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

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 horn shark rests on the sandy floor of a giant kelp forest off the coast of California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A horn shark rests on...

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


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

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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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