photos by shawn heinrichs at mexico’s isla mujeres, site of the world’s largest aggregation of whale sharks. measuring up to fifty feet long (compare to the thirty foot boat seen here), whale sharks are extremely docile creatures. they are listed as vulnerable by the international union for conservation of nature and natural resources, and these photos were taken to promote the message that the economic benefits of shark tourism outweighs the value of the shark fin trade.
regarding the first and third photos, heinrichs noted, “to get a shot like this requires a lot of technical know-how and experience because focusing on an object above and below the water at the same time is challenging,” adding, “getting the horizon line level and water off the lens is an exercise in patience and determination.
You only live twice:
Once when you’re born
And once when you look death in the face.