Chuck Davis / Tidal Flats Ltd.
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Pilot/inventor, Graham Hawkes, operates winged submersible "Deep Flight I" during test dives in Monterey Bay, California.
© Chuck Davis /
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.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Southern sea otter foraging
just...

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

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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 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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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 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 mouth agape and its gill rakers extended, a basking shark (approx. 20-feet in length) feeds near the ocean surface.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
With its mouth agape and...


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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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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 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 its stinging club-shaped or "capitate" tentacles extended, a club anemone feeds while attached to the steel structure of an oil rig in the Santa Barbara Channel, near Santa Barbara, California.  This lateral view shows the anemone within a colony of the same species; the individual to the left appears with its tentacles retracted.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
With its stinging club-shaped
or...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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Spellbound with awe and wonder, two children, ages 7 years (girl) and 9 years (boy), interact with Keiko, the male killer whale star of "Free Willy" via a scientific viewing window during the famous whale's rehabilitation at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, Oregon.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Spellbound with awe and
wonder,...

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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 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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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 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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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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With its stinging tentacles extended, a club anemone (living in a colony of other club anemones) feeds in the shadows of  a giant kelp forest reef ledge, in the Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Barbara, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
With its stinging tentacles
extended,...

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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 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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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 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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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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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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Market squid mating at night in Monterey Bay, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Market squid mating at
night...


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Its powerful jaws agape with razor-sharp serrated teeth, a great white shark breaches through the ocean's surface at the Neptune Islands, South Australia.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Its powerful jaws agape
with...

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

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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