With its mouth gaping, scooping up gobs of plankton, the basking shark looks like something straight out of a midnight science-fiction flick. But it’s that behavior that makes swimming along-side Cetorhinus maximus — the second-largest living fish at a max of about 30 feet — and photographing it so special. And if you spot basking sharks — which school as they follow plankton to the Hebrides archipelago off the northwest coast of Scotland — you’ll have the chance to see the slow-swimming fish feeding near the surface of the water. Even if you get skunked, dolphins, seals and whales are also known to frequent these north Atlantic islands.
When to go:
April to October
Where to go:
This system cuts down on bulk but still offers a super-fast shooting speed of 11 frames per second.
Camera: Sony a6300
Lens: Sony Alpha 16mm f/2.8 wide-angle lens and fisheye converter
Housing: Nauticam NA-A6300
Dome port: Nauticam N85 4.33-inch fisheye