January 2, 2014

Kimbe Bay's Movable Feast

Photograph by David Doubilet, National Geographic

Animals that look like plants, feather star crinoids sweep plankton from the waters of Kimbe Bay on the coast of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. With 900 species of reef fish, the bay literally pulses with life—a movable feast for predators like these barracuda.

See more pictures from the November 2013 feature story "Paradise Revisted.”

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Editor's Note, January 3, 2014: The caption has been updated to reflect the correct location of Kimbe Bay. It is situated on the coast of New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

41 comments
Shannon T
Shannon T

Underwater photos are always so amazing because they give us an opportunity to see something of a seemingly different world. The clarity is fantastic.

zhang kun
zhang kun

beautiful! Let me remember the game picture in Raman.

Tiffany Z
Tiffany Z

it s my dream place all of life

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Wow what an amazing under-water world we have. Great shot.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

The garden under the bay!  Exquisite, colorful, and unbelieveable!  The shoal of barracuda in the background in their hundreds, look really impressive, but thats what some fish do Enjoyed the picture a lot. j.e.s..   

Seema Usmani
Seema Usmani

Awesome miracles of the universe! Superb image!

pala lechat
pala lechat

Wow, I am speechless from the fabulousness of this photo! Thank you for sharing it.

Janice H.
Janice H.

"UNFATHOMABLE'' Beauty.        The neon colors and many shapes along with the Barracuda make it an undersea delight!   Thanks for the Beauty!

Mahmoud Niknam
Mahmoud Niknam

hi david ,happy new year it is very beautiful photo

tim woggle
tim woggle

Kimbe Bay is not in Australia. Kimbe Bay is part off the north coast of West New Britain


West New Britain is a province of Papua New Guinea on the islands of New Britain. The provincial capital is Kimbe.

Connor Wilson
Connor Wilson

Interesting how all of the fish are traveling away from the photographer accept the two in the upper right corner.  I wonder why?  Is there something outside of the frame we don't see?  Very interesting.  Beautiful picture nonetheless!  Well done!

George Grammenos
George Grammenos

Great details, colors that make you feel it is alive !! Good job!!

muhammad khan
muhammad khan

Thanx ! beautiful, mind blowing__I love water & just look at that school of fish with those plankton, lovely.

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

The intensity of the colours in these marine creatures is incredible!  The vibrancy of the colours in the foreground is enhanced by their contrast with the muted blue background.  The radial formation of the fish in the background echoes the shape of the radiating white and orange arms of that feather star crinoid.


Thanks you, David, for this vision of the exotic marine environment.

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