The summer has been busy with sharks - like a late day swim with this bold mako shark. More to come!
I am proud to have been a part of the upcoming National Geographic Wild program “Mission Critical – Sharks Under Attack” featuring award-winning National Geographic Magazine photographer Brian Skerry. I was fortunate to work with Brian last season while conducting my Cape Cod White Shark Predation Study. Tune in for never seen before white shark behavior on the Nat Geo Wild channel this Sunday May 22nd at 9pm. For more information on the Cape Cod White Shark Predation Study, see www.capecodwhiteshark.com
Meet Mr. Itchy. Named that way because of a parasitic skin condition, he is anything but shy. This mature male sandbar shark had no problem pushing off tiger sharks, big Galapagos sharks, and our feet.
She may be the fiercest shark specie in the south pacific but this shark needed help. Miles off the Kona coast we found this Oceanic whitetip shark trailing a plastic bottle purposely attached to tire and eventually kill her. While she was nervous and agitated, Paul Okumura and I were eventually able to corral her, and Paul cut her free. With Oceanic whitetip populations down by 99% in many areas, every individual counts,
I was lucky enough to give a lecture on the Sharks of New England Beyond the White Shark last weekend at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. The room was packed and it was a great crowd. I look forward to giving this photo profile presentation of our shark species in new venues in the months to come.
Rocketing from the deep this mako shark came in fast and hot today – bumping everything she could – mouth open. Let’s just say she put some new scratches on the dome port. This beefy female mako was the star of the half dozen makos we’ve seen this season. And as some of you know, this is by no means the biggest mouth full of teeth we’ve seen this year.