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"The Cape of Good Hope, described in 1580 by British explorer Sir Francis Drake, as 'A most stately thing and the fairest Cape we saw in the whole circumference of the Earth' is, in theory, the meeting place of two great ocean masses, the cold Atlantic and the warm Indian Oceans. At this place, huge shoals of tuna are followed by blue sharks (Prionace glauca) and mako sharks(Isurus oxyrinchus). The mako shark that I was filming in this picture would dive deep, out of sight, and then reappear in a high-speed vertical ascent, straight toward me. With some degree of trepidation, I followed the mako down to about 15 meters (50 feet), allowing it to speed past my camera, and upwards toward the bait. I awaited the sharks return, alone, with 300 meters (about a thousand feet) of water below me, surrounded by a blue emptiness."
Charles Maxwell

Charles Maxwell is an underwater cinematographer based in Cape Town, South Africa. A keen diver and lover of the marine environment for 35 years, Maxwell has made documentaries for the National Geographic Society and the BBC. He runs his own business, Underwater Video Services.

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