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Coastal seas represent one of the richest aquatic communities on earth, with a tremendous variety of animal and plant species. This habitat is particularly vulnerable to threats from pollution, development and, especially, over-fishing.
Maldive anemonefish (Amphiprion nigripes) shoal swimming in the current flowing over a Magnificent sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica). Baa Atoll, Maldives. Indian Ocean. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Maldive anemonefish (Amphiprion nigripes) shoal swimming in the current flowing over a Magnificent sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica). Baa Atoll, Maldives. Indian Ocean.
Red sea fan (Melithaea sp.) growing beneath the overhang of an island. Andiamo, Daram Islands, Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Pacific Ocean. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Red sea fan (Melithaea sp.) growing beneath the overhang of an island. Andiamo, Daram Islands, Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Pacific Ocean.
Slender grouper (Anyperodon leucogrammicus) exploiting the confusion caused by and Orange spotted trevally (Carangoides bajad) hunting silversides (Atherinidae) to plan an ambush. Raja Ampat, West Pap... - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Slender grouper (Anyperodon leucogrammicus) exploiting the confusion caused by and Orange spotted trevally (Carangoides bajad) hunting silversides (Atherinidae) to plan an ambush. Raja Ampat, West Pap...
Shadowfin soldierfish (Myripristis adusta) schooling over coral reef. Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2016 - Linda Pitkin
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Linda Pitkin / Shadowfin soldierfish (Myripristis adusta) schooling over coral reef. Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2016
Karst islands in Misool archipelago, Raja Ampat, Western Papua, Indonesian New Guinea. December 2016. - Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Karst islands in Misool archipelago, Raja Ampat, Western Papua, Indonesian New Guinea. December 2016.
Seafans and soft corals grow on the wooden legs of Arborek jetty, with Blue starfish (Linckia laevigata). Arborek Island, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Dampier Strait. Ceram Sea. Tropical West Pa... - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Seafans and soft corals grow on the wooden legs of Arborek jetty, with Blue starfish (Linckia laevigata). Arborek Island, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Dampier Strait. Ceram Sea. Tropical West Pa...
Coral reef split level with mangroves. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, February 2012 - Jurgen Freund,Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund,Jurgen Freund / Coral reef split level with mangroves. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, February 2012
Shoal of Sergeant majors (Abudefduf saxatilis) with various Wrasses (Labridae) feeding on the Sergeant major fish  eggs, Raja Ampat, Indonesia. - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Shoal of Sergeant majors (Abudefduf saxatilis) with various Wrasses (Labridae) feeding on the Sergeant major fish eggs, Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
Schooling silversides (Atheriniformes) split level with karst limestone cliff and West Papuan fishermen in their dugout outrigger canoe. Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Second Place in the Portfolio Award of t... - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Schooling silversides (Atheriniformes) split level with karst limestone cliff and West Papuan fishermen in their dugout outrigger canoe. Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Second Place in the Portfolio Award of t...
Giant manta ray (Manta birostris) at a cleaning station. North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Giant manta ray (Manta birostris) at a cleaning station. North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.
Yellow ribbon Sweetlip, (Plectorhinchus polytaenia) being cleaned by a Cleaner wrasse. Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Yellow ribbon Sweetlip, (Plectorhinchus polytaenia) being cleaned by a Cleaner wrasse. Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.
RF - Bluestreak cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) tending to Ribboned sweetlips (Plectorhinchus polytaenia). Yillet Kecil, Yillet Islands, Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Tropical West... - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / RF - Bluestreak cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) tending to Ribboned sweetlips (Plectorhinchus polytaenia). Yillet Kecil, Yillet Islands, Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Tropical West...
A parade of Giant manta rays (Manta birostris) at a cleaning station. North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, February - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / A parade of Giant manta rays (Manta birostris) at a cleaning station. North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, February
RF- Silhouette of Reef manta (Manta alfredi) Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Ceram Sea, Tropical West Pacific Ocean. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.) - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / RF- Silhouette of Reef manta (Manta alfredi) Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Ceram Sea, Tropical West Pacific Ocean. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Giant manta rays (Manta birostris) at a cleaning station with cleaner wrasses. North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Giant manta rays (Manta birostris) at a cleaning station with cleaner wrasses. North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
Giant manta rays (Manta birostris) at cleaning station North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Giant manta rays (Manta birostris) at cleaning station North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean
A parade of giant manta rays (Manta birostris) at a cleaning station. North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / A parade of giant manta rays (Manta birostris) at a cleaning station. North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia,
School of Munk's devil ray, (Mobula munkiana), feeding on plankton at night, Espiritu Santo Island, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean - Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / School of Munk's devil ray, (Mobula munkiana), feeding on plankton at night, Espiritu Santo Island, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean
Devilrays (Mobula tarapacana) shoal near the surface, Ambrosio dive site, Santa Maria Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean - Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Devilrays (Mobula tarapacana) shoal near the surface, Ambrosio dive site, Santa Maria Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean
Spinetail devil rays (Mobula mobular) aerial view, ~Baja California, Mexico - Mark Carwardine
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Mark Carwardine / Spinetail devil rays (Mobula mobular) aerial view, ~Baja California, Mexico
Munk's pygmy devil ray / Munk's mobula (Mobula munkiana) large school from the air with one leaping out of the water, Baja California, Mexico - Mark Carwardine
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Mark Carwardine / Munk's pygmy devil ray / Munk's mobula (Mobula munkiana) large school from the air with one leaping out of the water, Baja California, Mexico
School of Munk's devil ray  (Mobula munkiana), feeding on plankton at night, photographed on a long exposure, Espiritu Santo Island, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean - Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / School of Munk's devil ray (Mobula munkiana), feeding on plankton at night, photographed on a long exposure, Espiritu Santo Island, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico, East Pacific Ocean
School of Red-ear herrings / Red-ear sardines (Harengula humeralis) Yucatan peninsula, Mexico. Caribbean. - Pascal Kobeh
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Pascal Kobeh / School of Red-ear herrings / Red-ear sardines (Harengula humeralis) Yucatan peninsula, Mexico. Caribbean.
Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) feeding on Sardines (Sardinops sagax) East London, South Africa - Chris & Monique Fallows
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Chris & Monique Fallows / Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) feeding on Sardines (Sardinops sagax) East London, South Africa
Sailfish (Istiophorus albicans) hunting Sardines (Sardinella), Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Caribbean Sea. - Pascal Kobeh
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Pascal Kobeh / Sailfish (Istiophorus albicans) hunting Sardines (Sardinella), Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Caribbean Sea.
Common dolphin (Dephinus delphis) pod feeding on sardines (Sardinops oecllata) East London, South Africa. - Chris & Monique Fallows
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Chris & Monique Fallows / Common dolphin (Dephinus delphis) pod feeding on sardines (Sardinops oecllata) East London, South Africa.
Shoal of Pacific / South african sardines (Sardinops sagax) Monterey Bay Aquarium,  USA - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Shoal of Pacific / South african sardines (Sardinops sagax) Monterey Bay Aquarium, USA
Raja Ampat epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium sp.) North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Raja Ampat epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium sp.) North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.
Baby Blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) swimming close to the shore, Raja Ampat, Indonesia. - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Baby Blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus) swimming close to the shore, Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
Bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) group resting on a cliff top, Alaska, USA, February - Danny Green
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Danny Green / Bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) group resting on a cliff top, Alaska, USA, February
Grey reef shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) and Whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus) off Mana Island, Fiji. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Grey reef shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) and Whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus) off Mana Island, Fiji.
Whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus) and Grey reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) at North Horn, Queensland, Australia - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus) and Grey reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) at North Horn, Queensland, Australia
Grey reef shark group {Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos} Bikini Atoll,  Micronesia, Pacific Ocean ~(Non-ex). - Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Grey reef shark group {Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos} Bikini Atoll, Micronesia, Pacific Ocean ~(Non-ex).
Whitetip reef shark pack hunting at night {Triaenodon obesus} Cocos Is, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean - Jeff Rotman
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Jeff Rotman / Whitetip reef shark pack hunting at night {Triaenodon obesus} Cocos Is, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean
Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) profile just beneath surface at night, off the East Coast of Auckland, New Zealand, June 2015 - Richard Robinson
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Richard Robinson / Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) profile just beneath surface at night, off the East Coast of Auckland, New Zealand, June 2015
Split level image of Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) breaking surface at dusk. Grand Bahama, Bahamas. Digitally manipulated image. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Split level image of Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) breaking surface at dusk. Grand Bahama, Bahamas. Digitally manipulated image.
Lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris) adult resting and allowing a small cleaner wrasse feed off parasites. Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas. - Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris) adult resting and allowing a small cleaner wrasse feed off parasites. Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas.
Portrait of Silvertip shark (Carcharhinus albimarginatus). Beqa Lagoon, Viti Levu, Fiji, Polynesia. Tropical South Pacific Ocean. Movement blur added in post production . - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Portrait of Silvertip shark (Carcharhinus albimarginatus). Beqa Lagoon, Viti Levu, Fiji, Polynesia. Tropical South Pacific Ocean. Movement blur added in post production .
Split level view of Black tip reef shark {Carcharhinus melanopterus}, French Polynesia - JEFF FOOTT
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JEFF FOOTT / Split level view of Black tip reef shark {Carcharhinus melanopterus}, French Polynesia
Grey reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) in the south pass of Fakarava Tuamotus, French Polynesia, South Pacific - Jordi Chias
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Jordi Chias / Grey reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) in the south pass of Fakarava Tuamotus, French Polynesia, South Pacific
Harlequin shrimp {Hymenocera elegans} feeds on starfish {Linckia laevigata} - Constantinos Petrinos
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Constantinos Petrinos / Harlequin shrimp {Hymenocera elegans} feeds on starfish {Linckia laevigata}
Harlequin shrimp (Hymenocera elegans) with its prey Blue Starfish (Linckia laevigata) Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. - Constantinos Petrinos
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Constantinos Petrinos / Harlequin shrimp (Hymenocera elegans) with its prey Blue Starfish (Linckia laevigata) Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Harlequin shrimp (Hymenocera elegans) on blue sea star. This species of shrimps feeds on starfish, turning them upsidedown and keeping them as living larder. Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh... - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Harlequin shrimp (Hymenocera elegans) on blue sea star. This species of shrimps feeds on starfish, turning them upsidedown and keeping them as living larder. Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh...
Pair of Tomato anemonefish (Amphiprion frenatus) in Bulb tenacle sea anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor), Philippines. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Pair of Tomato anemonefish (Amphiprion frenatus) in Bulb tenacle sea anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor), Philippines.
Clown anemonefish (Amphiprion percula) on bleached coral, Komodo NP, Indonesia, Indo-pacific. - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Clown anemonefish (Amphiprion percula) on bleached coral, Komodo NP, Indonesia, Indo-pacific.
Red Sea anemonefish (Amphiprion bicinctus) in their home, a Sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica), on a coral reef. Big Brother island, Red Sea. Egypt. - Jordi Chias
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Jordi Chias / Red Sea anemonefish (Amphiprion bicinctus) in their home, a Sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica), on a coral reef. Big Brother island, Red Sea. Egypt.
Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) on coral reef, Central Visayas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean, Critically endangered species. - Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) on coral reef, Central Visayas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean, Critically endangered species.
Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) feeding on Red soft coral (Dendronepthya sp.) growing on a coral reef. Ras Mohammed National Park, Sinai, Egypt. Red Sea. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) feeding on Red soft coral (Dendronepthya sp.) growing on a coral reef. Ras Mohammed National Park, Sinai, Egypt. Red Sea.
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