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We regularly post short Marine Wildlife Videos an Photographs with a short explanation regarding the subject and the technique used to capture the image.

All videos are made by Olivier Van den Broeck using Light & Motion video lights

and all photographs are by Greet Meulepas unless stated otherwise.

114. Shallow Hunt



Subject: Juvenile Blacktip Reef Sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) are patrolling the shallow waters of a Maldivian lagoon. The schools of little fish dissipate to make way for the passing sharks. It is only when the Trevallies/Jacks are showing up that the small fish are really getting spooked. When these fast swimming piscivores start to penetrate the schools, panic sets in and a frantic rush to safety begins for the little fish.

Technique: The scenes filmed from above the water surface were realized with the use of a polarizing filter. This filter removes reflections and suppresses glare from the water’s surface. It is important to rotate your filter until the reflections are gone and everything under water becomes clear while looking through your camera’s viewfinder or monitor.