Very honored to have one of my lemon shark images featured in this National Geographic article, 17 Amazing Photos of Animals From Above.
Here's a small glimpse into a shark 'work up' whilst working with the Bimini Sharklab a few years ago. Sharks are caught with gill nets, 'worked up' (measured, weighed, DNA and stable isotope taken, tagged etc.) and are then held in semi captive pens. These small sharks are provided with food and shelter/protection from larger predators whilst the Sharklab team conduct a variety of behavioural trials/studies over a 2-4 week period before releasing the baby sharks back into th...e wild. FYI there's been over 5000 genetic samples taken by the lab across a 25 year period which has shown some fascinating, world first findings.
One interesting fact is it's been proven that lemon sharks have personality and that, just like us humans, sharks are showing character traits such as shyness, boldness, hesitancy and curiosity. (Side note: Does that mean commercial fishers that use hooks are fishing out all the bold sharks as they're the only ones taking a risk on a baited hook? Leaving all the shy ones? How does that affect an ecosystem?🤔)
Back to the baby lemon sharks, these sharks may only be ~60cm long and most under 1 year of age but they're already demonstrating social skills. Is it a surprise sharks show personality? Probably not, but what follows is.. Some sharks are 'social butterflies' regularly moving between different individuals with no real preference for who they 'hang out' with, whereas other sharks show very strong preferences for particular individuals and spend more time close to them than any other sharks, let's just call them their 'shark friends'! ❤️ Research by my husband Tristan Guttridge!
Cold blooded, reckless man eaters or intelligent, sensitive, calculated animals? 💁🏼 You be the judge.
Sorry I've been quiet peeps as you likely saw in my LIVE instgram stream yesterday, I'm easily distracted 🙈 Anywaysssss as promised I finally have my Valentine discount code up and working! 20% OFF ALL PRINTS with coupon/discount code LOVE ❤️ Please buy them through a laptop or computer as lots of people are having difficulty ordering via their cell/mobile! All orders will be acknowledged personally by myself, via email which will include some fairly unknown info about the im...age you select. Most of my customers buy for themselves but if you're treating someone else for Valentines please let me know and I'll be sure to mention him/her in my email 💌
Thanks for your support lovely people, couldn't do it without you all! 💙
Don't worry beauty, I've got your back and will never stop fighting for you 🖤
Great hammerheads are regrettably listed as Endangered on the IUCN Redlist. Can we fight hard enough to make them so known and loved that people ensure their survival? Will they move down a class to vulnerable just like the great white status did or will they move up to critically endangered as their population remains under pressure?
Who knows. All I know is I hope they make it. I hope they reboun...d and that my children and yours get to see these incredible animals outside of an aquarium because their presence is incomparable and in basic terms, they deserve to be safe and free.
Never. Give. Up.
So, question. When you hear the word SHARK how many of you immediately visualize this type of shark and this type of behavior? If you don't, what do you think of??
Is it a problem most people imagine great whites as the typical looking shark, even though their famous jaws and body is a minority look within the 500+ species of shark? Is it time we start shifting public perception and open their eyes to the majority of shark species that receive little or no attention?
White ...sharks are firmly in the limelight and one false move by humans towards these sharks means it spreads all over the press like wildfire. Meanwhile many other smaller and less dramatic looking sharks are being abused and overfished as the public turn a blind eye to the not so famous fish.
EXAMPLE- The Shark Trust launched a 'No Limits' campaign back in 2014 to highlight sharks such as blue sharks, tope, smoothhounds, catsharks and surprisingly short fin mako sharks all of which have absolutely NO catch limits even though the species account for over 97% of reported Atlantic shark landings. What does this mean in simple terms? Fishermen can catch and kill as many of these species of sharks as they like, there's simply no limit on what quantity can be caught and killed.
So, the next time you hear the word SHARK, think past the white shark image and consider the masses that don't receive as much attention, because it's about time we start shouting about the weird sharks, the boring looking sharks, the deep dwelling sharks we never see or hear about, the unpopular sharks, the tiny sharks and the ugly sharks that need us just as much as 'JAWS' does.
Video: Sea Candy Media 📸
Hi all 👋🏼 Just a quick update on the preschool project 📚
All imagery has been hung and so it's simply the text/captions to print to sit underneath each canvas for the teachers to use as a guide to the animals in shot.
The children's immediate reactions to the imagery was amazing and they were captivated just as I'd hoped! Of course the young children need to concentrate whilst in the classroom but I hope their mind sneaks off occasionally and they get lost in the underwater... world visualizing themselves as one of the divers in the pics.... The best bit? As new children enter the classroom each year the inspiration will start all over again!
So, thank you, together we created a seriously badass domino effect 🔊
Lastly I'd like to thank CanvasFab for their incredible support in creating such high quality pieces, divers Emily Spurgeon, Eugene Kitsios and Kara Jamie and of course, everyone who donated to the GoFundMe that made my vision a reality, THANK YOU, you awesome group of people! 💙
Looking back on 2017 and signing off✍🏼
An incredible 365 days, here's a few highlights: celebrating Leo's 1st birthday in Bimini, watching his first steps and hearing his first word, dog, trust me I tried for shark 🙄 Seeing one of my images featured in an National Geographic article, hearing one of my images would be displayed on a super yacht, going on a hammerhead dive and forgetting my camera forcing me to simply enjoy the dive for the first time in 3 years! Droning shark...s with Tristan, Isla's first day at school, her first spelling and her first time leaving a toy shop without a tantrum 💪🏼 The creation and launch of my photography website www.annieguttridge.com, being shortlisted as a Travel Photographer of the Year finalist, being part of Shark Week and Discovery again conducting live streams and takeovers, Laurent Egli printing one of my images over 160cm and saying it looked incredible (compliment of the year coming from him, he's the best!), cutting 12 inches off my hair live on Instagram 😱 having my Facebook page verified (come on Insta, catch up!), getting back in the water with my friend William Winram to watch him tag again, rescuing and releasing 5 premature loggerhead turtles, continuing to work with wonderful companies such as Oceana, KNEKT Fin Montauk, Abysse, Cape Clasp, Neptunic and more. Meeting Discoversharks to hear his passion and love for sharks in person, raising funds via my social media to purchase giant canvas's of my photography to go in a local school and of course regularly diving with an abundance of sea life, special mentions: 30+ eagle rays giving me a world first shot of taurising rays, another world first of a great hammerhead covered in mating scars and a wild lemon shark and turtle interaction! Onto Emily Spurgeon, a person I'm truly grateful to have met and one I won't be letting go anytime soon! Lastly this year has seen myself, husband Tristan Leonard Guttridge and our two kids relocate from Bimini to Miami which has been both challenging and exciting!
So, 2018 we're ready for you are you ready for us? Happy New Year everyone go grab it with both hands and carbon fins on your feet! 🎊
Photo: Matt Potenski
Nurse sharks don't look intimidating, they're often passed off as 'fake sharks' and they're global status on the IUCN is Data Deficient which is likely due to nobody actually caring, than a lack of captures. In summary they don't appear to be in any immediate danger of over fishing and the majority of shark lovers don't pay them as much attention as the much loved and well known white sharks, tigers, bulls blah blah. BUT they're still sharks, they're still important and they certainly still need love! ❤️
How many days until a white shark climbs down our chimneys to give us presents for being good shark advocates? 🤔🎅🏽
Not my photo, but this IS a real pic taken of a real house in the UK! 🇬🇧
Lots of people talk about Sharkfin soup being a major threat to sharks but you rarely hear much of the world, particularly the east, believe the consumption of shark offers the human body magical healing powers.
This is incorrect and yet another example of how miseducation is a threat to our oceans sharks. Scientists are looking into how sharks heal with such speed but I can tell you now the answer is NOT by eating them!
Example of recovery - check out the healing powers of ...this little lemon shark caught by Bimini Biological Field Station - Sharklab with an excising cut/gash probably caused by a predator such as a barracuda or larger shark. The Sharklab provided the shark shelter/food for 6 weeks and just look at the result! The healing process is crazy cool and natural, but consuming the animal doesn't pass the incredible 'powers' onto the feeder, end of story.