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William Winram  Ocean Explorer - Freediving World Record Holder - IUCN Oceans Ambassador - Founder of @WatermenProject - Fellow of The Explorers Club

One of my most favorite things to do is dive with these beauties...cannot wait to get back in the water with them!

Photo: @williamwinram

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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.

Photo: @williamwinram

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I thought this photo looked a bit like a painting...please let me know your thoughts in the comments... There was so much plankton in the water - the reason the manta rays were there - that when I tried to edit the photo it became really grainy and almost like it was painted on a canvas.

Diver: @lukaswaterman

Photo: @williamwinram

Sometimes, even the best laid plans just do not go as planned…
A couple years ago while in the Bahamas to tag great hammerhead sharks as part of a collaboration with @tristanguttridge and @biminisharklab, my friend @laurentegli snapped this photo of me and this great hammerhead shark. So, the story around the photo is as follows: I had been trying to put a tag on this shark for over an hour with limited success. Usually, the problem is that the shark will not let you get close enough to properly place the tag but as you can see in the photo, this shark was not at all shy. .
There was no chance to sneak up on her as she would accelerate in anticipation of my approach. She would happily approach me but always head on and direct which does not allow me to place a tag. She was so clever that she would spin quickly around me such that I had no chance to track her or to move the tagging gun into position due to the resistance of the water on the gun as I would try to move it. Eventually, I gave up and just enjoyed the encounter. .
In the photo it looks like she is taking a close look at the tagging gun and the tag as if to say “you want to give me this piece of jewellery or this piercing?”
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Diver: @williamwinram
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Photo: @laurentegli
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#sharkdive #nocage #greathammerhead #ocean #saltlife #oceanconservation #education

The last minute turn…they cruise in, not fast, not slow but a bit “lazy” and you wonder what they are going to do and at what seems the last possible moment, they turn and swim past you.

Photo: @williamwinram

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I was swimming along the edge of the shallows observing the sea lions and looking out for a possible great white shark encounter… It did not take long for a curious white to swim in and the reaction of the sea lions was great - swimming in and around and blowing out air…the bubbles are not from divers but from sea lions.
You just have to love how totally casual the great white is and how little energy they expend as they cruise through for a look.

Video: @williamwinram

With: @lukaswaterman @watermenproject @apneacity @pelagioskakunja

#greatwhiteshark #oceanexploration #saltlife #marineprotectedarea #freediving #nocage #onebreath #sealion

Imagine being out in the blue, 75m of depth beneath you and not a shark in sight… then in the distance, you see a faint outline of something… what is it? Whale? Dolphin? Sea lion? Elephant seal? As it moves closer it begins to take shape and you realise it is a great white shark… it is swimming in on the surface, slowly, casually… your mind tells you “this is a good thing, she is not rocketing up from the bottom” but is your mind playing tricks?
The boat? Forget about the boat, no way you can make the 50m+ swim before she arrives and if you sprint for it? Well then you are acting like prey and may become such. Stay cool, stay calm and make eye contact… and remember one important thing - You are behind the guy you are taking the photo of!!! :-))) Diver: Pierre Frolla

Photo: @williamwinram

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I was giving a short interview today and was asked “what is the most telling thing you have noticed over the years - the decline in the oceans health, ecosystems that have been destroyed by over fishing, is there something that you have been reflecting on William?” I gave it a moment to settle in and then I responded - “funny you should ask… you would think it would be one of the issues you mention but it is not, although those are very real issues… for me it boils down to one thing - What I have witnessed in the sea and what my young friend @lukaswaterman has not… long pause, letting those words hang in the air and then… I can say that I have dove in an ocean and in different parts of the worlds oceans at a time and place when I can honestly say I did not see a single piece of plastic but unfortunately Lukas has not ever had that experience and may never unless we change.” There is a tremendous push to raise awareness about single use plastics but the reality is that without everyone of us making an effort and reducing nothing will change… we have the power to effect tremendous change so I hope we can embrace it.

Photo: @williamwinram
#worldsoceanday #marineprotectedarea #sealife #saltlife #ocean #future #takecharge

#biminiperses - one of my favourite sharks… he was ever present during several of the days during our last expedition to tag the great hammerheads… kept swimming back, on the surface, at depth, in and around. I might have mentioned in a previous post that we saw what looked like a cataract in his right eye - I am hoping he will return for this coming season so we can have a look at his right eye and - fingers crossed - it will have cleared up… as I am not aware of any treatment options for great hammerhead sharks with cataracts.

Shark: Bimini Perses

Photo: @williamwinram

#greathammerhead #sharks #saltlife #ocean #freediving #apnea

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