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WHAT IS ELASMODIVER?

Not just Shark Pictures: Elasmodiver contains photos of sharks, skates, rays, and chimaera's from around the world. Elasmodiver began as a simple web based shark field guide to help divers find the best places to encounter the different species of sharks and rays that live in shallow water but it has slowly evolved into a much larger project containing information on all aspects of shark diving and shark photography.

There are now more than 10,000 shark pictures  and sections on shark evolution, biology, and conservation. There is a large library of reviewed shark books, a constantly updated shark taxonomy page, a monster list of shark links, and deeper in the site there are numerous articles and stories about shark encounters. Elasmodiver is now so difficult to check for updates, that new information and pictures are listed on an Elasmodiver Updates Page that can be accessed here:

WHAT'S NEW?

Shark picture - green sawfish

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Shark Pictures ~ Images of Sharks and Rays

Thousands of Stock Shark and Ray Images by Marine Life Photographer Andy Murch

 

Shark Pictures

Commercial Licensing

All of the shark and ray images on Elasmodiver are copyright protected. There are NO royalty free images on Elasmodiver.

Andy Murch's shark pictures have been reproduced in hundreds of magazines, books, and scientific journals around the world. His photographs have also been used to illustrate marine life displays in countless public aquariums and zoos.

Image files are available in most requested formats from RAW files to 32 bit TIFFs. If you are interested in licensing one or more of the listed images for commercial purposes please email Elasmodiver with a brief description of how the image(s) will be used and the expected size of the print run. No project is considered too small but a nominal fee is ALWAYS assigned regardless of whether usage is for commercial, non-profit, scientific illustration, or charitable purposes.

Email Elasmodiver to request pricing or further information.

 

Using the Shark Picture Database

The Shark Pictures Database contains a long list of shark pictures that are available as commercial files or as fine quality archival prints. The database has links to thousands of copyrighted pictures of sharks, rays, skates, and chimaeras (ghost sharks).

The shark species are listed alphabetically by their scientific name and by their most widely recognized English common names including some synonyms. There are also some special categories listed by subject to make searching the database easier.

Please quote the shark or ray species name and the image number (e.g. Great White Shark 032) when placing an order or requesting further information.

SHARK PICTURES BY FAMILY

ORDER CARCHARHINIFORMES  HAMMERHEADS, REQUIEM SHARKS, SMOOTHHOUND SHARKS & CATSHARKS

Family SPHYRNIDAE - Hammerhead sharks

bonnethead shark

Bonnethead Shark

great hammerhead shark

Great hammerhead shark

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

Scoophead shark

Smooth hammerhead shark

Family CARCHARHINIDAE - Requiem sharks

Blacknose shark

Blacktip reef shark

Blacktip shark

Blue shark

Bronze Whaler Shark

Bronze Whaler Shark

Bull Shark

Bull shark

Caribbean Reef Shark

Caribbean reef shark

Dusky Shark

Galapagos Shark

Galapagos shark

Grey Reef Shark

lemon shark picture

Lemon shark

oceanic whitetip shark

Oceanic Whitetip Shark

Sandbar Shark

Sandbar Shark

Silky Shark

Silvertip Shark

Silvertip Shark

Spinner shark

Tiger shark

whitetip reef shark

Whitetip reef shark

Atlantic Sharpnose Shark

Pacific Sharpnose Shark

Family TRIAKIDAE - Smoothhound Sharks

Tope Shark

Soupfin/Tope Shark

Brown Smoothhound Shark

Dusky smoothhound shark

Grey Smoothhound Shark

Grey Smoothhound Shark

Gulf Smoothhound Shark

leopard shark swimming through giant kelp.

Leopard shark

Sharptooth Houndshark

Sharptooth Houndshark

 

 

 

Family SCYLIORHINIDAE - Catsharks

Brown Catshark

Brown Catshark

California Swell Shark

Chain Catshark

Coral Catshark

Coral Catshark

Dark Shyshark

Dark Shyshark

Filetail Catshark

Filetail Catshark

Leopard Catshark

Leopard Catshark

Puffadder Shyshark

Puffadder Shyshark

Pyjama Catshark

Redspotted Catshark

lesser spotted catshark

Smallspotted Catshark

       
 ORDER HETERODONTIFORMES  BULLHEAD SHARKS
Family HETERODONTIDAE - Bullhead sharks

horn shark

Horn shark

port jackson shark

Port Jackson shark

zebra bullhead shark

Zebra Bullhead Shark

 

 

ORDER HEXANCHIFORMES  SIXGILL, SEVENGILL & FRILLED SHARKS
Family HEXANCHIDAE- Six and seven gilled sharks

Bigeye Sixgill Shark

Bigeye Sixgill Shark

Bluntnose Sixgill Shark

broadnose sevengill shark

Broadnose Sevengill Shark

 

 

 ORDER LAMNIFORMES  MACKERAL SHARKS, SANDTIGER SHARKS, BASKING SHARKS, THRESHER SHARKS, MEGAMOUTH SHARKS & GOBLIN SHARKS
Family LAMNIDAE - Mackeral sharks

Family ALOPIIDAE - Thresher Sharks

great white shark

Great White Shark

porbeagle shark

Porbeagle Shark

Shortfin Mako Shark

Salmon Shark

Pelagic Thresher Shark

Pelagic Thresher Shark

Family ODONTASPIDIDAE -Sandtiger sharks

Family CETORHINIDAE - Basking sharks

Sandtiger shark

Smalltooth sandtiger shark

 

 

Basking shark

ORDER ORECTOLOBIFORMES  ZEBRA SHARKS, WHALE SHARKS, BAMBOO AND EPAULETTE SHARKS, BLIND SHARKS, NURSE SHARKS, WOBBEGONG SHARKS & CARPET SHARKS
Family ORECTOLOBIDAE - Wobbegong sharks

Banded wobbegong

cobbler wobbegong

Cobbler wobbegong

Dwarf Ornate wobbegong

Spotted Wobbegong

Spotted wobbegong

Tasseled wobbegong

wards wobbegong

Wards wobbegong

 

 

 

 

Family GINGLYMOSTOMATIDAE - Nurse sharks  

STEGOSTOMATIDAE

Zebra sharks

RHINCODONTIDAE Whale sharks

Nurse shark swimming over a reef

Nurse shark

 

 

 

Whale shark

Family HEMISCYLLIIDAE - Bamboo and Epaulette sharks   Family BRACHAELURIDAE - Blind Sharks

Whitespotted Bamboo Shark

White Spotted Bamboo Shark

Speckled epaulette

 

Blind Shark

 

ORDER SQUALIFORMES  DOGFISH SHARKS, SLEEPER SHARKS, BRAMBLE SHARKS, LANTERN SHARKS, ROUGH SHARKS, KITEFIN SHARKS, GULPER SHARKS & BIRDBEAK SHARKS

Family SQUALIDAE - Dogfish sharks

Spiny Dogfish

Spiny dogfish

Pacific spiny dogfish

Cuban dogfish

 

 

Family CENTROPHORIDAE - Gulper Sharks Family SOMNIOSIDAE - Sleeper sharks

Gulper Shark

Gulper Shark

 

 

greenland shark

Greenland shark

 

ORDER SQUATINIFORMES  ANGEL SHARKS
Family SQUATINIDAE - Angel Sharks

Spiny angel shark

Spiny Angel Shark

Common Angel Shark

California Angel Shark

Pacific Angel Shark

 

 

 

RAY PICTURES BY FAMILY
 ORDER MYLIOBATIFORMES:  WHIPTAIL STINGRAYS, ROUND STINGRAYS AND STINGAREES, DEEPWATER STINGRAYS, FRESHWATER STINGRAYS, BUTTERFLY RAYS, SIXGILL STINGRAYS, EAGLE RAYS, COWNOSE RAYS & DEVIL RAYS
Family DASYATIDAE - Whiptail Stingrays

Atlantic Stingray

Atlantic stingray

Blue spotted stingray

Bluespotted fantail ray

Blue spotted stingray

Blue spotted stingray

bluntnose stingray

Bluntnose stingray

Chupare stingray

Common Stingray

cowtail stingray

Cowtail stingray

Diamond Stingray

Diamond stingray

Jenkins whipray

Jenkins whipray

Leopard whipray

Leopard whipray

Longtail Stingray

Longtail stingray

marbled stingray

Marbled stingray

Roughtail stingray

Round Stingray

Round stingray

southern stingray

Southern stingray

Tahitian Stingray

Tahitian stingray

Thorntail stingray

Pelagic Stingray picture

Pelagic Stingray

 

 

Family POTAMOTRYGONIDAE - River stingrays

A motoro stingray potamotrygon motoro.

Motoro Stingray

 

Rosette River Stingray

vermiculate river stingray

Vermiculate River Stingray

 

 

Family UROTRYGONIDAE - Round stingrays of the Americas

bullseye stingray

Bullseye Stingray

Cortez round stingray

Cortez round stingray

Rogers Roundray

Rogers roundray

Round stingray

Yellow spotted stingray

Family UROLOPHIDAE - Stingarees of the Indo-Pacific Region

Common Stingaree

Common stingaree

Kapala stingaree

Kapala stingaree

Masked stingaree

Sinclair's Stingaree

Sinclair's stingaree

spotted stingaree

Spotted stingaree

striped stingaree

Striped stingaree

       
Family GYMNURIDAE - Butterfly Rays  

Family PLATYRHINIDAE - Thornback Rays

Spiny butterfly ray

Spiny Butterfly Ray

 

 

Thornback Ray

Thornback ray

 

Family MYLIOBATIDAE - Eagle rays

California Bat Ray

Common Eagle Ray

Common Eagle Ray

southern bat ray

Southern Bat Ray

Spotted Eagle Ray

 

Family MOBULIDAE - Devil rays

Manta ray

Atlantic devilray

Munks Devilray

   

 Family RHINOPTERIDAE - Cownose Rays

Atlantic cownose ray

Atlantic Cownose Ray

 

 

 

 

ORDER PRISTIFORMES  SAWFISHES
Family PRISTIDAE - Sawfishes

largetooth sawfish

Freshwater Sawfish

green sawfish

Green Sawfish

smalltooth sawfish

Smalltooth sawfish

 

 

 ORDER RAJIFORMES  SKATES, SMOOTH SKATES, GUITARFISHES, BOWMOUTH GUITARFISHES & WEDGEFISHES
Family RAJIDAE - Skates

Barndoor Skate

Barndoor skate

Big skate

Little Skate

Longnose Skate

Shorttail Fanskate

Smooth Skate

Starry Skate

Thornback skate

Thorny skate picture

Thorny Skate

Velez Skate

Winter Skate

Winter Skate

Clearnose Skate

Clearnose Skate

 

 

 

SUB-ORDER RHINOBATIFORMES  BOWMOUTH GUITARFISHES, SHARKFIN GUITARFISHES & GUITARFISHES
Family RHINOBATIDAE - Guitarfishes

Atlantic Guitarfish

Banded Guitarfish picture

Banded Guitarfish

Eastern Shovelnose Ray

Shovelnose Guitarfish 152

Shovelnose Guitarfish

 

Family RHYNCHOBATIDAE - Sharkfin Guitarfishes

 

Family RHINIDAE

Bowmouth Guitarfishes

Whitespotted shovelnose ray

Whitespotted Guitarfish

 

 

 

Bowmouth Guitarfish or shark ray

Bowmouth Guitarfish

ORDER TORPEDINIFORMES:  TORPEDO RAYS, COFFIN RAYS, ELECTRIC RAYS & SLEEPER RAYS
Family NARCINIDAE - Electric rays

Apron Ray

bullseye electric ray

Bullseye electric ray

cortez electric ray

Cortez electric ray

lesser electric ray

Lesser electric ray

 

Family TORPEDINIDAE - Torpedo rays

 

Family HYPNIDAE - Coffin rays

marbled torpedo ray

Marbled torpedo ray

     

Coffin ray

CHIMAERA PICTURES BY FAMILY
Family CHIMAERIDAE - shortnose chimaeras      

Spotted Ratfish Hydrolagus colliei

Spotted ratfish

       
OTHER SHARK PICTURE CATAGORIES
Shark Pictures Index of Common Names Shark Pictures Index of Scientific Names

 

 

More Marine Images from Photographer Andy Murch

If you would like to see more than just shark pictures, please visit the following links on MarineLifePics.com that contain a broader selection of images by Underwater Photographer Andy Murch

Dolphin images

Fish Images

Octopus and Squid Images

Seal and Sea Lion Images

Crocodile and Alligator Images

Lobster images

Crab Images

Shrimp images

Lighthouse Images

Coastal Images

Shark Pictures: images of sharks and rays.

Fish Pictures: a variety of images of teliost fishes from around the world.

Octopus and Squid Pictures: images of cephalopods.

Seal and Sea Lion Images: images of pinnipeds.

Dolphin Pictures: images of dolphins and porpoises.

Crab Pictures: images of true crabs and lithoids.

Shrimp Pictures: images of shrimps.

Lobster Pictures: images of lobsters, crayfish and squat lobsters.

Crocodilian Pictures: images of crocodiles, alligators, caimans and ghariels.

Lighthouse Pictures: Images of lighthouses and beacons.

Coastal Pictures: Images of rocky coastlines and sun swept beaches.

Submarine Pictures: images of submarines and submersibles.

 

Important Information on the use of the Shark Pictures listed in the Shark Pictures Database

These shark images represent many years of work and great expense on behalf of the photographer. Under no circumstances may any of these shark photographs be downloaded or used in any way without the express permission of the photographer. This is a commercial database - that means ALL of the images carry a licensing fee. Thank you for your understanding!

 

Andy Murch - Shark Photographer

email Andy: elasmodiver@gmail.com

 

The BC Marine Life Index

Although the BC Marine Life Index contains some pictures of sharks and skates it covers a much broader selection of aquatic life from crustaceans and mollusks, to fish, marine mammals, corals and sponges. The life inhabiting the shoreline of British Columbia is second to none in health, color, diversity, size, and abundance. The BC Marine Life Index is well worth a few minutes of your time.

 

 

 

 

Archival print prices and shipping costs

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