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.
Oceanic Whitetip Shark
An oceanic whitetip shark swims near a biologist in the Bahamas.
© Brian Skerry, http://www.brianskerry.com
A blue shark swims through the waters off the coast of New England. A red-colored copepod (Echthrogaleus coleoptratus) has hitched a ride on the shark's dorsal fin and trails along.
Young Lemon Shark Swims Through Mangroves
A lemon shark pup, only a few months-old, swims through its shallow mangrove nursery off the coast of Bimini Island in the Bahamas.
Hammerhead Shark at Sunset
A male great hammerhead shark swims just below the surface of the water in the Bahamas at sunset.
Three bar jacks and a female tiger shark, nearly 4-meters long, swim through the ocean off the coast of the Bahamas.
Shortfin Mako Shark
A shortfin mako glides through the waters off the coast of California.