Close Encounters of the Great White Kind

Get Up Close and Personal with a Great White Shark

Close Encounters of the Great White Kind

I’ve had a passion for wildlife photography for many years, so it was just a matter of time before I took the leap into great white shark diving. While on a Rodney Fox Great White Shark Expedition in the Neptune Islands in South Australia, I got to see the magnificent creatures in their element. It was incredible how close I got to these amazing animals.

The sharks were very curious and would often come up close to investigate the big object (boat) in their environment. I would love to know what’s going through this one’s head when this shot was taken.

Every morning of the trip, what seemed to be the same bird would hang around and pick up small scraps from the burley trail in the water—and, without fail, every morning, a great white shark would come along and try to eat this bird. It was a big, aquatic game of cat and mouse—and lucky for the bird, it didn't get eaten while I was on this trip. We later found out from the expedition leader that even if the birds do get caught, the great white sharks spit them out. Apparently these birds aren’t quite to their taste, and so the birds live to see another day. 

Camera Equipment
Canon 60d with battery grip
Sigma 17-70mm 2.8 macro

Story by: Zach Parker

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