Featured Photographers:

David Fleetham

They say that "nice guys finish last", but that's clearly not the case with David Fleetham.  I've known Dave for almost exactly ten years, and he's always been incredibly generous in allowing me use of his elasmobranch images and sharing his experiences with sharks and rays around the world.  Yet Dave's spectacular and gorgeous underwater images have graced the covers and pages of scores of magazines, books, and calendars - his technically flawless photo of a Sandbar Shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus) made the cover of the August 1991 issue of Life magazine and has appeared on the cover of numerous shark books.  But Dave is far more than a commercially successful photographer.  He is also a fine and observant marine naturalist whose free-lance articles reflect both his extensive first-hand understanding of marine life as well as his deep concern for its preservation.  In addition, Dave has won dozens of prestigious awards for his photographic art.  Yet he remains the same "nice guy" I met at an informal divers' get-together back in 1990.  Although I can take absolutely no credit for Dave's hard-won successes, every time I see his latest work, I cannot help but feel proud of him.  Over the past 25 years, Dave has invested and sacrificed much to hone his craft.  Every success he enjoys has been well and truly earned.  And he did it all while remaining a very nice guy.

We are delighted to have our ReefQuest Centre for Shark Research website's beauty and informative power enhanced and punctuated by David Fleetham's stunning images.  Thank-you, Dave.  May your cameras never flood and your strobes never fail.  Without your artistry, the world above the surface would be a significantly less beautiful place.

Blue Shark (Prionace glauca)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Blue Sharks
Spotted Ratfish (Hydrolagus colliei)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Chimaera
Golden Cownose Rays (Rhinoptera steindachneri)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Cownose Rays
Spotted Eagle Ray (Aetobatus narinari)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Eagle Ray
Epaulette Shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Epaulette Shark
Galapagos Horn Shark (Heterodontus quoyi)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Galapagos
Horn Shark
Grey Reef Shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Grey Reef
Grey Reef Shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Grey Reef
Manta Ray (Manta birostris)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Manta Ray
Manta Ray (Manta birostris)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Manta Ray
Oceanic Whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Oceanic Whitetip
Oceanic Whitetip (Carcharhinus longimanus)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Oceanic Whitetip
Sandtiger Shark (Carcharias taurus)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Sandtiger
Scalloped Hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Scalloped Hammerhead
Scalloped Hammerheads (Sphyrna lewini)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Scalloped Hammerheads
Silvertip Shark (Carcharhinus albimarginatus)
 David Fleetham  david@davidfleetham.com
Silvertip
Silvertip Shark (Carcharhinus albimarginatus)
 David Fleetham  david@davidfleetham.com
Silvertip
Silvertip Shark (Carcharhinus albimarginatus)
 David Fleetham  david@davidfleetham.com
Silvertip
Tawny Nurse Sharks (Nebrius ferrugineus)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Tawny Nurse
Tawny Nurse Sharks (Nebrius ferrugineus)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Tawny Nurse
Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Tiger Shark
Tiger Shark (Galeocerdo cuvier)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Tiger Shark
Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Whale Shark
White Shark (Carchodon carcharias)  David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
White Shark
White Shark (Carchodon carcharias)  David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
White Shark
White Shark (Carchodon carcharias)  David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
White Shark
Zebra Shark (Stegostoma varium)
 David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
Zebra Shark
 
 

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