National Geographic: How I Got the Shot: Photographing Great White Sharks off Cape Cod

National Geographic
Published June 9, 2016

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To get an elusive up-close view of a great white shark off Cape Cod, photographer Brian Skerry and his team relied on a seal decoy, drones, planes, months of patience, and a lightning-quick finger on the camera shutter. In recent years great white sharks have been showing up annually in the waters off the Cape Cod seashore, and unlike the great whites of Australia or South Africa, these sharks don’t respond to the usual underwater photographers’ techniques. They’re not used to humans, so a cage won’t work, and they’re interested only in gray seals. So what’s a photographer to do? Build a gray seal decoy, fly a drone, and keep trying until you get the shot!

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Photographing Great White Sharks

Photographer Brian Skerry captured epic photos of great white sharks for National Geographic magazine. Take a look.

Posted by National Geographic on Friday, July 1, 2016