These young Galapagos sharks were already super abundant during the day, but I had a hunch they would be even more prolific after dark. Sliding into the inky depths of Bassas da India’s lagoon in the middle of the night was a surreal experience. A cinematic movie light, hung off a long aluminum pole (formerly the handle of a swimming pool strainer) and now imaginatively rigged to a sputtering generator on our small rubber boat, provided the only illumination. For hours I photographed countless of these sharks waltz in and out of the light. This is a published photograph from my National Geographic magazine story A Tale of Two Atolls.
Location: Bassas da India, Scattered Islands
Photograph Date: 2010
Medium: Chromogenic Print