Ghosts of hammerheads

Shadows

Scalloped hammerheads off Kicker Rock, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands.

With low light, poor visibility and nothing but blue sea beyond, they were little more than ghosts as they slipped by us on a dive site. I’ve reproduced in black and white to maintain image quality.

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Hammerhead, vol. 5

Headed right for me

This photo should have been better, but alas, when the perfect dive finally came, my camera screen was already flooded. Hence the blind shooting. This is also low light, because I’m down at about 27 meters. Ended up in “deco,” divespeak for too deep, too long.

There’s also a brief moment of panic, when an 8-foot shark (though one with a relatively small mouth) swims straight at you as though you’re not even there.

But there’s no danger with the scalloped hammerhead. In fact, he’s endangered, because humans are pretty much assholes when it comes to treating sharks nicely.

Gordon Rocks, Galapagos Islands.

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Hammerheads, vol. 4

Cruising

Profile of a scalloped hammerhead, Gordon Rocks, Galapagos Islands.

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Hammerheads, vol. 3

Shark from above

This guy came in nice and close. I gave chase, but alas, the scalloped hammerhead is a shark in his element. And I’m just a human pretending to be a fish.

Another fantastic dive at Gordon Rocks, Galapagos Islands.

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Hammerheads, vol. 2

Circling

More scalloped hammerheads from Gordon Rocks, Galapagos Islands. We saw a school of about 15 pass on one dive. Not the greatest photos as I was shooting blind due to a flooded camera screen.

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Hammerheads, vol. 1

Meet the scalloped hammerhead of the famous Gordon Rocks dive site in the Galapagos Islands.

For the record, this photo was shot blind, as my camera’s screen had flooded.

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