An incredible image of Hill Inlet, Whitsundays, QLD, Australia, that photographer put a lot of time, resource and energy into taking, along with a timely message and reminder to the accounts out there that are disrespecting and stealing photographers work to grow their own repost accounts.
Words from Paul that we 100% back because our account is actually run photographers, not selfish Insta addicts trying to make a buck - "Anyone else finding it weird all these new feature accounts just taking whatever photos they please without anyone tagging them or using their hashtags or giving them any sort of permission? I contacted a few of them just see why they used them and mostly got a tirade of abuse and a severe misunderstanding of copyright.
I find it weird that people would feel entitled to things that aren't theirs... so entitled that they would get abusive when asked about it.
Anyway, I would prefer people didn't use my photos to promote themselves, feature accounts are more than welcome to use my photos on their accounts, just not to promote themselves or their services.
Have some respect for the creators of content, ask before just taking their stuff!"
Lucy, one of Guadalupe's most recognizable female great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias), has been all over the news this week, due to some viral photos of her being being lured to a submersible cage with a bait and having her snout pushed upon a diver. Both of these actions are strictly prohibited federal regulations at Guadalupe.
The regulations at the island are in place to protect both divers and wildlife from unnecessarily risky scenarios. Luring a shark directly to a cage with bait increases the potential for a collision, which can put the shark at risk for getting stuck. White sharks don't have the ability to swim backwards, so if they get stuck, they will often times continue to push forward. A shark as large as Lucy could decimate a cage if she were to get stuck.
Additionally, pushing on a white shark's snout can cause the shark to roll its eyes backward which prevents the shark from being able to see where it's going, which also increases the risk for a collision with the cage. I probably don't need to mention the other risks associated with putting one's hands close to the mouth of wild predatory animal.
While these images are certainly dramatic and sensational, they have the potential to send the wrong message about this type of behavior at Guadalupe. It is both dangerous, and it violates federal regulations. If you're planning a trip to Guadalupe, please don't try something like this.
That being said, here's a close-up shot of Lucy without someone's hands in her face, and nobody luring her to cage.