Spectacular Shark Pictures

Sharks are one of nature’s most beautiful—and misunderstood—creatures. When most people think of sharks, they think of unexpecting swimmers being attacked and eaten by a nightmarish creature. But what they don’t know is that many sharks are more afraid of us than we are of them. The sharks that come close are probably curious about why such a long-finned animal—a person—that they’ve never seen before is splashing around in their ocean. Wouldn’t you want to check it out too? Go ahead and check out these sharks in this slideshow of some of the best photographs of these amazing animals. Then read 5 Reasons to Revere, Not Fear, the Shark and learn more about shark diversity, biology and evolution.

An oceanic whitetip shark swims near a biologist in the Bahamas.
Great White Shark at sea surface – marvels of evolution.Brian Skerry takes an up close photo of a tiger shark on the seafloor. A blue shark, with a copepod attached to its dorsal fin, coasts through waters near New England.Spotted Catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula)Caribbean reef sharks swim over a coral reef in the Bahamas.A shortfin mako glides through the waters off the coast of California.A preserved cookie cutter shark, in a jar. An array of teeth from ragged tooth sharks.A lemon shark pup swims through its shallow mangrove nursery off the coast of Bimini Island in the Bahamas.Extreme close-up of great white shark skin denticles.Three bar jacks and a female tiger shark swim through the ocean off the coast of the Bahamas.A coral catsharkThe dwarf lantern shark sits in a human hand. Great White Sharks breach to hunt -- with split-second timing they grab their prey in one swift snatch. Follow the whole breaching action in this slideshow.A male great hammerhead shark swims just below the surface of the water in the Bahamas at sunset.Baby sharks in lagoonA whale shark swimming in the water.Jaw of the goblin sharkFreshly cut dorsal fin from a scalloped hammerhead shark held by fisherman with knife.