September 3, 2014

Pooled Together

Photograph by Brian Skerry, National Geographic

Blacktip sharks, bluefin trevallies, and twinspot snappers (foreground)—ever watchful for a potential meal—throng a shallow passage into the lagoon of Millennium Island in the southern Line Islands, a pristine Pacific archipelago. Top predators like these are a defining feature of the world’s healthiest coral reefs.

See more pictures from the September 2014 feature story “A World Apart: The Southern Line Islands.”

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30 comments
Mike Bosworth
Mike Bosworth

Beautiful in the ocean :-) Such a waste of beauty in a soup :-( STOP SHARK FINNING!

Bartek Mazur
Bartek Mazur

I love the way those two guys at the top look at the photographer.. and then there's a little guy at the bottom.. he doesn't even pretend no to look ;)

Krysia Dennis
Krysia Dennis

So much going on in this. I love the Shark huddle.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Spectacular beauty, the pristine blue water, the gorgeous assortment of fish, such an amazing shot.

Tex Vel
Tex Vel

Nice picture...I bet the blacktips were not hungry at that time ....else...Lol

Shannon T
Shannon T

I love everything about this photo.

Mei Fang
Mei Fang

True "harmony" being captured.

Chyong Hsien
Chyong Hsien

Beautiful pictures & super sharp consider it was under the water. Would you please tell us what camera,what lens & what settings you used? Thanks.



Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

An incredible picture of of blacktip sharks close to the surface,just milling around, with the other species mixing in.The really clear water makes for a shot worth taking, and he did.  j.e.s..........

Christine Garner
Christine Garner

Absolutely amazing detail and color. I love how the fins of the blacktip sharks are so defined in the photo. Makes me feel like I am right there underwater with them.


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