By Jamie Smith
These stunning underwater images are shaking up shark stereotypes one dive at a time.
Ken Kiefer is determined to show the public the Apex predators are not the man-eating monsters we think they are.
The 49-year-old, from Houston, Texas, snapped the electrifying selection of photos of the animals swimming around divers in a cage while visiting Guadalupe, Mexico.
Ken said: “We want to bring awareness to people that sharks are not the man-eating killers the movies portray them to be.
“I have been diving with many types of sharks around the world for many years now.
“Unfortunately, during those times, I have seen the declining population of sharks as it has been more difficult to find them where they were once in abundance.”
Ken explained the predators play a pivotal role in the world’s ecosystems, which is why for him it’s so important to change the public’s view on the animals.
He believes people should start to take care of, rather than vilify, sharks.
Ken said: “As a matter of fact, they are critical to the health of the world’s oceans, which cover over 70 per cent of Earth’s surface.
“Apex predators like sharks maintain the balance of marine habitats and serve as indicators for the health of our seas.
“Without these keystone species, ecosystems falter and degrade, threatening all life that depends on them for survival.”
Discussing his favourite images, he said: “My favourite two pictures are the picture of the great white with the scar across her eye.
“She looks powerful and calm, but you can see that she’s vulnerable due to the scar.
“The other is the picture of my wife, Kimber, modelling in the cage with a great white passing peacefully by the other side of the cage.”