Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A massive Tiger Shark goes nose to nose with a diver on the sand flats of the northern Bahamas. Though these sharks have often been portrayed as monsters, in reality, they are complex and valuable predators that operate to maintain a stable ecosystem.
This region of the Bahamas has been identified as a place where many pregnant female tiger sharks spend time, and it is believed that the shallow, warm water helps with gestation.
Sharks play a vital role in the health of oceanic habitats, and the removal of these predators would contribute to the collapse - like a house of cards - of the whole ecosystem. Despite this fact, more than 100 million sharks are killed each year, primarily for their fins (which are used in shark fin soup). In the last sixty years, we have lost a majority of shark populations thereby decreasing the health of our oceans.
My new book - ‘SHARK’ by @BrianSkerry - is currently on sale! Filled with photos and stories of my personal experiences from nearly 4 decades of photographing sharks, the book aims to give creatures such as the Tiger Shark a new reputation. We must see sharks as magnificent animals that are vital to the health of the ocean and, as a result, to the health of our planet.
SHARK is available wherever books are sold
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