Rhythm of the blues
‘I especially wanted a view looking down at them,’ explains Cristobal, ‘to illustrate the beautiful, sinuous movement that characterises their elegant swimming style’. Cristobal encountered these two blue sharks with their attendant pilot fish on a clear sunny day, where shark-migration researchers had submerged a container of bait. Blue sharks are among the fastest sharks. They can also travel vast distances – commonly up to 3,000 kilometres – utilising major currents, such as the Gulf Stream, to undertake their clockwise transatlantic migrations. They are one of the most heavily fished sharks in the world, highly prized for their large fins, used in soups.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 16-35mm f2.8 lens at 16mm; 1/125 sec at f7.1; ISO 500; Seacam housing.
Faial Island, the Azores, Portugal
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Cristobal Serrano, Spain
Cristobal discovered nature photography after graduating from Alicante University in Spain. He focuses on creating scenes with a strong visual impact to transmit knowledge and promote the conservation of the natural world. His work has won prizes in international competitions.