Not far from where I live, Grey Nurse Sharks (Carcharias taurus) are in residence at Magic Point in the Sydney suburb of Maroubra, New South Wales, Australia – this is one of the 16 known sites where these sharks aggregate in New South Wales. There are less than 500 individuals of this species left on the east coast of Australia. Although protected by law, they are still regularly killed by human activities, primarily commercial and recreational fishing.

IUCN Red List Status: Critically Endangered.

Nikon F801s, 24mm Nikkor, Seacam housing, flash, Fuji Sensia 100 film.

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  • Stephen Colquitt
    Stephen Colquittover 5 years ago

    Ooh I like this one – Im still aching to go and find a few of these beauties to photograph myself.

  • Erik Schlogl
    Erik Schloglover 5 years ago

    Thanks – it took about 20 dives at the same site to get this shot!

  • PrincessVicki
    PrincessVickiover 5 years ago

    I wouldn’t have wanted to be this close to a shark Erik! You’re very brave but it was worth it- beautiful shot! x

  • Thanks – nothing brave about it, they are very docile. Because their teeth are like needles they can only eat what they can swallow whole – not like some other shark species that have teeth like steak knives!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockover 5 years ago

    Would love this shot in the book mate. If you can email a high res shot to

  • TheSpaniard
    TheSpaniardabout 5 years ago

    Awesome shot Erik ! I am freaking out just thinking in how close to the shark you were when you took this photo … brrrrr !!! – me and sharks dont get along very well :)

  • Thanks! It took a long time lying quietly on the sand before the sharks were game to come close enough for a good shot – they’re quite shy!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • Vickie Burt
    Vickie Burtabout 5 years ago

    Wow, great shot Erik. I wouldn’t want to be too close to him!!

  • Thanks!

    – Erik Schlogl

  • A.M. Ruttle
    A.M. Ruttleover 4 years ago

    Oooh ooh oooh, when I catch my breath maybe I’ll be able to leave a coherent comment! AMR

  • Atheum
    Atheumover 4 years ago

    Wonderful, simply wonderful. Sharks are my favorite animal. It pains me that these fabulous creatures are barely in the balance, and they’ve existed in this world for longer than we can imagine.

  • danamh40
    danamh40over 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your top ten finish!

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 4 years ago

    May 29,2010

    Fantastic capture

  • Thank you very much for the feature!

    – Erik Schlogl

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