brianskerry Photo by @BrianSkerry. 
An Oceanic Whitetip Shark and Marine Biologist swim in the clear, open waters of the Bahamas. This species of shark was once the ‘most abundant large animal on Earth,’ but today is on the verge of extinction. In the years between 1995 and 2010 alone, their numbers declined 93% due to anthropogenic hunting of their fins. These fins are often eaten by humans in the form of shark fin soup. The Bahamas remain one of the few places on earth where these animals can still be found.

Check out the August 2016 issue of National Geographic Magazine (@NatGeo) to learn more about these incredible pelagic ocean animals.

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Photo by @BrianSkerry. An Oceanic Whitetip Shark and Marine Biologist swim in the clear, open waters of the Bahamas. This species of shark was once the ‘most abundant large animal on Earth,’ but today is on the verge of extinction. In the years between 1995 and 2010 alone, their numbers declined 93% due to anthropogenic hunting of their fins. These fins are often eaten by humans in the form of shark fin soup. The Bahamas remain one of the few places on earth where these animals can still be found. Check out the August 2016 issue of National Geographic Magazine (@NatGeo) to learn more about these incredible pelagic ocean animals. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #oceanicwhitetip #travelphoto #travel #photographer #underwaterphotography #bahamas #photography #natgeo #nationalgeographic #sharks #savesharks #nature #underwater #caribbean #oceanic #whitetip #photooftheday #conservation #preservation #onassignment #nikonnofilter #nikonambassador #nikonlove

Comments (574)

dalila_ibba

dalila_ibba, 24 days ago

It's great!! Thank you for this picture @brianskerry

joannesperway

joannesperway, 17 days ago

Wow!! You have the best job in the world.. i always wanted to be an underwater photographer. Your photos are beautiful and facinating. Keep the photos and knowledge coming. 🐬🐟🐡

anshu_4

anshu_4, 13 days ago

@yooshnick it was sharks and not whales, fins wala.

yooshnick

yooshnick, 13 days ago

@anshu_4 hmmm

annaanolan

annaanolan, 13 days ago

@jaynekennard

katieaberg

katieaberg, 12 days ago

😩😭@jadekellogg

dinesh_crazie

dinesh_crazie, 10 days ago

@sivaramphotography 😵😵meratuthae pa

beetdowner

beetdowner, 10 days ago

As a regular person with a regular job, what can I do to help save sharks, that actually makes a difference? I am always hesitant to send money to organizations, for one I don’t have extra just laying around, but also I want to see that it actually does go somewhere. How can I help in other ways?

akiro2008

akiro2008, 10 days ago

I love sharks

remymerarin

remymerarin, 10 days ago

Wow

jenzeldenrust

jenzeldenrust, 10 days ago

@megan.zeldenrust

ap.gooner

ap.gooner, 10 days ago

This guy has the biggest balls out there..

jordanarroyo

jordanarroyo, 10 days ago

@katierinc you should follow

katierinc

katierinc, 9 days ago

@jordanarroyo ty

pure_loyality

pure_loyality, 9 days ago

We should cut the limbs of the humans who eat those fins and the humans who hunt those gorgeous animals. And throw them back into the ocean. See who's laughing then! ME!

pure_loyality

pure_loyality, 9 days ago

@ap.gooner nothing will happen man. That's all the media that makes you think they'll attack you. And besides that. It's their territory. Not ours. Not our planet either. We just live here. Like all the animals. And again. Humans kill 10000 sharks a day. And sharks may kill 5 humans annually tops. So who's the biggest predator now? Yes humans

ap.gooner

ap.gooner, 9 days ago

@pure_loyality totally agree with you..I still do not have the balls to do this job. Yes it's fascinating but I guess it's just a fear of mine seeing a shark coming at me even if as you said they won't do anything

carolcaminata

carolcaminata, 5 days ago

@theegop minina olha isso 😍

theegop

theegop, 5 days ago

@carolcaminata eitaa

garciamariagmun

garciamariagmun, 4 days ago

Such an incredible pic! Very sad what people do!