To raise awareness about the environment and conservation, photographers Shawn Heinrichs and Kristian Schmidt have collaborated on a stunning underwater fashion shoot that features human models alongside whale sharks, which are the largest fishes in the world.

According to Heinrichs, the goal of the project is to: “highlight the magnificence of these creatures and bring beauty to a global audience. Our challenge, to turn models into mermaids and create mesmerizing imagery that captured the unique connection between humans and the largest fish in the ocean.”