Behind the picture 5
As mentioned in previous posts, there are so many stories on real or hyped-up shark attacks that images like this need to be used to remind us they are just large, impressive animals- not human-hunters!
This week’s ‘behind the picture’ is one from my archives. It was taken in the Red Sea, just off Big Brother Island in the early naughties. The reason I bring it to you today is because the oceanic white tip shark today received CITES protection. This is a bit of great news for this ocean going species, although extremely sad for the state of our seas.
When this picture was taken, oceanic white tip sharks were fairly common, especially in the Red Sea; now its numbers have been decimated. These are impressive creatures and deserve protection from over fishing, but it is not full protection. The species can still be targeted by fishermen, but there will now be enforceable laws on international trade.
This shot, as I said, was taken off the Brother Islands in the middle of the Red Sea. I was on a specific oceanic hunt…
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