I was down in 30 meters of water admiring the yellow damsels with the burgundy soft corals when my solitude was interrupted. It was a complete surprise to both this shark and myself when we were suddenly passing eye to eye while on our separate quests. The white tip reef shark with its acute sense of smell was combing the reef floor looking for food with its short, blunt snout and glaring blue eyes. It gets its name from having white tips on the end of some fins, the most obvious is on the top of its first dorsal fin. Even though it can grow to over 2 meters long it is considered harmless unless provoked.

Allan Payard

Photography by Allan Payard
Nikonis 5, 15 mm
1/60 @ F5.6
Fuji Velvia

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