After spending 2 straight weeks with them on a remote island in French Polynesia, I can’t say that I trust them or rely on my instincts with them. I don’t. Every encounter was different and I got to see sides of them that I’ve never seen before—on both sides of the spectrum. Thankfully I had experts looking over my shoulder at all times.
The gentle interactions that I had doesn’t say that that is who they are, all the time, and in every circumstance. Photographs are deceiving. They don’t tell the whole story. They are wild animals and should be respected as just that, with the good, the bad, and yes the ugly.
They know their place in the oceans ecosystem, at times calling them out to be ferocious and savage beasts to maintain that balance, but there’s a soft side to every creature: lions, tigers, bears, and yes tiger sharks. I truly respect them, taking up any space in the ocean alongside them that they allow, and nothing more.
A sincere expression of gratitude to everyone tagged in this photo, and for my good friend/legend/master photographer @camgrantphotography for this image.