Underwater Love

Photographer and Discovery Channel Ambassador Gets Deep and Asks Sharks to Say Cheese

Jorge Cervera Hauser, specialises in underwater photography. He thinks nothing of getting up close and personal with sharks, crocodiles and other less formidable creatures. In fact, positively enjoys it: “Sharks are seriously misunderstood and not at all as the media portrays them. They are amazing, elegant and sexy,” he tells us. “They are much more intelligent than you may think, and somebody has to show their true colours.”

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Jorge’s passion for the creatures that inhabit this underwater world is palpable. He’s featured as an ambassador for no less than the Discovery Channel, and does a lot of preservation work too. He actually takes it as his own personal responsibility to tackle people’s misconceptions towards the sea’s most notorious predator. “For me it’s a personal thing, so you’ll never see a picture of mine where a shark isn’t behaving peacefully –its natural behaviour – not even with great whites.”

We simply had to find out more:

The Plus: When did you start practicing underwater photography?
Jorge Cervera Hauser:
I always wanted to learn how to dive, but it wasn’t until 2005 that I decided to go and do it. In 2007 I was on a diving live-a-board in the Sea of Cortez and a friend lent me his Olympus point and shoot with its housing. I came back with some pretty amateur photographs of sea lions, starfish, and small fish… I loved it and I knew I needed my own gear, serious gear, and a lot of practice. I seriously started in 2012.

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TP: You have had dangerous animals like sharks in front of your lens. Have you ever been afraid?
JCH:
I don’t particularly consider sharks as dangerous, especially if you know them and you are around people that also know what they are doing. Crocodiles are a different story… I was among the first people to ever photograph the American Crocodile underwater.

They are very territorial, and we were not so sure of what they were doing. After a process of trial and error, we realised that crocs like their space. One particular croc, a big 10-footer we called Andy ended up being über friendly after he got used to our presence, but the fifteen minutes it took him to calm down were definitely a little scary.

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TP: What is your favourite place to work?
JCH:
I have to say that the landscapes and marine life that Baja shelters is unique, and one of my favourite places in the world.

TP: What are your plans for the near future?
JCH:
Definitely carry on with my underwater photography, film production, and my ocean preservation work with Pelagic Life. Right now I’m working on the screenplay for my first fiction film, and have some very interesting (top secret for now) plans that involve a big turn in my life so I can focus 100% on the ocean.

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