Shortifn Mako Shark near surface by Sam Cahir, Isurus oxyrinchus, Vulnerable, Neptune Islands, right side profile, Indian Ocean, South Australia
Paris the Shortfin Mako shark. At 3m she is relatively large and made famous as the viral shark photo appearing in some 400 newspapers worldwide in late October 2012. This photo was also highly commended in the Sony World Photography Awards 2012.
Isurus oxyrinchus (Short Fin Mako Shark) IUCN-Vulernable. Taken at North Neptune Island, South Australia.This feisty sub 3m female mako shark turned up during a Great White Shark tagging trip. Whilst normally she would be a meal for the larger sharks she literally browbeat away a great white shark. Not just any white shark but a very large dominant male maybe 6 times her mass and twice her size. Not content with that she spent the next hour posturing and presenting (wide open maw to make herself look bigger , and dropped pec fins) in a show of dominence allowing me to shoot straight down her maw. A truely once in a lifetime experience. Cold and cramping, I left the water letting her win the physcological game to which she continued to circle the boat until dark. Her charisma and love for the camera (literally, as she mouth it a number of times) prompted me to affectinately refer to her as 'Paris' after the American socialite 'Paris Hilton'. This photo was taken just before dusk necessitating the use of strobes due to the suns angle.