Yes, that’s a feeling I’m definitely not interested in experiencing. Although I absolutely love the photos. These astonishing images were taken by Andy Murch — a British photographer who has made a specialty out of taking close-up shots of the oceans’ most feared predators. As you will see below, the fearless photographer ventures where few others would ever go, even if protected by a shark cage.
Mr. Murch has photographed the most dangerous of sharks, including great whites and hammerheads, and always does that at a time when they are at their most ferociously dangerous: when they feed. The photographer says that his in choosing this particular time is show that the sharks are much more interested in eating fish than they are in two-legged mammals.
And he might have a point — Mr. Murch’s only near-death experience took place when his breathing equipment malfunctioned. He says:
I’ve swum with countless sharks, and they generally show no aggression towards divers. When I do manage to entice sharks close to my camera, they sense the electrical fields surrounding my strobes and lights, but mostly they’re just looking for the fish that they can smell.
It’s important to respect these creatures. I don’t wear chain mail, but I do wear equipment that isn’t shiny or brightly colored, because I don’t want a shark to think it sees a fish and bite me in its confusion.
The only near-death experience I’ve had was when my breathing equipment malfunctioned 100ft underwater, and I almost didn’t make it back to the surface. Unfortunately, sharks are still portrayed as bloodthirsty monsters by Hollywood. But, in reality, sharks are the ones that are under threat from us.
Awesome work! (Scroll down for the video.)
1. In this image, Andy is almost able to reach out and touch the teeth of a great white.
2. ‘Even among the same species certain sharks have different personalities,’ Andy says.
3. In 15 years of filming sharks, Mr. Murch’s only near-death experience took place when his breathing equipment malfunctioned.
4. Andy pops up in shot for this close-up with a hammerhead shark.
5. Andy’s knowledge of shark behaviour enables him to capture images in safety.
6. A trick of the camera suggests that this big whale shark is about to devour a nearby snorkeller.
7. Andy says that ‘a deep understanding of shark behaviour is also absolutely critical’.
8. The photographer’s aim is to show that sharks are much more interested in eating fish than people.
9. Andy says that sharks are misunderstood creatures.
10. The photographer says that he has never been bitten.
11. The beauty of these astonishing creatures is wholly apparent in this photo.
12. This unnerving picture shows a crowd of sharks waiting under a dive boat.
And here is the video:
Source: The Daily Mail.
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