Meet spotter pilot Wayne Davis

Pilot Wayne Davis exudes a sense of modesty when you ask him about the captivating aerial photos he takes of great white sharks from his two-seater plane while hovering along the coast of the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge in Chatham.

“People say, ‘You take tremendous pictures,’ and I say, ‘I’m just a fish-spotter who carries a camera. No more, no less,’” said Davis in a recent interview about his work for state marine biologist Greg Skomal and the non-profit Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

“You just keep shooting, and you’ll eventually get some good shots,” he said.

Davis, it just so happens, gets a lot.

Nearly each time the conservancy shares on Facebook one of the photographs captured by Davis as he hums above the lapping waves of the Atlantic Ocean, it goes viral.

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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