Hammerhead sharks swimming in the deep blue waters of Hawaii

School Girls | Hammerhead Shark Photos

Hawaii | Pacific Ocean

A few days ago and a nice encounter with a school of hammerhead sharks. Although the majority of the hammerhead sharks in the schools we see are female there were a couple of males tagging along.

I started documenting these hammerhead shark schools in 2006 and have seen this behavior almost every year since. In 2017 I teamed up with James Anderson from the UH SharkLab for some awesome research projects he was doing. Over the years I've learned how to make approaches without disturbing these schools and they seem to accept me as one of the school. As long as I am non-threatening and swimming in the same direction as they are they have no problem swimming right up to me. In this hammerhead shark photo shot at 10mm I was rolling out of the way of the dorsal fin of the shark coming up from below me.

For animals that can be disrupted quite easily, its important to swim calmly and quietly. I also highly encourage the importance of being courteous to other boats and approaching the scene carefully and respectfully. These beautiful hammerhead sharks can be easily disturbed and we all want to protect them and conserve their home. Photo © copyright by Deron Verbeck.

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