This Photographer Coaxes Great White Sharks to Surface at Night with a Strobe Light
by Owen James Burke
False Bay, South Africa (Photo: Michael Muller)
“They come up like a missile, knock the seal to shock it and then they bite it,” he says. “There’s no noise, no warning. I’m sitting there for hours on end looking through my lens, and then all of a sudden the shark appears.”
Hollywood-based photographer Mike Muller appreciates the thrill of adventure too, so he traveled to False Bay, South Africa with a novel concept of how he might be able to convince a shark to breach for a nighttime photograph.
Muller has developed a waterproof strobe light system to illuminate the water while trolling a seal decoy of the stern of a boat.
Sharks are known for feeding at night, but tracking them and trying to control or anticipate when and where they will breach presents a great obstacle for a photographer–that is, without a strobe light shining on a decoy. Imagine walking down a dark empty street in the middle of the night and happening upon a big juicy cheeseburger on a table beneath a lone streetlight. You probably couldn’t resist. In this case, neither could the shark.
Muller, who’s compiling images for a book on shark photography due to be published in 2015, also took a couple from beneath the boat: