The King - Ocean series Underwater photography by Maya
This shot was taken in the Southern Red Sea at Elphinstone Reef in August on the second dive of that day. The oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) is found globally in deep, open water. .Their behaviour in this region has changed profoundly in the last years with locals commenting on the fact that he has become more aggressive, probably as a result of the number of divers in the water. This shot has a special meaning to me as I had such I high fever that morning that I almost did not dive and decided to go in just because it was the last dive of the week prior to heading ashore. In the shot I was alone with a friend after an hour and a half in the water. Lukily we both still had air and the natural light was quite stunning. This bold and unpredictable individual came straight for me. I was unsure if, or when he would turn but my physical condition probably helped me keep calm, still and looking straight at him with my syperdome to sheild me..!. I knew on this dive we would be in the water with oceanics and did not want to take a strobe as I felt that this would invade the intimacy of the encounter and frankly the pristine natural light was incredible. I was overwhelmed and humbled by the encounter which left me wanting more.. A truly majestic animal.