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Blog: When “Shark Week” Is Every Week
By Joseph Tepper, August 15, 2012 @ 09:00 AM (EST)

I think a lot of underwater photographers get a kick out of the catch phrase for the Discovery Channel's Shark Week: “Any closer and you’d be bait.”

Not only is the idea that being in water with sharks automatically makes us bait slightly over-the-top; but what’s more, any photog would kill to be in the water with a shark and a camera!

Much like I will never forget my first dive, my first shark encounter with a shark still resonates with me—at just 12 years old I spied a nurse shark tucked under a rock in the Caribbean. And while I didn’t have a camera to capture that moment, I have been fortunate enough to capture dozens more of shark encounters since. Here are some of my favorites:

"Shark and Eel" is still one of my favorite encounters from the Turks and Caicos Aggresor.

I love shooting sharks and sunballs...like this 2010 shot taken in Turks and Caicos

I was bummed when I saw this friendly Nurse Shark on a dive in the Carribean with my macro set-up...
but his look says it all!

There is nothing like seeing hundreds of schooling hammerheads in the Galapagos for the first time!

And when you're done shooting hammerheads, the "friendly" silkies circle you at the end of a dive...

Going nose-to-nose with Silvertips in Papua New Guinea was unbelievalbe too

So whether you are a Shark Week fanatic or see it as just another way for the media to sensationalize sharks, take a moment to think back on some of your sharkiest moments. And make sure to share those amazing shark encounters and photos with your landlubbing friends--they might just learn to love the world's top predators too. That's the true Shark Week spirit.




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