From the Department of Awesome Animal Encounters come these intense photos taken by diver and underwater photographer Daniel Botelho, who has made it his goal to demonstrate that great white sharks are not the man-eaters that everyone assumes them to be. Not only that, he says that it is possible to safely dive around the incredible creatures outside of a safety cage. Amazing? Yes. Misguided? Possibly. Whatever you think of it, the photos, in which divers are hanging out with an 18-foot-long female great white shark, are literally quite awesome. In the top photo one of the divers even appears to be touching the shark’s right pectoral fin. 

Thus far Daniel Botelho has logged 24-hours of diving time outside of a cage in the presence of great white sharks and insists that he has never been bitten:

“The movie Jaws created an over-reaction which led to sharks becoming misunderstood,” said Daniel. “They are predators for sure, mostly attacking by ambush, but they are not man-killers. I’ve been in the water during 24 logged-hours diving out of the cage and no shark came to me thinking I was snack. Through my pictures I wanted to show people that it’s possible to dive safely with great white sharks.”

Daniel acknowledges that great white sharks are indeed top-predators, but says they very rarely regard humans as food:

“He explained the key to safely diving with this notorious shark was to remain relaxed, keep eye-contact with the shark and hold one’s ground no matter how close the shark swims to the diver.”

We don’t know about you, but this story reminds us strongly of ill-fated bear-lover Timothy Treadwell, about whom the documentary Grizzly Man was made by Werner Herzog. Let’s hope Daniel doesn’t suffer a similar fate. We think sharks are truly awesome, but we also prefer to give them plenty of personal space in their watery domain, so then no one has to worry about holding their respective ground. The only time we’re actually prepared to get really close to a shark is while we’re drinking our morning coffee.

[via Dailymail.co.uk]


in an effort to relocate critically endangered black rhinos to areas better able to protect and grow the population, the black rhino range expansion project briefly flies the animals, blindfolded and tranquilized, from otherwise inaccessible south african terrain to a waiting truck that will drive them to their new home.

from a population that used to number in the hundreds of thousands only a century ago, less than 5,000 black rhinos now remain. there are three recognized subspecies of the black rhino. there were four, but the west african black rhino became officially extinct last year. photos by green renaissance, btv and the wwf

A diver takes a picture of a friendly ocean sunfish (Latin name Mola mola) off the coast of San Diego, California. The elusive deep water fish, with its bulbous eyes, flat body and tiny fins, is an unusual sight in the blue waters of California. Mola mola are the heaviest known bony fish in the world and can weigh up to 2,000lb and measure up to 6ft in length. Picture: Daniel Botelho / Barcroft Media

(via Animal photos of the week - Telegraph)

Jaws movie was so wrong, this is me face to face with a great white shark, during my last assignment. I’ve been out of the cage during 24 hours along the past two weeks, taking photos and working as safety diver for my dear brother Amos Nachoum. Great whites are misunderstood animals, they are predators, but not a psychopath man killer. 


A Photographer’s Fearless Encounter With a Great White Shark

Photographer Daniel Botelho is one brave guy. His fearlessness paired with a fascination for animals has led to him capturing some truly incredible photographs. Recently Botelho travelled to Mexico where he photographed great white sharks without any cage protection. The images he captured are sure to make your jaw drop.

Via Mission Blue

BREAKING: Victory for sharks and rays! Thanks to the thousands of you who stood up to protect sharks, 38 countries have unanimously voted to increase protections for 22 species of sharks and rays at a meeting of the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species in San Jose, Costa Rica! We’re over the moon and would also like to give a big shout-out to our partners at Asociación PRETOMA, The Turtle Island Restoration Networkand MarViva for their steadfast support for our sharky friends!

“Better times are coming for sharks,” said Randall Arauz, “The signatories acknowledged by consensus that these species are in urgent need of conservation actions.“ We agree! Photo: Daniel Botelho