Chuck Davis / Tidal Flats Ltd.
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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.
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Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A pod of Atlantic spotted...

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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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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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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 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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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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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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Reef with stag horn coral, silhouetted in late afternoon.
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Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Reef with stag horn coral,...

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

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


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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 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 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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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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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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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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Atlantic spotted dolphins playing with free diver.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Atlantic spotted dolphins
playing with...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Amazon Basin, native navigates river in canoe with hut and tropical rain forest in background.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Amazon Basin, native navigates
river...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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On a deep reef ledge a diver discovers a small school of garibaldi in a giant kelp forest at Santa Catalina Island, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
On a deep reef ledge...

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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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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 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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