Photographers risk lives to shoot fatal shark

15:47, July 06, 2010      

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Skree took the whitetip reef shark's picture in near distance.(Agencies)

Lots of photographers are willing to risk anything, even their lives, to shoot great pictures.

Such is the case with Brian Skree and his partner Pratt, two British photographers who dived into water near Bahamas and tracked a whitetip reef shark for two hours, according to foreign media.

The whitetip reef shark, much like the bullhead shark, is one of the most dangerous creatures in the water. Skree and Pratt took many precious photographs in the face of fatal danger.

According to the latest statistics, the number of whitetip reef sharks in Mexico Gulf and Caribbean has been decreasing since 1950s, and it is facing extinction. Skree and Pratt came to this sea area and waited for several days, and finally they met a whitetip reef shark under water.

"We feel so lucky to have found him, while it is even luckier that we can stay with him for two hours." Skree said.

Skree, the 48-year-old photographer, has 30 years of underwater photography experience.

Skree took the pictures of interaction between the shark and Pratt, another photographer.(Agencies)

"I saw it from the boat, and we jumped into the water to take pictures without any hesitation…It swam to me when I just jumped into the water. My heart beat so quickly that it seemed like it was jumping out of my throat when I jumped into the water."

According to him, the whitetip reef shark they met is about 3 meters long and weighs 160 kilograms. It swam around them, and seemed to try to understand what they were doing. Crewmembers on the boat dropped a cage into the water to protect photographers.

Skree asked Pratt to go into the cage. Skree chose to stay outside and face the danger to take pictures of this huge and life-threatening animal.

"It is strong, but very polite," he said.

By Wang Hanlu, People's Daily Online


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