March 9, 2014

Lone Shark

Photograph by Denis Nezhentsev, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot member Denis Nezhentsev captured this underwater scene, a recent Daily Dozen selection, during a dive safari near Wolf Island in the Galápagos. "The main purpose of the shoot was hammerhead sharks and stingrays," he says. "I first went into the big cloud of small fish, and then there was a pack of hammerhead sharks circling me. I could only hope they were satiated and took the shot."

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47 comments
Lens Universe
Lens Universe

As a kid my favorite show was "Seahunt". This brings back those days. Marvelous shot!

Catherine Huang
Catherine Huang

It seems dangerous! I've just took the iBT and in the writing part the first paper I was expected to write was about the hammerheads. Now I happen to see this shot. It's such a coincidence! love it !

Gaby RJ
Gaby RJ

Gotta love the dark atmosphere, really gives you the creeps! Fantastic!

Allan Newman
Allan Newman

Fantastic Shot! It feels like your right there...

Janice H.
Janice H.

FISHDOM!            Wonderful shot.       Must have been scary going in there and being "circled" by the sharks.    Love this photo!

ADRIAN DRAGOI
ADRIAN DRAGOI

This is an amazing shot. Perfect timing and good light. Good job Denis.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Weird, but my comment just typed, has vanished!  Ah, well......j.e.s.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

A terrific underwater shot. The small fish like shadows, with the ghostly looking  hammerhead in among them. This species are definately odd looking bodkin's, who never the less are interesting sharks.I have wondered about their shape, and its function, more than once.  Anyway we're here to comment, so...........  I think the lighting at the top of the frame makes it a stand out from an already great picture. Thanks Denis.  j.e.s.     

Lokesh Gautam
Lokesh Gautam

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Jan K.
Jan K.

I find hammerheads as the most spectacular shark species. Incredible evolution.

Shane Hughes
Shane Hughes

This is great. I absolutely love underwater photography in B&W because it makes everything look as though it is in the sky rather than underwater.

Ilya Lychkou
Ilya Lychkou

As for me this shot is an allegory of the phrase: a man of a thousand! Thank you))

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Hammerheads are one of the top most dangerous sharks and that to dive amongst..... not for me thanks. I made a packt here with the sharks many years ago and that is that  "if they stay in the sea - I will stay on dry land""..  Great photo nontheless and thanks for sharing.

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

There's an aesthetic impression of receding depth in this photo from the gradation of tone towards the light source above the water, and in the silhouettes of the fish.


Only the image of the shark has more form than just a silhouette.  Hammerhead sharks as a species have made a great physiological investment in the perception of visual parallax.  The shape of their head is very unique. 

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