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

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

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Beneath the canopy of huge stalks of giant kelp and other understory kelps, a deep reef ledge is decorated with pink hydro coral and colonies of red club anemones in Carmel Bay, near Pebble Beach, California.
© Chuck Davis /
Tidal Flats, Ltd.
Beneath the canopy of huge...


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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 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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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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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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