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David Fleetham is one of the most published underwater photographers in the world. He began diving and photographing underwater in 1976 and has been in Hawaii since 1986. For the first ten years he photographed in the cold, but rich waters of British Columbia, Canada, and worked as a PADI Instructor and USCG Certified boat captain in various dive businesses in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. From Hawaii, David has been on assignments to Indonesia, The Galapagos Islands, South Africa, The Bahamas, Micronesia, Australia, Sri Lanka, the Sea of Cortez, China, the Red Sea, the Socorro Islands, numerous locations in the South Pacific and Caribbean, and back to the cold waters of British Columbia. David's photographs have appeared on more than two hundred magazine covers. In 1991 his photograph of a sandbar shark appeared on the cover of LIFE. It is the only underwater image to ever be published on the cover. His award-winning work has been published by National Geographic (he has done several assignments for The NGS), The Cousteau Society, and every North American diving publication. In 2010 David’s image of a manatee was selected from 50,000 entries as the grand prize winner in the professional division of the National Wildlife Federation’s photography contest. David is a founding member of The Ocean Artists Society. David photographs exclusively Canon EOS Digital SLR camera's, in Ikelite housings, with twin Ikelite Substrobes.
Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), portrait. Guadalupe Island, Mexico. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), portrait. Guadalupe Island, Mexico.
Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) swimming towards surface, Hawaii. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Green turtle (Chelonia mydas) swimming towards surface, Hawaii.
Sargassum fish (Histrio histrio) at the  sea surface with  floating sargassum weed.  Hawaii. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Sargassum fish (Histrio histrio) at the sea surface with floating sargassum weed. Hawaii.
Spinyhead blenny (Acanthemblemaria spinosa) in hard coral, Netherlands Antilles, Bonaire, Caribbean. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Spinyhead blenny (Acanthemblemaria spinosa) in hard coral, Netherlands Antilles, Bonaire, Caribbean.
Blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) off the island of Yap, Micronesia. - David  Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) off the island of Yap, Micronesia.
California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) playing in a kelp forest off Santa Barbara Island, California, USA. - David  Fleetham
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David Fleetham / California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) playing in a kelp forest off Santa Barbara Island, California, USA.
Cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) eating parasites off Coral grouper (Cephalopholis miniata) with Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) Mabul Island, Malaysia. - David  Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) eating parasites off Coral grouper (Cephalopholis miniata) with Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) Mabul Island, Malaysia.
Mouth of the worlds largest fish, the Whale shark (Rhincodon typus), Donsol, Philippines. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Mouth of the worlds largest fish, the Whale shark (Rhincodon typus), Donsol, Philippines.
Fire Dartfish / Fire Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica) against colourful coral. Fiji's outer reef. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Fire Dartfish / Fire Goby (Nemateleotris magnifica) against colourful coral. Fiji's outer reef.
Jaws and teeth of Stout Moray (Gymnothorax eurostus). Hawaii. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Jaws and teeth of Stout Moray (Gymnothorax eurostus). Hawaii.
Tiny eyes of Spider conch / Scorpion shell (Lambis scorpius) peering from underside of shell, Philippines. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Tiny eyes of Spider conch / Scorpion shell (Lambis scorpius) peering from underside of shell, Philippines.
Silhouette of a Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) passes overhead. West Maui, Hawaii. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Silhouette of a Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) passes overhead. West Maui, Hawaii.
Sand beach at Waianapanapa State Park, Hana, Maui, Hawaii. June 2016. - David  Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Sand beach at Waianapanapa State Park, Hana, Maui, Hawaii. June 2016.
Curious Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) during moment away from its mother, Hawaii. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Curious Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) during moment away from its mother, Hawaii.
Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris), Three Sisters Spring, Crystal River, Florida, USA. National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest Grand Prize WINNER 2010. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris), Three Sisters Spring, Crystal River, Florida, USA. National Wildlife Federation Photo Contest Grand Prize WINNER 2010.
Sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus), displaying aggressive posture and behaviour, Hawaii. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus), displaying aggressive posture and behaviour, Hawaii.
Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) mother and calf endangered. Three Sisters Spring in Crystal River, Florida, USA - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) mother and calf endangered. Three Sisters Spring in Crystal River, Florida, USA
Lion / Hooded nudibranch (Melibe leonina) and its eggs on eel grass, British Columbia, Canada. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Lion / Hooded nudibranch (Melibe leonina) and its eggs on eel grass, British Columbia, Canada.
Spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) off the Lanai Island, Hawaii. - David  Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) off the Lanai Island, Hawaii.
Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) on shore with saliva dripping from mouth,  Rinca Island, Komodo National Park, Indonesia. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) on shore with saliva dripping from mouth, Rinca Island, Komodo National Park, Indonesia.
California yellowtail (Seriola lalandi dorsalis) Guadalupe Island, Mexico. - David  Fleetham
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David Fleetham / California yellowtail (Seriola lalandi dorsalis) Guadalupe Island, Mexico.
Three spot damselfish (Dascyllus trimaculatus) with Sea anemone home, Yap, Micronesia. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Three spot damselfish (Dascyllus trimaculatus) with Sea anemone home, Yap, Micronesia.
Blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) off the island of Yap, Micronesia. - David  Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) off the island of Yap, Micronesia.
Common reef / Day octopus, (Octopus cyanea), swimming mid-water, Hawaii. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Common reef / Day octopus, (Octopus cyanea), swimming mid-water, Hawaii.
Scribbled pipefish (Corythoichthys intestinalis), on a yellow Crinoid (Comanthus bennetti), Indonesia. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Scribbled pipefish (Corythoichthys intestinalis), on a yellow Crinoid (Comanthus bennetti), Indonesia.
Clown shrimp (Lebbeus grandimanus) on Crimson / Rose anemone (Cribrinopsis fernaldi), British Columbia, Canada. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Clown shrimp (Lebbeus grandimanus) on Crimson / Rose anemone (Cribrinopsis fernaldi), British Columbia, Canada.
Close-up of Leaf scorpion fish (Taenianotus triacanthus), with small parasites on dorsal fin, Hawaii. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Close-up of Leaf scorpion fish (Taenianotus triacanthus), with small parasites on dorsal fin, Hawaii.
Large jellyfish (Crambione mastigophora), accompanied by school of juvenile fish, Andaman Sea, Thailand. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Large jellyfish (Crambione mastigophora), accompanied by school of juvenile fish, Andaman Sea, Thailand.
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus wollebacki) framed by a school of Black Striped Salema (Xenocys jessiae). Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Equador. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus wollebacki) framed by a school of Black Striped Salema (Xenocys jessiae). Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Equador.
Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) pod on the Bahamas Bank, Caribbean - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) pod on the Bahamas Bank, Caribbean
Black durgon (Melichthys niger) head portrait, Hawaii. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Black durgon (Melichthys niger) head portrait, Hawaii.
Giant / Commerson's frogfish (Antennarius commerson), juvenile, on Red slate pencil sea urchin (Heterocentrotus mammillatus), Hawaii. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Giant / Commerson's frogfish (Antennarius commerson), juvenile, on Red slate pencil sea urchin (Heterocentrotus mammillatus), Hawaii.
Gold-specs jawfish (Opistognathus sp.), male, mouth brooding eggs, Mabul Island, Malaysia. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Gold-specs jawfish (Opistognathus sp.), male, mouth brooding eggs, Mabul Island, Malaysia.
Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) being cleaned by surgeonfish, Hawaii. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) being cleaned by surgeonfish, Hawaii.
Garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus) the state fish of California, in forest of giant kelp, (Macrocystis pyrifera) Catalina Island, California, USA. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus) the state fish of California, in forest of giant kelp, (Macrocystis pyrifera) Catalina Island, California, USA.
Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) and a shoal of fish near sea surface. Tubbataha Reef, Philippines. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) and a shoal of fish near sea surface. Tubbataha Reef, Philippines.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Hawaii. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) Hawaii.
False / Western clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris), Mabul Island, Malaysia. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / False / Western clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris), Mabul Island, Malaysia.
Fiddler crab (Uca sp.) showing enlarged claw in the mangroves, Indonesia. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Fiddler crab (Uca sp.) showing enlarged claw in the mangroves, Indonesia.
Stargazer (Uranoscopus chinensis) camouflaged on seabed, Mabul Island, Malaysia. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Stargazer (Uranoscopus chinensis) camouflaged on seabed, Mabul Island, Malaysia.
Big fin reef / oval squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana), Malaysia. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Big fin reef / oval squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana), Malaysia.
Gammarid isopods (Cyproidea sp) on tunicate (Tunicata). Komodo, Indonesia. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Gammarid isopods (Cyproidea sp) on tunicate (Tunicata). Komodo, Indonesia.
Rainbow as rain storm approaches a small island in Palau, Micronesia. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Rainbow as rain storm approaches a small island in Palau, Micronesia.
Tiny brittle star (Ophiothrix sp) crawling across Sea cucumber, (Bohadschia argus) Yap, Micronesia. - David  Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Tiny brittle star (Ophiothrix sp) crawling across Sea cucumber, (Bohadschia argus) Yap, Micronesia.
Close-up of eye stalks and antennae of hermit crab (Dardanus lagopodes), Malaysia. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Close-up of eye stalks and antennae of hermit crab (Dardanus lagopodes), Malaysia.
Juvenile Spotted porcupinefish (Diodon hystrix), Mabul Island, Malaysia. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Juvenile Spotted porcupinefish (Diodon hystrix), Mabul Island, Malaysia.
Sand tiger shark, also known as a grey nurse shark (Carcharias taurus), Australia. Digitally enhanced. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Sand tiger shark, also known as a grey nurse shark (Carcharias taurus), Australia. Digitally enhanced.
Pair of oval squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana), Hawaii. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Pair of oval squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana), Hawaii.
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