An Oceanic Whitetip Shark Swims by Pilot Whales Off the Coast of Hawaii
Photo by Deron Verbeck
Deron Verbeck, part owner in a ocean tour boat operation Wild Hawaii Ocean Adventures, is not a stranger to marine life. On a trip looking for pilot whales, he knew the chances of running into an oceanic whitetip shark were good. "Typically if I find the pilot whales I find the oceanics."
Oceanic whitetip sharks are some of the most aggressive sharks in the world, but Verbeck wasn't concerned when he snapped this shot. "I've had quite a bit of experience with these animals so fear or apprehension are not what's on my mind. I have a healthy respect because I know what they are capable of, but I enjoy being in the water with them."
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