September 4, 2013

Dolphins, Red Sea

Photograph by Natalia Pryanishnikova, Your Shot

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"Wild dolphins normally go hunting in deeper waters at sunset, but they have to surface to catch a breath of air," says Your Shot contributor Natalia Pryanishnikova, who took this photo during the Dolphin Watch project, a scientific study of dolphins in the Red Sea.

After watching the pod of dolphins all day, documenting their behavior and travel routes, Pryanishnikova saw that they had started hunting and waited close to the surface for interesting silhouette opportunities. "I was lucky to meet them exactly as they surfaced in the light of the setting sun," she says.

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33 comments
zheng guan
zheng guan

I really want to download it and set as my wallpaper.

eli a
eli a

it is Awesome!!

Shannon T
Shannon T

The three in the back look like they're "going into the light". Spectacular shot with rays of sun coming down. Thank you Natalia.

Sajjad butt
Sajjad butt

Perfect lighting and timing.......................

Danni Schanmier
Danni Schanmier

love love LOVE the symmetry of the three dolphins in the back and one in front. The light rays also make this a one of a kind shot.

Cory Alvarado
Cory Alvarado

Good job Natalia! just simply and perfect... :)

Jocelyn Kinny
Jocelyn Kinny

What a great shot! Perfect lighting and timing... just stunning!

Miguel Jurado
Miguel Jurado

This is beautiful. although the perspectives we all have after watching documentaries like "The Cove" and the difficulties these smart creatures are facing in Japan, there is nothing left but to contribute with awareness and if possible with real contributions to save dolphins. When did we come to control the life and survival of such creatures? I wish my sons and grandsons will be able to see pictures like these on their generation and to see dolphins jumping out the open sea...

Francesco Tegazzini
Francesco Tegazzini

Beautiful shot!! And compliments to the photographer!! I LOVE Dolphins!

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