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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.

106. Whitetip Reefshark (Triaenodon obesus)



Subject: A Whitetip Reefshark (Triaenodon obesus) patrols a Balinese reef in the Lombok Strait. Whitetip Reefsharks are amongst the most common shark species on the Indo-Pacific coral reefs and are often found resting on the bottom and in small caverns and overhangs. Although their maximum length in reference books is 2,1m/6,9ft their actual size rarely exceeds 1,6m/5,2ft.

Technique: A strategically placed GoPro can be a great aid in underwater filmmaking. Several years ago we observed a Whitetip Reef Shark that swam the same pattern over and over again. So we decided to position the little action camera where we were sure the shark would swim by. We almost never use our GoPro but sometimes and in a few rare cases it is a great tool that can deliver that special shot too difficult to obtain with a handheld camera. This shot was used in our multiple award-winning documentary “The Indonesian Throughflow” (https://vimeo.com/156242865).