TIME TO SPLIT
Basking sharks often feed close to shore, and their huge dorsal fins often shock people swimming nearby. These sharks are tough photographic subjects. If you swim in too fast, they’ll close their mouths and you’ll miss the classic gaping-jaws photo. We heard on marine radio that basking sharks had been spotted near St. Michael’s. I used a huge 23-inch dome port, which has 10 pounds of lead attached to it, just to sink it to halfway so I could shoot clean split levels. Both halves of this image — a digital composite — were taken on the same day, in the same area, with the same camera.
LOCATION: St. Michael’s Mount, Cornwall
PHOTOGRAPHER: Alex Mustard
The second-largest fish in the ocean — only the whale shark is bigger — basking sharks are filter feeders.
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