Beqa Lagoon, Fiji, September / October 2008
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Shark dives at Beqa, Fiji are an adrenaline rush but there's more to this venture than giving punters a thrill; and hopefully more to these images than sensationalizing the encounter. Shark populations worldwide are in serious decline. With sharks dying at a rate much faster than they can reproduce, the loss of apex predators threatens the health of our oceans and our very existence in the longer term.

Shark feeds are sometimes criticized for apparently influencing the behavior of wild animals and placing humans in danger. Yet what I took away from these encounters in my own mind eclipses these ideas and dispels the myths of sharks as hell bent on attacking humans. It gave me a greater appreciation for the apex predators which occupy water, a media which takes up ninety nine percent of the living space on our planet. Sharks are themselves under serious threat.

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