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George Probst

I love taking photos of animals, especially white sharks. :O) I started photographing sharks in 2006 and haven't been hooked ever since. My goal is to showcase sharks in a manner that helps to dispel some of the negative and overblown stereotypes that are often used to portray these animals in the major media. While they are indeed wild, predatory animals who need to be treated with a certain level of caution and respect (as is the case with any wild animal), they are simply not the bloodthirsty man-hunters like the shark in "Jaws." If you want to know more about the story behind my shark photography check my interview with The Weekly Flickr.

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Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name Follow my lead! photo  about Despite their name, pilot fish aren’t actually calling the shots when it comes to ‘piloting’ the direction of their larger companion, in this case male great white shark Drogin.

Pilot fish generally follow the shark’s movements, not vice-versa. When the pilot fish is positioned directly in front of
Follow my lead!

Despite their name, pilot fish aren’t actually calling the shots when it comes to ‘piloting’ the direction of their larger companion, in this case male great white shark Drogin. Pilot fish generally follow the shark’s movements, not vice-versa. When the pilot fish is positioned directly in front of

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17.05.2019
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name Down below photo  about Gianna, a 16' (4.9m) female great white shark, passes by below as she cruises through the beautiful blue waters off the coast of Mexico's Isla de Guadalupe.
Down below

Gianna, a 16' (4.9m) female great white shark, passes by below as she cruises through the beautiful blue waters off the coast of Mexico's Isla de Guadalupe.

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25.04.2019
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name Flying under the radar photo  about Johnny, one of Guadalupe's veteran great white sharks, swims below a shoal of Pacific jack mackerel.
Flying under the radar

Johnny, one of Guadalupe's veteran great white sharks, swims below a shoal of Pacific jack mackerel.

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21.03.2019
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name Hanging a left photo  about Male great white shark Bergvall makes a quick left turn right in front of the camera.

A common question I see is, "how close do the sharks get?" This was shot at 16mm on a full-frame camera, so Bergvall was pretty much right in front the camera when he turned.
Hanging a left

Male great white shark Bergvall makes a quick left turn right in front of the camera. A common question I see is, "how close do the sharks get?" This was shot at 16mm on a full-frame camera, so Bergvall was pretty much right in front the camera when he turned.

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20.02.2019
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name Johnny on the spot photo  about "I haven't taken a good shark photo since 2016." It's a thought that has continuously roamed through my mind over the past two seasons at Guadalupe. While my main goal in photographing the beautiful white sharks of Isla de Guadalupe is to capture each individual's unique characteristics, I
Johnny on the spot

"I haven't taken a good shark photo since 2016." It's a thought that has continuously roamed through my mind over the past two seasons at Guadalupe. While my main goal in photographing the beautiful white sharks of Isla de Guadalupe is to capture each individual's unique characteristics, I

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28.12.2018
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name Introducing Nicole photo  about Nicole is one of several newly identified individual great white sharks at Isla de Guadalupe this season. Researchers have been working with photographers since 2003 to help catalog distinct individuals at the island using unique characteristics of each shark through a photo identification project.
Introducing Nicole

Nicole is one of several newly identified individual great white sharks at Isla de Guadalupe this season. Researchers have been working with photographers since 2003 to help catalog distinct individuals at the island using unique characteristics of each shark through a photo identification project.

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18.12.2018
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name Johnny soaking up some rays photo  about Male great white shark Johnny heads to the surface, while beams of sunlight shine down around him. Johnny was first identified at Guadalupe back in 2005 and has been documented at the island almost every year since then.
Johnny soaking up some rays

Male great white shark Johnny heads to the surface, while beams of sunlight shine down around him. Johnny was first identified at Guadalupe back in 2005 and has been documented at the island almost every year since then.

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04.12.2018
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name Tranquility photo  about One of the misconceptions about shark diving is that it’s largely an ‘adrenaline junkie’ activity. While I’m sure that’s the case for some divers, I think those people are probably in the minority, based on conversations I’ve had with other divers over the years. For many of us, myself included, the
Tranquility

One of the misconceptions about shark diving is that it’s largely an ‘adrenaline junkie’ activity. While I’m sure that’s the case for some divers, I think those people are probably in the minority, based on conversations I’ve had with other divers over the years. For many of us, myself included, the

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29.11.2018
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name Here's Johnny photo  about Male great white shark Johnny was identified at Guadalupe several years ago. Last week was the first time I had seen Johnny in over two years, so it was nice to see his toothy grin, once again.
Here's Johnny

Male great white shark Johnny was identified at Guadalupe several years ago. Last week was the first time I had seen Johnny in over two years, so it was nice to see his toothy grin, once again.

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20.11.2018
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name All hail the queen! photo  about Lucy is one of the larger and most recognizable sharks at Isla de Guadalupe. I first encountered her over 10 years ago and am always grateful for the moments that I blessed to share the water with her. On this particular dive, Pacific jack mackerel made capturing nice portraits of Lucy a challenge,
All hail the queen!

Lucy is one of the larger and most recognizable sharks at Isla de Guadalupe. I first encountered her over 10 years ago and am always grateful for the moments that I blessed to share the water with her. On this particular dive, Pacific jack mackerel made capturing nice portraits of Lucy a challenge,

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15.11.2018
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name Introducing Bergvall photo  about Bergvall is a male great white shark who was first identified last season (2017) at Isla de Guadalupe. He was one of the more curious sharks that I have encountered at Guadalupe so far this year.
Introducing Bergvall

Bergvall is a male great white shark who was first identified last season (2017) at Isla de Guadalupe. He was one of the more curious sharks that I have encountered at Guadalupe so far this year.

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02.11.2018
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name Frame or foe photo  about Mackerel can often make photographing Guadalupe's white sharks a challenge, as they have the habit of darting into the frame between the camera and the shark at the most inopportune moments.

However, every once in a while they seem to line up just right with the sharks and help frame them up. This
Frame or foe

Mackerel can often make photographing Guadalupe's white sharks a challenge, as they have the habit of darting into the frame between the camera and the shark at the most inopportune moments. However, every once in a while they seem to line up just right with the sharks and help frame them up. This

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31.08.2018
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name Spin Cycle photo  about Ratel, a male great white shark, makes a quick 180 off Mexico's Isla de Guadalupe, creating a bit of a commotion at the water's surface. 
 
Guadalupe's white sharks are identified, cataloged, and named through a photo identification research project that has been going on for over 15 years. Ratel wa
Spin Cycle

Ratel, a male great white shark, makes a quick 180 off Mexico's Isla de Guadalupe, creating a bit of a commotion at the water's surface. Guadalupe's white sharks are identified, cataloged, and named through a photo identification research project that has been going on for over 15 years. Ratel wa

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21.08.2018
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name The world's coolest great white shark photo  about I was digging through my archives yesterday and found this shot of the legendary Cal Ripfin (aka Shredder) that I've never shared on Flickr before. 

Cal was an adult male measuring around 14' (4.2m) in length. He was a regular at Guadalupe, since at 2001 (when the white shark photo identification p
The world's coolest great white shark

I was digging through my archives yesterday and found this shot of the legendary Cal Ripfin (aka Shredder) that I've never shared on Flickr before. Cal was an adult male measuring around 14' (4.2m) in length. He was a regular at Guadalupe, since at 2001 (when the white shark photo identification p

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28.05.2018
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name Cruising photo  about Kenric, one of Guadalupe's male great white sharks, swims seemingly effortlessly under the Solmar V dive boat. Kenric was the 149th unique individual white shark to be identified at Guadalupe through the photo identification project. Since the identification project began in 2001, over 250 unique in
Cruising

Kenric, one of Guadalupe's male great white sharks, swims seemingly effortlessly under the Solmar V dive boat. Kenric was the 149th unique individual white shark to be identified at Guadalupe through the photo identification project. Since the identification project began in 2001, over 250 unique in

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26.04.2018
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name Young female great white shark photo  about Mikaela Victoria was the 195th individual to be identified at Isla de Guadalupe through the photo identification project. She was first documented at the island in 2015. 

Each individual white shark has a unique countershading pattern (where the upper grey color meets the lower white skin), which a
Young female great white shark

Mikaela Victoria was the 195th individual to be identified at Isla de Guadalupe through the photo identification project. She was first documented at the island in 2015. Each individual white shark has a unique countershading pattern (where the upper grey color meets the lower white skin), which a

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08.04.2018
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name Ebb and flow photo  about A young female great white shark passes through multitudes of scad mackerel swimming in various directions. If you look closely, you might notice a few pilot fish accompanying this lovely little lady, as well.
Ebb and flow

A young female great white shark passes through multitudes of scad mackerel swimming in various directions. If you look closely, you might notice a few pilot fish accompanying this lovely little lady, as well.

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06.02.2018
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name A scratch on the nose photo  about This male great white shark sustained a minor injury around his right nostril at some point during the day that we were photographing him. It looks like something scratched him pretty good. Earlier in the day he didn't have the injury.

This particular shark is named Geoff Nuttall in the Guadalupe I
A scratch on the nose

This male great white shark sustained a minor injury around his right nostril at some point during the day that we were photographing him. It looks like something scratched him pretty good. Earlier in the day he didn't have the injury. This particular shark is named Geoff Nuttall in the Guadalupe I

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14.01.2018
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name Walter Whiteshark photo  about Walter Whiteshark is a male great white shark who was identified at Isla de Guadalupe 3 years ago. He was given his name (presumably based off the Breaking Bad character) through the photo identification project at the island. I've been fortunate enough to see Walter 3 years in a row.
Walter Whiteshark

Walter Whiteshark is a male great white shark who was identified at Isla de Guadalupe 3 years ago. He was given his name (presumably based off the Breaking Bad character) through the photo identification project at the island. I've been fortunate enough to see Walter 3 years in a row.

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21.12.2017
Image by George Probst (sharkpix) and image name Clearing a path photo  about Scad mackerel clear out of the way for Mikaela Victoria, a female great white shark who was named through the photo identification project at Isla de Guadalupe. Since its inception in 2001, the project has identified over 250 unique individual white sharks at the island.
Clearing a path

Scad mackerel clear out of the way for Mikaela Victoria, a female great white shark who was named through the photo identification project at Isla de Guadalupe. Since its inception in 2001, the project has identified over 250 unique individual white sharks at the island.

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13.12.2017