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Photo of the Day : Underwater

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Picture of a young tiger shark in Hawaii

Showing Its Stripes

Photo of the Day, June 21, 2016

A newborn pup captured by scientists in Hawaii (a tiger shark hub) has the distinct striped markings along its three-foot ...

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Picture of a seven-gill shark near Cape Town, South Africa

Underwater Wonderland

Photo of the Day, June 12, 2016

“You don’t need to travel far from cities to visit Narnia,” Your Shot member Tracey Jennings reminds us. This ...

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Picture of a sea horse

Horse of Another Color

Photo of the Day, June 1, 2016

Using an underwater snoot, Your Shot community member Davide Lopresti made this bright photo of a sea horse. These delicate ...

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Picture of trout in the Gros Ventre River in Wyoming

A Good Catch

Photo of the Day, May 8, 2016

Cutthroat trout, seen here spawning in the Gros Ventre River in Wyoming, are highly prized by anglers. Adapted to cold ...

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Picture of a seaweed blenny, Brazil

Blenny Blind

Photo of the Day, April 24, 2016

A seaweed blenny—a small and usually bottom-dwelling fish recognizable by the branchlike cirri above its eyes—watches from the ...

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Picture of a stingray from underwater in the Cayman Islands

The Calm Below

Photo of the Day, April 2, 2016

A southern stingray appears to float gently in the shallows of Stingray City, a popular tourist attraction in the Cayman ...

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Picture of coho salmon fry in an aquarium

Small Fry

Photo of the Day, March 19, 2016

“Coho salmon fry peer out of their tank at an elementary school,” writes Your Shot member Eiko Jones, who submitted ...

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Picture of fish in the Andaman Sea in Thailand

A Wash of Color

Photo of the Day, February 4, 2016

While engaged in a prosaic activity—waiting—Your Shot community member Eduard Paravyan took a moment to examine his surroundings ...

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Picture of two children looking at sea life at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta

Fleeting Glances

Photo of the Day, January 24, 2016

Fish and preschoolers consider one another in this image submitted by Your Shot member Jennifer Giliberto. She made this photo ...

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Picture of sea lions swimming in San Diego, California

Pinniped Playground

Photo of the Day, November 11, 2015

Photographer Megan Barrett had a ringside seat for this aquatic display in San Diego, California. "I happened upon this group ...

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Picture of a goby camouflaged against a gorgonian

Reef Refuge

Photo of the Day, November 2, 2015

A goby is nearly imperceptible, camouflaged against a gorgonian in the waters of the Republic of Palau—but it didn ...

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Picture of a diver in Devil’s Ear spring, Florida

Spring Mix

Photo of the Day, October 8, 2015

“The effect is entirely natural but decidedly surreal as the swirling tannins of the Santa Fe River mix with clear ...

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Picture of sharks and divers swimming off the coast of Cuba

Sea Life

Photo of the Day, August 10, 2015

Divers mingle with sharks in Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina marine preserve, located off the island country’s southern ...

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Picture of a baby humpback whale

Big Baby

Photo of the Day, August 6, 2015

A young humpback whale eyes Your Shot member Karim Iliya, who spotted the calf and its mother while diving in ...

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Picture of a pod of dolphins, Makua, Hawaii

Poster Dolphins

Photo of the Day, July 15, 2015

A pod of spinner dolphins swims off Makua Beach, Hawaii, in this picture captured by Your Shot member Erika Hart ...

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Picture of a lionfish underwater in the Red Sea

Sunblocker

Photo of the Day, July 12, 2015

Traveler Photo Contest entrant Christian Schlamann encountered this “very friendly and curious lionfish” in the Red Sea. Native to the ...

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Picture of orcas hunting herring off the coast of Norway

Killer Tails

Photo of the Day, June 21, 2015

Orcas show their smarts by working together to whip up a meal. Here, a pod hunts for herring in Norway ...

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Picture of a diver in front of the Hilma Hooker shipwreck off Bonaire

Hull-o

Photo of the Day, June 5, 2015

A diver gazes at the Hilma Hooker, a cargo ship purposely sunk off the Caribbean island of Bonaire. The site ...

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Picture of a girl swimming with golden jellyfish, Jellyfish Lake, Palau

Yellow Jellies

Photo of the Day, May 2, 2015

The residents of Jellyfish Lake on Eil Malk—one of the Rock Islands of Palau—surround a snorkeler in their ...

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Picture of a swirling school of sardines, Thousand Steps Reef, Bonaire

Circle of Life

Photo of the Day, April 23, 2015

A shoal of sardines resembles an eye on the ocean depths as it swirls near the surface at Thousand Steps ...

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Picture of spinner dolphins off Oahu, Hawaii

Intelligent Travel

Photo of the Day, April 17, 2015

Spinner dolphins return from foraging to a bay off Oahu, Hawaii. Garrulous and gregarious, spinners gather in groups that can ...

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Picture of a girl swimming underwater

Pool of Light

Photo of the Day, April 8, 2015

In the summer months in Virginia, writes Your Shot member Kelsey Gerhard, “my daughters practically live in the water.” And ...

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Picture of a diver in front of a bait ball in Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, Mexico

All the Fish in the Sea

Photo of the Day, March 29, 2015

Your Shot member Jeff Hester was drawn to make this image because, he says, “I believe this is what our ...

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Picture of two sailfish headed toward a fish shoal in the Gulf of Mexico

The Twins

Photo of the Day, March 15, 2015

Every year, a sardine run occurs in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, says Your Shot member Fabrice ...

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Picture of two manatees feeding in the freshwater springs of Crystal River, Florida

Spring Fed

Photo of the Day, February 19, 2015

“The winter season is when some manatees find sanctuary from the chilly Gulf of Mexico by migrating to the freshwater ...

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Picture of two girls diving under a wave while surfing in Makaha on Oahu, Hawaii

Spiritual Revival

Photo of the Day, January 27, 2015

Best friends Ha‘a Keaulana, at right, and Maili Makana dive under a wave on their way to a surfing ...

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Picture of two humpback whales, an adult and a calf, swimming in the waters off Tonga

Two to Tonga

Photo of the Day, January 14, 2015

“This day the sea was clear and quiet,” writes Your Shot member Fabrice Guerin, who captured this picture of a ...

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Picture of a diver in the Taj Mahal cenote, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Sunlit Cenote

Photo of the Day, December 23, 2014

“Timed right, diving a cenote can be a truly magical experience, hugely rewarding and unlike most other scuba adventures,” writes ...

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Picture of a fur seal diving under the surf off Cape Town, South Africa

Seal Dive

Photo of the Day, November 26, 2014

Southern Africa has some of the world’s richest waters. But debate swirls over how to sustain these seas and ...

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Picture of a gull flying over Mercury Island near the Diamond Coast, Namibia

Home to Roost

Photo of the Day, November 23, 2014

Gulls, gannets, and penguins are neighbors on Mercury Island, near the Diamond Coast of Namibia. The country’s first marine ...

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Picture of blacktip grouper at Starbuck Island, southern Line Islands

Blacktip Grouper

Photo of the Day, November 8, 2014

Blacktip grouper at Starbuck Island in the southern Line Islands are among the predators that dominate fish communities on healthy ...

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Picture of a green turtle swimming in the Canary Islands

Turtle Power

Photo of the Day, October 31, 2014

“On the coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, we have quite the selection of affectionate green turtles,” writes photographer ...

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Picture of great white sharks off Guadalupe Island, Baja California, Mexico

Lord of the Seas

Photo of the Day, October 27, 2014

“Off the coast of Guadalupe Island, great white sharks gather to feed on sea lions,” writes Marc Henauer of this ...

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Picture of a humphead wrasse and a school of fish in the Great Barrier Reef

Napoleon Invasion

Photo of the Day, October 21, 2014

A humphead wrasse, also known as a Napoleon wrasse, builds a living frame as it swims through a school of ...

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Picture of a school of fish underwater near Cocos Island

Red Fish, Blue Fish

Photo of the Day, September 14, 2014

While traveling in Central America, Your Shot member Tracey Jennings dove in the waters off Costa Rica’s Cocos Island ...

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Picture of blacktip sharks, bluefin trevallies, and twinspot snappers underwater in the southern Line Islands

Pooled Together

Photo of the Day, September 3, 2014

Blacktip sharks, bluefin trevallies, and twinspot snappers (foreground)—ever watchful for a potential meal—throng a shallow passage into the ...

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