Old man of the sea

A white tip shark, about 6 feet long, resting on a ledge at about 80 feet at Alcyone in the Cocos Island. White tips hunt at night, sleep during the day and are one of the few sharks who are able to ‘breathe’ while not moving. By ‘breathing’ I mean that they are able to pump water across their gills.

I was able to get very close to this one, about 18 inches away and took six shots, four of which were at this angle and two were profile shots where I was able to get in closer.

I call this shot the old man of the sea because he was quite big for a white tip and you could see that he had been in a few fights.