Christopher Swann, a British photographer, has captured a captivating event that takes place underwater – the hunting of a school of mackerel by sharks and dolphins.
We often don’t think about how animals protect themselves and hunt for food, but Swann’s images offer us a glimpse into the lives of these creatures off the coast of the Azores.
In an effort to protect themselves, the mackerel come together to form a massive, silvery ball. The photos show thousands of fish tightly grouped together, with a diameter of around 30 feet.
Unfortunately, the predators come from all sides – the deep end is attacked by sharks and dolphins, while Cory’s shearwaters swoop in from above to snatch fish nearer the surface.
It’s amazing that Swann was able to take such stunning photos while swimming along with the chaotic assault.