When a marine biologist was filming hundreds of the world’s most sensitive sharks, he had the “most amazing day” that he could have imagined.
Dr. Simon Pierce, from New Plymouth, New Zealand, used a remote camera to capture the hammerhead school in the Galapagos National Park so he wouldn’t scare off the shy creatures.
The images and videos were taken at one of the world’s most remote scuba diving sites, Darwin Island, far north of the Galapagos Islands.
“The hammerheads were one of the most amazing days of my life,” said Simon.
“I became a marine biologist to have the chance to visit amazing locations and species as part of my job, and photography is a wonderful method to share them with others.”
This is a rare sight, as the sharks are timid and are on the verge of extinction.
“This video was taken in a section of the sea where shark fishing is not permitted,” he added.
“This is what a healthy marine protected area may look like.
“People often ask me how I stay positive when there are so many marine conservation challenges out there.
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