March 3, 2014

Pursued

Photograph by Brian Skerry, National Geographic

A voracious predator, the bluefin tuna feeds mainly on small fish, crustaceans, and squid. But it too is pursued relentlessly as the human appetite for its flesh continues to grow.

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33 comments
Janet Dunaway
Janet Dunaway

This is such a perfect shot.  My brother free dives and has some photos like these.  It has inspired me to see if he will let me put some of his shots up here. 


This picture is in colors of greenish-blue and somehow, this fish stands out so detailed against the background.  I think it a great picture.

Shannon T
Shannon T

Ok, that kind of startled me. Fabulous timing.

Ivan Lesica
Ivan Lesica

Fantastic !!! It is a fascinating capture !!!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

I have learned something about this perticular fish that I did'nt know before. The all green shot is wonderfully taken and depicts a lot of effort taken . Jon, I feel that photographers do mostly what is necessary to get their shot. Wait, bait and even sneak up on their  subject to get a great picture. j.e.s.   

Esther West
Esther West

It's not the appetite for flesh that's growing but the human population that is growing. Not enough time and effort is spent educating for birth control and the reason why it is needed. The excess of people causes extreme pressure on the environment, increased aggression within the race and increased health issues. Save the planet.

jon bertie
jon bertie

Too bad this shot was baited. The small, dead, half fish in its mouth was thrown into the water for the photo. Reminds me of one of those shots where the photographer throws a mouse under an owl's nest and waits for it to swoop, with his camera on burst mode...picking the best shot later. The epic-ness or once-in-a-lifetime feeling is lost pretty quickly.

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Absolutely excellent shot. The fish in its mouth looks as though it is minus its head. Awesome shot.

ashraful shyamal
ashraful shyamal

wow,,,this is called photography....very good shot..thanks for sharing .

Bellz Webster
Bellz Webster

I'm not sure but that could actually be a cleaner fish. Some fish open their mouths and the fish feed from between their teeth.

Rob G.
Rob G.

beautiful capture

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