GREAT WHITE SHARK

Scuba Diver Australasia + Ocean Planet - - Inspirational Images Of 25 Ocean Species Under Thr - Text & Pho­tos by Chris­tian Vizl

ASIA DIVE EXPO (ADEX 2014, 2019 SPEAKER)

Sharks are prob­a­bly the most mis­un­der­stood an­i­mals that in­habit the world’s oceans, and Hol­ly­wood’s favourite shark, the great white, is surely the most ma­ligned. Like other sharks, the great white is tar­geted for its fins, teeth and jaws, but it is rarely an ob­ject of com­mer­cial fish­eries. The IUCN lists the great white as Vul­ner­a­ble, and the species is in­cluded on Ap­pen­dix II of CITES. It is also pro­tected in the na­tional wa­ters of coun­tries such as Aus­tralia, South Africa, Is­rael, and the USA (Florida and Cal­i­for­nia).

Be­ing in the pres­ence of such an in­cred­i­ble an­i­mal is one that I look for­ward to ev­ery year at Guadalupe Is­land in Mex­ico, one of the best places to in­ter­act with them. I al­ways look for great por­traits, but I try to stay away from the typ­i­cal frontal shot where the mouth is open and the teeth are vis­i­ble and scary – which only serves to re­in­force neg­a­tive per­cep­tions. I look for an­gles where all the an­i­mal’s im­pres­sive fea­tures can be seen but with a less-threat­en­ing ap­pear­ance.

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