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Surrounded by Prey

Here is a baby black-tip reef shark practicing the art of hunting. He may be the King of the Seas but these tiny silver sprats are teasing him and having fun while practicing the tactics of evading these hunters.


And I stand under the mid-day sun, for hours and hours, amazed by the tactics these tiny fishes use to stay alive amid bigger and scarier ones such as sharks, trumpet fish, jacks… just to name a few.


This picture is shot while standing on the jetty of a tiny Maldivian island which is also my work place. When the seas are calm especially in the months of March, April, May, October and November, these little fish will come in to the lagoon in schools of millions. This of course attracts various hunters from the surrounding reef. At every given time you could find around 100 baby sharks around the island. While the sharks chase these fishes, a couple of hungry Herons will wait anxiously on the shoreline.


For many this would sound a bit scary but in Maldives even the SHARKS are friendly.



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Taken on July 26, 2006