I think Oceana does a lot of great things not just for shark conservation efforts but for the marine ecosystem, in general.
"newly single with some extra money" Please explain! ;-)
10 human deaths from shark bites per year vs 70-100 million shark deaths due to humans.
Sharks have to be respected, but in fact bee stings kill 5+ times (54) more people in the world than sharks
No wild animal is safe to be around pretty much. Sharks are MUCH safer than other animals we do not create the same "stir" about. That is what I was trying to say. I am not taking others words for anything. I am a free diver and I have swam with sharks. Not great whites though.
But, lets say a lion grabs a not so wise person that visits the plains where lions roam, most would say, that person was a crazy dude/dudette.
In the ocean though, when someone gets grabbed by a shark, this hatred against them pours out. I find it it weird.
When you jump in to the ocean with sharks, you are on the plains with lions. So, do not get upset if you get eaten. You know what you are doing. Since it so rarely happens, should we not be more grateful to sharks? Respectful? Any shark, well almost, over say 2.5-3 meters can easily kill any person in the water. But they dont.
So, have respect for them, they are really powerful, but dont hate them for it.
It's certainly true that other large predators can be just as, if not more, dangerous. I think psychological difference stems from two things: One, the unseen. Most shark attacks come from sharks that were never seen before the attack. The hidden "lurking" danger conjures up a more sinister image for some I think. Unfair probably, but it's just "scarier". Second, because attacks are rare, I think people just don't think that they are in danger when they enter the water, with throngs of others, in places like Hawaii, California, FL, etc. Whereas if they were to go out on a safari in Africa, walking through the bush, they would be expecting the danger and more consciously "accepting" it. It's certainly true that if we let our child body board in Daytona Beach we are accepting the same risk, I just don't think people think of it that way.
You can put sharks in a positive light all you want but they are still dangerous and should be known as such. Bears are often put in a positive light, but if you don't teach your kids that they are dangerous, bad things will happen the next time they see one and think of the cuddly ones in cartoons and toy shops.
Don't let the shark fanatics lead you to believe sharks are safe to be around even when you're not a professional.
Sharks are mostly safe to be around but of course you have to be careful. Worldwide, less than about 10 people a year die from shark attacks, and that is almost always because the victims bleed to death after the shark spits them out after he realizes he bit the wrong thing. Being killed by a shark is about the least likely way to die in the whole world.
I'm kind of bummed, my friends apparently invited me on that trip a couple years ago with the blond girl riding the great whites. I don't remember them asking me but I for sure would have gone! They were fine, no one got bit!
I used to dive in shark tanks with blacktips (pretty harmless). The only dangerous ones are tigers, whites, bulls, and some hammerheads. But even then if you aren't stupid you'll probably be ok. cont'd
Cont'd Sure, sharks can (rarely) be dangerous but for some reason they capture so much unjustified fear and hatred from everyone and the media. Pretty much everything else is dangerous! What about mosquitos that kill millions of people a year? Intestinal worms? Hippos, which are the most dangerous animal in Africa? Giraffes? Nope, those aren't "scary". In reality, the animals that we should be most concerned about are our own politicians and business leaders / bankers who are literally destroying our future but for some reason we allow them to keep "leading" us. Not as big teeth as sharks.
"Don't let the shark fanatics lead you to believe sharks are safe to be around "
The shark fanatics, otherwise known as "statistics".
Statistics are often manipulated to further an agenda. In this instance, people often cite the low number fatal shark attacks but conveniently leave out how infrequently humans come near them. But since you're talking about statistics, I'm sure bears kill far less than 10 people a year in North America so I guess by your logic they are safe to be around. And if you surf around the web you'll see that the number of fatal crocodile attacks in Australia aren't high either :)
By the way, bees are dangerous, lions are dangerous, wild animals are dangerous. Now let's stop throwing out red herrings.
Huh? Domestic dogs are more dangerous than any of these animals. Of course, we supposedly spend more time with them which increases their chances of harming us. Sure, but your statement that we infrequently encounter sharks is just wrong. They are all over the place in the surf and oceans; they just don't bite us so we don't know they're there. Obviously being in the water with sharks is more dangerous than being in the water without sharks, but this villainous slander they have received for so long is a crime against nature. It justifies the slaughter of hundreds of millions of them every year and their soon to be near extinction. And furthermore, it diverts people's attention from truly dangerous things / animals / diseases. It's childish sensationalism taken advantage of by the media.
Dogs, not supposedly but definitely, have 1000x more exposure to humans so they can't be compared. Sharks are all over the place but it doesn't mean they are in close proximity to humans often. They are dangerous creatures and that's unquestionable. What humans do to them or how are they portrayed in the movies is a different matter.
Not so related to the pic, but why are folks so scared of sharks? I mean, would anyone DARE to get that close to a wild lion? We swim where sharks hunt, and virtually NO ONE gets attacked. Have people have picnics on the plains where lions/leopards/hyenas roam, in broad daylight. The could play football in the sun. It would be a massacre. So, respect sharks for what they are. Discriminating hunters, supreme beings. They want fatty stuff, blubber and such. No interest in us, some exception to this there is but you get the gist.
When you swim in the ocean where there are sharks, you are playing football next to pride of lions, but you are NOT attacked. Please lighten up about sharks. They are supreme beings that should be respected and admired, not have their fins cut off and slowly sinking to the bottom.
..."slowly sinking to the bottom" Not true : feast for other sharks.
What does the "positive light" mean here ? Some light spectrum property ?
When it comes to sharks themselves, I still see a magnificient & ultraefficient killers. It that positive or negative ?
I would say humans win the "ultraefficient killers" award easily. Sharks and other carnivores hunt other animals to live.
Sharks have been very misaligned for a long time. Any thing that helps reshape their erroneous "killer" label is much needed.
is it wrong to eat for the taste of the food?
A wide-angle closeup of a shark opening its jaws is probably the most interesting shot.... also the most deadly, I don't recommend anyone trying that one. I guess it could be done safely with some kinda remote-arm setup if one doesn't mind possibly losing the camera and lens.
I dig it. All the work and his considerations.
I do believe that sharks are beautiful creatures and have as much right to exist on this earth as we do. Still, I'm not seeing anything specifically about theses pictures that shows them in any kind of "new light" they just look like pictures of sharks... decent but unexceptional ones. Not really so different than lots of other photos of sharks that I've seen.
I took these photos, but I didn't write the headlines. I don't consider many of the photos to be among my better shots, some of them even date back to my point and shoot days.
That being said, I do make an effort to capture these sharks in ways that I haven't seen in other popular photos. One thing I have really made an effort to emphasize in certain shots is the blue iris of the white shark, which I wasn't aware of when until I started diving with these animals. I often hear from people that they never knew that white sharks had "blue eyes." In fact, about a week ago, I had somebody accuse me of PhotoShopping the blue iris into this particular shot...
I also try to capture the inquisitive, non-aggressive behavior that is often displayed by the sharks when they are curious about the camera (or maybe the bubble-blowing monkey behind it). Perhaps, those efforts have failed some viewers, but I'll keep trying.
People shoot great whites because those are the images that sell. Other sharks are just as interesting, to people interested in sharks, but you don't see them in-print or onscreen very much. I think Mako sharks are interesting as far as sharks go, but there is very little information on them, as opposed to great whites, tigers, hammerheads.
Check out Joe Romeiro's and Andy Murch's mako shots. Bill Fisher also has some great mako shots.
I respect sharks but until one licks me on the nose my fears will not change
If a shark licked me on the nose I would be making like a squid.
A proven, efficient way to repel a shark attack is to wait for the animal to be at 3 feet from you and then throw a handful of human excrements at him.
By that time any human excrement I had left would have floated away ages ago
I didn't say it was easy.It requires hours and hours of anal retentiveness training.I like your comment.Usually someone would ask: But where do I find human excrement at that terrible hour..?
I like the pictures, specially #5 its a nice portrait. I like alot the idea of shooting with only natural light source.
Sharks are beautiful creatures of nature and they are here for a reason. Sadly they are dissapearing. I recommend people to watch Sharkwater"docummentary, It shows the nasty things some people and fishermen are doing to the sharks in some places like where i live (Costa rica)
there's really not a lot of choice on natural light, unless you're just doing a head shot. Water limits the working distance for strobes to roughly 6ft, and white sharks are 2-3x this.
Positively...A Great White Shark will bite you in half.
"See them in a different light." Sharks are eating machines, adapted over millions of years to be efficient at it. There isn't much more to them.
"Lions are eating machines..." "Cows are eating machines..." "Dogs are eating machines..." "Humans are eating machines..."
You can make such ludicrous statements about any species when you reduce its existence to merely its ability to acquire energy.
RichRMAAll recorded shark species with the exception of makos, have declines by more than 50 percent in the past 15 years. Research estimates that one third of the world’s 1,044 shark species are now threatened with extinction. For example, the Oceanic Whitetip Shark dropped in population by 99 percent since the 1950s. Other examples include the thresher shark (Alopiasvulpinus), the Silky shark (Carcharhinusfalciformis) and the Shortfinmako (Isurusoxyrinchus) which are at high risk of extinction due to targeted fishing for valuable fins and meat, as well as indirect by catch in other fisheries. Over 70 million sharks are killed each year.
What point of mine exactly are you referring to? You want to complain about shark number declines, call Asia.
"Sharks are eating machines, adapted over millions of years to be efficient at it. There isn't much more to them."
Nope. There's a purpose for the existence of predators and keeping their number balanced. They keep other predators in check. The absence of sharks will give rise to some problematic populations of other creatures. An upswing in jellyfish and squid were reported in waters where sharks have declined and it can become problematic if those two eat too much of the smaller fish in different depths.
Nice shots, but all the pictures look like the ones we saw elsewhere.
In what ways these pictures are different?
Have to agree, nice shots and good sentiment from the photographer but they don't show white sharks in any new light. More informative are the shark documentaries occasionally done by the BBC that explore their behaviour, socialisation, reproduction etc and show them as being very complex creatures).
yes, the saving the sharks theme as been well established for a couple decades now, so no real new ground, and I suspect few new people open to conversion. That said, many of us enjoy getting these shots personally, even if it would be far cheaper to just buy one. (a week to Guadalupe Island is 2-3k)
Prior to my first white shark dive, I never had seen a good shot of how a white shark's eye look up close. Seeing that blue iris track me and my camera as it swam by was something brand new to me, and I made a strong effort to really capture that aspect. I still don't see a lot of images out there that illustrate this aspect of the sharks. I feel like this one is the best example I can give.
The photos above aren't necessarily what I consider the best examples of my attempts to show new or different perspectives of white sharks than what many people are used to, but I do try to go for more than just the cliche open-jaw shots.
Are my shots groundbreaking? No. However, I do think capturing aspects of the sharks, like the blue eye and trying to capture their curious nature, does give a new perspective to some people, but obviously not everybody.
Did you know this one:
Did you hear about the lawyer on vacation whose sailboat capsized in dangerous, shark-infested waters?
He surprised his traveling companions by volunteering to swim to the far-off shore for help. As he swam, his companions were startled by the appearance of two dorsal fins -- great white sharks, heading straight toward the lawyer.
To their surprise, the sharks allowed the lawyer to take hold of their fins, and escorted him safely to shore.
When the lawyer returned with help, his companions asked him how he had managed such an incredible feat. The lawyer answered, "Professional courtesy."
Love it :)
Could also replace Lawyer with Real Estate Agents
Nice photos thanks for sharing them.
Shark is very tasty on a bun & also in soup! :-P
Delicious Shark steaks :
Until very recently sharks have withstood the impressive test of 400 million years of rigorous evolution. Unless humans stop the senseless slaughter of these magnificent creatures many species could well face extinction in our lifetime. Extinction means forever.Great photos
Why do you think that extinction is not part of evolution?
Extinction is of course a part of evolution. However, we are now facing the situation whereby a large number of shark species are facing extinction and not because of evolutionary pressure. It's really not a good idea to rapidly remove the top predators from a food chain.
_We_ are now the top predator in the food chain. So we don't need to worry about their reduced numbers. Last I checked, humans also eat fish quite happily.
I love how progressives think everyone lives a nice, cozy North American or Western European existence where the idea of SEEING what you eat before eating it is non-existent. Populations are expanding exponentially in the developing and Third Worlds and they will eat anything they can get their hands on. So, the idea of conservation of a creature that spans the globe will fall on a lot of deaf ears.
@Just another Cannon shooter:
Surely, the evolution/biosphere will learn not to create an abstract thinking animals anymore, unless it wants to risk the massive extinction event again.
Funny that you think that biosphere needs to learn something to kill thinking.
From living with a shark to playing with sharks...Some people never learn.
Good photos and good use of that money instead of the wedding band :P
Great that he is interested in the man-made threats against many shark species. I hope he can communicate those together with the engaging photos.
Not so difficult to see that it concerns a Great White shark. Photos taken in South African Waters? Nice series!
Not difficult, if you're familiar with sharks, no doubt. No need to get snotty about it, eh?
Mexican waters, off Isla de Guadalupe.
Yes, great photos. But why no information about what species of shark, and where?
These are all white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias). The photos were shot off Mexico's Isla de Guadalupe. There is more information in the Q&A that accompanies the photos.
Glad you enjoyed the photos, and I'm happy to answer any other questions you might have about the sharks (though I'm traveling today and tomorrow, so it might take me a bit to respond.
I did some diving off Los Cedros back in the day, lots of different species, watching them chase tuna gives an idea of how quick they can be.
Great shots there, fascinating creatures.