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Shark!
01-AUG-2013

Shark!

I am always struck by the difference in attitude towards sharks between divers and non-divers. When I am about to leave for a dive trip, non-diving friends say "I hope you don't run into any sharks" and my answer is invariably "I hope I do." They are incredibly beautiful animals and always amazing to see. I have never ever felt even the remotest hint of a threat from sharks (or any other animal underwater). That being said, I don't go diving in places where there are opportunities for "confusion", like diving in turbid water where there are seals that are hunted by great whites. Great white sharks do not want to eat people (our fat content is too low), but by the time they spit someone out, it might already be too late. But sharks are no different from any other predator: I wouldn't go walking in Africa between a pride of lions and the herd of wildebeests they are hunting.... And there are definitely some parts of some cities I wouldn't go walking in, either.

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Ken Duckert03-Sep-2013 10:14
High adventure for sure. Great shot Peter - and lots of wisdom in your comment.
Larry Umthun02-Sep-2013 22:13
Terrific image!
Stephanie31-Aug-2013 14:15
Unfortunately, I think the movie, "Jaws", created the fear of sharks....
This is a beautiful scene Peter! Love the rays of light! :)
Clarence King31-Aug-2013 13:29
Fine work and well said. v
woody3431-Aug-2013 01:28
Admire your cool and don't venture where you do,but have a fear of sharks while swimming the ocean,particularly if unpatrolled...fascinating, impressive clear capture ... V
Sam Rua30-Aug-2013 17:09
Very cool capture and comp, Peter. Love your perspective on sharks.
Dallas Hyatt30-Aug-2013 13:46
This shot evokes a feeling of solitude you rarely see in under water photography. Powerful image. Bravo!
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