"Animal Behavior: All Other Animals" Winner
Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest
U.S. photographer Amos Nachoum said he spent almost two years fishing for the perfect shot of a breaching great white shark. Nachoum's patience finally paid off when he captured this predator attacked the bait being towed behind Nachoum's boat.
The rubber decoy mimicked a seal in seas patrolled by sharks. The area is known as the Ring of Death and surrounds Seal Island in False Bay, South Africa
. Great whites come here specifically to target seals, which the sharks ambush from below. These attacks are always unexpected and over in less than a second, Nachoum said in a statement.
Competition judge Rosamund Kidman Cox praised the winning photo for displaying the incredible power, size and streamlined efficiency of a top predatorand it's pin-sharp, too, which is amazing when you realize the speed at which the great white is exploding out of the water.
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Photograph ) Amos Nachoum/Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007 (Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine)