By Josh Saunders
It’s raining fish! Beautiful snaps capture a school of fish that look like rain droplets in an incredible underwater display.
Photographer Zach Sanders, 32, was amazed by the impressive schools of sprat fish gathered in a tunnel-like formation last month while photographing the graceful art of spearfishing.
There are only two spearfishermen on the remote Norfolk Island, that’s situated 1,000 miles of the east coast of Australia and also neighbours New Zealand and New Caledonia.
He hoped to capture the forgotten art of hunting and showcase the divers who can hold their breath for up to two minutes and dive 25 metres down.
While they spearfisherman gracefully glide through the schools looking for a large enough prize, Zach captured these great images where it looks like it’s ‘raining fish’
Zach, a father-of-one, said: “As we dived through the huge school of sprat you could have thought it was raining fish.
“As I look at the image afterwards you almost have to double look to see that in fact they are fish surrounding Jamie not rain drops.
“Looking all around as I went through all you could see as far as the eye where millions of these dark blue fish, it was an amazing scene.
“As Jamie dove down I followed him into the school of sprat, it was quite amazing to watch them slowly part as we went through them.
“They didn’t seem too bothered, they just made way for us to go through, which resulted in the fish making a tunnel like this.”
For two years, Zach has been documenting the only two spearfishermen on the tiny island, which only has a population of 1,700.
Zach said: “The one thing that really struck me with spearfishing was how graceful some aspects of it are.
“I’m not sure why, but it gives me a kind of inspiring feeling so it’s something I really enjoy capturing and really try to get a great background whether it be rocky structures or fish.
“I also think Spearfishing is a great way of hunting as it is selective and you only shoot what you want to eat.”
He hopes that his images which he publicises on blog www.stuckonarock.com will help people fall in love with the beauty of the sea.
Zach said: “I love being in the water whether it be in the surf or in the open ocean, I love the mystery and also the vulnerability you can feel floating out in the ocean.
“It’s just a mystery really until you have your first look at what is swimming around and the structure that surrounds you.
“I really like how different every image in the water is, you just never know what is going to be down there and how you are going to frame the image up until you do your first dive and see what is below you.
“I want the viewer to be awestruck and inspired by the great unknown of the ocean.”
Additionally, his work goes a long way to promote the isolated islands.
Zach said: “Its absolute paradise, Norfolk Island is situated about 1000 miles off the east coast of Australia and is only 5kms by 8kms long with about 1700 residents so we are pretty tiny.
“I started a blog probably four years ago and just came up with the name Stuck On A Rock Photography plain and simply because i am stuck on a rock out in the middle of the ocean.”
For more of his work visit here.