A photographer’s decades-long quest to capture the beauty and grandeur of sharks


Brian Skerry encountered his first shark underwater one afternoon in 1982, in the cool green waters off Rhode Island

The female blue shark paid little attention to the thrilled 20-year-old diver as she cruised just below the surface, occasionally glancing at him before vanishing into the murk.

Skerry recounts that first meeting in reverent terms in his aptly-titled book SHARK, the culmination of more than three decades of photographing sharks in the wild.

The slender, hydrodynamic body and wide pectoral fins of the blue shark help it to glide with minimal effort across vast swaths of open ocean (sometimes with a parasitic copepod for a passenger). Read more…

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