Photo of the Week
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Fiona Ayerst/Marine Photobank
"Diving in Southern Mozambique, my buddies and I were lucky enough
to have an interaction with five bull sharks in the water at one time.
We call these sharks Zambezi's here in South Africa. These sharks often
congregate on in-shore pinnacles and on this particular occasion the
water was thick with schooling deep-water fish. The sharks were excited
by the activity and food in the water and were swimming around each
other and sometimes seemed to be herding the fish. At the time I took
this photo, one shark had just turned away from me whilst another was
still heading towards me and I captured what I call a yin-yang moment:
two muscular fish of the utmost power and beauty, in perfect symmetry
with each other. I was lucky to have my dive buddy positioned at the
back and away from the sharks giving a great 3D perspective and making
the sharks look massive. They were big sharks anyway at about nine feet
(three meters) each!
Why dive with sharks like this some may ask?
Sharksare beautiful, majestic creatures that are able to interact with
humans with non-threatening curiosity. Sharks are far more under threat
from man, than the other way around. Each year, more than 100 million
sharks are plundered from the ocean, mostly for the shark fin trade.
Yet, in spite of their vicious reputation, sharks
do not usually attack humans. In 2010, the International Shark Attack File reported six human
deaths worldwide resulted from shark attacks.
Should you be afraid of sharks? Of course. You
should be aware of them and respect them for what they are—wild
animals. But this fear should be in context, and lead to a healthy
respect and admiration, which can be obtained by interacting with them
in their own domain. Those of us who enjoy swimming with them in part
to try to debunk the myths that have been perpetuated about sharks can
only hope that future generations will have the privilege of doing the