photography

This great white shark photo (Carcharodon carcharias) was shot under dark skies, in early morning. These are tough conditions to shoot underwater with only available light. I prefer to shoot without strobes whenever possible but in the days of film this particular morning would have required I use artificial lights. Digital cameras, however, have changed all that and allow shooting in dark and flat lighting conditions that film did not. I hope to get back down to Guadalupe Island later this year to reshoot these sharks with the current cameras I am using (5D Mark III and D800). I think I have made 15 trips to the island (I’ve lost count) and I never get tired of Isla Guadalupe. Cheers and thanks for looking!

Great white shark, underwater, Carcharodon carcharias, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)

Great white shark, underwater.
Image ID: 21360
Species: Great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias
Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico

Stock Photo Gallery: Blue Shark Underwater Photographs

Galleries, Sharks, Underwater Life, Underwater Photography

Underwater stock photos of Blue Sharks (Prionace glauca)

I’ve updated my collection of blue shark underwater photos. Most of these blue shark photographs were taking freediving (breathhold diving) with a few friends in the open ocean near San Diego or just below the border in Mexico. In days gone by, a small bucket of chum would bring in 5-20 blue sharks, sometimes more, and they were big beautiful sharks, sleek and long and graceful. Longliners and the fishing industry has decimated the blue shark (Prionace glauca) population in the eastern Pacific (along with many other shark species) and today a bucket of chum might attract a few sharks which will typically be small. Some of the best days of my life have been spent swimming around a small boat under the hot California sun, in clean blue offshore water, trying to keep track of the sharks swimming around and frame up a few good images. Life is good! Thanks for looking. Click the image below to see my gallery of blue shark photos.

Blue shark, Baja California, Prionace glauca

Blue shark, Baja California.
Species: Blue shark, Prionace glauca

Leopard Shark Photos, Triakis semifasciata

Marine Life, Sharks

Stock photographs of leopard sharks, Triakis semifasciata.

I’ve been diving in the kelp forest for about 20 years, yet have never been able to get a decent photo of a leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata) in the wild. I’ve seen them many times, but never had a good opportunity for a photo. Leopard sharks are relatively harmless coastal sharks, often found in shallow water in kelp forests or over sand flats. They exhibit a beautiful spotted pattern which provides excellent camoflage, in seaweed especially. However, leopard sharks are timid, and do not typically approach people or divers. The best place that I know of to see leopard sharks is directly in front of the Marine Room restaurant in La Jolla, in shallow water (4′-8′ deep), in summer, since they congregate there en masse. I take my daughters there sometimes to snorkel and look at the leopard sharks. But the water clarity there is poor, making good picture taking difficult. Another good place is the front side of Catalina Island, in summer, in coves and shallow areas.

Monday, about an hour before we had to leave San Clemente Island and return home, I had a 4′ long leopard shark surprise me by appearing out of nowhere and swimming right in front of my camera. I didn’t have to do a thing except depress the shutter. Click. Finally got a shot of a leopard shark. This was only about 2-3′ deep, and was shot with a 15mm fisheye lens with the shark about 18″ away from the camera.

A leopard shark, swimming through the shallows waters of a California reef, underwater, Cystoseira osmundacea marine algae growing on rocky reef, Triakis semifasciata, Cystoseira osmundacea, San Clemente Island

A leopard shark, swimming through the shallows waters of a California reef, underwater, Cystoseira osmundacea marine algae growing on rocky reef.
Image ID: 25417
Species: Leopard shark, Triakis semifasciata, Cystoseira osmundacea
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA

In the past I have shot some nice portraits of leopard sharks, but in a tank so its not quite the same thing!

Leopard shark swims through a kelp forest, Triakis semifasciata

Leopard shark swims through a kelp forest.
Image ID: 14028
Species: Leopard shark, Triakis semifasciata

Leopard shark swims through a kelp forest, Triakis semifasciata

Leopard shark swims through a kelp forest.
Image ID: 14932
Species: Leopard shark, Triakis semifasciata

Hammerhead Shark Cover Photo, Physiological and Biochemical Zoology

Sharks

The latest issue of Physiological and Biochemical Zoology uses a hammerhead shark photo of mine on the cover to accompany the article Temporal Resolution and Spectral Sensitivity of the Visual System of Three Coastal Shark Species from Different Light Environments (McComb, Frank, Hueter and Kajiura). This is at least the fourth hammerhead shark photo of mine that has been used for the cover of a peer-reviewed scientific journal, previous examples being the cover of Zoology, the cover of the Journal of Morphology and the cover of Ecology Letters. I’ve had a couple of other marine photos on academic journal covers as well, including the cover of Nature. The folks at such brainiac journals have much better minds than I, so if they like my photos I must be doing ok!

Hammerhead shark cover photo, Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, March/April 2010

Hammerhead shark cover photo, Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, March/April 2010

See lots more scalloped hammerhead photos (Sphyrna lewini). The above photograph was taken underwater at Wolf Island in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, one of the finest places in the world to see scalloped hammerhead sharks.

Tiger Shark Pictures (Galeocerdo cuvier)

Bahamas, Sharks, Underwater Photography, Wildlife

See my new tiger shark photos!

My first tiger shark pictures (Galeocerdo cuvier) are were made with friends Skip Stubbs, Ken Howard, Keith Grundy and Jim Abernethy. These tiger sharks are really impressive fish, capable predators and in control of their surroundings. It was a real pleasure spending hours in the water with them swimming around us. Tiger sharks are typically about 11′ – 17′ in length (3.25-4.25m) and weigh in at 800-1400 lb (375-640 kg), although the largest recorded was 24′ (7.25m) long and weighed 1900 lb (900kg). Tiger sharks tend to be solitary hunters, but we sometimes had 3 or 4 simultaneously because we were baiting them.

Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier

Tiger shark.
Image ID: 10648
Species: Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier
Location: Bahamas

Keywords: tiger shark, picture, photo, Galeocerdo cuvier, underwater, stock photo, image, photograph.

Caribbean Reef Shark Pictures (Carcharhinus perezi)

Bahamas, Sharks, Underwater Photography, Wildlife

My Caribbean reef shark pictures (Carcharhinus perezi) are now on this website. These were also taken on the same trip with Skip, Ken Howard, Keith Grundy and Jim Abernethy. These dives were a lot of fun. Jim took down a few milk crates filled with fish heads, put them on the bottom, and within a few minutes the place was crawling with reef sharks. I sat on one of the milk crates, and waited for the sharks to swim right up the chum line toward me. When one got close enough to fill the frame in my wide lens !!POW!! I’d nail him in the face with some strobe light. Nothing simpler. After a while reef sharks were bouncing off my shoulders and I couldn’t keep my eyes on all of them at once. OK, that was a little nervous. My strobes were unable to keep up with the speed at which I was firing off frame. I can’t wait to do it again.

Caribbean reef shark, ampullae of Lorenzini visible on snout, Carcharhinus perezi

Caribbean reef shark, ampullae of Lorenzini visible on snout.
Image ID: 10550
Species: Caribbean reef shark, Carcharhinus perezi
Location: Bahamas

Keywords: caribbean reef shark, picture, photo, Carcharhinus perezi, underwater, stock photo, image, photograph.

Lemon Shark Pictures (Negaprion brevirostris)

Bahamas, Sharks, Underwater Photography, Wildlife

My lemon shark pictures (Negaprion brevirostris) are now on this website. I spent about 10 days in the Bahamas with Skip, Ken Howard, Keith Grundy and Jim Abernethy to shoot a few different kinds of sharks. When we got to the tiger shark spot, we found more lemon sharks than tigers, about 2:1 or 3:1 (although there we still plenty of tigers however!). When there wasn’t a tiger shark in view, there was always a lemon shark or two. The lemons were bigger than I remember (I’d seen lemon sharks before on a handful of dolphin trips to the same area), about 8′ to 11′ feet in length. And they were very accomodating, coming right up to the dome port on my water camera housing. It was really fun and easy photography of a reasonably large and charismatic creature. I hope to find time to do it again.

You can also see a lemon shark photo slideshow in case the one above does not appear in your feed reader.

Lemon shark with live sharksuckers, Negaprion brevirostris, Echeneis naucrates

Lemon shark with live sharksuckers.
Image ID: 10752
Species: Lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris, Echeneis naucrates
Location: Bahamas

Keywords: lemon shark, picture, photo, Negaprion brevirostris, underwater, stock photo, image, photograph.

Bull Shark Pictures (Carcharhinus leucas)

Bahamas, Sharks, Underwater Photography

My bull shark pictures (Carcharhinus leucas) are now on Photoshelter (in addition to the bull shark photos on this website). These underwater photos were taken in the Bahamas. And if you are curious, the answer is “yes”; the bull shark is one of the more dangerous sharks in the world and responsible for more than its share of attacks. Its a very “twitchy” shark. Even Kanye knows how formidable bull sharks are: “Yo great white, I know you are eating that elephant seal and ima let you finish, but the bull shark is the most dangerousest shark of all time, all time!”

You can also see a bull shark photo slideshow in case the one above does not appear in your feed reader.

Bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas, Great Isaac Island

Bull shark.
Image ID: 12718
Species: Bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas
Location: Great Isaac Island, Bahamas

Keywords: bull shark, picture, photo, Carcharhinus leucas, underwater, stock photo, image, photograph.

Great White Shark Photo on National Geographic’s NG Channel

Great White Shark, Sharks, Wildlife

The National Geographic Channel recently produced the television documentary “Great White Odyssey”, and choose one of my great white shark photos (Carcharodon carcharias) to use as the main background to the web page publicizing the program. Here is a link to NG Channel’s page for the Great White Odyssey. The original image was made in September 2008 at Guadalupe Island, Mexico aboard my favorite dive and adventure boat, the Horizon out of San Diego.

I was fortunate to have another credit for the National Geographic Society (in the magazine) recently.

Background image by Phillip Colla, great white shark at Guadalupe Island, Mexico

Background image by Phillip Colla, great white shark at Guadalupe Island, Mexico