March 22, 2014

Atoll Tale

Photograph by Thomas Peschak, National Geographic

Young Galápagos sharks—found around tropical oceanic reefs worldwide—nose the camera in the lagoon of the Bassas da India atoll. A protected home for the sharks, Bassas is one of two tiny French territories tucked between Madagascar and southern Africa. The other, Île Europa, is a vital breeding area for endangered green turtles.

See more pictures from the April 2014 feature story “A Tale of Two Atolls.”


Thomas Peschak talks about photographing sharks »

25 comments
Ash Amburgey
Ash Amburgey

They must be awfully small for you to wanna be that close !

william dennison
william dennison

Perfection perfected, by both the beautiful Shark and of course the caring photograher, "Thank You".

T. Rones
T. Rones

It's Great how you captured this moment, I wonder, how much time did it take to get this shot?

Lori Ann Isagawa
Lori Ann Isagawa

The photos are so breath taking. "I just love of types of animals"!

Janice H.
Janice H.

Magnificent photo!       Love this picture so much, the colors, the beautiful water, the sharks and fish, brilliant!     So much to take in.      

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Now thats what I call scary ! The shot brings these sharks kinda too close for comfort,and one does not want to imagine being that close. But at the same time, it's a GREAT portrait of them, and it's worth viewing these creatures of the deep sitting down here at home!   j.e.s.....

Terryll Sauls
Terryll Sauls

Hope the Chinese don't get near these sharks. They will all be finned and thrown back in the ocean to die. A terrific picture.

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Excellent photo of the underworld. They sure have huge eyes.

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