Title:
Kingdom of the Shark
Photographer:
Laura Storm
Age Group:
Over 18s
Region:
Americas
Country:
The Bahamas
Nature’s Assets
Camera Used:
Canon 550D. 15mm fisheye lens. Sea & Sea RDX550D housing, Twin INON s2000 strobes.
Image caption:

There was a time not so long ago, when you could almost be assured of a shark sighting if you were diving an outer reef or hanging around at the point where a current splits. In many parts of the world those days have already gone. It’s a global issue that the decimation of our shark population to the finning industry continues at an alarming rate. However, there are hope spots. Special protected marine reserves where sharks thrive and the balance of nature is much as it should be. The Bahamas is one such place.
Caribbean reef sharks are naturally inquisitive and if you’re lucky, they will come in close to investigate. To capture this image, I waited patiently for the shark to approach me while I hovered, camera at the ready, a few metres above the ocean floor. It’s always a thrill to have these experiences with apex predators. The Bahamas leads by example, generating income from preserving nature rather than destroying it.
Minor adjustments in contrast, clarity, noise, white balance.

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