Saturday, April 12, 2014

Week Of The Long Hands - Oceanic Whitetip Sharks.

Two weeks ago, I was with friends snorkeling offshore and photographing Oceanic Whitetip Sharks at the remote Cat Island in the Bahamas.

Jacques Cousteau once proclaimed Oceanic Whitetip Sharks were, "the most dangerous of all sharks." He also nicknamed them, "the Long Hands" due to their notably long, white-tipped, rounded fins. While there is no question they could inflict some serious damage on a person, they were actually quite well behaved during our time in the ocean with them offshore at Cat Island, Bahamas. A truly magnificent shark whose numbers around the world are in sharp decline. Like all sharks in the ocean, they need to be protected from shark finning. This shark's particularly large long knives are highly valued as the chief ingredient of shark fin soup. These apex ocean predators belong offshore in the World's oceans, not at the bottom of an Asian soup bowl.

Here are just a few photos that I captured.