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Last year I literally went from shooting Great White Sharks one week to shooting Great White Bears the next. Apart from their names, the two have striking similarities -- both are the apex predators of their environment (OK, white sharks are second behind Orcas) -- both consider seal to be the meal delicacy of choice -- polar bears are as comfortable in the water as on land and are considered a marine mammal -- and both travel great distances in search of food.
Taking these over/unders of the whiteys was tricky -- the cages sit with the top of the cage a foot or more below the surface and there is no way to get out of the viewing window an hoist the camera into position and get a decent shot. Ended up laying on a boogie board on top of the cage with my feet hanging on to the cage to pull myself back when whitey got a little too close. Had a couple of fun times with getting tail slapped by a passing whitey after I had curled back onto the protection of the cage. The neatest though was right after I started shooting from the boogie bard, one whitey came slowly past and "spy hopped" me -- lifted his head out of the water to get a good look. Pretty eerie feeling that. Cheers, Andrew
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