National Geographic Shark Photographer Gets Up Close For The Perfect Shot10:58
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A diver interacts with a tiger shark at Tiger Beach in the Bahamas. (Brian Skerry)
A diver interacts with a tiger shark at Tiger Beach in the Bahamas. (Brian Skerry)

National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry (@Brian_Skerry) has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater, photographing great whites, tiger sharks and many others. His book is called "Shark."

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd talks to Skerry about what it took to get his images, and how integral the animals are to the ecosystem.

Oceanic Whitetip Shark swims past biologist Wes Pratt inside the shark cage. Bahamas. (Brian Skerry)
Oceanic Whitetip Shark swims past biologist Wes Pratt inside the shark cage. Bahamas. (Brian Skerry)
A great white shark, estimated to be between 16-18 feet in length, attacking a seal decoy off Chatham, Massachusetts. This region is a newly forming hub of white shark activity, due to the growing population of gray seals since the creation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972. (Brian Skerry)
A great white shark, estimated to be between 16-18 feet in length, attacking a seal decoy off Chatham, Massachusetts. This region is a newly forming hub of white shark activity, due to the growing population of gray seals since the creation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972. (Brian Skerry)
An Oceanic Whitetip Shark swims past a biologist with video camera in the Bahamas. (Brian Skerry)
An Oceanic Whitetip Shark swims past a biologist with video camera in the Bahamas. (Brian Skerry)
Dr. Greg Skomal conducting research on great white sharks off Chatham, Mass. Dr. Skomal began a population study in 2014 to determine how many individual animals are frequenting this region. To do this, he uses a spotter pilot to find sharks from the air, then from a boat uses a small video camera to obtain footage of the shark underwater. From the video, he and his colleagues can identify the sharks. (Brian Skerry)
Dr. Greg Skomal conducting research on great white sharks off Chatham, Mass. Dr. Skomal began a population study in 2014 to determine how many individual animals are frequenting this region. To do this, he uses a spotter pilot to find sharks from the air, then from a boat uses a small video camera to obtain footage of the shark underwater. From the video, he and his colleagues can identify the sharks. (Brian Skerry)

This segment aired on March 11, 2019.

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