🦈🐟 HERE IT IS! 🐟🦈
**Misool Bluewater Shark Baitball: Oceanic blacktip, grey reef, and possible bull sharks join bonito as they pursue fleeing sardines! WATCH THE FULL VIDEO ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE OR ON YOUTUBE BY CLICKING THE LINK IN MY BIO**
This past April, having just returned to @misoolecoresort
's jetty after and another brilliant dive with oceanic manta rays on a legendary seamount within the reserve, I noticed a disturbance on the surface with birds in chase, just a few hundred meters south of the jetty. We raced out on the dive tender to investigate, and when I jumped into the water, I discovered bonito and dozens of #sharks
hammering a frantic sardine bait ball! These were not just the ordinary reef sharks found on Misool’s reefs, but instead I found myself surrounded by oceanic blacktip sharks, grey reef sharks, and what appeared to be several bull sharks – a species I had personally never seen in Raja Ampat, and had believed to be effectively depleted beyond recovery within the reserve!
Over a decade ago when we started the Misool Marine Reserve project, shark populations were so severely depleted that I never imagined I would witness something so spectacular as shark baitball within the reserve. Beyond the thrilling experience and exciting imagery, this encounter suggested that the benefits of larger coastal marine reserves might extend beyond the reefs and into the blue.
The shark baitball I experienced in Misool is living proof of the incredible resilience of the oceans, and an important reminder that we can make a real difference, if only we give nature a fighting chance! #savesharks #conservation #misool #baitball #underwater #sharks #ocean #indonesia