Chuck Davis / Tidal Flats Ltd.
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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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Pair of pink anemonefish hover over their host anemone.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Pair of pink anemonefish
hover...

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

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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.
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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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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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Twilight waves lap the rugged granite coastline of Point Pinos, at the southern opening of Monterey Bay, California.
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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.
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the...


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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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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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Amazon's Iguazu Falls, aerial view near Brazil/Argentina border.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Amazon's Iguazu Falls, aerial
view...

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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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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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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.
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Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A pink abalone, with yet...

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

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


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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 steep downward camera angle reveals two humpback whales as they emerge from the depths towards the surface rays of the sun; these two humpbacks are swimming in their winter mating and calving grounds near Maui Island, Hawaii.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A steep downward camera
angle...

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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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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.
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Atlantic spotted dolphins playing with free diver.
© Chuck Davis /
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Atlantic spotted dolphins
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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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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
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Pacific walrus hauled out on Arctic pack ice approximately nine miles off coast of Barrow, Alaska.
© Chuck Davis /
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Pacific walrus hauled out
on...


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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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Lionfish portrait, anterior/lateral view showing stinging fin spines.
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Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Lionfish portrait,
anterior/lateral view
showing...

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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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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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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 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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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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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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Amazon Basin, native navigates river in canoe with hut and tropical rain forest in background.
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Amazon Basin, native navigates
river...

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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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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 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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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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Killer whale spyhopping,summer feeding grounds,Westmann Islands, Iceland.
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Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Killer whale spyhopping,summer
feeding grounds,Westmann...

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

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


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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 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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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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With its embryo visibly developing, a swell shark egg casing rests on a California reef ledge, attached to the holdfast of a giant kelp plant
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
With its embryo visibly
developing,...


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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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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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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 school of blue rockfish cruises through the deep recesses of a giant kelp forest at Point Lobos Reserve, Carmel, California.
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A school of blue rockfish...


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