Bronze / 2016 / Nature / Underwater

The Paris Collection

  • Prize
    Bronze in Nature/Underwater
  • Company
  • Photographer
    Sam Cahir /

The Great Southern Ocean off South Australia is home to great biodiversity including the Isurus oxyrinchus, Shortfin Mako shark. This beautiful 3m female gapes to make herself look bigger and more menacing. Deep wounds are visible on her top lip from a recent seal encounter. Her open maw shows a multitude of parasitic copepods (Anthosoma crissum) burrowed into the soft tissue in the roof of her mouth. Her charisma and love for the camera (literally, as she mouth it a number of times) prompted me to affectionately refer to her as 'Paris' after the American socialite 'Paris Hilton'.

Sam Cahir is an international award winning underwater photographer specializing in sharks. Based in Melbourne, Australia, his photographs have appeared in a variety of publications and he is regarded as one of the premier shark photographers in the world. He is the owner of Predapix Photography which provides specialized shark photography services and sales worldwide. He is a valued part of the Fox Shark Research Foundation team (FSRF) located in South Australia, whose mission is to inspire the appreciation and understanding of great white sharks through research and education.