Blacktip Reef Sharks Roam Above a Sandy Seafloor, Moorea, French Polynesia
Photo by Thomas Vignaud
Thomas Vignaud, a photographer and shark scientist, captured these blacktip reef sharks swimming in a lagoon in Moorea, French Polynesia. Feeding sharks is forbidden in French Polynesia, but the same cannot be said about feeding stingrays. Often, blacktip reef sharks will smell the food and come for a chance at a free meal.
"Sharks are not afraid but rather curious, and free-diving here allowed me to take this shot," Vignaud said. "Diving and free-diving with them has always been a nice and peaceful experience," he added, noting that at times he feels sad when he thinks about how sharks are being killed in such large numbers each year.
See more of Vignaud's photography on his website.