Chuck Davis / Tidal Flats Ltd.
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Southern stingray lies partially buried on a sandy Caribbean Sea bottom as a free-diver observes from a distance.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Southern stingray lies
partially buried...

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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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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 pair of humpback whales swim in their winter mating and calving grounds near Maui, Hawaii.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A pair of humpback whales...


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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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A drifting white gull feather finds a temporary nest within a frond of giant kelp, just beneath the ocean's surface in Monterey Bay, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A drifting white gull
feather...

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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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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.
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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 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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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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A woman free diver interacts with a pod of wild, but curious Atlantic spotted dolphins who engage in underwater play/mimicry at Little Bahama Bank, near Grand Bahama Island.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A woman free diver
interacts...


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

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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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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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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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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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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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A large great white shark approaches a team of scientists as they observe from an experimental scientific shark cage with two walls constructed of bullet proof, see-thru Lexan plastic, at the Neptune Islands, South Australia.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A large great white shark...


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Giant kelp forest reef ledge with hydro coral, club anemones and sea stars.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Giant kelp forest reef
ledge...

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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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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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Viewed from a depth of 70-feet, a diver is silhouetted against the ocean's surface, within a giant kelp forest at Santa Catalina Island, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Viewed from a depth of...


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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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Beneath the canopy of huge stalks of giant kelp and other understory kelps, a deep reef ledge is decorated with pink hydro coral and colonies of red club anemones in Carmel Bay, near Pebble Beach, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Beneath the canopy of huge...

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A school of basking sharks swims just beneath the ocean'surface in the Santa Barbara Channel near Carpenteria, California. The individual at left is approximately 20-feet long and is feeding with its huge mouth agape and gill rakers extended.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A school of basking sharks...

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A small school of garibaldi hover over a deep reef ledge decorated with purple coralline algae in the deep recesses of a giant kelp forest at Santa Barbara Island, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A small school of garibaldi...


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Using a "bubblenet" or circular wall of air bubbles to confuse and encircle its prey, a pod of humpback whales cooperatively feeds on Pacific herring during summer, as they lunge through the ocean's surface in Frederick Sound, Alaska (aerial view).
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Using a "bubblenet" or
circular...

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 great white shark gently rubs its nose against a plastic (Lexan) anti-shark tube designed by famed Australian diver, Rodney Fox, as Fox photographs from inside.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A great white shark gently...

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Tightly focused beams of sunlight burst through the surface canopy of a giant kelp forest while a school of blue rockfish lingers below.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Tightly focused beams of
sunlight...


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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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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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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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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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Giant kelp forest, upward wide angle view showing holdfast in lower left with towering kelp fronds streaming towards the ocean's surface sunlight 70 feet above.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Giant kelp forest, upward
wide...

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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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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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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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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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Twilight waves lap the rugged granite coastline of Point Pinos, at the southern opening of Monterey Bay, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Twilight waves lap the
rugged...

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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 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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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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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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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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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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