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The Whip-Fin by Norbert Probst

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I am happy that I’ve got some shots of this rare and shy specious: Common Thresher Shark (Alopias vulpinus) approaches cleaning station.
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Brother Islands, Egypt, Red Sea, Africa

Canon EOS 5D MKII, 4.0/17-40mm USM L, in Seacam housing, Seaflash, 1/200s, f5.6, ISO 400

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Passionated, professional photographer since 1992 with worldwide publications in magazines, newspapers, calendars, prospects, advertising, internet and on products.
I am located in Nuremberg, Franconia, Bavaria, Germany, and my heart beats for marine wildlife.

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  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombabout 2 years ago

    WOW – My mouth is still wide open looking at this one…..stunning work!

  • Thank you Loree!

    – Norbert Probst

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 2 years ago

    fantastic shot

  • Thank you very much!

    – Norbert Probst

  • Thomas Young
    Thomas Youngabout 2 years ago

    And you did an amazing job Norbert! Thank you for showing me such great images of your world that i have not yet been able to experience. You bring me right with you with these fantastic images. Thank you!

  • My pleasure! Thank you Thomas.

    – Norbert Probst

  • Alessandro Florelli
    Alessandro Flo...about 2 years ago

    Terrific shot Norbert…

  • Thank you very much Alessandro.

    – Norbert Probst

  • jozi1
    jozi1about 2 years ago

    Fantastic :)

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandabout 2 years ago

    Great catch mate.

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 2 years ago

    Fascinated by this graceful creature ~ not a tail I’d want to tangle with! I was also intrigued by the Wiki article, especially by the fact that the Common thresher grows to over 6 meters! The picture of the small shark in the article is also remarkable… the text says that baby threshers (at least of one species) can be 150 cm, or 5 feet, in length, but the purplish-colored one in the photo can’t be more than a meter, if that. STILL wouldn’t want to tangle with that tail. A fine shot, Norbert, of a beautiful animal. Love the eye.

  • Thank you very much for your friendly comment!

    – Norbert Probst

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...about 2 years ago

    WOW amazing capture!!! :)))))))))))))

  • Thank you Vicky.

    – Norbert Probst

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyabout 2 years ago

    You caught that tail in just the right position, Norbert. It shows off the ultra-streamlined design of that shark. What a magnificent creature!

  • Yes I was very lucky with this shot. But I had some wonderful minutes down there with than 10 good images.

    – Norbert Probst

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartabout 2 years ago

    Such a beautiful capture Norbert!! Looks rather like a cartoon fish. :)

  • Thank you Meg. You are right with your comment.

    – Norbert Probst

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