Old Man Batopilas Mexico

Grey Reef Shark

Pacific Harbor, Fiji

This is one of at least 20 sharks I swam with on a SCUBA dive off the coast of Fiji’s Beqa Island last week. Grey Reef Sharks like this one grow to 6 feet long, and can be very aggressive. But attacks on humans, like with most sharks, are rare. There are only 13 recorded shark attacks from this particular species worldwide. We witnessed 5 different types of shark on our cageless dive with Beqa Adventure Divers, including a massive 12-foot Bull Shark. Full article to come! :D

[message type="success" show_close="false"]Image Details: Captured at about 30 feet underwater with a GoPro 3 Silver Edition. Camera was attached to an X-Shot extender, timer set to take photos every half second. Color-corrected in post to reduce the blue tint you get from underwater photos.[/message]

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  • Ryan – Pause The Moment

    Such an incredible shot! I would have loved to do this! Getting a PADI cert is now on my list of to-do’s.

    • Matthew Karsten

      I hear Thailand is a good place for that… :)

  • Kristin Addis

    LOVE encountering sharks when I dive! As long as they don’t want to eat me…

  • sally

    Bula Matthew – Glad you had a good trip to Fiji
    Great photo, sorry we missed you on your trip through Fiji we looking for an underwater photographer for Great Sea Reef.
    Let us know if you passing this way again.
    Please could you let me know depth you were diving. Were you using Go Pro? Would love to know what camera gears shot taken with.
    Happy New Year Sally

    • Matthew Karsten

      Hi Sally, this photo was taken at about 30 feet (10m) deep. The maximum depth of the whole dive was 95 feet. Yes, it was taken with a GoPro, and I did some post-processing to the image in photoshop. Color correction, sharpening, noise reduction, etc. Happy New Year to you too!

  • T-roy

    What is that white pipe sticking up in the middle of the photo man?

    • Matthew Karsten

      It’s full of fish heads to feed the sharks, getting them to come close to us.