The most dangerous selfie ever taken? Diver snaps a selfie with hungry blacktip sharks
These are the jaw-dropping pictures of a diver’s selfie taken during a feeding frenzy of hungry blacktip sharks.
One shark took a nibble at his camera and another bit the buoy line right above his head but he was able to come away unscathed with these amazing pictures.
Aaron Gekoski, the 34-year-old photographer, took the pictures while diving near the Aliwal Shoal in South Africa during the famous sardine rush that takes place every July.
He had to keep eye contact with the feeding sharks and make himself as big as possible, keeping the predators content while he took his pictures.
Aaron, who wanted to highlight the lack of danger posed by sharks to humans, said:
“The Sardine run is one of the most spectacular annual migrations on Earth.
“Travelling to the Aliwal Shoal, we could guarantee shark sightings and decent conditions and we thought we’d spice it up a little and use the selfie as a tool to get an important message out there.
“Every year around 100 million sharks are killed, primarily to serve a demand for a delicacy in Asia – shark fin soup, pushing many species to the brink of extinction.
“On the flip side, sharks only kill around 5 people per year, most as a result of mistaken identity.
“We wanted to illustrate that sharks aren’t the dangerous man-eaters they’re made out to be. They’re the ones in danger, not us.”
Aaron has also recognised that the bends, a decompression sickness associated with diving, has caused him more harm than any shark:
“Since then I also got the bends which is a bit of a nightmare! After surfacing from a dive a couple of weeks ago my arm went dead, was itchy and started turning blue.
“Being in remote Mozambique, I was too far away from a hyperbaric chamber to make it via road so I just had to take on as much oxygen as possible, wait it out and hope for the best.
“I have to accept that I do a dangerous job but it goes to show that it’s not animals like sharks that pose most danger, but the act of diving itself.”
Aaron used to run a modelling agency in London before dropping everything in 2009 to pursue his dream of being a wildlife photographer.
He sold his business, most of his possessions and attended the Wildlife Film Academy based out of the Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Now, six years later, he has travelled across the globe in search of the wildlife he loves.