Chuck Davis / Tidal Flats Ltd.
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Abalone feeding on a giant kelp forest reef ledge at 70-foot depth.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Abalone feeding on a giant...

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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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California garibaldi portrait, adult with full orange coloration, taken off Stony Point, Santa Catalina Island, Calfornia.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
California garibaldi portrait,
adult with...

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A great white shark's dorsal fin knifes across the ocean's surface at the Neptune Islands, South Australia.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A great white shark's
dorsal...


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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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Brilliantly orange California garibaldi swims over its reef territory in a giant kelp forest at Santa Catalina Island, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Brilliantly orange California
garibaldi swims...

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A pair of market squid mate at night at a depth of approximately 100 feet, in Monterey Bay, Monterey, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A pair of market squid...

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An upward view of a giant kelp stalk (backlit by surface sunlight) shows the giant kelp's blades, gas filled bladders, or "pneumatocysts" and stem-like stipe -- in a giant kelp forest at Santa Catalina Island, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
An upward view of a...


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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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Two-spotted octopus, silhouetted over a giant kelp forest reef ledge off Santa Rosa Island, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Two-spotted octopus,
silhouetted over a...

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Viewed from just beneath the ocean's surface, a giant kelp canopy, bouyed by it's gas filled floats, or "pneumatocysts", gathers radiant energy from the sun in a giant kelp forest at Santa Barbara Island, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Viewed from just beneath
the...

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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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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.
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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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A pelagic red crab swims in the open Pacific Ocean near Santa Catalina Island, California.
© Chuck Davis/Tidal
Flats, Ltd.
A pelagic red crab swims...

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Pacific walrus hauled out on Arctic pack ice approximately nine miles off coast of Barrow, Alaska.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Pacific walrus hauled out
on...


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Southern sea otter foraging on mussels, on shallow reef just shoreward of giant kelp forest, Monterey, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Southern sea otter foraging
on...

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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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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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A pair of adult Atlantic spotted dolphins swims just beneath the ocean surface at Little Bahama Bank, near Grand Bahama Island.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A pair of adult Atlantic...


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California sea lion silhouetted over reef ledge in giant kelp forest, Santa Barbara Island, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
California sea lion
silhouetted over...

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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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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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Backlit vapor from their exhaled breath reveals a pod of killer whales silhouetted against the coast of British Columbia, during the whales' summer salmon feeding season.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Backlit vapor from their
exhaled...


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A pelagic crab, silhouetted against the ocean's surface sunlight,  swims in the open Pacific Ocean off the coast of Santa Catalina Island, California.
© Chuck Davis/Tidal
Flats, Ltd.
A pelagic crab, silhouetted
against...

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With its stinging tentacles trailing in the ocean current, a "fried egg" jellyfish drifts in the deep waters of Monterey Bay, near Monterey, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
With its stinging tentacles
trailing...

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Three humpbacks cavort in their winter calving and mating grounds near Maui Island, Hawaii.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Three humpbacks cavort in
their...

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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 pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins plays with (and mimmicks) a woman free diver as she dives with them at Little Bahama Bank, near Grand Bahama Island.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A pod of Atlantic spotted...

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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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Three humpback whales swim in formation in their winter mating and calving grounds near Maui Island, Hawaii.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Three humpback whales swim
in...

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Arctic summer iceberg -- approximately 200 feet tall --floats off the west coast of Greenland.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Arctic summer iceberg --
approximately...


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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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At a depth of 70-feet, a  diver continues his descent into the deep recesses of a giant kelp forest in Carmel Bay, near Pebble Beach, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
At a depth of 70-feet,...

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Temporarily curled into a windmill pattern from surface wave action, the apical tip of a giant kelp frond floats just beneath the surface of the ocean in a giant kelp forest at Santa Catalina Island, California.  This detail shot shows the giant kelp's stem-like stipe, spherical gas floats or "pneumatocysts" and attached kelp blades, which collectively for a "frond" of giant kelp.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Temporarily curled into a
windmill...

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Jaws agape, a large great white shark breaks the ocean surface at the Neptune Islands, South Australia.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Jaws agape, a large great...


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A large great white shark cruises the perimeter of a deep reef at the Neptune Islands, South Australia, as a school of mackerel swim in the foreground.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A large great white shark...

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Pacific bottlenose dolphins drafting at ocean surface near bow of small boat.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Pacific bottlenose dolphins
drafting at...

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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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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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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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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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A green sea turtle is silhouetted underwater against the sun as it swims over a coral reef off Kona, Hawaii.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A green sea turtle is...

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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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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 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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Blue shark (prionace glauca) cruises the open Pacific near Anacapa Island, California (silhouette/ventral view).
© Chuck Davis/Tidal
Flats, Ltd.
Blue shark (prionace glauca)
cruises...

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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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Blue shark, anterior/lateral view, cruises in open ocean off Anacapa Island, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Blue shark, anterior/lateral
view, cruises...

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Harbor seal in giant kelp forest, Monterey, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Harbor seal in giant kelp...

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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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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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A large great white shark investigates a team of scientists, who observe from an experimental scientific shark cage which employs two Lexan/plastic see-thru walls at the Neptune Islands, South Australia.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A large great white shark...

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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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A vibrant orange garibaldi swims over a reef ledge in a giant kelp forest at Santa Catalina Island, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A vibrant orange garibaldi
swims...

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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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