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Salmon Shark

                                Salmon Shark in Alaska

Salmon Shark photography for divers & non divers

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Salmon Sharks have been a frequent visitor to the Sound long before the first European Explores set foot on the shores of Alaska.  Recorded stories and photo's go back to the early 1900's of fisherman catching these mighty creatures, as they skirted the coastlines in search of food. 

In more recent times, biologists have just begun to understand more about these elusive animals.   Although sport fisherman will encounter these sharks as they migrate throughout Alaska, their final destination during the summer months are to two known area's located along the eastern side of Prince William Sound - Port Fidalgo and Port Gravina. 

 Each summer these sharks will be seen in small groups moving up the coastlines of Port Fidalgo to congregate in an area known as the "Razors Edge".  This deep rocky sub-structure makes ambushing salmon runs, like "shooting fish in a barrel" or ocean in this case.  But these Salmon Sharks don't have as fierce a reputation as their cousins, the Great Whites and Mako sharks, when it comes to humans.  Divers that frequent the lodge, regularly swim with these creatures without incident.  These sharks can grow to lengths of 10 feet long and 900 pounds.  They display dazzling acrobatic abilities when chasing salmon and are often seen breaching the water line, reaching 2-4 feet in the air.  They are also easy to approach with a skillful boat operator, making them ideally photogenic.  Like the Great Whites and Makos, they're relatively warm-blooded.  Their body temperatures are warmer than the surrounding water, making Salmon Sharks the hottest bodies in this shark family (in water that's 36 degrees, their bodies can be 61 degrees).  This enables them the ability for increased bursts of speed to catch their prey.  The U.S. Navy has clocked these icy predators at nearly 50 mph.



                                    
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