Bimini is a very special group of islands in The Bahamas. Why? Because in the winter months from December to April, Great Hammerhead Sharks (Sphyrna mokarran) gather in the shallow, clear, blue water. During these months, divers and underwater photographers alike can get into the warm water, sit at 7 or 8m and spend hours photographing these magnificent sharks to their heart’s content.
The sharks are attracted in using a bait box – a metal box, with plenty of holes, with fish chunks inside, that fills the water with fish oil aroma. The Great Hammerheads Sharks are very calm in the water, giving each other, and the divers, space as they slowly swim in to investigate. It is an underwater photographers dream.
Watch out for sand being kicked up by over-excited divers and curious nurse sharks that can ruin your photos! Make your air last as long as possible, to get time in the water alone, when other divers have had to make their way to the boat to change tanks. Play with different angles and strobe positioning to get the best shots.
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