These photos may be your last chance to glimpse sharks, dolphins and turtles in their natural habitat as so many of these magnificent marine animals are under threat.
Pictures showing bloodied jaws of sharks, snapping turtles or looming manta rays distort public perception and make it easier for them to be slaughtered for their skin, meat and bones.
However these serene and majestic pictures of underwater wildlife, commissioned by marine conservation charity Bite Back, celebrate the power and beauty of the oceans while drawing attention to urgent conservation issues.
Co-presenter of Last Chance to See with Stephen Fry and calendar contributor, Mark Carwardine, said: “For far too long the public’s perception of sharks has been shaped entirely by Hollywood films and sensational newspaper headlines. I want my images to challenge the common-held myths about sharks and, instead, communicate the serenity and majesty of these creatures so that a conservation message can resonate with the audience.”
According to Bite-Back, the images in the calendar are a perfect illustration of what we could lose if over-fishing is allowed to continue.
The 2013 Bite-Back calendar costs £7.99 and is available at www.bite-back.com.
Basking Shark - Alex Mustard
January - Basking Shark, UK by Alex Mustard www.bite-back.com
Common Dolphin - Chris Fallows
February - Common Dolphins, South Africa by Chris Fallows www.bite-back.com
Tiger Shark - Jim Abernethy
March - Tiger Shark, Bahamas -by Jim Abernethy www.bite-back.com
SpermWhale - Amos Nachoum
April - Sperm Whale, Dominica by Amos Nachoum www.bite-back.com
Blue Shark - Brian Skerry
May - Blue Shark, USA by Brian Skerry www.bite-back.com
Green Sea Turtle - David Fleetham
June - Green Sea Turtle, Hawaii by David Fleetham www.bite-back.com
Great White Shark - Mark Carwardine
July - Great White Shark, Guadeloupe by Mark Carwardine www.bite-back.com
Manta Ray - Doug Perrine
August - Manta Ray, Maldives by Doug Perrine www.bite-back.com
Blacktip Reef Sharks - Stephen Frink
September - Blacktip Reef Sharks, French Polynesia by Stephen Frink www.bite-back.com
Cuttlefish - Jason Isely
October - Broadclub Cuttlefish, Malaysia by Jason Isley www.bite-back.com
Tiger Sharks - David Doubilet
November - Tiger Sharks, Australia by David Doubilet www.bite-back.com
Whale Shark - Adam Broadbent
December - Whale Shark, Maldives by Adam Broadbent www.bite-back.com