15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Adult lemon sharks venture into the shallow waters of Bimini, Bahamas each year to give birth usually in the month of May and I am out daily in the shallows waiting for the neonatal babies to arrive! It’s always such a special moment the day I walk out to see them for the first time that year. To capture this image I spent hours upon hours standing in the same spot waiting for a shark to approach, I chose not to use bait to keep the image and moment as natural as possible, however in doing so my time spent waiting was some 30+ hours instead of just a few! My patience and persistence paid off when a shark bold enough to approach decided to swim within a few feet of me allowing me to capture this shot, Protect Me. The title was given for both the shark and the important mangroves they, along with an abundance of life, refuge in.
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||Oct. 29, 2017, 11:01 p.m.