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Grey Nurse Sharks hang out off the NSW coast.

Grey Nurse Sharks are known as Raggy Tooth Sharks in South Africa and Sand Tiger Sharks in the US.

They are endangered in Australia, particularly in New South Wales waters yet the government has only made a half hearted attempts to protect the species.

This shot is taken at Fish Rock, a known GNS aggregation site. While I was diving here several boats were fishing in this “protected” site (couple of hundred meter radius)…protecting = no anchoring for the fishing boats…..a joke!

Several of the sharks in this shot had hooks in their mouths.

Its a big ocean, there has to be a balance (I eat fish), conservation and marine parks are good for the fishermen as well….sustainability is the goal. http://amcs.org.au/

SAY NO TO SHARK FIN SOUP! Walk out of restaurants that serve Shark Fin soup and let them know why!

This image is not sharp, almost grainy, that is intentional.

This shot also features in one of my calendar’s

Tags

grey, blue, water, rock, fish, australia, scuba, marine, underwater, nature, tooth, wildlife, shark, sealife, nurse, aengus, raggy, fishrock

Comments

  • MattTworkowski
    MattTworkowskiover 5 years ago

    Great shot,has an eerie,mystical feel to it

  • Marcus Grant IPA
    Marcus Grant IPAover 5 years ago

    Awsome shot, must have been a great dive?

  • Stephen Colquitt
    Stephen Colquittover 5 years ago

    Wow – I almost missed this one. What an amazing site to see so many of these endangered species in one place – Can you tell me where it is?

  • Aengus Moran
    Aengus Moranover 5 years ago

    This is at Fish Rock ( again ;-) ).
    The deep gutter, above the “deep” entrance to the cave.
    South West Rocks is only 5.5 hours north of Sydney so if a Sydneysider can get a Friday or a Monday off work you can comfortably do 2 days with 2 dives a day or even 4 a day with Nitrox fills.
    Many people from Sydney or Brisbane even go on a Friday night, back Sunday after the morning dives.
    Its just as close from Brisbane as Sydney.

  • FAIRIEWOMAN1
    FAIRIEWOMAN1over 5 years ago

    Great shot, and the information is good too. Ive read about the shark fin soup, its disgusting what the Chinese fisherman do to these creatures. More and more these days I find myself gravitating to a vegan lifestyle. The way animals are treated is painful to hear about. As a group we can make a difference just by shopping in a way that honors our ethics.

  • Glad you like the shot Helena.
    I should add that while demand for Shark Fin soup comes from China and Chinese restaurants its important that we don’t go “China bashing” indeed some of the most aggressive anti-shark fin campaigners are themselves Chinese and they are the folks we need to support to get the message through to the consumers….and that is thankfully happening in China, Hong Kong etc. We now need to follow up their great work in western society.

    – Aengus Moran

  • Jennifer Promenzio
    Jennifer Prome...over 5 years ago

    wow, great capture!!

  • Firedrake
    Firedrakeover 5 years ago

    They are such beautiful creatures…I’ve been lucky enough to see sharks twice now while diving, Thailand and Fiji – but not in a big group like this!

  • Atheum
    Atheumover 5 years ago

    Yes, I agree with you on that 100 percent Aengus. Sharks are amazing creatures, and while I don’t like the idea of being eaten by one, I don’t like the idea of eating them. I hope commercial fishing is put in its place.

  • MattTworkowski
    MattTworkowskiover 5 years ago

  • Norbert Probst
    Norbert Probstalmost 5 years ago

    I like that shot.
    Everywhere in the world it’s the same. They found “marine parks” and “protected areas”, collect a lot of money from divers, but doing nothing for this places. It’s a shame.
    Regards, Norbert

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