"Someone's Taking Our Picture! You Think She Heard Everything??"
Amazing timed image shot on location in Tahiti courtesy of Wildlife and Underwater Photographer, Bec Piper @bec.piper.photography - A pic from some of our amazing shark action today! 💙💙💙
⭕ The blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) is a species of requiem shark, in the family Carcharhinidae, easily identified by the prominent black tips on its fins (especially on the first dorsal fin and its caudal fin). Among the most abundant sharks inhabiting the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this species prefers shallow, inshore waters. Its exposed first dorsal fin is a common sight in the region. Most blacktip reef sharks are found over reef ledges and sandy flats, though they have also been known to enter brackish and freshwater environments. This species typically attains a length of 1.6 m (5.2 ft). The blacktip reef shark is a regular catch of coastal fisheries, such as those operating off Thailand and India, but is not targeted or considered commercially important. The meat (sold fresh, frozen, dried and salted, or smoked for human consumption), liver oil, and fins are used. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has assessed the blacktip reef shark as Near Threatened. Though it remains widespread and common overall, substantial local declines due to overfishing have now been documented in many areas. This species has a low reproductive rate, limiting its capacity for recovering from depletion. Blacktip reef sharks are popular subjects of public aquarium exhibits, because of their stereotypically "shark-like" appearance, ability to breed in captivity and modest size, and are also attractions for ecotourism divers.
The only thing cuter than a puffer fish is a puffed up puffer fish. This poor guy along with 3 other puffers and many other fish were trapped in a net. The rope to the net had broken so it was just sitting on the bottom of the ocean. Our dive master opened the net and all the fish except this guy got out right away. He was stuck so our dm helped him out, except he didn't perceive it as help. He was a little upset, but I'm sure he got over it as he swam away...alive! #pufferfish#scuba#scubadiving#uwphotography#uwphoto#stlucia#scubastlucia