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📸 @mitty Follow @uwphotosociety for more stories. Affectionately dubbed “Little Pretty” by locals, this beautiful tiger shark was an absolute treat to dive with on our most recent venture on the SeaLegacy 1. The minute I slipped beneath the surface, she came gliding through the tropical current to greet me like an old friend. The powerful sweep of her tail revealed the beautiful markings along her flanks that give her species its name and she sailed over the reef to investigate me- a newcomer in her underwater kingdom. Most of us assume sharks operate almost mechanically as honed predators ready to hunt or strike at a moment’s notice. But in all my time diving with them, I’ve found them to be thoughtful and cautious animals. Many won’t even dare come near me while I’m diving and the ones who are brave enough to draw close are simply curious about my presence, like Little Pretty. Far from the bloodthirsty monsters we’ve made them out to be, sharks are intelligent will do everything they can to avoid taking unnecessary risks. • • • • • • • • • • #uwphoto #uwphotography #scuba #scubadiving #scubadive #ocean #underwater #underwaterphoto #marine #marinelife #uwpics #underwaterphotography #scubadiver #freediver #oceanphotography #scubaphoto #scubalove #uwlife #scubadivers #waterphotography #divetrip #water #underwaterpics #scubalife #scubadiverslife #underwaterlife #padi #oceans #underwaterworld #shark
📸 @shawnheinrichs Follow @uwphotosociety for more stories. DEFENDING THE HEART OF MARINE BIODIVERSITY Indonesia has the greatest biodiversity of sharks and rays of anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, it is also the number one fisher for sharks and rays. As such, the populations of many of these species have been severely depleted throughout the archipelago. As part of my work there, a huge focus has been trying to secure local and national level protections for many of these vulnerable species. Some of the biggest successes have come at both the local level, as well as at the national level. Locally, in Raja Ampat, working closely with @misool.resort , we succeeded in protecting a 400 square kilometer section of the most biodiverse reefs in all of Raja Ampat in 2005. Later, in 2008, we were able to expand that to a total of 1,200 square kilometers. As a result of those conservation efforts, with strict enforcement by the local communities, shark populations are 25 times greater within the protected area than outside of it. Following that, in partnership with @conservationorg and @mantatrust , we succeeded in working closely with the regional government to secure protection for all of Raja Ampat as a shark and ray sanctuary, as well as protecting other marine megafauna. With that protection, a major portion of the large scale commercial vessels that were doing trawling, long-lining, and gill-netting, have been removed from the waters of Raja Ampat. • • • • • • • • • • #uwphoto #uwphotography #scuba #scubadiving #scubadive #ocean #underwater #underwaterphoto #marine #marinelife #uwpics #underwaterphotography #scubadiver #freediver #oceanphotography #scubaphoto #scubalove #uwlife #scubadivers #waterphotography #divetrip #water #underwaterpics #scubalife #scubadiverslife #underwaterlife #padi #oceans #underwaterworld #diver
📸 @greg.lecoeur Follow @uwphotosociety for more stories. I’m excited to have contributed the above image to TurtlePrints.org, a limited-time fundraiser to help save sea turtles. Now through May 10th, you can purchase this photograph and many more as a 12” x 18” print with 100% of the proceeds supporting @oceanic.society ’s sea turtle conservation programs. • • • • • • • • • • #uwphoto #uwphotography #scuba #scubadiving #scubadive #ocean #underwater #underwaterphoto #marine #marinelife #uwpics #underwaterphotography #scubadiver #freediver #oceanphotography #scubaphoto #scubalove #uwlife #scubadivers #waterphotography #divetrip #water #underwaterpics #scubalife #scubadiverslife #underwaterlife #padi #oceans #underwaterworld #diver
📸 @alex_dawson_photography Follow @uwphotosociety for more stories. Dropping into the blue abyss from the Diaz line. @skandacophield @kimprotecglobaldiveguide @divelikeaninja this is one of the places in Quintana Roo that I just have to visit every time I’m there. It’s part of the worlds largest mapped cave system Sac Actun • • • • • • • • • • #uwphoto #uwphotography #scuba #scubadiving #scubadive #ocean #underwater #underwaterphoto #marine #marinelife #uwpics #underwaterphotography #scubadiver #freediver #oceanphotography #scubaphoto #scubalove #uwlife #scubadivers #waterphotography #divetrip #water #underwaterpics #scubalife #scubadiverslife #underwaterlife #padi #oceans #underwaterworld #diver
📸 @brianskerry Follow @uwphotosociety for more stories. A Humpback whale calf swims above its mom as two male escorts follow along in the waters off the Cook Islands. Humpback moms invest a lot into their offspring, with a gestation that lasts nearly a year, then spending the first year of the calf’s life teaching it all the skills it will need to survive in the sea. These bonds are strong and are an important element of whale culture. This population of Humpbacks feed in Antarctic waters during the summer then migrate to the South Pacific in winter to have their calves. Coverage from ’Secrets of the Whales’ - My new book, @natgeo magazine story in the May issue and the 4-part series on disneyplus • • • • • • • • • • #uwphoto #uwphotography #scuba #scubadiving #scubadive #ocean #underwater #underwaterphoto #marine #marinelife #uwpics #underwaterphotography #scubadiver #freediver #oceanphotography #scubaphoto #scubalove #uwlife #scubadivers #waterphotography #divetrip #water #underwaterpics #scubalife #scubadiverslife #underwaterlife #padi #oceans #underwaterworld #diver