The first time I saw a shark while scuba diving, I was petrified. I knew very little about them, and it was only a nurse shark. I was scuba diving in Cozumel with FishEye Scuba from California when one of our group leaders swam towards the shark to take a picture of it. While I was appalled by his behavior, I longed for the same and while shielding myself behind him, I also got a picture of that shark (1st picture below on the left). That single moment and experience changed my perception forever. 

The second time I saw a shark while diving was then a planned cage-free shark diving trip to Cara-a-Cara, Roatan (2nd picture above, in the middle). I was staying at the Anthony’s Key Resort for a diving vacation and saw the shark diving trip on their schedule. I took it. And it was fascinating. Not to mention that I fell in love with sharks that day and I still think sharks are the most mesmerizing and majestic creatures on earth. Since then, I have done many shark dives and taken many photographs and videos of these breathtaking animals. I have to confess thou that the Great Hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna mokarran) are my favorite sharks. 

The Great Hammerhead sharks have an unique wing-shaped head with eyes set at the end of their heads giving them a better visual range than the majority of the sharks have. That paired with highly specialized sensory organs spread over their head, allows them to better scan the ocean for food.  

Do you happen to know what is the Great Hammerhead favorite food? Write on the comments if you do!!

Unfortunately Great Hammerheads are critically endangered of extinction with a decreasing population trend according to the IUCN Red List. It is imperative that we keep them protected.

It wasn’t until 2017 that I had my first encounter with a Great Hammerhead in Florida. I remember when it swam graciously right before my eyes. I sponged on that moment and energy, wishing I could stay underwater forever!

That experience inspired me to create Aquatiles Malleo, my first hammerhead painting featured above.

I invite you to visit my website to learn more about my wildlife encounters and my art!