Thresher Shark (長尾鯊) @ Malapascua Island, Philippines
2015 中國水下攝影大賽 (ADEX) 冠軍
Best of Show, 2015 ADEX China Underwater Photo Competition.
Big eye thresher shark (Alopias superciliosus)
A beautiful thresher shark came very close with her cute eyes taking a curious look at the camera. In the background, there is another one just passing by. This photo is taken at 32 meters depth with ambient light only under to the local conservation rule.
When hunting schooling fish, thresher sharks are known to "slap" the water, herding and stunning prey. The elongated tail is used to swat smaller fish, stunning them before feeding. All three thresher shark species have been listed as vulnerable to extinction by the World Conservation Union since 2007 (IUCN).