Image Gallery: Swimming with Sharks

For nearly 30 years, National Geographic photojournalist Brian Skerry has been swimming with and photographing sharks, including great whites, tigers, bulls, blacktips, and great hammerheads all around the world. In his first blog post for the Smithsonian Ocean Portal, "Swimming with Sharks," Skerry reflects on these exhilirating experiences.


An oceanic whitetip shark swims near a biologist in the Bahamas.

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Submitted by Kahuna (not verified) on

Aren't you skipping right over the fact that this is a very dangerous and primitive critter who is more into sizing up his next meal than in being amazing or beautiful? That poetic characterization could attach to any other of a number of dangerous predators, for instance we speak of the regal manner of that large cats but it's not advisable to go ahead and jaunt with them or see if you can take close-ups.

Submitted by Dennis Quane (not verified) on

I once had the privilege of swimming with black tip reef sharks off of Rotan. Your pictures brought back wonderful memories.
Thank you.

Submitted by Linda Juergens (not verified) on

The one with the diver and the Great White is extraordinary. You get a real sense of the sharks enormous size. Ahh CONTRAST.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

These images are amazing :) the picture of the lemon pup in Bimini is near to my heart because I have spent time at the lab there and it changed my life :) the sharks are absolutely amazing and beautiful!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

simply superb