Young Girl Swimming with Juvenile Blacktip Reef Sharks, Rangiroa, French Polynesia
Photo by Paolo Santos
Paolo Santos described how moments before this picture was taken, the little French Polynesian local was feeding the sharks leftovers from her lunch of fish and rice. "See was saying as she was feeding them, 'Venez ici les petits mignons' (translation: 'Come here my little ones')," Santos recalled. Feeling that the little girl was in no danger, Santos remembers hurrying to take the shot before the sharks dispersed. "In case something happened, in my mind I was also preparing myself to run in and grab the girl out of the water," he added.