January week Full. March week Limited Spaces!

Join Alex Mustard on a photo adventure that aims to capture stunning images of one of the most impressive shark species. Yes, our headliner is the great hammerhead shark. This huge and athletic predator comes to the shallow sandbanks off Bimini Island on the edge of the Gulf Stream each winter. And we will be there to photograph it.

A portrait of a male great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) in shallow water. The hammer-shaped head improves manouverability for catching prey, provides enhanced senses (such as a wide spread of ampullae of Lorenzini and steroscopic vision). South Bimini, Bahamas. The Bahamas National Shark Sanctuary. Gulf Stream, West Atlantic Ocean.

Alex is working with Epic Diving, experts at guaranteeing photogenic and calm encounters with these magnificent sharks. The dive site is just 10 minutes from port, so we will be staying on land at the Bimini Big Game Club.

The entire focus of these trips is getting you the very best possible encounters. We will use bait to attract the hammerheads, so please not that this is a shark feeding trip. Every care is taken to ensure that each dive operator is not only highly experienced at shark feeds, but to also that it is carried out as safely as possible with due care and attention paid to the impact such activities have on the local eco system. You will also get detailed briefings on what to wear and how to behave. The feeds are also likely to attract nurse sharks and bull sharks.

A diver (Predrag Vuckovic) is dwarfed by a great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran). This species can reach over 6m in length. South Bimini, Bahamas. The Bahamas National Shark Sanctuary. Gulf Stream, West Atlantic Ocean.

The great hammerheads are in shallow water so dives are not deep. This means when everything comes together you can clock up some serious minutes underwater. It also means that bad weather can stop us. Bear in mind that all shark trips combine the most exciting moments you will ever have underwater, with lots of waiting around! We can’t tell you how many dives we will make because that depends on the sharks and the weather. But when conditions allow Alex and Epic will work tirelessly to maximize everyone’s time in the water. And those award winning shots tend to come in those special moments where it all comes together.

A female great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) swimming over a sandy seabed, accompanied by rainbow runners (Elagatis bipinnulata). The hammer-shaped head improves manouverability for catching prey, provides enhanced senses (such as a wide spread of ampullae of Lorenzini and steroscopic vision). South Bimini, Bahamas. The Bahamas National Shark Sanctuary. Gulf Stream, West Atlantic Ocean.

Alex’s teaching on this trip will react to conditions. He will start the trip with some background lectures on shark photography in general, and pass on his recommendations for what techniques are more effective when working over a shallow, sandy seabed. We will make a few group image review sessions, although this will depend on how the days have gone (the long days can leave everyone far to exhausted)!

Mostly Alex will be on hand discussing and suggesting tips and techniques as we dive, both to the group and on a 1:1 level. You need to be ready when you hit the water because these are not dives for fiddling with your camera! Last year, for example, rainy weather meant Alex suggested everyone trying long exposure panning shots, creating dramatically blurred images of the sharks.

Alex says “A lot of people say big animal shooting is all about being there. This workshop will show how vital technique, preparation, pre-visualisation and discipline are for producing outstanding images from these exciting dives and intense encounters.”

A diver (Peter De Maagt) photographs a great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran). South Bimini, Bahamas. The Bahamas National Shark Sanctuary. Gulf Stream, West Atlantic Ocean.

In general the shark action is better in the afternoons, so most days will start mid-morning, although if we are blessed with good weather we will go out and try and visit Bimini’s resident Atlantic Spotted Dolphin pod.

Taking shots of sharks is a fine art. Firstly you need to be close. And we mean really close. For this reason these trips are limited to just 10 photographers, which is why Alex has agreed to run two trips, one in January and one in March.

A portrait of a large female great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) at night with bar jacks (Caranx ruber), which look very small! The hammer-shaped head improves manouverability for catching prey, provides enhanced senses (such as a wide spread of ampullae of Lorenzini and steroscopic vision). South Bimini, Bahamas. The Bahamas National Shark Sanctuary. Gulf Stream, West Atlantic Ocean. ***Manipulated image: Diver cloned out of picture***

The standard package includes flights from London with BA and the local carrier for inter-island flights. This trip lasts for 7 nights locally, with 1 nights spent in Nassau and 6 nights in Bimini. 5 full days diving with the great hammerheads. Price £4745 GBP.

The trip is also available without any flights. Please contact Scuba Travel for details (it is also possible to pay in US Dollars).

For further information and for reservations please contact:

Caroline@scubatravel.com or

http://www.scubatravel.com/contact/contact.html