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Schooling hammerhead sharks.

Schooling hammerhead sharks.

This is the highlight for me, although almost everything was amazing. They pass the reef in a wall of sharks that fills your field of view: I have a full-frame, uber-wide-angle lens and it still does not do reality justice. And swimming out into the school is truly one of the most special moments of my life: they open out around you and you end up in a bubble completely surrounded by these beautiful animals.

Many people do not believe that this is safe. It is: they have no interest in us (and in fact do not like the sound of bubbles). Also, they are not in this location to eat. It is a cleaning station, where small fish pick off parasites etc from the sharks. Even eagle rays (which hammerheads do like to eat) are not concerned by the schooling sharks here.

Nikon D700
1/320s f/7.1 at 24.0mm iso800 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Juan Leon16-Oct-2012 18:14
Cleaning station or not, certainly an amazing image!
Sheila15-Oct-2012 06:56
It is a wondrous image.
Stephanie06-Oct-2012 10:09
INCREDIBLE image and information! I would love to have been surrounded by these hammerheads! BV+++
soulis05-Oct-2012 14:07
Great! V.
Sam Rua05-Oct-2012 13:04
Another great shot, Peter.
Barry Rosenberg05-Oct-2012 12:49
this is quite a fascinating look at this group. v
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