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.