Video: Schooling sharks in Fakarava

Schooling sharks in Fakarava by Eric Cheng on Wetpixel

Wetpixel publisher Eric Cheng has posted some stunning footage of schooling grey reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) at Fakarava’s south pass (Tomakohua) in French Polynesia.

Eric comments that: “This is likely the best pass in the world to see aggregating reef sharks. We normally dive the south pass on the incoming current. In the strong current, the sharks enter a sort of a dormant state, circling in place in order to pass water over their gills with the minimum effort. On a typical dive, one might see upwards of 650 sharks in 3 big “walls.” I’ve been to the south pass of Fakarava three times now, and it is one of my favorite dive destinations in the world.’

The video was shot with a Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera and a Panasonic 8mm fisheye lens in a Nauticam underwater housing. Capture was in CinemaDNG at 24fps RAW format. Post processing, including the black and white conversion was carried out in Lightroom, before importing the images into Premiere Pro as an image sequence and using Warp Stabilizer.