September 27th, 2012

bull sharks #1

Bull shark portrait, shark Reef, Fiji

Canon EOS 350D + Canon EF-S 10-22mm, acrylic dome port, single Sea&Sea YS-110 strobe

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New photo-theme will be dedicated to my favorite shark specie - bull shark. I was privileged to dive with them several dozen times during last four years on famous shark Reef in Fiji, and I accumulated a lot of good photos showing these beautiful animals in many different ways.

This photo is one of the first photos I took there - it features 4.5m long female bull shark known as "Big Momma" - photographed moment after she swallowed big fish head in front of me. Female bull sharks are bigger than males, but much more relaxed - male bulls are known for having highest testosterone levels of all animals in the world.

bull sharks #2

Bull sharks cruising over the reef, shark Reef, Fiji

Nikon D300 + Nikkor 10.5mm, Pro One dome port, strobes Sea&Sea YS-250 x 2

this image is not cropped, contrast correction in Adobe Lightroom

Location on Google Maps

Wikipedia reference

Thanks to great environment protection initiatives undertaken by activists, diving business and government in Fiji shark Reef now has very healthy population of bull sharks. Just decade ago it was very different with single shark sighting on the dive being regarded as huge success. Reef was overfished and sharks were regularly killed for their fins - as in other parts of the world. These days during high season of winter months it's not unusual to have 50+ sharks simultaneously on single dive.

Hopefully one day we can make "hammerhead sky" style picture there with bull sharks instead of hammerheads ! ^_^