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Welcome to our photos page, full of breath-taking imagery of the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) off Dyer Island in Cape Town, a region in South Africa, where the ocean's greatest predator can be witnessed up close. There are essentially only two places in the world where the probability of an encounter is so high.

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The tension begins to grow the minute you enter the cage. Off in the distance you can spot a triangular dorsal fin as the Great White submerges silently into the depths, ensuring the ever increasing air of panic all around. With its terrifying jaws the predator approaches the cage, closer and closer, all the while divers are doing their utmost to get that perfect camera shot. The predator’s back is bluish grey in colour, while its white belly is speckled with black markings, making it clearly distinguishable from other shark species.

The crew constantly attempts to lure the shark right up to the shark cage with the bait. Over and over they attempt to attract the Great White into optimal position. It really provides for a heap of excitement when the shark brushes up against the boat or cage with its dorsal fin.

The white shark is an exquisitely refined creature of evolution and has been living in our oceans for 400 million years. We humans have managed to almost completely eradicate this beautiful predatory species in only a few short years. The global Great White population will hardly be able to restore itself as it is, and it is therefore of utmost importance that we make a concerted effort to save the King of Predators from total extinction.

Despite extensive prohibition of fishing as well as the establishment of animal welfare programs, Great Whites are often killed as bycatch, not to mention that they are already at risk through the ongoing pollution of our seas.

We must do everything in our power to protect the Great White shark's breeding ground just outside Gansbaai, South Africa. We cannot by any means destroy their habitat nor interfere with their nature.

On a global scale, many Asian countries do not comply with the fishing bans, despite the numerous protection programs. More than 30 000 tons of shark fin are thus sold each year, with a grey area way in excess of these figures and the market undergoing an annual growth of a good 5%.

You can also do your part in the fight to save the shark. Many shark products are sold under the guise of other names in the supermarkets. Perhaps you have heard of products such as spiny dogfish, Speckfisch, Houting or Porbeagle. Some shark products are even sold as imitation crab meat.

The waste from sharks is furthermore used for fish food, fertilizer as well as dog food and even the skin is used for the production of bags, shoe leather, belts and purses.

In the cosmetics industry even collagen is extracted from shark cartilage for anti-wrinkle cream. Help save the Great White shark by not buying any shark products!

For further information please don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope you enjoyed our photos. 

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