"Diver Eli Martinez aims to change negative views about sharks by interacting with them in waters off Bahamas, where hammerhead sharks enjoy protection."
Happy Hammer Time!Mixed feelings- I feel like this does a lot of good for conservation and awareness but has the potential to turn into something bad, too. Like if the sharks were to grow dependent on humans, or if it became a major tourist attraction where anyone can feed the sharks and people started harassing them (leading to inadvertent bites and then the revival of the “sharks r da devil” campaign)
Surfers at Blacks Beach
Photo: Laurent Imagery
awkwardsituationist:photos by shawn heinrichs at mexico’s isla mujeres, site of the world’s largest aggregation of whale sharks. measuring up to fifty feet long (compare to the thirty foot boat seen here), whale sharks are extremely docile creatures. they are listed as vulnerable by the international union for conservation of nature and natural resources, and these photos were taken to promote the message that the economic benefits of shark tourism outweighs the value of the shark fin trade.
regarding the first and third photos, heinrichs noted, “to get a shot like this requires a lot of technical know-how and experience because focusing on an object above and below the water at the same time is challenging,” adding, “getting the horizon line level and water off the lens is an exercise in patience and determination. (more whale shark photos)