By Lanford Beard
December 18, 2011 at 05:00 PM EST
Keith Lemann

After taking evocative portraits of A-listers like Brad Pitt, Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges, and Megan Fox, Hollywood photographer Michael Muller knew he was diving into uncharted waters when he took a crew of explorers to Fiji to capture photos of eight species of sharks. Before Shark Shoot: Fiji airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on the Travel Channel, click through for a special sneak-peek of five of Muller’s most exciting photos from his underwater adventure.

Muller descended 80 feet below the surface of the water to shoot this herd of sharks, including one massive bull shark (seen in the right distance) that didn’t appreciate getting tangled in the film crew’s cables.

Muller’s team with the crew of Suri, the adventure yacht donated for this expedition.  Said Muller, “I love that there are so many animal lovers out there ready to help.

This bull shark was in fine company. Muller and his crew saw 30-40 of his friends and family during the shoot, “They were big, thick, and would come at us in large packs,” said Muller. “I got knocked over a few times by some 10-12 footers!”

It was like being in The Matrix avoiding the bullets!” said Muller of the time when one feisty bull shark swam only two inches from his camera.

“One has to be fearless when in this arena,” explained Muller, seen here “tickling” an eight-foot bull shark. He added, “I have three daughters who I’ve been telling for years they have nothing to fear.”

See how Muller and his team planned the five-day expedition in this clip.

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