“Shark wrangler Marcus Kitching has nine boxes of dead fish to attract and “manage” the sharks. For each underwater session, he collects around 20 Caribbean reef sharks, some up to 3m long. They aren’t man‑eaters, but even an unintentional nip can slice off a finger, so Kitching wears head-to-toe chainmail.
There are just 40 minutes of each dive-time, so the crew have to work fast. Lights are quickly secured with weights, but every so often a shark rams into the photographer’s strobes or clips the crew with a fin as it streaks past. After two challenging days underwater, the team are left with 40 empty air cylinders, nine sodden designer outfits, one set of very bloodshot eyes – and an amazing set of pictures. It’s a wrap.” How to Spend it/ FT Magazine
Although laws ban the hunting of these magnificent sharks, the fishing industry in South America unintentionally find these sharks in about 40% of their catch. Sadly the numbers of Caribbean reef shark are declining, their population continues to dwindle.