Grey Nurse Shark with roped tail

OUR IMPACT – Runner-up

This shark is suffering badly. Lassoing of the tail is done by trawler fishermen in an effort to release the animal from their nets, but the rope is simply cut instead of being removed. The rope was later removed by a Marine Parks Officer. It is an all too common occurrence.

Manta Arch, South Solitary Island, New South Wales

Nikon D200, Sigma 17–70mm F2.8–4 DC macro OS HSM at 17mm, 1/30, f7.1, ISO 250; Seacam alloy housing with coated-glass Superdome port; twin Ikelite sub-strobes 200; handheld

by Mark Spencer, New South Wales