Chuck Davis / Tidal Flats Ltd.
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Viewed from a depth of 70-feet, a diver is silhouetted against towering stalks of kelp as he photographs in a giant kelp forest at Santa Barbara Island, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Viewed from a depth of...

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Market squid mating at night in Monterey Bay, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Market squid mating at
night...

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A school of blue rockfish hovers in midwater between the stalks of a giant kelp forest in Carmel Bay, near the Point Lobos Reserve, Carmel, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A school of blue rockfish...

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A green sea turtle cruises over a stony coral reef at a depth of approximately 40-feet, off Kona, Hawaii.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A green sea turtle cruises...


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Spellbound with awe and wonder, two children, ages 7 years (girl) and 9 years (boy), interact with Keiko, the male killer whale star of "Free Willy" via a scientific viewing window during the famous whale's rehabilitation at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, Oregon.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Spellbound with awe and
wonder,...

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Wearing a custom-fitted satellite/vhf telemetry tag on his dorsal fin, Keiko, the male killer whale of "Free Willy" fame, breaches in the wild off the  coast of Iceland.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Wearing a custom-fitted
satellite/vhf telemetry...

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Purple water lily floats in foreground of 400-600 year old boabob forest on the southwest coast of Madagascar.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Purple water lily floats in...

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School of jacks swarms over a coral reef, backlit by surface late-afternoon sunlight.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
School of jacks swarms over...


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With its stinging tentacles extended, a club anemone (living in a colony of other club anemones) feeds in the shadows of  a giant kelp forest reef ledge, in the Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Barbara, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
With its stinging tentacles
extended,...

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Shrouded in fog, summer icebergs float in Stephen's Passage, off the coast of Admiralty Island near Tracy Arm Fiord, Alaska.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Shrouded in fog, summer
icebergs...

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A blue shark cruises in the open Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A blue shark cruises in...

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Atlantic spotted dolphins, juvenile pod, swimming just beneath ocean surface at Little Bahama Bank.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Atlantic spotted dolphins,
juvenile pod,...


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Four California sea lions perform a balancing act, while hauled out on a piece of floating wood in Monterey Harbor, Monterey, California. The individual on the far left is suffereing from a deep gash to its neck caused monofiliment netting.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Four California sea lions
perform...

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A great white shark investigates a diver in an experimental tubular plastic (Lexan) anti-shark cage as it floats tethered close to the ocean's surface at the Neptune Islands, South Australia.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A great white shark
investigates...

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With its mouth agape and its gill rakers extended, a basking shark (approx. 20-feet in length) feeds near the ocean surface.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
With its mouth agape and...

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A woman free diver swims with a pod of friendly Atlantic spotted dolphins at Little Bahama Bank, near Grand Bahama Island.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A woman free diver swims...


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Reef with stag horn coral, silhouetted in late afternoon.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Reef with stag horn coral,...

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Humpback whales in winter breeding and calving grounds off Maui, Hawaii.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Humpback whales in winter
breeding...

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A great white shark swims just beneath the ocean's surface at the Neptune Islands, South Australia.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A great white shark swims...

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A California moray eel peers out from its  cave, 80-feet deep in a rocky  reef ledge at San Clemente Island, California.
© Chuck Davis/Tidal
Flats, Ltd.
A California moray eel
peers...


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Sea nettle silhouetted against the ocean surface, with its stinging tentacles extended.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Sea nettle silhouetted against
the...

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Scuba diver explores a giant kelp forest reef ledge with purple sunflower star and orange sea bats.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Scuba diver explores a
giant...

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A harbor seal forages in the deep recesses of a giant kelp forest in Monterey Bay, Monterey, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A harbor seal forages in...

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Blue-spotted stingray (eye/gill detail) rests on a sandy bottom below a coral reef ledge.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Blue-spotted stingray
(eye/gill detail) rests...


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Detail shot of a giant kelp plant, showing its stem-like stipe, spherical gas-filled bladders or "pneumatocyts" and blades, in a giant kelp forest at Santa Catalina Island, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Detail shot of a giant...

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Children explore a tidepool with orange sea bats on the coast of Monterey Bay near Point Pinos, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Children explore a tidepool
with...

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A pink abalone, with yet another smaller hitch-hiking abalone on top of its shell,  grazes on a giant kelp forest reef ledge at approx. 40-foot depth in Monterey Bay, Monterey, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A pink abalone, with yet...

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Viewed from a depth of approximately 75-feet, a diver descends into the deep recesses of a giant kelp forest in Carmel Bay, near Carmel, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Viewed from a depth of...


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A pod of Atlantic spotted dolpins cruises over the sandy bottom at Little Bahama Bank, near Grand Bahama Island.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A pod of Atlantic spotted...

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Backlit by surface sun rays, a pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins swims in formation just beneath the ocean surface at Little Bahama Bank, near Grand Bahama Island.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Backlit by surface sun
rays,...

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With its stinging tentacles extended, a pink club anemone feeds in the shadows of a giant kelp forest reef ledge (within a colony of other club anemones), in the Santa Barbara Channel, near Santa Barbara, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
With its stinging tentacles
extended,...

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Great white shark descending from just beneath ocean surface, anterior/lateral view.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Great white shark descending
from...


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On a coral reef at night a longnose hawkfish is partially camoflaged by resting on a red gorgonian.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
On a coral reef at...

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A vertical view of a giant kelp plant, showing its holdfast attached to the rocky reef (at bottom of frame) and reproductive blades, called "sporophylls," just above the holdfast. Its huge fronds, buoyed by small gas sacs, called "pneumatocysts," trail upwards 60-feet, to the ocean's surface -- in a giant kelp forest in Carmel Bay, near Point Lobos, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A vertical view of a...

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Arctic Ocean pack ice with storm clouds approaching in distance.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Arctic Ocean pack ice with...

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Southern sea otter foraging just beneath giant kelp forest canopy, Monterey, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Southern sea otter foraging
just...


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With its fiery-red mantle exposed, a Norris' top snail feeds upon micro-algae living on the surface of a giant kelp frond -- in a giant kelp forest at San Clemente Island, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
With its fiery-red mantle
exposed,...

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Pilot/inventor, Graham Hawkes, operates winged submersible "Deep Flight I" during test dives in Monterey Bay, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Pilot/inventor, Graham Hawkes,
operates winged...

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Decorated with iridescent blue spots on its bright orange body, a juvenile California garibaldi hovers over a reef ledge in a giant kelp forest at Santa Catalina Island, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Decorated with iridescent blue
spots...

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With the surface of its shell covered with barnacles and coralline algae, a Norris' top snail appears to be a reef unto itself.  With its firey red mantle exposed, it feeds on the micro-algae of a giant kelp frond in a giant kelp forest at Santa Cruz Island, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
With the surface of its...


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A pod of California sea lions perform an underwater ballet in a giant kelp forest at Santa Barbara Island, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A pod of California sea...

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Detail shot of the apical tip of a giant kelp plant, showing its stem-like stipe, spherical gas-filled bladders or "pneumatocyts" and blades, in a giant kelp forest at San Clemente Island, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Detail shot of the apical...

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A pink abalone, with yet another smaller hitch-hiking abalone on top of its shell,  grazes on a giant kelp forest reef ledge at approx. 40-foot depth in Monterey Bay, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A pink abalone, with yet...

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A California sea otter swims just below the surface of Monterey Bay, within  the canopy of a giant kelp forest off Monterey, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A California sea otter
swims...


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Three Atlantic spotted dolphins ascend from the ocean floor at Little Bahama Bank, near Grand Bahama Island.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Three Atlantic spotted
dolphins ascend...

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With its body dappled in surface wave reflection patterns, and its doral fin cutting through the ocean's surface, a great white shark cruises in open water at the Neptune Islands, South Australia.
© Chuck Davis/Tidal
Flats, Ltd.
With its body dappled in...

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Armed with a powerful underwater light, a diver descends into the dark recesses of a giant kelp forest reef near Point Lobos, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Armed with a powerful
underwater...

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With their stinging tentacles extended, a colony of club anemones feeds in the shadows of a giant kelp forest reef ledge, in Carmel Bay, near Pebble Beach California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
With their stinging tentacles
extended,...


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Great white shark, dorsal fin slices across the water as it cruises just beneath the ocean surface, backlit in late afternoon light.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Great white shark, dorsal
fin...

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Salp chain, appox. four feet in length, backlit near the ocean surface.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Salp chain, appox. four
feet...

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With its stinging tentacles extended, a giant green anemone feeds while attached to a giant kelp forest reef ledge, oral view.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
With its stinging tentacles
extended,...

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A pod of California sea lions (females and juveniles) perform a ballet in a giant kelp forest at Santa Barbara Island, California.
© Chuck Davis/Tidal
Flats, Ltd.
A pod of California sea...


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A school of blue rockfish cruises through the deep recesses of a giant kelp forest at Point Lobos Reserve, Carmel, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A school of blue rockfish...

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Keiko, the male killer whale star of Warner Brothers' "Free Willy" feature film, breaches off the coast of Iceland after his release back into his native waters near Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Keiko, the male killer
whale...

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Adrift in the open Pacific Ocean, a close up view of a fried egg jellyfish's underside reveals a symbiotic fish living within the jelly's stinging tentacles as well as two juvenile crabs at lower left.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Adrift in the open Pacific...

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Bat stars or "sea bats" decorate the floor of a giant kelp forest in Monterey Bay, California,  where dead or dying fronds of giant kelp have "sloughed" or fallen away to the ocean bottom where they are an important source of food for other kelp forest creatures.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Bat stars or "sea bats"...


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