Image: UK blue sharks

Blue shark by Alex Mustard on Wetpixel

Wetpixel Associate editor Alex Mustard has published a gallery of images of blue sharks (Prionace glauca) on his Facebook page. Perhaps surprising, the images were all taken off the UK’s southern coast. He describes the experience:

Seeing something in the ocean for the first time is always special. It might surprise some, but on Friday morning, I’d never seen a blue shark, the sleek, graceful hunter of the big blue. And I never imagined I’d break that duck in England.

But on Friday I headed with Charles Hood to try his new blue shark photo trip and in a few hours went from zero blue shark photos, to over a 1000. In fact they are still downloading as I type this! It was an amazing day and we even saw two basking sharks and two sunfish.

I found the blues fascinating to watch. Their elegant bodies slice effortlessly through the water and they definitely have the same self-confidence as that other big-blue-specialist, the oceanic white tip shark. It was amazing to see this in British Waters.

Here is a photo of one coming in to check me out, with another behind. Taken with Nikon D4 and Sigma 15mm and Kenko 1.5x teleconverter. Subal ND4 housing and Sullivan dome, Inon Z240 strobes. 1/200th, f/10, ISO 800.