Oceanic blacktip shark near the surface, Aliwal Shoal, South Africa
Nikon D300 + Nikkor 10.5mm, Pro One Dome Port, natural light
this image is not cropped and not color-corrected, technically it's just scaled down embedded JPEG
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Moving along shark hierarchy again - this time to see our old friend which was star during my first "Week of..." sequence. Oceanic blacktip shark, one of the common pelagic sharks which can be found in the coastal warm waters in Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. Theoretically it can grow up to 3 meters long, however it's rare and most specimens stay little bit below 2m in size. So far I met blacktip sharks only in South Africa, where it is probably most frequent sighting - I can't get bored with them though, always looking for new ways observe behavior and to make nice pictures of these beauties ;).
Oceanic blacktips are responsible for numerous attacks on scuba divers, which are fortunately never result in serious wounds. They can be very curious and travel in groups. Also blacktip shark is one of the major characters in annual Sardine Run drama - most of sharks you see on bait balls are them.
I can't walk past this insanely comical piece of Russian political news - especially when it's related to the world of diving - here is Telegraph take on it - and another one in Russian here ! Mr. Putin is closing gap with "favorite leader" Kim Jong Il very quickly now, by leading people and doing everything himself on every front ! And of course he is very successful in every small deed - I wish we can have Mr. Putin on The Sardine Run next year - I'm sure he can build bait balls purely with his will power, as well as to summon army of Bryde's whales just by moving his eyebrows ! It's strange to remember now that about 8-9 years ago I actually was fan of him, thinking that this guy is the somewhat noble and honest leader which is good for Russia. Hopefully rising Russian opposition driven by Internet personas like navalny will not allow bunch of thiefs and liars to take helm of the country during elections in less than one year now ! However considering traditional slave mentality still prevailing in Russia - just remember recent "mass garbage collection" episode from last week - I can't be very sure that they will be 100% successful.