Chuck Davis / Tidal Flats Ltd.
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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
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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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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.
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Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Decorated with iridescent blue
spots...

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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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Reef with stag horn coral, silhouetted in late afternoon.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Reef with stag horn coral,...

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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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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 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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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 pod of Atlantic spotted dolpins cruises over the sandy bottom at Little Bahama Bank, near Grand Bahama Island.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A pod of Atlantic spotted...

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

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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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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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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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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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Great white shark descending from just beneath ocean surface, anterior/lateral view.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Great white shark descending
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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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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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Atlantic spotted dolphins playing with free diver.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Atlantic spotted dolphins
playing with...

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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 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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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 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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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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Arctic Ocean pack ice with storm clouds approaching in distance.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Arctic Ocean pack ice 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 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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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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Southern sea otter foraging on mussels, on shallow reef just shoreward of giant kelp forest, Monterey, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Southern sea otter foraging
on...

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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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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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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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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 pair of market squid mate at night at a depth of approximately 100 feet, in Monterey Bay, Monterey, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
A pair of market squid...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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