SHARKS : The King of Ocean



A few dozen miles off the coast of San Diego, California.
The dry wind and the scorching sunrays. The sea water is cold and chills the body to the core even in a 6.5mm thick wetsuit. All alone and holding a piece of rope attached to the boat I await the sharks. There are frozen mackerels hanging from my side, filling the current of the ocean with delicious smells. Making myself the bait, I try to lure the sharks towards me for the ultimate wild life photo shoot.

Photographing pelagic sharks like the Blue or Shortfin Mako Shark is even more dangerous than what "Jaws" would have you believe. The shark in the movie, a Great White, has today become a tourist attraction and can be viewed safely from inside a cage but such a thing would be impossible with the Shortfin Mako. It's not even a question of Know-How. There just isn't any.
Having set out to sea with a veteran ship captain I lower myself into the water, ready for a one-on-one battle between Man and Shark. What should I do if I come upon a specimen bigger and stronger than me...? I regretted seeing that 500kg Shortfin Mako record catch...

The Mexican 'Jaws' shark, San Diego's Blue Shark and the Shortfin Mako, Hawaii's Ocean Whitetip Shark, the Caribbean Sea's Caribbean Reef Shark, the Bahama's Tiger Shark and the Lemon Shark. From large schools of fish popular among divers like the Whale Sharks, Sand Tiger Sharks or the Scalloped Hammerheads to extremely rare species photographed in mid-swim like the Goblin Shark. We bring you the ultimate shark photo album full of pictures carefully selected from the e-Photography photo library and private shots. 65 pictures total available.

Photographers: Masa Ushioda, Kazu Masubuchi, Masaaki Chijimatsu, Hisamo Hamura, Furumi Kyu, Hideyuki Utsunomiya, Toshio Minami, Kitagawa Nobuo, Makoto Kubo, Hiro Tatsuuma, Makoto Hirose

By e-Photography, SeaPics JAPAN

Species presented in the album:

Pygmy Shark
Japanese Sawshark
Japanese Angel Shark
Bullhead Shark
Horn Shark
Japanese Wobbegong
Tasselled Wobbegong
Indonesian Speckled Carpet Shark
Brownbanded Bambooshark
Nurse Shark
Tawny Nurse Shark
Zebra Shark
Whale Shark
Sand Tiger Shark
Goblin Shark
Megamouth Shark
Great White Shark
Shortfin Mako Shark
Blotchy Swell Shark
Blackspotted Catshark
Banded Houndshark
Leopard Shark
Oceanic Whitetip Shark
Blacktail Reef Shark
Caribbean Reef Shark
Silky Shark
Galapagos Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark
Sandbar Shark
Silvertip Shark
Tiger Shark
Lemon Shark
Blue Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Scalloped Hammerhead
Other species (not sharks, though similar to them): Largetooth Sawfish, Yellow Guitarfish, Remora

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