Chuck Davis / Tidal Flats Ltd.
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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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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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Killer whale spyhopping,summer feeding grounds,Westmann Islands, Iceland.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Killer whale spyhopping,summer
feeding grounds,Westmann...

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

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

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Orange bat stars or "sea bats" and one orange and white leather star (at upper right) decorate a giant kelp forest reef ledge in Monterey Bay, Monterey, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Orange bat stars or "sea...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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