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When it comes to fishing, there’s no greater catch than a shark. There’s actually an art to catching these great, yet often terrifying fish. And speaking of art, there’s also an art to great photography. So if you’re the type who appreciates a great capture, then check out these stunningly beautiful shots of sharks that are almost as amazing to see as the real thing.
Here’s your Jaws poster, 2.0. Yes, what made the Jaws movie poster so scary is that great whites will actually torpedo straight up at their prey, which can often be a human being just like you and me.
Another truly unnerving thing about great whites is that they can be 25 yards away from you one minute (like this one is here), and have their Jaws sinking into you in the next as they travel at a lightening 28mph.
At first glance this looks like a hand crafted pencil sketch. But this is actually a shot taken by photographer and shark enthusiast, Michael Muller.
Some quick great white shark facts: Greats (aka: Carcharodon Carcharias) average about 15 feet in length, but some grow as large as 25 feet, weighing up to over 5000 pounds! This is why a single bite from these amazing creatures is more often than not, fatal.
Here’s exhibit A for why you don’t want to get bit by a great white. A great white’s teeth can be well over 3 inches long, and are razor sharp!
Great whites are a mix of blue-grey on the top of their bodies, and paper white on the bottoms. This gradient coloring helps them blend into the water, making it easier for them to sneak up on their prey.
Great whites are at the top of their food chain. The only other animal in the sea that poses any kind of a threat is the killer whale, which at time, the two do do battle.
Here we see another prized shark; the Hammerhead. The Hammerhead gets its name from, well, the fact that its head is shaped like a hammer. Some quick facts: A hammerhead weighs as much as a grand piano, travels at speeds of 25 mph, and grows up to 15 feet in length.
Here’s a pro-tip when hunting great whites: be extra careful with the ones with scars all over its head. Nothing is more frightening than a great white shark, than a pissed off great white who’s been in one-too-many fights.
This shot is extra intense because the hammerhead shark swims very close to the bottom of the ocean so it can pin its prey (like stingrays) against the ocean floor. Let’s hope this wasn’t the photographer’s last shot.