Tiger shark, getting some sun

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© Willy Volk
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UploadedAugust 21, 2008
TakenJuly 26, 2007
Exposure1/200 sec at f/16
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length15 mm
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The Tiger shark is the fourth largest predatory shark in the world. However, when treated respectfully and very carefully, divers can swim among them.

Naturally curious, these fish will approach humans underwater. Tips for avoiding their mighty jaws include keeping out of their paths, wearing dark scuba gear, and using the dome of your camera housing to gently push them away.

EDIT: I took this shot in the water off the western Bahamas. This spot is known as "Tiger Beach."

In the Shooting Sharks in the Bahamas photo essay.

22 responses

  • Kevin Kabuki

    Kevin Kabuki gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    I usually just stay on land to keep from their jaws, and leave shots like this to people like you. Great shot.

  • Kate Marshall

    Kate Marshall gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    wow...usually anything related to sharks scares me but this is a great shot!

  • tom leeman

    tom leeman said (21 Aug 2008):

    That is one big fish. Where did you take this?

  • James Spicer

    James Spicer said (21 Aug 2008):


  • Willy Volk

    Willy Volk said (21 Aug 2008):

    I took this shot in the water off the western Bahamas. This spot is known as "Tiger Beach."

  • Dani Barchana

    Dani Barchana (Deleted) gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    Nice Framing, lovely creature.

  • brian eliel

    brian eliel said (21 Aug 2008):

    Willy, just pretty awesome, so it sounds like you don't swim up to them and poke them. You must also be using scuba tanks as I can't see you wanting to focus on getting oxygen up and down while you are entertaining some Tigers.

  • Willy Volk

    Willy Volk said (21 Aug 2008):

    I *am* using scuba.
    Here is a photo of me, taking pictures of the sharks:

  • May Lattanzio

    May Lattanzio gave props (21 Aug 2008):

    Beautiful shot, Willy. I used to live in Key Largo, learned to dive, but sadly, never saw many sharks.

  • Jorge Quinteros

    Jorge Quinteros said (22 Aug 2008):

    Wow, that once amazing shot. What type of equipment for underwater photography?

  • Willy Volk

    Willy Volk said (22 Aug 2008):

    @Jorge -- The camera is a Canon Digital Rebel. I had it housed inside an Ikelite housing (http://www.ikelite.com/web_pages/2dslr_350d.html).
    This particular dive trip lasted for a week. During that time, I took 5000+ photos.

  • Victoria Phillips

    Victoria Phillips gave props (23 Aug 2008):

    Awesome photo! You are so brave.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (24 Aug 2008):

    terrific shot!

  • Angel Foice

    Angel Foice gave props (24 Aug 2008):

    gorgeous. i love sharks :D

  • :) L P

    :) L P gave props (9 Sep 2008):

    that is crazy! i'd freak if i saw one of those in the water!

  • Don Dequasie

    Don Dequasie (Deleted) gave props (2 Oct 2008):

    Glorious. Pat yourself on the back.

  • Jim Cripps

    Jim Cripps gave props (30 Nov 2008):


  • Christophe Le Canne

    Christophe Le Canne gave props (24 Dec 2008):

    Nice shot !

  • Suhail Naz

    Suhail Naz gave props (18 Jan 2009):

    Great shot, the sun's rays are so perfect that it makes this shoot look like something done in Hi Quality CGI. Unbelievably great shot !

  • Kimberly Clements

    Kimberly Clements said (31 May 2009):

    Amazing! Sharks terrify me but I'm fascinated by photos of them. This is a very majestic image.

  • Endre Paulovics

    Endre Paulovics gave props (7 Jun 2009):

    so wicked pic! this story and the pics are awsome! well done

  • Bernadette Lester

    Bernadette Lester said (25 Jul 2009):

    Amazing photo!! Impecable capture!! Simply breathtaking!!

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