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A shiver of Blacktip Sharks


Subject: Chum in the water near Aliwal Shoal in KwaZulu-Natal attracts a shiver of Blacktip Sharks. The Blacktip Shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) is a requiem shark that prefers muddy bays, big lagoons and drop-offs and differs from the smaller Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus), a species that prefers shallow inshore waters and coral reefs. Blacktip Sharks are one of a few shark species that sometimes breach the water surface with their entire body.

Technique: Filmed in relative turbid, deep water and without video lights this footage turned out to be very noisy. Although an orange filter was used and the white balance was set at depth we had to correct the colours and remove the noise in post-production.

All images Copyright 2020 Olivier Van den Broeck and Greet Meulepas for Beyond scuba. All rights reserved.