With an elegant snout, large eyes and a long sleek, brilliantly blue body, the blue shark (Prionace glauca) radiates grace and beauty. Blue sharks are circumglobal—they are found around the world in many different environments. They prefer cooler waters between 40–70°F and migrate long distances, such as from New England to South America. Relatively fast-growing and capable of producing large numbers of offspring, they mature in 4–6 years and have litters that average 35 pups. Squid constitutes a large part of their diet, but they also hunt octopus, fish, lobster, crabs, and even sea birds. Breeding populations are found off the New England coast during the summer months.
The Rhode Island Sound may not strike you as the kind of place to swim with sharks, let alone one that provides conditions for good photos. But as it turns out, Rhode Island’s coastal waters are one of only a handful of places in the world to experience blue sharks (and makos) in the wild and Pelagic Expeditions will make this happen. The shark tour operator runs day trips on a simple but comfortable lobster fishing boat during the summer and early fall. I made this trip specifically to photograph blue sharks at twilight— a magical time to spend with these graceful animal. Favorite images from my shark trip to Rhode Island.