Freediver Carlos Estrabeau swims with bull sharks without a cage.Even encourages them to eat fish out of his hand.Has been swimming with them near his home in Mexico for years.These incredible images show the moment a fearless diver gets up close and personal with one of the most dangerous sharks in the world.
Carlos Estrabeau not only swam alongside bull sharks without a cage, he even coaxed them to open their mouths so he could feed them fish.
Freediver Carlos has been swimming with the bull sharks near to his home in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico for several years.
And remarkably he has now come to know the creatures so well he considers them as his friends and has them quite literally eating out of the palm of his hand.
These images were taken by photographer and freediver Amanda Cotton who joined Carlos on one of his many dives in a bid to show a different side to the usually feared creatures.
Amanda, from Florida, USA, said: ‘On this particular trip we were in Mexico documenting and shooting the bull sharks in support of conservation efforts to protect the pregnant females that move through to give birth in the area.
‘I work with several different species of sharks and never feel scared while in the water with them, or are in close proximity to them.
‘In fact I consider it a gift to get close to the animals, as they are typically so shy and afraid of divers.
‘Carlos loves the bulls that come through Playa del Carmen like they were his own children.
‘He has worked diligently to protect the pregnant females that move through the area.
‘Many of the sharks he works with year after year and he has grown to know the individual sharks and their distinct personalities very well.
Fish can’t resist hijacking divers’ photographs by the Great Barrier Reef.
It has become a craze with humans, and even pets have been getting in on the act.And now, it seems, even wild fish have been infected with photobombing, judging from these pictures of Gavin, who has become the main attraction for divers near Green Island, off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
The bright yellow and blue parrotfish loves nothing better than getting his toothy grin in people’s pictures as tourists pose with him in his underwater world.
Karl said the diving tours operate within the guidelines of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to ensure conservation.
PARROTFISH: VITAL FOR THE REEF
Bluebarred parrotfish like Gavin grow up to 1m-long and to 6.5kg in weight. Their teeth in both jaws are fused into a parrot-like peak.
Adults normally swim alone and feed by scraping algae from the reef and coral.
Gavin and his species are vital to the reef-building process because they crush rubble and dead coral into sand as they feed.
He said: ‘We feed less than 1kg of approved fish food per day to the hundreds of fish that like Gavin, enjoy meeting Seawalker guests.
‘Our staff do the feeding, not the guests, but they get to enjoy watching him come up and grin into their faces as he swipes a little feed.
‘I would realistically expect that from a conservation viewpoint there is little difference , regulations help ensure this, by our presence in the water.
‘We operate for less than six hours a day, so Gav and his mates are off elsewhere or just hanging around for the other 18 or so hours.’
Amelia’s World and Animal Affinity -Tiny Girl Who Loves Animals,Photos Captured by Her father Robin Schwartz
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New Jersey-based photographer Robin Schwartz captures over 10 years to capture these stunning pictures of her adorable daughter, Amelia, bonding with a wide range of animals in her series titled Amelia’s World and Animal Affinity. . Schwartz, as you probably gathered from her photos, is an animal person and her daughter has been the subject of her body of work Schwartz is a professor of photography at William Paterson University.The photographer explains, "Amelia was not taught to fear animals, her siblings are animals. She is comfortable with animals as part of her natural world… She does think it sad that other children and adults are afraid of animals."
Some may criticize about any injuries Amelia has had from coming so close to wild animals, but her mother assures this "being bit in the face by a cousin’s dog at a family visit – no photography involved." She adds, "People are whom I fear, they are the most dangerous and cruelest of animals we encounter. To protect my daughter, I teach her to be cautious of humans and constantly warn Amelia about not getting run over when crossing the street."
Honey hunters of the Rai people of Nepal scale cliffs -from the hives of Apis laboriosa, the world’s largest bee
Honey hunters of the Rai people of Nepal scale cliffs each spring to gather the sweet substance from the hives of Apis laboriosa, the world’s largest bee. Clinging to ladders of braided bamboo more than 250 feet above ground, they work for up to four hours collecting honey while under constant attack by thousands of bees. Lauded in sacred writings as the nectar of immortality, the toxic rhododendron honey is also one of the world’s most expensive. Here, honey gatherers carry their equipment to the cliff face.
The Rai people bestow the honorary title of ‘guru’ on honey hunters, Here, gurus prepare to climb a cliff face.
Was it a cat species as yet unknown to science, or some kind of mutant beast from another dimension? We’re talking about the mystifying half-cat that had certain Internet-heads shaking in wonderment earlier today after allegedly being randomly captured by Google Street View. Now the answers are in. After careful analysis (thank you, msnNOW commenters), it’s … a cat walking down the street! A cat named Thumbelina, actually, with a little judicious Photoshop thrown in for that half-cat effect! Oh, and apparently the picture isn’t from Street View. The photo, of Thumbelina sashaying along in Ottawa, Canada, was actually posted by an Imgur user. Which is not to say that half-cats don’t exist in another dimension, just that this, sadly, isn’t one.
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