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Photo Series: Sharks of the Bahamas
By Amanda Cotton, August 8, 2013 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

By Amanda Cotton

The Bahamian waters are a shark diver’s dream. 

Not only are there numerous species of sharks to dive with, but the sharks are protected from commercial fishing thanks to action by the Bahamas government and supporting NGO work. 

World renowned Tiger Beach off the west end of Grand Bahama offers divers a chance to experience extreme close up encounters with tiger sharks, Caribbean reef, lemon, nurse and the occasional great hammerhead shark. 

Famous shark professional Cristina Zenato works with Caribbean reef sharks in Freeport, oceanic whiteip sharks can be found off the coast of Cat Island at certain times of the year, and the majestic and highly sought after great hammerhead can now easily be dived with at Bimini. 

These environments and different species offer a perfect opportunity to capture sharks devoid from the distractions of color and background; showcasing the shark in its simplest form. 

Black and white photography and sharks work beautifully together, one allowing the other to shine.  The focus of the photograph easily shifts importance to the form, tone and emotion captured by the photographer.

 

Amanda Cotton is a freelance photographer based in Florida, USA.  To learn more about her work visit www.acottonphoto.com.

 

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