THE GUARDIAN

Grey nurse shark, Carcharias taurus

STATUS: VULNERABLE

The grey nurse shark (Carcharias taurus) glides in from the darkness of the reef gutters accompanied by schooling fish seeking protection, not from humankind, but from their natural predators. Listed as vulnerable by the IUCN, Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act lists the east-coast population of Carcharias taurus as critically endangered.

Nine Mile Reef, New South Wales–Queensland border

Nikon D810, Tokina DX 10–17mm fisheye, 1/125, f/8, ISO 160, two YS250 PROs strobes

by Andy Wingate, Queensland