My name is Doug Perrine, and I am a professional freelance photojournalist, specializing in marine wildlife. Photographing and writing about sharks has been a key component of my career path, and my involvement with Doc Gruber and participation in his research cruises on the MV Columbus Iselin, prior to and during the initial setup of the Bimini Shark Lab, was the start of that part of my career. It is hard to even imagine now, but the overall public attitude toward sharks at that time was one of fear and hatred, to the extent that Skin Diver Magazine (the most widely read publication for scuba divers) would not even allow a photograph of a shark on its pages. Books about sharks devoted large sections to shark attacks and little to nothing about behavior and conservation. Dr. Gruber helped me appreciate the dire conservation challenges affecting sharks and collaborated with me on magazine articles exposing the trade in shark fins and cartilage at a time when very few people had ever heard of shark finning. He was also an invaluable resource when I was writing my first book, Sharks, which I believe was one of the first, if not the first, to treat sharks as interesting wildlife, rather than as a public safety menace. It was on these research cruises that I got many of the photographs that helped launch my career. It’s hard to imagine now, but at that time, publishable quality underwater photographs of free-swimming lemon sharks, tiger sharks, bull sharks, and even Caribbean reef sharks were almost non-existent. A few of those photos I took nearly thirty years ago are still selling well today. Additionally I met a number of people on the cruises who have become life-long friends and colleagues. I hope I may include the author/ editor of this volume, Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch as one of those. Jeremy was along as a photographer on I believe the first of the research cruises in which I participated, and was kind enough to let me participate in some photo shoots that he personally arranged. Perhaps the most memorable of these was one for which he convinced shark “wrangler” Mike Braun to release a captive tiger shark into a canal in South Bimini, then “wrangle” it for the cameras. The shark was supposed to leave the canal at high tide, but apparently hadn’t fully ingested the instructions, and hung around for another day. South Bimini at that time was a major trans-shipment center for drugs passing between South America and the United States. The next morning, as Mike, Jeremy, some of Doc’s students, and I were standing on the dock on the South Bimini canal, waiting for a pickup by our skiff, a sleek speedboat with throbbing high-powered engines pulled up to the dock right in front of us. Several fellows wearing black wrap-around sunglasses looked at us with menacing expressions. One asked “Are you the guys that released the shark in our canal?” His hands were below the gunnels, so I couldn’t see what implements of destruction he might be holding, but somehow I managed to answer in the affirmative, even as my mouth went completely dry. “My kids swim in this canal!” He retorted. Through trembling lips we all swore that we would never again make such a terrible mistake, even as we braced ourselves for the hail of bullets that was sure to be coming next. (I believe this was during the run of Miami Vice on television, so we had all seen many times the inevitable fate of those who anger the drug lords). Suddenly, with a deafening roar, the engines kicked into gear, and the boat sped off into the distance. Once again we were reminded that the greatest dangers encountered during shark photography usually do not come directly from the sharks.