WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2018

Under Water

Shane Gross, Canada

Shark Sex in the Shallows

Shane woke at dawn to the sound of splashing. Scrambling out of his tent, he spotted ‘a pile of 14 nurse sharks thrashing around in knee-deep water’. He had seen them heading for the shallows the evening before, and so had camped out on the beach. He managed to capture the gaze from the tiny eyes of the mating pair amid the chaos.

Nurse shark mating is not a gentle affair. The male bites the female’s pectoral fin, rolling her over and pinning her to the seabed. Many males often attempt to mate with a single female, who in turn tries to avoid them by swimming into very shallow water, where she can bury her pectoral fins safely in the sand.

Technical specification

Nikon D90 + Tokina 10–17mm f3.5–4.5 lens at 10mm; 1/50 sec at f14; ISO 400; Aquatica housing; Two Sea & Sea YS250 strobes


Eleuthera, Bahamas: latitude 24.818108, longitude -76.31397 Eleuthera, Bahamas: latitude 24.818108, longitude -76.31397

Eleuthera, Bahamas

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Shane Gross

Shane Gross, Canada

Shane is a Canadian marine conservation photojournalist currently based in The Bahamas. He feels most at home under the water, and tries to use his images to further the conservation of underwater places and species.

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