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Fins rounded with white tips P fin very large. Pelagic near the surface, rarely near the shore. potentially dangerous, may persistently circle divers. The oceanic whitetip shark, Carcharhinus longimanus, is a large pelagic shark of tropical and warm temperate seas. It is a stocky shark, most notable for its long, white-tipped, rounded fins.
This aggressive but slow-moving fish dominates feeding frenzies, and is a danger to survivors of oceanic shipwrecks and downed aircraft — it has attacked more humans than all other shark species combined. Recent studies have shown that its numbers are in steep decline as its large fins are highly valued as the chief ingredient of shark fin soup and, as with other shark species, the oceanic whitetip faces mounting pressure from fishing throughout its range.
Canon G9
Inon wide angle lens
Iso 100
f/4
1/160
FL 7.4mm
Featured in Out of the Blue (75%+ Blue) March 2010

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blue, fish, humans, oceanic white tip, owt, pelagic shark, sea, shark, shark fin soup

Comments

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

    Good grief! Were you in the water with this or is it an aquarium shot?

  • Hi Polly,
    The shot was taken in the Red Sea, on a reef called Daedalus reef,half way between Egypt and Saudi Arabia. It was in the late afternoon and you could feel a change in temperament of the shark a lot more inquisitive as she go’s into hunting mode. I was using a wide angle lens the focal length was 7.4mm so even though she looks a little far away the actual distance between her and me was about 1-2 ft huge buzzzzz for my dive buddy and me as we were the only two in the water at that time a good hour diving with hear.
    Two interesting things about this photo on the left flank just behind the P fin she has a bite scare which was relatively fresh so she may have been mated and in the bottom right corner hard to see on this photo you have another one.
    Marko

    – markosixty6

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

    Oh my goodness, you are sooo brave and what an incredible story. I can see the bite mark clearly, didn’t know the males bit the females when mating. Well done you!!

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 4 years ago

    YIKES!!! 1-2 feet away?? Amazing shot and wot guts!

  • Angie66
    Angie66almost 3 years ago

    wow brilliant shot :0)

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