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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.

WHEN TO GO March to Novem­ber, but best time for the sharks is late May and June; wa­ter temps range from low 50s F to 68˚F DIVE NOW charles­hood.com/ snorkel-with-sharks

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