Animal Eyes

Being a photographer and videographer has given me a unique opportunity to look into the eyes of many, many wild creatures which has allowed me to learn so much about them.

The following is some wild eyes I have looked into along with a few observations.

Cape Buffalo-In my forthcoming book “Forever Wild: My journey from the wild side to the dark side and back” I detail a spooky encounter I had with a Cape Buffalo on a huge Texas ranch. The thing that sticks with me is that this thing had a blank stare that somehow seemed to cut right through me. It at once looked as if it was see nothing but then again seemed to be seeing everything. It creeped me out.

When I looked into the eyes of a great white I knew I had seen something beyond special.
When I looked into the eyes of a great white I knew I had seen something beyond special.

Great White Shark-In “Jaws”, Capt. Quint the character played so brilliantly by Robert Shaw says of white sharks, “They have the blackest eyes, like a doll’s eyes.” I had the amazing opportunity to cage dive with white sharks in 2002 and had the chance to see these eyes in up close and personal fashion. “Jaws” writer Peter Benchley nailed the look of the great white’s eyes.

At one point I had a direct stare down moment with an 18-footer and still get chills thinking about it. That’s a good thing in my book by the way.

Whitetail Buck-It might come as a surprise to some but no creature I have ever photographed or been around for that matter has a look in its eyes as intense as a whitetail buck in rut. Numerous times I have looked through the lens of a camera and seen raw determination to eliminate any competition for available does. Bucks become like machines in the rut and are actually quite dangerous to be around.

Gray Fox-They say curiosity killed the cat but I don’t think I have ever seen anything that looked quite as curious as a little gray fox I filmed. These underrated beauties are about the size of a big house cat but their eyes show a gigantic curiosity and even sort of whimsical nature. Perhaps I project that onto them because I have observed foxes playing but the feel I got was one of deep curiosity.

Manatee-I have had two opportunities to snorkel with manatees in Florida’s Crystal River and will never forget looking into the eyes of these gentle giants. You would think swimming alongside something that weighs 1,500 pounds would be nerve-wracking but once you look into their eyes calm comes over you.

Their peaceful nature shines through.

Chester Moore, Jr.

2 Comments on “Animal Eyes

  1. I have looked forward to the day, for a long time, when I could lock eyes with a Great white, and know that it was sizing me up, that it was even more curious of me than I was of it. Though I was unable to fulfill this … dream when I went to the Farallon Islands, I am looking forward to having the chance to do so when I visit Isla Guadalupe in August. I loved reading this post and that you included Quint’s quote on the eye. No article that talks about Great Whites should be without that quote. Ever. Though most people do not know that a great white shark has a pupil, like us, that can lock onto you as it circles, the idea of it watching me, knowing that I am there, is incredible. I also found it fascinating that a great white’s eye is more a deep blue color. Most would think it is black. Then again, most people would never care to get that close. Thank you for this piece. It was great to read and has motivated me even more.

    • Wow-thanks for sharing your passion for great whites! Amazing creatures! I hope to see photos from your dream come true trip when it happens! Keep the faith!

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