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Field Blog: Shark Celebration Week in Rhode Island
By Joseph Tepper, August 6, 2013 @ 07:59 PM (EST)

By Joseph Tepper

For many, Shark Week involves curling up on the couch with some popcorn and watching amazing (albeit sensationalized) underwater images of sharks. We wanted to pay tribute to the real beauty of these amazing animals—that’s why we teamed up with Ikelite to bring you DPG’s “Shark Celebration Week.”

But to really get in the spirit, we took it to the next level; leaving DPG headquarters in NYC for one of our favorite shark photography destinations. Best of all, it’s only two hours away…by train.

It's amazing that no matter what body of saltwater you're in, there's a shark near by waiting to be photographed--even two hours north of New York City!

After a swift train ride, we arrived in Rhode Island, where we met up with our friend Joe Romeiro with Pelagic Expeditions. One 4 AM wake-up call later, we boarded the boat down at the dock and were on our way...

Now that's a car packed with underwater photo gear!

Underwater photo tip: The early photographer gets the shark.

The morning kicked off with a bang—several bus-sized humpbacks partaking in a feeding frenzy!

Birds fluttered about the humpacks, which gorged on baitfish for nearly an hour.

Never leave a topside camera at home!

Humpacks swam within a few feet of the boat. Good thing they weren't the all-too-real Megalodon...

As much as I love whales, I have to admit I was relieved when Joe yelped “Shark!” We had found the attention of a Mako shark. Not a bad way to spend Shark Celebration Week.
Photographing Makos is a truly special and rare experience--only to be had in Rhode Island

Well that’s it for now. Heading back out tomorrow hoping to get in the water and photograph some blue sharks! Until then…




Fantasea FG7X II
Ikelite Housing for Nikon D500
I-DiveSite Venom 35s
SeaLife DC2000
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