When looking at the full high res file there is a “hesitancy” I see in the sharks eyes and I am wondering if any of you can see this with the limited resolution of Instagram.
On this day, we had several young male sharks who were aggressive, curious and a combination of both…coming in fast, testing as young males will, pushing our limits which meant we had to push back if we were going to stay in the water and continue to place tags on these sharks. Placing tags on these great white sharks was important for the ongoing research being conducted by some of the researchers we volunteer for so with limited time at this location spending as much time as possible in the water was crucial to successfully placing the required tags.
So how do you push back with a great white shark you ask? More often than not it is about being super vigilant and standing your ground, reading the situation and knowing when it is time to get out and give the sharks some space - it is their home after all :-) Funny enough, on this day, all of the other sharks (meaning not the one in the photo) were aggressive but also seemed fearful of us - they would come in fast but dart away well before getting close to us, so there really was no need to get out and it really was just a matter of staying calm and waiting for the opportunity to place a tag.
This shark though, was super curious and super shy… taking quite some time before swimming in closer and closer and never aggressive. When I took this photo I lowered the camera and just observed the eyes which was when I really noticed that the shyness or hesitance was also showing in the eyes.
I was super excited to have a look at the photos I had taken later to see if the camera captured this…and yes, it did. Please let me know what you see in the comments below.
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