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"Juan and Nikki"
Incredible image and post on his recent birthday from Our Co-Founder at One Ocean Diving @oneoceandiving and @waterinspired , Juan Oliphant @juansharks - As a photographer and artist I love images for their ability to share a message and freeze precious moments. When I see an image of an experience I feel a rush of memories and a recollection of the excited or happy emotions that come with unique interactions or special individuals. I wish the weather was calm enough to go out and enjoy time with amazing sharks like this. Meet Nikki the tiger shark, I’ve known her now around 15 years. Looking into her eyes on her level, allowing her to swim straight up to me and waiting as she gently puts her snout in my hand, the feeling is incredibly humbling and powerfully inspirational to what I do working for conservation efforts. It’s moments like this, with individuals like Nikki, that have most influenced my choice to devote my life towards working for their protection. I’ve seen a lot in my lifetime and I have a very very very deep understanding and respect for the capabilities of sharks as apex predators but there is sometime truly beautiful when a large 14+ foot tiger shark builds the trust to come up to you, eyes open, and nearly stop in front of you. I hope images like this might influence people out there who may one day be in a position making the decision if a shark lives or dies and I hope that my efforts will encourage them to choose to #helpsavesharks because that shark might be Nikki, one of the gentlest and most incredible tiger sharks I’ve ever had the honor of meeting. Just my experiences, mahalo for the photo @forrest.in.focus as I put down my camera from time to time Like I did here to enjoy the moment fully. #TigerSharkWetsuit top by @xcelwetsuits in honor and awareness of the plight of sharks. Camera @aquatech_imagingsolutions Freediving fins @cressi1946 Diving for @oneoceandiving @oneoceanresearch #oneoceanresearch #oneoceandiving #oneoceanglobal @oneoceanconservation #discoversharks #sharks #shark #sharkinhawaii #sharkphotography #oneocean #thesharkphotographer @oneoceanglobal #apexpredatornotmonster #conservationphotography at Oneoceandiving.com