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


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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 California moray eel peers out from its  cave, 80-feet deep in a rocky  reef ledge at San Clemente Island, California.
© Chuck Davis/Tidal
Flats, Ltd.
A California moray eel
peers...


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


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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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A school of basking sharks swims just beneath the ocean's 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 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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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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